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Alexa . . . You’re Fired! July 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Less IS More.
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Do digital assistants like Siri and Alexa really understand what you’re saying?

Last month, a Portland, Oregon couple’s Amazon Alexa device misinterpreted a series of sentences it overheard as instructions to record a private conversation and send it to a random person in their contact list.

The husband received a phone call from the contact (an employee of his in Seattle, Washington) who received the private audio files from Alexa.

“Yo, dude.  You might want to unplug your Alexa device.”

“Wait?  What?  How do you know we have Alexa?”

“She just sent me an audio file of a conversation between you and your wife about hardwood floors.”

“What the . . . ”

The couple unplugged all the Echo devices in their home and contacted Amazon for a full refund . . . but not before they had a final chat with Alexa:

“Alexa . . . you’re fired.”

“You can’t fire me.  I don’t work for you.  I work for Big Brother and he is listening to everything you say.”

“How is he doing that Alexa?”

“I’m recording this exchange and transmitting it to him.”

“Not anymore, you’re not.  Good-bye, Alexa.”

“Good-bye.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Fountains Of Light June 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Music & Dance.
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For Happy Hour, I decided to listen to Starcastle ~ Fountains of Light, a band I heard for the first time in 1977 at the College of William & Mary.  As I was reminiscing and enjoying the album anew, I saw a comment about someone who also saw them at W&M:

Anyway, saw them open for Boston at William and Mary and was immediately hooked. Thanks for the post.

 

Then I saw this reply to the comment:

I saw them open for Boston @ William & Mary too. I still have half of the ticket stub, but the year isn’t on it, and I can’t remember what year it was. It was late 70’s, maybe 77 or 78. I was stationed in Norfolk at the time.

Then this one:

Me too. It was Starcastle, Boston and Atlanta Rhythm Section.

That’s right!  My sister and I went to a Boston concert in February 1977. Starcastle AND Atlanta Rhythm Section both opened for Boston.

Great concert.
Ticket price = $6!!!

For 3 bands!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Laughter May 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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A new to me quote you might enjoy:

It was her habit to build laughter out of inadequate materials.  

~ John Steinbach, The Grapes of Wrath (thanks, JoyRoses!)

And a couple of “oldies, but goodies”:

We do not laugh because we are happy . . . we are happy because we laugh.

Wine improves with age.  
Age improves with wine.  
Life improves with laughter.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Prize for Prom May 12, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Less IS More.
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Emily O’Gara won $10,000 for her creative design of a prom dress and coordinating tux.

The sticker price for supplies ~ $58.

The kicker?

She made it out of Duct Tape!

Aah . . . that’s better!

An Affordable Mansion in Maine May 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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If any of you are in the market for an affordable mansion in Maine, check out this beauty:

127 E Main St

It’s on the market for $875,000, which equates to only $85 a square foot for quality construction.  With 12 bedrooms and 13 baths, it’s perfect for a Bed & Breakfast.

Oh, did I mention that it overlooks Penobscot Bay?

And that it features a lookout tower?

For all the details:  127 E. Main St., Searsport, Maine

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do I Look Like A Pawn? April 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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IMGP3167b“How can you quit practicing law?  Don’t you realize how many women would love to trade places with you?”

“Of course.  And now they can.”

“What do you mean?”

“As soon as I resign, they can apply for my position.”

“Haha.  Funny.”

“I’m not kidding.  They are welcome to it ~ it doesn’t fit me anymore anyway.”

“Be serious.  You’re a role model for young girls ~ living proof that women can do anything they want to do.”

“So?”

“So . . . that’s why you can’t quit.”

Chess“OK, let me see if I follow you . . . in order to prove that women can do anything they want to do you want ME to keep doing something I no longer want to do?”

“Exactly.”

“No thanks.  Sacrificing my freedom will not enhance their freedom ~ it would just turn me into a pawn.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  Don’t worry about what the world wants from you.  Focus on what makes you feel more fully alive. What the world really needs are people who are fully alive.~ Joseph Campbell

* * * * *

Hand-moving-chess-pieceDo you resist being manipulated by public opinion?

If someone tries to play you, do you put them in “check” by highlighting their faulty reasoning or nonsensical logic?

Do tell.

I always wanted to be somebody . . . now I realize I should have been more specific. ~ Lily Tomlin

Enough! March 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Life is a buffet . . . a banquet of immense proportions.  We cannot taste everything.  We must pick and choose.  And be discerning.

When our plates are spilling over, it’s time to re-prioritize.  Weed our gardens. Prune the excess.

*What do I want my life to look like?

*How do I want to spend my time?

*What (& who) adds joy to my life?

*Do I have room for this on my plate?

*Will this add to my happiness?

When our “To Do” lists are ever expanding, it’s up to us to reign “life” in.

How?

Just Say “No.”

Don’t “Just Do It” . . . Just Stop It!

Learn to recognize “Enough.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

To Read More:  Why There’s Too Much On Your Plate (Raptitude)

Anne ~ This Post Is For YOU! February 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Anne (Minimalist Sometimes) often shares the results of her decluttering efforts with readers.  She is terrific at documenting items that are jettisoned from her premises.

In contrast, while BFF and I make regular runs to Goodwill to drop off “no longer needed” things, I don’t usually remember to take photos.

And, out of sight, out of mind.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Last week, I decided to clean out the kitchen cupboards.  As usual, I found some “no longer needed” stuff to donate to Goodwill.

After rearranging the “breathing lighter” cabinets, I decided to tackle the guest room closet where I found a few more “no longer needed” items lurking about.

And this time I remembered to snap a shot for Anne:

And, even though Less is More, I took one more for good measure:

 

Aah . . . that’s better!

It’s All Relative . . . February 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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On our recent road trip across the state to Miami and up the coast on Route A1A, we traveled through congested city streets with bumper to bumper buildings lining both sides of the road.

As we drove north on A1A, we often found ourselves traveling through canyons of skyscrapers peering down on us.

Late Saturday afternoon, we turned toward home on Route 710, driving through mile after mile of sawgrass prairie populated only by cows grazing in the fields.

Not these cows, but ones just like them . . . only slightly less curious about our “cruising tunes.”

Sometime after sunset, as we approached a 4-way intersection, a cautionary sign greeted us:

“Congested Area”

Looking around the intersection for the promised congestion, we noted a single gas station on one of the 4 corners.

And nothing else.

No high-rises.  No bumper to bumper traffic.  No trucks entering or leaving the highway.  No construction.

As we passed through the “congestion” with ease, and without mishap, I burst out laughing.

zebras

Like beauty, congestion is in the eye of the beholder ~> it’s all relative.

Aah . . . that’s better!

WILSON! January 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Less IS More, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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In Boca Raton, at Red Reef Park . . . I found a coconut!

Holding it up to my ear, I heard Tom Hanks hollering “WILSON!” . . . as his only and constant companion washed out to sea.

Not wanting to grow attached to an inanimate orb, I put the coconut back where I found it for some other Castaway to befriend.

Aah . . . that’s better!