For some reason, the other day I stopped being able to access Facebook from Apple's Safari browser. I switched to Google Chrome and didn't have any problems... at least not at first. But then I started noticing strange changes to things I had written. For instance, the other day I wrote about how I went to Jamestown 4H camp for a week back in the summer of 1982 and had a miserable time because the food was terrible.
Here's my original comment...
Here's my original comment...
Some time later, I came back and saw this. It's not quite right.
I scratched my head, because I knew that wasn't what I wrote. I mostly hated my week at 4H camp. I was hungry, homesick, smelly and uncomfortable, because I put wet clothes in my bag and stunk up all the clean ones when they got sour. I couldn't wait for the week to end, because I didn't like the constant activities, some of which were really corny. I cried a lot that week! So I was puzzled when it looked like I'd written that I'd gone a couple of years and had fun.
Then I started noticing other occurrences of my comments being altered somewhat. I tend to be very precise when I comment on things. I spell things correctly and use full words rather than letters or numbers. I was puzzled when I started seeing my comments and status updates as non-sensical sentence fragments or full sentences that changed what I'd actually written. It was very bizarre. And then I noticed a tool bar at the top of the page.
You see, because my German sucks and I often access German Web sites on Chrome, some things are automatically translated. That works out fine if the page is actually in German. But apparently, Chrome sometimes thinks Facebook is in German and needs to be translated. Maybe it's because I have some German friends who write things in German that this happens. Maybe I need to get off my ass and learn some German.
I have to admit, some of the English to English translations are pretty funny, even if I have to stop myself for a minute and make sure I didn't actually write what it looks like I wrote. I see the translation bar seems to have a will of its own as to when it pops up. Like, right now, I wanted it to pop up to see if there were any other funny altered comments on my page. But, since I actually want to see it, it's not coming up on my machine. Maybe I'll edit this post if any other funny "translated" comments appear.
I made another discovery this morning. For some reason, over the past couple of days, I could not access Amazon.com from my computer. I could get it from all of the other devices in the house, but not my big desktop machine. So I went Googling to see what I could do about this development and came across a discussion about VPNs. I do have a VPN on the desktop, though I don't really use it anymore. Apparently, if you use a VPN, it can screw up your access to certain Web sites. Amazon.com is one of them. Once I reset my computer's DNS settings, the site worked. I felt weirdly accomplished for having figured out how to fix the issue.
I guess you have to take your joy wherever you can get it.
I've been watching 7th Heaven again, because I enjoy torturing myself. It still makes me groan, especially after the revelation that off camera, Stephen Collins is about as anti RevCam as a man can get. I guess that's a testament to his acting abilities. On the other hand, I don't like him as RevCam, either. He's smarmy, sanctimonious, and annoying.
Oh, fuck you, RevCam.
I don't know why, but the writers on 7th Heaven were constantly bashing pot. They make pot smokers out to be crazed druggies who turn violent and end up on skid row. While I have very little experience with marijuana use, I will say that the times I tried it, it made me mellow and relaxed. I certainly wasn't going to get on a bike without a helmet and get hit by Simon Camden's car. I wasn't going to turn into a violent asshole who threatened other people.
From what I've heard and experienced, pot makes you lazy, giggly, paranoid, and hungry more than anything else. I guess they didn't want to bust on the harder drugs like cocaine and heroin, since that would make the show less kid friendly. Still, it's pretty ridiculous and unrealistic. I guess maybe it could be dangerous if you're buying it on the street, but the actual drug itself is not going to make people go crazy.
And they always refer to "doing drugs"... How does one "do" drugs? And why is this phrase popular? It makes no sense. It's like calling people "douchebags", which also makes no sense.
I really need to get dressed and walk the dogs now. Have a nice Tuesday.