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  • Everything Amazon Knows About You

    Posted on January 29th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    How to download all of your Amazon data

    To start, head to this link, or go to Amazon’s Help page. You’ll find the link under Security and Privacy > More in Security & Privacy > Privacy > How Do I Request My Data? Once there, click the “Request My Data” link.

    From the dropdown menu, choose the data you want from Amazon. If you want everything, choose “Request All Your Data.” Hit “Submit Request,” then click the validation link in your email. That’s it. Amazon makes it easy to see what the have on you, probably because they know you can’t do anything about it.

    Unfortunately, while you can access this data, Amazon doesn’t make it possible to delete much of it. You can tweak your privacy settings you stop your devices from recording quite as much information. However, once logged, the main strategy to delete it is to delete the entire account it is associated with.


    I did receive the data I requested and it was all nicely zipped and there were many, many zipped files. You really want to see all your data if you go through this processes. Ah well, at least they know people are requesting data and will not kill it due to lack of interest.

  • Mean-ness

    Posted on January 24th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    When you feel tempted to be mean, choose an alternative. No need to be overly nice or fake, just don’t be mean.  Start there and improve.

  • Nice quick pulling knot

    Posted on January 24th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    This knot is easy to perform and to release. There are many uses for this knot as long as there is tension on the standing end of the line.

  • Wyze Products

    Posted on January 18th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    While I am in no way associated with Wyze IoT products, I am a fan of their products. Plenty of features for a reasonable, even cheap, price with good reliability.The first and most purchased products ate their CCTV cameras. I started with version 2 and these, by and large, allow me to surveil my home and RV via my smart cellphone. I bought one, then 2 and now have three V2 cams. This last year I bought three more version 3’s. The V3 is an order of magnitude better than the V2’s: better IR night viewing (B&W), much better daytime color and faster, much more features (pay for features) and slightly easier setup. The V3 price is $35± and I will be purchasing more of these. Of course, if a V4 comes out in the <$45 I will purchase a couple of those for critical applications ( hopefully with temperature specs of -10°F to +140°F).

    The other day I ordered a $20 bathroom style scale. It is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I am not too sure what the scale really does but I hope it has an automatic record of weight that is locally or cloud stored for at least three individuals: The ad says – WYZE Smart Scale S, Scale for Body Weight and BMI, Body Composition Analyzer, Body Fat Scale, Digital Bathroom Scale, Heart Rate Monitor with App, Baby Scale, Wireless, Bluetooth, 400 lb, Black.

    I will report in this blog my views when I have time to evaluate.

  • Pad Thai

    Posted on January 16th, 2022 cwmoore No comments
    a big platter of saucy noodles garnished with green and red spices

    Pad Thai With Shrimp Recipe

    Active time: 45 mins | Total time: 1 hour 45 mins | Servings: 2 to 3

    Ingredients FOR THE SAUCE

    • 1 cup tamarind juice or concentrate (see headnote)
    • 1 cup palm sugar (may substitute light brown sugar)
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup fish sauce
    • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt


    • 4 ounces medium-width dried rice noodles (about 1/8 inch)
    • 4 to 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 8 fresh or frozen/defrosted shrimp (21- to 25-count), deveined; peeled with tails on, if desired
    • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp, finely chopped (optional; see headnote)
    • 1 tablespoon sweet preserved radish (see headnote)
    • 3 1/2 ounces red pressed tofu, sliced thin into 1/2-inch-long pieces (see headnote; optional)
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (see headnote)
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped roasted unsalted peanuts (about 1/2 ounce)
    • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions or garlic chives
    • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
    • Lime wedges, for serving

    Step 1

    For the sauce: Combine the tamarind concentrate, palm sugar, water, fish sauce and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, until the mixture is syrupy and darker in color. As it reduces, you may need to further reduce the heat to low to prevent it from scorching.

    Step 2

    Meanwhile, start the noodles for the dish: Place them in a bowl and cover with cold water; soak for 1 hour (at room temperature).

    Step 3

    Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry just until golden brown. Add the fresh/defrosted shrimp, stirring constantly until they are opaque and just cooked through, for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate (the garlic stays in the pan).

    Step 4

    Drain the noodles well, then add them to the same skillet you used to cook the shrimp. They will try to stick together, so separate them as you stir, adding a splash or two of water. Then add 5 tablespoons of the pad thai sauce, stirring until everything is thoroughly incorporated. The noodles should be soft and moist. Add the dried shrimp, if using, the preserved radish and the pressed tofu, if using. Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet and toss to incorporate.

    Step 5

    Use a spatula to clear a space at the center of the pan for frying the eggs. If the pan seems dry, add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Pour in the eggs, then use the spatula to cover them with the noodles in the pan. Once the eggs are set, stir the noodles until everything is well mixed. This should result in cooked bits of eggs, both whites and yolk, throughout the noodle mixture.

    Step 6

    Add the crushed red pepper flakes (to taste), peanuts, scallions or garlic chives and half the bean sprouts. Toss to incorporate and just heat through, then transfer to a platter. Serve right away, with the remaining bean sprouts and the lime wedges.

    Adapted from Nongkran Daks, chef-owner of Thai Basil in Chantilly, Va.

    Tested by Becky Krystal; email questions to voraciously@washpost.com.

    Scale and get a printer-friendly version of the recipe here. The nutritional analysis is based on 3 servings.

  • Ocean Waves: All credits to Ocean Weather Services

    Posted on January 11th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    The following article provided by the marine weather blog Ocean Weather Services blog and written by Fred Pickhardt, a professional marine meteorologist and owner of Ocean Weather Services.  Ocean Weather Services provides professional marine meteorological research reports to admiralty law firms and insurance underwriters, Ocean weather forecasts and ship routing services.

    There are five types of ocean waves:

    1. Wind generated
    2. Tides
    3. Seiches
    4. Tsunamis
    5. Pressure induced

  • All credits to WIRED

    Posted on January 11th, 2022 cwmoore No comments
    WIRED Special Edition: Letter from the Editor


    Facebook is regularly pummeled for its lax data privacy, creepy algorithmic manipulation, and inability to curb disinformation and hate speech. Last fall, WIRED was just one among many media outlets that published excerpts from the Facebook Papers, a stash of leaked internal documents showing that the company knew full well that its automated content moderation systems performed far worse than it publicly claimed. By comparison, Amazon has kept its public image relatively unscathed, despite its history of exploiting its workers. But in fact, the company has been not unlike Facebook in its careless handling of your data. As Will Evans’ recent story for WIRED and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting shows, Amazon neglected its security division for years, and as a result its control over how customers’ data was stored and accessed was hopelessly weak. In 2018, around the time it emerged that tens of millions of Facebook users’ data had been leaked to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, Amazon learned that it had suffered a similar kind of breach, in which an outside company siphoned off millions of people’s personal records. That this news didn’t leak out at the time seems to have been mostly blind luck—that, and the fact that Amazon’s data breaches mostly only hurt sellers on the Amazon platform, while Facebook’s seemed to threaten democracy itself. Massive data leaks have sadly become utterly commonplace. But even when companies aren’t losing your data, they’re using it in all sorts of ways you might not expect, as we’ve explained in our reporting on how TikTok sniffs out your friends without your knowing, or the tricks shopping sites use to get you to spend more. (For more like that, see our “Dark Patterns” series.) I’m curious how you think about these issues as they relate to your life. Have you largely given up on trying to limit how your data is used, or have you been doing anything recently to bring it more under control? And do you have any requests for things WIRED could write to help you with those decisions? Let us know by hitting reply or sending an email to hello@WIRED.com. And meanwhile, here are eight other stories we’ve published in the past few weeks that I think you might enjoy. Gideon Lichfield | Global Director, WIRED
  • IMHO

    Posted on January 4th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    For the past few decades a lot of businesses have found that backing only the Republican Party, previously and equal split, was in their best interest and they did so with Trillions of dollars over such a short period of time. Now all that wealth has separated the parties into the Party of wealth and advantage, the Republicans, against the party of compassion for the nation and all of its citizens, the Democrats. How do we know who has the upper hand ? Just open your eyes and see who’s lifestyles and standard of living has increased substantially and those who lifestyles and standard of living have stagnated and actually failed to keep up with inflation which translates to moving backwards.