Posts Tagged ‘internet’

I did one of these about half way through ’57 minus…’, and since I’ve got a shed load of stuff to do today, time for another one.

worldmappers.org

If you’ve not come across the place before, well,

 

Worldmapper is a collection of world maps called cartograms, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.

 
Here are some…

Let’s start with us. All of us. No, I mean, it: ALL off us.

Global population

Now, religion, that’s an entirely non-controversial thing, eh? How about the global distribution of the Abrahamic Religions?

Global Jewish Population Distribution

Global Christian Population Distribution

Global Mulsim Population Distribution

I’m a sucker for babies. Global distribution of ages 0-4 years old.

But since I’m closer to the other end of life, here’s the global distribution of 100 year olds

And once that matters to me adult literacy

Here’s one that continues to fascinate me: Global distribution of Nobel Prizes

And finally, here’s the 2019 General election, seen very different ways…

worldmappers.org – Aren’t maps fun?

And just as a reward for those of you who have read this far and who either live in London or have a vague interest in it… ever wondered where the tube stations names come from? Not what they’re named after, but the etymology of the names?

Well, Mark Forsyth had you in mind when he created this… (Click on the image for the full map… it’s a bit of well designed, well executed fun…)

See you tomorrow, with… the usual Thursday something else.

 

 

Fifty-seven more days. Fifty-seven more posts. One fifty-seventh birthday just had.


I’m trying something new with this run. I’ve signed up to ko-fi.com, so if you fancy throwing me a couple of dollars every so often, to keep me in a caffeine-fuelled typing mood, feel free. I’m on https://ko-fi.com/budgiehypoth

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting up from my fifty-seventh birthday on 17th August 2021. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here. (And you can see the posts in the run counting down to the birthday here.)

55 plus 40: Keepers

Posted: 26 September 2019 in 55 plus, internet, social media
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I got snowed under with something else today, and need to pop into the Apple Store this afternoon for an appointment. (I don’t think there’s anything wrong with my iPhone XR but I’m getting it checked out just in case.)

So, here’s some stuff from my ‘Keepers’ photo album, with no context at all. I’ve somehow got hundreds of odd pics, some I’ve taken, odd stuff from the internet I’ve collected.

Here’s just a tiny sample.

Something else tomorrow.

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According to one of the reviews for The Fast Fiction Challenge collection, I have “an interesting mind, though not always a comfortable one”.

I think that’s a rather nice compliment… so I’m going to revel in it, and run something I haven’t done for a while…

There seem to be Special Days for everything these days. According to Holiday Insights, yesterday was National Receptionist Day, today is Lost Sock Memorial Day while tomorrow is Clean Up Your Room Day.

But I think we can do better than that. Let’s once again see how many days we can create our own special day for, concentrating, naturally, on the things that make up proud of ourselves, or our country.

Think we should have a “National Invade Another Country Day”? It’s yours.

How about a “National Throw Politicians In Jail Day”?

Or even “National Act Insufferable Day” or “National Burn a Sheep Day”.

Pick a day, preferably your birthday, and state your National Holiday.

Some days have already gone, taken previously. August 17th for example, is National Stiff Upper Lip Day, in which you’re not allowed to display any deep emotion, nothing that would show others that you’re either particularly happy or particularly upset. A typical Tuesday for a Brit, in other words.

This time around, I’m taking today as “International The Original Elmer Fudd Was Better Day” with which, surely, no one can disagree.

Your turn. And spread the word…

Available: (I’ll update this with new dates as they’re submitted)
Hover your mouse over the date
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Days taken – again, this will be updated, but only the new celebratory dates chosen will have IDs attached here.

Available: (I’ll update this with new dates as they’re submitted)
January
11 National Purple Day
30 National Tyop Day

February
10 National Nest Day
17 Make Your Meals From Scratch Day
18 National Wear At Least One Item Of Completely Inappropriate Clothing To Work Day

March
04 Stoat-Charmer Appreciation Day
08 National Kick Boris Johnson In The Knackers Day
12 National Set Fire To A Tory Day
19 National National Comics Day

April
17 Glorious Golden Rock God Day
21 International Day of Observance of the Utter Awesomeness of WWI aviators

May
07 International A-ha Day
09 International The Original Elmer Fudd Was Better Day
10 International Do Not Create Made-Up Words That Start With TW Just Because You Use Twitter Day
21 Avoid Being Raptured Day
27 National Worry Your Friends Day
28 National Pursue Your Dream Regardless Of What Anyone Else Might Think Of You Day
29 National Squirrel Conversation Day

June
01 National Tankard Day
24 National Pretend To Be Kylie Minogue Day
27 National Ask No Questions Day

July
09 International Invade The City Of Your Choice Day
12 National Death To False Metal Day
17 National 4ft 9in Glasweigan Lesbian Day
29 Welsh Cake Day

August
06 National Paint Flinging Day
10 National Archaic Swearword Day
17 National Stiff Upper Lip Day
24 National Make A Cake For Stephen Fry For Being Lovely Day

September

October
02 National Travel To Work By Pogo-Stick Day (Bhutan & Isle of Wight)
14 National Bribe Someone Else To Do Your Housework Day
24 Be Insane Day
30 No Restraint Day

November
17 Martini et Matelot Matinee

December
05 Be A Heartless Bitch/Bastard Day
12 International Relocate a Garden Gnome Day
21 Shut Up And Play Your Guitar Day

Hover over the dates in the grid to see who picked the previous dates…

This has come up several times in different ways the past week. Whether it’s carcinogenic water bottles, some nonsense about child murderers being released from prison (long after they were already let out on licence and one returned to jail) or quotes that were never said… we appear to be in the season of gullibility again.

It never fails to astonish me how gullible people are. What is it that makes otherwise intelligently sceptical people completely gullible fools when it comes to email hoax notifications?

I’m sure there have been studies and theses and quite possibly more than one parliamentary inquiry, but gullibility survives in such large amounts that you’d think it was a new element on the Periodic Table. It seems that right up there with hydrogen and stupidity, as the most common elements, come gullibility and self-delusion.

Whether it’s the
– ‘get rich quick’ schemes,
– the ‘Bill Gates will pay you $1,000 if you forward this email to 100 people’ stupidity, or
– the ‘there’s a new virus going around – delete this file’ daftness that led thousands of people to delete a perfectly harmless part of the Windows Operating System…

…it seems as if because the notification comes by email, and likely as not, comes from a friend, then it has to be genuine.

Note that, it’s not come from an address that’s been spoofed… it’s come from a friend. A genuine email, from someone you trust to have the judgement not to be an idiot.

So, some ground rules:

  1. If there was a new virus discovered by Microsoft or IBM, they wouldn’t spread the news by email. Like so many other viruses (virii?) there would be news stories in the media.
  2. No bank, government department, tax office, financial institution or ISP will ask you to send membership details, credit card information or anything like that by email. Never, as in ‘not ever.
  3. If you open attachments without knowing in advance what they are, wrap up your computer/tablet/phone, etc., take it back to the store and tell them that you’re too stupid to be allowed to keep it.
  4. Bill Gates has never heard of you, and he didn’t get to be a billionaire by giving his money away to people who are that gullible.
  5. If you don’t have anti-virus protection on your email, do me a favour: don’t send me any email.
  6. If an offer by email looks too good to be true, it is. Always.
  7. If you’re unsure whether or not something is genuine, and you have a friend that knows more about computers than you do, write and email and ask him or her whether he/she knows anything about the virus.
  8. If you get an email and it’s from a friend but you’re not sure about it… drop them an email and ask them whether they just sent you an email or not… (seriously, cannot recommend this one enough; have done it on several occasions, and it’s never ever been objected to.)
  9. Check Snopes.com before spreading inspirational stories, warnings, and “true stories” via email. It’s the best of similar sites: Hoaxbusters and Urban Legends and Folklore just to name a couple. Other sites are available – pick your favourite.
  10. Don’t forward something forwarded to you. Chances are anyone you’ll send it to is going to get it any number of times anyway.
  11. No-one, but no-one, wants you to pay an amount in advance to claim anything.
  12. You’re not attractive enough for a modelling agency to contact you in advance and ask you to pay a photographic fee in advance. Sorry.
  13. Neither have you won the Euro lottery. Sorry again.
  14. Forwarding mails won’t make you rich. Or attractive. And it won’t help you avoid a terrible fate.
  15. And, terribly disappointingly, I know… but you’re not related to anyone that just died and happened to have two hundred and thirty million dollars that they’ll send you 10% of…

If you have any other tips, let me know and I’ll update the list.