Oct 12

Smarty man

The one thing I dislike most about my current job – and really, any IT job — is that when you are the “smart guy” you get to be the shit-sweeper.

Everyone gets to screw everything up with wild abandon, but you, ah you are the one who is supposed to be always there to fix it.

I’d rather not be known as the “smart guy,” but once everyone figures out that you can clean up their messes, they then feel that you have the obligation and the absolute requirement to do so.

Guess it means I’ll always have a job if I want one, at least.

Oct 11

Dirty fighting

Was just thinking about the fights I’ve been in today.

I’m not a big guy. I don’t have the luxury of waiting for someone to beat on me before I lay into them. Especially if there is two of them. Then I stand no real chance if I don’t act first.

One opponent, I might give them a free punch. Unless I can’t see them, I’m usually able to duck it or dodge it as my one true (and sometimes, only) advantage is speed.

There’s been two times in my life where I’ve fought against more than one opponent. One time I got beat up fairly badly, but I still guess I technically won. Though my face didn’t feel like I’d won. Luckily, I don’t bruise easily so what on most people would have been an enormous black eye was barely noticeable.

The other time was pretty successful. The only real strategy I can use against two opponents given my size is to hurt the first guy so badly quickly that he won’t get up again for a while. In the case I am talking about, it was a really hard throat punch combined with stepping on the guy’s foot and pushing him backwards as hard as I could. He fell and didn’t get up again for thirty seconds or so, enough time for me to deal with his friend.

The advantage of this is that it intimidates the second guy, too.

The disadvantage is that to the police, you will appear to be the aggressor even if it’s clear these guys were going to tear your head off.

In the last fight, the one with the throat punch, the second guy rushed me and tried to get me on the ground, but I kneed him in the stomach a few times, did a short elbow to the side of his face and also put a finger in his eye shortly thereafter – all really dirty techniques, but as I said I am not big and every opponent I’ve ever fought has outweighed me by at least 40 pounds, and some by as much as 80. Not odds in my favor.

The fight ended when it got broken up, but it was pretty much over by then, anyway. He didn’t want any more of that.

Oct 11

h8

I don’t hate Windows 8 because it is different; no, I hate it because it fucking sucks.

I have no problem at all with iOS that runs on my iPad. It is nearly the perfect OS for a tablet. It very effectively minimizes the limitations of a tablet and maximizes its capabilities.

For how I use a tablet, their might be a better possible OS using the technologies available today, but I am not smart enough to think of what that could be. That is to say, Apple’s iOS is pretty much ideal for its tablet use case.

But using a tablet or phone OS on the desktop, as Windows 8 attempts to force users to do?

Yes, yes, I know, tablets are allegedly the future and all that. But the fact is that right at this very moment, despite what you’ve heard in the media, PCs still outsell tablets by something like 20 to 1. And also, there are something like 120 times as many PCs in the world that could run Windows 8 than there are tablets of any type.

So this means that Microsoft is going out on a limb of their own choosing and forcing their much larger number of customers to run an OS designed for a tablet or phone on a desktop machine.

Not sure about you, but my desktop ain’t no tablet, and it surely is not a phone. The use paradigm for the two smaller devices is much different than what is is ideal on a 23”+ monitor.

I used Windows 8 for a few days. It was exercise in sheer frustration, and then unbridled fury. Not even Windows ME riled me up so much. At least the interface in that one made sense, even if it crashed every half hour.

I know how to shut any Windows OS down at the command line, which I still managed to find in Windows 8, but while using it I wanted to attempt to figure out how to shut it down the regular “consumer” way, as most people would experience it. It took me 30 minutes of continual searching to discover how to shut down the OS.

Amazing.

And that’s not even the most frustrating part of the OS.

I hate everything about Windows 8, and hope it dies a painful death in interface hell.

Oct 10

A $15,000 bike

I don’t really care that much about bike trick-riding or anything about the whole biking world, but the cinematography and editing of this video is really superb.

The end is bad, though.

Oct 09

Ah, the memories

Sometimes, I go to florida.arrests.org and for fun look up the county where I grew up to see how long it takes me to find someone I know – or rather, knew.

It usually does not take that long because I grew up in, let us say, less than savory conditions.

Take this one, for instance.

Arrested for battery? What a shocker.

I once chased this clown out of my house with a chainsaw when I was about 16.

Funny to think that in some video games people think it is badass to wield a chainsaw as a weapon. I’ve wielded one in real life that way. Heh.

If only I were making this stuff up. If only.

Oct 08

Egging me on

Some people have crack. Some people have meth. Some have heroin.

I have eggnog.

Every opportunity, I have been checking the grocery store shelves for that glorious substance to appear.

And every day, I have been disappointed.

Oh, eggnog, will you not return and bring joy to this cheerless, bleak world?

Oct 08

Smiling thugs or sneering thugs

As much as liberals in general will hate to hear this, I think they are mostly incorrect when they state that there is in fact a substantive difference between the Republicans and Democrats — on domestic policy, at least.

I think the one substantive domestic policy difference there is that though the Republicans and Democrats both bow completely and utterly to plutocratic interests, and produce on average about the same end results, the Democrats are less cruel about it. Sometimes in rhetoric only, and sometimes in actual application of socially regressive and oppressive policies, the Democrats don’t actually seem to feel (or at least to express) glee when they subjugate the poor, disentangle the social fabric, and in general make the world worse for everyone.

The Democrats, at least the ones who make it into office, do these things just the same as Republicans, though. Welfare "reform" was signed into law by Bill Clinton, after all.  And the Democrats are more firmly in the pockets of the copyright monopolies than the Republicans.

On the foreign affairs front, though, there is more of an argument for the superiority of Democrats (though I rarely if ever hear that argument made by actual liberals). The war in Iraq likely would not have occurred if Bush had never been elected, for instance.

That is, I agree, enough reason to always vote Democrat. However, as I noted above, I rarely ever hear that actual argument. What I hear instead is some absolute bullshit about how Democrats "care" more about the poor, about the middle class, about the working person, when in fact the evidence does not at all bear this out.

They talk a better game, but the result is the same — they just are more clever about it, as often the appearance of Democrat-led false reforms precludes and prevents real reform. This is by design. It’s sometimes referred to as “good cop, bad cop.” And just like in a police force, both cops here are tools of the system, just as are their cheerleaders.

I can understand the appeal of someone not sneering at you while ripping you off and stealing your livelihood, but that doesn’t make the theft any less larcenous, and that doesn’t make the impoverished any less poor.

Let’s not forget that when we talk about the saintliness of Democrats versus Republicans.

Sep 29

Loan

On the immorality of student loans.

“On a rough estimate, it would only take $70 billion of the federal budget to cover the tuition costs at every two- and four-year public college. This happens to be the sum the Pentagon wastes annually in ‘unaccountable spending.”

I once calculated that using all the money we wasted in Iraq, we could have converted the entire US to a solar power infrastructure and provided free college education to every American who wanted to attend for the next 30 years.

Shows you where our priorities truly lie.

Sep 27

Sleep peels

One of the biggest issues for me in fitting in with normal human society is that my circadian rhythm is not nearly earth-normal.

In an ideal world – say, I wasn’t working, had no commitments – I’d sleep 3-4 times a day, for as little as 45 minutes and as much as two hours. This would be just perfect for me. And I know this to be the case as periods when I’ve not had jobs for months at a time this is the natural pattern I fall into.

Never do I feel more alert and cognitively enhanced (compared to normal) as I do on that schedule.

Sep 26

Another thing I am tired of

I’m getting righteously tired of being told that I can’t tell the difference between a high-resolution display like the new iPad and other tablets’ inferior displays.

Yes, I very fucking well can tell the difference – at 14”, 36” and 48”. Using my partner’s tablet (original Asus Transformer), I can tell the difference pretty easily until it’s about seven or eight feet away.*

How do people believe this?

After eight feet, I can’t really tell at all. But who uses a tablet from eight feet away? At any distance I will use my iPad, the resolution difference is extremely, extremely obvious to me.

*I bet under ideal lighting conditions and after a migraine, I could tell from 12+feet away.