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More on Facebook


So, I’ve left Facebook, so I feel like I have a right to NOT be tracked by them.  Not possible unless you use multiple anti tracker scripts.

The following screenshot was taken a few days ago, and clearly shows that facebook tracks all visitors to sites which have it.  Talk about intrusions!

Facebook Tracker

Facebook Tracker

Toby: A bit depressed


He woke to find it was raining, and although he doesnt mind getting a bit wet, he likes his mornings to be sunny!

Making a slow cooked Stew


Beef casserole, cooked in my slow cooker, and I made so much I’ll be eating it for a week (yes, I’ll freeze some).  Should be ready by about 6pm. YUM!


Toby, 18 months on.


Well, I must say I am proud of my little cat.  He’s learned the house rules and the local street rules.  He doesnt bite in anger anymore, unless he forgets himself, but when he first came it was daily… now not even monthly.

He’s finally staying around home more than he did at first (once, disappearing for 12 hours and then turning up for food).  He won’t use the litter tray and is happy to go pee in the rain.  He is (alas) a killer, still.  He’s done 2 birds that I know of.  Probably more.  But I dont think he can be getting many because he’s always starving when he gets home.  Then again, he’s a teenage boy, what else to expect.

Unlike Tom, he doesnt really like being photographed.  I get photos from time to time but he wont sit still for them as Tom used to.  Perhaps as he gets older.

Here he is…

“There is a monster in the house”

“HELP!  I can’t get down”


Oh facebook, why oh why am I there?


After my last post in which I proudly claimed not to have caved in… all has changed. Too many friends and acquaintances now use it to arrange social gatherings etc.  Many newer websites are wanting signups via facebook or google or linkedin and since I refuse the latter two, its facebook.

I’m more controlled now, though.  I dont post nearly as much as I used to on my previous account, and I am circumspect about who I’ve requested friendship from…

Anyway, back on fb and really am trying to ignore it as much as I can.

Still havent caved in to facebook


What is bothering me, considerably, though, is the increasing numbers of sites requiring a login, but not providing an option to join independent of facebook, Google Plus or linkedIN. So far, I have simply not joined sites which are being (as I see it) so difficult. I have begun considering rejoining, though, and simply not participating in anything. I wonder if I can resist the temptation…

Oh yeah, I was able to get rid of my gaming account as well, and not lose progress in the games (I was playing them on my iPad, and never on facebook proper)… So I was pretty happy with that particular disconnection.

So I am abandoning facebook


Its taken a while to get round to deleting my account, I was trying to remove all content but its impossible, really. They have so many backups on so many servers I could never do it. So I bit the bullet this morning and hit the delete button. It takes 2 weeks, they give you plenty of time to change your mind, but I won’t, this time. I just feel like its all too fake. Very few people read the posts beyond the headline and photo. People “like” what you write but very few bother commenting. Everyone loves your photos but wont bother hitting your Flickr stream because its too much trouble. Seriously? This is what friendship has become? No! I reject it. This isnt friendship. Its something else and I don’t like it.

I *am* maintaining a gaming account for three games that I play a lot (Criminal Case, Megapolis and Scrivalry) but have no plans to make that any more than it is.

What a complete crock this social networking is. Its not even a shadow of what networking is supposed to be. There has to be a benefit and once that is no longer the case, its time to move on. I do have a twitter account, and instagram as well.. instagram will be deleted. I dont post on twitter much anyway so thats no big deal. G+ went, ages ago.