Saturday, February 10, 2018

Moose in the Mist

I apologize for my absence.   I'm having all kinds of problems with my keyboard.  I'm once again joining Rike at Rike's Art this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Animals A to Z.

Today I have a page I call the Moose in the Mist.

Once again, I didn't draw this moose, but colored the sentiment.

Somehow I never realized the moose was considered a deer.  I guess I can't exactly argue with the dictionary, can I?

This is a beautiful creature though, and those antlers are incredible.

I did very little to create this page in my Challenges altered book, other than find the image in a book I picked up at the art museum book sale last year, and add the dictionary definition, as well as the sentiment I colored.

I also want to share a lecture I recently attended at one of our local libraries.  I think it is quite relevant to all of us who are on social media sites like Blogger.

I'd never been to this library and drove by it the first time I looked for it.

I was trying to show the patterns on the pavers, 

but no matter where I stood, the star pattern didn't show up.

This was the library, but the workshop was being held in a room off to the side.

This was a workshop on security.  Not just internet, but all kinds of security.

Whether by e-mail, a phone call, or text, the idea of the con/scam is to part you with your money.

It's wise to have a secure e-mail that is off the grid.  It's best to not let anyone get to you via your phone, either.

This is how the con gets your information.  They scare you into acting irrationally.

I used to get those warnings when I was using Windows.  Now I don't have that problem because I run Linux.

This scam also happened in a county just east of Wichita, recently.  Someone in their county office opened a file that led to the shutdown.   The county had to pay the hacker or take the chance of losing vital information, like tax, property, and personnel records.

A similar ransomworm recently infected Equifax, one of three consumer credit reporting agencies.  Its monumental data breach exposed the personal information of over 145 million people, which included Social Security numbers.  I've never been concerned about my credit, because I don't buy anything on credit, but I know this affected a lot of people who were duped by Equifax into believing the hack wasn't as severe as was reported.

If for some reason, your computer IS infected, you should have a good back-up, like thumb drives that contain your information.  Be sure the thumb drive is removed after each back-up session.

One final thing I learned was if YOU have a smart phone, iPhone, or Android, there is a Skype app you can get for that phone.  That means you would be able to talk to anyone or any phone in the world for FREE whether they have Skype or not.

As I was preparing to leave, I took a photo of this wood-carved and hand-painted statue made from a tree that had been cut and designed by Gino Salerno.

Though he's perhaps best known for his statues, he's made some changes with how he showcases them. The colorful fixtures were staples in many Riverside parks for years, but a rash of thefts and vandalisms in the early 2000s prompted Salerno to shift focus to making them for private collections.  This one was salvaged before it could be damaged.

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Thanks for joining me today at Art Journal Journey and the Security workshop at one of the libraries in my city.  And thanks for visiting and being supportive of my art.  I'll be by to visit when my computer keyboard quits acting up.

21 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Yes, Moose are wonderful animals. We don't have them over here, at least not living in freedom. That must have been an interesting talk at the library, there are so many wicked people trying to fool us out there. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

Rike said...

A very beautiful picture of the moose! Not only in North America, but also in North Europe (like Sweden) and North Asia to find (says Wikipedia).
I think this was a very interesting workshop in the library! I see a little bit of the star pattern - you would need a helicopter to photograph the whole pattern :)
Incredible statue made from a tree - very impressiv!
Thank you for joining in with such an interesting entry to Art Journal Journey today!
Wish you a happy weekend! Rike x

CJ Kennedy said...

I didn't know moose were considered deer. Very *big* deer. Can you imagine seeing a moose come out of the mist? I think that would be very scary.

Thanks for posting the things about Internet security and the things to do to keep safe.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your page is beautiful ! Nature is so beautiful and wise. The moose looks so pretty I love the colors - you made a wonderful page with it.
I think they are all relatives-- all this animals with antlers and horns - but all the names and classifications are human things, we are the only ones who categorize everything in the world and think we know all... but we no nothing at all!
And we are able to transform everything what is originally positive ( like the internet - what an interesting workshop !) into the negative.
I love the library entry - this looks so organic and like an entry to wisdom ---super!
Have a great Saturday my dear Co-Admin!
Thank you for all your hard work - I appreciate it very much and thank you for your tipps!
Next week our school holidays are over and I hope to have more time for art and blogging and visiting all my friend's blogs!

oxo Susi

froebelsternchen Susi said...

And good that the work of this amazing wood- carver is now safe. Beautiful artwork!

Meggymay said...

Its a wonderful page and the moose looks an awesome animal, so much bigger than the deer we see in the UK.
It must have been an interesting talk at the library, which looks s great building from the outside.
I never believe or reply to anyone on the internet that I don't know. Its the same for our internet server we get mails and cold calls , we contact them, everything else is trying to get access. There is an unbelievable amount of e.mails of this nature popping in to many of our mail boxes.
The carving looked lovely, such a shame that folk cannot respect the work of others.
Yvonne xx

kathyinozarks said...

I love your moose page the county library has a big book sale in March which I have not attended in several years now I may do that-look for a book to alternate.
your libraries share some very interesting programs-that is really good of them-This one sounded interesting. thanks for sharing the carving-that is so sad they had gotten vandalized
Happy weekend Kathy

Lisca Meijer said...

What an interesting exterior (and colourful) your library has. I found the security advice very valuable although I knew those things already.
I love the Gino Salerno statue. What a shame they got vandalized.
You say you have problems with your keyboard. I have keyboard problems on my old laptop which I use for T for Tuesday. I use an on-screen keyboard. Just Google 'how to find on-screen keyboard for Windows 10' (or 7 or whatever you have got). It saved my bacon. Now I can write blogs when I am away from home.
Hope this helps you,

My name is Erika. said...

Loving the moose. I tried to paint a moose and it came out more like a reindeer. :) You will be seeing it if I can figure out what to do with the rest of the page since Mr. Moose-reindeer doesn't take up the whole page. I like moose (except the threat of running into them with your car). We occasionally see them around my house when they wander out of the forests. I almost hit a bull moose in my car a few years back-thankfully my daughter screamed and I slammed on the breaks. And that library is gorgeous. Wow. I love the image over the door-you wouldn't see anything like that here. I think we can all use internet security info too. have a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

Cindy McMath said...

Wonderful moose page Elizabeth! What a majestic animal. And you’ve put him on a lovely background.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I love this moose picture! I love that you made it a blue moose. Somehow it suits the creature. I also didn't realize a moose was a deer.
Thanks, too, for the tips from the security workshop.

Jeanie said...

Interesting trip to the library. Lots to take away from that workshop.It has a beautiful facade. Very handsome page with your moose.

craftytrog said...

I love your moose Elizabeth, he's a very majestic fella!
Good to be reminded of how those wicked scammers work too.
Alison x

Sandra Cox said...

I LOVE your moose in the mist!
Isn't the architecture at the library fascinating?
This was a great post, dear Elizabeth.
I'm not familiar with Linux.
Have a wondrous weekend.

Divers and Sundry said...

I love the design of that library! I'm impressed they hold workshops like this. It's helpful to encourage people to be less gullible and more careful.

sheila 77 said...

That's a very fine Moose, Elizabeth. Fancy it being a deer.
We have a saying from my younger days in Scotland - "There's a moose loose in the hoose" but it refers to a different kind of moose (mouse, loose and house).
That must have been a very interesting talk about scams. There are all sorts of ingenious scams and telephone calls. I've even had an scam email from a close friend only it wasn't - the email address was different by one letter. Luckily I wasn't caught out, but I can see how easily it is to be fooled.

Beo said...

I love your moose anyway it it's a deer or not.
But you are probably right that arguing with a dictionary is senseless :)

Rita said...

I have never thought of a moose as a deer--LOL!
Sounds like an interesting and informative lecture!

Incipient Wings said...

what a great page..!!
love the blue.
So scary with all the terrible stuff that can happen online. I remember getting a virus found notification on my laptop last was pretty frightening, they look so legitimate. I did not click or call though:)
The entrance to the library is so interesting!!

chrissie said...

A wonderful page Elizabeth with a dramatic feel to it.

Good to learn about the bad on the Internet as well as the good.

Love Chrissie xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love the moose page! The lecture you attended was a very useful one! We have regular daytime TV programmes and also another one that is on one evening a week giving reminders on how easy it is to be tricked either in person, on the phone or online! Looking into the Skype tip when we can! A lot going on at the moment! Hugs, Chrisx