December 8th, 2019

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

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

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

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.