Monday, July 24, 2017

Facebook Let Me Down

I looked up "how to manipulate the Facebook algorithm."

"Why?" you might ask. I mean, who really cares?

Normally, I don't that much. But the current newsfeed, which shows plenty of ads for Groot shirts, unicorn art, and cat humor... didn't show me that my nephew was being born.

Seven posts about the baby being born, none of them on my homepage feed. Had my sister-in-law not texted, I still might not know.

If social media is supposed to better connect us, to keep us better informed of what's going on in our world  (especially the world of our social circle), how did a major life event -- the birth of a baby -- not make the top of the newsfeed list? That's really upsetting. I'd like to avoid missing such important information.

What I see here is a flaw in Facebook's system. If I list someone as family,  shouldn't that trigger words like "birth, engagement, graduation," etc as an update I'd want to see?

I'm not sure how to change this, or if anything can be done. I just wanted to go on record as being frustrated.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Punishment Instead of Gratitude

What if your packages took longer to arrive? No more next day or two day.

What if there were no more over night "red eye" flights?

What if you called the emergency number in the middle of the night, but no one was there? No police, no firefighters, no ambulance.

What if from 11pm to 7am, doctor visits costed  $25, from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 11pm doctor visits costed $40, but from 9am to 5pm doctor visits started at $350 down with more charges to follow a week later. And specialist were only available from midnight to 2am for the first visit, 3am to 5am for follow-ups.

Would that be good for you?

Because that flipside would work GREAT for my husband and I!

This is what we deal with. That's just one punishment for those third shift workers. The ones who get your packages there,  keep flights going at night,  and answer the emergencies that happen while most people are sleeping.

I had to make my husband an appointment with a specialist. 4 hours after bedtime. 4 hours before wake up time. The literal middle of the night. That's the only time the office sees new patients, and that's the only office in our insurance's network of this specialist. (Monopoly?)

It's just something to think about.

Equality does not apply to third shift workers. An extra 50 cents an hour? $4 or $5 a day before tax. But the odds of needing a doctor during the $350 rate time instead of the $25 rate time...

Things need to change. This is among them. But the people who would fight for it are asleep during the hours that the people who control the change are working.

Monday, July 17, 2017

I guess that could be a talent

Watching Netflix, Amazon Prime video, DVDs, VUDU, etc...

Whenever I press pause, the character on the screen has his, her, or its eyes closed.

Anyone else have a useless talent that even the Guinness world records wouldn't want? Drop a comment.