2024 January

Friday, January 5, 2024

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[Get Ready For Lots of Tourists] Weather forecasters have said that we are currently in an El Nino year and are predicting warmer than average temperatures for our Northern friends. That may not sound good for tourism into the Keys, but the opposite has shown to be true. Our indicators show that many have their trips already planned while others are still looking for the Tropical get-away that we provide. In other words, be ready. The week between Christmas and New Years is referred to as Hell Week and this year was no different. If the traffic and business from that one week are any indication of what we are in store for this year, it’s going to be a good one. As we get 2024 into first gear, we here at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce want to remind you that we are a tool for your use, so please let us know how we can help you and your business. Working together our potential is limitless.
Thank You
Steve Miller
Executive Director

Tuesday it was 57° at 7:30am. The summers are too hot and the winters are colder. What’s going on?

[Grammar] I have trouble distinguishing between ‘than’ and ‘then’. I never know when to use either.
I used to like the oldies radio program every Friday on FM 104.1 starting at 6 pm, but it’s getting to be a talk show about nothing other than advertising—boring.
Last Friday the Reverand only played 3 songs starting at 6pm. The rest of the show was about blah blah blah until 6:45—boring. The Reverand should record the advertisements ahead of time and play more music. I know he’s trying to give his sponsors their money’s worth, but I listen to that show for the oldies not long-winded ads. If this doesn’t change, I will switch the channel.  ~Thekla, Big Pine key
[Mass Shooting of the Week] This week’s award goes to the asshole who killed 1 and wounded 5 kids in an Iowa school. bla bla bla wegottadosomething bla bla bla Video
Cookies are finally dying. But what comes next? Starting this week, some 30 million people, or around 1% of global Chrome browser users, will have the notoriously persistent trackers turned off by default. That could adversely affect advertisers’ ability to collect sensitive information about those users and to serve them ads for products that seem to ravenously follow them from site to site. Google’s eventual cookie phase-out could mark one of the single greatest disruptions to the online economy in memory.  Link
[Friday Joke] “I have to tell the truth,” Mark said to Michelle. “While we’ve been dating, I’ve been secretly seeing a psychiatrist.”
“Don’t worry about it,” said Michelle. “I’ve been secretly seeing a lawyer and a car salesman.”
[Free Art Classes at Marathon Library] Since our high season is upon us, our art program will require preregistration for each class. I can accommodate up to 12 in each class in order to give enough attention to everyone throughout the class. So please sign up by email, here, by replying to me here or by calling the Marathon library’s general number (305-743-5156). Please pre-register if you know what classes you will attend. Class starts at 9:30 am.
Next week will be a continuation on basic brush stroke painting to follow through the concepts learned last week. I will do a reintroduction with some more detail. The principles of Sumi-e and the ancient art of Chinese brush stroke painting which include water and pigment control, are fundamental techniques practiced by more and more professional artist wanting to gain mastery. We touch on the most important concepts and practices that can be translated and applied to any other painting medium.
Maria Gonzalez
Sr. Library Assistant, Marathon Branch Monroe County Public Library

Everyone talks about leaving a better planet for our children.
Why doesn’t anyone try to leave better children for our planet?

[Friday Joke] A very elderly gentleman, very well dressed, hair well groomed, great looking suit, flower in his lapel smelling slightly of a good after shave, presenting a well looked after image, walks into an upscale cocktail lounge. Seated at the bar is an elderly lady. The gentleman walks over, sits along side of her, orders a drink, takes a sip, turns to her and says, “So tell me, do I come here often?”
How to find and delete duplicate photos on your phone. Clear out the clutter from your photo library and save room on your phone. To check for duplicate files (including photos) on an Android handset, you can use Files by Google. Open up the app, then tap the Clean icon on the toolbar at the bottom. If there are indeed duplicate files on your phone, you should see a prompt to delete them with a Select files button: Tap this and you can pick which duplicates you want to delete. To erase them all, pick All duplicates. Note that only the file copies will be wiped—the originals will be left intact. Link
Shouldn’t South Padre Island, Texas be the southernmost city?
[How To Hack] If you’re wondering how hackers do it, there’s basically just a few steps. Don’t try this at home. It’s very dangerous and the government is watching (no kidding). Download the Tor browser which keeps you anonymous with three stage encryption. Buy a VPN for $3 a month and can’t be tracked. Then go to the dark web and buy hacking tools (some are free).
To learn about it, Google “what is the dark web”, and you’ll find everything you want to know. Learn the difference between the deep web and the dark web.Dark Web: The dark web is used for crime, but it is also used for good by whistleblowers, political dissidents, confidential databases and employee pages of corporations, universities, and organizations, journalists, but mostly they are on the deep web.
Deep Web: Most of the deep web consists of pages and databases that are only meant for a certain group of people within an organization. The deep web is by far the biggest part of the internet, estimated to make up between 90-95% of the complete world wide web.
My band, Voodu Sol is playing Friday, January 5 at the Looe Key Tiki Bar on Ramrod Key starting at 7:00 PM. We will have some young local talent sit in for several songs. You should stop by and enjoy the blues, rock, and funk
Forgive your enemies but remember their names.
[New AI Key] Microsoft is adding a new button to laptop keyboards that will fire up its AI chatbot. Getting third-party computer manufacturers to add an AI button to laptops is the latest move by Microsoft to capitalize on its close partnership with ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and make itself a gateway for applications of generative AI technology. Video
[Drive Carefully] In many places the roads are icy so drive carefully. Remember, there’s 8 million new illegals here this winter who’ve never even driven before.

The meat industry is controlled by the top food companies. No longer by local farmers. Buy local and make meat natural again. Next will be AI food for AI people. Video
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[Human Invasion] Why can’t they just stop the people crossing our border? I don’t get it.

Life is pleasant.  Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.
Everglades snake and gator tried to eat each other. They exploded. See what happened. Link
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as False, and by the rulers as useful.  ~Senecca 4 BC

Leaving your neighbor’s BBQ later than you should have.

[Friday Joke] A professor of media and popular culture at Syracuse University says that Paris Hilton is just famous for being famous. He said in the old days, you were a celebrity because you were good at something. Well, apparently, he didn’t see the video. – Jay Leno

[Steamboat Willie] Disney finally relinquishes ‘Steamboat’ Mickey Mouse to public domain after testy 95 years.
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The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 1/5/24 at 9:25 am.