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Monday, December 24, 2012
In August of 1967, Louis Armstrong and his good buddy Jack Bradley were in a motel room, not a suite, a rundown motel on the side of the road. Louis tells Jack, "You know, Jack? I've really made it.” And Jack says, “Uh, what do you mean?” And Louis says, “Anytime I’m hungry, I could walk over to the refrigerator, get an egg, and make myself something to eat. I’ve really made it.” And Jack...had tears in his eyes. Jack told him, "You know, you should have filet mignon three times a day,” and Louis just brushed him off. That was the height of his success. By this point, he had “Hello Dolly”, 35 movies, TV every week, but the fact that he can make an egg sandwich anytime he wanted, that was it. He had really made it.”
I just wanted to put this out there, going into the holiday season, and a new year. Ask yourself, what does it mean to be successful, how will you know when you have arrived, and will you be happy at your destination?
(Original Here and Now article - http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/12/24/louis-armstrong-christmas)
Thursday, July 5, 2012
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Case in point: when a consumer wants to buy a new cell phone (let's use Verizon as the network, smartphone category, and 4G capable.) Assuming the consumer knows Verizon offers 4G service in their particular geographic area, he/she is left with the last criteria to fill, a smartphone that is 4G capable. This presents a particular problem. Seemingly every smartphone available now seems to be cramming in more and more features. Long battery life, one of the biggest concerns for new smartphone buyers, seems to be on-par"ish" with 3G phones. The expectation of a 4G capable phone's battery lasting longer than a 3G capable phone seems like a pipe-dream for now. True, there are apps to help extend battery life by turning off wireless services and lowering screen brightness but you shouldn't need those.
There's an event going on right now that illustrates my point exactly. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. There are literally hundreds of companies that are trotting out new products that in a lot of cases, aren't that revolutionary when we're hit with wave after wave of "world's thinnest," etc.
It's critical for companies to have long term plans and release products, but maybe if they stopped rushing so many similar products to market, they could focus on real upgrades every 18-24 months. I bet this would give consumers even more of an incentive to upgrade when they're equipment is 2 years old and has a lot fewer features than trying to upgrade once a year to something with intermediate features.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
In light of the recent "Occupy" movement, I ask the following question. "What is it they really want?"
When they say they want Wall Street, the rich, and big corporations to be taxed more, I hear, "Give me some of the rich people's money so I don't have to work as hard to get money."
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg actually says it quite nicely -
Conclusion? I know that trade between countries will benefit them more so than if they had chosen not to trade in the first place. There needs to be regulations yes, but let trade flourish and in the long run, you'll bring more prosperity to countries that need it and enrich their citizens lives.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
All Around the World: People are busy, bored, restless...
All Around the World: People are rushing, waiting, apathetic...
All Around the World, people are living their lives going about their business.
Some want to be re-incarnated into a better life, so they try and live good, purposeful lives now to avoid being bitten in the rear end in the next life.
Some want to go to heaven right after they die, so they also live lives filled with "good deeds" to make up for all their bad actions.
Me? I believe that we all have a simple choice. And even if the non-believers are right and nothing happens to us after we die and the world will end by human/natural causes, at least I have the hope of something better. If nothing happens after I die, I won't ever be aware of it. And living a moral life with good deeds can't hurt anyways.
All Around the World: People are living. Are you living to imitate others? Or are you living to make yourself unique and stand out in a way that will prompt others to ask, "What is so different about that person?"
What will you choose?
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The hardware itself is made of sturdy rubber coated plastic. The rubber gives it a nice anti-slip feel and overall, I prefer the all matte black look to some of the flashier laptops available. The matte screen is also good, considering some people want to be able to see their computer screens, should they prefer to work outside. I wish there had been at least two USB ports, instead of a lone one by the power plug.
The keys that replaced normal function keys you'd see on a Windows based laptop are actually quite useful once you get used to them. The hard key for switching tabs is very handy, if you're the type who likes to keep separate windows open for differing sets of tabs. Once I used this on the Cr-48, it became difficult for me to remember I didn't have that key on my R580. The other key that became very useful fast, is the "New Tab" key, which replaces the Caps Lock key. If you really want, you can put the default setting back to Caps Lock. This key is much more useful than even hitting ctrl+T.
The large touchpad is also really good. It takes some getting used to, having to press with two fingers simultaneously for a right-click function, but it becomes second nature after enough time. Alternatively, you can press alt + one click. Multi-touch features are limited to scrolling with two fingers, but thats all you should need. If you're manipulating photos in any way, you'll be better off plugging in a mouse.
So the software is the Chrome browser. Plain and simple. There are few options in the browser that you won't find in the OS version. Google continually pushes updates, which is just fine with me, because I don't have to worry about security issues. Also, with every update, the differences between the browser and the OS, at least on the surface become less and less.
In regards to the software and USB ports together: there needs to be multiple USB ports, at a minimum 2. One for a mouse, one for a flash drive, or a printer. Even though Google has Google Cloud Print, it kills the whole point of having this as a potential primary computer, if you have to go to a conventional computer hooked up to a printer. Google could work in a print manager on the local device, instead of requiring an internet connection every time you want to print. Conceivably, there could be a database of printer drives that could be downloaded to your Chrome OS device and that could work with any printer you have.
In my opinion, when the retail versions of Chrome OS hit, they have to retain and add the following to make them as good, if not better than the Cr-48:
- Good style; I love the simple look and feel of the all-black, rubber coated Cr-48.
- Long battery life: This is a must, especially if Google is planning on promoting the "All-web, all the time" angle.
- Matte screen: not much to say there.
- More USB ports: Please, who uses just 1 USB port at any one time? I find times when I've had a mouse plugged in, and yet I still need to print something (see above for the printer argument).
- SD slot/webcam/microphone: Keep all these components, they're practically requirements for laptops now.
- Fast boot up/wake time: Google Chrome OS can't grow like other programs have (iTunes, I'm looking at you), effectively ruining a major selling point.
In the case I was involved in, a doctor was charged with 4 counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 4th degree. The doctor was accused of inappropriately touching some of his female staff when (in the words of the prosecuting attorney), "they were alone." Just because he was charged and it came to trial, so far, does not mean he is guilty. 3 of the charges were alleged by one woman and the 4th was alleged by another woman. The alleged incidents specifically being charged happened years ago now and the women no longer work for this doctor. As a jury, we all agreed that the 4th count, brought by the single woman was a not guilty plea. There was simply too much "reasonable doubt," that we couldn't lead to a guilty verdict on.
The work relationship between the woman with the most charges and the doctor was extremely unprofessional in his actions and words on the sound recording of a normal work day. While the jury didn't favor either the defense or the prosecution (we couldn't let that be a determining factor anyways), we had the most trouble in deliberation with the definition of criminal intent.
Basically, as it related to this particular case, criminal intent comprises of 3 sub-definitions of the use of force. Also, the use of force had to involve touching the genitals, or the areas close to the genitals, or even the clothing covering those areas.
1. It is enough force if the accused overcame the accuser through physical force.
2. It is enough force if the accused, through the threat of force, committed a criminal act towards the accuser.
3. It is enough force if the accused, through the use of concealment or the element of surprise, committed a criminal act towards the accuser.
"The element of surprise." I LOATHE that phrase now. The entire timeline of events, the behavior of all the parties involved and the questionable evidence lead 10/12 of us having enough "reasonable doubt" that lead to a not guilty verdict. The other two, and I'm not bashing them, I respect their points of views, were under the belief that the accuser was surprised, when in the time of day it happened, even though she had shown a tolerance to this type of behavior. The rest of the jury believed that she was "startled" when it happened, much like the way you might pass by a dog that runs out and barks at you. The first few times, you may be surprised, but when you go by enough times, the time of day it happens only startles you. Or, if your car backfires a lot. You're startled when it happens, because in some ways, you expect it to happen. We were teetering on the belief that the accuser had in fact, grown to expect it.
To wrap up, most of the details have been left out, but this is the overall run-down of the case. We, as the jury, believed that the doctor had indeed, at multiple times, inappropriately touched some of his female employees. However, as per the judge's orders, we had to consider all the testimony, give weight to what/who we believed, evaluate each charge individually as well, and be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the doctor was guilty of the charges. There simply wasn't enough evidence to do that. While I honestly hope that doctor never again makes a vulgar comment, or even tries to touch a female employee inappropriately, I know, based on all the evidence that was presented, that he most likely will. As so many of the jurors pointed out, "Sooner or later, you get what's coming."
Monday, February 7, 2011
Days drag on, but the years fly by. This is so true it's ridiculous. Example: When I first started going to Battle Creek Academy, i started roughly half-way through the 5th grade. I recall many, many times how I couldn't wait until I was in high school. I saw being older as "cool" and for awhile, it seemed the older I got, the "cooler" I would be. But then when I finally got into high school, I mentally looked forward and thought, "4 very long years until I can finally graduate!" Then those 4 years flew by and in the space of one summer, I felt very separated and far away time-wise, from the school where I spend 7 and a half years.
"Regret for wasted time is more wasted time" - Mason Cooley, O Magazine, April 2004
"Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them" - Dion Boucicault
Take time to slow down, appreciate life and the people around you. Watching those older than me age makes me realize that in the grand scheme of Earth's history, 80 years (the average lifespan in the United States) is nothing but a drop of water in what amounts to the Mississippi River. Life goes on, and people adjust to losses. What are YOU doing that people will remember you for?
Sunday, January 23, 2011
It is the source of power
Take time to play
It is the secret of perpetual youth
Take time to read
It is the fountain of wisdom
Take time to pray
It is the greatest power on earth
Take time to love and be loved
It is a God-given privilege
Take time to be friendly
It is the road to happiness
Take time to laugh
It is the music of the soul
Take time to give
It is too short a day to be selfish
Take time to work
It is the price of success
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Example: I've heard reviews from different critics about the same movie and one may like it for the "entertainment value," while another may appreciate the "good acting," and someone else will pan the movie excepting, "mindless entertainment."
The two highest grossing movies, "Avatar" and "Titanic," respectively, are both directed by James Cameron. They both were expected to do poorly before they were released. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_(2009_film)#Commercial_analysis) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_(1997_film)#Commercial_analysis). Given that film critics were wrong about the top two films of all time, I try not to totally can a movie before I've even seen it. Don't get me wrong, a movie may just not appeal to me and I won't be drawn to it either. I"m not talking about that. I'm saying before I see a film, I'll try to not bash it.
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Origin of Humans
I believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, that God did indeed create the earth in 6 literal, 24-hour time periods. I do believe that the universe itself may be older. In the Bible, it's stated that God created the “heavens and earth.” Since I don't understand what heavens could mean, to me, it's possible that the heavens could mean the entire universe as observable by humans, or in a sense, it could just as well mean the atmosphere, or solar system, or our galaxy alone.
Spirituality and Freewill
I believe that there is a God who created this world and is actively involved in His creation. There is a Trinity consisting of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Father's Son, and the Holy Spirit. Miracles happen, as shown to us in the Bible and other “supernatural, or unexplainable” events. There is a battle between Satan and Jesus for humanity.
Humans have the freedom to chose between God and Satan. We all are born with basic moral principles hardwired in our brains. As we become older we are more aware of this choice by how we're raised. If we are raised in a religious background, we are taught in church. If we have a secular upbringing, we are made aware of a “higher power” through nature or other people and where human curiosity takes over and we pursue what we've heard.
Government and it's role
Government should be there to provide for it's citizens. A democracy is the best form of government, even though in theory, it may be communism. Since all power in a democracy originates from the people, the people and their voted representatives need to find a more effective way of communication. Obama may be hated by many, but I still think that he inherited a huge, huge mess from Bush and the Recession started before Obama became president too. Obama managed to become a Democratic president, after this country had been controlled by Republicans for the last 8 years. Bad timing doesn't help anyone. However, he's not making all the right choices or being as politically “changing” as he promised.
Abortion (randomly thrown in here)
Plain and simple I believe abortion in any case is flat out wrong. You can try and look at it from different angles, but you cannot escape the fact that you are killing a human life. That's my stand.
Some might say I am a traditional, conservative Seventh Day Adventist. As aforementioned, I believe that we have the freedom to choose who we follow. In my opinion, we sleep in death until Jesus returns and ghosts are not truly people coming back to see us and tell us how the afterlife is. Even if you don't “subscribe” to an organized religion, why wouldn't you want to believe in something better. I've been researching into the size of the universe. Go look up on Wikipedia the following: Observable Universe, Pale Blue Dot, and Hubble Ultra Deep Field. If this doesn't make you feel insignificant, I don't know what does. At least I have a belief in something better to come, which is my point.
p.s. There are more things I believe in, obviously, and the points covered here are NOT in depth, but these are just a few major points.