Social Media Matters?

I have to be honest, I don’t know whether to Be Kind or Wash my Hands. I am sneezing into my elbow here as I write but I think it’s due more to the blossom erupting everywhere than COVID-19.

A celebrity presenter died recently. She had clearly had enough of the gutter press rags and social media backlash and her personal life seems to have descended into freefall. Suddenly we’re all experts on depression, suicide, and Facebook has become a pulpit from which to preach.

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Is it me? Am I perhaps being unkind? The celeb in question was clearly distraught. However, she knew what she was doing. Anyone who decides to end it all is getting off the bus because they want to stop it. Stop the pain, stop the hurt, stop the mess their own life has become. I do know what I am talking about. She had the right to do that and I hope she is at peace.

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However, I really object to the preachers. I am kind – I think – but I don’t need to be told to be by a keyboard warrior with a halo. It’s giving me unkind thoughts! Help someone who is homeless, spend time with a lonely person, be nice to your kids, be a faithful partner, and stay the feck off Facebook.

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Coronavirus is making the world we live in resemble a bad disaster movie. We’re all a little paranoid. However, a €150 mask (€1.50 last week) isn’t going to do the trick, apparently, and neither is buying all the Vitamin C down in Holland and Barrett. Continue to share your tapas with those you love, kiss your kids, but stop the handshakes with strangers and wash your hands. We all know it – we’re grown up and all – but again, I don’t need Facebook to tell me. Nor do I need to read scare stories and invented ‘facts’. The viral fiction is moving faster than the infection.  Everyone’s an expert….

Maybe I should stay off Facebook….there’s an idea!

Keeping your Laptop Cool in Hot Weather

Flaming June! It certainly got hotter last month and July in Spain has started with mercury rising rapidly and us getting a little hot under the collar. Everyone back in Ireland and the UK think this means we just head to the beach – if only!
Workdays are still just that – and my laptop never gets a day off – it’s autonomo, remember?! 😉

So, I’m sharing a few hacks that keep my laptop cool whilst I whizz around social media– because believe me, if it stops – then there’ll be trouble!

1. You know how your glasses mist up? Well, your laptop does that too, on the inside. So when you move from aircon to heat it suffers. If you have to do that then close it down and start it up in the different temperature.

2. Treat it like the baby and the dog – don’t leave it in a hot car. Laptops have ‘safe’ ranges when it comes to temperature. 10 to 35 degrees Celcius are the safe limits.

3. Your screen won’t benefit from an all over tan so if you really have to work in the sunshine then sit in the shade.

4. Despite the name – don’t use it on your lap (says she typing on her lap) Use a cooler stand or your desk, beds are a no-no. Unless you want an indoor BBQ with you as the main meal.

5. Here in Spain up in the mountains we get, well, mountain weather, and a storm can appear out of nowhere. So remember to unplug your laptop and your router.

Autonomo – self employed