The New(er) Firefox

Change never comes easily.  I was befuddled when Mozilla changed their second tab.  They used to list my frequented pages.  Then they made those pages links fewer and smaller.  And added “Recommended by Pocket” articles.  And lots of the last pages I went to.  Do I really want to know that??  Really?!  I googled how to turn it off, then stopped.  I allowed myself to marinate in the new environment.  Forcing myself to embrace the change.

Mozilla 2

*Grumble*

For someone who embraces change and rolls with it, I hate it.

But then I started reading Pocket’s Recommended Reads.  And realized they fascinated me.  Now I purposely go to my second tab to see what words Mozilla – who owns Pocket – will serve up to me today.

They started doing this to combat fake news and fake news sites that are only too familiar on social media.  After reading for the past month, I realized that they are helping promote real news and good reads, because I wore out my “three free reads” welcome at The Washington Post, the NY Times and the New Yorker.  Even Wired has me on the list.

But I’m hooked.

How to Get Out of a Meeting You Know Will Waste Your Time … who will be there? where is it? when is it? where is it? why are we here? how long is it? what are we deciding? why do I have to be there?  Answer those questions and decide if it’s worth your time.

There’s a reason using a period in a text message makes you sound angry … which is BRILLIANTLY written because before the title they just wrote “K.”  K period.  I didn’t realize it sounded so harsh and angry.   WHO KNEW THE PERIOD IS THE NEW CAPITALS?!!!!1!

Notice the one in the middle of the exclamation points? That used to happen on keyboard when you let go of the shift key and just got a “1” instead of a “!”  But no one uses keyboards anymore!  We all just text off our phone.  Haven’t you ever tried to scroll with your finger on your non-touch sensitive laptop screen by mistake?

Why Symmetry Continues to Beguile Mathematicians … The words “math” and “beguile” belong together in a sentence?  I’m not that nerdy.

Get used to saying ‘bomb cyclone’ … These new weather patterns are downright scary.  As soon as Trump said “There is no such thing as global warming” it’s like mother Earth said “Hold my beer … I got this one!”

When people are riding their ski-doos on the streets of New York, you know we are all doomed.  Bring in the army!

Need more proof we are fucked?  Read The Year Climate Change Began to Spin Out of Control from MIT.  Sobering reality goes off the cliff in 3 … 2 … 1 …

Tech hacks.  Here’s Why Your Gadgets Get Slower Over Time and Technology Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers … Remember, the biggest problem is usually between the seat and the keyboard!  Babe, if I scare you with my security rants, you won’t want to read that one.

Productivity tools for my Tony Robbins lovin’ readers … How to quit bad habits without willpower.

Awake Under Anesthesia sent a cold shiver down my spine.  I had surgery last year and am scheduled for two procedures in 2018.  Things that make you go hmmm.

The Transgender Scientist who made a difference.

And this … Physicists Aim to Classify All Possible Phases of Matter just makes me giddy.  As I nod and nudge my spiritual beliefs into my scientific world.  Just think of all that is not yet discovered.  If you look far enough ahead – or back – you find God.

I find it’s a really good dose of reality vs news.  Almost as good as getting new TED talks every day!  What really surprises me is how few people are saving the links.  Pocket tells you how many times the link has been saved, averaging around 2,000.  That’s very little out of 7.6 billion of us.

I might acutally buy a subscription to the Washington Post.  They offered me a trial of 30 days for $1.  I almost fell for the marketing.  Wonder what cut Mozilla gets?

Off to bed to read.  TV is so passé.

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