Tag: life on-line

Going off the air…

Only temporarily.  I’m doing a course in trauma counselling next week, so I won’t be here much if at all.  I’m expecting the course to be fairly draining (counselling training usually is as participants practise the new skills on each other and it can get quite intense) so I don’t expect I’ll have much energy left for blogging in the evenings.  Also, I’m staying with the wife’s relatives (the course is in Pretoria), so I can hardly spend the evenings huddled behind my computer screen.  And I don’t know whether we’ll have homework.

There will still be posts next week (they’re already written and scheduled) but if I don’t respond to your comments with my usual promptness, don’t take it personally.  It’s not you, it’s me.

By the way, this coming Monday’s Song Title Challenge will be the last title on my list of suggestions, so please head over to the page and give me some new ones.  While you’re at it, why don’t you pick a previous challenge and try writing something yourself?  The more of us are doing this, the more fun it will be.

Until next week, then.  Have a great one!

On technical difficulties…and movie trivia

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been a tad quiet this week.  I’ve not been taking a break from the blog…at least, not voluntarily.  My internet went on a temporary vacation, preventing me from doing anything here.

That shouldn’t happen.  I have uncapped internet.  It’s 3G, so at times there are signal problems, but this wasn’t the signal.  I know because Facebook worked fine.  And Twitter.  And all my programs’ automatic updates downloaded fine.  But nothing else.

I don’t have a problem with Facebook as such, but it’s a tad frustrating to not be able to access anything else for forty-eight-plus hours.  And Twitter is full of links.  I couldn’t click on any of them.  No Wikipedia.  No Google.  No news websites to read where I can be upset by the comments (actually that was a relief).  No blogs!  It was torture, I tell ya!

Thankfully, all’s back to normal now.  Updating my browser seemed to do the trick, though I have no idea why the previous version which had worked fine until two days ago suddenly didn’t.  I also don’t know why both Chrome and Internet Explorer (yeah, I was actually THAT desperate) developed the same problem at the same time.

Whatever the reason, I’m glad to be back.  Though when I consider that I spent the first two-thirds of my life without internet it’s a tiny bit disconcerting that two days without it now affects me so.  I might need to take an enforced internet vacation soon for the sake of my sanity.

But enough of that.  Here’s a bit of movie trivia:

This powerful wizard from a galaxy far, far away was also a vampire, a dentist and a pastor and in real life caught Nazi war criminals before becoming an actor.

Comment with the name of the actor and all the movies referenced if you can figure it out.  First person who gets it right wins a walk for two under the full moon on Saturday night (not with me, though, unless you’ll spring for my plane ticket).

On Facebook and panicky status updates – A Parody

If you’re on Facebook, you’ll probably know exactly what I’m talking about.  Please share.

Facebook has made a change to Graph Search! COPY AND PASTE THIS TO YOUR WALL so everyone knows how it works and your News Feed doesn’t again get flooded by idiotic messages on how Facebook is making your personal information searchable to anyone in the world!

The new feature allows you to search for key words in comments and status updates. However, YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO FIND INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN SHARED WITH YOU, i.e. public posts or posts by your friends. If you don’t want your posts to turn up in Graph Search, DON’T POST THEM PUBLICLY, but change your post settings to “Friends Only” or “Private”. Of course, not posting things online in the first place also helps to keep them private and unsearchable.

To find out more about Graph Search (like what it actually is and how it works), click here:
https://www.facebook.com/help/558823080813217
http://mashable.com/2013/09/30/facebook-graph-search-conversations/

To find out how to manage your privacy settings, click on the gear-icon top-right of your screen, go to ‘Help’ and read the articles under ‘Privacy’.

To find out more about search privacy specifically, click here:
https://www.facebook.com/help/468080906543413/

Share this with all your friends and stop the circulation of idiotic panicky messages on our Facebook walls!!!!!!!

You think I’m being silly?  I prefer to call it a pre-emptive strike.  Hey, it’s worth a try.

Some more getting right of facts

No, this isn’t another Dan Brown-inspired rant.  (Do tune in tomorrow for my review of Secrets of Inferno which explores the facts behind Mr Brown’s latest bestseller, though.)  Today I want to talk about something else.

I’m generally a nice guy (at least I think so), but I do have a nasty side and at times I can be a real bastard when I think someone is deserving.  What does one need to do in order to receive this dubious honour?  My dark side gets awakened when people indiscriminately forward e-mails. Continue reading “Some more getting right of facts”