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Another trunk or treat

Tonight was trunk or treat at St. John Vianney. Henry went as Mario and Samantha went as Princess Peach. It was only fitting that I went as Luigi. It was a lot of fun watching the kids run around and seeing the costumes. I also got a kick out of the comments we got. I am also pretty sure there were a few confused children. Hopefully, mom and dad can go over the real/not real/guys in a costume thing again. :-) If only we could have found a costume for mommy in the same theme.

After the trunk or treating was done there was a movie for the kids. We stayed for part of it but people got antsy and we ended up leaving. The one disappointing thing was the room was very nice for the movie. Apparently, it was setup for a teen group but almost no came and so it mostly sits unused. :-( I hope that they can find a way to put it to use and get more kids involved in the parish. There just seems to be so few kids who come.

Pudge Gross

We finally picked up Pudge. It was a bit of a hike since the foster family was in Byron near Flint. We had been led to believe there would be home inspections and such so we weren't really prepared to pick him up. However, when we got there they were ready to send him home with us. It felt kind of silly saying, hold on we've got to go find a way to pay for this guy. We ended up running into town to get cash so we could pay them. We than had to find a pet store so we could get enough gear to make it home. The fun part was watching him in the car. He loved it. He knew exactly where is stop in the middle was so he could lay down and sleep or get up and look out the front window.

Sad but Funny

I ran across this a couple days ago. One the face of it, it is kind of funny. People start to actually exercise their rights and the system just cannot handle it. However, it turns sad when you realize how few people actually care about their privacy, despite claims to the contrary. If they truly cared they would not have given it to the world. What do people expect?

At work we long ago figured out that if there's a field on a form than most people will fill it in. We do not not need to require anything. However, if we do not want data collected it requires changes in software and diligent monitoring of staff. Folks are obsessed with hoarding data no matter the value.

Information is power and computers are not people they won't forget like we do. I wonder if the best privacy laws should require erasure instead of disclosure. It would certainly require some change in the way we do business but no more so than actually complying with disclosure rules requires.

If you're curious about more Facebook and their data retention, you can look at europe-v-facebook.org.