Ann Vole

I'm still here

Due to extra levels of pain, I can't use the computer much. I will still be checking things daily though. I think I will not use Facebook until I get my name officially changed then only have that new name as my account on Facebook with no friends and no posts. I will use that account only to post in groups including a group called "The Ann Vole" or something similar. If I am posting as the group itself, nobody will even be made aware of the account name. Due to something I read a long time ago, I want to have 5 unique unconnected names: birth name, friend and family nick name, legal name (what I will change my birth name to), online name, and pen name. Ann Vole will remain my online name and obviously I cannot change my birth name (which is not Ann Vole). Getting family and friends to call me by something other than my birth name might be tricky but should be doable. I still have not found the best way to make a legally-binding pen name. There is not much regulation on movie credits but book royalties and song royalties seem to cause a lot of trouble for pen name users to legally get their money.

Ann Vole

To yourself be true

Blogging here on LJ was mostly just to entertain myself and to be able to find and read my past mind's thoughts. I don't mind if nobody comments or hearts my posts (but I have noticed such a lack of activity). Facebook was entertainment when I could no longer type. The more friends on Facebook who post lots of stuff, the more fun stuff I could see in the feed. For this reason, I liked all the shares of stuff I posted and I suspect that activity in particular is the "spam" I was booted for. Of course I can't go and un-like all those posts without triggering Facebook's bots from seeing rapid repeat use of a feature. Those old likes may still be seen by some paranoid person if I activate the account again (assuming I have been banned for a week or a month) so that will result in a third strike for the same thing (too many likes of shares... assuming that is what the current ban is about) which is always a permanent ban. The plan, I think, is to add all my other accounts as admins to the groups I have formed and delete my account (if I get back on Facebook). I can always undelete an account in the future if I can figure out how to unlike everything I have liked in the past.

Ann Vole

The Oddsockeaters

The Oddsockeaters (Czech: Lichožrouti) is a 2016 Czech animated film. It is an adaptation of a novel of the same name. ----Wikipedia

This is a well-made film with the weak points being the English versions of the songs (original songs likely in Czech language). Good films should have a story arc for every character and that is the case here. Each character has character flaws and most characters have some level of character development where they become a better person. Most of the characters are a fictional creature that eats socks and as a result are made of fabric. The CGI is convincing of both their fabric nature and that they are living and breathing. Of course the other characters are humans who supply the socks the creatures live on. Rats show up often but just city wildlife who are mildly dangerous to the oddsockeaters. Lots of twists and lots of threads in play by the climax of the film.

Ann Vole

The dumbest smart phone

I may buy a smart phone with a pay-as-you-go contract simply for a way to receive text messages (I turned that off on my VoIP phone in case I get spammed and all those messages cost me money in over-data costs on my email service). It will also be a safety thing when driving long distances. I want only three things: phone through 4G and LTE towers for the best coverage in my area, can receive text messages, basic browser. What I would prefer it did not have: cameras, large screens, built-in battery. I want to be able to remove the battery and sim card when not in use to not broadcast my location or wear down the battery when basically in storage between uses (likely hidden under my spare tire in my car trunk).

Ann Vole

Samsung browser

The built in browser on my bluray player can't seem to handle the advertising and the pop-ups on websites. Trying to log in to LJ from the main LJ page just reloads the page every two seconds including closing the pop-up needed to log in. If I go to my own page, it doesn't reload every two seconds but about a second after opening the pop-up to log in, the pop-up closes. Maybe if I can find a stand-alone log in page, it might work. In the old days of not-so-smart smart phones, I had to post in most sites using email (including LJ) but it seems that is no longer allowed... likely due to DoS attacks using email. With Jabber, you could post by sending particular format messages to Frank the goat (I think that's the name of LJ's mascot) but I don't know if that still works nor if I can get jabber working on that same Bluray browser. I hope to figure this out in case my tablet gives up the ghost and it is currently quite painful to use (due to location rather than the machine itself).

Ann Vole

Aqua-dog

I still have daily attempts by thieves to get over the extensive barriers to getting into my back yard. Heated hoses with sprinklers attached and aimed across the top of the fence and activated by motion sensitive lights would soak the intruders in this cold winter and should discourage repeat attempts and hopping the fence. I will be mounting chains inside the locked doors so if they cut the lock and push the door open, it will only open enough to reach in and unlock the second lock or try to cut the chain and lock inside the locked space (two garages and a house-attached storage shed). Alarm systems seem to not deter them from going into various buildings in the neighborhood. One guy got a few decades in jail for shooting at the police when they showed up at an alarm situation when the security company response person realized there was someone still in the building. This is half a block from my house and happened last May. Other ideas are an alarm of a realistic-sounding big dog bark and flashing red and blue lights shone along the sides of the house so the thieves think there is a cop car with the lights flashing on the other side of the house. A guy 3 houses down the block had 6 security cameras stolen last week and they needed a ladder to do it.

Ann Vole

FUFB

I am tempted to make a group of people who have been unfairly booted from the Facebook platform with the long term goal of launching a class-action law suit... not for being booted but for Facebook's pathetic handling of this issue (booting the wrong people or at least not communicating with the people involved). One possible name could be "Fighting Unfair Facebook Bans/Boots" or F-U FB. Another name might be "Zucced Over". Being colorful with the language might not be the best idea but certainly would represent the sentiment of its members.

Ann Vole

Mini-geothermal

I long recognized that thermal heat storage is the best answer to making energy self-sufficiency work in the coldest parts of the world (Saskatchewan and Alaska have similar climate zones and in similar parts of each area. I am in Saskatchewan and the best ideas actually implemented happened in Alaska.) The problem is chemicals are always dangerous and expensive and water is hard to keep contained especially if there is a chance of freezing. Dirt is "dirt cheap" and most homes have dirt below them. Of course it is also expensive to move dirt around, even just in and out of a hole. This is where I have developed several ideas to get heat in and out of the soil without disturbing most of that storage soil as well as how to insulate that soil to keep the heat in and prevent ground water from leaving the heat storage soil (and getting into it) and "washing" the stored heat away. Alaska also has to deal with permafrost that most of Saskatchewan does not have to worry about (up there, you don't want to melt the permafrost as your house will sink into the very wet soil if it does melt). One guy in Toronto area drilled just 5-10 feet into the soil in a few dozen places under the house footprint and put a continuous loop of PEX radiant floor heating tubing into these holes for a relatively cheap thermal storage system below the lowest floor (which was a well-insulated wood joist floor). Making a rough guess using several unrelated mathematical methods, I figure I need about 4 to 8 feet of thermal storage soil depth for each floor of above-ground house assuming the same footprint of the storage and the heated part of the house. Of course Toronto is much milder climate than my city in Saskatchewan... but still a useful proof-of-concept. Note that this house will not be complete for a few months and then will take a year or two before we know how this Toronto house with heat storage functions.