Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Maybe Get Rid of Comment Sections?

I generally don’t like to read comments made on news articles. Maybe I’m a bit of a snob but I am surrounded by idiots and I don’t want to read their opinions on things.

Recently, a local man was reported missing. His body was then found. Things like this aren’t unheard of around here. What made this bit of news stick out for me were the reactions to it. Granted, most people commenting were expressing messages of sympathy but there were quite a few people who could not help but stir up the pot with their ignorance and bigotry.

Mostly, it was the assumption that this man was Muslim. It amazed me that people because this man was wearing a turban, he must be Muslim. Because he has dark skin and hair, he must be from the middle east. Therefore—terrorist. It made me so mad because all the information was there so show that this man was a Sikh from South Asia. Pointing that out to some of these commenters didn’t make a difference. It's bad enough that people equate Muslims with Terrorism. It's just another layer of fuckery when they equate other people with Muslims--which make them terrorists as well.

One comment that boiled by blood was something along the effect of, “I hope he rests in peace with his ‘God’.” As if his god is lesser. I would challenge anyone to go up to a Christian when he or she sneezes and say, “God bless you,” with air-quotes. See how they take it.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

We Survived!

Count me as one of those people riding on the Fuck 2016 Bandwagon. With the election of Donald Trump and the latest spate of celebrity deaths it is the popular thing to do—hating on this past year. Personally, the year wasn’t that great for me either. Not to say that there weren’t some highlights but overall, I’m glad to put it behind me. So I have survived and now am looking forward to this upcoming year. I’m not going to make any resolutions but I am going to make new attempts at making my life better.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Rogue One - Thumbs Up

I went to the first local showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I didn't want any spoilers to come my way and I knew that they would be coming at me if I waited for the weekend when I usually go to the movies. Paying the premium and ahead of time was a good decision.

So I'm not going to ruin it for anyone else with important spoilers but I will say:

Yes, some familiar characters make appearances. Technology is almost there where you can believe you are looking at the same person you saw almost 40 years ago. 

A lot of the scenes in trailers were not in the movie. I would be interested in how many changes were made--how the story evolved during production.

Now that I've seen how people have have rated this against other Star Wars movies, I would have to disagree with them. I would place this in the middle of the pack. From favorite to least:
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • A New Hope
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Rogue One
  • The Force Awakens
  • Revenge of the Sith
  • The Phantom Menace
  • Attack of the Clones

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Saw It.

I had a very good laugh with my coworker when she showed me her cup that she got from McDonald's this morning. It is supposed to be two mittens but she added a couple squiggle lines, turning it into a NSFW cup of coffee. I didn't realize at the time but apparently the internet has been going crazy over this. Normally I pride myself on keeping up with the trending memes out there. It was good to experience one first hand though.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Replacing your iPhone 6s Battery? Maybe call first.

My iPhone 6s suffers from unexpected shut downs. From what I can tell it happens when it is cold and when my battery has a good chunk of it expended. The last time this happened was yesterday when I was at the Reindeer Dog Parade in St. Joe. I had just under 70% left and my phone died. Once I got back to my car and plugged it in, it came right back.

Apple is aware of the problem and has a battery replacement program for limited batches of iPhones—ones made around September and October of last year. My phone qualifies for a replacement so I made an appointment with my local Genius Bar at the direction of Apple’s own website.

If you happen to have a qualifying iPhone 6s, go get that battery replacement but learn from my experience. Call the Apple Store and ask if they are going to be able to service your phone there at the time you go. It will save you a car trip. I made my appointment, drove forty minutes to Mishawaka (It was our first snow and you know how everyone freaks out), and checked in. The Genius looked over my phone, asked me a couple questions, checked the eligibility, had me sign a work order, and told me to come back in a couple of days. They didn’t have the replacements. Perhaps Apple could have saved us both some time and told me this before I drove all that way.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Reindeer Llamas

St. Joe had a parade of reindeer dogs and I joined my friend Stacey and her two boys up there to watch. It’s a short parade consisting of people dressing up their dogs in Christmas outfits and parading them down historical State Street. 
🎶Logan got ran over by a reindeer.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any pictures of dogs. I present to you llamas, however:
I tried taking more pictures but my phone died even though I had about 70% charge. Turns out my iPhone suffers from a defect. Read about it here or here. I am taking it in tomorrow evening for service.