Island Musings

Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it

Bending forward, hands together — May 13, 2018
Finding Hb — May 12, 2018

Finding Hb

As I have been known to wonder off aimlessly following the front wheel of my motorcycle it can be comforting for Herself to know I am not in the ditch somewhere. There are many tracking devices (Spot being one), but that can get expensive. A few minutes with Google showed me how to make my location known to anyone I choose, for a period I choose.

To activate this I followed these steps outlined here. Herself received an email advising her of the link to a google map which shows my location in real time. This remains active as long as I leave the service turned on and is without cost.

As google already knows all there is to know about us I am unconcerned about this additional information. It was this article that got me thinking about this. 1984 is now.

For sure — May 10, 2018
Hmmm, I wonder.. — May 9, 2018

Hmmm, I wonder..

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce calculated in a report this week that in the next two years, Canadians will consume 800,000 kilograms of cannabis, the vast majority of which will be for recreational use.

I predict that many will try pot for the first time and decide that it is not for them or that it will be an infrequent activity. I also predict that many will find pot to be an excellent alternative to some prescribed pharmaceuticals.

I am reminded of something my daughter once said, “dad, I never heard of a husband beating his wife after smoking pot”. My daughter is wise.

Bastards — May 8, 2018
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Elders — May 5, 2018

Elders

I have been reading about how indigenous people honour their elders. This just makes so much sense to me. (Nothing to do with my age). I loved and respected my grandparents and I regret that I did not take more opportunity to learn from them.

My paternal grandfather was a woodsman, wise in the way of the forest, and he taught me a lot. My maternal grandfather was a farmer and I did not see the value of learning his ways. An opportunity lost which I will always regret.

Magnificent — May 4, 2018
VPN — May 3, 2018

VPN

If you use the Internet and don’t live in a dark hole you have probably heard the phrase VPN (virtual private network). Without any attempt to fully explain VPN, it is one of the tools you can use to (partially) protect your privacy / identity on the Internet. Whenever I am using the Internet I am doing so through a VPN.

I use Private Internet Access as it was recommended by a friend and consistently scores high in all reviews / tests. There is a small cost but the added security is, in my opinion, worth the cost.

I also use a secure dns server which adds one more level of security. Paranoia is only a sickness if they are not out to get you.

At last — May 2, 2018

At last

Perfect logic.

When it comes to bitcoin, billionaire investor Warren Buffett wants to make one thing clear: Unlike buying stocks, bonds or real estate, buying bitcoin is not an investment.

That’s because it lacks intrinsic value, Buffett says.

“If you buy something like bitcoin or some cryptocurrency, you don’t have anything that is producing anything,” Buffett says in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “You’re just hoping the next guy pays more. And you only feel you’ll find the next guy to pay more if he thinks he’s going to find someone that’s going to pay more.