Monthly Archives: March 2010

A new trick…

I recently learned how to send photos from my phone to my laptop.  I can also send songs from my laptop to my phone.  All via bluetooth.

We're excited the loud guy left. Let him practice his kung-fu bow staffing elsewhere.

The Droid is cool.  Free ringtones rock.

Natural progression…

Sav and I are sitting in the Wilk waiting for the bookstore to open.  We claimed a couch.  Next to us is a couple.  Here’s how the conversation has gone:

  • Guy talking about nothing.  Girl not paying attention.
  • Guy talking about school.  Girl picking under fingernails.
  • Guy talking about roommates.  Girl tries to talk about her roommates, but every one of her comments leads the guy into a new topic.
  • Guy talking about pranking roommates.  Girl laughs, even though guy is not as funny as he thinks.
  • Guy talking about using bow staff and kung-fu during prank.  Girl should start running at this point.
  • Guy talking about light sabers.  Girls actually has one…???
  • Guy talking about having light sabers on his mission.  Girl has opened up pandora’s box.
  • Guy talking about his mission.  Girl is now faced to suffer, because during this whole conversation, guy has been waiting for the opportunity to impress girl with his spirituality.
  • Guy talking about being the better companion and teaching his companion using a wooden sword.  Girl doesn’t realize it, but guy is a goober.
  • Guy talking about more mission sword fighting discipline.  Girl is unaware of the fact that the loud sounds made when telling story is an indicator of the strangeness of guy.
  • Guy talking about mission still.  Girl should be thankful that the loudness has ended.

The conversation came to an uneventful close when guy left to talk to a counselor.  It’s times like these that Sav is shown who she might have ended up if I hadn’t come along.  This always makes her happy to be with me.

Just another opinion on the pile…

Oh, it’s been an interesting 24 hours.

We got a new health care bill, and suddenly everyone who has access to a computer is sharing their opinion.

I’m not going to share mine, because as great, important, awesome, amazing, fantastic, incredible, magnificent, and ridiculously good looking I may be, my opinion is not.  Mostly, because 99% of the people who shared something on the internet (I’m mostly speaking about Facebook), I don’t have all the facts.  And until I do have all the facts, my judgement can’t be anything but faulty.  And my opinion will only be based on what little I do know, what rumors I’ve heard from other people ranting about rumors, and what personal opinions I’ve already developed about Washington, the President, and politics.

What I just wanted to say is that everyone is so quick to share their opinion that many a person has been a jackass today.  And they didn’t even have to work in Washington to do it.

Now hold on there.  Before you zip down to the bottom of this post and retort my statements with your own, read on.  As I’ve already said before, I’m not sharing my opinion about the health care bill.  What good would that do anyway?  All I will say is that I hope and pray that it doesn’t keep me and mine from getting the health care we need.  Please don’t tell me how you think this is going to affect me, because you don’t really know.  No one knows.  You may know more than me about this whole thing, and you know what?  I’m ok with that.

What I’m not ok with:

  1. Somebody telling my wife that she’ll buy her an “I love Obama” sticker because my wife pointed out: “Government regulation of business (e.g., healthcare) does not equal socialism.  But thanks for trying.”  (I am ok with how my wife retorted and called the comment asinine, which is such a fun word.)
  2. People who mix up the facts when trying to complain about the new bill:

    just a thought… So a news sources says the Health Overhaul will cost 900B a year. That same news source claims that this new bill will make healthcare available to 32M people. Do the math, 900B/32M=28,125 per year. The answer to this mathematical query is how much the American taxpayers pay per person, per year for healthcare.

  3. Misused facts.  If you’re going to hand out mathematical figures, at least know what you’re calculating. Every person in the US isn’t going to pay that much a year. Why? Because there are 300 million+ people in the United States, not just 32 million. That’s how many people it will extend health care to.   $3,000 a year per person would also suck…but most of that will be burdened on those that make far more money than you (speaking to the person whom I quoted above).  But thanks for playing.
  4. People who share their opinion but can’t spell or use proper grammar (including, but not limited to: capitalization, punctuation, subject/verb agreement, etc.).  I mean, if you’re going to put your foot in your mouth, you might as well do it with proper style.
  5. My cousin telling my wife that she’s arrogant.  If you’re a college drop-out (less than a year); lived with your parents most of your married, adult life; and the only reason you got out of their house is because they bought you a house, you probably shouldn’t tangle with a well-read, witty, articulate woman who can say exactly what she’s thinking with her words.  Because she will make you cry.

And most of all, I’m just sick of all the bickering back and forth on Facebook.  People can have a difference of opinion.  Our school counselors always told us that it would be such a boring place if we all had the same opinion.  I respectfully disagree.  I think it would be anything but boring.  It would be hell, because I’m an idiot about 90% of the time, and it’s only because of the good grace of God that I have learned to keep most of that idiocy inside and also keep it from killing me.  (Ok, 90% is an exaggeration.  87% is more accurate.)  Just think how bad it’d be if everyone thought like those people who are dumb 110% of the time.  (Oh…it’s mathematically possible.)

The health care bill isn’t the biggest problem.  I think it’s the idiocy of people as a whole.  (This means that Washington may actually be a fair representation of the American people.)  Men in Black said it best: “A person is smart.  People are stupid.”  However, in my experience today, I’m starting to think that it depends on the person you sample, because today it seemed like every time a person posted something insightful, they had to endure an onslaught of comments making personal attacks on their integrity.

A person can support and love their country without agreeing 100% with its leaders.  And today, a U.S. citizen can love and support their country, and that doesn’t make them a socialist, no matter how many “enlightened” Facebookers think otherwise.

Now, please don’t take anything I say personally.  As I’ve already stated, I’m an idiot around 87% of the time.  But before we all start commenting up a storm on the interweb, we should stop and ask, “Do I even know what I’m talking about?”

There’s just two problems with this solution.  Everyone who really needs this advice a) will never read this post, and b) would forget to ask the question before leaving a stupid comment.

YouTube
The venue is variable, but the intelligence remains constant.

Currently listening to: “Violin Concerto In G, Op. 4, No. 12” by Antonio Vivaldi.

For you cellphone users…

Never underestimate the usefulness of the internet.  As I’ve pointed out, Sav and I just got new Motorola Droids.  In a world where everyone seems to have an iPhone (indeed, when BYU has a home game, AT&T’s network dies in Provo), it’s easy to find accessories for an iPhone, but sometimes harder for other phones.

Our experiences with the Verizon store:  They sold us a charger and a window mount each for $30, thought at a discount of $24 each.  The mount wasn’t what we wanted.  It came with a case that you had to use, hard to get off, but if you didn’t take it off, you were stuck with a protrusion that is used to mount it.  We wanted the clip in.  Which I found on Amazon for $25.  And it came with a charger.  Can you say returns?  We took our stuff back to Verizon and just got the mount today, and it’s so much better.  And saved us $23.

What we couldn’t return were the crappy screen protectors we bought.  Waste of $13.  I had had a great anti-glare protector on my iPhone made by Power Support.  A quick Google search took me to a forum that had a link this product: Steinhall Anti-Fingerprint for Motorola Droid.  I ordered it last week, and they got here yesterday.  I installed them today.  Worth every penny.

For protection, we bought the popular item on Amazon.com.  The Seidio Innocase Surface Case for Motorola Droid.  I got mine today.  (Sav wanted purple, but today we changed to blue today to get it sooner (it comes in many colors).)  It’s great.  Slim and will come off easy when I need to put it in the car mount.

So those are my shameless plugs for stuff I found and am very happy with.  You may not have a Droid, but if you’re looking for screen protectors for a phone or a case, those brands make good products.

Oh, and if we’ve all learned any lessons, it’s not to buy anything from the Verizon store, even your phone if you can help it.

A must have for any Droid user.

Currently listening to: “Sky Diver” by Owl City

That seems pointless…

Last semester I got an email invitation to join the BYU chapter of the Golden Key Honor Society, or something like that.  I thought, “Oh, that might be cool.”  And I went to register.  When the first thing they asked for was my credit card number, I realized I was wrong.

Why are there so many pointless clubs and societies that do nothing but want my money to join?

Currently listening to: “23” by Jimmy Eat World

A quick eBay tip…

Yesterday I put my iPhone on eBay.  Today it sold with Buy It Now.

Here’s my tip:  simple, concise information, good pictures, and answer questions quickly.  Free shipping is a plus.  Oh, and if it’s a high-priced item, paying an extra 35 or 50 cents for the subtitle is also worth it.  (Most people will only read your title.)  And don’t start your auction too high.  iPhones like mine but with less perks were selling for $300-$380.  I started at $199.  I had 8 watchers the last time I looked, but I probably had more before it sold.

I sold it with the case, cover, and car charger.  (Perks increase the value and always attract more interest.)  It was in near mint condition (for being used).  And it sold on Buy It Now for $399.  Nice.

Currently listening to: “Hello Seattle” by Owl City

Bioshock 2 and Home Sheep Home…

This week, along with getting new Phones, Sav let me get a half-birthday present: Bioshock 2.  She even let me get the special edition, which is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever owned.

Happy half-birthday to me!

I bought it on Tuesday.  I didn’t play it until Saturday.  That tells you a few things: a) how much homework I had to get done during the week, and b) how much marriage has changed me.  If this had been my single days, I would have finished that homework by 11, and I would have played Bioshock 2 until 6 in the morning when I would notice the sun outside and make a mental note that I wouldn’t be going to class that day, and that when I get up to use the bathroom, I should send an email to my boss telling him that I’m ill today.  Instead, I went to bed by 11.  I also skipped class, but no Bioshock.

This weekend, Sav confirmed that she is indeed the coolest wife in existence.  She not only said, “You should play your game.”  She sat down and watched me, and when she learned the back story, kept saying, “This is the coolest game.”  Legit.

I started playing on Saturday, but only after I’d beaten this game.  Oh, I’m so hooked on flash games.

I’ve only played a few hours, but it’s definitely just as good as the first.  Only this time I haven’t spoiled the story line by reading the Wikipedia page.  (Did that on the first game.  Silly CK.)  I can’t wait to get more free time to play.  Oh–it’s such a good game!

End of an era…

This last week, I ended a period of my life.  That period was the time I had an iPhone.

Now I have a Droid.

Apple: packaging win. Verizon (and Google and Motorola): phone win.

Actually, we both have Droids.  And we like them a lot.

Sav doesn’t know how she lived without a smart phone.  Once you have the internet at your fingertips, it’s something you can’t be without.

I used to claim that nothing could render like an iPhone.  A year ago, I was right.  But Google made Android, and Android rocks.  The browsing is faster.  Verizon has a much faster network.  The Droid itself is much more responsive than the iPhone.  I like being on Google Talk in the background.  I like how fast it switches between programs.  Much faster than the iPhone.  And Google Maps turn-by-turn is awesome.  The on-screen keyboard is even better.  I like how it simply works with all Google products seamlessly, and you don’t have to pay for Global Me.  (Though that would be a cool name.  Google should market that for free.)  The Android software is everything that the iPhone software should be but isn’t.  (Thank you Google.)

If you’re thinking of getting one, check out Amazon.  $50 with a service plan.  Kicks the crap out of Verizon’s $200 after rebates.  Oh, and get all your accessories online too.  The stuff at the Verizon store is overpriced.

The one thing I miss are my games.

About the same size. But one runs Android.

Currently listening to: “North” by Chris Merritt