“Viruses, Internet Clutter And Computer Junk”

Posted in Uncategorized on 2014/03/31 by Robert Leu

Seriously, that’s a line from an actual radio commercial advertising a computer fixit service. Are you through insulting my intelligence, speedcounts.com? Because that’s a line of bullshit you’re slinging, and you know it. And I know it, too.

You should be ashamed of yourselves for approving that copy. Hell, I’ll do the exact same stuff they’ll do, AND I’ll explain what I’m doing so you can do the same thing in the future without me having to make a house call. Catch me on a good day, and all it’ll cost you is a meal. Doesn’t even have to be home cooked; you can call out for a pizza if you want.*

*This is not an advertisement for such services; I’d just rather you have your computer looked at by someone that is less condescending to you.

There are things that are happening

Posted in Uncategorized on 2013/12/09 by Robert Leu

I’m not very used to contentment. The last few years of my life have had very little of it. But things are starting to go my way. And it feels pretty darn good.

For the first time in almost a decade, I have a car to call my own. I’m not going to go into why I haven’t had one, except to say I’ve done very stupid things that left me with very little saved up for things like transportation. But thanks to the overwhelming generosity of family and friends, I’ve been able to get to and from a job. And about a month ago, an opportunity to acquire to a vehicle from one of my brothers came about and I jumped on it. No more having to schedule any sort of shopping trips around other people’s schedules, or having to walk across the town in extreme warmth or cold just to put a little coin in the bank.

Now, what do I do with this newfound freedom to spend the days anywhere other than in my recliner or curled up in my bed trying to stay warm without running the heater? So many years cooped up inside just to avoid having to stick my proverbial thumb out to go anywhere; how much has the world changed that you can’t see on a computer or television screen? Is Lindsay Lohan still on track to be the biggest movie star of the 21st century?

It’ll certainly make for some more interesting content on here. I can actually take trips to things, interact with other bloggers; do a whole lot more than just sit around and shoot my keyboard off on whatever’s happening in the world. Let’s face it; in the grand scheme of keyboard warriors analyzing the events of the day I’m just not as sharp as someone who’s actually out there living their life outside of the same four walls.

Now, to answer the ultimate question: where do I go from here? Any suggestions?

Inspiration strikes twice in a week

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 2013/08/07 by Robert Leu
I guess the writing bug has bitten me; I actually pecked this whole thing out on my phone since I didn’t have a computer with me earlier tonight.
 
Someone posted something on FB that stuck in my craw for whatever reason: a picture of a Andy Griffith and a young Ron Howard in-character, with the words “The World Needs More Mayberry And Less Honey Boo Boo” printed over it.

The first thing we need to establish is that Mayberry is a complete work of fiction. Any similarity to any actual place is purely a sign that you’re too invested in fantasy over reality. And while I love a good fantasy as much as the next person, you should really remember to poke your head up out of it every once in a while.

Too many people are too heavily invested in the fallacy that television programs from the mid 20th century double as accurate historical records. If it were, the Korean War would have been resolved after Hugh Beaumont gave the Korean people a stern lecture about the importance of getting along. And then Barbara Billingsley, having spent the entire day cleaning house and preparing dinner in a luxurious party dress accented with a string of pearls, would invite everyone into the kitchen for cookies and milk.

The reason everything was so perfect in television programs back then was because the viewers were seeking refuge from a world that was anything but. Equality of any kind was billions of miles in the distance, and there wasn’t a whole lot of forward progress on either front until years later. War was waging in Korea, Viet Nam, and very nearly along America’s Gulf Coast. Thimgs were screwed up everywhere…except in places called Mayberry, Midvale, and Hooterville.

Actually, I take that back about Hooterville; that damn pig got a fairer shake than the rest of the animal population. Why couldn’t a few chickens come to roost at the dinner table some night?

A grain of truth in a can of Spam?

Posted in Uncategorized on 2013/08/07 by Robert Leu

A grain of truth in a can of Spam?

Actual comment left on this blog, and caught by the Spam Filter.

I Had A Thought

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 2013/08/06 by Robert Leu

Heads up: I’m gonna dip into politics here. Please note the exits located fore and aft, and if you feel the need to use them, well I don’t blame you.

A couple of stories out of Washington caught my eye yesterday.

-First up: Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent letters to CNN and NBC News regarding Hillary Clinton projects both networks have in the offering. Priebus took the position that both CNN’s documentary film and NBC’s miniseries about the former Secretary of State would amount to campaign commercials for a candidate that hasn’t even declared her intentions for an election that’s more than three years away at this point. Priebus then tried to persuade the networks to stop work on the projects or be excluded from hosting future Republican primary debates starting with the next Presidential election cycle in 2016. Two things to keep in mind here: CNN has already come out and said that their Clinton documentary will “pull no punches”, and NBC’s miniseries is under the supervision of the network’s entertainment division; NBC News has no connection to it.

-The second bit of news involved Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, which today sought to legitimize itself as a newsgathering organization by establishing a bureau in the nation’s capital. Its first two hires show exactly what line it will tow: Sara Carter, the Senior Washington Correspondent, has done stints at the Washington Examiner (which is co-owned with a Republican reading favorite, The Weekly Standard) and the Washington Times (owned by News World Communications, which is affiliated with the Reverend Sun-Myung Moon’s Unification Church). Fred Lucas, the White House Correspondent, has done time at The Weekly Standard proper, American Spectator, and TownHall magazines. For Lucas, it’ll be a simple matter of switching seats in the Brady Briefing Room; he’s been the White House Correspondent for the Cybercast News Service, which was founded in 1998 as the Conservative News Service by L. Brent Bozell III, who also founded the Media Research Center, whose mission is to “prove — through sound scientific research — that liberal bias in the media does exist and undermines traditional American values” and to “neutralize [that bias's] impact on the American political scene“.

The way I see it, the GOP wants to have their media coverage both ways: not only do they want to control what established outlets say about anything, but they also want to establish their own outlets to ensure there are plenty of sockpuppets masquerading as journalists to get the talking points out exactly the way they want them put out. The GOP wants their slice of the media cake, and everybody else’s too. Seems like if the GOP had their way completely, there would be government censors in charge of making sure the conservative message is disseminated exactly as ordered, lest it be held back from public consumption. If the Republicans can increase their majorities in the houses of Congress in next year’s mid-term elections, how long will it be until that fantasy becomes reality?

Here’s an idea

Posted in Uncategorized on 2013/05/08 by Robert Leu

Instead of having the FM transmitter as a separate accessory to transmit music from a smartphone to the car radio wirelessly, how about integrating it into the smartphone itself?

For the record, it came to me in a dream last night.

Well, that was scary

Posted in Uncategorized on 2013/03/17 by Robert Leu

I just had what you might call a first world problem.

Got up to bring the laptop into the bedroom with me for the night, and the wi-fi adapter disappeared. Not in the network adapters window, not listed in the device manager, even the “Wake Up on WLAN” setting in the BIOS was grayed out.

Some sort of connection must’ve came loose. So I did what any self-respecting geek would do and tore that mother up. I grabbed my screwdriver, started unscrewing every conceivable screw I could find on the outside of the case, and got in deep. Real deep, man; all the way to the motherboard. I found the adapter, found the connection to the motherboard, made sure it was in tight, and put everything back together. And when I rebooted, it still wasn’t there. Plus, I hadn’t reconnected the sound card, either.

Back in, got the sound card back, rebooted again…still nothing.

Then, the sound that indicates a device has been connected kicked in, and there it was. Not really sure what happened there, possibly a loose wire somewhere that will eventually be my downfall. But hey, I learned that I can dive right into something without so much as a reference guide and put it all back together without any leftover screws.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to collapse from post-adrenaline rush exhaustion.

*plop*

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