Monday Meandering

It was bothering me that my full-size bitmojis appeared on my iPhone reader as humongous pictures dropping off the sides of the screen. Other bloggers’ pics do the same, btw ~ not photographs, which seem to know how to behave themselves, but graphics grabbed from the web, which do not. Anyway, I’ve been resizing mine to medium in the app but haven’t noticed a satisfactory difference, so that’s why I went down to thumbnail on this one. It just bugs me when pics are off. Now the thumbnail will look weird when I view my blog on the web… sigh. 😜

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I finally figured out why my YouTube vids weren’t previewing properly ~ when I take the link from the YouTube app, it’s a shortlink. I then have to paste it in a browser to get a real link that creates a preview. What a royal pain in the ass. Is there any more annoying problem in the world today, I ask you? Oh, for the halcyon daze of olde when we didn’t have the convenience of apps to bitch about and had to trudge 5 miles in the cybersnow every time we wanted to copypasta any damn thing. 🙄

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I was just about to stop at Target after work on Friday night to buy a space heater when I remembered I had one. And it wasn’t hidden away in a closet ~ it’s right next to the TV cabinet. This is what happens when the unused spaces in your brain get old and frozen. 🥶

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My MO in Blogland is not to keep score cuz that’s just annoying and frustrating. I follow around 700 blogs and only 500 or so follow me. But who is MO anyway and why am I letting him set precedent? This I began to wonder today as I unfollowed a few bloggers in my feed who never like any of my poasts. Pffft.

To each their own, but if all a blogger does it repost old stuff, and not interact with me, I’m going to be faster with the unfollow click. I mean, I go to the trouble of writing fresh new boring crap for you guys every single day! I don’t want my feed filled with a parade of moldy recyclables. If I see I’ve already hearted it… grrrr!

Seriously one guy reposts his half-dozen sensual love letters to his “goddess” every night and I’m just BARF ALREADY! Write something new to her, dude. Geez. 🤮

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I just looked up the definition of cartoon cuz I wasn’t sure what counted. Obviously the shows we used to watch on Saturday morning, but comic strips too? Yup. And movies like Frozen? Yup. And those quickie caricatures? Yup. Also, the word comes from Italian, carta (paper), if anyone cares. First known usage was in 1671, as in a preparatory design. You’re welcome. 😜

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I’m on the Nextdoor app to keep track of local doings. I was motivated to download it when the OCRegister went to a pay site. I miss the OCR, gotta admit, but I’m not gonna pay. I have no paid subscriptions to anything. Nextdoor is sometimes helpful/interesting, but Twitter is actually more on top of breaking emergencies. Of course there are trolls and idiots and assholes on ND because it is social media. People won’t follow rules and simply must jabber on about “the wall” and whatever other stupid BS pops into their heads. 🤬

Naturally there are the sea lion men, barking questions at women, only to tell them that their opinions are invalid. I ran into one of these jerks this weekend who told me I can’t have an opinion on my city after “only” living here 5 years when he’s been here 25. I muted him. It’s too bad they are only mutes and not blocks like Twitter. I would prefer it if he was not able to see and/or reply to me again. Same goes for anyone I mute in the future.

This is one of the things that makes it hard for women to express themselves online (not to mention in meatspace obviously). You have to constantly worry about angering some wacko man, especially if he’s local. Who even knows what might set some lunatic off into a rage? Idk if this guy is totally fine or a nutball, but I got a bad vibe, and so I let him have the last word because I see from other threads that it’s important to him. And I didn’t insult him like another woman did; I just quietly faded away. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I’m scared of men who seem trollish and unhinged. We read stories all the time about women being stalked and attacked by nutjobs. And crazy men are everywhere. We’re never safe. 😢

No, I’m not being overly dramatic. Just go look up the statistics about violence against women. This is another reason why I quit using dating sites. Besides all the benignly obnoxious jerks and liars and creeps, there are rapists and con men and murderers lurking there. It’s documented. And when some rando gets angry because you reject him after chatting, how do you know which group he falls into?

Not worth the stress.

32 responses to “Monday Meandering

  1. Don’t know how you post everyday! I think things like Twitter can be awhile for women. It can certainly bring out the worst in everyone as there are often no consequences

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  2. Hey, i like your stuff just fine… well most of the time… i even comment once in a while. Love your opinions, keep having them, and sharing them… from: One of your friendly neighborhood web stalkers. (Not one of the crazy, wacky ones. Just a Friendly… harmless one)

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  3. Your post are always new, fresh and funny.

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  4. Meanwhile, in Norway:
    1. Our anti-hate speech law protects a whole bunch of minorities including gays and non-whites, but not women. So now some women want the law to also apply to gender. Kind of makes you wonder why it didn’t in the first place.
    2. I do pay subscribe to my local newspaper. I get e-editions daily and paper edition on the weekend. Too much good content hidden behind paywall and I do want to know what’s going on in my own town. Also, weekend pencil puzzles!
    3. A farmer discovered 8 – eight – royal viking graves while putting in a new barn. Which kind of postpones the barn raising while the archaeologists have a field day (no pun intended). But eight! Wow!

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  5. So to get handy automatic previews on WP we have to use the dot “com” version of YouTube links instead of the much shorter dot “be” versions?

    If so, that sucks. Because the default copy and paste from YouTube is dot “be.” At least on my smartfoon, anyway.

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  6. You follow 700 blogs? How do you do it? I follow 176 and I can’t keep up.

    When I think of “cartoon,” the first thing that comes to mind is political cartoon, but maybe because I’m a political junkie.

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  7. The Haunted Wordsmith

    I went from 1100 people I followed to 400 just two days ago.

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    • Great idea! I will probably knock more off my list too. No regular writers in our “circle,” but the bloggers who are mainly monetizing and not interacting with me.

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      • The Haunted Wordsmith

        I went with time since last post lol. By the time I got down to seven days since last post, I just asked if I recognized their name/blog or not. I always look at those who liked my posts (not that its a requirement or anything). If I didn’t recognize the name, I looked at their blog to see if I really wanted to keep reading.

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  8. Paula, you’re right about not wanting to anger some psycho in cyberland. I listened to a podcast not all that long ago where a woman had built a site for Incels because she felt sorry for them, iirc, and now that’s where they go to validate and act out their weirdness and mental unhinging from how it was described. As society continues to dissolve, it will continue to get worse.

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    • Ughhh scary! There’s a huge reservoir of vicious anger in some men who don’t have what they feel they’re entitled to by simply being born male. My opinion.

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      • As women become more empowered and powerful, they become more insecure, which makes them act out in “non-productive ways.” I really hope the next generations shake themselves out of that frame of mind that they are entitled to whatever their meaty little paws want.

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  9. The next door app sounds interesting. Re people who follow them disappear, I guess it’s to get followed in return, but so unfortunate.

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  10. Sweet kitty picture.

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  11. Oh, how I loved this post Paula! I always look forward to your rants and navel-gazing! 😉💞

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  12. I was also thinking of stopping at Target the other day to buy something it turns out I already had. In my case, it was a box of wet Swiffer refills. I actually went and bought them. When I got home, I found I had a box that was still almost full.

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