Welcome to the new home of “An Irene Thing.” Posts have been imported from our original installation and we’re all set for business.
In case you’re curious, the header image is a photo of the Oculus, the PATH station/shopping mall at the World Trade Center. I took this picture right before Christmas. Here is another interesting view from inside the Oculus:
This blog originally lived at blog.irenesmith.com but I have (finally!) gotten a domain just for An Irene Thing. Hope you enjoy your visit here. If you had bookmarked blog.irenesmith.com, please update your bookmark now because in the near future, the old blog will go away.
When I began getting messages from friends telling me that my Facebook account had been hacked, I immediately went on Facebook and started looking around. I quickly discovered that someone had set up a Facebook account using my name, my profile picture, and even the same cover image as my real account. They had then started sending friend requests to my friends. Luckily I have some pretty smart friends. Continue reading “Accept no Imitations”
Why is it that, when it comes to social media, normally intelligent people are willing to believe anything they read? Not only do they take it at face value, they pass it along, clogging the news feeds of all of their friends and acquaintances. Here is a sample:
It used to be that if you submitted an article, story, book proposal or novel and you hadn’t been rejected, there was still the possibility that the publisher was just running behind. Until you actually got that piece of paper (or email) that said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” there was still a chance. You would check your mail or your email every day and tell yourself, “Well, no news is good news. Maybe I’ll hear next week.”
I am really excited to report that my book, Dreams in Transit, will soon be released through Smashwords. If you have a Kindle or use the Kindle reading app, this isn’t really a big deal. After all, the book has been available for Kindle since I first published it along with the paperback book three years ago. On the other hand, if you have a Nook, Kobo, or like to read books in Apple’s iBook format, you were out of luck until now.
It seems lately that the incidence of virus-laden emails has skyrocketed. I’m referring to unsolicited email messages that include an attachment.
I don’t know if it’s a trend or if I just noticed it, but the spammers who send virus-infected emails have absolutely no creativity. I began to count the subject of these messages when I noticed about 20 emails with the subject “Report” and an attachment. Continue reading “Attachment Issues”
I’ve written several posts about my problems with New York State of Health and Affinity Health Plan. Today I want to write what I hope will be the last entry in this miserable saga. In a nutshell, I lost my health insurance at the beginning of this year. Whether the fault lies with Affinity or with New York State of Health, my health insurance policy was canceled. The problem is that, once it was canceled, it took six months to get it reinstated.
I came across this little story when I was looking for something else. It was originally submitted to a contest (which it clearly didn’t win!) so I thought I’d share it here. This is not fiction! It actually happened.
My son, Matthew, loves superheroes. Even now, when he is almost twenty, he is crazy about the heroes of both the Marvel and DC universes. Fortunately, Matt still loves this story and sees the humor in it, even now that he is a grown-up or I couldn’t tell it to you. I guess the subtitle should be, “Matt and his (short) Web Swinging Career.