Smartphone stupid

Many people at the Culture Club gig I went to last night watched the whole thing through their smartphone screens, recording it.  Now, professional cameras with zoom lenses are banned but you can pinch and zoom in using a smartphone but it’s software- assisted, which basically means the result is blurred – the closer you … Read moreSmartphone stupid

Amazing Black Friday deal on myfibromyalgia ebook

For Black Friday, the 5-star-rated ebook of myfibromyalgia: one man’s experience of living with chronic illness is just £1.99 instead of £5.99. The whopping discount is available in currencies across all Amazon territories. The price drop is for 24 hours only, so don’t miss out and do tell all your friends in fibro and invisible … Read moreAmazing Black Friday deal on myfibromyalgia ebook

Iceland Christmas TV ad banned because wanting to save the planet is ‘political’

Iceland (the food store chain, not the country) does a Christmas TV ad about the environmental crisis and threat to animals and it’s deemed ‘political’ and banned from our screens? Oh. If your kid is choking on a sweet and you want to help them survive, is that a political act? If you keep your … Read moreIceland Christmas TV ad banned because wanting to save the planet is ‘political’

Khashoggi and the Saudis: no justice, just oil

With regard to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, the hypocrisy and inaction of our world leaders makes me sick. It is evil and totally unacceptable that a journalist can walk into his own nation’s consulate in another land and be tortured, killed and disappeared, which is what happened to Jamal Khashoggi. Yet, … Read moreKhashoggi and the Saudis: no justice, just oil

Don’t put your trust in Apple’s App Stores

You’d think Apple would notify people when it discovers apps sold in its App Stores, Mac or iOS, have been found to contain spyware taking private information, when they’ve removed them from the store. But no. I had Dr. Cleaner Pro installed, a paid-for app, on my Macbook Pro. It turns out, it’s been gone … Read moreDon’t put your trust in Apple’s App Stores

Factory farming vs nature as breeding livestock becomes harder

Death rates for female pigs in the US are going up rapidly, causing panic in the farming industry. The same has been true of chickens and turkeys for the past two decades. Probably other animals as well, especially if bred in factory farming systems. Breeding livestock in their billions and trillions (over a trillion chickens … Read moreFactory farming vs nature as breeding livestock becomes harder

Headlines for homeowners

This is such a typical headline directed at homeowners, that blessed group within society, from The Guardian and, often enough, other newspapers as well, be they broadsheets or tabloids: Should we worry about a crash of the housing market? Let’s all take a deep breath.  It’s designed to appeal to the majority of middle and … Read moreHeadlines for homeowners

New iPhones, new Watch: Apple, bored now

I have never been less interested in an iPhone launch. I think I’ve become immune to the 30% faster, 50% quicker, take-better-photos bullshit that Apple and other tech companies come out with every year. Not much technology excites the way it did in the first decade of this century. Apple, though, does know how to … Read moreNew iPhones, new Watch: Apple, bored now

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