Politics aside how is everyone doing ?

SethBullock

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Had kind of a creepy experience today. I went over to my mother-in-law's house to help her out with something. As we chatted, she mentioned that she has macular degeneration in her eyes, and she talked about what modern medicine can do for it.

Later in the day I was home and went out in my yard to do some work, but it started raining on me. So I went to my Yahoo weather app in my IPhone to see what today's weather would be like for the rest of the day. I took a screenshot of what I saw. Let's see if you can see what's creepy about this.

Weather app (2).png
 

HBS Guy

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I thought you were having a really hot day for a second before I remembered that would be Fahrenheit! :smirk
 

SethBullock

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Eee, Early signs of macular degeneration!
Right! The f'g phone was listening to our conversation and then it communicated with advertisers!

F'g phone!

I went into my settings and turned off "Siri & Suggestions". Don't know if that will change anything, but this is just creepy.
 

Aussie

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Right! The f'g phone was listening to our conversation and then it communicated with advertisers!

F'g phone!

I went into my settings and turned off "Siri & Suggestions". Don't know if that will change anything, but this is just creepy.
Likely also unlawful?
 

SethBullock

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Likely also unlawful?
I don't know, Aussie. So much fine print. Probably when you click "Install" you've already agreed to the Terms and Conditions of the app. We have agreed to Apple's system in our phones, probably not really knowing what we've agreed to.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
Exactly, Seth.

I don't use any 'assistants' and my phone isn't very smart, but I always make sure location is OFF... and
I don't use it for on-line. I do NOT link my phone to my computer, or 'other devices'.

I am trying to remain at-arms-length with this IT because I confess it doesn't appeal to me.
 

HBS Guy

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I turned Siri off too, never use it.

80% of the time my phone is for calls and texts.

I do sometimes look here etc–tiny text drives me nuts, never more than a quick look. I do transfer photos from the phone to laptop and occasionally use the phone to let me use the internet on my laptop (esp waiting to board or after boarding the ferry.)
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
I've been taking stock of the damage from all that rain I had here.. a delayed big wet.!

Had fully grown She-Oak... just fall over , because the ground was so saturated. Good time to pull weeds and remove dead trees etc... some old stumps ..pulled out and the hole in the ground instantly started seeping water. I have to mow, but it is still too wet, even after 2 days of hot sunshine.

Have another dead She-Oak that has leaned over, but been caught by another, very close to my powerlines.

THINK it'll be ok , just need to suss it out a bit more. Even my driveway is still boggy.. very unusual.

The land here is layers of different clays, topped with sandy loam. The clays are distinct.. but at the mo am dealing with the pale sandy sort, which turns into a thick liquid sludge if wet enough. It is actually a useful type of clay, as it is so fine, you could make things out of it.

The other clays are a blue-grey, and a dark orange.
They are deeper, and really interested me at the time of construction, And the Dam.. amazing.

Sigh I used to think I could really be involved with those sorts of pursuits, geology and such, as a child.
But life is full of surprises.
 

johnsmith

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Right! The f'g phone was listening to our conversation and then it communicated with advertisers!

F'g phone!

I went into my settings and turned off "Siri & Suggestions". Don't know if that will change anything, but this is just creepy.
Heard a story a few years ago of a couple who had a new 'siri' type home speaker ... the husband and wife had a quick chat about buying a new tv. The next week they received a new tv in the mail. They eventually worked out theat their 'siri' type home speaker mistook their chat for a request, and oredered the tv and charged it to their credit card since it was connected to their apple account complkete with card details.

After reading that one my wife and I swore we'd never get one:oldman
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
I was sitting having a cuppa and reading the paper outside, with the mozzie coils burning the other day , when I happened to notice what appeared to be poo, close to the wall, and around the corner from my front door. At first it looked a bit like cat poo, but it wasn't.. No cats here.

Hhmmm? What's that? I found a twig and poked it... it wasn't fresh, but dry, but it couldn't have been there for long. (shrugs) leaves it in situ for further thought.

So, next day my friendly neighbour came over to visit, and I remembered to point it out to him and ask what he thought it was from. ( he has lead a life no-one else here could come close to) a real bushie from QLD..

So he looked at it and said.. well looks like snake shit to me. Seen it before... altho it usually has white spots in it.

WOW.. don't think I 've ever seen THAT before. Well yeah he said, looks like snake shit to me !!

So, I have a reference book .. Tracks, Scats and other Traces.- A Field Guide to Australian Mammals, by Barbara Triggs: Oxford University Press. 2012.

So I checked it out and it had one page of photos.. life size, of various snake poo.....

6 different snakes, all in my area. Seems likely it is a large Tiger Snake.... 'cos the poo is bigger than the photo.....

Very venomous.

So... my dog smells snakes and usually catches and kills them. She has shown interest around the front covered areas of my front verandah... she has a certain stance and bark and tail wag when she smells snake.
I have a grass-tree, or what used to be called a black boy.. sorry,,, and they tend to have a lot of old debris hanging down, like a grass skirt, atop a column. height depending on age, with a green top and seasonally a flowering spike. This one could be hundreds of yrs old ....anyway
My dog was definitely after a snake yesterday,, she was standing up on her hind legs, sniffing and wagging and sticking her entire head up into the dried 'skirt'. She kept at it for quite some time, but I called her off, and took her inside , where she lay on her bed and panted full-on for at least 10 mins.

I have seen something new. Real Tiger Snake shit at my front door.!

Wow what a wonderful world
 

SethBullock

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Plenty of blackboys down here. Don’t think I have ever seen one with a flowering spike tho!
That's part of why they WERE called Blackboys. The spear.
OMFG!

Apparently, you guys are not WOKE!

You could not possibly call ANYTHING a "blackboy" in the U.S. unless you are a masochist and you wish to be tarred, feathered, and persecuted for the rest of your days.

Antifa would burn you out of your house!

You would be branded forever as Trump-loving, violent, ignorant, white supremacists. No explanation or apology could be accepted.

You would be, in a word, utterly f'd.
 
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