I have some things I want to post about, and I would really like to get further into the Shepherd Diaries. A few other things are pressing my time and focus at the moment. As soon as I get these items taken care of, I’ll open the floodgates again. Thanks for your patience.
I have been spending most of my free time working on rebuilding the top half of my truck’s motor. Since I have never done this before, it has been going a lot slower than it would had I done this at least once before. This has been taking up a grand majority of my free time.
I started a new project last week called The Shepherd Diaries. I will be continuing this endeavor, but not as often as I like for the moment. But it will continue, as will other posts as I find the few free moments I have.
Blogging is an amazing and interesting thing. When used as a public diary, it basically says, “I want everyone to know about me. I have nothing to hide.” When used as it was originally intended, say for uploading updates on a trip for friends to see back home, it says, “Look at me… wish you were here.” Then there’s that other thing. The random thoughts and commentary on anything from current events to the heavyweight title match between the voices in one’s head. This is the way a blog is used in majority. This is what I’m doing. Continue reading
Normally, I would spend more time perusing the news and more posts might be forthcoming. I’m in the middle of one of those projects that requires 90% of my attention until said job is complete. Doing a major teardown on my vehicles engine isn’t something I was planning to do any time soon, but well, there it is. Hoping to focus more on this blog soon…
Almost everyone has suffered the trials and tribulations of Facebook. Constant changes that erode your privacy, nobody to get in contact with directly to problem solve when your account is hacked, and you just know that they are storing information. Face it, knowingly or not, Facebook spies on it’s users. Pay attention to the news and you will hear about someone who took a stance that FB didn’t like, and BOOM! Their account was temporarily blocked.
Now I’m sure that most of you have heard about all the new rage called SWATing. It made the news recently when someone read a conservative blog and got offended. Said person (Kimberlin) did a little research and came up with a hometown and address of residence for said blogger. Said offended jerk calls the police in the bloggers town and reports a massively heinous crime in progress at the bloggers address. Next thing you know, said blogger is awakened from his peaceful slumber by the gentle whispers of a SWAT team.
Now back to everybody’s favorite/most loathed social networking site. What would you do if you got swatted by a software program at Facebook?
Well, according to Mashable.com, it just could happen…
The screening process begins with scanning software that monitors chats for words or phrases that signal something might be amiss, such as an exchange of personal information or vulgar language.
If the scanning software flags a suspicious chat exchange, it notifies Facebook security employees, who can then determine if police should be notified.
People often get laughed at or avoided like crazy uncle Joe when they spout off about the NannyGov having whole rooms dedicated to this, yet here this humble little corner room of the internet has admitted that they themselves have and use this software. Hmm.
Check out the link above and read the whole article.
Nothing worse when your fairly new to living out in the sticks and, coming home from work, You see a massive column of smoke over what looks like the next hill. According to YubaNet, it turns out to be about 2 miles NE of Colfax (good 20 miles from here). Scanner is lit up like a Christmas tree. Bombers are flying over our house at high frequency. And it’s 98* outside. God be with those firefighters.
Now according to YubaNet (see above link) the fire has spread to approximately 100 acres. From my back deck, I thought it was near out. Now I notice that the smoke column has laid over and shifted to an northerly direction of travel. Trees are blocking the view though.
Seems that as of 10:00 pm last night, the fire was hovering around 200 acres. At that time, YubaNet was reporting 20% containment. Hoping everyone out there is safe.