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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Apple TV

So most of this blog has been dedicated solely to spouting off my own political and religious perspectives; I don't apologize for that, but I want to take a break for a minute to talk about something that has me captivated for the moment. 

As I draw ever nigh to taking the UBE (Uniform Bar Exam) here in Alabama I can't help but wonder at the futility of it all. If you've ever studied for the Bar you'll know exactly what I'm talking about, and if not, well...God Bless you. It's in these moments of letting my brain cool from the overheating it's been subjected to, that I allowed myself an indulgence: I bout Apple TV to replace my old NeoTV. 


I have a particularly older LCD FlatScreen and internet I'm very happy with. I didn't realize how shitty my picture quality was until I hooked up my Apple TV and experienced a new and crisper viewing experience. Perhaps it's just that Apple takes great care to make sure that all of it's decides are sharper and shinier than most other products I've tried, and as such I'm amazed at nothing, but I think that getting this new little bit of hardware has enhanced my TV. 

I've been driven batty studying these last two months. It's going to be nice now that it's almost over to be able to sit back and connect with my tv with my computer and screenshare without having to use cables, it's nice to have easier access to the shows I like...I'm ecstatic to have a remote and system that doesn't freeze up when I scroll quickly, and which doesn't lag when I have to use the keyboard to search! 

You should get one and try it out today. ;-) 



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fox News in a NutShell





So, I forgot about this. I don't think we should ever forget it. It shows the mindset of a radical wing of our country's political bloc and how they are entirely focused on distorting reality to incite fear, mistrust, and if not outright hate, then a belief which fosters that "those people," whether they be muslim, gay, trans, immigrants, etc., are undeserving of the same rights and respect show to good upstanding Americans...you know, the kind of Americans who are real Americans like O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Beck, and Paul.

This Bloc has no respect for the diversity of religion and opinion that the Constitution fosters through the implementation and execution of the First Amendment, and cannot even stand the most shallow or scholarly questioning of core religious or political values they hold.

These are the kind of people that turn violent in the face of scrutiny, and attempt to paint an inquisitive mind with the paint brush of intolerance or blasphemy. They represent a merger of conservative politics and dark age religion; they stand on a platform of absolutes, an unwillingness to change to meet the current times, and an inability to show human compassion or empathy.

Don't believe me? Watch the interview for yourself and see if the subject of the book was ever discussed, or whether the host used this as an opportunity solely to incite, at minimum, a dislike for this muslim author




As Americans we are better than that. We are heirs to a history of progress, but it's been bathed in violence and mistrust. Can't we learn from out past so as not to be confounded into repeating it? 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bar Study Break

It's the home stretch for me and all July Bar examiners. There are certainly friends and colleagues of mine who are home with their family and loved ones, there are also certainly those who are on their own stressing from their Bar courses of study.

My only wish on this, the anniversary of my best friend's birth, is that we all find peace; and that we pass our respective Bar exams. 

I firmly believe that should more people find peace in this life there would be less negative energy to "go around" so to speak. We would have a more tranquil normalcy and we would be prone to interfering in events which led to a disruption of that normalcy. 

In other words we would as average Americans seek to achieve peace instead of the status quo as it is today. 

What's the harm in seeking peace? 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Leaving Hate Behind (The Nate Phelps Story)

Hearing from a Phelps Family Surviver is important, and understanding how his religious abuse "drove" him to atheism is important for the wider Christian community to learn from and take in how religion can be an abusive practice.    



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas



We'll have to agree to disagree. Some people see this time of year as depressing while others see it as magical with evidence of the divine all around. I tend to see it in somewhat practical terms; this holidays is full of stress. Stress from family, friends, and from society; but I think it's a good kind of stress.

Good because it allows us to focus our attentions on what matters. Money and material possessions are meaningless without family and friends to share them with and on today of all days reflecting on the life and love of Christ one has to be reminded that in humility and simplicity we can find grace. I think Pope Francis has been saying something similar lately. ;-)

Enjoy the day, enjoy your family, but most of all enjoy the simple things in life today because we are not promised tomorrow; and you can't love in the future, only today.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Semester Wind-Down




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It's that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. It's that time of year when your cousin, brother, sister, friends or others are finishing up their current semester of school. It also happens to be that time of the year when Old Man Winter is waking on the mountain and has sent Jack Frost to scour the land, sharing his gift of cold with the people.

However, it's mostly about being stressed with school...such is life. I've noticed that on top of homework, final projects, the f-word [finals], drama, and lack of sleep...cold season has started up as well. I've adopted a somewhat Carol-esqu attitude toward sickness so far in seeking to prevent my own infection, and the infection of my beloved classmates and best friends:


The best defense sometimes is a great offense when it comes to combatting sickness. Now, am I advocating what Carol's done...of course not, but please people...if you're sick, stay home. 

Being a full time student, I tend to focus on the negative effects of illness on students who do not have a bankable system of sick days, or ability to regain lost days. 

Be warned of the wicked germs that are floating about, and keep yourself healthy with plenty of Vitamin C to boost your immune system. 

If all else fails, seek a Doctor. :-o) 

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