More about Maps

You all know by now that I love maps, and especially like to see real comparisons of size that have little or nothing to do with the familiar Mercator’s Projection, the flat map of the world.

I found this short video online, which is very illuminating.
Maybe for maps fans only though. 🙂

Global Warming: The British Isles

I have been on and off the fence for years, regarding Global Warming, or Climate Change, if you prefer. I am still not as fired up as some of those who write about the subject, but in recent years, I have started to credit the evidence of my own eyes, rather than to continue to read the sometimes rather hysterical reports that abound on the Internet. Some parts of eastern Norfolk are already quite literally falling into the sea. Tidal changes, raised sea levels, and erosion of soft rock are making ‘life at the edge’ no longer possible, in a few communities.

I found this image online, a gloomy prediction of the near-future for Britain and Ireland.

As you can see, Beetley is under water, along with much of eastern England. London has disappeared, and many large coastal communities no longer exist. And the prediction is that this will all have happened by the year 2100, just 81 years in the future. I am unlikely to live to see this of course, as I would be 148 years old.

But just in case medical science has managed to keep me alive that long, please don’t expect any blog posts from me that year.

Unless they have also invented underwater computers.

Farewell, Windows 7

I am usually late to the party, when it comes to technology. I don’t always read emails from Microsoft either, I confess.

But I did read one recently, and although many of you will be well ahead of me on this subject, I thought to share the information anyway. As regular readers will recall, ‘planned obsolescence’ is one of my constant annoyances. It seems that Microsoft is about to jump on this bandwagon, regarding the Windows 7 operating system.

The email informed me that all support will be withdrawn from Windows 7 in January, 2020. There will be no further updates, security patches, or technical advice provided by the company. They did something similar with my old favourite, Windows XP, some years ago. Now having just got used to Windows 7 on my 2012 PC, it seems that I may well be forced to upgrade to Windows 10, to ensure a smooth experience of computing, without the dangers of no security, and no updates. They also hinted that ‘other applications’ would cease to be compatible with the ‘old system’.

For those of you comfortable with computers, Apple users, and the many of you who find computing as easy as falling off a log, this will probably not concern you in the least. But in my case, it represents just another annoying and unnecessary ‘forced upgrade’. The email also served as a blatantly cynical marketing ploy, suggesting that I buy a new computer early in 2020, or face electronic Armageddon if I remain stubborn. They provided links to numerous special offers that invited me to spend up to £700 on a new PC, or £450 on a laptop.

And what of the old equipment, that would end up being so much junk? Landfill, presumably.

So I ask these serious questions of my computer-savvy friends at WordPress.
Will I need to change my system?
Will remaining with Windows 7 be as potentially disastrous as implied?
Or can I just blunder on in the same old way, and ignore the warnings of Microsoft?

Charity Book Sale: Updated

***This is now updated, with an Amazon purchase link***

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Writer and fellow blogger Christoph Fischer is one of a group of authors who have got together to raise funds for the animal charity shown above. They are selling an exciting series of medical thrillers at a bargain price, and donating the proceeds to help animals in need.

‘Do you crave reading books with nail-biting suspense, twisted plots and great characters who get caught up in whirlwinds of crime, deception and lies? Do you love sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering who will survive…and who won’t?

From the mountains of West Virginia, to acute care hospitals, the battlefields of the Middle East and the hallowed halls of our educational system, join us for these incredible stories of healthcare gone wrong.

DO NO HARM is an extraordinary, limited collection of medical thrillers written by USA Today, Wall Street Journal and…

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