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Comical Confessions

No one is perfect. Here are some of my incredibly few flaws/quirks.
I can count on one hand how many Marvel movies I've seen. It started out as just not having the chance to watch them in the theater, but at the rate they rerun on FX, I'm kind of just doing it on purpose at this point.Same goes for all the hit shows on cable and Netflix. I have such a short attention span for getting into shows, so at this point, with many of these critically-acclaimed shows reaching over five seasons, these are shows I'll probably never watch.I like driving stick shift because I think it's fun, but I tell people I can drive stick so they think I'm cool. It never works.When I was a kid, I had a Windows 98 computer. I was terrified of the Windows 98 startup sound, and I still am today. I keep buying Fords because I like the keypad on the door.I like linear television and terrestrial/satellite/live radio because I feel less lonely; somewhere out there is another human being curating a…

Google Makes No Sense

Like most users of the internet, I use Google's services for a lot of things. Search engine, domain services, email, entertainment, productivity, and phone operating system. They generally make really good stuff that's free, or if they do charge you for it, you're getting a good deal. However, one issue with their services is that a lot of them are redundant. Here's a few.
Take Blogger and Google Sites. I use these two services for my websites. I use Blogger as the host for this blog you are reading, and I use Google Sites to create a portfolio website. I use Google Sites because there's a lot you can't do with Blogger, and vice versa. Why doesn't Google just combine these two services? Sure, they have different targeted users, where Blogger is more for a general website, and Google Sites is for businesses or intranets. At the same time, just put Blogger functionality inside Google Sites, and make it an option to enable. Google Sites is really powerful, so …

Quirks and Features of the 2012 Ford Fusion

The 2012 Ford Fusion is your standard mid-size American four-door sedan. It has four wheels and a seat. It also has many quirks and features. Here's a few with my first week of ownership.

Quirks:
Ford Sync was at one point the best in the business. Not many cars had a robust voice assistant that could connect to your smart device or USB drive to manage phone calls and music. However, a lot has changed since its introduction in 2007, and attempting to navigate the system on a dot matrix-style display is cumbersome. Many features simply don't work anymore, and interacting with it is a chore compared to newer systems.The stereo is just hard to use. Ford separates the various media in four categories: AM/FM, Sirius, CD, and Aux. Aux is the lone confusing segment. Aux is the gateway to Ford Sync. Ford Sync handles the line in, Bluetooth audio, and USB. When you first turn the car on, line in is the default. To get the radio into Bluetooth, you either have to tell the voice command sy…

Quick Pros and Cons of the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

I recently returned my Samsung Galaxy S8+ and decided to get the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra. I got the Sony because I played with it at Best Buy, and really enjoyed the experience, and as I researched more into it, I found I really liked the phone. Now, after having the phone for a week, here's some thoughts on my experiences.

Pros:

Great 6 inch screen. Although it's only 1080p, it's Samsung-vibrant, which I likeGreat battery life, easily can get through a heavy-use day with time to spare at the end of the night.Great camera; another reason I wanted this phone is because I love my Sony a5100 and the camera is pretty dang nice on this phone I must say.Fast. 6 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 630 are just fine on this beast. Cons: Poor ergonomics. This phone is huge, not as easy to hold as the S8+, bulky as hell, and pretty heavy.Horrible screen rotation algorithm. I've used big phones before, but this one is extremely sensitive to the slightest tilt of the screen. Now, that would be…

A Rant About Alexa: Why Google Home is Better than Amazon Alexa

Warning: This post is not a technical overview of the fact-based differences between the Google Home and the Amazon Alexa. This is, however, a biased rant from someone who needs to get out more.

Answer to the question in the title: Because it runs Google.

Once upon a time I was a Windows Phone user. A part of the Windows Phone ecosystem is the presence of Bing everywhere. Now, when you use Bing in front of people, it becomes a joke. It's like owning a Zune, which was hated for no other reason besides Apple's amazing marketing, and the iSheep contaminating a fantastic MP3 player. Here's a hint for everyone who mocked the Zune for being an iPod clone: Apple didn't invent the MP3 player; they just made it shiny, and produced great commercials about it. Bing gets the same ridicule from people who have never used it claiming it sucks. Now admittedly, the primary reason I used Bing was because they have a rewards program where you can win free Amazon.com gift cards, but it&#…

Why I Love Radio Over Spotify

I love Spotify. I've used other music streaming services like Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Groove Music when that was still a thing, but Spotify just works well for me. It's clean, and easy to find all kinds of music. What it doesn't offer, however, that Apple Music and iHeart Radio do offer is an actual live radio station selection. I rarely use them for whatever reason, although I must admit I while writing this I want to reconsider a personal library choice. I mainly use Spotify because it's all music I added myself. When I do listen to my own music library, although it's all music I have chosen, I just feels weird to me.

There's something about turning on a radio and having music just play. The same goes for television, there's a playlist someone else created for me to consume. It gives a sense of being connected with the world that you simply don't get with a personal library of music. You just feel less lonely, especially driving in the car…

Many Reasons Billy Joel's SiriusXM Channel Needs To Be Permanent

In no particular order:Billy Joel's library spans three decades, so there's plenty of materialEven if there wasn't plenty of material to work with, Margaritaville and Garth Brook's channel regularly play other artist's musicHe doesn't take any shit from anybodyInitially I thought maybe it would've been too expensive to have a whole channel for him, but if SiriusXM can afford The Beatles to have their own channel, then by golly, Billy Joel should be fineIt would make me happyHeck, even if they combined it with Elton John, I'd be happy, maybe happier So, SiriusXM, I've given many good reasons for Billy Joel to get his channel put back permanently. Your move!

Why do comedy movies focus on making the protagonist a jerk?

I have random thoughts every now and then that dive deep into my mind and make me really think, like today's random thought about Mr. Waternoose in Monsters Inc. The whole film is about how a monster whose job is to scare kids for energy, and learns that his job isn't exactly what most would call "cool." The end of the film shows Sully confronting his boss Mr. Waternoose about kidnapping a child, to which Mr. Waternoose responds "I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die." This line got me thinking that Mr. Waternoose, while possibly trying to secure his lucrative position as an executive of Monsters Inc., is also just trying to keep the community's electricity going, and maintaining the jobs of hundreds, I presume, at Monsters Inc. Yes, it's wrong to kidnap children, I get that, but is Mr. Waternoose really a bad guy?

This same thought process kind of goes with other comedies like RV, not exactly the film of choice for most …

New Video - Review of the 2013 Jeep Patriot

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I'm Old

I was watching the 2002 smash hit Big Fat Liar a few weeks ago, and came to the conclusion watching it that I am now an old person. I will be 22 on the 18th, which may not seem old to some people, but by golly, watching a film I loved that came out when I was 6 years old made me feel like a crazy old person talking about all the things discussed in the film that don't exist anymore.

One scene in particular really stood out. The two main characters are walking up to a receptionist's desk, featuring a Macintosh running Mac OS 9, the receptionist's car keys featuring a Saturn keychain, the main character brings up the TV network The WB, and everyone uses a flip phone, and possibly a beeper. All things that either no longer exist, or have been completely replaced by new technology. All things I remember very well, in fact I can still remember the call sign for my local WB affiliate. I remember using iMacs and iBooks running Mac OS 9. I still love the Saturn cars, and I had a …

More Cars I'd Like to Own One Day

It's been a while since I made my previous dream car post, filled with no-so-normal dream rides of mine. Here are a few I wanted to add to that list.
Lincoln Mark LT
The 2004-2009 Ford F150 is probably my favorite generation of F150; I just love how cool it looks. So add Lincoln's design language, and you have a truck that I've wanted to own since I was a kid. It's not much more luxurious than the F150, but it certainly is fancy looking, I must say. It competed with the Cadillac Escalade EXT, which was based on the Chevrolet Avalanche, which isn't so much as truck as it is a SUT, like what the Explorer Sport Trac was. So while, yes, the EXT had a bed, it wasn't an actual truck. That's why the Mark LT was awesome; it was the truck for the ballers who needed to get work done. Just don't scratch the paint.First Gen. Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ
Oh boy, being 10 years old when the Fusion was first released, it was such a futuristic-looking car, for …