Facebook Photo Syncing – the end!

0.1 FB Moments Article HeaderOr not! Facebook is moving the photo syncing feature which we all love, to an independent app called “Moments“.

0.2 FB Moments Article FeatureThe app replaces the in-built photo syncing feature of the Facebook App, moving it outside, and greatly enhancing the functionality, including undeniably creepy facial recognition features…

The blurb from the app store (With minor translation)…

Here’s the magic (Read: Creepy shit): The app groups your photos based on who’s in them, and when they were taken, which is ideal for the average stalker. In one tap, you can sync your photos to victims you choose. Then, the victims can add their photos to the creepy online virtual gathering. Now, all the stalkers and “authorities” have all the photos you took together, this will aid greatly in online-stalking and investigations.

  • Keep all your photos organised in one private place (My Precious!)
  • Sync multiple photos at once – no need to text or e-mail individual photos (Speed Victimisation!)
  • Easy stalking feature search to find photos of yourself and your victims
  • Save photos other victims sync to you on your phone’s stalking roll
  • Share victims directly on Facebook or Instagram, and send in Messenger if you want

OK… So I may have been a little harsh, but face it (No pun intended), this is the ideal tool for a bunch of stalkers (Not that Facebook isn’t already this!).

The app in itself isn’t bad – once you get past the initial setup, where you’re asked to identify some victims for the facial recognition, it’s very smooth. I’ve never really been a fan of the “moments” function, even when Apple introduced it, I stuck to the normal camera roll, or “All-Photos” as it’s currently know. If I want to group some photos together, I’ll use an album and do it manually. One tip, for when trying to install the app – if you click on the notification in the Facebook app, and get the spinning circle of doom, then go update your Facebook app first, then try again.

Not saying that the auto-stalking features aren’t good, but just not for me. It’s great that Facebook still provide the facility to auto-backup your photos (Read: Visual Memory) – after all, you can’t have too many backups, even if they aren’t the original quality you took (The iCloud can backup original quality photos, so can the Google Photos app, if that’s what you’re after).

So you know what to expect – here’s a gallery with some shots of the whole process, and using it to share a photo on Facebook:

Domestic abuse comes in many forms!

imageI found the following text online, one year ago to be exact – it came up on my timehop this morning. Apparently this was originally posted on Reddit, however I’m uncertain of the original source, or author. I’m one of the lucky ones out there who hasn’t experienced this, and I hope, haven’t been guilty of it myself…

But this needs to be highlighted, as I do know people trapped in this situation, and without realisation, and pausing to think, they’ll be trapped there forever!

So read on, and perhaps be reminded! This is a very wordy post, but well worth reading to the end…

My “Aha Moment” happened because of a package of hamburger meat. I asked my husband to stop by the store to pick up a few things for dinner, and when he got home, he plopped the bag on the counter. I started pulling things out of the bag, and realized he’d gotten the 70/30 hamburger meat – which means it’s 70% lean and 30% fat.

I asked, “What’s this?”

“Hamburger meat,” he replied, slightly confused.

“You didn’t get the right kind,” I said.

“I didn’t?” He replied with his brow furrowed. ” Was there some other brand you wanted or something?”

“No. You’re missing the point, ” I said. “You got the 70/30. I always get at least the 80/20.”

He laughed. “Oh. That’s all? I thought I’d really messed up or something.”

That’s how it started. I launched into him. I berated him for not being smarter. Why would he not get the more healthy option? Did he even read the labels? Why can’t I trust him? Do I need to spell out every little thing for him in minute detail so he gets it right? Also, and the thing I was probably most offended by, why wasn’t he more observant? How could he not have noticed over the years what I always get? Does he not pay attention to anything I do?

As he sat there, bearing the brunt of my righteous indignation and muttering responses like, “I never noticed,” “I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” and “I’ll get it right next time,” I saw his face gradually take on an expression that I’d seen on him a lot in recent years. It was a combination of resignation and demoralization. He looked eerily like our son does when he gets chastised. That’s when it hit me. “Why am I doing this? I’m not his mom.”

I suddenly felt terrible. And embarrassed for myself. He was right. It really wasn’t anything to get bent out of shape over. And there I was doing just that. Over a silly package of hamburger meat that he dutifully picked up from the grocery store just like I asked. If I had specific requirements, I should have been clearer. I didn’t know how to gracefully extract myself from the conversation without coming across like I have some kind of split personality, so I just mumbled something like, “Yeah. I guess we’ll make do with this. I’m going to start dinner.”

He seemed relieved it was over and he left the kitchen.

Continue reading Domestic abuse comes in many forms!

Wintergatan – Marble Machine

I was sucked into the YouTube Vortex the other day, and stumbled upon this gem from Wintergatan… This is simply amazing, and in this day and age where the fine level craftsman is something of a myth, even more amazing. Apparently this machine uses somewhere in the region of 2000 marbles (Although they look like steel ball-bearings to me), and is entirely hand cranked… What kind of madmen made this – Wintergatan madmen!

Enjoy 🙂

After watching this, I went further and watched some more Wintergatan… Whilst they looks like hippies given the IKEA make-over, they make some shit hot instrumental music – highly recommended 🙂

Have I Been Pwned?

Pwned

You know, we all rely on our e-mail accounts for a host of other systems, and a compromised e-mail account could realistically hand over your entire life to a hacker.

Put it this way – in this age, your e-mail account is the keyring to your life; look after it well, and don’t let it fall into the wrong hands!

I became aware of have i been pwned? recently, and have taken some time out to vet the addresses and domains I use against the pwned lists – fortunately I’m safe, however I know of a few who haven’t been so lucky.

Either way, go visit have i been pwned? now, and make sure. If any of your accounts have since been compromised, you can take some remedial action and get ’em under control quickly enough.

As a general rule of security, always use a two step verification process, most of the bigger providers offer this now, Google and Facebook to name two. And don’t use stupid password, OK? 🙂

Amazing Music from Postmodern Jukebox.

As Postmodern Jukebox would say “Just PMJ and Chill”.

Postmodern Jukebox is an amazing collection of artists which vary seemingly daily, lead by the amazing Scott Bradlee who invented the concept. Scott and the artists who make up PMJ take existing music to places it was never designed to go.

I’m going to be fortunate enough to go see them live in the UK, around two weeks from now, and can hardly wait! Rather than waffle on about PMJ, I’ll embed a few of my very favourite PMJ tracks below:

Featuring the peerless talent of Morgan James, “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” – I was in a branch of Curys (UK Electronic Retailer) in 2015, and accidentally hooked up to the in-store stereo system, and broadcast this… lol 🙂

Next up, featuring the amazing versatile Robyn Adele Anderson is “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, but nothing like you’ve ever heard it before.

Next here is Haley Reinhart with “Opps!… I did it again!”, in the style of Marilyn Monroe!

Finall, an instrumental of the Game Of Thrones theme, featuring the man with infinite sax skills – Dave Koz!

If you’re still here after watching the vids, here are a couple of PMJ links:

Their main site, https://www.postmodernjukebox.com

And the PMJ YouTube channel

Enjoy! 🙂

Annoying Facebook Feminist Bullshit.

Img_3128I’m not normally this reactive to bullshit on Facebook, after all Facebook is just overflowing with bullshit; however this grade-a bullshit really deserves a highlight and a counter.

All of the points raised are choices. The woman, in control, has these choices to make, if she makes them, then it’s of her own free will, and nobody can be held to ransom for her own choices.

It also lacks completely the point of view of the other person in the relationship, in fact to add insult to injury, it completely misses out the other types of relationships which exist!

So assuming that it’s talking about a man & woman being married, and that it’s in one of the western countries not influenced by any cult (Read “religion”)… Oh boy.

The couple makes a choice, the man has to agree for the woman to take his surname, he has to be happy for her to do so – they might choose to take another name completely, or double-barrel it.

Changes HER home? WTF? Don’t men have homes? Don’t couples ever move into a new place, their place? Fucking grade-a bullshit.

Leaves her Family?! Again WTF? He IS her family, he comes into her family, she into his, their families MERGE.

Builds a home with you? Duh!

Gets Pregnant… Well yes, that’s how the species works, however they as a couple have a choice to rub their private parts together to make a tiny human… A CHOICE.

Pregnancy changes her body? REALLY, you don’t fucking say? CHOICE to get pregnant, and if it didn’t change her body, something would be supremely fucked up.

Fat? Really? It’s a choice, unless there is some underlying medical condition.

Kids? Names? Your children, as a COUPLE. Again fucking choice, you short sighted feminist bint-bag from the darkest reaches of psychoville.

Blah blah blah… The fact is, man or woman, if you’re in a married relationship, you should be devoted to each other, love each other quite equally, and make the choices between yourselves – anything else and you’re doing it wrong. What the world doesn’t need is this feminist bullshit pollution; we’re all equal, we’re all human. Enough said.