Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Getting the day off to a proper start

Well, what can I say? Right now I'm trying to be in my way to work. But Pierce Transit isn't having anything of it.... Took the route 410 to Puyallup, abd has a half hour layover while waiting to connect to the route 402 to Federal Way. The problem is there are two 402s that stop here. One to Federal Way, one to Graham. Guess who got on the one to Graham.

Long story short, I'm late to work. What a way to start my day....

Monday, July 28, 2014

Yet another decision I'll soon regret...

So I upgraded my tablet yesterday. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 had served faithfully since I got it from Wally World. But I felt it was time to upgrade. And Sprint had a special. A Galaxy Tab 3 with 4g data. For free. With a contract of course...

So of course I bit it and got one. I only have 1gB off data a month for it, but that's more than enough for what I plan to use it for. If I'm going to Netflix on the bus, or stream the game I'll do that on my phone (unlimited data). But for the occasions where I want to blog or Facebook on a bigger screen, this will do fine.

Underneath the hood, my new tablet has a faster processor, twice the space as my old tablet. And of course internet access.

And yes, I've rooted it already....

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On recent events of late

Violence is never acceptable. Be it in Ukraine or in Gaza, it only does harm. Killing people in retaliation for killing one or a few persons or to fulfill your hubristic nationalist ego is pointless. Sure you can take down your intended target, but at what cost? What good will it do to your cause to shoot down a civilian airliner with almost 300 people on it, all of whom had nothing to do with your dispute? Why do you feel the need to launch rockets on a daily basis into Israel? Why do you feel obligated to deliberately target a hospital? Why do you have to kill over 600 Palestinians (and in fact, kill more children than your total casualties)? I'm not going to take a side in any of these conflicts. One upon a time, I would've taken up a side, but those times have since past. War is very rarely justified, and I will not be an advocate for violence. War is evil. Violence is evil. If anything, I condemn all the parties. There are ways to get your point across (sanctions, embargoes, etc...). Deliberately targeting civilians is not one of them.

When it comes to Ukraine and Gaza, I’m not going to just single out one side for condemnation. I condemn all sides. If someone kills one of your people, and you retaliate by killing one of theirs, then you’re really no better than them. We’re all grown adults. We can solve our problems without killing each other. To quote Rodney King: “Can’t we all just get along?”

Violence. Is. Evil. Period. Any questions?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A replacement

When I got my HTC One last January, this first accessory that I ordered before it was even delivered was a case. Namely an Otter Box Defender, which was purchased from Worst Buy. It works well. I like the high-impact plastic case, the screen protector *and* the silicone outer skin all serve to keep my $600 phone damage and scratch free. I use the belt clip to keep the phone on my backpack’s should strap (mainly so when I’m playing music through my bluetooth, the signal doesn’t cut out.

It did it’s job well. Though through the months, it started to show its wear, mainly from me trying to take it off and put it back on too much. I started noticing that more than a couple of the latches were broken on it. So long story short, I had to replace it last week. But it’s better to replace a $30 casae than it is to replace a $600 phone. And yes, I did replace it with another Otter Box Defender.

This time, I’m not taking it off…

Monday, July 14, 2014

So I got my TV a week ago…

Well, a little bit more than a week ago. I still need to get the tv stand for it. You may ask, what kind of of TV did I get? I got a Sony WEGA. It is a projection type tv. So, it is a big screen tv, but it is also, well, big. But it is an HDTV, and an improvement over what I had before. Down the road this may prove to be poor judgement on my part. I maybe shouldn’t have done it.

But a deal is a deal. And I agreed to it. I may get buyer’s remorse, but I’ll still live up to my end. It’s all about responsibility….

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I’ve possibly used poor judgment of late…

No, I haven’t done anything criminal. Nor anything morally compromising. A couple of weeks ago, I got a text from a friend wanting to sell his TV. It is a 60-inch monster. Went to mutual friend, and after telling him about it, we proceeded to have fun mocking the first firend. And then I thought, that I could use an HD tv. And he’s willing to take payments. So I bought it. I had already aggreed to buy his printer, so this was added to the deal.

About the tv:

  • I don’t know much about it other than it’s a Sony 60 inch tv. And it’s coming with a stand. We have a 36 inch set in the living room so I know it’s going to be huge. To that end, I’ve spent most of my day cleaning my room (those of you who truly know me would know that this never happens. Today, I threw out a complete computer desk (which I bought from this same person back when I was working for him), and I threw out another tower (a pII tower that I had tried to turn onto a pIII tower, but I never was able to get working as such. In fact, I never got it work for what I had intended for it)…

And about the printer:

  • I got a Lexmark Impact S305. Run of mill multi-function printer. Similar to what I’ve always had (like my Canon MultiPass C755 [rip]and my Canon Pixma MP250). Except for the fact that it’s wireless. Once you’ve set it up on the Wi-Fi, all you need to do is literally plug it in, turn it on & and you can print. Which means I could probably have it out in the other room. But I’ll keep here in my room for now. And I really like the individual ink colors. I hate having to replace the enitre color cartridge just because I ran out of one color…My other printer, the Pixma MP250 still works. But I may retire it to in-the-closet spare status just for lack of space in my room. USB cables can only be so long…

Well, this may down the road prove to be poor judgement on my part. But then again, I was at Wally World pricing 60 inch TV’s and they were all over 4 figures. SO it may be a bargain. We will see. It arrives on Sunday…

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tempering Your Dreams With Reality...

As you might be able to surmise, I've had much to think about in recent times. I think it is an understatement to say that I have a very active imagination. Sometimes that can be a good thing. That is where creativity can spring forth from. It can also be not so good. One can get so caught up in it that one becomes delusional. It is a good thing to dream high, but you must also be aware of reality. As the recently passed Casey Kasem put it, keep your feet on the ground but keep reaching for the stars. It is good to follow your dreams (if we let the dream die, then what is the point of waking up?). But it is not good to let your dreams rule over you. I think everyone at one time or another has thought about having comic book superhero powers even just for one day. But in the end, you must face reality and realize that not every dream is feasible. If you keep holding on to the unrealistic dreams, then they become delusions. And when reality hits, it is all that more a severe blow. And it will. To dream is good. But you must also be realistic, and temper your dreams...

For the past few months, I have been trying to follow my dreams. And the reality is I'm getting nowhere. I tried to rationalize by saying that I had not been outright rejected yet, and so there was still hope. But one must realize the difference between clinging to hope, and fostering an obsessive delusion. Hope is a good thing. Sometimes an obsession can be, too. But delusions never are, especially when there is a potential to hurt someone. I can have hope, but I also have to aware of which way the wind is blowing and adjust my sails accordingly. I have yet to see, hear, or receive a response from her, and with that in mind, I’m going to step away from this for now. Maybe someday, I’ll try to reach out to her and regain the friend that I fear I may have lost over this.

In my previous post I touched upon respecting her privacy, and with that in mind, this will most likely be the last that I mention her here. I kept her identity in pectore, and I will keep it as such. I’ve spoken (or written) my peace on the matter, and any more would be beating a dead horse, causing more harm than good. Having said that, I really don’t have any regrets about posting what I’ve posted. I couldn’t hold it in any longer.

And I had to at least try….