Friday, January 27, 2012
So... if Google decides to advertise Google+ within search results and not include Facebook, Twitter, etc it doesn't fucking matter. They have no reason to comply with any request put forth by those companies to do so either. It seems that people forget Google is a company with shareholders and things like that. The point of the company is to make money. They developed their search tool and have done a very successful job of it. Nobody ever says "Search the internet for it", they say "Google it". So if they ad a feature that integrates search results for other products they've made then that is their right.
I personally do not like the new feature. If I wanted to find something on Google+ I'd search there. That's why I turned it off. If Mark Zuckerberg and whoever the hell runs Twitter has a problem with that, they should turn it off as well.
Granted that Google search results have become an integral part of the internet. Imagine if Google had decided to block out more than their logo in protest of SOPA. The world wouldn't have shut down and banks would still operate, but 90% of Americans would have been lost. This article states that Google may be losing site of it's core job, search results; I disagree. Google still provides the best search results available. If I have to skip over a youtube video or turn off the search plus you feature I will do so.
If this was user outrage I could understand, but this is all brought about by other companies feeling Google has given itself an unfair advantage. Perhaps they should make their own search engine and not include Google product results. Just block out Blogger, YouTube, Google+, Picasa, and Code. Their users will have the advantage of not having to sift through as much useful information.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I have an uncanny knack for getting by. I've never had to really try hard to accomplish anything. Jobs are just handed out to me despite my lack of a high school education or any formal training in anything other than martial arts or BET from the Army. Those two skill sets are hard to translate in the real world though. I'm not even sure why I'm concerned with it. Most people would call it a charmed life from the outside looking in and it very well may be.
Perhaps all I need is some change and trial in my life. I want things to complicate a little. Where's the thrill of victory when it's all but assured? I dropped everything in my life and started over once, perhaps it's time to do it again. Get rid of everything and just start fresh. Some new place where nobody knows me. Find out if this whole situation I've been in all my adult life is nothing more than some local phenomenon or if I am cursed to have whatever I want handed to me.
Now that I consider that, perhaps that's why I'm so attracted to unattainable women. I know it won't happen and if it did it wouldn't work, but it never stops the attempt. Even if it fails 1,000 times all I need is number 1,001 to come to fruition and it will be the earned victory I seek. Perhaps one day at some god awful hour in the morning I'll make a post declaring that achievement.
Posts like this one seem to have a healing factor to them. To say what hasn't been said. To say what doesn't even need to be said. It doesn't matter if it's never read, it's out there. Then of course there is the dark side of that healing. Typing this just to get it out without thinking brings forth questions that you may not have known were ever there be they good or bad. It's a very zen process. Taking the bad with good and the balancing act required to keep the level at just right to avoid steering down a darker path than you want to. There is one redeeming factor to this whole process that can't be avoided or ignored -
It's way cheaper than a therapist.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
In the words of the ancients, one should make his decision within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break through to the other side.I follow that statement almost religiously and so far it has not led me astray. However recently I am finding that harder and harder to do. There are things in my life that make it harder to make split decisions and I find that I am unsure how to proceed. Should I push forward as I always have and deal with the wake left by my actions when the time comes, or should I reevaluate the process in which those actions are decided upon? Is this a turning point in my life or a mere test of my resolve?
There are many factors bringing about this chain of thought. Suddenly it's no longer a matter of how I will deal with the consequences, but how others will perceive or react to the decisions I make. It seems as though the way I've lived my life is finally catching up to me. Perhaps I will strive forward with the same stance I've taken throughout my life; living in the moment and never worrying about tomorrow, but I find that may be a lonelier prospect than I orginally thought...
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I can see where the justice system is coming from on this one, but I still have to disagree with the decision. Yes, the parents could have taken the child to the emergency room and had it treated. Yes, the emergency room would have treated the child and billed them later. That seems to be obvious to everyone including the journalist who wrote the article.
However, I doubt the journalist has had to deal with bad credit, a shitty job, less money coming in than going out, and creditors calling every day. I imagine there were times these parents were more worried about their child not having food than they were about him possibly having cancer.
The priorities of the poor are staggered a little differently than the middle class and above. We have medical care very near the bottom of that list. For us, medical care isn't some wonderful miracle that heals all. It's a way to drag ourselves deeper in debt. It's a way to have some bullshit nurse look down on you because you don't have insurance while you wait for an overpaid doctor to do as little as possible and give you some pill he can be compensated for.
In fact, let's assume they had taken him to the emergency room. According to the doctor in the last paragraph of the article, "If they had just taken the child to the emergency room and said the child is sick, the staff would have taken care of the child ... Their approach is 'we figure out how to get paid later'". That is the biggest load of horse shit I have ever heard. They have to stabilize the child. If they had taken him into the hospital they'd have assumed he had a mild infection or tonsillitis or something. He'd leave there with an anti-biotic and a note saying come back in for a check-up. That check-up wouldn't be an emergency room visit and without insurance or money, they'd turn the family away.
So in conclusion, fuck anybody who thinks this was easily prevented.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Non of this makes sense to me. Obviously we as Americans are pretty happy to get rid of what we assume to be illegal Colombian immigrants. However there is a different theory.
Jackson says he believes something more sinister is going on."There has to be something behind this 15-year-old girl ending up in Colombia, besides the fact that ICE dropped the ball," he said. "Of all the nicknames ... to pick one that's of Latino descent, for that to be a name that sticks and gets you deported, that doesn't make sense."
That's right. He thinks she was coerced into faking her way to Columbia, in order to smoke pot in the comfort of some man's lap. Jackson is her father by the way. I find this hard to believe. The sad fact is that if you try to hide your identity, it will be exposed. There are exceptions to this rule but I doubt she's former special forces or in the CIA or something. In fact, the detectives looking into this would seem to agree.
"I don't buy that she had the wherewithal to be able to bamboozle the government," Jackson says. "You know, kids are scared when they get around authorities. ... To think that you could bamboozle them to create a new identity, it just doesn't make sense."A little heavy on the bamboozlement part for my tastes but it gets the point across.
Monday, January 02, 2012
It seems as though every profession has it's own set of customers that should be avoided at all costs. I've found this to be true at every job I've ever had anyway.
However it seems that when it comes to security camera installation all customers should be avoided. This job requires you to act like the customer knows what the fuck they're talking about when in actuality they know as much about cameras as I know about assembling a space shuttle. This seems to be totally lost on them since they insist you're wrong and they're right.
In closing, fuck you customer.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
- Start practicing Martial Arts again.
- This one is my replacement for 'get in shape'. I'll get in shape as a side effect of re-learning kata and practicing technique.
- Get better at woodworking.
- I want to learn how to truly be good at woodworking. Right now I can make a few items as long as they're simple but I want to be able to make complex items.
- Learn to cook more varied food.
- Right now if it isn't hamburger helper, hot hamburger plates, pizza, steak, or out of the box foods I can't make it. I need to learn to cook something different to add some variety to my diet.
- Restore my truck.
- I want my truck to look like brand new. I have quite a few ideas that hopefully will come to fruition.