Sunday, July 6, 2014

Disbelief About Time

Here it is Sunday night already and the 4th of July weekend is almost over.

I remember when I was little how impatient I was for things to happen. Time seemed to just creep along.

Now I think about something and all of a sudden it is over. It never fails.

There is one good aspect to this though. I do tend to get tired of Christmas music rather rapidly each year and before you know it the 6 months or so of commercials is over before you know it. Same thing for snowstorms and other weather things. Before you know it they are over.

Maybe that is why I am acquiring grouch tendencies. No significant holidays. Anybody got any ideas?


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Day To Remember?

Not really so far...
  • This afternoon
  • Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • TonightShowers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 68. Southwest wind 13 to 18 mph decreasing to 7 to 12 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
This is really just a normal un-noteworthy summer day.

It is kind of nice right now. Not too much hot sunshine to deal with. It is just nice for a walk and a wander through the back yard.

Roses are past their peak and the day-lilies have not flowered just yet. Kind of an in-between time.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Password Changes

Ebay is the latest company I have heard from that is asking people to change their passwords.

You really have to be concerned about this sort of thing because it seems to be getting more frequent.

You are told to watch for charges on your bill that you did not make. Fine, but who knows what are legitimate bills or not with all the mumbo-jumbo that appears on the statements. A company with a certain name can be billing under some totally unrelated seeming corporate name and scanning a list, who can be sure? Then take automatic payments and what are you supposed to think. The wonders of the electronic age!

I have so many different passwords that the only way I can keep track is by using a password manager. I have the pro version of Roboform and it is a lifesaver. It is free up to 10 passwords but with all my surveys and other stuff I probably have well over a hundred. It is also pretty good at filling in forms where you are constantly putting in things like your name, address, email and so forth. It is really handy at keeping track of password changes.

Over the years I have had a few issues with the program but nothing serious or unresolvable, just aggravating. This would probably be the case with anything so I just go along with it.

I can not see the security situation improving in the foreseeable future. Security systems and hackers are both improving their capabilities so you just have to protect yourself as best you can.

Friday, May 2, 2014

IE8&9 Security

Internet Explorer had a security hole someone discovered recently. It was so serious that there were a number of advisers who suggested switching to another browser until Microsoft fixed it.

The fix went in last night. My IE9 on Vista was patched automatically last night.

Surprisingly when I checked an old computer I still have XP and IE8 on, there was a patch for that too. Microsoft did not abandon the millions who still have XP installed.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Peter B. Porter

Peter Porter looks like he was a very active person.


This is a location on Niagara Street near Auburn. It is a quite historic area along the Niagara River.

Fascinating article on Buffalo and Black Rock competition.

Friday, March 14, 2014

If You Don't Take Care

I heard this saying "If you don't take care of yourself someone else will."

This really covers a lot of territory.

  • If you are sick you don't take care of yourself because you can't so if it is severe you need a doctor.
  • If you drink or are addicted you need support to get off it or legal help or someone eventually to bury you.
  • If you just do not feel like doing things you probably need psychiatric or social help.
  • If you do not take care of your education you probably will need government programs to survive.
  • If you are not conscious of your diet needs you will need diet help, medical help or help with your burial at an early age.
There are a lot of people who make a lot of money telling us what to do because we don't take care of ourselves sensibly.

Isn't it degrading putting up with the dehumanizing aspects of applying for and using foodstamps. Welfare because we cannot get hired is brain numbing.

It is not usually your fault if you get cancer but you are in for an experience of dependence on doctors.

All that matters is that you don't take care of yourself whether it is because you can't or won't. What you end up doing is losing a serious chunk of your freedom. The ability to choose is seriously diminished.

Go back to some sort of school. Get rid of the debt and put away a rainy-day-fund. Shape up!

Unless you are totally buried in self deception or denial you have a chance. Unless you are terminal you have options.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

We Have Snow!

It is 6:45 pm and it has been snowing all day.

I am planning to plow some snow before it gets dark.

A guy across the street was out plowing a little while ago. A buddy of his was watching and his little pre-school daughter was there with two dogs.

The daughter was running around and getting dumped in snow piles. She was having a ball.

The dogs were both running all over and getting shot at by the snow from the snow blower. They were actually running in front of it to get sprayed more by the snow.

I think everyone is going to sleep very well tonight.