I think we all know what I’m talking about, so I’ll skip the Corona Virus back story. I had two other posts written for today, but I grew not to like either of them. The first one was too virusy and the second one bordered on being math-ish. I figured that in these stressful times, I shouldn’t be the straw that breaks any camel’s back. So, I decided to switch to a little nonsense.
Earlier today (Sunday) we got a text message from the CTAlert system. That’s great. It was kind of a test, but it bothered the IT Guy in me. First, it looked like a Text-Message-Scam. I understand, it’s the other way ‘round – scams are designed to look like real messages. But when scams are so good at looking like real messages, it’s time to make real messages look better. It’s like money. When counterfeiters – wow, did not know that was ‘feit…” I would have been bounced from the spelling bee – sorry, I digress. When counterfeiters get good at making $20 bills, we change the way those bills look. We should do the same with technology. And, please don’t ask me to “text ‘YES’ to confirm receipt,” because that’s what scammers do to make it look like I agreed to switch my electricity supplier. How about “Text Thanks Gov” to confirm? Or, how about just asking Apple for a “Read” notification? I know you (State of CT) built this system in 2009, but technology, not to mention crime, has evolved.
I don’t usually watch much television before 5:00 pm. I watch sports, if WVU, Pitt, The Pirates, Pens or Steelers are on, but… I turned the TV on at 4:32, 28 minutes ahead of Ask This Old House. While scrolling around, I stopped for a second on NCIS LA – that was like fly paper. I texted our daughter,
“How long does it take to get sucked into NCIS?” She replied,
“6 seconds. Slightly longer than CSI, which is immediate.” I think she’s right.
I get sucked into stuff quick. Law & Order? I have to exit before the “dundun” or I’m in until the crime is discovered. If the disclaimer “This is based on real stuff but it doesn’t depict those people…” Yeah, I’m not changing.
Since there are no new sport shows, ESPN is running a bunch of “classic” games. I watched Pitt beat UCF, but I forgot how close that game was, and I still got nervous during the final 1:16. I knew Pitt won the game, but…
I think that’s something I can blame on my mom’s genes. You can ask our daughter Faith about those. Faith and my mother were watching Titanic one night. Titanic, you know, the movie about the ship – that – sunk – before – my – mother – was – born. Anyway, when they got to the scene where the ship hits the iceberg, my mother screamed “TURN!” and scared Faith half to death.
I recently asked RiverGirl if Rick got on the plane at the end of Casablanca when she watched it. I mean, it could happen…right?
The good thing is that I’m a low maintenance binge-watcher. I could binge-watch The Twilight Zone for a solid month. Heck, I could binge-watch Season-1 of the Twilight Zone for a couple weeks. I’ve had Hulu for over a year, and my library includes The Twilight Zone, every incarnation of Star Trek, M*A*S*H, The Bob Newhart Show, Cheers and Frasier. If you’re about to say, “Dan it would be cheaper to buy the DVDs,” I would tell you that I already own many of them. Technically, I don’t binge like normal bingers, I like to bounce around. Faith offered to lend me the DVDs of “Breaking Bad” but added the caveat that I had to watch them in order. I have no patience for that. I have never watched any serial shows where you had to watch them in order. Dallas is as close as I came, and you could miss a few episodes of Dallas and still be OK.
OK, it’s 6:00, time to switch to Hulu
I hope you have a good day. Stay safe and do your best to stay healthy.