Trouble Seems to Find Me

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Apple products suck in my opinion, I hate them and now I have yet another reason to hate them even more.

I keep to myself, I mind my own business, I work from home, not making much money at it, but I’m home mostly all the time, I really don’t go out much but yet trouble just finds me for some reason. Karma, fate, bad luck, whatever it is, it seems I’ve got a dark cloud hovering over me. I try to be a good person, yes I’m miserable most of the time, but I try to be honest and help those when I can and I try not to bother anyone.

About two months ago the police came to my house saying they had reports of an old elderly woman crying for help in my house. I’m 42 and I’m oldest person here so I don’t understand that at all. I don’t get where that came from, and of course they’re not going to tell you who made the complaint. All he could tell me was that it was a 911 call about someone hearing an elderly woman crying for help in my house. Really?!

Now on Monday this guy and his two friends come to my house, knock on my door and he accuses me a stealing his iPhone?! I don’t know who the hell this guy is, never seen him before.

The thing that bothers me about this is that they came straight my house. I have security cameras outside and I saw these three people coming across the street and then they started coming up my steps. They parked and came straight to my house first. Why?

He asks me was I at Target today as his iPhone was stolen from the bathroom at Target. No I wasn’t, I wasn’t anywhere near Target, in fact I can’t remember the last time I was at Target, it’s got to be more than six months at least.

Anyway the guy proceeds to show me on his MacBook the GPS tracking for the iPhone which looks to me like it’s in the middle of the street. He goes on to say that the tracking is accurate within 20 feet so it has to be here but the problem there is that my house is about 80-100 feet away from the GPS mark. According to his little GPS mark it was actually in front of the house to the right of mine, directly in front actually, but yet he came straight to my house.

The next problem is that there is a cross street right there at my house, or one house over actually and he says that’s so and so street name right there and your house is here so it has to be here but no that’s not what that street is called, the street he named is one block over actually. Apparently he can’t read street signs either. So actually it wasn’t in front of my house, or the house next door, it was one block over. Again, why did he come straight to my house?

He didn’t even really let me look at the screen either, he just held it up and pointed to the mark and then turned the laptop away from me and then went on about the whole 20 feet thing and the wrong street name.

Maybe I’m being paranoid, but I don’t like it at all.

It seems to me that iPhone GPS tracking isn’t the greatest and I don’t appreciate being falsely accused for something like this.

The other thing that bothers me is this guy was actually knocking on doors accusing people of stealing his phone. Not what I would call the safest thing to do really.

Could it have been a scam to try and get into people houses? I sure as hell wasn’t letting him and his friends into my home, who knows what could happen these days?!

I don’t know but this just gives me yet another reason to hate Apple products…

3DMark is $4.99 on Steam Today

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Just a quick note about a very good sale on Steam….

 

Just a short note to tell you that 3DMark is today’s Daily Deal on Steam. For the next 48 hours, (starting 10:00 PST / 18:00 UTC Thursday January 8), your readers can buy 3DMark for just $4.99, a sweet 80% saving over its regular price of $24.99.

Save 80% on 3DMark

http://store.steampowered.com/app/223850/

Recommended by 94% of Steam user reviews, 3DMark Advanced Edition includes eight individual benchmarks covering the full range of Windows PC hardware. It improves on the free version by adding the ability to:

Run Fire Strike Ultra, the world’s first and only 4K Ultra HD benchmark.

Use Fire Strike Extreme to test PCs with multiple GPUs (CrossFire/SLI).

Use benchmark looping to test your overclocking for stability.

See in-depth performance graphs of your benchmark runs.

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Earn Steam Achievements(!), and compete for the fastest PC on Steam leaderboards.

Move your key freely between the Steam and standalone versions.

Chipmunk in My Yard

So it seems a chipmunk has made himself a home in the hole at the bottom of the wall in my backyard.

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I have bird feeders back there and I guess he realized he can get a quick meal now of seeds from what the birds drop. He’s a brave little chipmunk.. I have a sliding glass door back there actually and he comes right up to it and eats even if I’m standing right there. There are a few squirrels around but they run as soon as they see me, this chipmunk stayed there until I opened the door and then he ran to the hole and stopped and turned around and just sat there. I went and got my camera and he was still sitting there just staring at me.. Cute little guy…

Deer in My Yard

So I have woods and a hill behind my house and there are several deer that live there and I see them all the time. They’ve never come into the yard because it’s about a five foot drop and I have a fence but they do come right down. I like to throw scraps up to them, old apple, carrots and carrot shavings which they seem to really like.

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One is right there looking at me, and the other is off to the right and up a bit, it was starting to walk away when I snapped the picture.

I named them ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’….  ‘dinner’ is a rather large buck who wasn’t around, or he was up on the hill and I didn’t see him. They blend in so well with the woods.

Hawk in My Yard

Just random nature picture…

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So I went outside the other day to take the dog out and there was a rather large Hawk in my backyard. He was actually sitting about 15 feet from the back door on the hill, I didn’t even notice him until he flew off and startled me. He went right up into the tree and I tried to get a good picture of him, but he really just blends in.

He’s right there in the center of the picture..

Geek Fuel Monthly Mystery Box Review

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New review by me..

Link:  http://www.technogog.com/review/review-of-geek-fuel-monthly-mystery-box/

Quote:
"Today I have a new review for you sort of, maybe it should be called an unboxing or actually and extended unboxing, but it’s still a review I guess. Geek Fuel is a new company that makes geek or nerdy themed mystery boxes that you can get delivered to your door every month for a low price. I say low price because I figured out an estimated cost of the items in the box and it’s about three times more than the actual cost you’ll pay for the box from Geek Fuel if you bought everything separately. Right there you’re getting an excellent value overall I think, but let’s take a closer look at everything so you can get a better idea of the stuff you can get in one of these mystery boxes from Geeks Fuel. "

The Moral Decay of Our Society

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What happened? What has happened to our society? When did people become such monsters? Yes human beings have been monstrous in the past and the present, look at wars and such, Hitler for example, but those were aberrations overall, now I’m just seeing more and more people that just lack any moral compass at all.

People are getting killed for their phones, their shoes or because they look different or they looked at someone the wrong way. That makes no sense to me at all.

When did we become a society where we just don’t care about fellow human beings?

When did it become ok for our children to idolize these music artists (if you can call them that) that rap about rape and murder and breaking the law where they make it sound like a good thing? How can we let our children idolize and want to be like these people that say things like this are ok? There are children that want to grow up to be gangsters and kill people and rape women and I don’t understand how we let this happen?

Children should not be idolizing murderers and rapists. Our children should be taught to value life and to respect others but instead they’re being taught that women are objects to be used, abused and discarded like trash. Our children are being taught that it’s ok to kill someone for looking at them wrong or saying something wrong about them. Our children are being taught that life has no real value and if you want it you can just take it and if you kill someone in the process that’s just fine. No it’s not fine, what has happened to us as a society that we condone this sort of behavior?

We live in a society where it’s possible to be killed for accidentally bumping into someone on the street. Why don’t we see how wrong that is? Why have we let it get this bad?

We now live in a society where you can be killed for the color of your skin or what nationality you are?

We live in a society where you can be killed for the god you believe in?

We live in a society where you can be killed for wearing the wrong color clothes?
- I remember, like 20 years ago now, I was working downtown and I had a guy flip out on me and chase me and threaten me because I was wearing a red shirt and he accused me a being a gang member and wearing the wrong color in the other colors territory. The shirt I was wearing wasn’t really red, it was a burgundy, it was a $100 Ralph Lauren button up dress shirt and I’m white and I had very long hair at the time. There’s no way in hell I could have ever been mistaken for a gang member, but yet this guy apparently thought I was because of my sort of red colored dress shirt. Luckily the bus came and I got on but he still chased after the bus yelling and threatening me.

I’m 42 years old and I’ve seen a lot and been through a lot and I’ve watched, over the years, the decline of society and I’m really afraid of where it’s ultimately heading. People have become just horrible.

I remember when we used to leave cars unlocked, car windows open, house doors unlocked, house windows open. Now we have to have security systems on everything and bars on windows and we have to double check the windows and doors are all locked at night. I can’t leave a window on the ground floor open at night to get some fresh air in the house. Why? What has happened to society that it’s come to this?

Last night near me a 45 year old man was hit and killed by not one, not two, but three cars and none of the drivers stopped.

Here’s the link to the story:  http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/man-45-killed-after-three-cars-hit-him-parkway-eas/njQWr/

(warning, autoplay video if you click the link, but there’s not much there really, they’re still trying to figure it all out)

When did we become a society like this? This guy was someone’s son, maybe a brother, a husband or a father. How can you just kill another human being and keep driving? The first guy probably killed him, but then he was hit two more times by two different cars. So there’s a guy lying in the road and you just drive over his body? What the hell?

Around here lately there’s been people smashing car windows for whatever reason. A lady just got her window smashed and it’s going to cost her over $500 to get it repaired. They got one dollar and some change out of her car and that’s all they took. That just makes no sense to me.

The laws anymore don’t seem to matter to people either. There’s an intersection near me that has signs that say one way and do not enter, but every single time I’m near it I watch people turn up that street to avoid the traffic light. It’s at least one person, but many times it’s more than one. Are the signs just a suggestion now? I see the police do it all the time as well, so I guess if they’re allowed it’s ok for everyone else too? How can you have laws like that when those enforcing the law don’t obey them? What kind of an example is that?

Down the street from me is another intersection with two stop signs and then the side street does not have one so they have the right of way. There are even additional bright yellow signs that say cross traffic does not stop. People still don’t stop for the stop sign. My wife and kids were hit last year at this intersection, thankfully no one got hurt though, but the lady just blew right through the stop sign. I’ve had people almost hit me and then stop and yell and scream at me because they think I did something wrong by using that street and not stopping. There is no stop sign there so I don’t have to stop!

Red lights are another one, I see all kinds of people just going right through them. No it’s not yellow either, it’s blatantly red and they just keep going. Traffic signals now are just a suggestion too?

Traffic in general is just screwed up, I hate driving anymore. Every time I drive I have to swerve to avoid oncoming cars that just cross the line into my lane. It seems they just feel the entire road is theirs and theirs alone. So now people just drive anywhere they want?! What the hell is wrong with you people?

When did laws become suggestions?

The police? What the hell has happened to the police? There was a time when police were to be respected and trusted and someone you could go to for help. Now they’re feared and that’s not how it’s supposed to be. I don’t trust them at all, I fear any interaction with the police, I’m afraid to call them about anything honestly. I’ve even told my kids, don’t trust the police, and it should not be that way. They lie, they cheat, they steal, they do whatever they can to reach their quotas. They seem to kill with impunity now as well it seems.

The government is horribly corrupt and we all know this but there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about it. Everything is money, if you have the money you can get your law or bill or whatever passed. It’s not about the people anymore, it’s about lining the pockets of the politicians and that’s it. What happened to a government of the people, by the people and for the people? The government could be a whole new rant post by itself, but I’m sure you know all this…the government just has nothing to do with ‘the people’ at all anymore really. I have to wonder what our founding fathers might have to say if they saw the state of the government now, I’m sure they would be ashamed though… Yes I know there are people who will say we can vote and change things, but that’s bullshit as the system is horribly broken and I don’t think any amount of votes will change anything really.

Terrorists are another good one, well not good, but a good example of just how screwed up this world is. They want to kill me because I don’t believe in their god. Really? What the hell is that about? I’m sorry but if you’re wonderful god tells you to kill people who don’t believe in him, I sure as hell don’t want anything to do with that god! (God and religion is another subject that could be a whole other post as well, but I’m not going there now.)

Anyway, it’s not supposed to be this way. I don’t want to live like this, I don’t want my kids to grow up in this kind of world. I can’t imagine what it will be like when my kids have their own kids. It’s just getting worse.

You have to have good examples for people to follow but when the supposed people in power are morally corrupt where do you find a good example?

The police are supposed to be the epitome of good, they uphold the law, they enforce the laws but they’re breaking those same laws that they’re enforcing and not getting punished for it. When people see that it’s ok for them to do this then I guess they naturally assume it’s ok for them as well.

The people that make and enforce our laws have become the ones that are breaking those same laws most often, and are not getting punished for it, so we as a society have no real examples of what good is anymore. When the morals of the law makers and enforcers have decayed, why are we surprised that the morals of average citizens have decayed as well?

The law makers and enforcers don’t value life anymore so it’s no surprise that the citizens don’t either.

The morals of society have decayed to the point where I don’t see it getting better but only worse and that frightens me….