10 July 2015

America In Distress

I don't have much to say here.  I am a simple man who does not have any hate in his heart.  I love everyone unless you give me reason to retort otherwise.  This will not be a manifesto of a lunatic, but rather a quick, simple point to be made.  And since it seems that everyone has an opinion they want to clearly convey these days without fear of upsetting anyone else, I have something quick I'd like to say as well.

America is in distress.  I see it more and more each day.  Especially recently.  I'm not even really talking about the "Confederate Flag" that people keep mistaking for hatred towards African Americans, and I'm not even really talking about the most recent Supreme Court decision regarding marriage.  I'm talking about linking things that are not meant to be linked in this day and age.  Which, yes, combines both points aforementioned, but goes much deeper.

You see, when you take cause and effect, subject A and subject B, apples and oranges, an un-Godly tragedy and a historic flag, the LGBT community, and combine each individual statement together, you're not taking much into consideration except for your current feelings at the current moment.  Truth be told, I don't care at ALL for The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, the flag so many are confusing with the Confederate flag (despite never having historically represented the CSA as a country nor officially recognized as one of the national flags, it is commonly referred to as "the Confederate Flag" and has become a widely recognized symbol of the American south [source]).  I'm from Northern VA and still don't give a damn about it.  My point is that I know the flag did not kill those innocent parishioners in Charleston.  A lunatic did, and you can read his disgusting manifesto somewhere else if you'd like to see what true hatred looks like.

Aside from the fact that there is no advantage the LGBT community has gained from the national legalization of gay marriage over civil unions and that there will be nothing positive coming from the removal of a flag at 10AM today, July 10th 2015, we are simply living in the now and linking things that need not be linked together without properly examining why we are doing so.  It is for this reason that I simply state and fly this flag:



That's all I have to say about this, but believe me, I have a whole lot more to say about The State of the Union of Marriage, soon....

07 October 2014


Hi, my name is Mike, and I'm a pumpkin-aholic.  I'm trying to create a list of all the pumpkin things I've had so far this year, so here goes!

  • first, and foremost.... Shipyard Pumpkinhead (beer)!  My favorite thing ever, as you can see here and vote for me!
  • (the rest in no particular order)
  • Pumpkin Cereal Bars (boxes and boxes of them from Target Market Pantry, so good!)
  • Pumpkin Cookies (Target Market Pantry) 
  • Clif Bar Spiced Pumpkin Pie
  • homemade canned pumpkin / Cool Whip dip 
  • homemade pumpkin pancakes 
  • homemade pumpkin bread 
  • homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars 
  • homemade Pumpkin Spice cookie mix (from Betty Crocker, thanks Heather!) 
  • Pumpkin Spice M&M's (that taste nothing like pumpkin, ripoff) 
  • Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses 
  • Pumpkin Spice candy corn 
  • Pumpkin Spice Caramel Ghirardelli squares 
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream with a Graham Cracker Swirl 
  • Pumpkin Spice creme Oreos
  • Pumpkin Spice milkshake (Fuddruckers) 
  • Pumpkin Fudge Bar from Bass Pro (super sweet!)  
  • Pumpkin muffins 
  • Pumpkin Roll (cake with sweet buttercream filling) 
  • Pumpkin doughnut 
  • Pumpkin Pie filled doughnut 
  • Pumpkin Spice Danish
  • Pumpkin Spice cream cheese spread
  • Pumpkin muffie (Panera Bread)
  • Pumpkin eggnog (Hood)
  • Pumpkin Spice cookies (Lenny & Larry) 
  • Pumpkin cake with mascarpone topping (AMAZING, best food item I've had so far this year, from Angela's Italian Restaurant)
  • homemade Pumpkin cupcakes (thanks Mrs. Labonte!)
  • homemade Pumpkin scones (thanks again Mrs. Labonte!)
  • Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix
  • and much more to come!

10 February 2014

No more Flappy Bird!

10 November 2013

PS4 vs XBOX One

Found this on the comments of a TIME Tech article by a fella named Yudhistir comparing the two new systems being launched this month.  Thought I'd clean it up a bit and share.  Again, these are not my words, just reposting it because it's important to know going in to this holiday season deciding on which system to purchase....

...whats under the hood is always under the hood and cannot be upgraded. That's the disadvantage consoles have against PC's. Once you buy it, you are stuck with it. Cannot change anything about it. So, raw specifications matter, as they are what will be available for optimizing any game and get the best output. 
[then Yudhistir hits you with pure, unbiased facts]
  • PS4's GDDR5 is way better than Xbox One's GDDR3
    • Comparing it the RAM type available in PC Graphic Cards, GDDR3 was available in 2007 whereas GDDR5 was launched in 2012
    • So, Xbox One is FIVE YEARS behind the PS4
  • PS4's RAM runs at 5500 MHz which is more than TWICE the speed of Xbox One's 2133 MHz
    • PS4 has better memory and running at a faster rate
    • PS4's Memory Bandwidth of 176.0 GB/s is again more than TWICE of Xbox One's Memory Bandwidth of 68.3 GB/s 
    • the XB1's 32 MB if eSRAM cannot make up for this
  • PS4's 1152 Cores are way higher than Xbox One's 768 Cores
    • This difference of 384 Cores is Huge
    • Due to this difference, PS4 has 1.84 TFLOPS of Peak Shader Output vs 1.23 TFLOPS of Xbox One
  • PS4 is going to be $100 Cheaper than Xbox One
    • For Less amount of Money you are getting a way better configuration
The Above are the main differences between the two - RAW Facts
You don't have to be a genius to accept the difference, you just don't have to be ignorant about it
Make the wise choice, in the end, it's your hard earned money on the line

08 April 2013


So naturally, I'm about 3 years late to this game, but I'm still going to play!

Donate Bitcoins

Oh, so that's too pricey for you?  Geez, okay, here's something a little smaller (even made the damn button smaller for you)

Donate Bitcoins

Using your phone or at a public computer - wait, and you're considering transferring money?  Wow, that's some dedication! - just use this simple QR code to donate!
It's nothing fancy, but it contains one of my Bitcoin addresses, so thanks!

02 May 2011

Death of Osama Bin Laden

While people all over the world are celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden, I just want to point out a few things so people don't get carried away in thinking Obama / Biden (sounds a lot like Osama Bin Laden, right?) was the brains behind this....

Obama has been a flip-flopper from the get go.  And when I say "get go," I mean his first real attempt at doing anything major in politics just 4 short years ago when he began his bid for president.  He claimed to be completely against the war in Iraq when he set forth the "Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007" as a Freshman Senator from Illinois.  Calling it "somebody else's civil war," he wanted no part in it, until he learned it would grant him some Conservative votes, so he changed it to:
There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and [Pakistani] President Musharraf won't act, we will."
I mean, Pakistan was letting Osama "hide in plain sight" as he was killed outside a mansion near Abbottabad as he was "living comfortably."  An ally of the United States.  Letting the biggest fugitive of my lifetime (we already got Saddam, remember?) live comfortably.  

Anyways, I could go on for a few more hours, but I've got to work early in the morning.  I will live you all with this, my latest Photoshop work that I 100% authorize anyone and everyone to use however they please!  We got that motherfucker, and I just want to show how proud I am of our nation's Special Forces for their hard work. 

God Bless America!

Click for fullsize image, and download!

20 March 2011

New PUBLIC Twitter Account Activated!

I just signed up for a new Twitter account, click below to view it:


It is PUBLIC, unlike my last one I had posted here....  Sorry for those who I never allowed to follow me because that one was protected and were posts tied to my Facebook account, definitely going to protect those tweets!  

This one is not, and will include my personal outlook on everything I love to discuss, from politics to comic books, guns to customized vehicles, tech gadgets to the weather....  okay, yeah weather is boring, probably not the weather!

So go on, get following!  If you want to know WHO to follow when it comes to the most unbiased political views, check who I follow and the lists I made for politics - well, everyone on there except those that have anything to do directly with The White House and the man living there, that's more comedy than real politics!

26 August 2010

Parallelism: Returning Shopping Carts and What's Wrong With This Country

I don't know if you've seen $#!7 like this before when you go to the grocery store, Walmart, Target, or anywhere else that has shopping carts available for you to use inside the store, but if your parking lot looks anything like this:

then your area is suffering from the same sort of problems I've seen around Central Florida.  People displaying a total lack of respect for others.  And most of these pictures were taken in areas that were what some may consider more "ghetto" than where they would like to be.  So maybe there is a correlation, maybe not, but let's first get into what I mean by this obvious lack of respect for others I've decided to go as far as to take pictures and write a blog about it.

Thinking psychologically, why would someone just decide not to return their carts to the front of the store or at least a place designated for cart return?  Too busy?  Maybe, I can see that - you are rushing to get groceries after leaving work to cook dinner for the family and just don't have the time to deposit your cart back where it belongs.  Hell, while we're at it, let's throw in some inclement weather, rain, hail, sleet, or snow, and that walk just seems way too far to go....  But I think it is more than that.  It has more to do with the fact that some people find themselves entitled to doing less and letting someone else take care of the problem they have caused for others.  I see you shaking your head, no seriously, I'm not joking here, this is what it boils down to.  Entitlement for whatever reason they see fit.  "I don't have to do that cart jockey job, let someone making minimum wage come out here and deal with it, I've got places to be and things to do."  Oh is that so?

And what happens when that poor kid making minimum wage at the grocery or big box store doesn't want to get off his @$$ to get your cart out of the hot sun or cold snow?  Cars get damaged, parking spots get consumed, and general havok is caused in parking lots.  I can't tell you how many times I've walked into a store to find an empty cart storage area since all the carts are scattered all over the parking lots.  Then there are the times where a cart has been left dangerously close to my parked car, just waiting for the perfect breeze to give it the strength to ram right down the side of my properly loved vehicle, like this guy's Mercedes:  

I know what you're thinking again - you're just pissed off because someone hit your car, it has to be about your car....  or at least this is a parking spot issue, someone jammed up a coveted parking spot one day and you were pissed off about it....  Couldn't be further from the truth.  In fact, I wouldn't ever park my nice car in a parking lot like this - the car I do take to parking lots that have a much greater chance of a door opening into it isn't something I would get upset about if it did get hit by a runaway cart.  It is all based on the principle of the matter.  The fact that more and more people these days could really care less about their fellow man is what I'm talking about.  The issue over the lengths people went to in past years, often times before I was born as I've seen from movies or learned from older relatives, to make sure they weren't offensive to or offending others is the true subject of this blog.  

Is this an income issue?  Possibly, as I don't find this as common at higher-end, ritzy grocery stores as I do in low-income, dirty, discount stores.  I don't think the focus of this is as much where it happens as it is that it happens.  I don't care if a "busy" businessman does it any more or less than if some unemployed Welfare case does it in as much as the thought process was entertained enough for someone to just not give a damn about that cart.  The fact that it does occur in both places leads me to believe that it happens, and that's the important part - regarding it happening more in "the ghetto" than it does in "the rich part of town," it simply means more people feel they are entitled to making their negligence become someone else's problem.  

I find such parallelism in this that I felt compelled to write this blog.  Call me crazy, and a lot of people do, but psychoanalyzing it like this is important to me - I don't want to go through life and say "damn, people left a bunch of carts in a parking lot, that sucks."  I want to break it down and determine WHY they did that, and what that means for them as people who have inconvenienced other people.  This is the same type of parallelism that comes from believing men who drive Corvettes have small.... appendages.  I can't comment on that much, I know some girls who used to date my Corvette-loving roommate in college who had 3 of them at different times that can, but I can analyze this situation based on real world knowledge.  Your opinion may be different than mine on this subject, and I'd like to see what you have to say about it, but if you just think I've gone too far with my analysis, then please, stick to your reality TV shows and leaving comments on YouTube videos because you quite honestly don't have the mental capacity to subjectively report on humanity's effects on humanity.  

Oh yeah, and if you are from South Carolina reading this and can't follow the topic at all, just substitute "shopping cart" and "cart" with your crazy term "buggy."  It isn't a buggy, it is a shopping cart, just like it isn't "pop," it is "soda."  But everyone is different, and I guess that's why I am who I am.....

22 March 2010

Health Care.... Reform?

I like to think in terms of facts.  Numbers never lie, so I usually associate numbers with facts, and thus I like to think in terms of numbers as well.  You'll remember that in my post-election blog, I broke down the numbers to show that it wasn't as sweeping of a victory as leftists would like you to believe it was.  Now, when it comes to this Health Care "Reform," here are the numbers first, and then I'll discuss them afterwards:
  • This bill will cost taxpayers approximately $1.072 TRILLION over the next 10 years.  The official $940 billion price tag doesn't include other reform initiatives in the legislation that push the cost above $1 trillion.
  • One in Six American adults are without health insurance.  That is roughly 16% of the country.  Roughly 60% of Americans get their health insurance from their employer, and therefore about 24% pay out of pocket for their insurance.  The unemployment rate right now is at 9.7%.  
  • The Associated Press reports that 68% of America oppose "ObamaCare" without any Republican support.  That means that more than four in five Americans say it’s important that any health care plan have support from both parties.
  • The HCR bill passed the House yesterday with 219 votes for it and 212 votes against it (50.812064965197215777262180974478% voted for it).  ALL Republicans on the House voted against it, and so did 34 Democrats.  Let that statistic sink in a bit after you read that over again!
Way back in 2007, you know, when no one knew who Obama was and didn't think he was going to be the savior of our country that they thought he would be the very next year, he made the claim that Democrats should not pass health care reform with a 50-plus-1 strategy, meaning just over 50% of the vote.  The reason for that, he went on to say, is that you can't govern law that way - if 51% of the House votes on a bill, that normally means only ONE party voted for it, and therefore, the other party (and theoretically, the other half of the nation) won't stand for it.  He stated clearly "My understanding of the Senate is you need 60 votes to get something significant to happen. The question is: Do we have the will to move an American agenda forward, not a Democrat or Republican agenda forward?"  Obviously, in this case, the answer is NO, this is a Democrat-only agenda, and it is sickening to think that one party being the majority power, Republican or Democrat, should have the right to make a bill become law when so many are opposed to it.  Just another example of the ability Democrats have to be able to speak out of both sides of their mouths - they say something when it sounds eloquent and noble, then go completely against it later when the time comes for action....

According to CNN, the "political culture in Washington may have changed for good" because of this (click here to see the video, and watch the next three videos as well: Health care passes 1:53 and Inside the health care debate 2:44).  In another video on CNN, Obama gloated that "this is what change looks like" during his typical teleprompter-read speech after the victory in the House.  No, Mr. President, this is what Socialism looks like.  This is what a Dictatorship looks like.  Since 68% of America believe that we should come TOGETHER to decide what the future of health care should look like instead of have it decided by one party or another, let's just throw that completely out the window and pass our OWN health care reform act based on what the House of [Poorly Represented] Representatives wants!  It isn't just "playing unfairly" or "not by the rules," it's borderline illegal and not what the Founding Fathers would have ever allowed to happen to the lawmaking process of this country.

Wouldn't you know...... Less than 24 hours after the House of Representatives gave final approval to a sweeping overhaul of healthcare, attorneys general from several states on Monday said they will sue to block the plan on constitutional grounds (click here for the full article).  No kidding?  "If a person decides not to buy health insurance, that person by definition is not engaging in commerce," Cuccinelli said in recorded comments. "If you are not engaging in commerce, how can the federal government regulate you?"  Yep, point made, taken, and I concur!

And if you really hate Nancy Pelosi as much as I do, make sure to donate in the next 25 hours to FIRE PELOSI!  

26 February 2010

How to search successfully online

The dreaded search bar!!!!! To some, this bar looks like a good place to just start writing whole sentences like the computer knows what you're looking for and can translate it all into "BAM! Here you go, we understood what you were saying! Great conversation, let's do this again soon!"

Yeah, it doesn't work like that, people.... Here's some tips I've learned over the years and can greatly reduce the amount of time you spend scrolling and clicking Next Page through the 9,584,164,787,415 results you just dug up.

BE CONCISE! Google has been dumbed down to be able to get you exactly what you want early without having do to much scrolling, but that doesn't mean to write a whole sentence! Try typing it all that nonsense into a product search field like eBay or other online stores and you'll end up without a single result.

The most important thing you can learn about searching on the internet is that what you put in the search bar, the engine will try and find, so if you put lots of erroneous words, your results will display ALL of them first, and then try and get to the other results without all those words, which is probably what you were looking for in the first place.

* NOTE -
all links and results taken from them are current as of today's post. They may be different in the future, but you get the idea..... Also, some Google search results may have sourceid=chrome in the links since I exclusively use Google Chrome as my internet browser, so if the links don't work for you, Internet Explorer, Netscape, AOL, or Firefox people, then follow along the steps and copy the term I used in order to search along with me in a new window.

Example: you want to find a replacement processor for your laptop, but don't know what family it is in, and want to get one that will work in it. Don't type in something silly like "what kind of processor is in my computer" (link provided to show you how silly it is) because that isn't going to tell you anything about YOUR computer, it just provides a bunch of useless results about people asking online help systems like answers.yahoo.com the same question you are trying to find out about YOUR computer.

Let's try something a little more useful - like getting the model number off your computer to start. My old laptop that I sold off last year was a Gateway MX6453, so click that link and see what you get. Lots of product info including reviews and places to purchase it online, but not yet what we're looking for. I'm certain I could click on tons of links and maybe one reviewer or retailer would go into such detail as to provide me the processor model number, and you can cross reference them from there, but let's search SMARTER!

Let's add CPU to the end of our current search result and see what we get. Notice how I didn't go in to lots of detail about what I'm trying to accomplish in the search bar, just added ONE WORD. The first result shows a guy who is attempting to do the same thing, trying to upgrade his CPU in his MX6453 laptop! Well, we just found out the processor that came with it is an AMD TL-52, and without knowing anything else about it, let's search that and find out that it is a Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor. Great! We've got some details about it, now what are my upgrade options for the TL-52? On the same results list, we find a few links to people who have asked questions as to which CPU's they can upgrade to, namely the TL-68. From this list (2nd link down from the top of the last search), we find the TL-68 is the "king," the highest powered processor available for this series, but the question still remains, will this work in this laptop?

Start by checking out the Wiki page (currently under the shopping results list) and see what category it is in. Well, it looks like The TL-50 and TL-52 are in the same group, and the TL-68 is a different group, but they still might work, don't give up just because of Wiki! The question Replace CPU AMD TL-52 with TL-68? was asked about 7th on the list of search results for the AMD TL-52, and some people reported that the difference in size (90nm vs 65nm) might affect it. The TL-64 is 90nm, and we can double check that from the Wiki.

I provided this example for a few reasons - first, I've done this search process before, and second, because the TL-series processors are phased out and there aren't any more of them being made after TL-68. This gave me the chance to speak thoroughly about the processors and not have someone respond with "what about the TL-70" (that is fictitious, but you get the idea).

What about searching for products? Well, now that we know what processor to buy, how do we search for it and find the cheapest price? I go into a lot more detail about pricing on my OTHER blog post, but this one is about searching and we'll focus on that aspect for now. Remember how you searched for the AMD TL-52 and it gave you shopping results? Let's search for AMD TL-64 and click the shopping tab at the top of Google. Looks like I'm getting some laptop results and processor results mixed in. Re-sort the list by searching items from lowest price to highest price, which will most likely put the laptops in the end of the list. Well? Currently I see a used TL-64 for $68 with free shipping on eBay, and a brand spankin' new one for $115 on eBay! I'd personally go with the new one, but hey, you're the one searching and looking this all up! Click the one you want and head to eBay since they're going to sell these a whole lot cheaper than anyone else online.... from there, don't give in to the Google search results, search around yourself and see what you come up with - just search AMD TL-64 in eBay and see what comes up! Make sure you sort from lowest price to highest price, and choose the correct category on the right side - in this example, you want ONLY CPU's, so you narrow it down by going through all the categories in order: Home > Buy > Computers & Networking > Computer Components > CPUs > Search results for "AMD TL-64"

  • Now let's get into the REAL technical side of searching. USING SEARCH OPERATORS! These are my favorite and I can't learn enough of them. These are shortcuts into searching that limit search results to ONLY the items you want displayed. eBay has a list of them here, and Google has their list here. I'll show you some basics that I employ on a daily basis to get rid of unwanted results fast (sounds like a hemroid cream). eBay does it best and has the most simple display:

    For this type of search

    Enter this


    Results that contain all the words you enter

    Enter the keywords with a space between them.

    new DVD player

    returns items whose titles contain all 3 words in any order.

    Results that contain the exact words you typed in a particular order

    Place quotation marks around the group of words.

    "New York"

    returns items whose titles contain New York in that order only, but not those that contain just New or just York or the words York New.

    Results that don't contain a certain word

    Place a minus sign immediately before the word to be excluded, with no space after the minus sign.

    shirt blue –wool

    returns items whose titles contain the words shirt andblue but not the word wool.

    Results that don’t contain several words

    Put a minus sign before each word, or group the words inside parentheses and separate with commas but no spaces.

    bowl -(black,green,purple)or bowl –black –green –purple

    returns items whose titles contain the word bowl but not the words black, green, andpurple.

    Results that contain either of the words

    Enter keywords in parentheses separated by commas but no spaces.


    returns items whose titles contain either the word purseor handbag.

    Results that contain words starting with a particular sequence of letters

    Enter the letter sequence followed by an asterisk.


    returns items whose titles contain words starting withbook, such as books, bookshelf, and bookmark

    Results that contain only a specific spelling of a word

    Enter the keywords or phrases in quotes.


    returns items whose titles contain the exact word bookbut not the word bookshelf.

    So look at that! We can narrow down results with just a few quotation marks, an asterisk, parentheses around multiple terms, and minus signs in front of words we don't want to show up in search results! Here's a saved
    search of mine I use to look up parts for my 2003 MINI Cooper S on eBay:

    MINI Cooper S -(pad, austin, classic, morris, chrome) in Category eBay Motors > Parts & Accessories

    Notice how I searched for terms I wanted and could be in ANY order (i.e., Cooper S MINI or MINI Cooper and Cooper S) and "negated" terms that I didn't want, because really, who wants to ADD chrome to their MINI? I'm looking for NEW MINI parts, so I negated Austin, Morris, and other classic Mini parts because I don't have a Mini, I have a MINI. It's a MINI thing, you wouldn't understand.... here's another search I had that combines search operators:

    transformers movie -poster*

    With this, I search for
    movie items from the Transformers films, but I don't want any poster or posters - by putting the asterisk at the end of the word that is negated, BOTH poster and posters will not show up in my search results!

    That's all for now, and it's probably a lot to process for now (sorry for the processor pun), so let me know if you have any questions or things I should add to this, and I'll help out as best as I can! Have fun searching!