I’m Still Alive!!!

I know it’s been quite here to all 3 of you, but I’m still here. Life’s been piling it on and I’ve been running through it all. That’s a good thing though. From all this running, I’ve lost 18lbs in the last 2 months. Still not back below 300, but WILL be there within a month. Target is still 180ish by end of year. I WILL have my bootcamp body back!

On another note, I’ve been doing some mentoring at my daughter’s school, as well as the Jr. High I expect she will be attending, on programming and development. Been interesting thus far. Looking forward to see where it leads.

I’ve also started several personal projects that I’ll post updates on as they progress. One being a twitter client (another one?) that keeps track of who’s following you are verified as well as other tidbits. The other is a syncing app to go along with DreamObjects that ties into OS X 10.10. Should be interesting.

The Doctor Saved Us

That’s right folks. The apocalypse didn’t happen so that means only one thing, The Doctor saved us!!!.

Wouldn’t that be a decent episode? Mayan’s predict the end of the world but some means, then in traditional Doctor fashion, he saves us last minute? Which reminds me, he’s saved us so many times, at what point do we save him from his own methods of self destruction?

Looking forward to the Christmas special.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Free Stuff

A friend sent this to me last week and it was too good not to share.

I have never heard this said as simply. Class war at its best.

The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

And, the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.

And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now… the people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So… the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776236 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.  We have one chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

ELECTION 2012 IS COMING

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

I’M 100% for PASSING THIS ON !!!

For all our sake PLEASE Take a Stand!!!

  • Borders: Closed!
  • Language: English only
  • Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
  • Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!
  • No freebies to: Non-Citizens!

MacHeist 4 Bundle

I’ve been a fan of the MacHeist series of bundles since MacHeist 3. (I missed the first few). This one was fun with multiple iOS missions and nanoMissions as well as the bundle itself. Lots of apps and games.

I want to point out a few this time around.

  • DiskTools Pro – Worthless in my opinion. It took over 30 minutes to do initial setup and get to a screen. Multiple times it when non-responsive. The general maintenance can be done with other utilities that are free and do a better job. If you want defragmentation, I recommend iDefrag. Clean interface, quick, and easier to use.
  • BioShock 2 – Haven’t really played it yet but runs smoothly. Only grip, the key/activation system is bullshit. I understand a developers need to protect their products, but that stuff makes it harder for people to play. It doesn’t stop people from pirating.
  • Bartender – I’ve only used it for about 30 mins now but works as advertised. My menu bar hasn’t looked this good in ages.
  • STEAM Apps – Was surprised to see these pop up, but still a decent bunch of games.
  • Gratuitous Space Battles – A bit addicting. Played for an hour the other night and didn’t realize the time going by. Enjoyed watching all the ships blow up.
  • Bellhop – Looked through it. Not sure I trust it over Hotels.com though. Might give it a try on my next trip.
  • CallendarPlus – Prefer Fantastical over this one. Requires less of an install and a better interface
  • Printopia – Nice addition. I have several printers on my machine from different networks. Nice addition to also be able to “Print To Evernote” and “Print To Dropbox”
  • TuneUp – Was added while I was typing this. Wish it had iTunes Match support. Looks interesting though. UPDATE: Worthless. Continually looses connection to iTunes, doesn’t find many songs that are widely available, and support basically blames the user for any issues.
  • Moneybags – Was also added while I was writing this. May be better than MoneyWell, not sure yet. Gonna run both of them side by side for a while and see which one I like better. Only issue, it’s not signed with an Apple certificate so have to manually approve it to run. An annoyance for sure but one that can be quickly fixed by the developers.

Fantastical is Fantastic!

Yea, I did that. I bought Fantastical from the Mac App Store yesterday and have enjoyed it. It really is a great app for those that are always working on their calendars or are needing quick access.

The ONLY issues I’ve had with it thus far was right after I installed it, the “Getting Started” stuff froze the app for no visible reason. After forcible killing it in Activity Monitor and reloading the app, everything was as smooth as butter.

Things I like:

  • Month at a glance (The actual month, not events)
  • Variable event list (None to 31 days out).
  • Stays out of the way until I need it.
  • Event creation is a dream.

Speaking of event creation, tried out my first one earlier today (which prompted this post) for a weekly lunch with my family. It auto filled each field correctly and quickly. Better than iCal ever has.

If you’ve been wanting an app to help with scheduling, this one is worth the money.

36 Attempts….

That’s how many times some robot in Russia tried hacking this site. This is not an invite to keep doing it but of what value is my site to Russia?

Anyways, on other notes, the weight loss stopped, gained some back, and about to get back on exercising to get rid of it again. Otherwise things are going great here. I’ll try to post more later.

But before I leave, as of June 1, 2012, I became an Investment Advisor Representative. Took me taking the test twice, but worth it.

Check ya later!

Stop Being Blind, Thank Our Soldiers

Fair warning, this is a rant. Read on if you dare.

I went shopping with my BIL today to help him get stuff for his apartment at our Wal-Mart (yea I know). While there I saw a member of our military shopping. But what I witnessed was people just ignoring him. A man who risks his life to protect us, and the general populace ignoring him like he wasn’t even there.

I did what I’ve started doing of late and walked up, shook his hand and said thank you. What I saw in his face astonished me. First it was the expected “who is this guy and what does he want.” But when we shook hands, he expression changed. A look of relief and a smile appeared as though someone finally acknowledged what he was doing.

What I wondered next was had anyone ever done that to him before? How many of our citizen don’t even bother to do that? Seriously?

These are our men and women, fighting for us, dying for us, and barely anyone thanks them for what they do and sacrifice, much less their families. Almost every soldier I have walked up to has given me a similar expression.

I hear by issue a challenge to every person reading this post. If you don’t accept it, get the fuck out of this country. For this year, EVERY soldier you see, thank them. If they are with their family, thank them as well. If you can’t be bothered to thank those that give their lives so that we have the chance to be free, you don’t deserve that chance.

It’s shit like this that pisses me off, and I don’t get pissed off easily.