February 29th, 2020

African flower crochet motif

Adverts on Facebook

I had an add-blocker on the browsers on the desktop computer, but haven't bothered to install it on the laptop and of course there isn't an adblocker for the tablet, so I've been seeing more Facebook ads in my newsfeed.

Some of them are even relevant.

Over the past six months or so I've actually caved in and bought 3 products after seeing the ads from companies I'd never bought from before. I thought I'd do a little review, so here's the first item, headbands from Hygge.

The ads are persuasive, showing women doing active things with their hair held back with the colourful bands. As it happens, I've started using headbands for keeping my hair off my face when out doing active things like hillwalking. I already had four Seasalt headbands which are lovely, but cost around £10 each. Hygge were advertising "Buy one get 3 free", which worked out at £4 each. The colours and designs were attractive too, brighter than the Seasalt ones.

After seeing the ads repeatedly and reading some of the comments, which were mostly favourable, I took the plunge. I was simultaneously pleased and disappointed. the colours are great and as cheerful as in the pictures, but I found them just a bit too tight (I do have a larger than average head) and so when I tried one the other day, it slid back in an annoying manner.

These headbands are basically just a tube of stretchy fabric and comparing the Hygge headbands with the Seasalt ones, the Hygge tube is longer and the diameter about 1/2 an inch less, Just enough to make the difference between just right and a little too tight.

My first thought was to see if I could stretch them in some way, but then I remembered a comment from a woman who said she'd found they contained too much fabric and she'd cut them in half. This worked brilliantly. With only half the amount of material, the band is thinner and thus more stretchy and so now I have 8 bands for the price of one!

Would I buy them again? I'll see how these go, but probably not. The Seasalt ones are better quality, which is reflected in the price, but I now have a great selection of colours and patterns to choose from and no need to buy any more in the foreseeable future.
computer typing

Why I'll never be a minimalist

The desktop computer told me that the version of Windows 10 it was running was no longer supported and it needed to update to a brand new version. I scheduled the update with a certain amount of trepidation, but (touch wood) it does seem to be running better. I'm not reverting to use it as my main computer, but by sharing the workload between the desktop and laptop, I have a workable system, particularly because I've discovered I can use the big monitor with the laptop.

I went out the other day to shoot some practice video. Many popular vloggers walk along, talking to the camera, and I thought I'd do some experimenting. When I came to edit the clips on the laptop, the colours looked rather too blue and I started playing around with some of the editing features in Shotcut that I hadn't used before. However, viewing the edited video that looked right on the laptop on the desktop screen, it was too orange.

The problem with the laptop is that the brightness of the screen changes if you move your head or change the angle of the screen. This isn't a problem if you're viewing something because you can adjust the screen angle so it looks right, but if you're trying to edit brightness, it's a big problem. But then I remembered that I'd seen people running a big screen from a laptop.

Simply unplugging the cable from the desktop and connecting it to the laptop didn't work because the fitting wasn't right, but we have a whole basket of cables that were not needed for our particular set up but were kept because they "might come in useful someday". And that day had arrived! There was a cable with the right connectors so I can plug the laptop into the big monitor when I need more accurate colour for video editing.