Sunday, June 23, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Posted by Maggie at 6/22/2013 11:36:00 PM
Friday, June 21, 2013
Posted by Maggie at 6/21/2013 05:13:00 PM
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Posted by Maggie at 6/19/2013 08:49:00 PM
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The Columbia Valley Wetlands covers an area from Canal Flats to Donald and is the longest continuous wetlands remaining on the continent. It covers 26,000 hectares (64,000 acres) and supports over 260 resident and migratory bird species. The Columbia flood plain is very flat and ranges from 1-2 km in width.
Yesterday, I emailed out the link to my gallery on megashot for last year's Can Am, and I am getting a few return mails. Always nice to hear from people.
In the garden, I have the front pretty well cleaned up with just watering and keeping an eye on any weeds to be nipped before they go to seed. In the back, I have the water garden and the waterfall working good. The moss garden is looking real good too. I need to be on top of those wretched bluebells in the spring. I moved a big fern from beside the little dry stream and patched the spot with clay soil. I hope the moss grows here quickly. I think I got a new little moss in one of the flower pots from Brentwood Bay garden center. I put it on this new area and hope to see it expand. I have several different kinds of moss growing. I am keeping it damp under the deck and it is slowly spreading. I am also getting ferns moved around under there. I move the chair to where I get a view of the moss garden and the pond. I need to remove the delphinium to get a better view of the pond, though. Some of the transplants are already growing to fill in the neighbors view under my deck and to my back patio. I am in the process of cleaning up the little garden bed behind the garage. My beautiful hydrangea is there, but has got some kind of fungus. The leaves are all shriveled up and dying, but the wood underneath is still alive. I hope I can save it. After that I must get the woodland under control; especially those bluebells that are crowding out everything. The dames rocket grew huge this year, so did the old fern and the lily of the valley tree. Well, the garden is every changing, and interesting.
Posted by Maggie at 6/16/2013 09:10:00 PM
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I hope there is a new day dawning in the social media world. I was not surprised, but totally disgusted when reading this:
quote: Do you have a nagging sense that Facebook isn’t always straight with you about how they share your personal information, photos, posts, friend lists, networks, likes and surfing habits? That they are selling your data in ways that you have never even imagined?
Your instincts are dead on. Facebook has been saying one thing to our faces and doing another behind our backs. Facebook is in pre-IPO mode and has the propaganda machine running overtime like Big Brother at an Animal Farm.
Enter the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC just released a formal complaint identifying eight counts against Facebook for violating the Federal Trade Commission Act. The FTC confirmed what we’ve always known: Facebook tells us what they think we want to hear, not necessarily the truth. Here are the details of Facebook’s dishonesty:
Under the guise of increasing user privacy, Facebook has consistently provided their advertisers with ever-expanding access to sensitive user information, not less.
Contrary to Facebook’s marketing machine, user profiles are assigned a unique User ID that allows applications (e.g. Farmville) to track us as individuals, not as anonymous, aggregated members of a group.
Even if you restrict all applications’ access to your data, your friends can install applications that allow Facebook to expose your personal information without your consent or knowledge.
When a user deletes their account, Facebook will remove the user’s profile, but they do not remove the private data associated with the profile upon deletion. It remains stored on Facebook-managed servers, forever available to vendors, advertisers and applications.
Worst of all, the FTC confirms that anytime Facebook makes updates to the website, a user’s personal security settings are lost and must be re-set because prior settings have been “overridden” by the updates. In other words, all of the time and work you put into customizing your privacy and security settings are lost anytime Facebook adds or tweaks a feature.
Within every count in the complaint about Facebook’s business practices, the FTC used one or more of the following “qualifiers”: False or misleading representation, Deceptive act or practice, Unfair act or practice, Contrary to the statements made…
But Facebook hasn’t just violated a law imposed by the FTC, they have violated the trust of their profit-makers, all of us, the users. At the most basic level, Facebook has failed 6-7 clear litmus tests of trust leadership. Here are three of their biggest violations:
Transparency – the right of those on the outside (users) to know what those on the inside (Facebook, application developers, law enforcement) know about us. Users know nothing, and in fact, it often seems that Facebook employees don’t know how the ‘engine on the inside’ works.
Expectation – the reasonable assumption that Facebook honestly tells us how our data is being collected, aggregated, used and sold. As shown by the FTC complaint, they are doing no such thing.
Respect – the most basic component of customer service, which says that users should be treated as stakeholders in the company, not as naive profit-centers who donate their data, for free, as endless inventory to be packaged and sold to multiple bidders.
The FTC reveals an arrogant Facebook, an organization that has systematically exempted itself from the rules, because of it’s size, it’s wunderkind story and our obsession with comparing our lives to others’. With an IPO expected early next year, it’s feared Facebook will tell the FTC what they think it wants to hear, once again, protecting their bottom-line at any cost.
Ultimately, if Facebook continues to ignore the elephant in the room, all stakeholders (including stock holders) will divest their investment and delete their profiles and we will start to speak of Facebook like we do MySpace. Of course, Facebook is too successful right now to fathom that outcome.
John Sileo is a leadership speaker on deception and trust, including: social media privacy, trust leadership and identity theft. His clients include the Department of Defense, Experian, Homeland Security Pfizer and the FDIC. Contact him on 800.258.8076. unquote
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Posted by Maggie at 6/13/2013 10:28:00 PM
Sunday, June 09, 2013
The photos were done with HDR photo merge of the bracketed shots. I still need to get this feature of photoshop working well for me.
I have the front garden pretty well cleaned up and am starting on the back, now. The cutting garden has the new transplants surviving. Under the deck is slowly getting the moss, ferns, and few other shade plants to spread and grow.
Posted by Maggie at 6/09/2013 11:49:00 AM
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Posted by Maggie at 6/08/2013 11:35:00 PM