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lowtide

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lowtide
lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
There are other sites but nothing I've found that is quite as parochial as CF.

There's www.interpals.com - I know others on CF who have an account there.

http://www.thinqon.com/ is worth a look.

I like the diaspora project (https://diasporafoundation.org/) - in theory, anyone with a little know-how could set up a diaspora "pod" (or site) if they were prepared to install diaspora locally (on a non-Windows server) and (more complicated) on a web host - it's a fully fledged off-the-shelf social site that could act as a new home for CF members but it works quite differently and takes some getting used to. Many people have already set up Diaspora pods so there are many pre-existing ones to join - I am on the https://diaspora.koehn.com/ pod. A few years ago I thought diaspora had the potential to become a very important social site - I'm surprised it isn't more widely used - it's just that it works differently (you list your interests in your profile as #swimming #poetry etc and you are immediately grouped with others who have the stated the same interests/keywords). There are no ads and you can even export your account. leave a pod, and move it to another pod.
on Oct 13, 2017 at 07:01:16
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lowtide
lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
I know about the mouse-over tooltip that tells you about the original time and date (EST) but I was playing around with some scripts to try and alter the way the site looks in my browser either to filter out (or at least control, i.e. turn off or on) certain content (not the ads, ad-blockers do that) that I am not really that interested in seeing I may even be able to fix the edit window that randomly eats characters as you type introducing spelling errors.
lowtide
lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
One of the things I don't like about the site is that the time and date of the original post are not shown - instead, an approximate number of days, months and years is shown between the present day and the actual time and date of posting. This may not matter to many people but I wanted to put an exact date to some of my posts. Because of the way the site is implemented there is a way for any user to change this - I share this tip for anyone who might want to see all exact time and dates listed on posts.

In the Firefox browser, there is an add-on that is widely used - NoScript. If you have his installed you can go to the NoScript button on your toolbar (Blue S on a white circular background), left click to get the popup menu, select "Options...", select the Advanced tab, select the ABE tab, select USER under rulesets and in the field where it has a comment (all comments start the line with a # symbol)
# User-defined rules. Feel free to experiment here.

underneath type in:-
Site http://www.cyberfriends.com/libraries/jquery.timeago.js Deny

Basically, it stops a javascript routine from turning the exact time and date into an approximate day, week, month or year since a post was originally posted.

OK the addition and simply refresh your cyberfriends webpage - you will see that exact times and dates will appear for everything posted on the site. If you decide you don't want this information or look you can simply go back to the line of script we just added and comment it out by placing a # in front of:-
Site http://www.cyberfriends.com/libraries/jquery.timeago.js Deny
to make
#Site http://www.cyberfriends.com/libraries/jquery.timeago.js Deny
turning the script into a comment stops it from running so the site will return to the default way of displaying the approximate number of days, weeks, months and years since the posts were originally made.
lowtide
lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
In the same vein as tony57's comment - try and pick the right first job to get your career off the ground and going in roughly the right direction - it could be a mistake to take a job just because it's a source of income but too many times I hear people say they stayed in the wrong job for too long. I worked for 6 years in electronics when I really wanted to be writing software so the first 3 were interesting and I gained a lot but really the last 3 could have been invested in something more closely aligned to what I really wanted to do - it took a further 18 months in a subsequent job before I found the right job. I think it's important to try and work out as early as possible what sort of working career you want - I have unusually broad experience (9 jobs in 16 years at one point - all in related but distinctly different fields) - I might have achieved more if I had found a job in the right field and managed to stay in it for a long period - apart from my first job of 6 years I only had one other job that lasted that long - I feel jumping around from one job to another because I was impatient, frustrated and ambitious hasn't really paid off in the long run in some way - I wish I had stuck at or been able to stay with one job, the right job, for a longer period of time - of course not all of the job changes were my decision - companies made redundancies, relocated, closed down or moved work or projects abroad but the tech industry was always a very volatile one in the late 80's and 90's.
lowtide
lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
I like the war, spicy almost peppery aroma of shelled walnuts when you crack them open they seem to be at their most fragrant in November, better, I think than around Christmas when they really start to catch your eye in the supermarkets so I always buy early instead of waiting until closer to Christmas.
on Sep 23, 2017 at 17:23:54
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lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
After a long swim I have a couple of mini pork pies - Melton Mowbray or ones with pickle in them - then I visit nearby supermarket and pick up either a pint bottle or a 70cl bottle of top quality, fridge cold, full-fat milk otherwise I don't really view food as comfort food - I'm naturally very restrained in what I eat and drink.
on Sep 21, 2017 at 18:03:08
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lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
After the stresses and uncertainty of travelling to France at Christmas last year I swore I wouldn't travel across the channel again at a peak time - there is always the threat of a strike with airport baggage handlers, air traffic control or ferry workers or problems with Eurostar - last year we travelled back from France the day before the air traffic controllers in France went on strike - every year it seems, it's the same predicament, so this year I decided to go over for to celebrate Christmas with my sister in October(!) and what happens? We get Ryanair cancelling over 2000 flights over the 6 week period I am flying and the threat of a Ryanair pilots strike is, as I type, still a possibility. It' so hard these days to get your family together - just me, my wife and 2 kids (22 & 24) - all I ever want is to be together at home over Christmas.
on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:06:52
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lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
On meditation, I posted on that here so not worth repeating:-
http://www.cyberfriends.com/forums/search/16780

I went to the Longshaw Sheepdog trials (just outside Sheffield) a couple of weeks ago - a beautiful setting surrounded by mountains and hills, and it was en more fun as I thought it would be - tense when they could not manage to manoeuvre the sheep through gates or into the pen and hilarious when the young sheepdogs could not be controlled, sometimes because the handlers were young and/or inexperienced - I would definitely go again.
on Sep 21, 2017 at 05:13:36
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lowtide
lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
"The Man Who Went Into The West" - The Life of R.S Thomas - by Byron Rogers - hands down the best biography I have ever read - it's a warm, affectionate and amusing portrait of a very private man known publically for his irascibility and privately, by some, not all, for his warmth and wit; a complex character! RS was a Welsh vicar and poet, nominated for the Nobel prize in literature in 1995. The biography is interesting because, unlike many other literary biographies, it is not based on private letters or papers - the biographer, of course, spoke to family members but also sought out many people that knew RS personally - parishioners from the various Welsh villages recount many anecdotes about a man dubbed "the ogre of Wales" and the "cantankerous clergyman."

Read the glowing reviews here - all deserved IMHO:-
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Who-Went-Into-West/dp/1845132505

Although I'm a hardened atheist I can appreciate his brutally honest endeavours to examine both his faith and himself as a man and I've been an admirer of his poetry for many years - he wrote "A Marriage" on the death of his wife:

We met

under a shower

of bird-notes.

Fifty years passed

love's moment

in a world in

servitude to time.

She was young;

I kissed with my eyes

closed and opened

them on her wrinkles.

"Come," said death,

choosing her as his

partner for

the last dance. And she,

who in life

had done everything

with a bird's grace,

opened her bill now

for the shedding

of one sigh no

heavier than a feather.

I am currently planning a short break to explore some of the beautiful Welsh of the Llyn Peninsula where he spent the last 50 years of his life.
on Sep 21, 2017 at 03:03:15
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lowtide
M 55 United-Kingdom
All the flight cancellations appear to be up that address I posted above and thankfully, I'm not affected - I am still appalled at what has happened and will try, as a matter of principle, try to avoid them in the future. I do the same after horrendous problems with Eurostar in 2009 after they left travellers in a state of uncertainty when they had problems with their trains due to cold weather - I could not contact them at the time they had said some trains would not be running - it took them 13 weeks to contact me and offer me a refund and I have not travelled with them since - this was at Christmas - I had to arrange a very expensive ferry trip to take my family across the channel to stay with my sister. I try and visit her at least once a year, sometimes twice, occasionally 3 times so I need a reliable carrier.
on Sep 18, 2017 at 14:59:24
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