Posted in The Neo-Luddite and Technology

The LORs Prayer

Our Godgle who art online, hollowed be thy name,

Thy thingdom has come, thy will being done on earth as it is in cyberspace.

So weave us this day our daily web,

And forgive us our sims as we forgive those who simulate against us,

And lead us not into discontinuation but deliver us from the believable,

For thine is the programme to devour the story, forever and ever, Amen.

Posted in Peace News

Google to drop Pentagon AI contract after employee objections to the ‘business of war’ – The Washington Post

More companies need to follow the example of Google if we are to once and for all become a people who invest in compassion and peace rather than the “business of war.”

As Eisenhower warned:
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”

For as Benjamin Franklin once said,

“There never was a good war, or a bad peace.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/06/01/google-to-drop-pentagon-ai-contract-after-employees-called-it-the-business-of-war/?utm_term=.9636b4de812b

Posted in Musings and Reflections

From Facebook to Amazon, these are the default privacy settings you should change – The Washington Post

Hi folks,

This is a pretty important (and kind of scary) article on protecting your privacy, and what information/activity is automatically being recorded mostly without our knowledge.

I spent today following the recommendations. I suggest you do the same.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/06/01/hands-off-my-data-15-default-privacy-settings-you-should-change-right-now/?utm_term=.b3732627f8eb

Posted in Musings and Reflections

Stop Blaming Facebook for Your Stupidity

Maybe it’s because we don’t have to put “www” in front of urls anymore, but there seems to be a collective amnesia as to exactly what the internet is.

AKA, the World Wide Web.

As in the most. public. place. ever.

As in anything you post on the internet can be seen by anyone.

So show some discretion, people!

Vet the links you share before you share. Make sure you’re not a mouth piece for some entity masquerading as something completely different.

Heck, vet your rants and opinions before you post them. Ever looked back on something you wrote years ago and been embarrassed? Yeah, well the journal entries are a little more public now, aren’t they?

Think! Reflect! Then respond.

Stop reacting to the latest . . . well . . . whatever!

Stop being a slave to the 24/7 news cycle. No news is good news, right?

And above all, stop leaving the responsibility of protecting your privacy with Facebook, Google or any of the host of, well, other web hosts.

If you don’t want the world to know where you live, what your kids, your body, or your dirty laundry look like, then quite simply don’t click upload.

Sure, Facebook needs to be held accountable for Russian trolls, fake ads, Cambridge Analytics, and such. There is much they can do to clean things up.

But really? Really?!

“C’mon, man!”

It’s the World Wide Web, for Chris Christie’s sake.

Fix Facebook?

Sure, but you might want to try some of them same tools on yourself.

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Posted in The Sunday Driver: Life in the Slow Lane

Has Google Replaced God?

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image from Christianity Today

My dog wakes me up at 3 a.m.

I of course am frustrated. This has been going on for a week and I am racking my brain for a solution. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog posts, I am trying to seek God first before I try to solve problems on my own.

So I spend some time in prayer, centering down and trying to remain calm so I can get back to sleep. And I hope that perhaps a solution will reveal itself to me in time.

Then I wonder if I should just google: my dog wakes me up at 3 a.m.

As I am wont to do when I have a problem the first thing I do is I go to Google for the answers. Now there is nothing wrong with googling something. It is nice to have a repository of so much knowledge readily available.

But I got to wondering, is Google now my goto for answers rather than prayer?

That is indeed a good question. And I guarantee it is one that Google does not have the answer to.

Posted in Finding Frost's Road: Encounters with the Culture

Looking for the Signs

Sign Pedestrian Harpers Ferry WV 5.07Google Maps are not enough.

I have a modest proposal for city managers, mayoral types, councils, and various other authority figures within urban and town jurisdictions to decrease the stress of travelers, especially those not as familiar with the local roads.

FIX YOUR STREET SIGNS.

They are missing, turned the wrong way, blocked from view, invisible at night, and in every manner totally ineffective to the driver.

This is also a safety issue, i.e. less quick lane changes -“That’s where we turn!” (SCREECH!) or rear end collisions – “Hmm. I don’t know. Can you see . . .? OUCH!” (CRASH! SHATTER!)

So please ease my mind. Spend a little money and time.

Help me see the signs.