My daughter singing

My daughter seems to hum and sing a lot while in the house.  I could be in the living room with my laptop and she may be in the office drawing.  She hums.  She hums beautiful songs, most of wish she makes up as she goes.  I could listen to this stuff all day.  I love her so much.  Sometimes she sings lyrics too but mostly she hums.

I just find it amazing.  I’m glad she is so musical.  I hope I can listen to this for a long time.  It’s so good.

 

 


Cancer, Life, Stuff, Perspective

The last month has been very trying.  My mother-in-law has been in the MICU, and a week ago we didn’t think she would make it.  We were called in to have “the talk” with the doctors.  It sucked bad.  I love mymother-in-law so much.  She’s like a second mom to me.  Thanks to God we have been seeing her make small improvements.  Not really in a celebration mood yet, but we are being cautious.  We hope and pray that she keeps getting better and is then able to go to rehab and come home.  She has/had (not sure yet) Multiple Myeloma.

I’m so tired of cancer.  I truly hope that the entire cancer support system is not a racket….but a lot of me thinks that it is.  I feel like if we had a cure for cancer thousands and thousands of people would be out of a job and many drug companies and hospitals would go out of business and for that reason a cure is being suppressed.  That would piss me off huge considering how many people die of cancer trying to “fix” it with chemo and radiation treatment.  All I can hope is that God gives my mother-in-law some more life to live and it’s a happy life up to the end.

After seeing what she has gone through, I hope that when it’s my time to go, I go quickly.  I would prefer to die in a car accident or from a heart attack or die in my sleep. I don’t want to be in a bed in an ICU for weeks and weeks.

Death comes and goes every day.  We don’t think about it until it walks close to us or someone we love.  It’s a big deal.  It just makes you realize that most days what you are “concerned” about or “need” to get done, is probably no big deal.  We need to slow down and spend time with our family and friends; people we love.  The other shit can wait.  Be happy with what you have.  Most of us have enough stuff….and should probably share with folks who don’t.


Malaysia flight MH370 – something odd going on

This shit is getting ridiculous folks.  Somebody knows something about this flight and is keeping it “hush hush” due to some bullshit political reason.  You cannot tell me that China, Vietnam, India, and Australia (along with some other nations) would not have kept track of aircraft within a few hundred miles of their borders?  Along with that, the US Military has bases all over the place over there.  I would imagine at Diego Garcia (a military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean) they know what happened to that Boeing 777.  Who is not talking…and why are they not talking?

Funny that the NSA and Google probably know where I am at during the day, at any given time but we can’t find a huge passenger jet.  I feel like something is going on with this flight.  My gut instinct is that it didn’t crash.  My gut says that it turned all of the transponders off and landed at a remote runway, military or otherwise.  It was hi-jacked.  I think in a day and age where we have thousands of satellites and cameras all over the globe that we should know where a commercial aircraft is, even if it “crashed”.

I don’t think that flight 93 “crashed”.  I think it was shot down so it wouldn’t hit the White House.  I don’t think that flight MH370 “crashed” either.  I think it is on the ground some where with survivors and someone will be asking for ransom soon.  I hope this is actually true.  Better to have 239 people alive than dead.


Bitcoin

Hey folks,

Trying to see if I’ve done things right and I am putting this up to see if people can donate Bitcoin.  Not looking for anything huge, just something to see if it works.  Right now I don’t know anyone with BTC to even try this.

Here is my Bitcoin address: 1NEtv7yyzAYW7S3zuaXZyALbJeB8yTkLpB

MyBTC


iOS 7 – No Thanks

Yesterday I upgraded both my iPad 2 and my iPhone 5 to iOS 7.  I was really excited before it was released and thought it would just be another great Apple iOS upgrade.  In the past I have always liked the upgrades to the iOS as new versions came out.  There was never a time that I didn’t like it…..until now.  Today I reverted back to iOS 6.1.4 before Apple stops signing it.

 

Things I don’t like

  • Why is the text thinner?  It makes it harder to read.  I mean the text for all of the icons, the time, menus etc.
  • Why is the size of the time displayed at the top center of the screen smaller?  Was it done so they could replace the “bars” of the cellular signal with stupid dots?  The dots take up twice the width of the bars and look worse.
  • Why do you now have to swipe to the left to delete mail instead of to the right?  Zero reason this should have been done.  When you swipe to the right it just opens the message.  If I wanted to open it I would tap it.
  • Why did they make everything all white?  That is annoying as shit.  It is worse for your eyes and it looks like a damn Windows phone.  The menus are all white, email is white, the keyboard is a lighter grey and white.
  • Why do things need to be flat looking?  We spent all these years making things look so pretty and real in Windows, MacOS, iOS, Linux, etc.  It looks more appealing.  I would be OK with the flat look if everything wasn’t all one color or different shades of the same color.  It looks like crap.
  • Why is there no weather graphic when you pull down notification center?  There is only text telling you what the weather is like.  What is this, a DOS version of iOS?  Are pictures of clouds and rain or the Sun too much work?
  • The “recent apps” thingy is junk as well.  Now when you double tap the home button, instead of getting 5 or 6 icons of your recent apps you get 2.  Yeah, 2.  2 big square representations of your apps and to get rid of them or “close them” you have to slide them upward.  Great, now I have to scroll side to side 3 times more to see the same amount of apps.
  • Why when I choose a picture to use as my lock screen can I not make it as small as it used to be on iOS 6.1.4?  It keeps “bouncing back” to a larger size when I pinch it down to  a smaller size.
  • Why is the folder window so small.  I realize now you can scroll left to right to see more items in a folder.  However, it would easily hold 6 more app icons on the screen had they make the folder window a bit taller.
  • The little read badge icons that show you how many unread messages you have or how many app updates are available are harder to read.  Why?  Because there is no white border to cut down on the harsh contrast between the red circle and the app icon that it’s on top of.  In addition the number is too thin; Hell, all the fonts are too thin.  You would think that someone with ZERO design experience thought of this.  WTF?
  • No drop shadow behind the text of the app icons as well which makes it even harder to read on some of the shitty backgrounds and colors they give you to choose from.

Things I like

  • Control Center.  Perfect.  Wouldn’t change anything.
  • AirDrop.  Love it.  No need to “bump” phones.
  • Keypad buttons.  Round looks good.  They are nice and clean.
  • The clock app actually showing the real time on the icon itself.  About time.   I wish the weather icon was the same way.
  • The new compass app.  Awesome.
  • The fact that you can now move the damn Newsstand app into a folder so you don’t have to see it anymore.

I will not be upgrading anytime soon.  If I have my way, I’ll just keep using iTunes 10.7 and iOS 6.1.4 until they make major changes to iOS 7 or I switch to an Android phone.  Side note, iTunes 11 looks like shit and has less functionality and is less intuitive.  Whomever worked on iTunes 11 obviously also worked on iOS 7 too (probably not, but I’d like to think so).

I feel like if Steve Jobs was still alive this OS would have never been let out to the public looking like it does.  Jony Ive sure seems smart with his British accent and all but I’m starting to think twice after seeing this OS.  No thanks Apple.


Smartphones have made people dumber

RANT

I just watched a guy in my office walk at a rate of about 1 step every 3 seconds to cover about 50 yards.  He did this while typing with his thumbs on an iPhone.  He could have sat at his computer and typed the same email in about 1/4th the time and then walked normal speed to his meeting.  What the fuck are people thinking?  I don’t think that they are thinking at all.  They have become a slave to their phone and to the corporate world.  It’s a shame.

Yeah, I know it’s a common theme with me but it drive me nuts.  Put down the stupid electronic devices and live your life.  I have an iPhone and I do enjoy it, but I don’t let it run my life.  I don’t look at it when I’m the passenger in a car.  I don’t walk around looking at it.  Fuck that.  I have better things to look at while I’m out and about.  If I’m sitting at home then that is a different story.  When I’m having some “down time” I gladly look at my iPhone.  I don’t look at it all the time though.  People need to use it as a tool, or as a piece of entertainment.  Don’t let it use you.  Most people let the smartphone become their master.  Man, fucking quit that shit.

/RANT

 

 


I miss the old days

I miss the old days.  I miss the days before cell phones, before cordless phones, before DVD players.  It seems that people were a happier bunch.  We had to worry about drunk driving but not texting and driving.   If someone needed to reach you and you were not home, it was anyone’s guess where you were…unless you told them.  I remember being in college in the mid nineties and still using a pen and paper to jot down a phone number.  Nobody had a computer in class.  Email looked pretty much like DOS and you only used it at the school library or at home if you were “well off”.

I miss just going out for a drive and having no distractions.  You either talked to someone in the car with you or you just drove and enjoyed what was around you.  You took in the scenery.  Now you see people sitting at lights and they are just fucking with their damn phones.  People are missing some pretty cool stuff by not looking out the window.  People are too involved in their stupid social mediums.

I miss taking a road trip and using a road atlas.  Fuck GPS.  Too many people rely on GPS and can’t even read a map.   God forbid if they ever have to get anywhere without electronics.

I miss having the power go out and lighting candles and just hanging around the house.  Rarely does the power go out where I live anymore.  It is nice, don’t get me wrong but sometimes having the power out would be neat…like the old days.

Like Brooks said in the Shawshank Redemption “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.”  That’s the truth.


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