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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An October full of trick or treat surprises

Another political year another presidential election and another October SURPRISE!!!!!

So they keep coming, and coming... and coming... Perfect!

Groping... email revelations... more groping.. more email revelations, more groping accusations... further email revelations, further groping accusations... (policies.. not needed!) You hit me below the belt, I hit you right back, Wow. What next? Of course, trick or treat... here you go, more October surprises!

But the real question is will it even matter? And the answer is probably NOT. 

Anyone out there who is STILL saying they are an undecided voter needs to get their head checked or has either been living under a rock, no seriously and that rock needs to be in the Sahara desert or Antarctica or something extremely remote, I am sure even the astronauts on the International Space Station are decided at this point! (by the way can they vote absentee,, hmm??)

Donald Trump once famously said he could shoot somebody and still maintain his support, it is fast and sadly becoming a rather factual statement. Imagine that. And for Hillary Clinton, she is totally unable to put the email scandal to bed and the Wiki leaks are not helping her at all. It is slow death by a thousand leaked email cuts. It looks to me she is hoping to survive long enough to get to November 8 and then she can go recover at the wonderful Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland. It seems she has decided to simply ride it out believing that despite her many "sins", The Donald's will certainly be more! Hint: They are! 

So even with less than three weeks to go, we are most certainly going to get more surprises especially from the Donald's camp considering he continues to slide in most polls. He is at the point where he needs to throw the kitchen sink faucet, piping et al in addition to the sink itself as the sink does not seem to have done the job yet. I wonder how inviting Obama's half brother to the debate helps... Ah well it is Donald.

Hillary on the other hand will hope to deliver a few knock out punches to the man while he is down, Helping her out is Mike Moore with a new new movie coming out just in time to tickle our minds once again. It has been cemented now that both candidates are terribly unpopular and we are all making a less than ideal choice. So I doubt there is any real killer blow that can be delivered to or from either camp.

So I presume we are poised to hear more about the same old topics, emails, groping, emails, tax returns, Benghazi, bigotry, Bill Clinton... Obama's half brother? I am still scratching my head on that one...

For me I am stuck on how and why we as a county are about to consider a "mechanic" who does "surgery" on cars, to also be the best person to do major surgery on our human (country) body, I simply do not get it. I understand it, but find it hard to believe we can be so darn stupid.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

As the Google Ecosystem grows...

So Google released two new phones, the Pixel and the Pixel XL and I see that some are already complaining about a few things missing, no wireless charging, no Micro SD slot, not waterproof et al... For those thinking this is a not a big deal are missing the point of this article. Two things to point out: 

First, this device release is about Google's shift to become more of a hardware company not just a software company, A big deal considering they just offloaded Motorola a few years ago and yet they are back rather quickly recognizing they need FULL control, not simply partner control of the hardware as well on their smartphones and other devices. The two devices are designed to set Google in that new direction. It's goal is not to deliver a device that is totally better than the competition but a device that competes well enough not to be drowned by the competition. 

Secondly, The push into to VR and the Home environment. So essentially in one word, Consolidation. Google enthusiasts should know by now the company's focus is WAY beyond a single market provider but the integration if markets, segments and more. Google's goal is not to deliver the best smartphone out there but to deliver the best smartphone that will provide the best functions in its vast and growing ecosystem. Much like what Amazon is doing with its Echo, and other devices. We forget that Google at its core is an information technology company. Google has not forgotten that. This entire ecosystem is designed to provide us more and more information in our daily lives, for better or worse, that is the ultimate goal of Google. One example, how do you push and promote Google Photos? Provide a device that takes outstanding pictures and then throw in free cloud storage. And Google wants us to remain connected via or devices to the cloud and each other. So when you look at things from that perspective, where does wireless charging fit into the order of importance? Probably not at the very top. Or why provide a Micro SD slot? Don't forget Google also has Project Fi connecting us all to Wifi so the information just keep on going as we all remain connected.

Consider this, Why Google Home? plugging you into the Google online information, and to make sure you get good connectivity, you use Google WiFi and don't forget Google Fiber, expected to hit more and more cities in the future that brings the internet faster to your door step. Why Chromecast Ultra? It will keep up the earth shaking popularity of YouTube and the new introduction of YouTube Music. Google again is focused on its ecosystem and the devices needed to allow us use the ecosystem to the max. 

At the end of the day, there are some of us who much prefer pure Android to any UI or other OS that is overlaid on it. So we are always happy to see that Google is still putting out its own devices, note that "Google Edition" devices are fewer and fewer nowadays (In fact are there any news ones?). Sorry I don't need a waterproof phone, in my over 10 years of owning cells phones, I doubt I have dropped a phone in a puddle of water more that 5 times. Wireless charging? I am doing just fine without it, I can wait. Micro SD slot? Why do I need one when the phone has 32 / 128 GB of storage, but I play most of my music from The cloud via Google Play or Sirius XM, AND I have the cloud to store and for back up pictures... I am just saying, I for one don't need a lot of that, but an outstanding camera, Google assistant working with Google Home devices, that has me very much intersted. The ONLY thing I think miss from Google devices is a stylus, I would use one a lot if my Nexus 6P has one. So hopefully that is in the works as Google apps now have handwriting recognition.

Now I just need to figure out if and and when, and of course, am I Quite Black or Really Blue? When I'll be paying all that money for a new smartphone... dang!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bernie and the danger of the single story...

Newsflash Bernie fans, in case you missed it! An awesome Nigerian-American once gave a TED talk: The danger of a single story -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

The Bernie Sanders (Bernie) campaign reminds me of the danger of a single story. What is the single story? I would say a partial aspect of an issue or story. In the 2016 election story, Bernie seems to be a proponent of the single story via two core arguments as he continues to campaign:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

On Corinth, Texas

I can't cover my thoughts in 140 characters this is too important an issue for sound bites and I can't call in so here are some quick thoughts. Apologies if the thoughts are not very articulate.

Please keep in mind, I doubt there is ONE white police officer in the US today who does not know there is a problem with the African American community, likewise a African American person must be living under a rock in the furthest desert to know all is not well. Hence in this situation I am sure both sides were acutely aware of the situation yet both could have done better.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Even those that enforce the law are not above it... We hope

I just read a CNN report with an important statement from the Baltimore police union:
"Let me begin by stating how appalled and frustrated we are at this morning's events. .... We are disappointed in the apparent rush to judgment given the fact that the investigation into this matter has not been concluded," said Gene Ryan, president of the police union, at a news conference. "Our officers, like every other American, are entitled to due process."

I watched an interview CNN's Chris Como had with the Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, yesterday repeatedly asking her why the officers had not already been arrested. her reply many times, due process must be followed. It appears the Baltimore states attorney has decided due process was in followed.