5.31.2020

It's Just the Coffee Talking.... about bringing extra meds even on short day hikes, hydration water bladders I've bought and my excitement over my LAVARIO portable washer






This morning I'm intentionally not clicking on any of the news media pages.  When people started to turn into arsonists, thieves and assholes instead of protestors, they lost all respect from me.  If I was a leader in charge of handling the situation, I would have brought in the military days ago with a shoot on sight order to protect all those businesses from being looted and burned to the ground.  I've got zero tolerance for thieves, arsonists and assholes.

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I read a news story this morning about a hiker who was lost overnight but was rescued, but the interesting point of the story was something I hadn't given thought to because I don't take any prescription medications.  This young man had planned a simple day hike with his Mom and sister, going their own ways, with a meet up at a certain waterfall.  Only he didn't show up at the meeting place, as he got lost.

It stormed that night and he was worried about being swept down the cliff, but he was ok and made it through the night.  His mother was interviewed and said when she heard the clock's alarm go off this morning for him to take his 'medicine' she worried!  It didn't mention what the medication was, but it made mention of his anxiety and not being able to handle anything if he didn't have his medication....  but crazy enough, he had put extra medication in his pocket yesterday before starting off on the hike!

Really quick, I'd like to touch on a different example, which was a blogger I sometimes read who set off on a day hike herself, along with 3 other women, one of whom was pregnant, and between them they have 9 children under the age of 9.  They set off for a hike.  In the desert.  And it was 90 degrees.  The kids were in sandals.  The Moms were each carrying their little water bottles.  They obviously ran out of water around the 2 mile mark.  The last two miles of hiking through the desert in 90 degree weather with toddlers and preschoolers was done without water.

But this young man, with mental difficulties who was simply going on a short day hike and swimming with his Mom and sister went so far as to even put a few extra meds into his pocket!  Because of that he was able to stay calm and handle his situation.

My kids know what I say in moments like this:  "Well, there's a good learning experience for you to take from this!"

Even for a short day hike, bring double the water you think might need, a snack or two, just in case, and a couple extra doses of whatever daily medications you take... JUST IN CASE.

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Speaking of hiking...   I got my 3 hydration bladders I ordered.  I'm not sure I'm going to get to use them now since COVID-19 put a dent in my cross country trek, but I'm sure I'll get some smaller, more local chances to try them out.

Here are the 3 I ordered:  All affordable, under $15 and had good reviews on Amazon
(If you can't see the photos then you probably have an ad blocker on your browser that blocks images from Amazon.  Just unblock it for this page and you will see them).





I will update after I put them to use!

But my real enthusiasm, my excitement, my head over heels with this purchase item?  Ah, be still my heart.  After yearning for one of these for the past 8 months or so, I finally gave in and spent the money to buy one.  Best. Purchase. Ever.

The Lavario manual clothes washer.

I'm counting it towards my "emergency prep" storage but realistically I will be using it for when I want to pre-wash dirty items I don't want in my washer, to use during longer tent camping trips, to use in power outage situations or when I just need to wash one or two small items and don't want to waste the electricity or water running the washing machine for no good reason.  Also, for when I dye fabrics and clothing, which I do semi-regularly.  Just love having this as an option around here (remember I do 'prepping' so I get really excited about non-electric and emergency things!!).




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5.29.2020

Monkeys attack a medical official who is carrying vials of Covid-19 positive blood and steal them. This could be the beginning of a "Contagion Part 2" type sci-fi horror movie!

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This one is just too good not to share.
Monkeys attack a medical official who is carrying vials of Covid-19 positive blood and steal them.
This could be the beginning of a "Contagion Part 2" type sci-fi horror movie!  LOL.  But it's not... it's real life.  In India.

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A troop of monkeys in India attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday.

The attack occurred this week when a laboratory technician was walking in the campus of a state-run medical college in Meerut, 460 km (285 miles) north of Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

“Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment ... we had to take their blood samples again,” said Dr S. K. Garg, a top official at the college. 

Garg said it was not clear if the monkeys could contract the coronavirus if they came into contact with infected blood.

Monkeys have been increasingly straying into human settlements in India and causing disturbances, even attacking people. Environmentalists say the destruction of natural habitat is the main reason the animals move into urban areas in search of food.

It's just the coffee talking: When a news headline is NOTHING like the story you thought it would be........


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Sometimes you see a news headline and you think you know what the story will be about so you don't bother clicking to read.
But other times you do click on it and read and whoa... it's 100% not what you expected!
This story was the "WHOA!" kind for me.
Boy was I wrong on this one!
Here is the headline I saw for 2 days and didn't click to read.

"Wedding Photographer Won't Refund Groom After Colorado Bride Dies in Car Crash"




Going only from the headline and the little blurb under the story... I assumed what it said was true and 'the story'.

In that case, I thought to myself....

Well, you typically give a deposit to the photographer to hold the date.  They aren't paid until the wedding.  So in this case, although heart breaking for the bride to have died in a car crash, I do understand the company not refunding a deposit.  If it's just the deposit, then it was to hold the date and it's non-refundable."

It ends up NONE of the headline or the blurb was actually correct.
It wasn't a wedding photographer, it was a videographer.
And it wasn't just that he didn't want to give a refund.
It what this videographer did next that was unbelievable.

He not only wouldn't refund the payment, he wouldn't talk with the groom but would only email.  Then he put the groom down and was horribly rude, and then, completely cut off all email correspondence with him at all.  But none of that is really the 'WHOA' part of the story.

The videographer MADE A WEBSITE PURELY TO MAKE FUN OF THE GROOM AND HARASS HIM ABOUT HIS DEAD FINANCE'!!!!

Seriously!

This guy even went so far as to post a message that said;

"Today would have been the day where we would have filmed Justin and Alexis' wedding in Colorado Springs.

After what Justin pulled with the media stunt to try to shake us down for a refund, we hope you sob and cry all day for what would have been your wedding day.

Sorry, not sorry.
Copper Stallion Media"






Mind. Blown.
Mouth. Hanging. Open.

The news story went on to say they investigated the owner and... ahhh.  Yep, he's a dick.  Apparently been arrested and charged in the past for not delivering on 150+ wedding videos by paid clients among other things.

Just... whoa.

Not at all the story I thought it would be based on the headline.






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Rambling over Coffee: Friday Morning - painting update and other non essential chit chat like my latest shopping trip to Walmart

Friday morning Coffee Talk!

I think I posted on CoffeeTalking.com when I was trying to chose colors to repaint the laundry room.  That project was done this week, and although I love the colors, now that we've moved everything back into that room and put up the new cabinets, you can barely see the gorgeous walls anyway!

I'm kidding - as you can see them, but it was so very cool to see how large, airy (and echo-y) that room was when it completely empty!  Ha.  Now it has the cabinets installs, the washer, dryer, large restaurant sized shelf filled with food, paper-goods, small kitchen appliances, baking pans and such. The utility sink, laundry basket, pizza boxes, dog food container, vacuum and mop....


But I still love it!  And love the new paint as well as the cabinets and new 'look'.

The hideous gold/green wheat khaki colored walls are replaced with light gray and the baseboards and trim are freshly painted as well.

(Lowe's Valspar paint matched to Moonshine OC-56 and Decorator's White.)

It would have been 'nice' to replace the flooring with the porcelain tile that looks like weathered barn wood, but it wasn't a priority or budgeted.

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Yesterday I went to Walmart, not for groceries really, I needed some household goods.  Although they still have the specialized one-way entry and exits, and they had an employee standing at the door with an ipad doing customer counts, and they still had stickers on the floor for aisle directions, no one was really paying attention.

This particular Walmart isn't as busy as many are.  It's why I love it and I go out of my way (literally - 10 miles out of my way) to shop this location verses the one closer to me (that I will not shop).  Because it's not as busy as most, I feel as though most of the shoppers (and even some employees) forget about the safety measures in place.

I even forgot about the stickers on the floor a couple times.

The first thing I noted was people wouldn't bother with the stationed off entry and just ducked under the cordoned off entrance.  I don't blame them as the 'line' would start half way down the outside of the building, and then curve into the front door entry.  But... there is no line.  No people in line.  No waiting.  I saw a couple duck and enter.  I was half way down the parking lot yet.  I was the next one to enter the building.  I entered through the partitioned off opening and walked through the 'line' like I was supposed to.  Of course.  Being me and all.  
Second:  Although the 'cart guys' have a little spray bottle and are spraying off carts as they bring them in to the building, that's not good enough for me.  They lightly mist handles.  That's it.  And since this quarantine, the stores took away all the anti-bacterial wipes at the doors so you can't clean your own.  This is no ok with me.

But, you have to understand that I've been cleaning (wiping down) my own shopping carts for the past few YEARS.  Long before COVID-19 was a thing.

So I get a cart, then take my own hand sanitizer out and put a big gob on my palms, use it to wipe down the cart handle as well as the front 'corners' of the cart and edge because that is where I grab the cart half the time!  You know how people will browse for the item they need and then reach back to their cart, grab the front end edge or the corner and pull the cart to them?  That.  So the cart employees briefly misting the handles with bleach water does nothing to actually clean the carts.

When they bring wipes back to the stores, grab a couple, do a quick swipe on your cart handle and then look at the wipe.  Blech.  It will be BLACK OR GRAY with dirt, grime and germs.  (And people let their babies CHEW on those handles!!!)

photo:  MSN news story on same topic

I keep my purse (backpack) on my back and not in the cart.  I shopped, and for the most part people weren't noticing the direction arrows.  But there were also a couple aisles where I was the only person, or there was only 1 or 2 other people in the aisle.
Surprisingly, very few wore masks.  I would say roughly one in every 8 people I encountered had a mask on.  More surprisingly, I saw employees working that had pulled the mask down off their face and it was just hanging there, covering their lower chin/upper throat area.

Not that the masks are doing much by way of helping anyway.

I was just noticing most people have grown so weary of the whole situation they've now become complacent with masks, cart cleanliness and such.

The sneeze guard shields are in place but I noticed they are actually in the wrong place to even do any good.  Most everyone has to step to the right of the plastic shields because that is where the credit card reader is, where you hand your money to the cashier and where she hands you your receipt.  That big plastic shield is up, but everyone stands to the right of it so it's... worthless.

Like most of the knee-jerk reaction decisions that were put into place during this whole Covid-19 thing.

This virus spreads like the common cold.  It's that easily and quickly spread.  That's because coronaviruses ARE actually the family of viruses that cause the common cold - the colds spread in the late winter/early spring.  The colds spread in summer and fall are a different virus.

Anyway.

That's just what shopping at my local small town, out of the way Walmart was like yesterday.





 .... yeah, that was pretty boring coffee talk this morning, but what the heck.  Three cups of strong, hot, black coffee already this morning.  It's just the coffee talking again anyway.






















5.28.2020

Can't stand to read the news anymore? Too full of hatred, slander, pure ugliness? Get away with some brain teaser logic puzzles online instead!

The headline says it all.
I'm SICK of the news.
I can take it for awhile and then it's just too much and I have to shut down emotionally and mentally from main stream media for a few days to remember there is GOOD in the world and everyone DOESN'T hate each other.  That normal people DO have brains and intelligence and aren't all brain-dead Kardashians or other puke-worth 'celebrities'.
There is good news, good people and good things happening in our world, even if our media doesn't want to cover it because it's not 'shock and awe' material or click bait.

Tonight, I ended up following a link from MSN to a bunch of logic puzzles on Popular Mechanics, which also led to some great articles to read (in Popular Mechanics) on things that have NOTHING to do with Covid-19, politics, or looting and burning buildings in Minneapolis (that's NOT protesting you fucking idiots... that's violence and STEALING and has NOTHING to do with protesting the death of a man by the hands of the police.  That Auto Zone and that Target had NOTHING to do with it but you just have to use 'protest' as an excuse to act like animals and wipe out a CVS, Timberland, Apple, Target store and burn down an Auto Zone... argh!  Link to one video tour here... Fucking assholes.  NOT protestors. Looters. Thieves.)

But where was I?

Oh yeah...  happy things to read!  And to enrich your BRAIN.

The MSN link is to a slide show of logic puzzles linked to Popular Mechanics or you can just go their link direct and follow all the touch logic puzzles from there.

Here are two to get you started! 


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Source:  Popular Mechanics
Source where I found the Popular Mechanic Links:  MSN


This first one completely stumped me!

Solution

Take 20 quarters. Flip them over and put them into a new pile. There, you've solved it.
It doesn't matter how many tails-up quarters are in these 20 you flip and set aside. Say, for example, there are none—meaning they were all heads-up before you started. Once you set them aside and flip them, each pile will have 20 tails-up. (There were 20 in the big original pile, which are still there, and if the 20 you move and flip were originally heads-up, they're now tails-up.)

Say there's 1 tails-up quarter in the 20 you flip and set aside. Once you do the flip, each pile will end with 19 tails-up quarters. If there are 13 tails-up quarters in the 20 you flip and put aside, then each pile will end up with 7 tails-up quarters, because the same logic applies. If you happen to grab all 20 tails-up quarters from the get-go, you will end with two piles that have 0 tails-up quarters.

You do not know what number of tails-up quarters the piles will end with, but you do know that each pile will have the same number. So long as you move 20 to the side and flip them, you'll solve the riddle.

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You're a thief, and you've managed to break into the vault of an ancient bank filled with 100 sacks of coins. One of the sacks contains gold coins, while the other 99 are filled with counterfeit gold coins. You cannot tell the difference between the gold coins and the fakes by handling the coins, looking at them, biting them, or testing them.The fake coins weigh exactly 1 ounce each, while the real gold coins weigh 1.01 ounces. There is a large scale with enough room for all the sacks in the vault, but as soon as you weigh something it will trigger an alarm, so you can use the scale just once before you must flee the vault. How can you figure out which sack of coins contains the real gold by only weighing something on the scale once?  Note: The scale tells you the exact weight of whatever you put on it, it is not a balance scale.


Solution

Label the sacks 1 to 100, and take a number of coins out of each sack equal to the number on the label. So take 1 coin out of the first sack, 2 coins out of the second sack, and so on up to 100. Weigh all these coins together on the scale. 

If all the coins weighed exactly 1 ounce, then you would get 5050 ounces. (You can crank this out on a calculator, or use this math equation to quickly calculate your answer: 100 x 101 / 2 = 5050.) But the gold coins weigh 1.01 ounces. So, if you weigh your pile of coins and get 5050.01 ounces, then the gold coins are in the sack labeled 1. If you get 5050.42 ounces, the gold coins are in the sack labeled 42. If you happen to get 5051 ounces, the gold coins are in the sack labeled 100. 











5.25.2020

"You've got to be kidding me ... How could the CDC make that mistake? This is a mess."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several state health departments have been reporting COVID-19 diagnostic tests and antibody tests as one grand tally, rather than keeping their results separate, The Atlantic reported.

Reporting these numbers as a lump sum, rather than two distinct data points, presents several major issues.

Namely, combining the numbers could make America's diagnostic testing capabilities and testing rates appear higher than they actually are, according to The Atlantic. And as the tests serve profoundly different purposes, "positive" results from either test cannot be interpreted in the same way. Reporting all the positive results together, as one number, could skew our understanding of how many new COVID-19 cases emerge over time — a crucial metric to help control outbreaks as states begin reopening.

When told how the CDC chose to lump the results of both tests together, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute Ashish Jha told The Atlantic,

"You've got to be kidding me ... How could the CDC make that mistake? This is a mess."



So, I've regularly watched this video for almost 15 years and I still cry... every single time.

About 15 years ago I recall hearing about the father/son team that was running marathons and taking part in triathlons that called themselves;  Team Hoyt.  It's a father (Dick) and his wheelchair bound son, Rick.

As a child Rick had the umbilical cord around his neck during birth and it cut off his oxygen, giving him brain damage.  Doctors and specialists at the time told the family to put him in an institution and go on with their lives.  But they couldn't imagine doing so and raised Rick along with their other two boys as just another part of the family.  They realized he was smart, he could hear, and with help from his brothers, worked out a system to talk.

There is a much longer story but most of my readers already know the story because these guys have been making news since their first run in... 1984 I think(?).

15 years ago I had watched their story and I think it was 2007 or so that I saw a video of their story put to music.  It was Mercy Me - I Can Only Imagine.  This video was hugely powerful for me and I recalled sitting in our family room, on the computer, with tears rolling down my face as I watched and listened.

Since then I've watched this video at least once a year, and do you know, I still cry every single time.

To understand a little bit of the power behind the song and why it brings me to tears is when I see the video of Rick as a child and in a wheelchair, it hits home to me as I have family members who have lived their lives in wheelchairs due to Muscular Dystrophy.  In him, I see them.

As a kid, I assumed everyone had handicapped members in their extended families.  Everyone had wheelchairs and walkers in their households.  Everyone had relatives with skinny legs, that couldn't walk, or couldn't stand, and needed  to be carried to the bathroom, put into bed or placed into cars.

I thought everyone knew how to listen and understand the words and butchered sentences of people trying to talk with poor muscle strength, choking on their own spit and trying to form sounds and letters from weak vocal muscles.  I found it strange to watch 'new' adults and people struggle to understand what my relatives were saying when I could understand them just fine.

In other words, growing up with people with various degrees of a handicap was completely normal to me.

Rick to me is my uncle, my Aunt and my other Aunt.  Who all lived with us for stretches of time growing up as if they were an older sister or brother.

As their diseases progressed and their bodies turned in on themselves, their muscles atrophying, I look at Rick's hands and fingers, his smile, his face, his legs... and it looks 'normal' to me as I see my family members in him.

And then the music. The lyrics.

"I Can Only Imagine"

I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk by Your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When Your face is before me
I can only imagine, yeah

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You, Jesus
Or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine
I can only imagine

I can only imagine when that day comes
And I find myself standing in the sun/son
I can only imagine when all I will do
Is forever—forever worship You

I can only imagine
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You, Jesus
Or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine, yeah
I can only imagine

To add yet another level of emotion to this song and video...  I posted about how one of my Aunts recently passed away. Her physical body and her soul separated and although death came to her here on earth, her spirit soars.

It's the first time in 30 years she won't be in a wheelchair.

And I have to think of the words to the song....

"I can only imagine....."    when she is before the Lord, will she stand?  Will she dance?  Will she speak?

With my Aunt's recent passing on my mind, my Uncle struggling to stay positive during the COVID-19 quarantines and being utterly alone in his apartment, trapped in his wheelchair with only caregivers coming twice a day to change him and care for his feeding tube;  these images of them in my mind mixing with the images of Rick in the video;  and one of my all time favorite songs...

Well, yes, tears rolled again this morning.  Happy, emotional, moving tears.


Here is a copy of the video I first watched about 15 years ago or so....




And if you are interested in more of their story, here is a pretty good condensed version from "It's a Miracle"



























5.24.2020

Walking down memory road: Old sitcom themesongs from my childhood - some well known, others barely aired


I was sipping coffee and thinking about getting started on the day when an old (old!) themesong popped into my head.  It was the opening credit song to a sitcom I barely remember, but the theme song sure did.  It was "Makin' It".

Of course I had to look it up online.

Funny, I don't remember the episodes of the show at all... I was probably only about 8 or 9 when this was on tv (briefly) but the song... I still remember in 2020.

I have to admit, I watched it this morning and CRINGED.  Oh my goodness.  Ha ha.  It's bad.  Heck, that whole disco era is bad.  Luckily I missed out on it since I was so little at the time.  I'm more of an 80's kid but I still remember this one being on tv because I liked the theme song.


Makin' It





When I was just a little older, oh how I LOVED this theme song!!!
I obviously thought Chachi was cute (didn't almost every young girl back then) but this theme song was one I loved so much that I swore some day I'd have it played at my wedding.

Ha ha.  No, I did not have it at my wedding.


 Joanie Loves Chachi





Too Close for Comfort was loved for two reasons.  One:  I wanted to be Sara.  Later, when Monroe was added to the cast of characters, I loved him.  Couldn't stand the two parents but watched it for Sara and Monroe.  Also - I SO WANTED to paint stripes on the wall of my bedroom like they had on their wall!  Watch the opening credits and you'll see it.

I remember 'designing' the colored stripes similar to the show and wanting to paint my room like that so badly but no.  My parents did not let me.


Too Close for Comfort





This is a show I barely remember, and glancing over some of the episodes, they don't really stand out in my mind but (again) the theme song does.  I recall the theme song and I loved it!  But the show, I don't really have any memories of except a couple fleeting "oh yeah that looks familiar" moments with Helen Hunt's character (since she was the kid).


It Takes Two





Ok so this one probably shouldn't even be listed because EVERYONE knows this one.  It was so popular and not a bit obscure like some of my other favorites were but hello...  how can you hear this and not automatically sing along with it?  So catchy.  So hugely popular at the time.


WKRP in Cincinnati






By the time Charles in Charge hit the airwaves I was a bit older (a young teen).  Hated the first family they had in the first season, but apparently everyone did, as that family was soon switched out and the more popular version with Josie Davis and Nicole Eggert aired.    Originally I recall wanting to be like Jennifer Runyon (Gwendolyn) "when I got older" - I thought she was pretty and sweet and so nice.  Later of course, I geared my "I wish I could look like that..." to Nicole Eggert.  Not her character or personality (I liked Josie's character better) but her long blonde hair and cool clothes sure made me jealous.


Charles in Charge






There are many very popular sitcoms and theme songs from that era I'm NOT including in this post because they are just... oh so obvious.  This one hinges on being too obvious as it was so popular and awesome of a show (How can you not love Balki!!!????)  but I'm including it anyway because I loved this show!!!!!!


Perfect Strangers





This one.  LOVED Evie's character (again - I probably always identified with the kid) but I really hated the actress that played her Mom (Donna Pesco?) and she was on SO MANY sitcoms back then.  She was the main character in one called "ANGIE" too (I think - I'm not going to stop and look it up though).  Really didn't care for her.  But again the theme song...  


Out of this World





This is another one I maybe should not add to this post because it's one of the "OBVIOUS" sitcoms since it was pretty popular, but more importantly, the theme song was SO GOOD it was regularly played on the radio.  To this day I still love this song.  I still sing it.  One of my favorites!!!  (Along with Facts of Life, Cheers, Family Ties.......)

Greatest American Hero






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Makin' It (Re-Recorded)



The Greatest American Hero: Season 1


Too Close for Comfort - The Complete First Season



Good Morning, world!

A better mood today.  Yesterday I was so grumpy!
 
This morning I quickly did another internet search for something I've been kind of, sort of, keeping an eye out for for years and years.  It's an old, vintage cartoon that was on television when I was very little.

I was only about 6 years old, but there was a special on TV about the biblical story of the walls of Jericho coming down.  A little girl was showing a... creature? Alien?  Big bear? around, telling him the story of Joshua and the city of Jericho, and she sang a song that... captivated me.  I loved this song.  I only heard it the one time of course, but to this day, I recall the chorus and I'd love to hear it again.

The little cartoon girl sang;  "... yourself!  And the walls came a tumbling down!" 
I can hear the tune in my head.

Oh I wish I knew what this old, vintage cartoon was.

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Yesterday I did not paint tape the laundry room, nor paint trim.
I just couldn't.  I attempted but the room is small and hot and jam packed with the washer/dryer, 2 upright freezers that are too difficult to try to get through the door way, and a utility sink... so me and my ladder have a heck of time and I was just far too grumpy to continue.
Today, I have high hopes for myself.

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Last night I had a dream Jennifer Aniston was dating my Uncle and she and I were going to a 'regatta gala' together.  If you are a fan of the tv show Friends, you'll get the reference.  Only, apparently my brain smooshed together the regatta gala episode with the episode where she teaches Joey to sail because we were not all dressed in finery, but instead, dressed for a day of boating as she was in that episode.  And we had to go through a weird process of diving into a shallow pool of disinfectant before we could exit to go to the marina and get on our sailboats, because apparently they didn't want the ocean water to get infected.

That's what I get for skimming through the news last night I guess.  I saw a headline saying something about "can the Coronavirus be spread through swimming" or water or something.  And I went to put away a dvd last night and saw the FRIENDS full episode boxed set, and I had briefly thought of my Uncle and wondered how he was last night.

All things smashed together in my brain to come up with this dream.

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I know I'm just rambling on about nothing this morning.... meh.  It's just the coffee talking again.











5.23.2020

Meh, it's just the coffee talking, again.



Over and over, Kristen Bell and her husband have proven themselves pretty poor at parenting.  Lazy and immature perhaps is a better way to put it, but that attitude just amounts to poor parenting in the end.


The new press secretary, Kayleigh Mcenany bugs the heck out of me.  Every time I see photos or videos of her in the news I want to grab a baby wipe and wipe all that 15 tons of badly done makeup off her face.  Interestingly, I looked up some older "pre-press secretary" photos and she wore less makeup, applied and differently and looked OH SO MUCH better.  I have a hard time even paying attention to anything she says because I'm so preoccupied with staring at her mess of face.



I have no idea in the universe who Christine Quinn is but I keep seeing this photo and she reminds me of an alien.

WHO told her that hairstyle looks good and to take news/marketing photos like that?













The suspect killed at the scene of Thursday’s “terrorism-related” shooting a U.S. naval air base in Texas has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Aalim Alsahli, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen....  know the best part of the news story?  The way they described this asshole being killed.  "Base personnel returned fire, and the gunman was “neutralized”"   Neutralized.  :)



Museums get green light to sell art to survive coronavirus crisis - You don't sell art to pay the bills....except now, when it's apparently changing supposedly due to the Covid-19 crisis and honestly, it breaks my heart.

"Museums" were my career before I resigned to follow my husband when he was relocated for his job. At my previous position this was an on-going fight between our Board of Directors. There were 2 who were forever "SELL! SELL! SELL!" a couple of the big money works in order to dig out of some financial stress. The rest of the board, absolutely against it. Reading these news stories now makes me wonder if my old stomping grounds (which I've lost touch with as the entire staff except for the groundskeeper(s) have turned over and no one I knew is even there any longer) have sold any of their collection to pay the bills. Perhaps I will look into that.










If you've never read through Googles privacy policy, and you've just assumed things about your privacy, your information, how it's shared, who it's shared with and why...  you might want to do that.

I had read this a couple weeks ago when I was setting up my new computer.  I skimmed, a few things were huge red flags for me, so I read deeper.  And boy is it a rabbit hole!  Prepare to fall deep, deep down.

There are roughly (quick skim count) 169 additional links here.  So really, as long as this is, it's only a small portion because to "learn more" or get additional details, you have to start clicking on links.  Even more rabbit holes.  And then there links sprinkled here and there to try to stop them from sharing some things (you can only protect a very small portion of your private information... but there is a little bit you can do) but they put it in so many different places and each of those places have additional links to learn more and to change your privacy settings and opting out that I'm really not sure how long it would actually take to dig through all the cover-ups and seemingly intentional blather to get you lost, overwhelmed and ultimately, just exit out in frustration, giving them not only more personal information about yourself, your lifestyle, your address, phone number, your friends and contacts names, the ability to read all the information in your emails you send and receive, your purchase history and... well...  anything and everything you specifically have not spent hours trying to dig for and tell them not to.  But even then, as I said before, there is little you can actually control. 

Another thing to keep in mind that right now, during the COVID-19 quarantines, many states are teaming up with Apple and Google to spy on you and where you are, where you've been and if they think  you might have been in an area with someone with COVID-19 was.  So tracking you is now spreading that information to your local government as well.

Dang... we sound like we live in China or Russia now.  The "big brother is watching you" jokes really aren't jokes anymore.


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Google Privacy Policy

This text-based version of the Google Privacy Policy is optimized for viewing without a browser. For a more interactive version of this policy, visit policies.google.com/privacy in your browser.
When you use our services, you’re trusting us with your information. We understand this is a big responsibility and work hard to protect your information and put you in control.
This Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what information we collect, why we collect it, and how you can update, manage, export, and delete your information.
Effective March 31, 2020
We build a range of services that help millions of people daily to explore and interact with the world in new ways. Our services include:
  • Google apps, sites, and devices, like Search, YouTube, and Google Home
  • Platforms like the Chrome browser and Android operating system
  • Products that are integrated into third-party apps and sites, like ads and embedded Google Maps
You can use our services in a variety of ways to manage your privacy. For example, you can sign up for a Google Account if you want to create and manage content like emails and photos, or see more relevant search results. And you can use many Google services when you’re signed out or without creating an account at all, like searching on Google or watching YouTube videos. You can also choose to browse the web privately using Chrome in Incognito mode. And across our services, you can adjust your privacy settings to control what we collect and how your information is used.
To help explain things as clearly as possible, we’ve added examples, explanatory videos, and definitions for key terms. And if you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you can contact us.

Information Google collects

We want you to understand the types of information we collect as you use our services
We collect information to provide better services to all our users — from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak, to more complex things like which ads you’ll find most useful, the people who matter most to you online, or which YouTube videos you might like. The information Google collects, and how that information is used, depends on how you use our services and how you manage your privacy controls.
When you’re not signed in to a Google Account, we store the information we collect with unique identifiers tied to the browser, application, or device you’re using. This helps us do things like maintain your language preferences across browsing sessions.
When you’re signed in, we also collect information that we store with your Google Account, which we treat as personal information.

Things you create or provide to us

When you create a Google Account, you provide us with personal information that includes your name and a password. You can also choose to add a phone number or payment information to your account. Even if you aren’t signed in to a Google Account, you might choose to provide us with information — like an email address to receive updates about our services.
We also collect the content you create, upload, or receive from others when using our services. This includes things like email you write and receive, photos and videos you save, docs and spreadsheets you create, and comments you make on YouTube videos.

Information we collect as you use our services

Your apps, browsers & devices

We collect information about the apps, browsers, and devices you use to access Google services, which helps us provide features like automatic product updates and dimming your screen if your battery runs low.
The information we collect includes unique identifiers, browser type and settings, device type and settings, operating system, mobile network information including carrier name and phone number, and application version number. We also collect information about the interaction of your apps, browsers, and devices with our services, including IP address, crash reports, system activity, and the date, time, and referrer URL of your request.
We collect this information when a Google service on your device contacts our servers — for example, when you install an app from the Play Store or when a service checks for automatic updates. If you’re using an Android device with Google apps, your device periodically contacts Google servers to provide information about your device and connection to our services. This information includes things like your device type, carrier name, crash reports, and which apps you've installed.

Your activity

We collect information about your activity in our services, which we use to do things like recommend a YouTube video you might like. The activity information we collect may include:
If you use our services to make and receive calls or send and receive messages, we may collect telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number, receiving-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls and messages, duration of calls, routing information, and types of calls.
You can visit your Google Account to find and manage activity information that’s saved in your account.

Your location information

We collect information about your location when you use our services, which helps us offer features like driving directions for your weekend getaway or showtimes for movies playing near you.
Your location can be determined with varying degrees of accuracy by:
The types of location data we collect depend in part on your device and account settings. For example, you can turn your Android device’s location on or off using the device’s settings app. You can also turn on Location History if you want to create a private map of where you go with your signed-in devices.

In some circumstances, Google also collects information about you from publicly accessible sources. For example, if your name appears in your local newspaper, Google’s Search engine may index that article and display it to other people if they search for your name. We may also collect information about you from trusted partners, including marketing partners who provide us with information about potential customers of our business services, and security partners who provide us with information to protect against abuse. We also receive information from advertisers to provide advertising and research services on their behalf.
We use various technologies to collect and store information, including cookies, pixel tags, local storage, such as browser web storage or application data caches, databases, and server logs.

Why Google collects data

We use data to build better services
We use the information we collect from all our services for the following purposes:

Provide our services

We use your information to deliver our services, like processing the terms you search for in order to return results or helping you share content by suggesting recipients from your contacts.

Maintain & improve our services

We also use your information to ensure our services are working as intended, such as tracking outages or troubleshooting issues that you report to us. And we use your information to make improvements to our services — for example, understanding which search terms are most frequently misspelled helps us improve spell-check features used across our services.

Develop new services

We use the information we collect in existing services to help us develop new ones. For example, understanding how people organized their photos in Picasa, Google’s first photos app, helped us design and launch Google Photos.

Provide personalized services, including content and ads

We use the information we collect to customize our services for you, including providing recommendations, personalized content, and customized search results. For example, Security Checkup provides security tips adapted to how you use Google products. And Google Play uses information like apps you’ve already installed and videos you’ve watched on YouTube to suggest new apps you might like.
Depending on your settings, we may also show you personalized ads based on your interests. For example, if you search for “mountain bikes,” you may see an ad for sports equipment when you’re browsing a site that shows ads served by Google. You can control what information we use to show you ads by visiting your ad settings.
  • We don’t show you personalized ads based on sensitive categories, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, or health.
  • We don’t share information that personally identifies you with advertisers, such as your name or email, unless you ask us to. For example, if you see an ad for a nearby flower shop and select the “tap to call” button, we’ll connect your call and may share your phone number with the flower shop.

Measure performance

We use data for analytics and measurement to understand how our services are used. For example, we analyze data about your visits to our sites to do things like optimize product design. And we also use data about the ads you interact with to help advertisers understand the performance of their ad campaigns. We use a variety of tools to do this, including Google Analytics. When you visit sites that use Google Analytics, Google and a Google Analytics customer may link information about your activity from that site with activity from other sites that use our ad services.

Communicate with you

We use information we collect, like your email address, to interact with you directly. For example, we may send you a notification if we detect suspicious activity, like an attempt to sign in to your Google Account from an unusual location. Or we may let you know about upcoming changes or improvements to our services. And if you contact Google, we’ll keep a record of your request in order to help solve any issues you might be facing.

Protect Google, our users, and the public

We use information to help improve the safety and reliability of our services. This includes detecting, preventing, and responding to fraud, abuse, security risks, and technical issues that could harm Google, our users, or the public.

We use different technologies to process your information for these purposes. We use automated systems that analyze your content to provide you with things like customized search results, personalized ads, or other features tailored to how you use our services. And we analyze your content to help us detect abuse such as spam, malware, and illegal content. We also use algorithms to recognize patterns in data. For example, Google Translate helps people communicate across languages by detecting common language patterns in phrases you ask it to translate.
We may combine the information we collect among our services and across your devices for the purposes described above. For example, if you watch videos of guitar players on YouTube, you might see an ad for guitar lessons on a site that uses our ad products. Depending on your account settings, your activity on other sites and apps may be associated with your personal information in order to improve Google’s services and the ads delivered by Google.
If other users already have your email address or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible Google Account information, such as your name and photo. This helps people identify an email coming from you, for example.
We’ll ask for your consent before using your information for a purpose that isn’t covered in this Privacy Policy.

Your privacy controls

You have choices regarding the information we collect and how it's used
This section describes key controls for managing your privacy across our services. You can also visit the Privacy Checkup, which provides an opportunity to review and adjust important privacy settings. In addition to these tools, we also offer specific privacy settings in our products — you can learn more in our Product Privacy Guide.

Managing, reviewing, and updating your information

When you’re signed in, you can always review and update information by visiting the services you use. For example, Photos and Drive are both designed to help you manage specific types of content you’ve saved with Google.
We also built a place for you to review and control information saved in your Google Account. Your Google Account includes:

Privacy controls


Activity Controls

Decide what types of activity you’d like saved in your account. For example, you can turn on Location History if you want traffic predictions for your daily commute, or you can save your YouTube Watch History to get better video suggestions.

Ad settings

Manage your preferences about the ads shown to you on Google and on sites and apps that partner with Google to show ads. You can modify your interests, choose whether your personal information is used to make ads more relevant to you, and turn on or off certain advertising services.

About you

Control what others see about you across Google services.

Shared endorsements

Choose whether your name and photo appear next to your activity, like reviews and recommendations, that appear in ads.

Information you share

If you’re a G Suite user, control whom you share information with through your account on Google+.

Ways to review & update your information


My Activity

My Activity allows you to review and control data that’s created when you use Google services, like searches you’ve done or your visits to Google Play. You can browse by date and by topic, and delete part or all of your activity.

Google Dashboard

Google Dashboard allows you to manage information associated with specific products.

Your personal information

Manage your contact information, such as your name, email, and phone number.
When you’re signed out, you can manage information associated with your browser or device, including:
  • Signed-out search personalization: Choose whether your search activity is used to offer you more relevant results and recommendations.
  • YouTube settings: Pause and delete your YouTube Search History and your YouTube Watch History.
  • Ad Settings: Manage your preferences about the ads shown to you on Google and on sites and apps that partner with Google to show ads.

Exporting, removing & deleting your information

You can export a copy of content in your Google Account if you want to back it up or use it with a service outside of Google.
You can also request to remove content from specific Google services based on applicable law.
To delete your information, you can:
And finally, Inactive Account Manager allows you to give someone else access to parts of your Google Account in case you’re unexpectedly unable to use your account.

There are other ways to control the information Google collects whether or not you’re signed in to a Google Account, including:
  • Browser settings: For example, you can configure your browser to indicate when Google has set a cookie in your browser. You can also configure your browser to block all cookies from a specific domain or all domains. But remember that our services rely on cookies to function properly, for things like remembering your language preferences.
  • Device-level settings: Your device may have controls that determine what information we collect. For example, you can modify location settings on your Android device.

Sharing your information

When you share your information

Many of our services let you share information with other people, and you have control over how you share. For example, you can share videos on YouTube publicly or you can decide to keep your videos private. Remember, when you share information publicly, your content may become accessible through search engines, including Google Search.
When you’re signed in and interact with some Google services, like leaving comments on a YouTube video or reviewing an app in Play, your name and photo appear next to your activity. We may also display this information in ads depending on your Shared endorsements setting.

When Google shares your information

We do not share your personal information with companies, organizations, or individuals outside of Google except in the following cases:

With your consent

We’ll share personal information outside of Google when we have your consent. For example, if you use Google Home to make a reservation through a booking service, we’ll get your permission before sharing your name or phone number with the restaurant. We’ll ask for your explicit consent to share any sensitive personal information.

With domain administrators

If you’re a student or work for an organization that uses Google services (like G Suite), your domain administrator and resellers who manage your account will have access to your Google Account. They may be able to:
  • Access and retain information stored in your account, like your email
  • View statistics regarding your account, like how many apps you install
  • Change your account password
  • Suspend or terminate your account access
  • Receive your account information in order to satisfy applicable law, regulation, legal process, or enforceable governmental request
  • Restrict your ability to delete or edit your information or your privacy settings

For external processing

We provide personal information to our affiliates and other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. For example, we use service providers to help us with customer support.

For legal reasons

We will share personal information outside of Google if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation, or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
  • Meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or enforceable governmental request. We share information about the number and type of requests we receive from governments in our Transparency Report.
  • Enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
  • Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues.
  • Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google, our users, or the public as required or permitted by law.
We may share non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners — like publishers, advertisers, developers, or rights holders. For example, we share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services. We also allow specific partners to collect information from your browser or device for advertising and measurement purposes using their own cookies or similar technologies.
If Google is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, we’ll continue to ensure the confidentiality of your personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Keeping your information secure

We build security into our services to protect your information
All Google products are built with strong security features that continuously protect your information. The insights we gain from maintaining our services help us detect and automatically block security threats from ever reaching you. And if we do detect something risky that we think you should know about, we’ll notify you and help guide you through steps to stay better protected.
We work hard to protect you and Google from unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction of information we hold, including:
  • We use encryption to keep your data private while in transit
  • We offer a range of security features, like Safe Browsing, Security Checkup, and 2 Step Verification to help you protect your account
  • We review our information collection, storage, and processing practices, including physical security measures, to prevent unauthorized access to our systems
  • We restrict access to personal information to Google employees, contractors, and agents who need that information in order to process it. Anyone with this access is subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and may be disciplined or terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.

Exporting & deleting your information

You can export a copy of your information or delete it from your Google Account at any time
You can export a copy of content in your Google Account if you want to back it up or use it with a service outside of Google.
To delete your information, you can:

Retaining your information

We retain the data we collect for different periods of time depending on what it is, how we use it, and how you configure your settings:
  • Some data you can delete whenever you like, such as the content you create or upload. You can also delete activity information saved in your account, or choose to have it deleted automatically after a set period of time.
  • Other data is deleted or anonymized automatically after a set period of time, such as advertising data in server logs.
  • We keep some data until you delete your Google Account, such as information about how often you use our services.
  • And some data we retain for longer periods of time when necessary for legitimate business or legal purposes, such as security, fraud and abuse prevention, or financial record-keeping.
When you delete data, we follow a deletion process to make sure that your data is safely and completely removed from our servers or retained only in anonymized form. We try to ensure that our services protect information from accidental or malicious deletion. Because of this, there may be delays between when you delete something and when copies are deleted from our active and backup systems.
You can read more about Google’s data retention periods, including how long it takes us to delete your information.

Compliance & cooperation with regulators

We regularly review this Privacy Policy and make sure that we process your information in ways that comply with it.

Data transfers

We maintain servers around the world and your information may be processed on servers located outside of the country where you live. Data protection laws vary among countries, with some providing more protection than others. Regardless of where your information is processed, we apply the same protections described in this policy. We also comply with certain legal frameworks relating to the transfer of data, such as the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks.
When we receive formal written complaints, we respond by contacting the person who made the complaint. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of your data that we cannot resolve with you directly.

California requirements

If the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) applies to your information, we provide these disclosures and the tools described in this policy so you can exercise your rights to receive information about our data practices, as well as to request access to and deletion of your information. These tools allow you to review, update and delete your information, as well as export and download a copy of it. You can also read more about Google’s data retention periods, and the process we follow to delete your information.
Google does not sell your personal information. We only share your information as described in this policy. Google processes your information for the purposes described in this policy, which include “business purposes” under the CCPA. These purposes include:
  • Protecting against security threats, abuse, and illegal activity. Google uses and may disclose information to detect, prevent and respond to security incidents, and for protecting against other malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity. For example, to protect our services, Google may receive or disclose information about IP addresses that malicious actors have compromised.
  • Auditing and measurement. Google uses information for analytics and measurement to understand how our services are used, as well as to fulfill obligations to our partners like publishers, advertisers, developers, or rights holders. We may disclose non-personally identifiable information publicly and with these partners, including for auditing purposes.
  • Maintaining our services. Google uses information to ensure our services are working as intended, such as tracking outages or troubleshooting bugs and other issues that you report to us.
  • Research and development. Google uses information to improve our services and to develop new products, features and technologies that benefit our users and the public. For example, we use publicly available information to help train Google’s language models and build features like Google Translate.
  • Use of service providers. Google shares information with service providers to perform services on our behalf, in compliance with our Privacy Policy and other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. For example, we may rely on service providers to help provide customer support.
  • Advertising. Google processes information, including online identifiers and information about your interactions with advertisements, to provide advertising. This keeps many of our services freely available for users. You can control what information we use to show you ads by visiting your ad settings.
Google also uses information to satisfy applicable laws or regulations, and discloses information in response to legal process or enforceable government requests, including to law enforcement. We provide information about the number and type of requests we receive from governments in our Transparency Report.
If you have additional questions or requests related to your rights under the CCPA, you can contact Google.

About this policy

When this policy applies

This Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by Google LLC and its affiliates, including YouTube, Android, and services offered on third-party sites, such as advertising services. This Privacy Policy doesn’t apply to services that have separate privacy policies that do not incorporate this Privacy Policy.
This Privacy Policy doesn’t apply to:
  • The information practices of other companies and organizations that advertise our services
  • Services offered by other companies or individuals, including products or sites that may include Google services, be displayed to you in search results, or be linked from our services

Changes to this policy

We change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. We always indicate the date the last changes were published and we offer access to archived versions for your review. If changes are significant, we’ll provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of Privacy Policy changes).

Related privacy practices

Specific Google services

The following privacy notices provide additional information about some Google services:

Other useful resources

The following links highlight useful resources for you to learn more about our practices and privacy settings.

Key terms

Affiliates

An affiliate is an entity that belongs to the Google group of companies, including the following companies that provide consumer services in the EU: Google Ireland Limited, Google Commerce Ltd, Google Payment Corp, and Google Dialer Inc. Learn more about the companies providing business services in the EU.

Algorithm

A process or set of rules followed by a computer in performing problem-solving operations.

Application data cache

An application data cache is a data repository on a device. It can, for example, enable a web application to run without an internet connection and improve the performance of the application by enabling faster loading of content.

Browser web storage

Browser web storage enables websites to store data in a browser on a device. When used in "local storage" mode, it enables data to be stored across sessions. This makes data retrievable even after a browser has been closed and reopened. One technology that facilitates web storage is HTML 5.

Cookies

A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the site again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information. You can configure your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some website features or services may not function properly without cookies. Learn more about how Google uses cookies and how Google uses data, including cookies, when you use our partners' sites or apps.

Device

A device is a computer that can be used to access Google services. For example, desktop computers, tablets, smart speakers, and smartphones are all considered devices.

Google Account

You may access some of our services by signing up for a Google Account and providing us with some personal information (typically your name, email address, and a password). This account information is used to authenticate you when you access Google services and protect your account from unauthorized access by others. You can edit or delete your account at any time through your Google Account settings.

IP address

Every device connected to the Internet is assigned a number known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. These numbers are usually assigned in geographic blocks. An IP address can often be used to identify the location from which a device is connecting to the Internet.

Non-personally identifiable information

This is information that is recorded about users so that it no longer reflects or references an individually-identifiable user.

Personal information

This is information that you provide to us which personally identifies you, such as your name, email address, or billing information, or other data that can be reasonably linked to such information by Google, such as information we associate with your Google Account.

Pixel tag

A pixel tag is a type of technology placed on a website or within the body of an email for the purpose of tracking certain activity, such as views of a website or when an email is opened. Pixel tags are often used in combination with cookies.

Referrer URL

A Referrer URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is information transmitted to a destination webpage by a web browser, typically when you click a link to that page. The Referrer URL contains the URL of the last webpage the browser visited.

Sensitive personal information

This is a particular category of personal information relating to topics such as confidential medical facts, racial or ethnic origins, political or religious beliefs, or sexuality.

Server logs

Like most websites, our servers automatically record the page requests made when you visit our sites. These “server logs” typically include your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request, and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.
A typical log entry for a search for “cars” looks like this:
123.45.67.89 - 25/Mar/2003 10:15:32 -
http://www.google.com/search?q=cars -
Firefox 1.0.7; Windows NT 5.1 -
740674ce2123e969
  • 123.45.67.89 is the Internet Protocol address assigned to the user by the user’s ISP. Depending on the user’s service, a different address may be assigned to the user by their service provider each time they connect to the Internet.
  • 25/Mar/2003 10:15:32 is the date and time of the query.
  • http://www.google.com/search?q=cars is the requested URL, including the search query.
  • Firefox 1.0.7; Windows NT 5.1 is the browser and operating system being used.
  • 740674ce2123a969 is the unique cookie ID assigned to this particular computer the first time it visited Google. (Cookies can be deleted by users. If the user has deleted the cookie from the computer since the last time they’ve visited Google, then it will be the unique cookie ID assigned to their device the next time they visit Google from that particular device).

Unique identifiers

A unique identifier is a string of characters that can be used to uniquely identify a browser, app, or device. Different identifiers vary in how permanent they are, whether they can be reset by users, and how they can be accessed.
Unique identifiers can be used for various purposes, including security and fraud detection, syncing services such as your email inbox, remembering your preferences, and providing personalized advertising. For example, unique identifiers stored in cookies help sites display content in your browser in your preferred language. You can configure your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Learn more about how Google uses cookies.
On other platforms besides browsers, unique identifiers are used to recognize a specific device or app on that device. For example, a unique identifier such as the Advertising ID is used to provide relevant advertising on Android devices, and can be managed in your device’s settings. Unique identifiers may also be incorporated into a device by its manufacturer (sometimes called a universally unique ID or UUID), such as the IMEI-number of a mobile phone. For example, a device’s unique identifier can be used to customize our service to your device or analyze device issues related to our services.

Additional Context

ads you’ll find most useful

For example, if you watch videos about baking on YouTube, you may see more ads that relate to baking as you browse the web. We also may use your IP address to determine your approximate location, so that we can serve you ads for a nearby pizza delivery service if you search for “pizza.” Learn more about Google ads and why you may see particular ads.

advertising and research services on their behalf

For example, advertisers may upload data from their loyalty-card programs so that they can better understand the performance of their ad campaigns. We only provide aggregated reports to advertisers that don’t reveal information about individual people.

Android device with Google apps

Android devices with Google apps include devices sold by Google or one of our partners and include phones, cameras, vehicles, wearables, and televisions. These devices use Google Play Services and other pre-installed apps that include services like Gmail, Maps, your phone’s camera and phone dialer, text-to-speech conversion, keyboard input, and security features.

combine the information we collect

Some examples of how we combine the information we collect include:
  • When you’re signed in to your Google Account and search on Google, you can see search results from the public web, along with relevant information from the content you have in other Google products, like Gmail or Google Calendar. This can include things like the status of your upcoming flights, restaurant, and hotel reservations, or your photos. Learn more
  • If you have communicated with someone via Gmail and want to add them to a Google Doc or an event in Google Calendar, Google makes it easy to do so by autocompleting their email address when you start to type in their name. This feature makes it easier to share things with people you know. Learn more
  • The Google app can use data that you have stored in other Google products to show you personalized content, depending on your settings. For example, if you have searches stored in your Web & App Activity, the Google app can show you news articles and other information about your interests, like sports scores, based your activity. Learn more
  • If you link your Google Account to your Google Home, you can manage your information and get things done through the Google Assistant. For example, you can add events to your Google Calendar or get your schedule for the day, ask for status updates on your upcoming flight, or send information like driving directions to your phone. Learn more
For example, when you’re signed in to your Google Account and have the Web & App Activity control enabled, you can get more relevant search results that are based on your previous searches and activity from other Google services. You can learn more here. You may also get customized search results even when you’re signed out. If you don’t want this level of search customization, you can search and browse privately or turn off signed-out search personalization.

deliver our services

Examples of how we use your information to deliver our services include:
  • We use the IP address assigned to your device to send you the data you requested, such as loading a YouTube video
  • We use unique identifiers stored in cookies on your device to help us authenticate you as the person who should have access to your Google Account
  • Photos and videos you upload to Google Photos are used to help you create albums, animations, and other creations that you can share. Learn more
  • A flight confirmation email you receive may be used to create a “check-in” button that appears in your Gmail
  • When you purchase services or physical goods from us, you may provide us information like your shipping address or delivery instructions. We use this information for things like processing, fulfilling, and delivering your order, and to provide support in connection with the product or service you purchase.

detect abuse

When we detect spam, malware, illegal content, and other forms of abuse on our systems in violation of our policies, we may disable your account or take other appropriate action. In certain circumstances, we may also report the violation to appropriate authorities.

devices

For example, we can use information from your devices to help you decide which device you’d like to use to install an app or view a movie you buy from Google Play. We also use this information to help protect your account.

ensure and improve

For example, we analyze how people interact with advertising to improve the performance of our ads.

ensure our services are working as intended

For example, we continuously monitor our systems to look for problems. And if we find something wrong with a specific feature, reviewing activity information collected before the problem started allows us to fix things more quickly.

Information about things near your device

If you use Google’s Location services on Android, we can improve the performance of apps that rely on your location, like Google Maps. If you use Google’s Location services, your device sends information to Google about its location, sensors (like accelerometer), and nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi access points (like MAC address and signal strength). All these things help to determine your location. You can use your device settings to enable Google Location services. Learn more
Like other technology and communications companies, Google regularly receives requests from governments and courts around the world to disclose user data. Respect for the privacy and security of data you store with Google underpins our approach to complying with these legal requests. Our legal team reviews each and every request, regardless of type, and we frequently push back when a request appears to be overly broad or doesn’t follow the correct process. Learn more in our Transparency Report.

make improvements

For example, we use cookies to analyze how people interact with our services. And that analysis can help us build better products. For example, it may help us discover that it’s taking people too long to complete a certain task or that they have trouble finishing steps at all. We can then redesign that feature and improve the product for everyone.
Google Analytics relies on first-party cookies, which means the cookies are set by the Google Analytics customer. Using our systems, data generated through Google Analytics can be linked by the Google Analytics customer and by Google to third-party cookies that are related to visits to other websites. For example, an advertiser may want to use its Google Analytics data to create more relevant ads, or to further analyze its traffic. Learn more

partner with Google

There are over 2 million non-Google websites and apps that partner with Google to show ads. Learn more

payment information

For example, if you add a credit card or other payment method to your Google Account, you can use it to buy things across our services, like apps in the Play Store. We may also ask for other information, like a business tax ID, to help process your payment. In some cases, we may also need to verify your identity and may ask you for information to do this.
We may also use payment information to verify that you meet age requirements, if, for example, you enter an incorrect birthday indicating you’re not old enough to have a Google Account. Learn more

personalized ads

You may also see personalized ads based on information from the advertiser. If you shopped on an advertiser's website, for example, they can use that visit information to show you ads. Learn more

phone number

If you add your phone number to your account, it can be used for different purposes across Google services, depending on your settings. For example, your phone number can be used to help you access your account if you forget your password, help people find and connect with you, and make the ads you see more relevant to you. Learn more

protect against abuse

For example, information about security threats can help us notify you if we think your account has been compromised (at which point we can help you take steps to protect your account).

publicly accessible sources

For example, we may collect information that’s publicly available online or from other public sources to help train Google’s language models and build features like Google Translate.

rely on cookies to function properly

For example, we use a cookie called ‘lbcs’ that makes it possible for you to open many Google Docs in one browser. Blocking this cookie would prevent Google Docs from working as expected. Learn more

safety and reliability

Some examples of how we use your information to help keep our services safe and reliable include:
  • Collecting and analyzing IP addresses and cookie data to protect against automated abuse. This abuse takes many forms, such as sending spam to Gmail users, stealing money from advertisers by fraudulently clicking on ads, or censoring content by launching a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
  • The “last account activity” feature in Gmail can help you find out if and when someone accessed your email without your knowledge. This feature shows you information about recent activity in Gmail, such as the IP addresses that accessed your mail, the associated location, and the date and time of access. Learn more

sensitive categories

When showing you personalized ads, we use topics that we think might be of interest to you based on your activity. For example, you may see ads for things like "Cooking and Recipes" or "Air Travel.” We don’t use topics or show personalized ads based on sensitive categories like race, religion, sexual orientation, or health. And we require the same from advertisers that use our services.

Sensor data from your device

Your device may have sensors that can be used to better understand your location and movement. For example, an accelerometer can be used to determine your speed and a gyroscope to figure out your direction of travel.

servers around the world

For example, we operate data centers located around the world to help keep our products continuously available for users.

services to make and receive calls or send and receive messages

Examples of these services include:
  • Google Hangouts, for making domestic and international calls
  • Google Voice, for making calls, sending text messages, and managing voicemail
  • Google Fi, for a phone plan
When lots of people start searching for something, it can provide useful information about particular trends at that time. Google Trends samples Google web searches to estimate the popularity of searches over a certain period of time and shares those results publicly in aggregated terms. Learn more

specific Google services

For example, you can delete your blog from Blogger or a Google Site you own from Google Sites. You can also delete reviews you’ve left on apps, games, and other content in the Play Store.

specific partners

For example, we allow YouTube creators and advertisers to work with measurement companies to learn about the audience of their YouTube videos or ads, using cookies or similar technologies. Another example is merchants on our shopping pages, who use cookies to understand how many different people see their product listings. Learn more about these partners and how they use your information.

synced with your Google Account

Your Chrome browsing history is only saved to your account if you’ve enabled Chrome synchronization with your Google Account. Learn more

the people who matter most to you online

For example, when you type an address in the To, Cc, or Bcc field of an email you're composing, Gmail will suggest addresses based on the people you contact most frequently.

third parties

For example, we process your information to report use statistics to rights holders about how their content was used in our services. We may also process your information if people search for your name and we display search results for sites containing publicly available information about you.

Views and interactions with content and ads

For example, we collect information about views and interactions with ads so we can provide aggregated reports to advertisers, like telling them whether we served their ad on a page and whether the ad was likely seen by a viewer. We may also measure other interactions, such as how you move your mouse over an ad or if you interact with the page on which the ad appears.

your activity on other sites and apps

This activity might come from your use of Google services, like from syncing your account with Chrome or your visits to sites and apps that partner with Google. Many websites and apps partner with Google to improve their content and services. For example, a website might use our advertising services (like AdSense) or analytics tools (like Google Analytics), or it might embed other content (such as videos from YouTube). These services may share information about your activity with Google and, depending on your account settings and the products in use (for instance, when a partner uses Google Analytics in conjunction with our advertising services), this data may be associated with your personal information.
Learn more about how Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps.