Sunday, January 29, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

hidden snake alert

Anyone on Google is now, it seems, subject to a sweeeeeping amount of inspection by the powers that should not be, as to ads.  What they call  "tailoring' to our "needs" is nothing more than a poor excuse for shoving multitudes of google ads at us,  all across all google apps, domains, sites, etc.  So no matter where you go, there they are, waving themselves at you. Buy this, go here, go there, click ME.  
It sounds good on the surface,  they say its so they can find the ads for products you love or are interested in, and give you 'options' to learn more.  Pity the person who clicks on anything they are merely curious about, but decide they don't like what they see.  
Google has decided, if you click, you must be interested. 

And I found this photo from last year's garden to be most appropriate.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Addicts Anonymous

This morning I was visiting one one of my daily must-see places, and at the top of the  page was an ad for a small online game.  The promo said, in effect,  'a game to help distract you when you crave a cigarette".   I havent smoked in 17 years, and suddenly I wanted a smoke so badly it was scary.  Still do.

A lot of people have a tough time, perhaps they join Smoke Enders, they tell the whole world about it,  and of course everyone then begins to keep tabs.  "Hey, Pete, how's the smoking going?"  and Pete sits there for five minutes, white knuckled, while that terrible urge fades.

When I quit, it was cold turkey;  I was so sick anyway I didn't even want a smoke.  Good time as any, I thought.   But I never told anyone, not for at least six months, until I could get my own cravings to a manageable level.  And for the longest time  after that I would  now and then get a 'wave' of longing.  At a stop light,  with my coffee in the morning.  The body, like Pepperidge Farm, remembahs.

Friday, January 6, 2012

'tis okay

still here
not movin' much
but definitely here

been cold
been colder
now its snowing

we lived through xmas
ignored New Year's
now we get to live through wintah

two months and a bit over
and it will be spring
I'm ready