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Walking and texting, driving & texting, should be banned – moan for today.

Thought for the day…”Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

Are you one of those people who walk down the street with their head permanently fixed on their mobile phone??   I have given up moving out of the way for these people who walk with no regard for anybody else who is walking towards them.    Numerous videos on Youtube of people who have walked into fountains and off piers whilst they used their mobile phone.   Even worse are those people who you see cycling and driving whilst texting at the same time.   Asking for trouble.       The trend seems to be getting worse in cafes and restaurants too, where the mobile phone is THE centre of attention.     Full marks to the cafes and restaurants who are now trying to restrict the use of mobile phones.    One bar in Pembroke, New Zealand has a sign up saying “we do not have internet, TALK to each other “.   Let us hope that more cafes and bars follow suit.

And the photo today is from Sydney, Australia, where there used to be an ex-Russian MiG 15 fighter that you could go flying in.  Not much space in the cockpit !!   Despite being an early jet fighter, it could fly at over 1000 km/h and it could fly up to 2500km.  It could also climb to over 50 000 feet/15500m.

and another photo from the archives….sailing boats line up to start a race…..

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Think before you install……that app may not be so innocent

Thought for the day…”What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.”

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

It is amazing that so many people install apps on their mobile phones without any regard for just how much information those apps may collect. I recently wanted to install an app to control the flashlight on my mobile phone, but refused to install it when I discovered that it wanted access to my camera, email contacts and microphone. Absolutely no need for a glorified light switch to need access to my emails or the microphone on my telephone. And a second flashlight program proved just as bad.

Now there is the news on the internet about Amazon, and their plans to open physical stores in the USA. Apparently, they are going to monitor shoppers mobile phones, and will block their internet access if they attempt to check prices at other stores or online. So not only will Amazon be able to see what you are interested in, they will also be able to stop you comparing prices, and presumably, will also be able to see other sites on the internet that you are interested in. No doubt many people will quickly install a new Amazon app, without thinking about the loss of privacy. 50 years ago, people would have demonstrated against the idea of carrying something that gave authorities the power to see where they were within a few metres, and also what they were reading/eating/shopping/listening to. Even installing a flashlight app may now mean that somebody is listening to your conversations. Privacy is important, yet many people are now readily giving it up.

A photo from Spitsbergen of the Artic poppy flower, braving the cold weather…

and another photo….early morning in Riverton, in the far south of New Zealand.  At one time, this port received freight boats from Australia before the estuary silted up.  Now the railway and the larger boats have long since gone, leaving just the small fishing boats and a few tourists who pass through Riverton whilst driving the Southern Scenic Route.

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Dealing with morons

Thought for the day….” Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something”.

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but do not tell you what to see

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I love technology.  I really do.  I was keen to install the new mCash mobile phone app so that I could pay electronically using my mobile phone.   mCash is offered by a Norwegian bank, Sparebank1 so you would think that they would be ok with technology.  Wrong.   I ran into a problem from the start….despite having Sweden listed on the menus of the app, it would not send sms to a Swedish mobile number.    So of course I contacted the mCash helpline but they are claiming that they cannot send messages (sms) to a Swedish phone.   Despite asking them many times, they have been unable (or unwilling) to say why they cannot send a sms.  What is even more surprising is that the same morons who set the mCash system up actually put Sweden as an option on the menus.    And when you contact these people, who work in i.t (information technology) then you are left wondering how these morons actually got the job.   So the people working in I.T are unable to explain or fix the simple challenge.   I can send a sms to anywhere in the world, but the morons at mCash are either unwilling or incapable of doing this.  And they are employed to work in I.T.

And why does any app like this demand access to ALL my contacts on my phone, and why does a payment app demand control over things like the flashlight on my phone?   Very interesting to see the sort of permissions that apps like these demand.   Needless to say, the app has been uninstalled.   But I wonder how the morons at mCash keep their job.  And how did they get their jobs in the first place?

Two photos of a sunrise at Riverton, in the far south of New Zealand……both taken on the same morning

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and another photo from the archives….a simple photo that tells a story….

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New Zealand housebus – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Some people dream of success, whilst others wake up and work hard at it.”           ”  The eyes are useless when the mind is blind”

In the news today I read that ‘Go Airline’ of India will in future, only be employing female cabin staff, in order to save money.  As the average weight of females is less than for males, then ‘Go’ has decided that, in order to save money (less weight onboard means less fuel burnt in flight), that they will  only employ female cabin crew.  I would not be surprised if a certain Irish Airline also copies this idea.    And from Philadelphia, USA comes news that technology has now got to the cemeteries and graveyards.   There, in the Sunset Memorial Park, people can scan QR codes on tombstones with their mobile phones and then read full details of the deceased person.  Not only that, but you can also read a guest book, leave remembrances and see pictures and details of the deceased person.    Digital Legacies offer this service for USD 150.

The photo today is of a New Zealand housebus.   At one time, these were a very common sight on the roads around New Zealand, but gradually, they are getting less and less common.  In the 1960s and 1970s new cars were often shipped to New Zealand in plywood boxes, many of which later found their way into bus conversions, party due to their strong floors.    An average sized housetruck took 5 or 6 boxes on average, which then cost about NZD 25 each.  Often a wood-fired potbelly stove was included in the conversion to provide heating, cooking and sometimes hot water as well.    A housebus similar to the one in the photo can sometimes be bought from one of the online auction sites in New Zealand for around NZD 50 000, or about 30 000 euros.

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Myanmar Traffic jam – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 th of your life”.

” Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t”

Did you know that in Finland, that they hold the world championships for mobile phone throwing?   In 2012 it was held in the Finnish city of Savonlinna, where Ere Karjalainen  set a new record by throwing a mobile phone 101.46m.   The women’s winner was Jonna Mattero, who threw her phone 42.47m.  The next world championships will take place on 24th August.   Finland is also the country hosting the annual wife carrying competition, which takes place in Sonkajarvi each year.    The wife that you carry does not have to be your own, as in former times, it was not unusual for men to steal wives from neighbouring towns.   The Estonians normally win this event, although there are entrants from countries such as Israel, USA and Russia.  The course is 250m long and includes 2 hurdles and a water pool.  Minimum weight for the wife is 49kg, and dropping the wife incurs a 15 second penalty.  The prize in the last competition was a plasma TV and the weight of the wife in beer.

Myanmar (Burma) for the photo today, and an old 35mm film that I have scanned.  Interesting photo of a boat traffic jam on a canal.  Bordered by China, Laos and Vietnam, Myanmar has around 135 different races of people, totalling some 60 million people.    Either way, not much is going to move very fast on this canal.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 1st June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Failure is not falling down, it is remaining where you have fallen ”

”  Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”

Mobile phone applications have gone too far.  Now being tested in Brazil by Kimberley Clarke is the Tweet Pie app.   This is a sensor which is placed in babies nappies/diapers, and when moisture is sensed, then sends a message to the parents’ telephone informing them that it is time to change the nappy/diaper.  Or how about iSteam, which covers your mobile telephone screen with vitual steam so that you can write messages on it.   Then there is the ‘Annoy A Teen’ app which sends out high frequency sounds to apparently annoy younger people.  Or if you really want to waste USD 1 then you can buy ‘Passion App’, and app that judges you whilst you have sex and then gives you a score out of 10.

Did you know that the British city of Birmingham has more kilometres of canals  (over 160km) than Venice?  The Kiel Canal is said to be the busiest canal in the world, and is 97 km long, and used by over 60 000 ships a year.   The world’s longest canal is the Grand Canal in China (over 1776 km long), with 24 locks along its length.  This leads nicely to a canal photo…….

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Very happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.  Not missing it at all.