Dec
9
2017

My Dumpster Diving Vlog 1

The Chinese idioms says “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” or “你的垃圾,或许是另一个人的宝藏” became true recently for me.

Life had been hard recently when youtube decided to punish small youtube creators like me making it harder for videos to be visible or suddenly flag your videos for “not suitable for monetisation”.

So I had to think of other ways to spend my time making more money, yes I can do UberEats or some other options but I need some freedom & excitements and have the ability to give to others when I can.

I happen to come across a Facebook group call “Freegan in Singapore” that promotes dumpster diving to find food that supermarkets threw away to eat.

The news picked up the story and ran with it.

So on 1st December 2017, I went downstairs to search for “treasure” that other people threw away.

At first I am very disappointed to find nothing interesting but eventually I got surprised at the number of furnitures, old television sets, toys, stationary and other stuffs that’s useful being thrown away.

The secret is timing, not many people are cleaning their homes during the day time in weekdays but holidays & weekend are the best time to go hunting for objects below HDB flats.

Unfortunately, not many people sort out the useful & extremely awful stuff for dumpster divers hence I usually prepared a work glove to handle the messy stuff.

My usual dumpster diving carry bag contains the following

  • Small torch light that uses rechargeable 18650 batteries to shine into dumpsters
  • Recycle reusable bag
  • Small portable fan that uses 18650 battery to cool down when weather is hot
  • One or two work gloves for cleanliness
  • My usual sling bag for other stuff like wallet, extra 18650 batteries, keys, coins, smartphone
  • Electric Unicycle for fast & efficient patrols

Knowing my own limitations to carry heavy stuff, I won’t grab large furnitures but small ones like broken chairs or mini-tables are treasure to me.

Then come the treasure of “just expired” food thrown away by people, it’s like water found in the desert and such trash are usually gone VERY QUICKLY.

Warnings thou, some expired food are not friendly to your health… The key is to identify the type of expiry date written there.

Best by date means best tasting date, after that the taste may be weird but it won’t kill you.
Use by date is similar to best by date but do check for foul smell & taste
Expiry date is normal date that it will be spoiled but some dry food doesn’t go bad that easily.
Manufactured date is NOT expiry date so double check for used by or expiry date.

Do taste but not swallow to find out if the food is NASTY sour, visually inspect if it’s mouldy, bite and see if it’s rock hard, smell if it smells sourish, and if it’s any of the above…spit it out and wash your mouth…and throw away that food.

For certain stuff that I find is not useful for me or my family, I will either give it away if it’s cheap or put on Carousell and sell it cheaply.

I found the act of going out to find “treasures” can be tiring but rewarding for certain nights either by finding the right loot or have a great exercise even with electric unicycle.

Rules that I have for myself are the following

  1. Only take stuff near a rubbish bins or in a pile of rubbish or in a rubbish bin/recycle bin
  2. Never take stuff near homes as sometimes they just put out in public for their own use
  3. Always give away cheap but useful stuff that I don’t need or cannot consume fast enough
  4. Never take stuff that old folks are taking like cardboards
  5. Have fun

I’m still relatively new at this dumpster diving but I feel it’s the freedom & excitement of finding loot that’s useful or valuable make me keep coming back for more…if you don’t mind the smell & getting a bit dirty.

This hobby is not for everyone especially those who work daily may be too tired to do this hobby but I feel great when giving away stuff that others may need and finding something useful to enrich my family & my life.

After this blog post, it’s time to go downstairs just like those RPG games to find loot boxes & open them to find treasures that other people left behind.

Dec
3
2017

You won’t believe what I found in my 2nd Dumpster Dive!

The housing estate near me is like the gold mine of dumpster divers! I found a few items that cost a lot being thrown away…with minimal damage!

Dec
3
2017

Just discovered Facebook Jail.

I had just discovered the possible reasons for being restricted from posting to groups or join any groups even if the group is created by you.

Facebook Jail.

Not technically a real jail but something equivalent for Facebook as a way to restrict your ability to post things.

How? It seemed that anyone can report YOUR post(s) to send you into Facebook jail without human oversight…it can be anyone like your friends trying to troll you, your mortal enemy, your colleagues, fellow Facebook group member(s) or someone just don’t like you.

It’s similar to the phenomenal of Swatting where members of the public can hoax report a crime and request the swat team assistance to break into the house of live streamers who have revealed their home address to public…and viewers can see live the whole event taking place…as swat team cuff the live streamer.

The question now is, does trolls falsely reporting you to Facebook for spam or other violation to throw you into “Facebook jail”, a violation by itself?

Does Facebook PUNISH anyone who falsely report people for violation?

Is there any human oversight for flagged posts to see if it’s indeed a violation before implementing the punishment?

IF there are ZERO human oversight to verify if the flag post is a violation, does it mean ANYONE can bully their enemy or bully victim(s) RANDOMLY just because they can?

However, all these are still considered as speculation as seeing how secretive Facebook is when punishing their users…with ZERO REASONS GIVEN.

Hell, I can claim any conspiracy theories out there from illuminati, New World Order, Alien invasion, Alt-Right Nazi, or Artificial Intelligence had finally taken over Facebook and used it as they wish…to punish people randomly…and throw them into Facebook Jail.

The truth is out there…until Facebook can clarify their reasons for the ban.

Dec
2
2017

When social networks or giant online website goes against you…

Have you try contacting major internet websites like youtube, Facebook, google+, twitter for whatever reasons?

Did any human try to contact you and resolve the issue in a satisfying way?

99.9% I feel is nope, but I may be wrong.

Facebook currently punishes content posters or online sales people trying to make a living posting in Facebook groups they created themselves…by banning them from joining or posting in ANY GROUPS including those they made themselves.

That above is my assumption or maybe it’s because someone reported your posts in their groups…I simply do not know exactly how Facebook consider as violation of their rules or policies.

I checked my activity log just before I got the notice of restriction for posting or joining groups for 7 days.

From what I see…I had shared 3 postings. One to my secret group, one to a relevant group, another to my timeline.

THAT IS ALL I share the same link 3 times, is that the maximum someone can share the same link in a MAJOR social network like Facebook?

Does it mean in order to SHARE more…I have pay Facebook for “boosting” that link like those freemium games on mobile phones?

I feel someone in Facebook need to resolve this issue ASAP else Facebook will be losing my content over time…and more people who are influencers will leave if many of them face similar problems.

Solutions Facebook can implement.

1. Transparency – at least tell me what had been flagged as the problem so I can prevent it from happening…now I can only speculate it’s the 3 posts…which is not a lot.

2. Is it a mistake by Facebook? Check the appeals by HUMAN employees and remove the restrictions with apology for the machine learning mistake. Apology should have some kind of weight like few dollars worth of boosting advertising off….for the next boost.

3. Before implementing a punishment like ban….get a human to verify the flag before implementing the ban.

4. First ban should not be a week, it should be one day and slowly increase…for repeated offences. The problem is there are ZERO reasons given for the ban…that makes it more likely to repeat the mistake.

5. Is it a virus, before the ban…I got an message from a friend claiming the link to be a virus…which I had clicked…but so far nothing had been sent by me in Facebook messenger…so I am not sure if it’s the cause. Facebook should disable any link that’s reported to be virus…to be able to send via Facebook messenger.

6. Human Facebook employee to reply to help group common questions, someone empowered to resolve the problem must reply to common questions so that the problem doesn’t repeat.

Dec
2
2017

Is Artificial intelligence going to kill us all in the future?

Terminator T-800 Skelettrequisite in typisch bedrohlicher Darstellung. Ausstellung in Japan.

Terminator T-800 Skelettrequisite in typisch bedrohlicher Darstellung. Ausstellung in Japan. https://www.flickr.com/photos/31029865@N06/14810867549/

 

I’m starting to think using AI machine learning to block, ban or restrict human usage of social media is the beginning of the end of human race.

 
Imagine the government using AI machine to create robots to prevent crimes, but when the AI machines made a mistake and kill a human…the government will say it’s trying to improve…over time…learning from mistakes.
 
But who will be responsible for the mistake(s)?
 
Why can’t there be accountability for the mistake(s)?
 
Youtube is using AI machine learning to gather videos that violate their policies…but end up punishing innocent videos creators from earning their livelihood.
 
Facebook is using some kind of machine learning to curb human from violating it’s policies but blocked innocent people from using it’s platform instead.
 
Why can’t these social networks employ more human check on the “violation” flagged by AI machine learning BEFORE triggering a punishment?
 
Maybe one day the government unleashed it’s killer AI drones to kill anyone who like any hate speech video to curb terrorism…but decided to kill innocent users of that social network instead.
 

That will be the worst case scenario which may be the day when the AI machines take over human….maybe time to go cold turkey and use less social networks.