Showing posts from 2017

A Month Later with $9 Shoes

September 26, 2017 is a day that will go down in history as my adventure into the mysterious world of the owner of a pair of $9 shoes from Walmart. I would've proclaimed their mere existence as impossible, let alone if they did exist, that they could even last more than a week. It's been about 6 weeks of ownership, and the darn things are still in tact. Here's what I have to report back.
Overall condition of the shoes are pretty good, especially considering where my old $60 pair were around this time. They haven't really fallen apart, however the left memory foam pad tends to want to slide out of the shoe towards my heel, which is annoying. I must walk weird on my left foot, but they're otherwise still comfortable to wear. When it rains, they leak a lot less than my $60 shoes, which were horrible in rain. These leak, but you have to walk in a huge puddle to get them to, and even then, it's not very noticeable. The issue I run into with most shoes is my big toe t…

Google Calendar Has Been Redesigned, How About Google Docs?

Google Docs, as well as Google Drive, is a huge business for Google. Throughout high school, and college, I've noticed that fewer and fewer people use Microsoft Office, and choose Google Drive. Of course, when something works, don't break it. However, some things could be improved.

Smarter Spell Check
Microsoft Office does a lot of things right, including spell check. Google Docs is not so great at just automatically fixing when I screw up typing. Google is a search engine company that people use to figure out what they spelled wrong. Why can't Google just Google what I typed and figure out what I meant? Gosh darn it, isn't it the year 2000?Better Design
Google Docs is used by business folk, and business folk don't like change. However, the Google Docs basic design has changed few features, but has otherwise remained exactly the same since 2009. Is this an actual problem? No, but look at what Microsoft Office did with the Ribbon. Look at Apple Pages. They have actuall…

Cars I'd Like to Own One Day

Ever since I was a kid, I've always loved automobiles. I'm not a mechanic, I wish I had that knowledge, I just love driving and being around cars. However, I've never liked the normal cars that most people my age enjoy. Here's a few of them.
2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird
This isn't a car people like for many reasons. It's not fast, and it's designed odd. It was a part of a trend in the early 2000s where American automakers were experimenting with retro designs, like the Chrysler PT Cruiser (which is not that bad), and the Chevrolet HHR (which is horrific). One thing those retro designed cars had in common was they were meant to replicate really fast cars that were big and full of muscle. The PT Cruiser and HHR were based on the Neon and Cobalt, not exactly fantastic starting points. The Ford Thunderbird, however, was based on the same platform as the Lincoln LS, another favorite of mine, and the Jaguar S-Type. While it wasn't exceptionally fast, it still had…

$60 vs $9 Shoes

In around the last week of June or the first week of July, I bought a pair of Adidas Neo shoes for around $60. I figure Adidas is a reputable company, and these should last me a bit. A week ago, I noticed on the left shoe, the glue connecting the bottom half of the shoe to the top, the part that seals the shoe, was separating almost completely. This angers me, especially anytime I encounter a puddle, because I am a man who does not appreciate wet socks. Nor do I appreciate a shoe that depreciates so rapidly after some three months. Now look, Adidas is a fine, competent shoe company typically, I probably just bought the shoes that were made Friday night. But this also isn't the first time a pricey pair of shoes crapped out on my in a relatively short amount of time.

Could the fault be placed on me? Possibly. I don't know what the normal life expectancy of shoes should be, but I wear the same pair of shoes every day, sometimes walking around in them for at most 12-13 hours in a d…

Jeep Patriot Base Model Questions

I have a 2013 Jeep Patriot Sport. The "sport" is Jeep's nice way of saying the buyer didn't pay a lot for this car, at least compared to what they could've paid. My particular Patriot has no power windows, locks, and mirrors. However, it does have:

Air conditioningLight up cup holders4WDSpeed sensitive intermittent windshield wipersThis thing that stops the car from rolling backwards when on a hill, which is nice with the manual transmissionA flashlight in the ceilingThe visors extendDecent four-door speakers Now, I'm not complaining, I bought the car because I like it a lot, I just thought it was funny how much comes standard, or can be optioned in besides power convenience.

Weird Quirks about the 2013 Jeep Patriot

I thought I'd make a quick post about the oddities of the Jeep Patriot. Any product can be odd, but some things are more odd than others. This isn't a bad thing, it's just whatever you can live with. So here's a list in no order whatsoever.
Everything has a delay: the turn signals take a second to turn on, the climate control takes a second to adjust, and even the ignition takes a second for the car to turn on and off. I'm not saying these things should be absolutely instant, but this seems to be a trend with Chrysler vehicles.Hitting the horn is never in the spot you think it will be. In most cars, there's a "sweet spot" where the horn triggers. When you get to know your car, you know how far in to press the horn. This is not the case with this Patriot, or most Chryslers I've driven past model year 2007 or so. Some Jeep steering wheels are easier to press, but others seemingly change the position at which the horn presses every single time. The sa…

Cable TV is Lost

We all know that person, and that person could be you, who has complained that MTV just isn't MTV because they don't play music videos all day. Everything would be better if they were just like they used to be. Well, guess what. That's what MTV Classic does; all day, non-stop music videos. And guess what; you're not watching it. MTV Classic is the least watched entertainment channel.

MTV Classic started life with hopeful viewers intending to see the shows and music videos that made MTV. Instead, we got reruns of shows from the late '90s, with the oldest shows being The Real World, Aeon Flux, Jackass, and Daria. Not even the original Beavis and Butthead ever aired, just the 2011 reboot. This angered viewers, or would-be viewers. For the first couple months of the network's life, the MTV Classic Facebook page posts were flooded with enraged fans either demanding MTV Classic air shows older than the late '90s, or just air music videos. So, Viacom chose the lat…

2013 Jeep Patriot Review

If what you're looking for in a vehicle is the most patriotic sounding car, look no further than the Jeep Patriot. Or an American Motors Eagle. Oh, if I could've been a car buyer in the '80s, the Eagle would've been my ride. And honestly, they have a lot in common: they're both car-based crossovers designed to give 4WD when you need it. The only thing the Patriot is missing are those sweet door handles and the gigantic windows. And wood paneling.

The Jeep Patriot was designed to be a baby Liberty/Wrangler for those who want better fuel economy in an SUV with a Jeep logo on it. In 2007 when the Patriot was released, there was no Renegade, or Cherokee to provide for a fuel efficient alternative, your other choices were the Compass, which looks like a baby Grand Cherokee, the tank Liberty, and the family-sized Grand Cherokee and Commander. Now that the Jeep lineup has the Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee, where does the Patriot fit in? Well, it won't for long, beca…