Thursday, May 21, 2015

While Shopping For Reading Glasses....

Amazon provided me with a list of "attributes" I could select:

Scented?  Aromatherapy?  Organic???????????  Of course, I guess I'm probably even more surprised that I can't select "gluten-free."


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

George

Did I sound at all freaked out that there was a mouse under the bed?  Well, it got worse--he got into my closet!
I am not a bold or exhibitionist sort of person, but if it came down to getting clothes out of a closet containing a mouse or going naked, going naked would win--believe me.  I made an unsuccessful dive (which will NOT be mentioned to the physical therapist) to head him off, but I am not the mouser I once was.  Andy stopped what he was doing and we went ON THE HUNT.


Armed with a cardboard box and a plastic lid to slide under it, we found he had taken refuge by one of my old tennis shoes, so Andy slammed the box down over the shoe, slid the lid underneath it, and we hustled downstairs and outside only to find that we'd captured a sheepish-looking old nylon.  Gathering up the shoe and the old nylon, we tried again.  He darted into another part of the closet, where we caught an old hanger.  And the petticoat to my wedding dress got a lovely airing out on the front lawn.  Finally we changed tactics and boxes:
and finally captured George, who is obviously an Olympic athlete of the rodent set.  We opted to skip the fanfare, but it took us so long to catch him that Andy and I both walked out into the nearby field to introduce George into a new vole colony.  I'm sure I'll be spending subsequent years trying to drive George's offspring out of my garden, but at least the house is rodent-free...........for now.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Prabook.org - Identity Theft R Us

So Sunday night I discovered a new "social media" website called prabook.org, and the WAY I discovered it was to find out that someone had created a profile for ME--without my permission or knowledge--INCLUDING date and location of birth, who my parents are (including my mother's maiden name), and they even had a copy of an old resume and had uploaded all the details from that. I immediately contacted them to tell them to take it down, which they did, but they said that since anyone can add information, it could be restored, they would do nothing about it, and they assumed no responsibility for anything about their website.

I know there's a lot of information and public records available online, but the resume they got hold of was from around 1997, so it would have been printed on actual paper and mailed to companies.  It was never emailed or uploaded to anything.  So the copy they have, if not obtained illegally, was certainly obtained in an unauthorized manner via old company files or dumpster-diving.   So aside from supplying more than enough information for someone to have swiped my identity, they're doing it through unauthorized--perhaps illegal--methods.

So, make sure to do a web search on your own name on a regular basis. I had no idea anyone could be quite so clueless, but prabook.org is a real site and their policies are dangerous and inexcusable.

If you have had your profile added without your permission, I got mine removed by emailing contact@prabook.org. You will have to keep checking, because they said whoever put it up in the first place can choose to put it back up even after you ask to be removed.

9-26-15:  Updated to add:  There are a lot of comments coming from the Russian Federation (identity theft capital of the world) to say that Prabook is "just like Wikipedia."  As soon as the journalists landed in Russia for the 2014 Olympics, their computers were hacked.   If ANYONE had needed proof that Prabook is an identity-theft scam, this is it.  Please scroll the comments for the information on how to report this scam.  It is obviously NOT a legitimate business.

If your information has been published without your knowledge or consent, please file a complaint IMMEDIATELY with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.  
  

To have opened an account or profile in your name IS identity theft in the United States and is recognized as such.  If you find you have a profile on prabook.org that you DID NOT post, report them immediately with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov. 

Your information has been compromised, and protecting yourself by filing criminal reports will assist you if the data thieves try to open fraudulent accounts or use your identity in any way.   

 Protect yourself further by placing a freeze on your credit report with the 3 major credit entities.  This ensures no one may take out a credit card or loan in your name:
     Transunion:  www.transunion.com
     Equifax:  www.equifax.com
     Experian:  http://www.experian.com/

Monday, May 18, 2015

REALLY Early Monday Morning...........

4:30 AM: squeaking mouse wake-up call.

4:31 AM: cat drops mouse, which promptly runs under the bed

4:31-4:35 AM: join cat-human task force work on finding mouse

4:36 AM: cat gets bored and leaves

4:37 AM: sleep-deprived human decides a mouse is likely to stay where it thinks it is safe for at least a little while

4:38 AM: sleep-deprived human decides that the idea of a mouse roaming the bedroom is NOT conducive to going back to sleep

Which is why there are two peanut-butter laced mousetraps under the bed and humans and cats are not currently on speaking terms.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sometimes a Truce CAN Be Reached

In general, our older cat, Calisto, doesn't really like Theo very much, but it seems when it comes to interfering with making the bed, they can reach a truce:


The New Additions

Shortly after moving, we had to put our oldest cat down, so we have adopted 2 new kittens to keep Theo company: Mostly Theo is not thr...