World’s Smallest Computer

September 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Posted in humor | Leave a comment
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What good is Mars?

August 8, 2012 at 9:41 am | Posted in Atheism | 2 Comments
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So we sent yet another really expensive car to Mars.  Don’t get me wrong, I love anything having to do with space; I find it exciting.  But I’m thinking, WHY, to what end?

Hopefully the rover will send back information I want to know.  But seriously, what good will it really do for our f’d up society who for the most part still think the earth is six thousand years old and all life was magically placed here by an invisible guy in the sky and that we are the center of the universe?

If we discover that life can exist elsewhere in the universe (and why wouldn’t it) then what?  If we ever advance to a point where it’s possible to travel to distant planets on which life exists; we will likely take their lands and steal their resources by declaring war.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the christians will send missionaries to convert the new heathens, so what’s the point?

I see the cost for this endeavor, two and a half billion dollars, and I wonder how our government can spend that much to send a car to Mars when we can’t have decent health care for everyone or streets without homeless,  hungry people.  I think our collective priorities are out way of whack.  We simply cannot afford it at this time (but nobody bothered to ask me).  Sure it’s great, it’s groundbreaking, but so is that new 3D TV I’d like but won’t buy because I don’t have the money right now.  I suppose it’s the American way from the top on down to the little guy who  has to have the jet ski even though he’s in debt up to his eyeballs.

 

Hey guys, grab your joysticks and head for the men’s room

November 26, 2011 at 11:45 am | Posted in humor, modern trends, social comment, strange news | Leave a comment
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If  you’re running out of ways to have fun with your penis this game, which gives new meaning to joystick, is for you.  You can play anywhere with a properly outfitted urinal and you’ll never be without your joystick/game controller.  What about us women?  Ahh, yet another reminder it’s a male dominated world.

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First came the pod people

July 27, 2010 at 2:18 am | Posted in I'm just saying, Miscellaneous, modern trends, social comment | 4 Comments
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Let me preface my remarks by saying I am not a technophobe.  In fact I’m quite the opposite.  I do some Internet Technology consulting, among other things, to pay the bills and  I am the person friends and acquaintances call when they have problems with their computers or other electronic devices.

That being said, I do not own an i pod or other mp3 player, a smart phone, or any sort of electronic gaming device.  I generally keep my cell phones until they die and are so not cool that some people probably wonder what the hell that thing is.  I have a minimal monthly plan and rarely come close to using all of my minutes.  Few people I know even have my cell number and I use it only when necessary.  I don’t keep it within reach unless there is good reason to do so.

It seems electronic gadgetry is evolving faster than antibiotic resistant bacteria and new electronic devices are being introduced into the market almost as often as Firefox releases upgrades.

A few years ago I referred to them as the pod people.  The ones who couldn’t go anywhere without their i pods and at least one ear bud always in place while spending much time looking at the screen to get the right music mix.  If you were lucky enough to gain their attention, they might grudgingly remove one of their ear buds and impatiently  suffer through whatever verbal communication was being foisted upon them.   Add into the mix those folks always talking on their cell phones; in their cars, walking and talking while paying little attention to their toddlers wandering the parking lots, working out at the gym, in stores, banks, bathroom stalls…you name it.  What the hell, I wondered, was so important that these phones were practically permanently attached to their ears, and when not talking were always nearby should someone have a thought that must be instantly communicated.  Was I out of the loop, missing the boat on important breaking news or were people just wowed by the ability to be in constant communication.

Cell phones have come a long way.  You can use them to listen to music, check your email, surf the web, play games, pay bills, tweet, check or update your Facebook page, and most importantly NOT talk on them since they now make text messaging so very user-friendly.  Now with email, instant messaging, text messaging, Facebook, and Twitter we NEVER have to speak with anyone, ever.  If this keeps up we are likely to evolve without the capacity for speech, which is what separates us from other animals.

When I am out and about I see people with their phones, which are now called wireless devices, in their faces and they are utterly engrossed in either reading or texting what…I have no idea.  Apparently I have no life since I have no need to engage in these activities.  It occurs to me that, were I a criminal type, which I’m not, people so enamored with their wireless devices are completely distracted  and would be easy pickings.

Most people I know keep their phones close by.  If we are at dinner they are on the table.  They have to be; someone might text them and the world might end if they didn’t respond instantly.  I find it annoying and rude when trying to engage in conversation with someone and they have no compunction about interrupting whatever the topic, to instantly answer a text, or a call (more rare these days) as if national security depended upon it.  It is as if they have become a slave to their wireless devices, the way they constantly check them, even though they are never out of reach, lest they may have missed an important message.

I’m sorry but I just cannot allow my life to be dictated by a tiny computer.  I’m just saying…

Put Your Thermostat Where Your Green Is!

June 8, 2008 at 6:19 am | Posted in Current Events, hypocrisy, I'm just saying, modern trends, social comment | 3 Comments
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I don’t know if this is a problem everywhere, but where I live it has gotten out of hand.  Everyone is jumping on the green bandwagon and businesses are doing their best to benefit from the movement.  Car dealers are selling more fuel efficient cars, home builders are building green and energy efficient homes, restaurants and supermarkets are offering locally grown produce, etc.  Just about every business has found some way to capitalize on (making us believe they are) conserving our resources.

I live in the desert southwest U.S. where summer temperatures generally hover somewhere above the hundred degree mark.  We desert rats are accustomed to this kind of heat and when the thermometer starts to climb the snowbirds beat a hasty retreat.  I wonder then, why when I go to a movie, a restaurant, a grocery store, car dealer, mall, or just about any business I have to carry my winter wardrobe along because these places feel like walk in refrigerators.  If it’s 107 degrees outside I’m pretty sure we would all be comfortable if the thermostat was set at around 80.  Wouldn’t energy consumption be lowered considerably if businesses kept their thermostats at a reasonable temperature?  It is so cold I sometimes cannot wait to get into my 200 degree parked car to thaw out.

It seems hypocritical to me to advertise going green while wasting energy by over cooling.

I’m just saying.


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