So my kid got his own phone

Don’t ask if it’s proper or right or whatever — it’s a done deal and now we (his parents) have to deal with the fact he is not an active participant of the Internet.

Since I’m using Google Apps, we got him a managed account in one of my domains. This will allow us to recover the account quickly if he ever gets his devices or his credentials compromised. This account qualifies as a full google account, which is both a plus and a minus. But mostly a plus.

A more immediate problem is how to get his device loaded with content. Since I’m in the US I get access to a lot of content for what is a very low price. He’s in Mexico and access to legal content is still very costly. I would very much like for him not to have to look for stuff on the torrents or cyberlockers.

I’ll figure something out. In the meantime, I’ve already hit a snag trying to get him access to music. I’ll just have to ignore the age requirement for a while…

Red Cross, an AT&T brand

Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern, who was hired to revitalize the charity, has cut hundreds of chapters and thousands of employees.

Source: How AT&T Execs Took Over the Red Cross and Hurt its Ability to Help People – ProPublica

What happens to chapters of the organization outside the US? A lot of them depend on assistance provided by the US Red Cross to enable better service.

Fuck all, is what happens to them.

’tis the season in 2015

This year I’m conflicted about the holiday season.

I have two families with which I’ll happily spend time with alongside the Jägerin. Problem is both of us are working a hell of a lot and having a hard time finding time to see each other.

Oh, I have a girlfriend now. Catch up.

tomdelongsbuttblog: ironpatriotisstupid: the-fandoms-are-cool: riddlemetom: every fandom has…

tomdelongsbuttblog:

ironpatriotisstupid:

the-fandoms-are-cool:

riddlemetom:

every fandom has put its characters in hogwarts houses at some point it’s just a straight up fact

it’s because we’re all part of the harry potter fandom

even after all this time?

Always

Even if magic should disappear from our lives, we’ll still have our memories.

tomdelongsbuttblog:
ironpatriotisstupid:
the-fandoms-are-cool:
riddlemetom:
every fandom has put its characters in hogwarts houses at some point it’s just a straight up fact
it’s because we’re all part of the harry potter fandom
even after all this time?
Always
Even if magic should disappear from our lives, we’ll still have our memories.

The best explanation of the pro-life movement I’ve read

The first and most obvious reasoning is the concept that sex, under certain circumstances, warrants punishment, and an unwanted child is an acceptable, adequate form of punishment.

Source: Sluts, Souls, and the Oversimplification of the Pro-Life Movement | Meh, it’s Sarah.

It’s not that these people hate women. It is that they value the metaphysical concept of a soul over the real physical well-being of a person.

karengilian: misscherrylikesitdirty: I think I might have…

karengilian:

misscherrylikesitdirty:

I think I might have broken my finger reblogging this. 

EVERYONE TAKE A MINUTE TO JUST APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT DONALD GLOVER EXISTS AND KNOWS WHAT THE FUCK IS UP

















karengilian:
misscherrylikesitdirty:
I think I might have broken my finger reblogging this. 
EVERYONE TAKE A MINUTE TO JUST APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT DONALD GLOVER EXISTS AND KNOWS WHAT THE FUCK IS UP

Politics favor the right genetic variances of the epidermis

As a white Anglo-Canadian, perhaps the most innocuous-seeming of all national identities, it’s been pretty easy to be an economic migrant really.

Source: The Wandering Academic, or How No One Seems to Notice that I Am an Economic Migrant. | Superfluous Answers to Necessary Questions

I’m brown, so I’m one of those hordes that take American jobs from Americans. I’m an undesirable that is only fit for certain lines of work, even though my work experience has been extremely varied.

It pays to be white.

vroooooom VROOOOOOOOOMMMM

Bernstein is interested in this phenomenon as “memeufacturing” — a couple of social-media stars (or garden-variety celebs) post viral videos of themselves using an obscure gadget, and halfway around the world, factories shut down their e-cig lines and convert them, almost overnight, to hoverboard manufacturing lines. Bernstein cites a source who says that there are 1,000 hoverboard factories in South China — and another one, Chic Smart, outside of Shanghai, that’s threatening to sue all the rest for patent infringement (good luck with that).

Source: Pre-mutated products: where did all those “hoverboards” come from? / Boing Boing

So we’re supposed to call them hoverboards? I want my real weather controlled, fusion powered DeLorean, then.

By the way, maybe the Segway would have been an actual, y’know, revolutionary product if it had looked like this to start with.

Ideas escape me

I have ALL THE IDEAS for ALL THE POSTS when I’m at any of my jobs or biking around or any of a million activities.

Most of the time I can’t reach for my phone cos I’m doing something that prevents my use of the phone. Ditto for any writing utensils.

Then I get home and I sit down in front of the computer and my mind goes blank.

So, so annoying.

In the future we’ll say this was a template for future attacks.

The emails also reveal myriad surprises and previously unreported anecdotes, including one episode in which Sony spied on its own employees’ emails. Paradoxically, the hacked emails and documents provide a telling window into how and why such a disastrous hack succeeded and what companies need to do to protect themselves—which is precisely why Fortune has chosen to use this material. (For more on our thinking, see Editor’s Desk here.)

Source: Sony Pictures: Inside the Hack of the Century, Part 1 – Fortune

How can you protect an attack that comes from the place where you make a living? The consequences for these things range from unauthorized purchases to emptied bank accounts to complete identity theft.

The scary part is it will only get worse.

We all need someone to tell us this at least once.

A twitter friend is having problems. We’ve had long conversations about the current status quo and how it cannot be maintained much longer without detrimental effects on her health. This is just a bit of what I told her:

When you move out, you’ll feel sad and alone. But you know what? You’ll actually be able to listen to yourself think, and to let yourself feel for yourself.

You’ll miss what you had before because it was what you knew for the longest time. But you’ll slowly adapt to the new circumstances and will allow yourself to relax, and your body will recover.

Then you’ll one day you’ll realize that you’re feeling okay. And that it’s good to be okay.

It’s one thing to feel alone, and another one to feel lonely. Right now you’re not alone since you’re with your mother but you are lonely because she won’t share herself with you. You only get her anger.

When you’re alone and get comfortable with yourself, that’s when you stop being lonely.

I wish someone had told me this when I was younger. I learned it the hard way.

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Terrorist attacks in Paris. At least a hundred people dead. My twitter timeline is blood and tears.

A child is born. The proud aunt is putting up the picture on my twitter timeline after hours of worry, but the child is healthy and love is being showered upon the mom and her family.

This is my small lens onto the world on this day, at 1845.

In the future-now, TV watches you

Vizio recently updated its privacy policy to say it has begun providing data about customers’ viewing habits to companies that “may combine this information with other information about devices associated with that IP address.” The company does not promise to encrypt IP addresses before sharing them.

Source: Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s Watching You – ProPublica

Yet another reason to have your television just be a dumb screen that pushes pixels at your eyes, and have the smart bits live elsewhere.

With other devices (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc, Chromecast, etc) you at least know they’re trying to get that information but you can opt-out of most things.