Friday, October 23, 2020

Passive Aggressive v. Cannabis

Passive aggressive roommate.  I'm outside smoking my weed.  She leaves for work.  I smell incense coming outside from the inside.  I go in.  Four sticks of incense are burning in one room.  She's closed the door to my room, a pet peeve of mine.  All this because she has a love/hate relationship with my use of cannabis.  I've been smoking for 43 years.  We've been friends for 32 of those 43 years.  Nary a complaint of my usage until we became roommates 5 years ago.  Most of the time she is oblivious to it.  But every now and then, the ugly head rears itself, and I get this:  Stinking room.  I proceeded to squash all the incense, opened my bedroom door, opened all the windows, went outside, drew a hit off my pipe, and blew the smoke into the house.  Take that.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Mourning In America

He's killing off Americans, and he shrugs off responsibility.  He is so incompetent, he is unable to fathom that his ideas are killing real people.  "What have you got to lose?"

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Buy That Burial Plot Now

16,000+ deaths.  The leader of the free world touts his television ratings.  He says it is not necessary to test everyone before he reopens America.  We must forget this is happening, he advises us.  We must all surge as one to make this economy great again.  Soon.  Sooner than later. 

Time to get that burial plot.  There may not be many left after he reopens America.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

We Should Never Forget

Today, Donald Trump tweeted:

Once we OPEN UP OUR GREAT COUNTRY, and it will be sooner rather than later, the horror of the Invisible Enemy, except for those that sadly lost a family member or friend, must be quickly forgotten. Our Economy will BOOM, perhaps like never before!!!

Forgotten.  Quickly forgotten.  Must be quickly forgotten.

Over 14,000 dead, and counting.

How far we have come from when a president mourned the loss of lives on 9/11.

George W. Bush said:

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace….None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Friday, March 13, 2020

We're All Gonna Die

This is the price America is paying for allowing this charade of a presidency to continue unabated.  Trump's presser today was a disgrace, and all those aligned with him bear responsibility for their failure to act and to protect the American people.  Not the damn corporations.  Our government must put the people first.  But it won't.  Many of us are infected.  We don't know.  We can't get tested. And the band played on.  We're all gonna die.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Got a new computer today.  Makes all the difference to posting.  My other one was bought in 2012, is slow as molasses and not conducive to posting.  Took 10 minutes to load up my blog page!  I've been silent for the past few years, constrained by my cancer recovery and other things.  But I just can sit out this 2020 election!  Time to get serious.

Sanders is now sounding a lot like Trump

Sanders is now sounding a lot like Trump.  Complaining about the “unfairness” of the Democratic National Committee.  Crying that he’s being silenced. Yadda, yadda, yadda. When you are an outsider to the Democratic party, fail to support the Democratic party, and bash the Democratic party, but “claim” to be a Democrat every time you run a primary, you get the Democratic party looking for anyone else but you to represent their party.  Get over it. What would be really ingenious (snark) is if Sanders actually ran a primary as an Independent, and coalesce his base through an honest representation of Independents. Stay out of the Democratic party lane. I hope the lesson is being learned.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Streaming As An Alternative To Cable And Sattelite Is Coming

I watched a movie on my 7" tablet the other day.  No, really, I did.  I never thought I would ever, EVER, be a person that would actually look at a small screen for two hours.  I am forever a cable person.  Or so I thought.  I am now victim to a residence that has Direct TV, with no outlet to my room.  Mind you, the living room sports a 55" (or something that size, I didn’t take measurements) Samsung television, so I am not necessarily complaining here.  But the sudden forced withdrawal from watching my Dodgers play baseball on television made me look at alternatives to cable or satellite feeds. 

I had been experimenting with the various streaming sources trying to see what was offered to me live, even as a paid subscriber (thanks to a few friends who generously offered their passwords to their accounts).  The pickings were slim for direct streaming offered from companies such as TWC and Direct TV and their apps.  But it was a chance viewing of “Aliens” on my tablet as I was checking out what was streaming live that
Who wouldn't continue watching?
captured my interest, and resulted in my watching the entire movie on the tablet.  Like most people, I have seen the Alien movies countless times, so much so that even though I know the basic premise and endings, I was surprised while watching the movie how much of the little details I forgot.  Watching it on the tablet alleviated the need for my glasses, and the pictures and details were fascinating to see.  I did not intend to watch the whole movie, but with no commercials, I could not stop watching.  There were only a few buffering issues and a few “you do not have enough bandwith” notices which interrupted the flow for a few seconds.  I have enough bandwith, damn it, 100 Mbps.  Although, for some reason, my tablet, laptop and cell phone only register 72 when connected to my TWC Internet connection.  Ultimately, the experience was a pleasurable one, though, and it has sparked my interest to the possibility of foregoing cable for my television experience.  I could switch to streaming and just pay for a good high speed connection, and purchase a television that will act as both a viewing screen for my devices and for streaming my television favorites and movies.  I have already hooked up my little laptop/notebook computer to my 32" television in my room, and I can now watch MLB baseball, with the exception again, of my Dodgers.

The announcement recently that Showtime will offer an app for purchase of their programming, coupled with HBO’s release of their app for $14.99 a month, is reason to rethink this.  I am liking the concept of ditching my cable habits.  I do not have the time at this point in life to sit mindlessly in front of my television, scrolling through 500 channels just for something to watch.  Pairing down to a monthly subscription of programming will definitely be cheaper than what was assembled for my viewing with cable, which at times, was over $220 per month (although, that did include high speed Internet and $20 for a land line telephone, but still!).