There’s a title that could be applied to so many things. Let me start by saying, this post isn’t political, nor is it about any of the popular contentious points gripping society (according to social media and the stuff that claims to be news). This is about things that seem too good to be true, things that seem too odd to have explanation and things that just make that talisman part of your body itch and tingle.
Disney – In case you don’t know it, Disney is into television and streaming. Disney owns portions, often majority interests in, ESPN, National Geographic, Hulu, ABC, ESPN, etc., etc. Disney owns a lot of other entertainment stuff – click to see a full list – but I’m only interested in streaming (for now). You see, I pay $11.99 per month to access Hulu without commercials.
I switched to Hulu because Netflix didn’t carry “The Twilight Zone – Season 4” (the one-hour episodes, including “Miniature” “Passage on the Lady Anne” “The Parallel” “Printer’s Devil” and “TheThirty-Fathom Grave” and yes, I can be that petty.
Disney will soon be offering to let me bundle Hulu with Disney+ ($6.99/mo) and ESPN+($4.99/mo) for $12.99. I know you don’t like math on Mondays, so I’ll do it for you – that’s $23.97 worth of streaming services for $12.99. I may take this offer, but not until I see the fine print. If said fine print includes anything resembling “*for 12 months” I’m going to pass.
I’ve been there. “Do this for 12 months, forget that the fee is going up until you’re being charge $23 and then think about all you’ll be missing if you stop.” Who did that to me? Oh, yeah, COX Cable, the guys I fled like a burning barn when I switched to YouTube TV and Hulu.
Maybe Disney just wants to lock me into their world. Get my $13 each month before someone else does. We’ll see on November 12th, when the offers are actually available.
Facebook – Why does Facebook do anything? For the benefit of Facebook. You have to remember that above all else whenever Facebook asks/suggests/threatens/cajoles you to do anything. Facebook wants me to spend money to automatically support the No Facilities Facebook page. No thanks! Recently, Facebook has been sharing the NF page with fewer and fewer people. They have also made it harder for me (Dan) to act on my page. The post I had on Thursday landed on Facebook, from WordPress, with a great big 404-Error where the featured image should have been. The image was available, but I couldn’t fix it. I deleted the post and reposted it, but it didn’t appear. It was listed in a sidebar column of “Posts by Guests.” Yeah, that’s me, a guest on No Facilities.
I posted a link to that blog post under my (Dan’s) Facebook account. A lot of people read it. Several liked it, some commented. Facebook wants me to connect with those people in Messenger. Obviously, I have friends and I should spend more time chatting with them in Facebook’s chatty-app. In fact, Facebook sent me an alert on my phone from Messenger – something it normally does when someone sends me a message. When I opened Messenger, it was like I was a new subscriber. They wanted me to turn on alerts from everything Facebook does. Then they suggested I upload my contact list so I could send Facebook messages to everyone.
Sorry, Facebook. I know you want to be the Twitter/WhatsApp/SnapChat/iMessage replacement, but I’m not interested. I’m not interested in sharing anymore information with you and I’m certainly not interested in being the promotional vehicle from which you try to ensnare my friends.
WordPress – I know I’ve written about WP before, but this week was extra-screwy. A new version of the WordPress app for iPhone/iOS was released (a couple of times) recently. It supports the new iOS ‘Dark Mode’ which I actually like.
I like it because read and unread messages are different shade of gray (which I can differentiate) instead of different shades of blue (which I can’t).
I used the new app to Like and reply to 25 comments on my blog. For each one, I saw the star change color (indicating Like) and the banner message “Reply Sent” appear. The following day, I replied to a new comment on one of those posts and I noticed that none of the 25 replies had been posted – NONE OF THEM!
What’s up with all these changes to WordPress? Well, they are tweaking the Block Editor and I think they are paying more attention to that project than everything else. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the great big push to use the Block Editor, a.k.a. Guttenberg begin soon.