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modern life

9 Jan

london 4.05pm 6.2C cloudy so even though it is close to sunset 4.11pm you cannot see it. wednesday 2019

there is a exhibition going on showing new gadgets and new technology…its called CES. (no idea what it stands for but it is on at las vegas now and showcase new technology) added. its consumer electronic show.i see this video about how to solve parcels delivered to your door when you are not in. you could say it is a modern problem. what with online buying so popular it means more goods are being delivered and someone have to stay in to receive it. this one tries to solve it by having a special door fixed , so that means replacing your front door. sounds like a lot of bother. maybe the best alternative is just to leave it with the neighbours. haha. it means you may have to start making friends with the neighbours, haha.

the other modern development in our way of life is the airbnb phenomenon. now we can let out our flats to strangers, and that means a new set of problems to deal with. so far the estate where i live has tried to discourage it, by saying no airbnb lettings allowed, ie no short lets allowed. i think they still allow long lets but they dont mention it. it is the short lets that bother us neighbours. there have been some past airbnb renters who had been holding loud parties, that is why they have banned any more airbnb lets. i think if the renters dont hold parties, or keep it quiet, this problem wont happen, but it is difficult to control what they do when you let out the whole flat and you are not there to supervise them.

once a neighbour found a set of keys buried in the soil in the planter near the front entrance to the flats. we guessed it must be hidden there by a renter to let others in their group to access the front door and flat. we did not want to be nasty and removed the keys. haha. that would really spoil their holiday and we reburied the keys in the same place.

i have a feeling that some flats here still let them out, but now that we are in the winter season, the whole letting scene is on a hiatus, till next summer.

i notice the food delivery business is big now. that is another modern development… recently a courier rang my bell at midnight. when i went out to the hallway and open an upstairs window to find out who is ringing me at that hour, i found it was a courier for a takeaway food. so i ask him who he is wanting, it was for the flat one floor above me, so i ask him to ring that one. i dont know whether he press my bell by mistake. quite a lot of people have done it, because the numbers referring to which flat is not clear if u dont look carefully and the entrance is not well lit.

but it madae me think that they now have people willing to work such late hours to deliver food to us. what a life right? but it seems you can have food delivered at any time. such a comprehensive service isn’t it? anytime you feel the craving for some takeaway food, it is all at the snap of the fingers and online. but it means plenty of couriers have to work very late hours. though you could say at least there is work to be had, instead of the other side of the coin where u live in a place where there is no demand for work anywhere.

added 14.1.19 monday . i have just seen a tv program about the takeaway business, how deliveroo and others have set up box car kitchens in wasteground to cook for the restaurants, producing their dishes. it is clever, because the real restaurants have no time to do it , and also what’s more ,their in -house customers may suffer long waits for food, whilst they try to fulfill the online orders.

and these box car setups dont even have to conform to strict hygiene standards, and they try to side step the councils’ rules by saying they are new technology and new ways of doing business not covered by health standards.

so it looks like whenever anything new comes up in business, there will always be people trying to game the system, and make money from it. i suppose that is capitalism for you. haha. all these online companies taking orders for takeaway foods, are making money without having to bother with making the foods, with the attendant health concerns and food safety regulations. they will take their cut of the order, and hardly have any overheads. that is why these online businesses are so profitable. takeaway is so popular because u dont have to pay the restaurant service charges, unlike if u are a customer in the restaurant… service charge can increase the cost by  20%. and includes the price of the alcoholic drinks, which wont apply if u takeaway.

power of tech

4 Oct

london 8.17am 15.8C sunny tuesday 2016

it seems yesterday the early morning was a cold spell, 2C in guildford, but in london 8C. personally i did not notice it in my flat and only knew of it because the weather forecast on tv mentioned it. there was cloud cover this morning so the temp did not drop as low. it was 12C early on. and with the sun coming up it rose up abruptly to 15.8C like now.

i got a overspill feed in my wordpress reader and read this post ‘the godlike powers of tech’ about how the smartphone has changed the world. i was asking earlier in another post what is so good about the smartphone. it certainly answered it.

it seems it is inertia that made me resist wanting to change. i guess i too will one day succumb to smartphones and use it instead of a chromebook. just as i have moved from a pc to a chrome book. i think it is allready happening now.

my main gripe about smartphones is its small screen and difficult to touch type on it. many smartphones now can throw it onto a big tv screen, and portable keyboards connected by wireless tech can mean not having to have a keyboard fixed to the device. so i can envisage a time when i will move to a smartphone. and it will be a short step to a wearable smartphone, a smartwatch perhaps. 

Digital StillCamera

detail of the bark of the london plane tree that is planted on the roadside.

added. 3.32pm 19.5C. yesterday at midnite stanstead airport was crowded with returning passengers , 5000 of them all landing from 2plane loads. this was reported in today’s newspapers. must be 2 cheap flights coming in at about the same time and carrying all those who went away in sept and wanting to return now. well for those of us who are staying , it makes us glad we decided to stay in uk and not going on holiday. haha. we need reminding how awful travelling for leisure can be,treated like cattle really. 

my friends have gone off on their holiday yesterday. but i dont think they were caught in this , as they were leaving the country and on earlier flights.

one went to torrevieja, spain, to stay with a british friend who has bought a flat there intending to live there all year, but finding the summers too hot and so going there in winter instead. i would be interested in his report of what he finds there. 

the other two went off to gran canaria in the canary islands.

it is actually logical to take the holidays now, as the flights will be cheaper and not so crowded. and i hope they would have bought their holiday money, because today the £ dropped to its lowest for 3yrs. £1 =1.14euros. almost on par if u consider that tourist rates are always worse. ah well, those tourists who are here in uk must be glad that their holiday here is even cheaper. 

all the more reason to have a staycation for those of us who dont fancy paying the higher prices for a european holiday.

added 5.09pm, i see my google calendar has alerted me to the turner exhibition free entry today. or rather pay what u like, but the minimum is 1p. it applies every tuesday. till 2.1.17. u can get quite a quirky art for the contenders to this prize. i remember one time it was blinking ceiling lights … like it was going to fuse… call that art!! haha. 


e-paper bus stops

22 Dec

london 7.12pm 14.4C had rainded, dry now. tuesday 2015

i have not seen this in the bbc newsite.

i got it from my facebook. dont know how it got there but it is bbc news which i seem to have befriended.

for some reason i got notification by email that i got messages there. i dont clik on the link in the email, as it is likely to be spam. but it prompted me to log independantly on  my facebook page and saw this post put up by bbc news.   it is interesting.

they mentioned e -paper bus stops.link

how are they different from the present digital signboard that is placed on the roof of the bus shelter? that tells u when the next buses are coming. they are very useful, but  even now, not all bus shelters have these digital signboards. and they tell us now that they are going for this new e-paper signs. i think they should not waste their money but just extend the digital sign that they have.

 and even though they say this new solar powered e-paper will show routes, we have that now printed on paper on the post, permanently, and easily seen. i rather rely on these printed paper routes rather than solar powered gadgets.