ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

GOOGLE+ IS DEAD. (11/03/15)

Google+ is dead, Google+ is dead; long live Google+.

I detested it from the moment it reared it’s Medusa like head along with it’s affiliated Circles, ringlets, snakelets whatever. It lowered the standard to that of Facebook and Facebook is the spawn of the devil. There ought to be room for only one Facebook or preferably no room at all.

I am very busy designing large fifty millimetre square icons which hopefully, when clicked or pressed on a touch screen, will display my images of the pubs, birds, mammals and landscapes on the south side of Loch Ness. The icons work fine, I save as a PNG with a bit of drop shadow cos Apple users like a bit of shadow. Then convert to an ICO file and just swap the folder with the information for the posh icon.  I then got out of my comfort zone as I suspect to make the large icons and their content tamper proof I’m going to have to go and alter something in Windows Registry. Way beyond me and way beyond the couple I know up here that manage IT systems. I’m practising on my old laptop. Trawling the internet for education and generally getting in a right old muddle. I have two hard drives on my old laptop and have cloned or copied Windows 7 OS onto the one I cleared. I thought I had but some of it hadn’t. I think I need a Windows cleaner.

Anyway, enough of yesterdays entertainment. This morning I drove to Inverness. The road works they finished have started again. I got trapped in a lane for buses and taxis. I got caught by the Busies. All in order with the truck;  but the officer said but why didn’t I see the sign, are you blind? I explained that I had but as it was the other side of the lights there was next to nothing I could do to comply with it. (I was committed to my lane, innit!)  He was after a fixed penalty but I asked for his certifiable number and told him I’d see him in court. Told him I’d win easy and if I did I’d buy him a pint as all pillocks deserve a reward. He let me go and on I wandered to Harbour road. Got dog food and bird food at Harbro. Then on to Tesco for Adrian food. Not a bad morning as mornings go. Little spotty faced busie could not spoil it. He just livened up a boring trip through Inverness.

_MG_2782     I can’t leave without a snap. Is this a Song Thrush? I am a good negotiator but a hopeless birder.

Have fun. I got a pot of Vick. It’s to clear my sinuses. £4.00p for Vick? It must pay not to be ill. It certainly pays well to pander to those that are.

37 comments:

  1. Yes, I think that is a Song Thrush. Nice little bird.

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    1. Cheers Bob, I usually see Mistle Thrushes here but this looked a bit smaller and it had pale legs. It's a rare bird in these parts.

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  2. Sounds like a successful day and a lovely song thrush too!
    Happy computing,

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    1. Gillian, yes and I'm glad it's a song thrush.

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  3. Your bobby was on a similar level to the one in this county who threatened to confiscate a 3yr old's little stabilized bike for riding on the pavement. Maybe he would prefer her to ride it in the road. The child was on the way to school and accompanied by her parents.

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    1. John, I knew I had cuckooed but how does one swap lanes at nine o'clock in the middle of Inverness? Once the offence has been committed then extenuating circumstances have to be taken into account. That is for the justice system and not for a wee Busie.
      In your scenario just barking mad. They need ticks.

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    2. John as footnote to what you're on about, anyone under the age 13 is allowed to cycle on pathways, it's in the road traffic act. The copper who made the headlines should be sacked for not knowing the law.

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  4. Hi Adrian... Glad to see you haven't changed a bit, crabbing, and complaining as usual ;)
    I will say I do agree with you on the Google + thing though!
    I hate shopping glad your day turned out well !

    Grace

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  5. I'll visit you in gaol, Adrian. Oh, and send you photos of birds, if I can manage it on my dodgy mobile.

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  6. Yes, google+ stinks ... have tried to get out of it many times, plus disable the message notification button ... so far no luck ... thank goodness, there is a delete button ... the bird looks like he belongs to the robin family ... robins, omg, I wish ... 2 more months of winter here ... Love, cat.

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  7. What??? Google+ ??? Dead??? What's the news? Can't see anything online.
    Or did you just spend 4 days opting out?
    You must have been ill to not blog for 4 days.
    We call it Vicks down here ~ in the plural or possessive ~ not sure which.

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  8. I think I have managed to stay out of Google+. I'm not sure though...

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    1. Monica, I ignore it as best I can.

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  9. Vick in hot water ? ......good stuff, get well soon.


    peter

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    1. I feel reasonable but can't shift this cold.

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  10. :) pillock...I have to look that one up.

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  11. "Adrian Food"? is that a new brand name? I imagine they produce nutritious things like stuffed crust pizza, burgers and pot noodles.

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    1. I wish my diet included such things.

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  12. Your computer problems are lost on me but I did enjoy your interaction with the "busie"? That doesn't show up in my "Glossary of Scottish Slang". I think I will have to rely heavily on GB for translation when I visit. I Googled to see why you call it Vick and we call it Vicks and really learnt something new. I will avoid urban dictionary in future.

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    1. Pauline, I just read the jar and it is Vicks here as well. Busie is a police officer.

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  13. For a second - whilst I read the heading and the first line - you made me a very happy man.

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  14. I love your pictures of birds. Spring is finding its way over here. Hope the same soon for you. Although will there still be birds in spring? Yes? More? Robins are my favourite. Look after yourself Adrian.

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    1. Raffaela, yes it is starting to warm up here. There will be plenty of birds from now on. I'll take a picture of a Robin.

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  15. That's a bummer to get caught in the wrong lane. Good for getting yourself out of a jamb. As they say, the best defence is a good offence.

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    1. Red, he was just after a quick tick for his book. He wasn't really serious.

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  16. HI Adrian I see you can still talk your way out of trouble. well done. yes this is a Song thrush. If you look at their chest the markings are like little arrows whereas the marking on a Mistle Thrush are are like dots. Hope that helps

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    1. Thanks Margaret, I always have trouble unless they are side by side which they never are.

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  17. Got to say the computer issue is beyond me, sorry. Great shot of Song Thrush (arrow shaped spots on chest unlike Mistle Thrush that have spot shape spots). Silly old bil, Adrian 1 Police0 lol

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    1. Thanks Douglas, I was surprised to see a Song Thrush. There are few about here but plenty of Mistle Thrushes.
      The police can be a pain at times.

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  18. Bonita y simple imagen.... Un abrazo desde Murcia....

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  19. Sin prisas y paciencia en los atascos.
    Buena foto de ese pájaro .
    Un abrazo.

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