Today, only the sky is blue


As I drove to work the other day, the radio presenter was waxing lyrical about the new Apple smartphone and it’s unlocked using a view of your face. I was perplexed in as much as my old droid phone had this a while back, how well does face recognition work when you’ve, ahem, two appearances? ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, politicians, usually two-faced; how do they manage? ๐Ÿ™‚

Sometimes, I wonder about reverse image searching or facial recognition. How hard is it to spot the connection between Richard & Lynn? One’s just a fancy outfit, slap and a wig from the other. But at the same time, I think if you worried about everything, you’d not do anything.

Anyhoo, I switched off the news and having been lucky enough to buy a new-to-me car, I can now listen to downloaded radio shows – or podcasts as the hepcats say, Daddio ๐Ÿ™‚ – without A) having to faff about with wires, and B) when Google’s in a good mood, it’ll listen to my request.

As I drove along, I was struck by the thought that sometimes, things do get better. Sure, there’s the occasional pang of trans-based regret, but pushing that aside, I don’t do bad, all things considered. Sure, I’ve not had a raise in many a moon, but I have more choice over my work, and dare I say it, this last two years, I’ve enjoyed going to work. Okay, as much as having to get out of bed before 10am and put the hours in, but compared to other gigs, this one is just fine thank you.

Likewise with the car situation. My little car might not be the fastest, the most expensive, but it does what I need it to do: take me and Little Miss to school and back on a morning. Then, I pootle through the post-school run traffic down the ring road to work. I might queue a bit on the way back, but the podcasts keep me company, and the stop/start & automatic gears make for a comfy if a sometimes slow ride home. Still, it’s a lot better than taking the bus. What a faff that is. ๐Ÿ™‚

Talking of good fortune, some of you over on Facebook were kind enough to wish me many happy returns. The Jones Massive celebrated with a particularly tasty curry at our local, and as the kids have got bigger (and hungrier), the bill was somewhat higher than expected. Still, it’s all good in the long swing of things.

My folks had bought me some booze and a voucher for TopMan. I had a look, but nothing really grabbed me online. But wait, aren’t TopMan part of the same group as Dorothy Perkins? Ten minutes later I’d found a pretty nice dress (in the sale too!) and a sheer Kimono top. I tapped the voucher code in and the Shopping Fates smiled.

Skip on a few days, and I even managed a quick try on when I was working from home on Thursday. It seems an age since I’ve worn such a pretty number and it did my spirits the world of good.

Clearly, I should work from home more often. ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care,


    1. I tried being self-employed, but I just couldn't get the staff. ๐Ÿ™‚ Jokes aside, I have looked at the idea briefly, although I'm not 100% sure I've the skills and contacts to make it work. It's easy to *ahem* just turn up, but maybe one day.

      Ideally I'd like my current wage, but not have to turn up. [ Brexit gag goes here ] ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. face recognition software works on the contours your face, its not going to get confused by a wig. Now if you manage to alter the refractive index of your face you might get some where.

    Pity about the colour of the flowers on that dress they should be white instead of red.

    1. Thanks anon. So if you only have you photo taken from certain angles, face recognition maybe less certain? ๐Ÿ™‚

      B&W flowers are so last season, darhlink ๐Ÿ™‚ Jokes aside, big flowers are supposed to be in, at least, in lieu of my preferred ditzy print. Still, the red makes for a pleasant change, IMHO.

  2. As I understand it, the Apple face recognition uses a technology similar to the MS Kinect, so it works on more than simply looking at the picture.

    That said, also as I understand it, it's more of a stop gap as they couldn't fit the fingerprint scanner where they wanted it to go ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was more worried by being able to unlock the phone whilst being unconscious. But, thinking about it, there is no difference between the face scanner and a fingerprint scanner…

    The big issue for me would be that if my phone buzzes I can pick it up and it's unlocked to sneakily check why it buzzed without being distracting in a meeting. Compare that with having to hold the phone in front of my face…

    Again, many happy returns! Happy shopping!


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