Stop Thinking For Me - 10/05/13

    Technology is great.  Social Media's okay too, but I don't like all this stuff thinking for me.

   I change my profile picture on Facebook and Facebook arbitrarily decides to announce it.  Why is that?  Sometimes, I just want to fly under the radar and slip in a new picture without making a big announcement.  Once Facebook does this, then sweet friends feel obligated to acknowledge the new picture and they 'like' it or write a comment... which I appreciate it.  It's not that I'm ungrateful, but I never intended to make a big splash.  Just wanted to change out the pic, kind of like buying new throw pillows.  You know, you don't put a sign out in your yard that says, "Hey everybody... bought new throw pillows today. Come look."  You just put the new throw pillows on the couch and the next time someone comes over, they may or may not notice.

   Auto fill is another one of those 'thinking for me' things that I don't like.  When I'm trying to text, "pick up a b-day present."  I really want to say JUST THAT.  Not, 'pick up a heyday croissant."  I don't even like croissants.... why would I text about them?     Another:  "Headed to cow milking contest. MOP."  Mop?  What's mop?  That was supposed to be MOO.  Another text from July 26: "Trick court and have been sitting at the Baptist turn left like three minutes I'm so sure that it as well as."  What?  I have no idea what that was really SUPPOSED to say. #clueless   And several days a week, I text hubby "Live I"  That's *dumpphone* for "Love you."

    Alas, technology. Can't love when it, Can't live when out it. Well, you know what

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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