A Triple Happy Day

tnssThis has to be one of the happier days of my life.  First, I went to work to find my Apple Watch waiting for me on my desk.

Next my mom calls me and tells me she baked me some of her awesome famous oatmeal cookies.

Third, I find out that The Screen Savers is coming back!

Oh Happy, Happy Day.  It doesn’t get much better than this.

Being Black is a choice

blkmn1Stories about white police viciously beating black men are all over the news these days.  It may appear that these cops are deliberately targeting black men but the simple statistics show that there are more white cops than black.  There are more bad black men than there are white.  Simple logic dictates that there will be white cops busting black men.

There is no doubt that cops should not use unnecessary force on any man white or black.  There is definitely a problem here but this is not the root cause of this problem.  We are overlooking the fact that these bad black men should not be acting in such a manner that puts them in the position to be arrested in the first place.

There are two basic categories we can observe:
1. Men who are black
2. Black Men

There are Men who are Black:  Those men who are classy, educated, trustworthy, contributors to society.  These men are regular people who just happen to have black skin.

Then there are Black Men.  Men who not only have black skin but insist on ACTING black.  These are the ones who are out on the street wearing hoodies in the summer, tattooed and carrying weapons.   Here is where your choice comes in.  You don’t have to do that.  Acting this way will get you in trouble in one way or another.  If you want to be treated like you deserve then act accordingly.   If you insist on acting black then don’t complain when the consequences occur.

There is no racial discrimination due to the color of your skin.  We got over that decades ago.  The racial discrimination we are currently experiencing is the result of the way you are acting.  Normal people don’t like that and therefore have a bad opinion of you.

So stop it.  Be nice.  Be good.  Life is too short to be angry.

Remember when phone quality was good?

oldphnWhen I was growing up we didn’t have cell phones.  We had a regular phone that plugged in the the wall of your house.  You had to sit there by the phone on the floor in the hallway when you were talking to someone.  We were fine with that.

The best thing about those old phones is that you could hear and understand EVERY world that was said.  You didn’t have to keep guessing at what the other person was trying to say as the signal cuts in and out.

I’m about fed up with cell phone technology.  You would think by now that things would have gotten better.  Call quality has actually gotten worse lately.  I’m dangerously close to calling the phone company and asking for an old fashioned line so I might actually understand what people who are calling me are trying to tell me.  It probably wouldn’t help much because the people calling me are on cell phones.

I think the time of quality voice communication is over.  Maybe we should just give it up completely and move to texting and email.  I think I like that better anyway.

Why do people hate the Jews?

jwshThe news reports that violent antisemitism surged 40% in 2014.   I have a hard time understanding why the Jewish people are so hated across the world.  I’m not Jewish and I don’t really know anyone personally who is.  I’m sure some of them might be Jewish but they’re not very jewy.

I don’t see any good reason to hate them.  Sure they have strange customs but how horrible is that?  I would so love to belong to a group that has customs.  I’m just a white guy in Texas surrounded by Mexicans.  I’ve got nothing.

As far as I know, Jews don’t go around forcing their religion on others like Christians, Mormons and Radical Muslims.   They just keep to themselves and live a good life.  If we all did that the world would be a far better place.

I think antisemitism is based purely in jealousy.  The Jewish do well because they are smart and have good family values.  I think we could all learn a number of lessons from them.  We should all cut them some slack and mind our own business for a change.

What’s wrong with using a selfie stick?

slfystkSo what is wrong with using a Selfie Stick?   I’m not a big fan of taking selfies but I don’t see the problem with it.  It’s not like it’s anything new.  In the past you just asked someone else to take your picture.  Now you’re doing it yourself and not bothering others.  Big deal.

You want a picture of yourself with your friends or in front of some national landmark otherwise who would even know that you were there.  There has to be proof.  If there’s no picture then it didn’t happen.

People may argue that the selfie-stick takes up space but the Earth is large.  I think a person can be afforded a few extra inches of personal space every once in a while.  It’s hardly dangerous.  It’s not like people are whipping it around knocking over the Venus de Milo or injuring someone. The physics just aren’t there.

Others call selfies narcissistic.  Maybe, but that’s none of our business is it?

Personally, I can’t see myself ever owning a selfie stick.  If I need a picture of myself I use a tripod.  Of course that isn’t portable.

In the end, who cares?  Can’t we all just mind our own business and let others live their lives?

Laptop Acquired

dllptpI have laptop again.  A few months ago my old laptop died after many years of service.  I had planned on buying a new one but found out that work was going to give me one since I would be on call one Saturday each month for a few hours.

Cool.  After receiving my Dell Core i3 laptop I immediately swapped in a SSD that I had available and installed the latest Windows 10 technical preview.   I’m back in business.

Now I should be blogging more often again because it is more convenient not having to go upstairs to use the computer.  Blogging on my iPad just wasn’t easy enough.  I like the nice keyboard and flexibility of a computer.

So… Get ready for plenty of griping, advice, observations and thoughts.

Ordered the Apple Watch

aplwtchAs I planned, I placed my order for the Apple Watch.  It is disappointing that I will not be getting it until June.   I’m also disappointed that the only choice I had with the shiny aluminum body was the white band.  I wanted a black band because that’s just the color it is supposed to be.  I guess I’ll just buy a third party leather band later.  No.  I don’t want a blue, green or red band.  That’s for children.

All that aside… I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.  In June.

I bought the 42mm body because my eyes are getting old and every little bit helps.  It was only around $50.00 more.  I’m rich.  I can afford it.

Maybe it will come early.  Sometimes that happens.