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    Credit cards... I have to have one, for orders from abroad, making hotel reservations, and paying for the web site address of our gallery. Unfortunately.

    I got a mail from the credit card company that, for legislation reasons, they need me to go to a web site, use the password provided in the letter, use my mobile or tablet to take a photograph of an ID document that will be submitted to them, and a photograph of myself that will also be submitted to them. Otherwise the card will be blocked 2 weeks from now.

    Pull the other one. I called the telephone number listed on the back of the credit card to warn them of this scam. Turns out it is not a scam at all.

    So I took my tablet (still refusing to have a mobile) and tried to take a picture of my driver's license. Ten times. Every time the site refuses to accept the result as "too blurry". Well, excuse me for not being 20 anymore, my hands are not perfectly steady holding a tablet in position and pressing a button. Probably a lighter mobile would work, but my wife's is a Huawei (no way I'm putting personal information like ID shots on that), and in a pandemic I am not going to ask neighbours to use their mobile. I tried to call the company again, but for two working days now their lines have been overloaded to the extent that they don't even put you on hold. I left a message on the site, and hope I get reaction.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Credit cards... I have to have one, for orders from abroad, making hotel reservations, and paying for the web site address of our gallery. Unfortunately.

    I got a mail from the credit card company that, for legislation reasons, they need me to go to a web site, use the password provided in the letter, use my mobile or tablet to take a photograph of an ID document that will be submitted to them, and a photograph of myself that will also be submitted to them. Otherwise the card will be blocked 2 weeks from now.

    Pull the other one. I called the telephone number listed on the back of the credit card to warn them of this scam. Turns out it is not a scam at all.

    So I took my tablet (still refusing to have a mobile) and tried to take a picture of my driver's license. Ten times. Every time the site refuses to accept the result as "too blurry". Well, excuse me for not being 20 anymore, my hands are not perfectly steady holding a tablet in position and pressing a button. Probably a lighter mobile would work, but my wife's is a Huawei (no way I'm putting personal information like ID shots on that), and in a pandemic I am not going to ask neighbours to use their mobile. I tried to call the company again, but for two working days now their lines have been overloaded to the extent that they don't even put you on hold. I left a message on the site, and hope I get reaction.

    Use this -

    https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Ligh...70183920&psc=1

    It's 16 bucks in the US which is 13.99 EU - You can set up the tripod on a table or countertop and click the remote when you're ready. Have your wife say "Action" first for that "authentic film-maker experience".
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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    TECHNOLOGY:

    I almost got my computer hacked today.

    Printer wouldn't connect to the wifi network. I followed all the protocols to reconnect, but they were not working.

    I Googled up some help, and was chatting with a Customer Service Rep from Canon. He quickly wanted to have me let him screen share, even though he didn't go through the basic turn it off/turn it on routine.

    We're on a chat window while I watch him poke around on my computer. Every second made me more suspicious, as some of the moves he made with the cursor seemed unnecessary. He was closing some browser windows and hiding others. His chatting had a lot of grammatical errors. Eventually he starts giving me some bnllsch!t explanations about the network and clicking on popups, and the alarm bells went off in my head. I closed the Screen Share, and it popped up again, so I closed it again. I closed the chat, then tried to shut off the computer, but it would only sleep because I had an unsaved Word document open.

    It seems that the Help site was not actually a Canon website, but a deliberate fake Canon website. If I'd paid a bit more attention I'd have noticed that the Canon logo was all wrong.

    I think I got to the "chicken exit" before any damage was done, but I'm really ticked off at myself for falling for the fake site AND allowing a stranger access to my computer, even if it was only for a few minutes.
    Chicken Exit. Is that where you pull the plug when it won't otherwise shut down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Credit cards... I have to have one, for orders from abroad, making hotel reservations, and paying for the web site address of our gallery. Unfortunately.

    I got a mail from the credit card company that, for legislation reasons, they need me to go to a web site, use the password provided in the letter, use my mobile or tablet to take a photograph of an ID document that will be submitted to them, and a photograph of myself that will also be submitted to them. Otherwise the card will be blocked 2 weeks from now.

    Pull the other one. I called the telephone number listed on the back of the credit card to warn them of this scam. Turns out it is not a scam at all.

    So I took my tablet (still refusing to have a mobile) and tried to take a picture of my driver's license. Ten times. Every time the site refuses to accept the result as "too blurry". Well, excuse me for not being 20 anymore, my hands are not perfectly steady holding a tablet in position and pressing a button. Probably a lighter mobile would work, but my wife's is a Huawei (no way I'm putting personal information like ID shots on that), and in a pandemic I am not going to ask neighbours to use their mobile. I tried to call the company again, but for two working days now their lines have been overloaded to the extent that they don't even put you on hold. I left a message on the site, and hope I get reaction.

    I had to send in a copy of my driver's license to get a dog license for a new dog. I blotted out the license number before sending it. That may not work with the bank though. But I never had to submit my driver's license for a credit card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Credit cards... I have to have one, for orders from abroad, making hotel reservations, and paying for the web site address of our gallery. Unfortunately.

    I got a mail from the credit card company that, for legislation reasons, they need me to go to a web site, use the password provided in the letter, use my mobile or tablet to take a photograph of an ID document that will be submitted to them, and a photograph of myself that will also be submitted to them. Otherwise the card will be blocked 2 weeks from now.

    Pull the other one. I called the telephone number listed on the back of the credit card to warn them of this scam. Turns out it is not a scam at all.

    So I took my tablet (still refusing to have a mobile) and tried to take a picture of my driver's license. Ten times. Every time the site refuses to accept the result as "too blurry". Well, excuse me for not being 20 anymore, my hands are not perfectly steady holding a tablet in position and pressing a button. Probably a lighter mobile would work, but my wife's is a Huawei (no way I'm putting personal information like ID shots on that), and in a pandemic I am not going to ask neighbours to use their mobile. I tried to call the company again, but for two working days now their lines have been overloaded to the extent that they don't even put you on hold. I left a message on the site, and hope I get reaction.

    Hope all progresses well.

    Your woes with the photo remind me of the time we were renewing our passports online. Taggart had no trouble, but they, or rather the computer robot, found fault every time with photos I put in - too big, too small, wrong expression etc. Finally we succeeded, with a photo that had rather more if anything of the faults they'd found before. Weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Credit cards... I have to have one, for orders from abroad, making hotel reservations, and paying for the web site address of our gallery. Unfortunately.

    I got a mail from the credit card company that, for legislation reasons, they need me to go to a web site, use the password provided in the letter, use my mobile or tablet to take a photograph of an ID document that will be submitted to them, and a photograph of myself that will also be submitted to them. Otherwise the card will be blocked 2 weeks from now.

    Pull the other one. I called the telephone number listed on the back of the credit card to warn them of this scam. Turns out it is not a scam at all.

    So I took my tablet (still refusing to have a mobile) and tried to take a picture of my driver's license. Ten times. Every time the site refuses to accept the result as "too blurry". Well, excuse me for not being 20 anymore, my hands are not perfectly steady holding a tablet in position and pressing a button. Probably a lighter mobile would work, but my wife's is a Huawei (no way I'm putting personal information like ID shots on that), and in a pandemic I am not going to ask neighbours to use their mobile. I tried to call the company again, but for two working days now their lines have been overloaded to the extent that they don't even put you on hold. I left a message on the site, and hope I get reaction.

    Like you, I avoid 'mobile' too. In fact, I don't own a single photo-taking device other than an ancient SLR 'film' camera rusting in a closet. However, my laser printer has a scanner function which 'should' capture useable images of IDs and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Chicken Exit. Is that where you pull the plug when it won't otherwise shut down?
    "Chicken Exit" is a phrase used at amusement parks. For the scarier rides there will be a point near the end of the queue where you can change your mind about going on the ride, and leave the line so you won't have to "enjoy" the scary ride.

    In this context I shut down the "phisher" before he could download or upload anything, or otherwise cause havoc, that is, I exited the connection before any damage was done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    I had to send in a copy of my driver's license to get a dog license for a new dog. I blotted out the license number before sending it. That may not work with the bank though. But I never had to submit my driver's license for a credit card.
    I had to show my driver's license on camera for a Driving School. That's where you get a traffic infraction "excused" by attending an online class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunburst Finish View Post
    3 sleep emoticons would have effectively made your point - 4 would have been overkill and 5 is just pointlessly mean-spirited by being intentionally insulting... Although I did laugh - so thanks for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Credit cards... I have to have one, for orders from abroad, making hotel reservations, and paying for the web site address of our gallery. Unfortunately.

    I got a mail from the credit card company that, for legislation reasons, they need me to go to a web site, use the password provided in the letter, use my mobile or tablet to take a photograph of an ID document that will be submitted to them, and a photograph of myself that will also be submitted to them. Otherwise the card will be blocked 2 weeks from now.

    Pull the other one. I called the telephone number listed on the back of the credit card to warn them of this scam. Turns out it is not a scam at all.

    So I took my tablet (still refusing to have a mobile) and tried to take a picture of my driver's license. Ten times. Every time the site refuses to accept the result as "too blurry". Well, excuse me for not being 20 anymore, my hands are not perfectly steady holding a tablet in position and pressing a button. Probably a lighter mobile would work, but my wife's is a Huawei (no way I'm putting personal information like ID shots on that), and in a pandemic I am not going to ask neighbours to use their mobile. I tried to call the company again, but for two working days now their lines have been overloaded to the extent that they don't even put you on hold. I left a message on the site, and hope I get reaction.

    Sorry to hear your frustrations. A cellphone does all that and much more to make life easier and during Covid, contact tracing makes its safer for you and your customers.

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    My gripe of the day was that I added too much salt into my cooking (a meat stew), so I had to dilute with some water. I managed to rescue it with extra water and added in more vegetables.

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    The Cat is sick. Again. Ginger just turned 14 years old last week.

    March 2020 he was at death's door, making these oddball whooping sounds.

    Vet #1 (recommended by a friend with 3 dogs): Shaved the bottom of his neck really close, and told us the cat wouldn't last the weekend. Then he offered to come in on a Saturday to do some exploratory surgery. We didn't like him - he seemed more of a dog person. He was pretty brusque, almost to the point of being rude.

    Of course, this was right after the pandemic started.

    Vet #2 (one of my wife's former fitness clients): Recommended a "specialist", but did give the cat an antibiotic.

    Vet #3 (the "specialist"): Told us up front they suspected cancer, and it would cost $1000 just to confirm that.

    We took him home so he could pass in comfort.

    Turns out it was likely an ear infection, which cleared up due to the antibiotic.

    But he was over 22 pounds (10 kg) so we started rationing his food.

    This March he was down to 18 pounds (the weight dropped slowly).

    A few weeks ago his eating habits changed, and wasn't interested in eating much. Two weeks ago we noticed he was pretty jaundiced (we missed it because he's orange to begin with). His weight started dropping drastically, and he's down to 13 pounds. We'd been giving him high calorie high protein nutritional gel, but we weren't giving him enough. He is drinking water, and is still somewhat active for a sick cat.

    So . . . he's probably got a fatty liver. This jaundice and liver problem is usually treated by leaving him at the vet for a week, where they insert a stomach tube and keep him fed.

    Of course, we cannot afford a week at the veterarian, so we've upped our game and are preparing puréed high quality cat food mixed with the nutri gel, and using a syringe to force feed him. He's not really happy about it, but we've got the routine down to an art after two days.

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    My gripe of the day was that I added too much salt into my cooking (a meat stew), so I had to dilute with some water. I managed to rescue it with extra water and added in more vegetables.
    The following from Google,

    Depending how oversalted the dish actually is, you may be able to use other strong flavors to bring down the perception of the saltiness. Adding an acidic or sweet ingredient may help downplay the saltiness, but you’ll likely create a completely new dish in the process. Here’s a few ideas:

    Acidic: Lemon, vinegar, lemon or lime zest, tomatoes

    Sweet: Fruit, carrots, honey, sugar

    If you have the time and flexibility, this experiment is worth a try, but bear mind that it may or may not save you from tossing the entire thing.

    I have been using the vinegar/sugar method for some years with varying success, (since before Google)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Ante View Post
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    Upon graduating from university I applied to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Master of Fine Arts in Painting - my métier being large-scale landscapes.

    Application required submitting a significant portfolio which demonstrated expertise in nearly a dozen specific techniques and mediums.

    My portfolio was critiqued by six faculty members each of whom was a working professional artist.

    I wasn't accepted into the graduate program - I made the first cut but got axed in the second.

    "A talented "craftsman", but not an "artist" - think in terms of graphic design - advertising - perhaps even comic books provided you work on your lettering."

    "Perhaps even comic books..." - "Perhaps"?

    "Comic books"?

    "Work on my lettering"? - (Editor's Note: I couldn't really argue with that one - my lettering was kind of shaky at best - You have to really practice and nothing is more tedious in this or any other life than practicing lettering and besides, I was a painter of large-scale landscapes - what was the point of being able to letter? - What did they think that I was going to do? - Add cartoon captions?

    Incredulity can make you light-headed... In my case, upon hearing "perhaps even comic books", my entire world started spinning, I staggered blindly around the room, knocked over three wooden chairs, a table, and a lamp, swooned, got the vapours, and finally dropped into a dead faint which required being revived...

    I alternated between "sulking" and "brooding" incessantly... for weeks... and by "weeks" I actually mean "months"... but eventually reason prevails...

    And so... I had two choices -

    I could become embittered and invade Poland.

    Or I could attend grad school and get an MBA degree (Master of Business Administration - Finance).

    Since things really didn't work out all that well for the last person who was turned down from art school, became embittered, and then invaded Poland - attending grad school and getting the MBA intuitively seemed to be the wisest course of action.

    I left my past, present, and imagined future - my self-identification as an "artist" - behind me and I tore off the rear view mirror so that I wouldn't be able to look back even if I wanted to...

    And like all fairy tales (except this one was actually true) everyone went on to live happily ever after...

    I met my future wife in grad school and this December will be our 40th Anniversary. She inspires me every day to exceed my limitations and to at least attempt to be better in every way that one can possibly be better. Her being beautiful, having a great laugh, and thinking that I'm just too hilarious for words were added bonuses that I wasn't expecting but have been eternally grateful for nonetheless.

    But you never lose that desire to create something... anything...

    And so I decided to write.

    And very quickly realized that you need to have an audience - preferably a receptive audience - to write for - otherwise why spend time writing something that no one wants to read?

    Through no one's fault the right writer can find himself in the wrong forum which lead me to this site -

    https://www.writingforums.org/

    It's a forum for writers - amateur, frustrated, professional - and despite your level of talent (or lack of) the credo seems to be "encouragement shall always triumph over discouragement".

    And thus - this will be my last long-form post - If you liked the writing and want to read more send me a PM and I'll provide you with the link to whatever nonsense it is that I decide to write about. And if you really didn't care for the writing - whether the content or the length or whatever - you can take comfort in knowing that when you see the words "The End" - it's meant to be taken literally - not figuratively.

    - Sunny

    Must not forget the "Gripe" part of "Gripe of the Day" -

    Don't enter threads that you have no interest in just to express your lack of interest in the subject matter - no one cares and it literally adds nothing to the discussion other than to cause hard feelings.

    And if you can't say something positive there are only two alternatives - saying something negative or just not saying anything at all.

    Go with "just not saying anything at all" - we all will all live a longer and happier life.

    The End
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunburst Finish View Post
    Upon graduating from university I applied to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Master of Fine Arts in Painting - my métier being large-scale landscapes.

    Application required submitting a significant portfolio which demonstrated expertise in nearly a dozen specific techniques and mediums.

    My portfolio was critiqued by six faculty members each of whom was a working professional artist.

    I wasn't accepted into the graduate program - I made the first cut but got axed in the second.

    "A talented "craftsman", but not an "artist" - think in terms of graphic design - advertising - perhaps even comic books provided you work on your lettering."

    "Perhaps even comic books..." - "Perhaps"?

    "Comic books"?

    "Work on my lettering"? - (Editor's Note: I couldn't really argue with that one - my lettering was kind of shaky at best - You have to really practice and nothing is more tedious in this or any other life than practicing lettering and besides, I was a painter of large-scale landscapes - what was the point of being able to letter? - What did they think that I was going to do? - Add cartoon captions?

    Incredulity can make you light-headed... In my case, upon hearing "perhaps even comic books", my entire world started spinning, I staggered blindly around the room, knocked over three wooden chairs, a table, and a lamp, swooned, got the vapours, and finally dropped into a dead faint which required being revived...

    I alternated between "sulking" and "brooding" incessantly... for weeks... and by "weeks" I actually mean "months"... but eventually reason prevails...

    And so... I had two choices -

    I could become embittered and eventually decide to invade Poland.

    Or I could attend grad school and get an MBA degree (Master of Business Administration - Finance).

    Since things really didn't work out all that well for the last person who was turned down from art school, became embittered, and eventually decided to invade Poland - attending grad school and getting the MBA intuitively seemed to be the wisest course of action.

    I left my past, present, and imagined future - my self-identification as an "artist" - behind me and I tore off the rear view mirror so that I wouldn't be able to look back even if I wanted to...

    And like all fairy tales (except this one was actually true) everyone went on to live happily ever after...

    I met my future wife in grad school and this December will be our 40th Anniversary. She inspires me every day to exceed my limitations and to at least attempt to be better in every way that one can possibly be better. Her being beautiful, having a great laugh, and thinking that I'm just too hilarious for words were added bonuses that I wasn't expecting but have been eternally grateful for nonetheless.

    But you never lose that desire to create something... anything...

    And so I decided to write.

    And very quickly realized that you need to have an audience - preferably a receptive audience - to write for - otherwise why spend time writing something that no one wants to read?

    Through no one's fault the right writer can find himself in the wrong forum which lead me to this site -

    https://www.writingforums.org/

    It's a forum for writers - amateur, frustrated, professional - and despite your level of talent (or lack of) the credo seems to be "encouragement shall always triumph over discouragement".

    And thus - this will be the last long-form post - If you liked the writing and want to read more send me a PM and I'll provide you with the link to whatever nonsense it is that I decide to write about. And if you really didn't care for the writing - whether the content or the length or whatever - you can take comfort in knowing that when you see the words "The End" - it's meant to be taken literally - not figuratively.

    - Sunny

    Must not forget the "Gripe" part of "Gripe of the Day" -

    Don't enter threads that you have no interest in just to express your lack of interest in the subject matter - no one cares and it literally adds nothing to the discussion other than to cause hard feelings.

    And if you can't say something positive there are only two alternatives - saying something negative or just not saying anything at all.

    Go with "just not saying anything at all" - we all will all live a longer and happier life.

    The End
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