Friday, August 10, 2018

A Where's the Spycam? Weekly Link Round-Up

I'll admit it, "freely and unreservedly" (which John Cleese movie am I channeling here?)-- sometimes I'm not very mechanically inclined. Saying that reminds me of taking an aptitude test for my high school guidance counselor who was working on her Master's Degree. The results were a hoot. They all seemed to be either high up in the rafters or down in the sub-basement. I either really liked something, or I loathed it. Miss Young mentioned that the others she'd had take the test were all "middle ground." I imagine my results were a bit more interesting. My highest results? Either an officer in the armed forces (*snort*) or a criminal defense attorney (*eye roll*). My lowest? Mechanical aptitude.

The lack of interest in the mechanical has followed me to this day-- and it's gotten worse. Now I think many of those mechanical gizmos are spying on me. Why does no one ever phone or ring the doorbell until I've ensconced myself in the bathroom? Whoever installed the spycam above the door to the loo better hope I never find it!

This week I'm pretty sure I found another spycam. There's an app Denis and I use on our iPads to control the TV, DVD player, and Roku. For some reason, Netflix likes to make me froth at the mouth. There's a lag of several seconds (10-12!) between my pressing the button and the action being performed. It's maddening. So much so that I soon want to act-- and sound like-- a berserk chimpanzee. This week, I couldn't get the sound to work, although I tried the normal fix-its several times. While all those mechanical gizmos were grinding away, deciding whether or not to obey my command, I remembered that the power had gone off for a couple of seconds that morning so the Roku box may need to be reset. I put the iPad down, stood up, and hobbled over to the other end of the room to reset the box. Just as I put my hand on the Roku box, the grinding stopped, and everything started working properly. See?!? These things are watching me and laughing!

Whew! I'd better mosey on out to the corral and get a grip... Head 'em up! Mooooooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • The Pacific Northwest orca population has hit a 30-year low. 
  • How noisy males control the gnu's cycle.
  • This footage of jaguars in Panama could save their lives.
  • Eight endangered black rhinos have died in a sanctuary.
  • Tree shrews love hot peppers because they don't feel the burn.

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Florence Sabin pioneered her way in medical science, then made sure other women could do the same.
  • Why Diana Gabaldon believes JoaquĆ­n Murieta is the outlaw-hero we need. 
  • Yekaterina Budanova shot down Nazi pilots with great skill, but her feats are mostly forgotten today.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. My husband feels exactly the same way about electronics - and Netflix - Cathy. It can be absolutely maddening, can't it? I think I'll just forget it all and head for that Irish tomb...

  2. Happily, my husband is a mechanical genius. I, of course, am not. He fixes everything and then shakes his head at me and how 'easy' it is. Ah well. He can't remember the titles of the books he's read or the authors. He has to hear the first paragraph or so and then he'll say - I've read that. Me, I can remember that usually.

    Hey, I want to be a bookseller in Scotland for a day or a week or...

    1. Denis is an excellent "fixer," but contrary to that aptitude test, I do have my moments. Recently I kept telling Denis that we did not have to replace a certain ceiling fan-- all it needed was some WD40. He finally decided to give it a try, and for a couple of weeks afterward, he would kowtow to me and say, "I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!" LOL

  3. A spycam over the bathroom door? Really? I would not like that.

    Is anyone expecting an armed invasion of enemy soldiers?

    Thanks for the links. Always fun to read.

    1. No, there's not really a spycam over the bathroom door. Sometimes it just feels like there is one. Another person in the house is much more enamored of certain kinds of technology than I am.

  4. Yes, I remember discs with Alexa recording your actions and words and replying to your discussions and comments. It had me laughing so hard.

    1. Now that Alexa has Gracie to talk with perhaps she'll leave me alone!

  5. What? Who's Gracie? You mean you have two robots talking to each other? I'd be laughing so hard I couldn't get anything done.

    1. Oops. I let the cat out of the bag on that one. You'll have to wait till Friday to learn about Gracie.

  6. Can't wait. Hilarious just contemplating it.


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