Facebook and meta

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I have been seeing loads of stuff promoting AI. Some is scary stuff. Even to the CEO of Zoom talking of creating an AI clone to attend meetings for you, while you sit at home relaxing. This clone will take decisions for you based on saved data about you, your preferences and previous actions.

However, AI will go beyond that, and scrape or use data from other people to create content. Little reference to accuracy, just what others wrote or posted about a specific topic.

There is an update from Meta telling Facebook users their content is now going to be used for AI from June the 26th.

I tried to avoid joining Facebook for many years, due mostly to the crap that was on it, Now I find myself having to use it or being unable to contact some businesses as many have dropped the website that was viewable by anyone with no account needed to view and settled for a social media that requires a user account simply to view the page.

By the way, if you want a social media app viewable by anyone without a sign in, try Mastodon. https://social.vivaldi.net/@stannard

So I think I am going to close my Facebook account and delete as much content as I am able before that date.

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Wet Wednesday

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Woke to a wet morning so decided to go through to Morecambe.

Something nostalgic about walking along the front at Morecambe on a rainy day.

We dived into Home Bargains, the boss filled.the trolley in a few minutes, so I had to get a second.

Off to the Pub for a bite to eat. Picture is my coated chicken strips with chips and cheesy sauce. Very nice.

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Terry Pratchet

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When surfing the web, (an old expression I know,) But then I am. Sometimes one stumbled upon nice things, or simple things that can make me smile.

On Mastodon, I came upon a bot posting Terry Pratchet quotes, some good, some less so.

One of the nice things about Mastodon is you don't need to sign in to read content, unlike much of the other alleged social media. https://frikiverse.zone/@terrybot

That link may need to be copied and pasted.

Tanned right arm

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For a time, back in 1970/ 80's I drove trucks from Lancaster into other Countries, They included, Eire and much of mainland Europe. France, Belgium, Luxembourg ,Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Italy.

When queuing for the customs it was often easy to spot another British driver because the right arm was browner than the left. Not always but often. The common assumption that we all drove along with our arm resting on the door certainly wasnt true on the vehicles I drove, As the gap between the seat and the door was too big to do that in any comfort.

However it was fair to say the Sun was stronger that was usual in the North West of England and you could find yourself driving for many miles with the sun beaming through the glass and burning your right arm.

Little thought was given back then to sun block cremes or factor 30 etc. A few years ago, I noticed the odd hard bit of skin on the back of my hand, I didn't give much thought to it, but over time it got bigger, and sometimes it would itch, One day, I must have scratched it in my sleep and I woke to a small amount of blood on my arm and a large scab. So I went to the Doc, who sent me to the skin specialist, Who then took a biopsy to test for skin cancer.

I didnt expect him to take such a large piece of skin for a sample. Anyway, I am awaiting the results, The picture is my arm healing and the stitches are to be taken out in a few days. I suppose the moral is use sun block, Although that is really Horses and stable doors for me. I plan to update..... my right arm

Truck driving days ( Bromley )

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Driving Days : One of my first driving jobs many years ago was for Bromley transport. Back in the days of A B and C licences, The office / workshop was on Southlands road Bromley, South London. At the top of the road, on the junction of the A21 was a big pub, Cant remember the name of it, Most drivers would go for a pint on Saturday Lunch time before going home. Our boss , The owner, would sometimes call in to the Saloon bar with his mates. You could see from one bar into the other. One Christmas eve, we were all in the bar having a pint or three, Roger,one of our drivers was late into the pub. Anyway, he opens his pay packet and says to everyone, hey I got a Christmas bonus. Quick as you like Dave , another driver says, how much did you get? Roger says Ten quid. Dave says, that's funny, we all got Twenty ! I bet it is because you backed into that tree last week. So we all nod and try to look serious. (Actually we all got ten.) Roger sits and stews about how unfairly he had been treated. Just then the Boss walked into the saloon bar, Roger jumps up, walks into the saloon bar and has a go at the boss for being mean and only giving him ten quid. After listening to Roger, the Boss, turns so we can all see him and says in a loud voice, Your right Roger, I am sorry, Here is the other tenner, have a nice Christmas lads.

A little test with a poster

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This is a poster for a PSA testing event in Barrow. If you have a prostate, it may be worth you attending. Small deposit to try to elimminate time waster.

Jingling Lane

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In a town near me, there is a delightfully named Jingling Lane Along which is a little piece of street art. It is the little things that brighten the day , dontcha think ? enter image description here

A bit of an intro

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This domain was used for my business , but things have moved on, So i am using it for a fragmented blog. By that I mean it is mainly the ramblings of an old geezer.

If you arrived here from a link on Mastodon, Then expect to find longer posts than my masto account allows.

If you found one of my company pens and linked from that, I apologise, as it probably doesn't work, I bought a fun pack from a pen company, 500 of them and NONE of them worked. There are refills around that will fit, often to be found in other peoples pens.. NOT that I am suggesting you nick someone's pen to use in mine. Although you have to admit mine look pretty classy, Whats that ? You want a pen that works ? Picky sods.

Me?, Old bloke, Father and Grandfather. Whisky drinker. Proud as punch of my kids and grandkids, They have all grown up to be great in spite of me 😅

I like fresh ground old brown java, spicy food and chips. That about covers it.

Lastly, I have not included a comments option, If you feel the urge to make an observation on something I have posted, You will just have to control yourself. Fair to say, I can be contacted via a variety of messenger services, xmpp is nice , A few others will be mentioned elsewhere in this blog Some I answer quickly, some I don't.

Just me

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An intro post, Who am I, ( as if you care ) and why I write this drivel. Obviously there is content to come.

My View

Thursday the 8th of Feb

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think I will stay indoors Thankfully this was up the tops and not a road that I would travel along given the weather forcast. I hope they got out..

February 2024.

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I like this script, Although I use others, this works nicely for me, So I managed an update, which gave me the idea that it is still being maintained, But after three attempts at extracting to another server... Well it all went to porridge,or was it Sausage... Need to have a clear out of redundant files and see if I can get a clean install. In the meantime enjoy your day,

The QR is a link to the contact info for The Bay Prostate Cancer Support Group.....Trips off the tongue nicely dunnit.

Bay Group QR

The Post Office Scandal.

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Seen on ArsTechnica

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Link to article https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/01/fujitsu-bugs-that-sent-innocent-people-to-prison-were-known-from-the-start/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned

The snow plough

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Seen elsewhere

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January 24.

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My Cousin's birthday treat thing, we had a night away with family at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.

It was very nice, staff, food and the place. Probably add some more pics, just need to resize some. But to keep you going, the first is the iconic statue of Eric Morecambe, the second is the bed, Seems it isn't just me that thinks "bra and pants "

Eric Our Eric.

The Bed Bra and pants ?

December and Humbugs

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Started to run a few back ups with plans to migrate to another server and noticed some quirky issues. I hear the developer is not continuing to support this script, which is a shame as I like it !

Update ! There is an update, so this script is supported. This is now updated and I am checking the img refs. Seems absolute refs are not a good idea if you plan to move a site. !

Constant tweeking going on.

Tis I, Dear reader, Dont be alarmed

Old stuff

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Some years back my granddaughter asked me , " Granddad, Were you in the olden days " To a certain extent, I was. So I thought I would add an " Olden days " section. ( Work in Progress though ) The image is a musical Birthday card, It was given to me on my 5th Birthday in 1950. It still works, held together with sellotape and love.

Birthday Jingle

A first post over here

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Playing with this script, It may last a while, Then again...? The picture is me in Lagos, Portugal. Tim on a bench Having swapped servers and domains some of the image references will be wrong, Sorry... Working my way through and updating them.

Hope to keep this updated, But fair to say, We have heard that before.

The return of the Stones

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During lockdown painted stones began to appear around the village, What was nice was people left them alone.

Now some new ones have started to appear.

I just love this sort of thing. enter image description here

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I hope this starts a trend.

My mate Trevor.

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Some years ago, I moved from Slough down to a village near Sevenoaks in Kent.

One of the guys I used to meet in the Pub was Trevor. He lived quite close to me and sometimes we would stagger home together. We got on well and became good friends.

One evening in the pub Trevor ran out of money, So I lent him ten bob. ( Ten Shillings ) 50pence in todays money. (in the days when the UK used real money where 20 shillings made a pound). In due course, he paid me back. One afternoon, I ran out of money ,Trevor lent me ten bob. Over the months and years, This ten bob note bounced back and forth between us until neither of us knew who owed whom ten bob. I think it became a bit of a laugh, Just for fun. Trevor moved to Canada and we would keep in touch two or three times a year by email or a phone call.

Trevor began signing off his emails with " You got my ten bob ?"
I went online and bought a Ten Shilling note, Fully intending to post it to him. However, about that time, Trevor changed his address and took to drugs, The emails became fewer and phone calls stopped. Then I got messages to say he was clean and had been so for a few years. Then we lost contact, I managed to find his daughter via social media, She told me Trevor died in January this year 2023,
I shall miss him but I still have the ten bob note as a reminder.

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April in England

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Low roof with line if frost where the sun hasnt reached

Looks nice, but the air is chilly. What happend to "out like a lamb"

Emergency alerts

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Seems our Government want even more control over us. Not only do they want to read all our messages via a backdoor for every app, It wants to send us emergency alerts too.

cant hide your phone

Well, it came and went. Of the four people near me, One triggerd at 3pm and another a few minutes later. Mine was disabled and didnt sound, The fourth, I didnt hear anything. But the message was in an American accent ! Nothing against Americans, My Father was one, But couldnt we afford to create our own system? Somehow, I doubt I will find the scheme useful, They are either going to tell us to stay out of the sun when the Summer finally arrives, Or warn me we are about to be nuked which is also pointless as Tin Hats are not as effective as they were in 1940.

March stuff

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So busy doing other stuff, I keep forgetting to post to this site.

Yesterday I started with a cough, runny nose and sneezing. Aching joints etc. The boss looked at me as if I had developed Bubonic plague. By the way, What happened to spring ?


Tree hugging at Ulverston

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Found a picture of the Temple at Ulverston. Actually Conishead Priory,
Now has a beautiful Buddist Temple in the grounds,

A fabulous and breathtaking place , between the priory and the Kent estuary there a large chunk of woodland with some amazing trees in it. Sadly people dont always clean up after their dogs and you need to look where you are putting your feet. It is open to the public and if you can, I recommend you go and see for yourself.

Kath hugging a tree

Kath hugging a tree , October 2022

February morning

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Should try to remember to post on here, No excuse. Looking west Sunrise on the 6th of Feb

Brr. Looking East Chilly morning

White stuff

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cold days and nights. enter image description here

Stayed on freezing point all day.

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Milkman got through. Winter draws on !

Tom Baker

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Seen on Mastodon, Nothing to add !

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Party. time

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Out with the gang to a party. Masque Ball. ish. Good music, great food and too much alcohol.

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Absence .... October flew by

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I just realised that I slept through last month, Well. Not really, but I should try and post more frequently.

Therefore in no particular or chronological order, I will add a picture and try to tell you about it.

Breakfast on October the first Breakfast on the first of October.

My Cousin from up north called for a couple of days, Sadly he was off the whisky, so I had to drink it all myself. Drove out to a place called Knot End where there is a ferry across to Fleetwood. Wandered around and found a chippy. I had Currywurst and chips , the others had fish n chips.

No picture of either, My find some and resize for this. mebee.

We also went back to Conishead Priory, Lovely place, Peaceful and calming woodland with nice little touches, One of which was this plaque on a bench. enter image description here The inscription is Anita Louise, Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. Loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

I thought that was so sweet.! However, we went at the weekend, The workd and his granny were there with their dogs,. running around, off the leads and poo a plenty, I thought I had arrived at bloody Crufts.

The Boss had to go for an eye test in town, Just across from the opticians is a little Turkish bistro, with some tables outside, So I ordered espresso and waited for the boss. A lovely waitress brought out my coffee with a side of turkish delight. enter image description here

On the way back to the carpark, we stopped at the Borough for some lunch. I ordered a small selection of lite bites, Tapas style, Or so I thought. It was more than I expected. enter image description here

End of an era

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enter image description here Goodbye and Thank you Ma'am.

Goodbye and Thank you Ma'am.

A superb and emotional day. Proud to be British .

Richmond Yorkshire.

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Took a trip up to Richmond in North Yorkshire. Quaint old town, Some interesting shops and a large medieval castle. The main tower is intact, but much or the rest has tumbled down. The main entrance and tower The main tower Open to the public and worth a walk round. ( imho )

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An enjoyable day out.

RIP My Queen

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Thursday the 8th of September 2022. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth passed away aged 96. My. Queen

I never met this lady, Although I know a few who did, and they all say how nice she was. For a while she was my commander in chief, and I swore to obey her , her heirs and successors.

I remember when her father died back in 1952 I was in infant school and we were all taken into the school dining room to listen to the announcement on the wireless.

I am pleased I lived through her reign and may she Rest in Peace reunited with that politically incorrect old bugger Philip.

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Strange eggs

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Went to the local agricultural show yesterday. Saw these eggs... strange. Eggs n such

Plum picking time

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Plum picking time again, The boss makes jam from things, Plum is on my favourite list as it doesnt have pips. I am supposed to avoid pips and seeds.

The lady who used to live nearby always spelt plum "plumb". Her family were plumbers, so it may explain things. A bum of a plum.

Plum bum Bum Plum.

Coffee time.

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Coffee Time

The stuff in the bottom is condensed milk, Just provides that mid afternoon sugar hit !


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Waiting to turn into the entrance of Preston Hospital, Queue not moving, Then I discovered the reason ! I hope whoever the passenger was, they came hrough.



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Went to trim the rose bush at the bottom of the garden. Climbed up, and noticed some feathers.... Took a closer look, Two collard dove chicks in a nest. The bush

An eye

Another eye

Heatwave ? It's Summer !

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Summertime for a change. Beer bus day

Sunny Saturday. Timefor a beer or two

The Bus ride.

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Thursday, Boss wanted to go somewhere nice and not mooch around home all day.

First thought was a train to Skipton or Lancaster. Looked at the train times and remembered there is a strike so limited service.

Ok, what about the bus to somewhere. Options are Ingleton, Kirkby Lonsdale or Lancaster.

Decided we would go to Kirkby and have a wander round. Bus journey was ok, Got to Kirkby close to lunch time. Decided to eat then shop. Walked into Botanica, A lovely restaurant down a ginnel. Decided on "small plates", Dirty fries and Crispy Beef. Dirty Fries. Dirty Fries, with cheese and bacon

Crispy Beef, with chilli and cashews.

Absolutely fantastic meal, Along with lovely staff. I will be going back ! Botanica Kirkby

A unit of measure !

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As an old bloke, i still think in feet and inches . People tell me I am old and behind the times, Metric is the way to go. Just found this onine from Eric. (Quote). Oh, I don't know, let's pick a big number, say 10 million. And divide the Earth's circumference... no, pole-to-pole... no, oh heck, let's make it just a quarter of the way around. Why not? So one ten-millionth of a quarter of the circumference of the earth. That distance. That. We'll make that the standard way to measure everything!

Nobody would do anything that arbitrary and random and expect it to catch on :(

Except it did catch on. That's the meter. (end of quote) I am reminded that my maths teacher would say the metric system is designed for those who need their fingers to count.

Heatwave ?

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The sun is shining, The press, Media and Politicians are shouting Heatwave ! Probably because they want us all to panic and think the end of the world is upon us ! Maybe it is, What with Putin , Ukraine and Uncle Tom Cobbley.

However, be that as it may, I decided to have an iced coffee, or to be more precise, a coffee with ice. Then I would take it outside and sit under the shade of this rather large umbrella.

So espresso machine warming up, Ice cubes in a glass, and I go to put up the umbrella.

I need to align the canopy with the bracket and to do that I step onto the little coffee table we have in our cush.

Done it many times ! This time, it tipped up. !! I fell and landed on the table and logs etc.

No plasters in the house. Sellotape and kitchen roll Battered Legs

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