Archive for January 2011 - Page 1


    Regrets...some thoughts

    I watched the latest episode of House and there was a quote I thought was rather profound "Actions have consequences…being a man is accepting them". There are only a few things that I can say I regret in my life. Some I can change some I cannot.

    There's another quote from the Brad Paisley song "Letter to Me", that hits rather close to home. "...Go Hug Aunt Rita every chance you get". This hits home because it'll soon be 3 years since my Aunt died. There had been some tension between her and my mom that stemmed from an incident on the Fourth of July a few years back now. One of my cousins threw water on me, which I warned she shouldn't do, and I stormed off. From what I've been told my Aunt and my Mom started bickering over it. After that they hardly spoke. They did begin to talk a bit about a year before my Aunt died, but it was never the same as prior to the incident.

    In September of 2007, my Grandma called my Mom to say that my Grandpa had collapsed, I drove my Mom and a couple of family members to my Grandparents house and then I drove my Aunt and my Mom to the hospital. It was not long after that when they told us that he had died. I bring this up because I never spent enough time with him. My family and I along with my Grandparents lived in the same house from about 1986 to 1989. It was cramped with 9 people in the house but it was fun none-the-less.

    After the incident on the Fourth of July my grandma started saying that us grandkids were ungrateful and complaining about the fact that none of them ever came over. I was one of the only ones who actually did go over on a somewhat regular basis. When I was overall there I would listen to my grandpa rail about how the Chinese were going to take over the world and the like. I always listened, why, because it's just who I am. I always listen. I may not agree, but I always listen.

    The last regret which is not family related is a situation that I had with a friend of mine who was one of the only true friends I had in high school and the only one who I really kept up with afterwards. The incident stemmed from a slip of the tongue I made that he kept harping on. I had said that my fiance's (girlfriend at the time) favorite time was the Holocaust. It was not the fact that he made fun of me for a few days, but that he would not let up on it. It came to the point where I told him to never talk to me again. I regret this statement now. It's been a couple of years since I last spoke to him. I have tried reaching out to him to apologize and I have done so. But I fear it's too late and that I forever lost his friendship.

    I am not sure what brought all of this on, but it's something I thought I would share. I cannot undo everything that I have done, but I can attempt to undo some of the things that I have done. Most everything in my life I do not regret as it has made me who I am today. There are a few things I would have done differently but I am not sure if those matter in the grander scheme of things.

    The last quote that has made an impact on me is in the Song "New Orleans" by Toby Keith. The lyric is as follows "There's a few defining moments in Every Persons' Life, Where You Know What You've Done Wrong, And You Know What You've Done Right."

    Maybe I'm just taking a bigger look at what I've done right and wrong over the past 28 1/2 years I am not sure. Who knows what will happen in the next 28 1/2 years of my life. I hope I do not have as many regrets during the next 28 1/2 years as I do now. Maybe I can fix a few of the ones I have now so that they will not be regrets. Only time will tell.


    Thoughts on Today's Arizona Incident

    I generally do not put my thoughts on politics on my blog, but today's shooting and assassinations, yes they fucking assassinations, bother me. Why you may ask. Well, we'll get into that in a minute. First a bit of a background, as it stands now. Arizona 8th District Representative gabrielle Giffords was attending a meet and greet, called 'Congress on Your Corner', in her own district where constituents can get real face to face time with their repesentative. This, in among itself, should be required for ALL members of congress regardless of longevity. Getting actual representatives to voice their complaints and actually be able to express their wishes and feel as though they are actually making a difference.

    Approximately 10 minutes into the meet and greet the suspected gunman, Jared Loughner, began opening fire on the crowd. According to reports he was using a 9mm glock pistol with a clip that could hold 30 shells. He struck Representative Giffords in the head and killed several others.

    Congresswoman Giffords has several things going for her. First she is the only congressperson married to an Military person who is on active duty. Secondly, she managed to win as a Democrat within a Conservative district.

    Now, I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it but it is rather suspicious. Representative Giffords is on a list of 20 individuals who voted for the Health Care bill that are in districts that were carried in 2008 by Senator John McCain. Below is the graphic of the other 19 individuals on the list.

    Palin Target Map

    The title is "It's Time to Take A Stand". This in itself is harmless. However, if you look at the graphic you will see that each person on the list is represented by a bulls-eye with a cross through it, just like on a scope.

    This could just be a coincidence, however given the stance of the Republicans and Tea Party regarding the National Rifle Association it makes perfect sense. The second portion is a quote by Palin

    Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!"…

    Here is an image of the Twitter Post, which has since been removed. However, due to the nature of the Internet it will live on forever.

    Palin Reload

    Don't Retreat, Instead Reload. Hmm… does that mean take up arms and take vigilante justice into your own hands? Again, look at the link between The Conservatives and Tea Party and the NRA. Again, Coincidence? Possibly.

    I am all for allowing somebody to express their own opinions and beliefs. I have no problem with people doing this in a peaceful, even if argumentative, manner. What one says is protected by the First Amendment. Nobody can silence what one says, at least not legally.

    Despite this legal right, I do not believe as though Violence should ever be considered an 'Answer' for anything. Sorry, I am a pacifist. Fuck it, I'm not sorry. I am a pacifist. I believe as though diplomacy can be used for any situation. I do not believe in violence. In spite of this belief, if somebody were to attack me on my land you damn well better believe I would defend myself and stand and take any punishment. I do not actively go out and seek violence for violence sake. Nor do I go out and seek violence to make a point. To me, violence is just a mechanism of last resort that the uncontrolled resort to because they do not know what else to do to release their anger.

    On the subject of opinions. Everybody is entitled to one. However, do not give me a load of bullshit and tell me it's roses. Do not come up with your idea and finding justification to support your idea all the while ignoring FACT. Facts ALWAYS win. Belief is not enough when there are facts to support your cause.

    Many people can be swayed on topics if presented with facts and evidence to back up said topic/argument. This is the way to win people over, not by forcing violence on them.

    What does today's incident mean in the long run. Well, first off a Federal Judge was killed. Whether it was intended or not, it has occurred. Initial reports pointed to Representative Giffords being killed, however these turned out to be false and she was just in critical condition undergoing surgery to remove the bullet in her head. So, there has not been an assassination of a Representative or Senator since 1968 when Robert F. Kennedy was killed.

    I believe due to the association with Representative Giffords with the Palin 'Target list' that Palin's chances of being included on the primary ballot or even the actual ballot for next year is drastically reduced to the point of almost Zero. Why you may wonder. Quite simple, nobody, not even the Republicans will support a candidate that could even remotely be tied to such an incident as today's. This may ultimately be the end of the road for Palin's Political Career in the United States, but only time can ultimately tell what will occur regarding Palin's future. Let us all hope it does not include more reality shows, we sure don't need those.

    This incident has also shattered the political world. Many politicians are wondering if they will be safe enough to back to their home districts to attend their meet and greets. This is truly a sad day for US Politics.

    The one thing that I do believe is that this incident has forever changed America. This is not on par with the Incidents of 9/11, however this is nothing less than Terrorism, and on our own home soil. This is truly a sad day for America and our requirement for taking action instead of realizing that we are all fallible and are not perfect. Our arrogant thoughts that "I don't need help" will ultimately be our society's downfall.

    If you have any thoughts regarding today's incident or the current state of United States Politics please leave them in the comments below.


    Microsoft CES 2011 Keynote

    These are raw notes. Mostly sentences just with brief statements regarding what they talked about... Microsoft CES 2011 Keynote:

    Consumer Electronics industry is projected to make $186 billion in 2011, or 3% growth. Individuals can now join the Consumer Electronics Association as 'technology enthusiasts'


    2010 exciting Released Office 2010, Kinect, Windows Phone 7

    IE 9 introduced office 365 huge growth with azure and bing Share what they've done, what's coming next impact of technology bets made a decade ago.

    most important technologies TV windows phone windows pc

    bold step transform entertainment - began with xbox powered by software transported 10 of millions into world of Halo, Call of Duty, Fable Xbox Live - transformed gaming with the cloud xbox front and center connecting millions fun with friends include music, TV, Facebook, movies,

    biggest step to transforming entire family. Launched Kinect, to entire world. 2010 biggest year in xbox history

    music movies TV,

    1080p, 5.1 surround, no downloading, no waiting available in 20 countries - Demo o controlling Zune movies with Kinect - Netflix will become interactive with Kinect. later this spring, Controller free Hulu Plus in the US later this spring

    Kinect - avatar kinect - facial expressions - eyebrows - smile - laugh - this spring, Avatar kinect will be available free for XBL Gold

    Xbox live community grows - 30 Million XBL members - new member joins every 2 seconds

    Xbox 360 #1 selling console for the last months in the US 50 Million units world wide 5 Million kinects predicted first 60days, 8 Million kinect sensors worldwide.

    xbox is becoming hub of your living room - gaming system - TV shows, sports - social interactions delivered directly to the biggest screen in the house

    Crackdown Halo Natin - Announce Fable is coming to WP7 - Fable Coin Golf - All the gold you earn in FCG goes to Fable 3 character.

    Games coming to Windows Phone 7

    Alan Wake Viva Pinata rise of glory Poker Zombies Pacman Halo Waypoint Fruit Ninja Tetris

    Game Room Games: assassins creed monopoly pocket god zombie attack 2 sims 3 nfs undercover star wars cantinas avatar gadgets

    Windows Phone 7 dramatically different - could we help simply the tasks people use most - as more apps released - still make them easy to use

    added great new titles, Bank of America, Fruit Ninja, Kindle App 5500 apps available today more than half download a new app every day. 20,000 developers are registered

    9/10 customers at AT&T - they would recommend the product series of updates will automatically be pushed out - two most noticeable - copy and paste - performance improvement loading and switching applications - make windows phone 7 on sprint and Verizon in first half

    7 features - quick snap with camera, dedicated camera button - glance and go, lock screen sees quick information - voice search, web and local - Bing, dedicated search button, same pictures as website, instant answers - hubs, stuff you care about in one place - one notes sync across web, PC, phone, - apps, Bank of America, Travelocity, Fandango,, - Xbox live on the Phone - games

    Windows PC - Made announcements Windows 7, delivered product that hit the mark fastest selling PCs in history 7 copies a second 20% of all PC connected to the internet IE 9 leap forward with developers and HTML5 - hardware accelerated graphics 20 million already using IE9 beta. Windows Live Wave 4 - 500 Million people world wide

    Hotmail #1 email worldwide 20 million people use Office webapps through hotmail. Windows Live Messenger connects to Facebook, #2 app on Facebook More hardware and innovative designs at CES Customers expect full power of PC across form factors

    Microsoft Surface - PC is thin, 4" thin Windows 7 PC dual core CPU AMD GPU Gorilla Glass bonded to LCD PixelSense - infrared sensor - Surface as a Kiosk - Vision based applications

    Next Version of Windows Widest possible range of products System on a Chip

    Always about breadth hardware and software innovations Nvidia, Qualcomm, texas instruments Intel and AMD continue innovate on X86 platforms

    Show some of the Work of Windows Support with System on Chip

    • no modification needed with current version of windows applications
    • Will need new drivers to work with ARM processors

    1 Billion consumers experiencing Windows Phone, Xbox, Windows PCs Windows will be everywhere on all types of devices, low power, long lasting devices