Thoughts on The Nord VPN

About two weeks ago, I installed the Nord VPN system on my MacBook, iMac, iPad, and iPhone. At this time I have no complaints whatsoever about the application. As promised by the company, the installation and setup process was almost too easy and the system just got to work right away.

I believe that most of, if not everyone that uses the internet today will agree that there are far too many sickos out there trying to steal your identity or commit any other evil deed that they can think of to hurt innocent people. Hence, the invention of the VPN system.

I do feel more secure while I’m online now, but also that none of us should drop our guard while online. It’s not unlike my being fully vaccinated yet I will continue to wear my mask and carry a small bottle of hand sanitiser while out and about. About the photos, this was yesterday morning at The Cracked Egg restaurant, delicious!

Straight From The iPhone

Several days ago I stopped by a local store that my cell carrier operates to have a look at the iPhone 12. I was impressed with the phone and camera but didn’t make the purchase since they are asking for a ridiculous sum of money for the phone. I don’t want to drop $1000.00 on a new phone that I really don’t need at that price.

I am intrigued by the new lenses and Lidar on the iPhone 12 but not enough to buy it, have a look at these photos that are directly out of my trusty old iPhone 10 except for the watermark and resizing the photo. Could you justify the cost of the iPhone 12 after looking at these photos? I could buy a new lens for my Nikon for $1000.00 dollars!

The top photo is a Pano view

Another Chat With WordPress

Exchanging comments yesterday with a fellow blogger, I became annoyed again with how WordPress has forced that stupid block editor on its users and community, with no option to continue using the Classic editor. Below are my opening thoughts in the chat yesterday:

Thanks for your time. I have the Business Plan and am using the Classic Editor plugin. I have read so many blogs lately that talk about the changes made for them by WP, especially the block editor. Most people don’t like it including me. Why does WP feel that it’s OK to force these changes on blog owners? It’s not OK. Nobody really wants your new editor. And, will my plugin be taken away too, thereby forcing me to use the dumb block thing? This could force me off of WP.

The chat went on for about ten minutes, to make this long story short, I do not believe that WordPress truly gives a shit about their users, or customers if you prefer. The person on the other keyboard did a masterful job of smooth-talking with me and I just don’t buy it. Since I have the overpriced Business Plan, I still use the classic editor, but the cost to be able to retain such basic features is too much in my view. Shame on WordPress and its greedy business.

Don’t You Dare Include Me

This afternoon I was scanning through my Instagram account as usual. I came across a comment from a very public figure that I followed until today that insinuated that I and basically all white people are all guilty of helping to keep the racism against black people rolling. I am so offended by this person’s blatant lie.

Case in point – I went to Michigan public schools that had black students. My high school years were spent alongside young black men and women. In my neighborhood here in Las Vegas, we have a real mix of races. Black, white, and Asians all live in my neighborhood very peacefully, everyone gets along wonderfully!

Add to this the fact that I almost daily encounter very friendly black people around the city whom I treat no differently than anyone else, opening a door for him or her as an example as I do for anyone else. These people and the so-called news media in this country are a sack full of liars. Don’t you dare include me in your lies!

I was raised well by parents who have a great deal of morality in them. They taught myself and my sister to have respect for other people, period. We were not taught to hate people or treat others with violence and always be respectful both at work and while in public. Don’t you dare include me in your bullshit lies, stinking American media!

Loop Trip

During yet another trip to the pharmacy, I decided to go west just out of town for some random photos for the blog. It’s a beautiful day again but a bit cool. I forgot that it’s Saturday which means the recreation lands out there are stuffed full of people. I stopped at Moenkopi Road instead of going farther in.

So here they are, there is another set yet to be processed behind this one. On a different note, my doorbell camera recorded someone trying to enter my home last night around 2AM. I am going to take the video to my local police station on Monday morning.

I have a great video of this asshole to show the police, I hope that I can help the police catch this guy. Maybe he has prior arrests. The police are your friends, people, regardless of what the current crop of young hooligans say.

Drone Days

Should I spend the money on another drone? I sold my first drone because I was frustrated with too many rules and regulations. I suppose this ‘hobby’ is completely run by the fools in Washington by now since these people always believe that they know what is best for the lot of us. Oh hell no they don’t!

On another note, did you find some changes in your Site Admin this morning? I did. No, the legacy editor I’m using via a plugin wasn’t taken away thank God, but the left sidebar has been altered to make you use a different Stats page which actually works better. Gee, WordPress did something right?

I Must Be Doing Something Right

Las Vegas Photoblog is technically five years old although the numbers in the Archive Search in the sidebar don’t reflect this. Those years were removed due to storage limitations thanks to the dolts at WordPress and their greed. That said, I am now running the Business plan and its terrible price. The tradeoff is that the site storage limit is way higher now and that I am running plugins for the custom fonts and items in the sidebar too.

I believe that the name of this blog has helped accelerate the views number but also that I am not that bad of an amateur photographer either. I very much appreciate each of my followers and wish that more of them would return and comment once in a while. I am thankful for so many of you that do return both daily and occasionally, you are very much appreciated! I plan to continue this meager photoblog indefinitely at this point. Wow, 200,000!

Commenting Issues

Over the last few days, it has come to my attention that some of you are having difficulty posting your comments to this blog. I apologise for these problems, friends. Honestly, I have no idea what could be causing these problems. Several weeks ago, I purchased the Business Plan which is ridiculously priced, but there are some nice advantages and upgrades too. Using my iPad and iPhone, I see no issues with how the site loads up and does so very quickly.

Please leave me a comment about this should you have any problems, I will appreciate that. Just one other thing I want to add to this space. Are you a Twitter user? I recently set up a Twitter account and have made maybe three tweets to the account. My problem with Twitter is the way the platform is set up. I find the entire system very confusing and just a mash of stuff thrown onto a web page. The tutorials I’ve seen don’t really help me much…

That said, I’m not so sure I will continue to use Twitter. Other than Las Vegas Photoblog, my only other social media platform has been Instagram for at least three years, I have plenty of online friends there, some of which I also follow on WordPress. All of this came about from my IG account being recently hacked. Gladly, I was eventually able to recover the account still intact. I have over 8000 posts on Instagram too which is a sizeable investment.

This is a rather big investment in my photography hobby and time. The biggest thing I dislike about Instagram is the bloody advertising. Every fourth or so account you pass, wham, another ad. I remember the days before the evil Facebook purchased Instagram, such a damn shame because of the ads, and because I have never used Facebook and never will so this puts me in a situation. But what can any Instagram user do, other than not use the platform?

Here are two Sony RX100-7 photos from yesterday.

Old Photos, Old Photo Quality

This morning I was slowly scrolling through gigs of my old photography on the Lacia external SSD backup drive. These photos are from four years ago, since I took the photos, I can clearly see a big difference between these photos, and those I upload today. No, my photography is not of professional quality, nonetheless, I really enjoy this hobby. These photos are very grainy and unfocused. They do show the beauty of the Mojave Desert though.

My Old Car

This little Nissan is what I drove before purchasing my truck. I should have held on to that little car actually, in spite of it having what I call a rubber band transmission.

I think they are called a CVT, or Continuously Variable Transmission. If you grew up with snowmobiling, then you will see the comparison between the transmission a snowmobile uses, and this thing. Driving up to Mount Charleston, the engine RPM would go way up as compared to its speed in the city.

So annoying. But, the thing got a hell of a lot better fuel mileage. The other photo was taken on one of my day or half-day jaunts, probably into California near Death Valley, California, and Pahrump, Nevada.

I find it very amusing that this car company can’t pronounce its own product name properly. People say “Knee-Sahn”. Wrong. The name should be pronounced “Niss-an”. One of these days I am going to visit one of their dealerships and ask a salesman why they can’t pronounce the name of their own product properly…

Last Landscapes

One photo has three different versions which show a different mood. I could get more of these today as it’s still raining and gray, but I never drive on the wet roads. These people can’t even drive on a wet road, I’d like to see them try driving on a slick Michigan winter road, ha! Since it rains so little here, the roads have ample time to collect engine oils, grease, or anything else that could add to the slick road surface. When it rains, the sirens always follow.