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Sounds of the ’80’s

Upon after the more laid back charm of the ’70’s we found the 1980’s to be somewhat speckled with tons of new talent.

Pop music was what it was and the music was found coupled with many more new technologies and it showed. MTV was a thing and one could sit for hours upon hours watching all of the latest new music videos.

The 80’s made an impact. The entire decade was full of all sorts of things we had never seen before, like for instance, cable TV making it’s way into rural America.

24 hour a day quick stops sprang up everywhere — Once just the lowly gas station with a sole soda machine out front converted to an over night quick stop that served up crusty burritos and a never ending choice of assorted bags of chips and gallons of fountain soda all for about a buck.

All the while in the meantime, music like this below was blaring on the FM radio.

The music of the ’80’s lives on and reminds us of times simpler than those of today.

Enjoy the music.

Mozilla prevents browser screenshot downloads of Twitter (X) content in Firefox (updated)

UPDATED: Tech editor Aimee Rand provided a solution for this issue in the comments section below.

Recently read a story over on the Fox News about possible clickjacking threats in some popular browsers. The article was primarily focused on the Firefox web browser and after reading it I went in to be sure that my Firefox browser had the latest updates.

After looking around a bit and knowing that my browser had just recently updated, I went away with confidence in knowing that Mozilla was still totally on top of their game.

A few hours later I was kicking it over on Twitter and I saw a Thanksgiving post from Glacier National Park (@GlacierNPS) that I thought to take a screenshot of so I could post it over to Facebook. Though I was able to take the screenshot, I was not allowed to download it. I immediately thought something was wrong and went into the Firefox about:config to see if everything was okay.

Everything was in order on that end, so I went over to Mozilla online to further troubleshoot the issue. At first I thought the problem was Twitter itself (because … you know … Musk), but upon after further investigation I realized that the problem was with Mozilla.

I went into the security settings of my browser and everything there was in order — Security protocols were in place just like always.

On a fluke I set the configuration to accept *dangerous downloads* — Bingo .. I was able to download a Twitter screenshot right after.

The takeaway here is that Mozilla considers even the screenshot downloads from Twitter to be malicious (dangerous). From that point I came away with the notion that instead of Mozilla being on top of their game, they were just way over the top.

Even with what I discovered with regard to Mozilla, I’ll continue to use Firefox.

Firefox screenshots are sharp and focused, whereas the screenshots taken on the Microsoft Edge browser are fuzzy and don’t present the quality that Firefox does. Plus, I’m not a big fan of the Blink rendering engine that all of the browsers use except for Firefox.

Everybody takes screenshots for different reason. Most of us aren’t all off into the sort of Gotcha kind of screenshots that political shills like to take however. I wish Mozilla would understand this. Also, having to set your favorite browser to accept possible dangerous downloads because of someone else’s irrelevant ideology is not really a very good look for Mozilla.

As an aside, here’s the screenshot I was talking about — It’s from Firefox:

Happy Thanksgiving

Does life really stop at 30?

Teens who say that life stops after you’re 30 should see me when I pull an even number of socks from the dryer.

There is more truth to that statement than anyone could ever know.

Sure, I remember when I was a teen — I thought 40 was older than dirt. What I didn’t know at the time was that life really didn’t start taking off (at least for me) until I was 32’ish.

What I think kids these days don’t understand is that life at 20-28 is simply the primer needed in order for one to hit his stride.

My advice to the youngsters is to sit back and enjoy the ride — Life doesn’t really start getting fun until you hit your 30’s

Pulling an even number of socks from the dryer is just an added bonus.

Morning Coffee

Every morning I get up at about 4 o’clock, make coffee, and then sit out on the front porch and watch the world wake up.

It’s sort of a routine in that it’s what the critters (dog and cat) come to expect.

During the quiet time while everyone is still asleep I’ll sit and ponder the goings-ons around the world.

As far as things like Israel and Palestine, I don’t really have an opinion on the matter except to say that what’s going on over there these days isn’t really anything new at all. Those people have been hating on each other for thousands of years. Since the business of what goes on in the middle east has been going on for so long, it’s hard for me to understand just exactly why everyone gets their noses all out of joint every time something happens over there.

Upon after having a couple of cups, I’ll come back in and get on the computer, wander over to the social sites, and drop some light hearted silliness for whoever happens to be following along.

The business of the M on Mount Sentinel being colored with Palestinian colors doesn’t bother me much — Kids do stupid shit all the time. I’m reminded of all of the protests back in ’79 when the Shah of Iran was admitted to the U.S. for cancer treatments — Everyone lost their ever loving minds over that too, all the while not knowing where Iran even was on the map.

In the end, the Shah got his cancer treatment and there wasn’t anything that anybody could do about it — The Shah still died by the way.


Just like this business with Israel — People will jump up and down and get their panties in a bunch and Israel is still gonna do what Israel is gonna do.

I don’t do politics much at all. When I think of modern politics I can’t help but equate it all to some sort of dysfunctional family somewhere. No one ever knows the truth about anything simply because politics isn’t ever grounded in the truth at all — Just a bunch of people running around trying to make their world better for themselves without a single thought given to anyone else in the room.

I do enjoy the critters though — Always surrounding me every morning over coffee while I sit and think of all of the stuff that folks somehow think is important, but really isn’t.

I think that this world would be a much better place if folks would stop going around poking their noses into everybody else’s business.

Nutcracker – Magical Christmas Ballet 2023

Coming to Great Falls, Wednesday, November 22, 2023 – 7:00pm at The Historic Mansfield Theater.

NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet boasts award-winning principal dancers and a corps de ballet of 40 Vaganova-trained ballerinas and danseurs who make the Holiday tradition for families across America uniquely special.

Averaging 100 performances during November and December, this phenomenon combines the highest caliber ballet with historic international theatrical traditions, 10-foot tall playful puppets, 9 intricately hand-painted backdrops and hundreds of exquisite costumes.

The ballet company has historically been made up of the top artists from around the globe, including Ukraine, Tokyo, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Germany, and more.

All seats are reserved and tickets are required for all ages.

Get your tickets today. https://nutcracker.com/buy-tickets/great-falls-mt/

Reserved seats:

$82 Gold Circle* (dark blue seats)
$72 (bright green)
$52 (dark red)
$42 (orange)
$32 (turquoise)

For more information about this or other events, you can contact Jack Allen at the Mansfield Box Office ticketing@greatfallsmt.net

You can also call: (406) 455-8514

The Mansfield Center For the Performing Arts Theater is located at 2 Park Drive South, Great Falls, MT 59401