Wiggle, Wiggle

Shortly after my alarm went off this morning, we had an earthquake here. It wasn’t much by the time it reached where we live, but I definitely noticed it. I heard it before I felt it, because it sounded like a big gust of wind hit our outside wall and made it crack and groan, and then our bed started to shake slightly. The shaking felt like my dog was scratching an itch near her tail and really getting into it, but she was snuggled up sleeping still.

I had time to open my ABC7 news app on my iPhone and look at the QuakeCam they have on there, and when I first started the live feed, it was still, but within a few seconds, it started jiggling all over. It took a few minutes for all of the local news stations to start reporting on it, but the comments people have written on Facebook have been positively epic! Props to this guy. It’s my favorite.

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A lot of people are freaking out because it happened during El Niño storms. I don’t understand the superstition thinking behind that, but I’ll let them have their panic attacks, if that’s what they really want. Speaking of El Niño, we had a nice, long rain yesterday, and it’s already raining again this morning. I had time to run down to the laundry room and wash some rugs before the rain hit, so I’m glad I got it done first thing this morning. I’m not going to attempt any more loads of laundry today, because they’ll just get drenched on their way back to my apartment from the laundry room. I want a washer/dryer in my apartment, dammit!

Just for your amusement, I’ll leave you with this screenshot I took of the ABC7 QuakeCam.

QuakeCam

WTF Friday – 10/24/14

By popular demand, here is my first iteration of a new regular feature called WTF Friday.

Last night, we (my husband and I) were helping our son with his homework. We got to the math page, and it had a symbol like this: FunnyMathSymbol

It said to find this and then find the sum (now I drew this symbol from memory, so it may not be exactly correct.) I looked at it and said, “What the fuck is this shit?!” After looking over his math paper, and finding nothing that explained the symbol, and after asking my child what it meant and not getting anything beyond, “I don’t know…” I wrote a little note to the teacher.

“Dear Teacher:
If you want us to be able to help our child with his math homework, could you please AT LEAST explain what these ridiculous symbols mean? They aren’t even a part of College Algebra! Thanks!”

Later on, my husband was helping our child with some other math problems, and he was trying to remember something he calls la preuve par neuf, or proof by nines. I’ve never heard of this, but apparently, it’s a handy-dandy little way his dad taught him to come to an answer for certain multiplication problems. He showed me this video:

That’s my first WHAT THE FUUUUUUUUUCK?! I should also note, here, that I suck at math.

Anyway, I started looking it up, and the closest thing I could find is this video from Khan Academy:

I’m still scratching my head…

The other what the fuck I had was that while my husband was watching that first video, he made the remark, “That guy’s from Paris.” Huh? So I asked him how he knows. He said his voice sounds funny, and apparently, to the Swiss, Parisians have funny-sounding voices. It’s not so much an accent. The only Francophones with notable accents are Québécois French, according to my husband. Also, it should be noted that no European Francophone likes the Canadian French!

So, I posted on my Facebook, asking all of his Swiss friends if they could help explain it, because it seems to be something that is taught in Europe. I’ve never heard of it, and I never learned it here in the States. They were just as clueless as I am!

What?!


Last night, after the kiddo had gone to bed, I was piddling around on Facebook, and a notification popped up that someone had applied to the “closed” Facebook group I’m an admin of. I clicked over to check them out, because we vet everyone who enters to keep the trolls and spammers at bay, and the woman’s name was, I kid you not, Jane Dough!

AHAHAHAH! That’s a funny one there, but we don’t knead you! WTF?! Not only that, but she was dressed very oddly in her profile photo, almost like it was staged and satirical. I couldn’t help but make the o.O eyes at my screen when I saw it.


Have you seen this story? A woman got stabbed to death at a swap meet here in Southern California over a parking spot. A parking spot?! Seriously? First off, I wouldn’t ever get out of my vehicle for anyone, I don’t care who they think they are, and secondly, a parking spot is such a stupid thing to get killed or kill someone over! WTF?

However, that does bring up a hilarious video I saw a couple of weeks ago. This lady in China knows how to do it right!

 

No, Facebook, I Won’t!

I’m getting a little flack this morning for refusing to download Facebook’s Messenger app on my iPhone and iPad. I already do not trust Facebook, and it’s basically a necessary evil for me, at this point. I don’t feel they needed to break their messaging service off and make it into an entirely new app, and I won’t download it. I’ll deal with not being able to read those messages sent until I get back to my Macbook.

Facebook isn’t very ethical. We users are their product, not their customer. I’ve dug around in their Ads Manager, looking at what you can do to customize the ad and target your audience with it. It’s frankly quite sickening when you get down into it. I use F.B. Purity to block all the needless crap Facebook feels they need to place into and around my feed. If you have Mozilla Firefox, you should check it out and download it. I also use Adblock Plus for other pages that have crazy ads like flash banners embedded in the pages. If you use another browser like Safari, you can download Adblock here. However, Adblock does nothing for Facebook ads. But, if you’re using Safari, you can use the Safari add-on Facebook Cleaner to block ads. (If you’re a Chrome user, you’re on your own! I can’t stand Chrome!)

Facebook has gotten a lot of flack, for good reason, in the past. They want to farm as much data about us, their users, as possible, to sell to their customers, the companies who pay to display ads on their pages. Short of pulling your information and profile off Facebook, the only other way to prevent Facebook from making more money off of you and your information is to block them from displaying their ads on your screen.

While I’m not normally the type of person who espouses conspiracy theories floating around on the internet, there is an awful lot of information out there suggesting that Facebook isn’t being as honest about their motives with this new Messenger app as I’d prefer. First, you have videos from Android users showing you exactly what they can and cannot do with their app once it’s installed on your smartphone. This video really raised some hairs on the back of my neck.

Then, there are other articles written by news agencies about Facebook’s privacy violations via their Messenger app. CBC has a very thorough article. I will not be installing this app now or anytime in the future, because I don’t need it that badly. I also don’t need another app taking up space on my iPhone and I don’t need another app sucking up my data allowance, either. If I could find a decent app available on the App Store capable of doing everything I need to do on Facebook that isn’t a Facebook app, I’d switch to it, instead. I’d be most happy removing all Facebook apps from my smartphone.

By the way, yes, I have an ello profile.