Inuit Cloud in Egypt Kills Violin #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsHappy Friday! I’ve had a pretty good week, and hope yours was the same or better. Lots of good stuff on the ‘net this week.

F’r instance, how about this story of an Inuit woman with no survival training who survived alone in the arctic after all the guys she came to cook/clean for perished? Taught herself to hunt and trap and cared for the ill one until he succumbed. I always adored stories like this, and I still do.

I seem to have misplaced the email, but somebody at Cloudwards recommended his site to me, so I went and looked at it. If you’re into working in the Cloud, I think this is probably the site for you and I recommend that you give it a look-see. Me, I’m like, Store all my important stuff on somebody else’s computer, where I can only access it if I have an internet connection? Not just no, HELL, no. YMMV

Have you ever wanted to go to Egypt, maybe tour a tomb? What am I saying — OF COURSE YOU HAVE! Well, now you can, and it won’t cost you a dime. Egypt VR has got you covered, dahlings. Go spend an hour or three, then sleep in your own bed. What could be better?

Well, I’ll tell you what could be better. This guy, that’s what. Thank you for sharing it with me, Beth Johnson, me old pal. Ara Malikian is my new imaginary fiddler boyfriend. #4 Daughter, The Amazing Sara Marian, watched this with me, and she was like, “This should be called ‘The Devil Went Down To Moscow’.” I was like, “This should be called ‘This Is Your Fiddle On Crack’.” He’s like the new Paganini. Brace yourself.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Does your main character like to travel or not? Is sleeping at home a factor?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Inuit Cloud in Egypt Kills Violin #FridayRecommends

  1. Dan Antion

    February 9, 2018 at 8:59am

    Love the survival story.

    You might be nudging me closer to writing another techno-geeky blog post about the Cloud. All of my writing is in the cloud and it’s really a good thing. Maybe I’ll break down and tell you why and then you can make fun of me and tell me that it’s OK because how big a loss would it be 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      February 9, 2018 at 9:04am

      I’d be interested in knowing why the Cloud is a good idea, because that seems counter-intuitive to me. Now, I DO have what I suppose is a cloud backup with SpiderOak, but I also back up to my computer and to an external hard drive. Not that MY work is so precious, but I’m the Editorial Manager for Per Bastet Publications, so I need to keep other folks’ work from vanishing.

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  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    February 10, 2018 at 2:28pm

    The Cloud is a backup that is NOT on your computer, in case your house goes up in flames, lightining strikes (and fries your computer), or you lived in Houston during Katrina or Harvey. Or you go on a vacation and a burglar removes your computer equipment.

    I use dropbox, let it do backups when I’m connected to the internet, and don’t worry that PC2 will get lost. I don’t think I’d have the energy to reconstruct any of my writing – and there are millions of words waiting for me to get to them.

    Just safety.

    Some people use the Cloud to work on the same files from different places, but I rarely leave home.

    The automatic stuff is easier than remembering to email yourself or someone else copies of important documents. It’s like a memory Guardian Angel.

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      Marian Allen

      February 10, 2018 at 4:20pm

      I do use SpiderOak as a Cloud backup, but just as a backup and for access from other machines. What I object to is WORKING in the Cloud and having my stuff ONLY in the Cloud. No, thank you. 🙂

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      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

        February 10, 2018 at 5:11pm

        Oh. I wouldn’t, either. Only for backups.

        Even if it were perfectly safe, I wouldn’t work on the Cloud. Too public? Out there? Not necessary?

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          Marian Allen

          February 11, 2018 at 7:58am

          After an ice storm one year, we were without electricity for 9 days. No electricity, no internet. If I had been trapped with no access to my work, I would have freaked! As it was, I couldn’t work on my devices because I needed to conserve the batteries, but I knew the work was HERE, available if I needed to get to it.

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  3. joey

    February 10, 2018 at 8:23pm

    That fiddler! WOW!
    I’m generally distrusting, so you can bet I don’t Cloud. I do have Scrivener, and even that worries me. Actually, even uploading to NaNo worries me… I worry. It’s what I do.

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      Marian Allen

      February 11, 2018 at 8:06am

      That fiddler! So many hawts!

      #4 Daughter used to call me “Worrywort”. I’m still a Worrywort. Medication helps me to stave off a meltdown, but nothing stops the worry. I even worry in my sleep. I think that’s part of why I write: I can control the story. Mostly.

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