Never seen this before. A mobile car repair shop. Pretty genius.
Until recently, I used Ghostery to block web bugs, but it turned out to be a data aggregator in the guise of a privacy tool, ouch, so I switched to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Privacy Badger to block web bugs.
Using Https, rather than http, offers privacy benefits by cutting out the middlemen. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, offers another browser extension that forces encrypted connections called HTTPS Everywhere. It is mostly applicable to Firefox, and it is installed as an extension.
AdBlockPlus is also an extension, and it has many copycats, so beware. The real tool has ABP in a stop sign and it is published by Eyeo
The Domain Name System, or DNS, is a great way to track users. DNS converts human readable names, like Facebook.com into numbers like 184.108.40.206.
Changing DNS is a little more technical than installing a browser extension, and two services offer an alternative to letting ISPs watch everywhere I surf, OpenDNS and Cloudflare.
Using an alternative DNS often speeds up the internet, as it routes web traffic through their servers rather than V*rizon, C0mcast, or whomever. For some years I have used OpenDNS, but they were bought by C!sco, and their vibe changed, but their service is still good for home users.
Passing these tubs of long lines, sitting outside the Fish Factory Creative Center, brought back fond memories of my dear friends in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Iceland was denuded of trees a thousand years ago, and more than a hundred years afforestation has been difficult and of limited success. One problem is the sheep eat the trees, so all forests must be fenced in, and this cool conveyance allows hikers like myself to cross the barbed wire unscathed.
The Fish Factory maintains a small connection to the local fishery, and here is the first catch of my visit.
The top image is the Atlantic Wolffish, which takes its name from its ferocious teeth. It also has a toothy plate on the roof of its mouth for crushing shellfish.
The lower photo are skate, which the fisherman showed me with enthusiasm. I did not understand his enthusiasm until he explained the fish were reserved for fermentation. They are put into plastic bags and set aside for six weeks to two months while they ferment. If I am lucky enough to be invited, I get a taste in a few weeks.
After the snow closed the road back to Egilsstaðir and my residency, I flew back from Reykjavik. It was a clear day, and the most beautiful flight ever. The view stretched from the Akureyri to Hofn, over the gate of hell, and past a tremendous dam.
From the airport I hiked across the fields into Egilsstaðir where I heard they had a lovely pool, and I was not disappointed. Iceland’s outdoor wintertime pools are the best. Egilsstaðir has a 25M lap pool, a 37-40 degree hot tub, a 39-42 hot tub, and a 37 degree shallow pool, and a 10 degree cold plunge in a wooden barrel. There was a sauna, but I did not explore it.
Natural mineral hot springs are a hobby of mine, but the civic pools of Iceland are a treasure, and they eclipse the wild pools of the New Mexico, California, and Colorado.
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