The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.


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Blackberry playbook blues

I have two BlackBerry playbooks. It’s such a waste! I hardly ever use them. They are so beautifully made.

But

I’ve dug them out and am trying to use them again.

I’ve reinstalled the rim operating system. Wow it seems to have been updated. That’s a surprise! For years I longed for an update. BlackBerry stuff used to be fantastic

in the beginning.

But their rim system has been completely superseded by Apple and android.

BlackBerry playbook used to be my midnight friend when I first started blogging here on WordPress. But now WordPress’s ‘new and improved!!!! system doesn’t work on BlackBerry playbook.

But

I’ve found I can still use the old dashboard system – the old GOOD system that WordPress replaced to make a post at midnight should I feel like it. I have to overcome a few glitches to do it but, SEE! I have posted here from my old playbook.

I’ll even try inserting a photo. If you don’t see it, I couldn’t do it.

Elephant skipping languidly seems to have been updated.

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There’s violence, then there’s violence, then violence.

I complain about Mr Furlong watching violenceporn on TV.

What do I actually mean, since I like movies with some kind of violence in them too?

  1. So – there’s violence – what I call NOBLE VIOLENCE. This is when the hero overcomes the enemy and good is restored to the world.
  2. then there’s violence – what I call ENTERTAINING VIOLENCE. This is always SO extreme as to become funny because it’s choreographed like a dance. All hell breaks loose – everyone gets shot, stabbed, killed, and order returns when all the windows, furniture, cars, whatever have been destroyed.
  3. then violence – the one I don’t like – is what I call VIOLENCEPORN – is gratuitous violence. It is violence exaggerated to repulse. It often involves violence on women, torture, grotesque methods of death that go beyond the imagination. The scriptwriters have violated the minds of the viewers in presenting it. It’s viewer abuse. It entangles the mind over and above ‘the plot’. I think it can harm people.

Well, that is MY opinion. If I get the feeling I am being abused by the scriptwriter in either, ‘padding’ with verbiage/situations, or ‘padding’ with long scenes of gratuitous violence, I’m off!

I stick my earphones on, and watch something better on my own laptop in my comfy lounge chair, in my own world where I’m happy!


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No culture clash in this house

Mr Furlong and I get on really well – mostly.

We have a different taste in movies – Mr Furlong will sit through several hours watching the most hideous violence – ‘violenceporn’ I call it – with a beatific smile on his face, entranced! And most importantly, he does not go to sleep. But, the stuff I like – documentaries, philosophy, educational stuff – even my best offering to him from YouTube (which we can watch on our TV) causes him to slouch down in his sofa, asleep instantly. Continue reading


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I moved my old blogger-blog ‘Life on an alien planet’ to WordPress

I just exported and imported my old blogger-blog called ‘Life on an Alien planet’ to WordPress. People were complaining they couldn’t comment. I have just started blogging there again – all my old posts from 2012 are in the Archives called ‘old posts’ – and the comments too, I think. It was amazingly simple!

Here is the link – Life on an alien planet.

In the process I found out I have 2638 followers.

I didn’t know.

Fancy that!

Please follow me there.

The difference between this blog and that one is –

About this blog (Alien planet)

This blog is where I can get very sour, very political, very depressed, very disappointed, very philosophical, very confused, very nostalgic, very cynical, very obnoxious, very old-fashioned, grumpy and irritated

and

spoil your day!

I’ve restarted THAT  blog, because THIS one is supposed to be short and sweet about frogs, and pussycats, art, gardens and happy observations. And – in the beginning, it was! Now I think it’s mostly spoiling your day too!


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Ad blocks, bullshit blocks

Yesterday I complained about the ads that plague my Internet browsing. I put Adblock on my Chrome. It’s much better. You only get clusters of site promoters like ‘Would you like our newsletter?’ ‘Please do this survey’ or ‘Follow us on Twitter’ ‘Donate to Patreon’. Ad confetti! Continue reading


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Oh heck – internet ads

I fell in love with computers the moment I first saw one.  At first there wasn’t a browser for the World Wide Web – a very new, new, and wondrous thing! The web browser that we first used was Netscape .

So I’ve been around the internet for all it’s life. Continue reading


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What the hell is Reddit?

Is it useful to have an account with reddit? I have. But what use it is to ME, I cannot fathom. Continue reading