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My privacy and pervasive technology

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Or, why you won’t find me on Facebook I confess – I don’t understand those who want to make their personal lives, public.  Some people revel in splashing every sordid detail of their existence across Facebook pages.  And, it’s not just hormone-fueled, intellectually stunted teenagers who do it.  It seems that normal, sane adults who […]

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Google, Amazon and Facebook – Part II

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You won’t find me on Facebook! Or Twitter.  Unlike the President of the United States of America, I choose not to share my every random rant with anyone who will listen.  I save my rants up for occasions like these, and for audiences like this.  I am not certain, but from this website’s statistics, I […]

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Google, Amazon and Facebook

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Foer’s Polemic describes the threat of tech giants I am reading an interesting book by Franklin Foer right now.  It’s called, “World without Mind / the existential threat of big tech”. (Penguin Press, 2017)  The author was formerly the editor of The New Republic. Mr. Foer’s thesis is that big tech companies (like Google, Amazon, […]

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Why I stopped contributing content to iStock

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iStock recently announced changes to its royalty structure for contributors.  While the stated object of the changes was to simplify the royalty distribution system, the result appears to have been something quite different.  I was a non-exclusive contributor.  Before the new royalty structure was introduced, the minimum royalty payment I received as a non-exclusive contributor […]

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Web site development

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Beginning website development This website is under development. The problem is, I don’t know what it’s going to look like when it’s done. That means that it will probably never be “finished” and I’ll keep tinkering with it for the next decade or so. I also don’t know who the ‘target audience’ is. Probably mostly […]

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Images and comments from the west coast

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A view from the left edge of North America, close to the top. I have been spectacularly unsuccessful in writing much of anything for this website of late, but I have tried to keep adding photos of Louie, as time permits.  I was just chastising myself for not having taken enough pictures of Louie as a […]