Orchids are rocking it this year

If I wasn’t lazy I would have gotten out the Nikon, this is the old iPhone 6. Some Google Photo filtering on the close-up. Not bad…

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The Skinnier Me

Check the about page for the before view, here’s the new look after dropping 25lbs. I have another 25 to go. I want to get below 200lbs for the first time since sometime back in the mid-90s. Ah yes, Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis and Hootie and the Blowfish days…

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New and improved with 30% less jowl!

Adios Facebook

Back in 2014, I deactivated my profile for nearly a year. I re-activated it unintentionally by logging into a site that I had used my FB profile to access. I got sucked back in. After the latest Cambridge Analytica kerfluffle, I took the further step of deleting my profile. I know they’ll still keep using what they have, there’s no way of preventing that. But I refuse to give them more.

FB data loss isn’t an accident, it’s a business model. I don’t want to be part of their psychoanalytics. I don’t want to be a target for manipulation by ads and posts designed without regard for the truth to create support for a specific product, candidate or issue by unknown actors. I don’t want to participate in continuing attempts to hack democracy, such as it is, in America. You can keep your extended personality test where my results are for sale to anyone with an ad account.

Zuckerburg’s testimony before Congress last week only cemented my negative feelings for the platform. The Congresscritters clearly had no clue how FB works or how to regulate it. Until there’s some major reform that protects privacy and makes clear that I own my own data, I’m done.

It’s Sisig!

OMG, there’s finally a place in North Tampa that does Filipino food!

PAO Cafe

The same people that still run PAO Food Truck now have a brick and mortar location. Now if I have a hankering for Sisig I don’t have to pester the wife into gathering the ingredients and doing the cooking. The ingredients aren’t found at the local Publix and the prep does take some time. We’re soooo gonna try this place.

I would like to say they must be kidding…

When religious leaders run things this is the kind of rampant douchebaggery you get:

Iran’s state broadcaster, known as Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, IRIB, has never been the country’s most dignified institution. But even by its own standards, the network plunged into a fresh abyss of superstition and fear-mongering with a recent broadcast in which Valiollah Naghipourfar, a cleric and professor at Tehran University, discusses the use of jinns, or genies, in public life.

“Can jinns be put to use in intelligence gathering?” the presenter asks ingenuously, as though dragons can also serve as defense ministers and we’ve all entered the realm of the Hobbit.

via Iran Cleric: Jews Use Sorcery to Spy – The Daily Beast.