We went out for a little spin around town yesterday. If for nothing else, to get out of the house for a while. We were sitting in the car, down by the Reversing Falls [which really should be called the Reversing Rapids because there are no FALLS]. I was saying to Gerry … ‘I think it’s about time we saw a groundhog now!‘. That very second I noticed movement in the brush beside the road, and there he was!
One of the other words for groundhog — marmot — I have a funny story about, but I’ll write about that in another post.
The wind yesterday was really biting. No pleasure to be outside to try and take pictures. It’s still a very brown Spring. It’s morning now, but I hear the same wind howling in the ventilations ducts here.
Last night, I was logging in to my oldest Gmail account … the very first I ever signed up for, a few days after Gmail started in 2004. Got a message that they’d detected «unusual activity» on my account, and I had to give them a phone number to verify that it was really me … either a cell phone number where they could send a text message, or to the landline for a voice message.
After thinking about this for a few minutes … I rarely log in to this account, so I couldn’t see what unusual activity there could have been … I typed in my cell phone number and got the verification. Logged in to my account and all seemed fine there. A tremendous amount of spam, but it was all in the spam folder at least … not in the inbox. No strange activity that I could detect. I don’t like giving out phone numbers in general, but that particular account I’m really careful about.
Last night, I read an article in TechCrunch by Orli Yakuel in Israel. I agree with her on so many issues with Facebook. I’m on Facebook myself, for the same reason as most other people: Everybody else is there. It’s funny how you can get a sense of a certain attitude of a whole company … not just a person! I feel that Facebook as a whole don’t give a damn about their users. They seem to feel so self-assured that all their half a billion+ users will stay [and they probably will].
Each time they’ve changed something, and made life more miserable for the users, I read the thousands of comments on their own page … the outrage … but nobody cares. Orli said it very well in her article.