‘Uber’ is just one of the five topics that <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>caught my eyes and ears</strong></span> this past week that I wanted to share with you. Enjoy.


Steinbeck uses the old ‘Dog ate my homework’ line …

I don’t know whether I told you. My setter pup, left alone one night, made confetti of about half of my [manuscript] book. Two months work to do over again. It sets me back. There was no other draft. I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically. I didn’t want to ruin a good dog for a ms. I’m not sure is good at all. He only got an ordinary spanking with his punishment flyswatter. But there’s the work to do over from the start.

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            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ad-blocker.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-4941" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ad-blocker-1024x656.jpg" alt="ad-blocker" width="660" height="423" /></a><a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2015/08/you-see-what-i-did-there/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">I have written previously about Ad Blocking and Content Blocking.</a> Here's a new one ... click through to the Washington Post from a link - and they spot that I have my content blocker on ... notice - <strong>content</strong> - not <strong>ad</strong> - blocker. But they <strong>call</strong> it an ad-blocker.

Well I guess they must know better than I – with all that tracking that Ghostery is revealing .

Still – it is interesting – I want some of their content – they want something from me – in this case my email – which not only unlocks this story – but now subscribes me to their ‘First Reads Newsletter’ … well hello – that is a lot of tradeoff to read one article.

I tried going directly to their site and got a similar pop up – but this one included a “free (their bold) 6-week digital subscription.”. Just for kicks I entered an email id – and got

“Error while subscribing, please try later”

Still haven’t read the article – life is too short.