Monday, April 23, 2018

Google Does Evil

It looks as if I was not mistaken in my observations that Google has gone off the rails.  I have been planning to move my blog to WordPress on my own servers.  I am now determined to do so more than ever after seeing this article.

Christian Publisher Says Google Banned It Over ‘Faith We Express’

“Google ads will no longer accept anything related to the domain. They stated the reason is because of the faith we express on our website,” Kintz wrote. “[A CPH associate] was told, as an example, that things like our bible (sic) challenge on our [Vacation Bible School] webpage would clearly need to come down before they could consider us for ads.”


Screw Yeti


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Common Sense and Naturalization

I came across this article and was immediately struck by the national self-preservation shown by this court.  If only it spreads far and wide.

"PARIS — An Algerian woman’s refusal to shake hands with male officials at a French naturalization ceremony is sufficient grounds for denying her citizenship, France’s top administrative court has ruled.
In its decision — issued on April 11 but reported only this week — the court, known as the Council of State, said that the woman’s refusal “in a place and at a moment that are symbolic, reveals a lack of assimilation.”"
No Handshake, No Citizenship, French Court Tells Algerian Woman


Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Visit with the Medlen's

Saturday(April 14, 2018) afternoon, my cousin Janet Medlen, née Miller, called and invited me over for the night and next day.  I drove over to their place near Port Barre.  It is on the Courtableau Bayou near the Ronald Reagan Highway(U.S. 190).  From there, I went to meet Janet and her husband Gene at a Bar-B-Que that a friend of theirs was having on Bayou Road.  The food and conversations were great.

The following day, Janet went off to attend a baby shower while her husband, his nephew Jason, and I tried out the fishing from their pier on the bayou.  Unfortunately for us, the water was too high, too fast, and too muddy for us to catch any fish that day.

Below is a video and some pictures from the pier.  The video was inadvertent as I pressed the wrong button when trying to shoot a panorama, which is also below.

[Edited to enlarge image sizes and remove duplicate image.]

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday April 14th, 2018

2:22 pm

I decided to go outside and ride around on my bicycle after the storm passed.  I got dressed for the ride and put on my boots.  Before I left, I used my neti pot to flush out my nasal passages.   I also ground 6 grams of vitamin C, which I dissolved in water and drank.

Along the way I found berries growing toward the Vermilion River and picked enough to fill a coffee pot to three-quarters.

An apartment complex is being built across the parking lot from the Double Tree Hilton.  The earth moving equipment[Ed.] is being put in place to begin work.

Further down the road nearer the river, martins were having a feast.

I rode across the Vermilion River via the bridge on Pinhook Road.  On riding down to the riverside, I noticed that the river was flowing backwards and so I walked onto the tour boat landing to have a closer look.  Here is a video produced using the hyperlapse feature of my cell phones camera.

After I reached the end of the landing I shot some video footage of the river flowing backwards.

One of the intentions I had when undertaking this morning ride was to visit the graves of my Aunt Dot Miller and my friend J.P. Vanway.

I used two different apps on my phone to track my route.  Here is a screenshot of each.
Cycling Tracker, Samsung Health
Cyclometer App

Saturday April 14th, 2018

08:15 am

I was awakened from a dream by Mom calling at 6:43 am.  She just wanted to chat for a moment.  Here is a picture of her at the rehabilitation facility where she is recovering from a broken hip.
Mom at Rehab

From outside, I could hear pouring rain and the near constant rumbling of thunder.  Before Mom woke me, I had been dreaming that it was raining, go figure.

Since I already had my phone in my hand, I opened the MyRadar and nabbed a couple of screenshots.
Stormy Weather
Large Weather Front

I eschewed my usual breakfast and had savory beef stew and rice, leftover from last night.

Friday, April 13, 2018

So Long Facebook

As of 10:35pm, Central Daylight Time, I have left Facebook.(Edited to add more screenshots.)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer

Internet Cables Span the Oceans

When you open a web  browser and surf the 'net or send an email, the information you are sending and receiving may pass through one of these cables.  Recently, the cable to Mauritania was broken or cut.  This shows a vulnerability that has existed since the first undersea cable was laid in the 1850's.

"An entire country, Mauritania, was taken offline for two days because an undersea cable was cut.
The 17,000-kilometer African Coast to Europe submarine cable, which connects 22 countries from France to South Africa, was severed on March 30, cutting off web access partially or totally to the residents of Sierra Leone and Mauritania."

An Entire Country Was Taken Offline Last Month And No One Knows Why 

A Friday in New Iberia

Thursday - French Table at Victor's Cafeteria

Bayou Teche - Looking Upstream from Jefferson Street Bridge

Bayou Teche - looking Downstream from Jefferson Street Bridge

Pelican's On The Bayou (Teche)

Boardwalk Along Bayou Teche from Bridge Street Bridge

Building at end of Boardwalk

Dock at end of boardwalk

Art at end of boardwalk

Art at end of boardwalk

Art at end of boardwalk

Art at end of boardwalk

Art at end of boardwalk

Art at end of boardwalk

Art at end of boardwalk

Bayou Teche - downstream from end of boardwalk.

Bridge Street Bridge - Upstream from end of boardwalk

Architecture at end of boardwalk

Bridge Street Bridge from end of boardwalk