March 1 -- a new month and officially just 3 more weeks of winter then, it's Spring. Yeah? Easy to say, but you know how the saying goes...."the proof is in the pudding".....which really means nothing in this case cause we are not talking about pudding or food. But today has been a very silly day, where conversation has been silly, bordering on not making sense at all, so I thought I might as well carry that theme through to my blogging. So back to the weather: IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!! We did errands which consisted of:
1. buying a Baguette at Cob's to make some garlic bread with tonight's pasta
2. stopping in at Best Buy to look at tablets
3. buying ice cream and waffle cones for dessert, as well as salad fixin's and fruit
4. picking up Alyssa from a play rehearsal at school
5. returning a Redbox DVD
6. stopping in at Starbucks for some caffeine
Now we are back home, but it was cold out there! And the forecast for tomorrow is for snow. I was hoping with the beginning of March we would not have to deal with any of the white stuff any longer. WRONG. Thankfully the forecast for Monday is for warmer temps and rain, so whatever snow that accumulates will all be washed away.
The kids (or rather Erika) is making us dinner tonight. It's a lazy Saturday evening.
Alyssa and Jordan are on their computers, I am blogging, Trevor is reading a book on his nook (I'm a poet and I didn't know it....) and Erika is hard at work in the kitchen. She is making lasagna :)
I was scanning my FB home page earlier today and there are so many videos that appear on my feed now. I click on some of them....but they all seem to be the same....with catchy titles that challenge you to view them like, "you'll never believe what this guy did!"....or "the most beautiful, heartwarming proposal ever!"....and there is this site called Upworthy that I used to like a lot....but now I'm just tired of their feed. All their videos, or most of them invite you to watch with a teaser that says, "you'll never believe what this guys says at 3:08" ....which of course signifies the moment in the video that is supposed to be unbelievable. Trouble is, I get to that point and I'm less than amazed at what the guy says. It's all propoganda. I am going make a concerted effort to not be reeled in by this obviously bogus titles. FB really is a timewaster....but it can also be a good tool to spread word of a good cause. If you are a FB user, it pays to be knowledgeable about its privacy settings. I made sure I did the homework and set my privacy settings at a comfort level I wanted.
When you say you'll "message" someone, chances are you mean that you'll communicate via FB. With more than one billion estimated users, this social media site has become part of everyday life, but this "free" service does come with some strings. So be knowledgeable about it before you use it. Here are some FB facts that I know to be true:
You can check what Facebook tracks
Want to know how much Facebook knows about you? Go to Account Settings in the Home menu and from the General menu, click 'Download a copy of your Facebook data.'
Check default settings
You may not want to share your updates and other personal information with the whole world. But Facebook has kept the default setting as public. Go through the Privacy menu from the Account Settings page and review your settings to ensure you're comfortable with the privacy levels.
If you are signed in to Facebook, it tracks you while you surf the internet. Anytime you visit a page that has a Facebook Like or Share button, Facebook tracks that information.
Active users show up in feeds more often
You may not see every post from your friends, and only a fraction of your friends may see all your updates. Facebook wants users to see posts that will keep them on the site the longest, so it moves up the posts that are the most liked, shared, and commented on.
Big news pops up in feeds more often
Posting major life events such as your engagement, the birth of a baby, or your acceptance to grad school? Facebook will target those types of announcements by using something called natural language processing, and then Facebook makes sure they stick around in your friends' news feeds until the next time they log on.
So there's your FB lesson for today. Now go and check your settings and make sure you know who can see your feed!
Well, time to do some laundry. I will post pics of some card designs in my next blog post.
Have a good Sunday everyone. Be happy :)