Mellowing out
Christmas shopping

Empathy vs selfishness

PXL_20211029_171126587 I did my laundry a few days ago, a mundane job in itself, but the timing matters. I do it during the day, during the week, not on evenings and weekends - not to ensure getting a machine, just to leave those times for worker bees. Because I'm generally a kind and empathetic person. (Note - I showed up with one minute left on my dryer). 

My primary role model, my grandfather, was that kind of person. Plus, I tend to avoid conflict with people. Whatever the reasons, I am who I am. Many people have similar traits, but - as COVID has shown - many don't. We've seen politicians, business people, friends and neighbours and relatives, all making selfish choices. Choices that are easily justified with the wealth of 'alternate facts' out prowling the Inter-webs. And politicians have had to propose various rules to try to control behaviour, without any real consequences/loss of votes.

I'm tired of all people's excuses, and of the politicians trying to spin reality and promise whatever will keep them in power. I'm too old for this shit. I've pretty well dropped out of Facebook/Meta, as Zuckey manipulates my Newsfeed to suit his revenue needs, not my needs. I use Twitter, and am on Discord, etc for my streaming. I still browse various news sources, but I'm trying to ignore all the political/Covid talk.

Here are some things from my new focus: 

  • OK, this a Facebook related link, but it's from The Onion, and spoofs Zuckey's Metaverse fascination.
  • For Halloween (sorry, I'm late) here's Ghostbusters, played on various devices.
  • Apparently, there is a group of bohemian boat dwellers in San Fran, the 'anchor-outs'. Actually, there was a group, most are gone now. They were spoiling the view and property values for the wealthy citizens of Sausalito, so the bohemians are being forcibly evicted and their home (boats) destroyed. 
  • Google Streetview has been around for more than a decade. When you're using it, you see the latest image, but you can often choose an earlier view, for a stroll down memory lane. Some people are using it to see changes in a favourite street, some to look for people. One woman found her mother, now deceased, sitting on some steps outside a library. Face blurred, but it was her, just sitting, waiting for someone perhaps. She even looked around to see what her mother might have been watching - a creepy idea for some, but comforting for this woman.  
  • Are you looking for a new recipe for rice pudding? Check this out. 
  • In the UK, forestry schools are spreading, encouraging kids to log off and get back out. Maybe here too? 
  • Finally, soon it will be time to 'fall back' for many of us. I liked this article, especially the many creative comments. 



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