Saturday, October 31, 2020

R.I.P. James Bond

Sean Connery is dead.

In other news, it's  Halloween today. For those who celebrate it, I hope you all have had a nice time with your family and friends, insofar it's still possible under the circumstances!


Monday, October 26, 2020

Which Country Is The Most Liberal?

 Sweden, according to this diagram from the World Values Survey. Somehow I'm not surprised! I do still love IKEA and Swedish meatballs. Just ate them today. Yeah, I get in touch with my bugman side now and then:) Honestly with ALL the Christmas markets cancelled this year, the only place to visit in the Advent period is IKEA so I'm planning to go there soon...


Thursday, October 22, 2020

A Public Health Crisis Nobody Wants To Talk About

 A couple of weeks ago we went to the zoo (probably last time this year, as I fully expect them to be closed after the school vacation is over). We drank tea and coffee with some cake. The stuff was prepackaged and when I looked, I discovered that mine had more sugar than a Magnum (ice cream), it was like 36g. 

A grown up of an average weight isn't supposed to consume more than 50g added sugar per day, and WHO even recommends to further cut your consumption to the half of this amount. Guess who's eating the most of these cookies, cakes and sweets? Since kids weight less than adults they should eat even less sugary things, because the upper limit is supposedly tied to your weight. No wonder we have this obesity problem in the West!

There is much talk about the problem, but no action. Yet now we have a virus among us which is (I hear) especially dangerous for overweight people, but again, we are looking for a quick fix for our problems, like mass vaccinations, instead of promoting healthy lifestyle, of which nutrition is a very big part.

Friday, October 16, 2020

If Your Home Is A Mess

 so is your life, said someone famous (I think it was Darla Shine). As we are being busy in my parents-in-law house, I once again have realised the importance of regular decluttering, but as usual, I'm running short of time. We are officially in a semi-lockdown right now, and it'll probably get worse after the school vacations are over, as of now you can still visit a zoo, for instance, though all bars and restaurants got closed.

However for me, life is pretty hectic at the moment, though I have done an attempt to organise my own household, which in combination with all the other things I have to do, nearly cost me a burnout. Anyway, I turned to FlyLady for ideas and that's what I would like to talk about. Is there anyone of my readers who uses her system? What do you think about it?

In my opinion, she has some great advice and her detailed cleaning lists and the concept of zones are very helpful tools, however...

However, you can't really clean your house well in 15 minutes blocks. In her schedule example, she suggests that on Mondays you should vacuum, mop AND dust your whole house in 1 hour. Well, if you live in 1 small room, it's doable, but otherwise...It would take me more than an hour just to vacuum mine, for instance. 

I found a more realistic schedule example over here, but it's a lot of work, and some ladies were complaining that even FlyLady is too much for them to accomplish, and I can sympathise:)

Well, how about you? Feel free to share in the comments!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The End Of Privacy

 What can happen when you use track-and-trace app:

It’s now been revealed that private firms are collecting UK government NHS ‘track-and-trace’ data taken unknowingly from visitors to pubs and restaurants, harvested and then sold on to marketing firms for profit.

New reports this week reveal how mobile apps using quick QR codes operating under the auspices of the government’s COVID surveillance operation – are trafficking customer data through opt-in clauses baked into the terms and conditions of data storage services. Some firms state how they will use details scanned in by customers for marketing purposes and even keep your personal data for up to 25 years.

Through this corporate backdoor, aloof customers would have their personal data passed on to corporate clients such as advertisers, big data brokers and insurance companies, to name only a few.

It's interesting that though these are private businesses using your data libertarians at ZeroHedge somehow blame only the government for all that. A typical lolbert appears to be as ideologically dogmatic as a hardcore commie.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Comments Moderation

 I just now finally got to managing old comments. All comments on posts older than 2 weeks (I think) automatically go into moderation and I often forget to check them. Apologies to those of my readers whose comments got stuck in blogger limbo! I am incredibly busy right now, we started emptying my parents'-in-law house, I had dentist's appointments and some social stuff going on and now I'm getting someone to stay with us next week, too (at least, if nobody is quarantined, lol). 

I'll try to write a normal post this weekend, or at least, Monday, stay tuned!