MoviePass

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MoviePass has expired. I never really thought it was going to survive. Movie chains are huge and it was to easy for them to change their model to adapt lessons learned from MoviePass. Movie chains are going to have to change as many people like me would just prefer to watch a movie in the comfort of their own home on their big screen with their inexpensive popcorn and drink. The last movie I went to had like 10 minutes of commercials before the movie started. I am not talking about the ones they run while you wait for the start time. The movie was scheduled to start at 2:30 but it did not start until 2:40.

Uber is on the same path. They have never made money. Last I knew they were still paying half the cost of people’s rides. I think they hoped for self driving cars to save them but they will not be here soon enough to save Uber. Perhaps Uber will last just long enough to force the taxi to adopt Uber’s improvements.

Facebook

I have unfollowed everyone but a few relatives on Facebook.

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Why did I unfriend everyone?

Well,

I have had problems with Facebook for years. It doesn’t show me post I am interested in. I get a great deal of fluff that just buries good content. People would ask me face to face did I see something they posted. No I didn’t. Facebook never showed it to me. I would have to go to their page to see it.

I have almost stopped using Facebook and rarely post. I prefer to post to my website https://www.swordtechstars.com. I don’t do a lot of posting anyway.

I would delete my Facebook account but I have to have one so I can manage the churches page. I considered deleting my account and creating a new one.

I loath Facebook messenger. I can’t find any way to turn it off. The only way to stop people from using it to contact me is to unfriend them. Some of you need to watch what links you are clicking on as some apps are posting on your behalf to Facebook messenger and sending people spam.

So,

Today I checked and I had almost 300 friends. I thought man I need to clean this up. I think I found I was following 4 dead people. Several of my friends had multiple accounts. I have no idea which one was real and which one was a bot. Probably a lot of the unwanted fluff was coming from the bot ones. I was following people I did not even know. I also was following people I had just meet once. Some of this was from back in the day when I use to friend everyone who sent me a request. There were people I was following that had deactivated their accounts (I don’t blame them). And some people had over 2,500 friends. I bet they have never saw any of my post.

I started by trying to selectively unfriend, like the bots, the dead and the don’t knows. As I started unfriending people it became easier and easier. Finally I just decided that I would unfriend everyone except a few close relatives. Now I am down to 26 friends on Facebook. I am still considering unfriend all them except my wife. At least that way I want miss any of her post.

I will miss some of the people that I unfriended. Particular my old high school friends as Facebook was the only contact I had with them. But I am still part of the class group. I am going to see if that is sufficient.

Creative Problem Solving

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Problem: Drain pan rusted out on AC. Drips on people during service.

Problem Complication: Can’t repair unit because we are getting ready to remodel space and don’t want to replace something that has to be torn out in a few months any way.

Solution: Duct tape, cardboard, plastic, string, and a bucket. Drip is redirected and silenced. Not pretty but functional.

Thought: Duct tape, cardboard, plastic, and string are essential assets in a handyman’s tool box.

Hurricane Michael Was a Cat 5

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NOAA acknowledges that Hurricane Michael was a category 5. 

Their words, “While there remains uncertainty, based on the data described above NHC’s post-analysis assessment of Michael’s landfall intensity is 140 kt, making the hurricane category 5 on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale at landfall. “

140 kt is 161 mph. 

You can read their 86 page report below. 

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/AL142018_Michael.pdf