I was checking my email this morning and came to the realization that Google was scanning (and that’s probably the very least) the content in emails from actual people I know. I realized this when an email I received of two jokes from a friend in the form of attachments. One attachment was called two walnuts, the other was something less specific. Now, after the attachments in the body of the message were three added clickable boxes – – intuitively I thought a good guess for these boxes was to send a quick seemingly appropriate response – – one said Yum!, the second said Yummy! and the third said, Thank you! These added little boxes aren’t present in emails from oh say, the bank, the airlines, Google travel or others…just from actual people I know. I’ve long suspected that there wasn’t any privacy attached to electronic communications like there is when you write a letter, put a stamp on it and mail it. It is still a federal law that opening someone else’s mail is punishable for up to 5 years in prison. But apparently email isn’t exactly mail. So I’m guessing that unless you have to pay a tax – like put a stamp on it – there will be no privacy in your email. Huh. Then I finished this piece and named it, The Privacy of Innocents.
My grandson wandered into my studio today.
“I like your painting,” he said “is it finished?”
“No, I have a long way to go – it’s just the beginning.”
Apparently this is where I was wrong. “Why is that violin dead, and why is the other violin holding it? Is she sad?”
Wow. Go figure. I know a lot of adults that won’t get it, but, ask a 7 year old.
My oldest son’s third wife’s birthday is next week and I barely know her. I bought her a nice little gift that has the added benefit of being equipped with RFID material to secure its contents (chips and such I guess.) I thought this little card matched perfectly.