Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Social media, the extreme implosion of respectful behavior

The more I browse around any of the social media sites the worse it gets. The common courtesy of ANY human opinion is put on trial and usually crucified and burned at the stake for good measure. The ability to have any civil debate/banter seems to have taken a big steamer in cyber-space. Usually resorts to bloody name calling, bullying, and even implied physical harm. What the hell happened around here? I get and rather enjoy we don't all share the same opinions, it's actually taught me a lot of things. Granted that has been from people usually outside the USA and not trying to be a douche bag to get a point across. Yes, there can be a line between sarcasm and being a DB. Have things come too impersonal without a face and just a keyboard and imagination? Are we losing our ability as humans to successfully have live social interactions? I truly hope not, because then a lot of ugly groups win with a divided humanity. Groups like your(US) government, NSA, Terror groups, NRA, pharmaceutical companies(prescription drugs for social anxiety and such), and so on. Another group that takes the biggest hit, our futures, our children. They are not learning social courtesies and customs when they aren't practicing these things outside of school interaction and seeing mommy and/or daddy being an ass on FB or Twitter. Now you see this coming down the line with kids. The horrendous bullying(initiating and receiving) has escalated with web chatter, giving an easier medium without courage of face to face. The language and grammar has taken a major nose dive and affecting real life usage.

Solutions, are there any that people care to implement? Policing themselves seems to have become unacceptable and given way to typing what they wish they could say. Create more social environment and "activities" for ourselves, may have to get dressed and leave the house, never mind. Become more involved in our children's lives and nurture a more positive lifestyle(realize teachers aren't there to raise your kids, you are). Whatever the answers are, it comes down to us, each individual person to take care of themselves and fix their approach to this world of "impersonal interaction" and a little decorum in our daily life, keys or no keys.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Spirit?

 First of all, let me get this out to begin... I'm NOT religious and do NOT endorse any of them. Now, on with the ramblings of the day.

 The premise behind Christmas has evolved into many things. Taking out the religious undertones and fiction, you have good will to man and it's about giving to others. What the hell went wrong with those ideals? From camping in a tent for a week outside a damn store to trampling, punching, fighting, cursing, and killing each other(literally) for a material possession. Rife with such hypocrisy amongst us all. What happen to love is not measured in material possessions or gifts? Children grow up thinking they aren't loved unless they get the things on their list. Instead of a week in a damn tent, how about a week with you children or family(if no kids)/friends. They all think your an idiot for camping out anyway(cue the iPhone drones). That time spent will create a much more positive impact than the cheap TV/Cell phone.
 I love when people do something for someone else, without the desire for any type of compensation. Shit, it feels great in the end, and you want to share it because you are excited and want people to do the same. Don't be an asshole to the person proud of what they did for someone and feel good about it. A skateboard "friend" on FB(devil's playground) Doug Des Autels posted about such an event and a few people blasted him for it. Saying he was expecting kudos in return. You, know what he DOES deserve the kudos for it, because you know those two assholes don't do shit for anyone except themselves. I digressed obviously, sorry(I think).

 I guess what I'm bouncing around with is that, if your claiming to be in the holiday spirit, act like it, truly fucking act like it. No forgiveness on Saturday bullshit, stand up and just be a rad ass human. Smile to strangers, hold a door, use you manners, help each other out. THEN, maybe the holiday spirit will actually start to mean something, once we all start participating. PAY IT FORWARD(recommended watch).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A nonexpert's opinion/guide on holiday gifts

 This is the time of the year everybody goes ape shit trying to find that special gift for whatever creature you're buying for. Alas, there are more options than Sybil has personalities. So, what the hell can you do to decide? Ask the person and give away your "surprise" or get the "awe, you don't have to get me anything(I've never heard that one, but people say it exists)"? Ask a sales clerk who has no interest in you or is so damn busy they can barely breathe? Or, read my nonsensical ideas and opinions? Let's break this down into themes or something.

 ***TECH***

Wireless Devices(phones)....
Apple - If they have no individuality, personality, or completely terrified of technology buy an iWhatever. They can "enjoy" life in their bubble.

WP8 - Here is a surprising twist for the newcomer or intimidated by tech and various platforms. This is actually the most intuitive and easiest UI on the market...Hands Down!! The apps are growing at a blistering pace also. Even tech savvy Microsoft users will appreciate the ease of everything syncing together across computer, phone, tablet, cloud, and Xbox. Nokia Lumia 1020 is the Queen bee here

Android - Hey kids, this is actually the #1 platform used in the world by A LOT. While Apple continues to be a dictatorship of your usage, Android and WP8 are gaining market share faster than a politician changing topics. A lot of devices with different experiences to fit individual users wants and needs. Top choices right now are LG G2(top specs in EVERYTHING), Nexus 5(pure Android experience and same GPU as G2), Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note3(very different for different users, but top end specs, I'm not a fan of the UI or long wait on updates), HTC One(best build quality and comfort with great specs), and lastly Microsoft Moto X(the always on feature, Battery life, customized creator, and USA build are game changers even with less than spectacular specs).

Tablets....
I hate this part because while I use a Nexus 7, I hate redundancy. I have a phone with that platform I don't really need to repeat that. I want my tablet to do more than my phone can...period. Give me a full computing experience for that productivity(and games). If price isn't an issue Microsoft Surface pro2. If your like me and broke, the Asus Transformer T100 is a full Windows 8.1(not RT) and detachable keyboard(inlcuded) for $350.

***SKATEBOARDING***
Decks...
Shut up about this brand or that brand and try something new, you might like it. Seriously though, my personal favorites to ride this last year has been Blind R8, Real, and Mystery. This next year I want to explore a few new kids like Threat and smaller guys like BrenGuard, Division 3, and Chance if they ever make it down to the US.

Wheels...
 Spitfire Formula fours are only rivaled by Bones STF right now....Period, end of story

Grip...
Filmbot or Mob ONLY... Grizzly is too soft for my liking.

Hardware...
Knowgood Hardware .... period, end of story

Trucks...
Theeve is making some noise, I'm still waiting to try them(none in the Tampa area, yet) Indy and Thunder is all I've used since '85

Shoes...
Favorites have to be Nike SB and Fallen Footwear love both for so many reasons. New company Mike Vallely is backing really has my intrigued...Servant Footwear, I like what I see from afar, especially for those that are vegan skaters.

Accessories...
Insoles and everything else...Etcetera Project... no gimmick ingredients, jst shit that WORKS and durable!

That's enough of my opinionated rants for today, enjoy it or just talk behind my back about it later. ha

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