Monday, March 19, 2018

Is Sling TV Commercial Too Much?

In watching NCAA basketball this past weekend, this commercial was served up:

Color me not a fan.  Those that know me know I'm not a prude, but this ad just smacks of creepy.  At best it's a risque SNL skit, and at worst it is a further degradation of traditional marriage.  Yeah, it is that bad.

Yuck.  Just yuck.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Boy Crisis

Admittedly there is some crap in here.  OK, quite a bit of crap.  There is also a ton of astounding information.

Try and fight your way through the crap, as the overarching message is a sobering one.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Is Kirk Cousins the Answer?

Today the Vikings will announce their agreement with Kirk Cousins.  It will be a ton of money, guaranteed, and is an all-in bet by the Vikings that Cousins will be able to lead them to at least one, if not multiple Super Bowls.  

On paper, the deal appears to make sense.  Cousins is the best QB free agent talent out there, and QB has been the position that the Vikings have lacked since Favre's first season.  However, this just doesn't feel right:

  • While Cousins' numbers were very good, they were not great.  Granted, he played on a much lesser team, however, look at what Rodgers does with the crap that surrounds him in Green Bay.  Elite QBs make their teams elite.  Cousins didn't do that.
  • Is Cousins appreciably better than Keenum?  For the money being paid, he needs to be, and by a lot.  I'm not sure that I see that in his game.
  • QBs are fragile.  We know that all too well, being down two starters last year.  That guaranteed money could be a real albatross if something catastrophic occurs.
I wish I could be more excited by this move.  Unfortunately, all I feel is worried.

That makes me a Vikings fan, I guess.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2018 Hockey Hair Team

It's that time again when we pay homage to the salad and the flow.  Enjoy:

Monday, March 12, 2018

Pat Condell on Progressive Feminism

This guy is shot out of a cannon and could not be more right.

If you're paying attention to the massive amount of rapes being conducted in Europe right now, you know he's batting 1.000.

Worth a listen:

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Crosses Others Carry

Last month I was on a flight home from a long trip.  I was tired, homesick, and worried about my car starting at my minus 25-degree destination.  At least, I thought, I have the row to myself.

Just minutes ahead of the door closing, a tall, dishevelled man entered the plane.  My muttering of "please, no" was completely ineffective, as the gentleman plopped down next to me.  And plopped was the proper term, complete with a lot of interfering in my personal space.

My row mate turned out to also be an armrest hog, and that's a pet peeve of mine.  We weren't even to 10,000 feet when I started casting my aspersions on him and what he was like.

About five minutes later, I looked down to see if I could do anything about the armrest situation when I noticed his wrist.  It was all scarred from being aggressively torn up.  It was the ugliest scar I'd ever seen on a human being.   

The poor soul sharing my row had felt his life was so worthless that he tried, very aggressively I might add, to take himself out.  Why did he feel that way?  What could have been so terrible?  How awful his situation must have been.

I saw him in a whole new light.  He was not a distraction.  He was one of God's children and had suffered greatly.  My heart ached for him, and what he had to endure.

We have no clue what others have been through.  Instead of thinking the worst of those that we encounter, how about trying to see them as flawed and hurting humans, each with their own cross.  Some big, some small.

And some completely unbearable.

Friday, March 9, 2018

iPhone Fiasco

Ever since the launch of iOS 11, I've been having serious trouble with my iPhone 6S.  There were a lot of little troubles, but the most infuriating one was that all of my Bluetooth connections would randomly be dropped.  That was particularly when using my Bluetooth headphones while working out, or using the capabilities to play music or talk on the phone in my car.

Sometimes I could go hours without a drop.  Other times it would be every three minutes.  The whole time I'd be sitting there wondering when the next time the connection would be lost.  It plain sucked.

Diagnosing online offered a bevvy of potential solutions, and I tried them all, from the mundane to the downright painful.  Nothing.

Having suffered from this since the upgrade last September, having tried every fix under the sun, and having been disappointed by the failures of myriad upgrades since to improve my situation, I took my phone into the Apple Store and was loaded for bear.  Somebody was going to feel my wrath.

The kid that came up to help me could not have been more nice.  I don't mean that as a cliche.  He was ridiculously nice.  He worked with me to try and diagnose my issue, and when one wasn't in the offing, he broke the bad news to me gently: I needed to do a full wipe of my phone.  My OS system was likely corrupted, and the only way to fix it would be to restore the phone to factory defaults and set it up as a new phone; ignoring my backups which likely contained tainted code.

It'd be long and it'd suck.  Everything would be gone, from apps to photos to contacts.  Everything would need to be restored, and we'd start from scratch.  He was sorry, but that's what we needed to do.

I couldn't say anything.  All I could do is take my sick phone home and relegate myself to my fate.

I did it.  And guess what?  It failed.  I was back to Bluetooth drops; this time worse than before.  Now I was really ticked.  I was able to navigate my way through to actually call someone at Apple - a rare feat in and of itself - and I was fit to be tied.  She was working off a script and asking me if I had tried different treatments, which I had, multiple times.  She then asked, "Have you reached out to the manufacturers of the devices to which you're trying to pair to see if they can make upgrades to accommodate iOS11?"  

That was it.  The last straw.

"WHAT?  You want ME to call FORD and have them fix my car because YOU upgraded YOUR software and it doesn't work with my car anymore?"  She hated my response and immediately handed me off to a supervisor.

The guy that hopped on the phone was a tool.  My only options would be to send it in for repair or buy a new phone.

Hello iPhone 8 plus.  So far, things are working OK, but I'm on pins and needles.  If this doesn't work, I'm going back to a laptop and a landline.