My Fiancée Got Me A Smok G-Priv

My beautiful wife to be went to the vape store today to get me a fresh set of coils, and she surprised me with a Smok G-Priv. It’s an Anniversary gift. She did well. This thing is a beast. A lil black purple baby beast!

It wasn’t too long ago I was vaping off of my Smok Kooper, and an TFV4 with Quad Coils. (This morning, actually!). And it was heavy, and bulky, and everyone looked at me like I was bringing in some massive device to set on the table, or squeeze into my pocket. “What is THAT?!!” they would GASP!

But look at this lil thing! It’s so cute, and stylish, while being powerful and robust. I mean it has a freakin’ touch screen for Pete’s sake! I’m super happy with it, and rather than pretending to enjoy this purchase, while secretly wondering how I can go back to my Kooper, I’m really impressed at the time and energy she put into finding the right tech for my vice. She knows me, and I think I’m rubbing off on her.

My fiancee asked all the right questions:

  1. Does it take the same batteries?
  2. Is it powerful?
  3. Will it burn through more juice than the Kooper & the TFV4?
  4. How are the reviews?
  5. When did it come out? (2 Days Ago!!)
  6. Is it sturdy?
  7. Can you add the juice through the top?
  8. How cheap are the coils?
  9. Can I get a free 60ml with it?
  10. Does it come in a cool color?

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The Virtual Office

The virtual office is something that I’m very interested in. One of the things I’m looking at today actually is acquiring a virtual mailbox. I found this Youtube video above, for PostScan Mail. I haven’t used them, but I like the squishiness of the video and website. It looks like a solid service. I’m comparing this service with Anytime Mailbox (video below).

Something that Anytime Mailbox has above the other companies in this market, is an iOS & Android App. This makes me happy. Their pricing model seems to be more about nickel and diming you for everything you want to do, however; and that raises an eyebrow.

From what I can tell from the reviews people either love PostScan Mail or they hate it. The biggest gripe is that they are slow. Apparently, SUPER SLOW.

 

And so here I am, deciding between services. Which do you have experience with? Which are you loving? Is anyone interested in running a virtual office, or is this still pretty niché? Let me know in the comments.

Suicide Squad Review

Margot Robbie & Jared Leto were amazeballs. They should have had their own movie (call it Puddin’ er something). I could have done without Will Smith as Dead shot, the Aussie Captain Boomerang, the climbing guy (replacing Black Spider) , Killer Croc (replacing the King Shark) & those weird alien goop baddies. Viola Davis as Amanda Waller was hit & miss. {I’d rather have seen an Angela Davis look on someone like Keke Palmer}. David Harbour was annoying at best. I give it a solid 8, mostly because of Harley Quinn & the Joker. The Enchantress was kinda weak as a character, which proves problematic as the plot develops.

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Writing Software

To bring you up to speed, I personally own Mariner Software’s Montage, & Story Mill 4. I’ve been thinking about getting Write (also a Mariner Software) and Contour or Persona for character development. I’m kind of tired of having excuses when Nano-Wrimo comes around, and I’ve decided that I’ve got to get to penning down my bestsellers.

My dream of having a 10 book deal with Penguin is not going to just write itself. The effort needs to begin now, or soon … possibly, after I start procrastinating. I’ve seen enough of this world to know some things.

This is my question to you, oh dear reader: 

 

 

Is it worth it to keep upgrading, or keep building my app drawer with these Mariner Software products at close to $29.99 a pop, or just go for a bigger purchase and chase down the ever elusive Final Draft 9?

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Here’s what the web has to say about Story Mill & about Final Draft

 

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Which Hammer Drill & Driver Kit Do I Get?

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2 Tool Combo Kit 2897-22 VS the Makita XT248M 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Combo Kit, 2-Piece

Hammer Drills

First let’s check out the Hammer Drills. The first one we’ll take a look at is the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 1/2″ Hammer Drill

 

The Makita Combo Kit Unboxing: XT248M 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Combo Kit, 2-Piece

In this Video Paul from Get Tools Direct talks about and demos his favorite Makita impact driver. Check out the video but if you would like to learn more visit our website. Tool Only or a Kit which includes charger and 2 4 amp batteries.

 

High Torque Impact Wrenches (or Drivers)

Now let’s look at the drivers. Each set comes with a Hammer Drill and a driver, and You’d probably be using the smaller driver more often, for quick jobs and smaller harder to reach places.

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The Skylake Processors are finally here. 

And I’m considering an iMac 5K Retina (if Apple upgrades it to Skylake) and the Origin CHRONOS with Skylake i7 as described below. 

   
    
   

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Motherboard: EVGA Z170 Stinger  

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Processors: Intel Core i7 6700K Quad-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz TurboBoost)  

Power Supply: SG08 600 Watt PSU (included with SG08)  

Graphic Cards: Single 4GB NVIDIA GTX 980  

Memory: 16GB ORIGIN PC DDR4 Powered by Kingston 2666MHz (2 X 8GB)  

Operating System: MS Windows 10 Professional  

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Hard Drive Two: 2TB ORIGIN PC Approved Hard Drive  

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Warranty: Lifetime 24/7 U.S. Based Support and Lifetime Free Labor. 1 Year Part Replacement & 45 Day Shipping Warranty  

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Games: Civilization V  

Cloud Backup: Carbonite  

Apps: Battle.net Client  

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Apple September 9th Event & SkyLake: what I want from the new Apple lineup

  Every year, months before the big holiday rush, Apple updates I some of their product line so that those of us who are upgrading can do so for school, or work or for business and artistic reasons. 

Technology moves fast, and there are other releases that happen, like the iPad update in March and sometimes there is a July update, but this September is important because Apple never jumped on the Broadwell chips; which means for two chipsets, Macs have not upgraded.  Oh they’ve put in better screens, and a black border around their MacBook Pro line, but the chipset hasn’t updated much. And now, there is a HUGE opportunity for Apple to update with Intel’s SkyLake chipset. 

I’ve personally been waiting to pull the trigger on a mid level iMac 5K with Retina Display 27″ desktop till they upgrade to SkyLake. This, last price drop saw the iMac 5K with Retina Display 27″ drop to $2,000 (USD) but it took removing the fusion drive to do so. I want this machine, with a fusion drive & in an i7 Quad core. 

  

  
  

  

But what about the rest of the Apple line? Well, I don’t suspect Apple will listen to me, and to be quite honest I’m posting this days away from the September 9th Event, so I’m just hoping at this point that me and Apple are on the same wave length. 

Here’s my wish list for their update:

  1. Update the SkyLake chipset on all their Macs.   
  2. Allow further expansion of the Mac Mini, so that you can turn this machine into an i7 Quad core SkyLake enhanced server machine, or a much cheaper entry level computer.       
  3. I’d like to be able to add more displays to the iMac 5K with Retina Display 27″, have higher performance with cooling and throttling on the SkyLake chipset of course. Future proof it! Give it USB 3.0 & USB-C.   
  4. Update the Apple Mac Pro. It’s been too long for this machine. It needs to be bad dads and it needs to be a powerhouse. Beat the industry standard. Turn heads. Big update. Shoot the moon. Future proof it! Give it USB 3.0 & USB-C.           
  5. I’d like the MacBook Air to get more power on a SkyLake chipset, and retina display. It’s been too long. Let’s retire all screens that aren’t retina displays. I want this machine to be able to post and edit videos and photos with ease. Give it a finger print sensor peripheral if you want to – but before you put any new tech inside go retina. Future proof it! Give it USB 3.0 & USB-C.   
  6. I’d like the MacBook Pro to be even more of a Powerhouse. I want it to be the mobile beast that it should be, cutting highend 4k video with ease, managing a dozen or more tabs – each with web apps or bandwidth strains normal to power users heaviest day operation uses. Future proof it! Give it USB 3.0 & USB-C.   
  7. Apple TV – give us game controllers & STEAM. Allow us to connect to Spotify, Apple Music & Pandora. Multiple screens ability. And allow Apple TV to work through a Thunderbolt Display or HDMI 4k/5k display without the use of a TV tuner. Allow us to change the way that Apple TV displays the apps, movies and TV lists.   
  8. MacBook – the reason I wouldn’t dare purchase a 2015 MacBook is because it is a Netbook, a highly underpowered netbook. Give this beautiful machine some power. Give it at least 2.8 GHZ and SkyLake.       
  9. Kick it into gear apple. Wow us. Continuity and innovation and all that jazz!
  10. And this is a long shot, but in April 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has acquired an Israeli optical sensor company by the name of LinX for $20M I’d like to see these tini sensors and optics show up in Macs, iPads, iPods, iPhones, and the like.       

   

Are Supreme Court Justices Supposed to Be Activists For Social Change? 

An interesting point is made here in The National Journal, by four Supreme Court Justices who voted against the landmark 5-4 decision over Same-sex marriage. In this interview, they each tells us why they personally think that this is a setback for the Supreme Court, and how this decision has set a precedence for future legal actions to circumvent the people.



Stephen Colbert Mocks the Justices that Didn’t vote in favor of Same-sex Marraige.
He has a new show to promote – Technically Incorrect: He couldn’t resist. He posted his reaction to the Supreme Court decision within hours of its announcement. Continue reading “Are Supreme Court Justices Supposed to Be Activists For Social Change? “

iMac Retina 5K 2015 Edition VS Origin Chronos 2015

It’s time for me to upgrade my computer. I’m not able to get my Macbook, nor my Cousin’s Macbook Pro to send RAW files to have them create a wedding book. It’s very hard for me to use Adobe Creative Cloud without it freezing out my system. And I’m just doing a lot more than my Chromebook Pixel 64GB Verizon LTE (1st Gen) Google I/O Edition can handle; as much as I love it. I’ve got some money to use, if it gets a computer I love that lasts. I’m impressed lately where Microsoft is going, but for the last decade or so, I’ve been an Apple fan boy, only recently going Google because I felt like I needed to get out there and not just shell my money over to the Behemoth, Apple. For a while I thought with the death of Steve Jobs, Apple had lost it’s ability to INNOVATE. And so, I left the path. And what I found was the Pixel, the HTC One, The One Plus One, and various other set ups that would work well with a PS4.

But now I’m back. I’ve purchased an iPhone 6, and am loving getting back into the Apple Ecosystem. What I don’t know, is where to plant my feet. There are so many walled and not so walled gardens that it’s almost hard not to bounce back and forth. I’d like to just buy the iMac 5K and be done with it, but I’ve heard that it doesn’t cool down, and that it’s overclock is rather weak. It’s meant to sustain longtime performance, is what the guy at Apple said. Plain terms is, it’s not meant to compete, just to do. Well, the Chronos is meant to compete.

I’ve been looking at Desktops, with the idea that I’ll have an iPad, or some sort of tablet for my mobile usage. I don’t need to overkill and have a laptop as well. Or do I?

My 2015 Wedding Registry List: Maybe to help my sister & her fiancé choose

 I wanted to take up the challenge of creating my own list of wedding registry gifts. I don’t know why.

Maybe to help my sister and her fiancé choose wisely; or quite Possibly, because I don’t know when i’m going to get married, and i can compare lists later if i actually do get married (someday). But here i am, creating a list. Don’t get mad at me – pick your own stuff, it’s just something i did after reading the article on my sister’s fiancé’s FB. Below, is the article that spawned this list making expedition. After the clipped article, is my list.


The Wedding Registry Gifts We Still Use 10 Years Later (and the Ones We Don’t)

LIFE IN THE KITCHEN

When my husband and I got married, we set up a gift registry, as people do, and filled it with things we thought we’d want for our new life together. At the time, neither one of us had a well-stocked kitchen, so we started from scratch. We looked at what our parents had in the kitchen, we pulled must-have lists out of magazines (well, I did anyway), and then we let our whims guide the scanner around the store. Friends and family were generous, for which I’m still grateful.

It’s been almost 11 years now, and over the past decade we’ve put that registry list to the test. Some of our picks for the kitchen still get used every single day, while others have long been discarded or donated. Here are the five things we’d register for again in a heartbeat (with some tweaks), those we wouldn’t, and what we wish we’d included.


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Jason Mamoa as Aquaman is Not a Perfect Fit

I have to say, I’m not all that jazzed about the Zack Snyder Aquaman pick being Jason Mamoa. True, It’s all about the swashbuckling bearded Aquaman that Peter David brought us in the new 52; but there are several actors I think should have gotten the job before our Khal Drogo portraying friend here. I will still go see the movie, and I’ll watch them do what they did to Hal Jordon with Arthur Curry, but I don’t have to like it.

 

 

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The Mighty Sony & How it Falls Under The Weight of the Hack Fiasco & Years of Poor Management of it’s Assets

The following text to the right in block quotes is an article from The Verge, which the original can be found here. I responded below the quoted article underneath the Sony Google Glass Picture. To the Left is a info-graphic covering the Sony Hack, with a clickable link to a Washington Post article: The Sony Pictures Hack, Explained.

Sony announced last night that it’s spinning off its audio and video divisions, much like it spun off its television division last year. That won’t mean much right now; Sony still displayed interesting new Android-powered TVs at CES, and we’re sure to see new crazy high-end Walkmans and camcorders with Sony branding from the newly independent AV division as well.

But the long-term reality is far more stark: after years of promising “One Sony,” CEO Kaz Hirai appears to be systematically breaking the company up for sale. The VAIO PC division was sold last year and just announced its first hybrid laptops as an independent company, and Hirai told investors that he has to consider spinning off the smartphone business and possibly selling the TV business outright.

According to Hirai, that leaves Sony with three main businesses at its core :

  1. Sony Pictures Entertainment, the hit-or-miss Hollywood studio that just fired Amy Pascal after being hacked to bits at the end of last year.
  2. The PlayStation division, which has so far won the next-gen console race with the PS4 but yet to define a clear mobile strategy; PlayStation Mobile is all but ignored, and the Vita is a beautifully noble failure.
  3. Selling image sensors to Apple for the iPhone.

You read that last one correctly: Sony’s last closely held core electronics business is image sensors, and it’s mostly because Apple uses them in the iPhone. (Sony also supplies sensors for various other high-end phones, but Samsung uses its own chips in the Galaxy S5, and no other company comes close to selling as many phones as Apple and Samsung.) If Apple decides to switch sensor suppliers — or, perhaps more likely, build its own — the third leg of that stool gets kicked right out.

 

If you’re a PlayStation fan, this is kind of fun: after years of Sony neglecting gaming, former PlayStation head Hirai is ruthlessly eliminating every other division at the company. Revenge! Revenge!

 

For everyone else, this is kind of depressing — Sony was among the first great consumer electronics companies, and now it’s falling apart because smartphones and software completely subsumed almost every device in its catalog. Sony’s phones are generally excellent now, but haven’t seen nearly the kind of traction Samsung’s phones have seen. Sony also made the cardinal error of trying to foist garbage software and services on people. That error is slowly being corrected; most Sony devices now run basically clean versions of Android, and Sony just killed its in-house music streaming service in favor of Spotify. But it’s too little, too late: the customers Sony needs have been buying Samsung products for too long now.

This is sad because Sony HDTV’s & 4K HDTV’s are amazing. Their Z line of Smartphones are stellar, and their Sony Alpha A7 Series Cameras​ are pretty much all the rage & the best thing in Photography right now besides RED Cameras​ & Black Magic 4K​ Cameras.  Continue reading “The Mighty Sony & How it Falls Under The Weight of the Hack Fiasco & Years of Poor Management of it’s Assets”

LA in Two Days: What to See? Favorite Spots

D.c. Kenneth (Dave) is coming out to LA next week to get a 2 day tattoo. Thought maybe you'd have a good recommendation on restaurants or things he should do while there??

First off, Los Angeles is massive, & finding cool things to do for the tourist or “not for tourist” (NFT) types is altogether relative to the person traveling. I mean I can recommend spots that I like to go to, or favorite places to stop for a bite to eat, or where to wine and dine the night away. I have a travel book called Not For Tourists Los Angeles. I think it is one of the best things to have in my car.

Depending on what you wanna spend your money on, things can get pricey, or you can choose to just dip into some local dives that are sweet places to wet your whistle. There’s always the physical location of historic spots, or chasing down the celebrities either in their homes, graves or their favorite spots.

Here is a list of my favorite places to go in Los Angeles

The Arts

  1. The J.P. Ghetty Museum – Check out the gardens. Grab a bottle of wine. Walk around and become an art critique. Fake Accents are required to boost up the fun factor!
  2. Griffith Observatory & Griffith Park – There is a hike that will take you to a pretty striking view in back of the Observatory; and there is a hidden route that will take you to the back fence of the Greek Amphitheater. If there is a show playing, you can sneak your way past to the benches made out of fallen trees and hang out with the others who are catching a free show. Often times, I’ve had more fun here at this sneaky Zero Price Tag location than actually inside the Greek.
  3. LACMA – just go. you might learn something.
  4. The Wiltern Theatre
  5. Greek Theatre
  6. The Comedy Store

Bars

  1. 7 Grande – so much really good whiskey, you’ll piss yourself
  2. Te’kila Hollywood – 150+ tasting tequilas . . . mmm
  3. Sassafras
  4. The Woods – this place is like modern day saloon
  5. Villains Tavern
  6. R Bar – Korea Town
  7. Kibitz Room at Canter’s – it’s cozy, but it’s a great place to catch live music
  8. The Emerson Theatre – bring a date, or pick one up. This place is TITS

Eats

  1. Saffron & Rose Ice Cream – Rose Hips Ice Cream – A MUST for ice cream lovers
  2. Milk – desserts
  3. Father’s Office – always rated the best burger
  4. Guelaguetza Restaurante – Authentic Oaxacan Molé
  5. Pink’s Hot Dogs
  6. Umami Burger
  7. The Bazaar by Jose Andres – this one is spendy, but it is so creative the things they do with the food. This is like food magic! Order one of the Nitrogen drinks just for kicks.
  8. Sprinkles Cupcakes – Compare these with Scratch.

Sports

  1. Dodger Stadium
  2. Staples Center
  3. Los Angeles Memorial Colosseum

Markets and Squares

  1. Olvera Street
  2. Grand Central Market
  3. China Town
  4. 4th Street Promenade
  5. Farmer’s Market

Stores

  1. The Last Bookstore
  2. Bait – vinyl toys – huge collection of figurines, toys, apparel.
  3. Gold Bug
  4. Daiso Japan
  5. I’m going to just go ahead and put the Los Angeles Public Library here. GO! With more than six million volumes, it is one of the largest publicly funded library systems in the world. And it is downtown! it boggles the mind. I could stay here for hours just reading.
  6. Rodeo Drive

Beaches
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  1. THE GETAWAY: LEO CARRILLO STATE BEACH
  2. THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC: EL MATADOR BEACH
  3. THE SURF SPOT: MALIBU SURFRIDER BEACH
  4. THE CLASSIC STRETCH OF SAND: SANTA MONICA BEACH
  5. THE PEOPLE WATCHER: VENICE BEACH
  6. MANHATTAN BEACH
  7. HERMOSA BEACH
  8. CABRILLO BEACH

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Kanye West may have just expanded his G.O.O.D. Music roster by one . . . Kacy Hill

Quoted directly from hotnewhiphop.com:

Kanye West may have just expanded his G.O.O.D. Music roster by one.

According to a few reliable sources, this 20 year old singer from Phoenix, Kacy Hill, is the newest member of G.O.O.D. Music. The news first broke a few days ago when Def Jam made a couple tweets about it, but apparently P&P just confirmed it today after they reached out to Kacy’s publicist.

Kacy was a part time model and backup dancer on Kanye’s “Yeezus” tour prior to her focusing on her music career. She’s currently coming off the release of her debut single, “Experience”, which she says…

“‘Experience’ was one of the first songs that I wrote, so it was only appropriate to release it first,” she said. “Writing it was such a freeing experience; I can definitely say it was the first time I felt a real connection with what I was doing in my life. The whole process was so organic and I never want to lose that energy.”

Check out Kacy’s work (below) and let us know what ya think of this addition. We’ll keep you posted on any further details. – hotnewhiphop.com

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – NonCeleb Edition

If you have been hiding under a rock, you might have missed that a whole bunch of celebrities, bands, tv personalities and so forth are being challenged, and thereby challenging others to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. So what is this all about?

What is ALS?

ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

The ALS Association

Established in 1985,  The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease.  The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy, while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

 


Experience the #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon that’s spreading ALS Awareness across the country. See what others are doing on:

If I were nominated nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

What I would like to do is take the challenge outside of the celebrity sphere, and start putting it to people and communities I know personally. Yes, regular every day people. Not that these people aren’t important, they just aren’t Kobe Bryant or anything. Okay, maybe some of them are in their own way. All of them mean something to me, and I say this without sarcasm.

Anyways, – Not only would this raise awareness, but it would be something we did this summer as the school year started up, that meant something. The problem I’m having is that it seems you need to have someone challenge you to take the challenge. This seems to be one of the main rules to this challenge. And as far as I know haven’t been challenged. I would hope that they would email me or mention me on twitter or something, if I was challenged. So far, no challenge.

Who Would I Challenge

Some of the people I would challenge if I were ever nominated to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (someone challenge me already!!) would be: David Benet and the whole Benet Family (as many as they could muster), My siblings (Kenny, Michael, Sarah) and as many Ornelas’s (as they could muster), Jonathan & Cristina Scarpa, The Gonzalez house, Kristin Callahan and all my ex girlfriends (not together, but individually), and the Esperanza Water Polo team – (current or any alumni team who made an effort at a quick ice bucket reunion).

One of the issues with this, is . . . it appears you need to be nominated yourself to challenge others.

Some of my favorite celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenges have been these:

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge FAILS 

 

 

A Couple of Addendums

So, as you well may know California is in a pretty serious drought, so much in fact that Jerry Brown has instituted a system of fines that will go out for people who are not using water sparingly. The Ice Bucket Challenge uses ice and water – ice water. BUT, we can effectively bypass this with a loophole – ice that was shipped into California, and not created from California water. So the plan is to use bags of ice cubes in a two phase approach, 1st to melt them into water, 2nd to pour the ice into the water, thereby eliminating the use of California water for the challenge.

President Obama: “We tortured some folks.”

President Obama formerly announced, and admitted that the United States did indeed resort to torture. We already know this, if you do any sort of reading on your own, but what is interesting is that the United States have always denied the use of torture; vehemently, and adamantly.  Obama says he understands why it happened, that people were scared after the bombs and the planes and the post 9-11 hysteria. He doesn’t acknowledge the role he plays at all in all this, just that it happened, and that it sucks that it happened. President Obama is very cavalier about this announcement. It comes out as an admittance, that yes, we acknowledge we tortured people.  Continue reading “President Obama: “We tortured some folks.””

#Fizzio – How The New Spiced Root Beer Pales in Comparison to Expectation

So, I’m a self proclaimed root beer connoisseur. I don’t have root beer awards, nor do I pretend to be a Celebrity Chef who has scoured the world for the perfect root beer; sifting through sarsaparilla, Smilax regelii and  sassafras or sniffing the odoriferous scents of the barks of birch trees for an extra delicious note or sap that held a splendidly superior hue. NO, I’m just a guy who liked to order Root Beer a lot as a kid, and as an adult, has taken this love for root beer to the level of paying more to get better experiences.

Truth be told, I’ve paid up to $10.00 for a Birch Beer at a rock fair in Quartzsite, Arizona. It came with a memorable tin mug with comically drawn characters on it. But I also got 3 refills to try their other flavors of Root Beer. My friend looked at me like I was crazy. “Nobody likes root beer that much.”  he says exasperatedly.

Bubba Bob's Root Beer Stand in Quartzsite, Arizona

“Well, some people do,” I replied.

When I lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa I was surprised to see an A&W that offered hand poured Root Beer Floats. They made the root beer by hand every day. Fresh root beer, poured like a beer; and topped with real ice cream, for the extra float price.

 

Anyways, When Starbucks announced their Fizzio line of handcrafted Soda’s, part of me winced, and another part of me zoomed in on the word Spiced Root Beer. “Hmmm…” I pondered the possibilities. Because like it or not, Starbucks is known for finding some damn fine coffee beans and Teavana (who recently – as recent as December 12, 2012 – was acquired by Starbucks for $620M USD)  is known for finding exceptional tea ingredients. So again . . . “Hmmm.”

I kept scoffing at going to a Starbucks and paying $3.55 for a Venti Spiced Root Beer. Why would I go to Starbucks and order a soda, I rationalized. But little by little my curiosity got to me. And today, I tried a Venti Spiced Root Beer #Fizzio style.

And . . .  Continue reading “#Fizzio – How The New Spiced Root Beer Pales in Comparison to Expectation”

How to Upload A Video To Facebook Using an Android Phone

One of the questions I recently got was: how do I upload a video to Facebook using an Android powered smartphone? Well, there are several different ways to do this, and it will all depend on how long the video is, the resolution, and how you want it to play on Facebook. If you are looking for the streamlined Facebook Player version you need to upload directly to Facebook, without going through a separate app or service (like Youtube or Vimeo).

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