“No, Thursday’s out. How about never—is never good for you?” This line is the caption on a famous New Yorker cartoon that shows a business man speaking on the telephone, but completely sums up my attitude towards telemarketing. I especially don’t appreciate calls looking to find me a job. Being the retired guy, I am exposed to these calls all day long now. They are maddening. I’ve just added my cell to the do not call list, but since the land line has been on this list for years, I don’t hold out much hope for any relief there. I’ve begun manually blocking individual numbers, but since most call centers employ hundreds of lines, I’m not very optimistic about this approach either. I am considering an App to block these calls, but have not found one without a monthly fee. Does anyone out there in cyber space have any recommendations? Akismet this WordPress blog’s spam blocker is the gold standard of what I would like to get, which is both free and highly effective.
In the Boston Science Center there are two giant screens. Each is suspended beneath one of the two walkways that connect the museum’s Red and Blue wings. On each screen is projected a series of vignettes. Primarily, they show various animals. Their point-of-view is similar to that of the observer. You look up at them. These seemingly huge creatures appear to be walking on a glass surface, high above your head, through which the movies are shot. Because of the walkway’s length, a slide transition is used to segue between scenes. The gigantic creatures slide in from the left and exit to the right, causing one to crane your head to track them.