Of oranges & browsers

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Last man standing. The cursed orange bush today.

IT’S OVERCAST and cool this morning, and I’m sitting on a web chair under the brown umbrella on the yard patio. It’s refreshing. I’m looking at this orange tree and wondering how long it’s gonna last. It drops fruit, a character flaw.

It’s the last of the fruit trees here in the yard, the only one I have not removed. The oranges are sour, not worth warm spit, and the bush drops them on the grass every day, stuff I must pick up. And it is growing because everything grows here. Fast.

I won’t whack it this year and maybe not next year, but it’s living on borrowed time.

yard
A summer scene of green.

After a few false starts over the past few weeks, it appears the rainy season has begun in earnest. Abel the Deadpan Yardman came Saturday for the first cut. The grass is morphing from brown to green. I have disconnected the Symphony cooler upstairs, and I’ve moved the tower fan from the bedroom to the closet for its summer siesta.

We’ll be damp and cool until October at least.


The browser hunter

I am often on browser safari, hunting the best lion, tiger or giraffe that’s composed of bytes. Google Chrome, of course, is the world’s most used, a fact I find horrifying. One should avoid Google when possible, and there are excellent alternatives.

Since The Unseen Moon exists to improve mankind and womankind too, I’ll tell you about three, all based on Chromium, which means you can easily import your Chrome bookmarks and use the same Chrome extensions.

  1. Gab Dissenter, brought to you by the free-speech alternative to Twitter. Dissenter is a beaut, fast, sleek and good-looking. It even incorporates a function with which you can leave comments on any website, even those with no comment sections.
  2. SRWare Iron, or just Iron for short, comes to you from a German company, and it’s another lovely alternative to Chrome. Both Iron and Dissenter act pretty much like Chrome without being Chrome.
  3. Microsoft Edge which — starting last January, I believe — is a whole different animal than the original Edge that came with Windows 10. The first Edge was dreadful, but it’s now, like Dissenter and Iron, based on Chromium.

Give one or more a try. Don’t be a Google enabler. It attaches you to bad karma, affects your aura, and can make you smell bad.

Nincompoop parade

THIS IS LOTS of fun to watch. I think my favorite is the insufferable, ever-smug, dyke Rachel Maddow.

The cluelessness of these people is astounding. This gang of arrogant, East Coast swells cannot grasp an election outcome counter to their view of things.

The Trump Train, running at full throttle, bell clanging, hit them from behind while they were gazing the other way, with blind adulation in their eyes, at Hillary, their empress.

I found this on Gab, the recently launched, rapidly growing, free-speech alternative to censor-loving Twitter.

Better social media

I HAVE A Facebook page under a fake name. I use it almost exclusively to leave comments on news sites. Many news sites only accept comments via Facebook.

I have 11 friends there. One is a dog. Three are restaurants. The rest are good people, buena gente, as we say en español.

Until this week, I also had a Twitter account. I use Facebook rarely, and I used Twitter almost never. Facebook and Twitter are egregiously left-wing. They police their memberships like the Obama IRS harasses conservatives.

Just recently a Twitter alternative came online. It embraces free speech, so I opened an account there and zapped my Twitter. The new site is called Gab.

It’s in Beta, and you must get in line to open your account, but it doesn’t take long. I put in my request, and three days later, I had it. The look is very similar to Twitter but cleaner.

And you won’t get kicked out if you’re a conservative.

There are no jackboots.

Join up and say hi. I go by Felipe Zapata there. I was directed to Gab by the Dangerous Faggot — his term, not mine — Milo Yiannopoulos.