Category: Rants

Apr 07

Who Needs a Donation When You Can Like, Share and Pray?

Because I have brain cancer nobody wants to pray for me

I spotted this on a Facebook “wall” and found it nauseating. It made me angry. The post is exploitative and cynical on such a scale that it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t purposefully, carefully, engineered to be as misanthropic as possible. I did a little searching to see if I could uncover the story …

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Dec 30

Mac Rumors

MacRumors Buyer's Guide - Macs

I’ve been using Apple Macs since I started on a IIfx more years ago then I care to recount. My current Macs (a 17″ laptop and a Mac Mini) are from 2010. They’re starting to show their age and I’d like to upgrade them. Alas, with the recent exception of the newly released MacBook Pro, Apple has …

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Jun 19

Warning: Outdoors May Contain Nature

Personal Tragedy or National News Fodder On June 14th, 2016, tragedy struck a Nebraska family when their two year old son was attacked and killed by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Five days later and this event is still making national headline news. As unadulteratedly heartbreaking as this is for the child’s family; as much …

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May 28

Big Screen TVs Squashed by UHD

The Fellowship of the Ring on a Big Screen TV: Samsung UN75F8000 75-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV

Bigger is Better if You can Stand it When I was a kid, the “cool” place to sit in a movie theater was in the very back row. As I got older, I realized that defeated much of the purpose of going to the movies: a larger than life BIG screen experience. By sitting at …

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Nov 13

Travel Tip for Parents

A traveling tip for parental units: When the airport luggage carousel is jam pack surrounded with adults trying to get their bags, you’d be wise to move the little kiddies away from the machinery instead of letting them play with it, occupying a much needed spot. Alternatively: keep your mouth shut if your spawn gets …

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Oct 27

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others

Animal Farm Pig and Barn Wall commandments

Increasingly, politics leaves me infuriated. The October GOP induced government shut down and threatened debt ceiling default had me almost shaking with anger. This is a self inflicted wound that is the result of so many wrongs ranging from the control of the popular media by the rich few to political gerrymandering. I’m afraid that …

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Sep 23

Baby’s First Logo

The Today Show gives a newborn its first advertisement seconds after being born.

On work days, in an effort to ease my transition from the river Lethe to the living world, I watch the morning news including the featured stories on NBC’s Today Show. And so I watched as they interrupted their morning banter with “breaking news”: a video that was tied to some story about birth. The …

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Mar 29

Electric Libraries and Thigh-high Mud

Some days the internet is a wonder, where I feel my mind pulled at light speed through a nearly infinite maze of electric libraries and forums – each more interesting than the last. Other days, it’s a slog through thigh-high mud just to answer the door for a spammer or inane Facebook post. My evening …

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Oct 29

The most powerful instrument

Vote

I’m happily voting for Barack Obama on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Somebody who is close to me, – who votes conservative and who I dearly respect asked me the old Reagan question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago.”  The answer is, “Yes!” If the answer surprises you, let me draw an analogy. …

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Sep 08

Facebook and Politics

I really enjoy your poltical Facebook posts, said no one ever. - Some Cards

Periodically, but during the voting season in particular, some friends will post, “I wish there was a hide political rant” button, or they’ll post a snarky image about politics and Facebook. They very well may be right. It’s easy to imagine sophisticated people sitting around a table at a dinner party exchanging political witticisms (“Well …

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Jun 30

Shame the devil

CNN headline "The Supreme Court has struck down the individual mandate for health care. Mandate struck down" - June 28, 2012

When CNN was first created: the idea of 24 hour news held the promise of greater, in-depth news coverage. It has turned into tabloid reporting. I laugh when I hear people talk about the ‘liberal media’. All of these large media organizations are corporate owned and funded by other corporations. They serve the dollar, not …

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