A short exercise in politics

I have a short political exercise, mostly for my generation, but if you're not a Gen-Y person, feel free to play along if you want to.

First, consider the candidate you support and give three reasons, with supporting evidence, as to why you support that candidate. You cannot use any reasoning that is 1) a statement simply that they aren't the other candidate, 2) is an ad-hominem attack, 3) a 30-second soundbite from a PAC or party, or 4) a statement either already proven false or is outside the powers of the presidency.

Now for the more difficult part. Take 30 minutes and stop talking. If you are a Clinton supporter, listen to what a Trump supporter has to say about why they support Mr. Trump. If you are a Trump supporter, then listen to what a Clinton supporter has to say about why they support Mrs. Clinton. Don't speak, don't interrupt, just listen carefully and critically. When you've heard them speak, take a moment to reflect on their point of view, think about…

Observations by an older millennial to younger millennials.

I've been reading a lot on facebook, twitter, and other news sites about some of the issues that people of my generation are having (I was born in 1980, right at what many sociologists claim is the very beginning of the "millennial" generation) and I've come to a few realizations:

1) We have reached the point that we expect everything right now, we expect we will get our way.
2) We have rejected the idea that opposing views will make us uncomfortable and will expose us to ideas that we disagree with intensely and this is a good thing.
3) We see things very differently than the previous generations, but seem to expect them to automatically accept our generation's viewpoints instead of discussing and working out our differences.
4) We have lost our resiliency when faced with hardships or hard work.
5) We are capable of immense creativity, but seem to demand everyone else value that creativity as much as we do.
6) We demand equality but only so long as it doesn'…

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

So one of the things that represents a skill that we seem to be losing is the ability to cook economical, healthy foods. I know all the excuses, like “I don’t have time” “It costs too much” “It doesn’t taste as good”, and I have only one thing to say to that one: Bull!
One of your best friends in this case is a slow cooker, or what almost everyone around here calls a crock pot regardless of brand. These things are amazing and really take away the first excuse that you don’t have time. They are the set and forget appliance of the kitchen. Add your ingredients, turn it on, and after a day’s work, you have a hot, home cooked meal just waiting. What’s even better, you have one thing to clean at the end, and even then, therearesomeitems on the market that will keep you from even doing that. Disclaimer: I’ve only ever used the Reynold’s brand liners, and really only recommend them if you’re doing something super sticky and messy.
Tonight, I made a potato soup in my slow cooker, which took m…

So just how do you dry a wetsuit?

Here lately, I've found what I thought was a pretty easy way to dry my dive gear by hanging it from the shower curtain rod in the bathroom. It gets to drip into the tub, and I get to leave a small fan on to try to help pull out the damp air. So far, so good, right? Well, not so much. You see, when you hang a wetsuit, or a BCD, or any other piece of wet dive gear directly on the shower rod, part of it is over the  tub and drips in the right place, but other parts just hang over the edge and you get a nice, wet bathroom rug to deal with. Not cool. So, to help solve this dilemma, enter my old friend Schedule 40 PVC pipe. In this case, ¾ inch seems to be about the best for this application, and it even had another unrecognized benefit, which I'll explain later. Most people would just throw the pipe across the rod and onto the little shelf and call it a day, but then, that wouldn't be any fun. Remember, I went to WCU and in addition to a degree in CIS, you also get an honorary …

Art in the world around us

So how would you react to the art that takes place around you? For example, if this were your breakfast, would you enjoy or would you think of it as an interruption?
HabaƱera from Carmen live in a Paris restaurant. So what do you think, should the world have more beauty, not just in the form of a live aria while you eat, but in general?

I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords

So, after going through several different iterations of the smartphone revolution, I've gone and got a new phone that should end up proving to be a fun learning experience. I now carry a Droid. The level of freedom that this phone has over the othrer current blackberry offerings (direct access to the GPS, a full $15 a month cheaper for the data plan, and a couple. other things) made my mind up for me. While I probably will miss having the blacberry messemger, I'm sure thee is bound to be a replacement for ir somewhere that will prove to be just as useful.

Finally have things kind'a working

Ok, as you could probably tell from the last post, I was getting a little frustrated by the Windows 7 Starter Edition (should be Windows 7 We'll-Crap-All-Over-Everything-You-Were-Used-To Edition) and was debating about what to do. Well, I got the Ubuntu Netbook Remix installed, it's running, and I'm even posting this little note using the new BloGTK 2.0 from said netbook. I'm actually pretty happy with it so far. I do need to get all of the different hotkeys working again (especially the one to disable the touchpad) but that will come as I get everything up and running like I want. The best part so far, I HAVE MY OWN BACKGROUND on my desktop. Too bad, too. The netbook was poised to be the only windows-based machine I had. Now, the XBox is it. Too bad, really.