Season's over

It's official, the 49ers stink this year. I know it's just week 3 but as I write this lazy post, the Niners are about to lose to the fucking Cardinals.

Yup, they're all Glassholes

After reading about the whole Google Glass/Feast restaurant issue, I couldn't help but think that the supports of Google Glass are complete Glassholes. I hate that term, but it's so appropriate...as is calling them assholes.

Here's the short version...Google Glass owner/wearer/worshiping dolt was asked to leave a snooty restaurant in NY, Feast. They were asked to leave as the glasses made people uncomfortable. The person was upset, left and posted a nasty review of the restaurant. As if to plead to the case to the rest of the Glassholes, the rejected Glasshole posted their experience one Google+. As usual a flame war began, with the majority posting their dislike of the "uninformed masses not able to grasp new technology like Google Glass." (That wasn't short. I'm a liar.)

I don't have an issue with the flame war, it's an unnecessary evil of a forum or post-happy website. (And I have partaken in plenty in my years as a nerd.) It's the comments. They range from silly statements like "I would've done the same," or "Some people just don't get good technology." But then there's one winner who takes on ANYONE who doesn't like Google Glass. He pulls the classic nerd-bit of calling other posters out, defining words (the posts started becoming about public/private access and we all know how Google-lovers happily give up their information to Google because, well, because they should) and just generally being nasty in that "I'm a douche bag, but try to act like I'm not being a douche bag" kind of way.

What these avid Glassholes are forgetting is that it's not so much an issue of privacy, it's simply a fact that other customer's felt uncomfortable and the restaurant RIGHTFULLY asked the patron to leave. Just like they have to right to do to any patron who isn't following a rule or making others uncomfortable. It may suck, but it's fair. And yet, the Glassholes were stuck sucking each other off over the lack of "coolness" and the "they don't know" attitude. Give it a fucking rest people.

This is not an entirely apt comparison, but this reminds of the people who violently supported Penn State during the horrific Jerry Sandusky incident. While they were complaining over Joe Paterno's legacy and the football program, everyone else was shocked at the actual human issue. You know, the molestation charges that Penn State was found to cover-up and Jerry Sandusky was accused off and later found guilty off.

Again, I know these are not the same issues and, NO, I'm not claiming Glassholes and molesters are the same. But the ignorance is so similar that it's infuriating. In this case, the technology and how great it is isn't the issue. Nor is it the lack of knowledge. It's respecting the wishes of a restaurant and making others feel more comfortable. It's getting over your stupid toys and realizing that the world doesn't revolve around Google Glass. UGH.

All of you Glassholes, get a grip. You own an expensive and interesting piece of technology. Great, good for you. There is no need to rub it into other's faces or call them out when, hello, they don't need to give a shit about the technology. Now stop being a Glasshole and work on not being an asshole.

The Xbox One just became appealing

No Kinect, $100 off. Thanks Microsoft, it's about fucking time you lowered the price for the Xbox One.

I know many fans of the Xbox One are mixed on this, as the Kinect for the "One" can be useful...when it works. But as far as the Brown Guy is concerned, it's still too gimmicky.

Having spent time with it at my brother-in-law's place, I was both frustrated and overly impressed by it. When it worked, it was nice. I could tell the system to switch between NBA 2K14 to Amazon Prime, it recognized me when I grabbed a controller, I could walk into his living room and be greeted with a "Hi Syed!"

However, we could NEVER turn it on by saying "Xbox, On". It got to a point where we barked commands rest wouldn't work and, no dice. Maybe that was just his system, but I didn't come away any differently than I had when the first Kinect was released.

I do hope the $100 price drop, which makes the Kinect-less Xbox One the same price as the PS4 (which doesn't ship with its copy-cat camera), put the system at an even footing in the mind of gamers. While I prefer the Xbox ecosystem, I do realized Sony has a great platform of their own. And I can't give someone shit for liking "God of War" over "Halo". You like what you like. 

Also, I hate to break it to the "PS4 is more powerful than Xbox One" fans, but big systems are similar. Games made for both look EXACTLY the same and any subtle difference were just that, subtle. The PS3 laps the Xbox 360 in terms of pure specs, yet all games look the freakin' same.

Lastly, why have reviewers proudly proclaimed the PS4 as the "pure gaming" system over the Xbox One? It suggests a few things, but specifically to me, it suggests that "If a gamer wants NOTHING but videos games, PS4 is the way to go. Otherwise, you can Xbox One it up for 'everything else'." So the Xbox One can't be a pure gaming experience? Really? Am I to believe, based on the "pure gaming" comment, that I can't enjoy a "gaming only" experience on the Xbox One? And what if I chose to use the PS4 for it's Blu-Ray player or watch Netflix or I bought the PS4 Eye or whatever that add-on is called...wouldn't that refute the "pure gaming" claim?

I call bullshit on these reviews. First, that statement doesn't even make sense. The Xbox One, for all of the Kinect controversy and the push for media services (TV, streaming services, etc.) is still a very powerful system that, hello, plays games. Having spent some time with the system, I felt very compelled to call it a gaming system and enjoyed the "pureness" of that experience. Second, as stated above, most games (if not all) look THE SAME on both systems. Third, neither system has the "killer app" yet, so there really isn't much for either system to gloat or show-off. Fourth, IT HASN'T EVEN BEEN A FULL YEAR FOR EITHER CONSOLE TO BE OUT! Seriously, we are jumping the gun and proclaiming things that a) don't matter in the long run and b) are irrelevant to non-nerd/techies. The Xbox One should be as good of a "pure gaming" experience as a PS4.

...And now I forgot the point of my rant. 

The hipster music fan

Ah yes, the hipster music fan. Really appreciate it when a fan of obscure music tells me how I'm "missing out" or "won't believe" how much I will love the obscure music.

Hipster - "Dude, if you listen to 'Flip Bean Dip', you will really like it. The music is so, yeah."

I won't act like all music that isn't rock/metal stinks because there a lot really good and, I dare say, catchy music. As bad as pop music tends to be, I won't act like some music isn't catchy because it is! That's partly why I gave in and eventually purchased Lady Gaga tracks from iTunes. The bitch is catchy! 

But I can't help but feel that people like "different" genres just for the sake of it. It's like a conversation piece that no one really cares about but then has indulge the hipster with when said topic comes up. And why is it these random music fans like shit that sounds like Enya? Doesn't seem so different when all the music sounds the same. You know, the same thing that hipster music fans complain about when disparaging mainstream/pop music.

 

Habibis love Georgetown

If you're ever in Georgetown, please keep an eye out for the habibis. It's weird because there isn't too much gold, unnecessarily expensive cars, or gaudy furniture in Georgetown, but with the amount of habibis roaming the streets, there might as well be. A few weekends ago, I had the good fortune of visiting Georgetown. (I also experienced the joy that is Washington DC in that major parking garages were closed and the convenient street parking was still non-existence. Thanks DC.)

Anyways, I was avoiding Zara (terrible clothing store, not stroller or male friendly), and I while waiting outside I could not help but stare at a group of habibis that were also standing outside of Zara. These people would stand outside the entrance for a bit and then go back inside. Just fascinating. And then they started talking...WOW. I don't know what it is about being in public but habibis love NOTHING more than to bark in Arabic as loud as possible.

I did envy their money though. It was quite clear that this group of habibis were wearing clothes that cost as much as a small townhouse. Very flashy, silky clothes. Even the habibi baby was decked out. Come to think of it, the only person NOT decked was the Latino that was tending to the habibi baby.

Habibis, you guys crack me up.

iPad photography sucks

In case the title wasn't clear, I'll repeat myself: taking photos with an iPad sucks and should be banned from all parties, weddings, happenings, shindigs, etc.

I know, there are tons of other bloggers and opinionated whackadoos that have posted about this and agree with this. But recent events have forced me to write this post. (And I need the content, so it's something.) I feel like people who use an iPad to take photos are essentially saying, "Hey, I have an iPad and I want to be cool."

iPads are many things: cool, useful, good for comic book reading. They are even good for editing photos and viewing photos. They are NOT good at taking photos. The cameras are average, at best, the devices are big and clunky, they block people that are standing behind it and it's an overall terrible experience.

People, if you are so desperate to show others that you are "with it", take photos with a regular smartphone. They are more compact, have far better camera lenses, and just as convenient as a regular camera. They can even one-up most point-and-shoots as you can take a photo and instantly share it to a social network.

So please, stop using an iPad to take photos.

Great device, not great for taking photos. Don't try it...unless you're a douche.

Great device, not great for taking photos. Don't try it...unless you're a douche.

The random points

I'm doing a terrible job with site postings. I get it, no need to point it out. However, I have some random points to share below.

  • As much of an Apple zealot I tend to be, I finally broke down and purchased my first iPad. An iPad Air (64 GB, space grey) to be exact. Now if only I should exchange this for the 128 GB model. Decisions
  • I also sold my first item on eBay recently. It was a Dell XPS 8500. The desktop was actually very nice. The issue? Windows 8.1. It's an okay OS, but just not a desktop/mouse and keyboard OS. What a shame. 
  • Haven't bought an Xbox One yet, though I plan on doing so. PS4 is overrated.
  • Lastly, I have been logging a lot of time with cheese quesadillas.

Migrating to Squarespace 6

Here you go, two posts in a day. Happy?

Anyways, as I am attempting to blog some more, I have decided to upgrade my site from Squarespace 5 to Squarespace 6. For most of you (or the handful that actual waste your time at my site), that means nothing. Just know that I am trying to be "with it" by keeping up-to-date.

The process is kind of weird and not entirely intuitive (which is one of Squarespace's greatest strengths, IMO). Whatevs, I'll figure it out.

Merp-e-Derp

Long absense? Yes. Laziness? Yes. Wanted to write posts but justified reasons not to? Yes.

I have thoughts and ideas I'd want to post about, but I need to get off my ass and start posting again.

More to come...maybe.

I switched back

I give up to easily. I had a Nokia Lumia 920 since it was launched in October last year. I was happy with it. And it seemed that initial excitement over the platform was proving to help me justify my purchase. Even Rovio came through by release two Angry Birds titles relatively quickly! (Angry Birds Space and then Angry Birds Star Wars. They would also release Angry Birds Seasons as well.)

However, this initial excitement quickly died down for me. While updates/patches were released for the phone WAY quicker than they ever were for the previous version of the platform, it felt like it would still take Microsoft ages to push out an update. Also, it felt discouraging when Nokia would release all sorts of mid-range/budget version of the Lumia. I get that the strategy is meant to gain traction in developing countries, but it felt like Windows Phone 8 and all its new support for high-end mobile hardware was going to waste.

But the tipping point was a recent Exchange ActiveSync bug that iOS. A bug with calendar syncing with Exchange was discovered iOS devices running 6.1.1, Apple and Microsoft fixed the bug, and Apple released.a fix within a month.

No big deal, right? Except that a bug like this would've taken Microsoft months to fix on their platform.

I love Windows Phone and think it is great. But I am losing faith in this OS and strategy. The initial excitement I had was killed with little developer love, terrible celebrity endorsements (a lame, desperate and very forced attempt at being cool and hip) and Microsoft's insistence on working at a snails pace.

In the end, Windows Phone 8 seems destined to be a lost cause.

Fuck the Ravens

Ugh, the Niners lost the Super Bowl to the Ravens. Bad calls, poor defense, a lot of "woulda, coulda, shoulda". In the end, the Niners tried to rally back but the rally fell short.

I'd rather have seen the Ravens blow them out then to see them fight back and get within 5 yards of taking the lead and, possibly, the game.

Fuck you, Baltimore Ravens.

Late assessment of the 49ers

The 49ers still have a very good chance of winning the NFC West and, by virtue, be eligible for the playoffs for the 2012 NFL season. But if they manage the same bullshit performance down the stretch as they did against the Rams (a game that they lost), then it'll be curtains.

And what's the deal with Sam Bradform? I'm sorry but he is an average quarterback playing for a very average Rams ball club. And yet his career record against the Niners is 2-1-1. That's not mind blowing, however that record includes 3 overtime games (a victory, loss, and tie). The fact that the Sam Bradford-led Rams teams are competitive enough to take the mighty 49ers into overtime (3 times) says a lot about how baffled/miffed the 49ers defense becomes when they play him. When Sam Bradford isn't starting, the 49ers tend to have their way with the Rams.

This season, the 49ers defense has out-dueled Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Drew Brees. Stafford hasn't won much compared to Rodgers and Brees, but he is a stud when it comes to putting up points and leading a score-happy Lions team. Yet Sam Bradford has led the Rams to two overtime games this year, one a tie and the other a win. I don't get it.

And lets not forget that the 49ers still have to face The Man...Tom Brady in a few weeks! If Sam Bradford can take the 49ers to brink, I can only imagine the massacre that someone like Brady can deliver against one of the league's best defenses.

Go 49ers?

A truth about the browns

I have posted about how browns try their damndest to be white and to speak English as frequently as possible. Seriously, nothing makes them happier than to do this. However, many brown people don't know when their English is bad and just not working. It could be a bad joke, a simple sentence that does not translate well (literally), or English that is so broken that you are not sure if the attempt at English was a comment, question, or a cry for help.

There are some browns, however, that are crafty and a tad douche. These browns will resort to childish behavior when called out on how bad their English is. What they do is they start questioning and challenging your INSERT BROWN LANGUAGE knowledge. It's not with everyone, mind you. This tends to happen to A.B.C.D.'s (American Born Confushed Desis) or browns that have decent INSERT BROWN LANGUAGE skills but are not considered "legit" as they are not from INSERT BROWN COUNTRY.

These browns will start saying dumb things like,

  • "I bet you don't understand what I just spoke, did you?"
  • "I only respond to people who response in INSERT BROWN LANGUAGE!"
  • "Talk in INSERT BROWN LANGUAGE, I dunt understand."
  • "Which way to bus stop?"

The worst, though, is the back handed complement. When a brown encounters a well-spoken A.B.C.D., someone who can speak INSERT BROWN LANGUAGE very well, they will let you know and be as impressed by your ability to speak another language as they would with a little child who manages to suck their own thumb. It's actually kind of insulting! You could talk to them about the most important subjects on the planet or have a really deep/meaningful conversation. And their response? "Wow, I can't believe you're INSERT BROWN LANGUAGE is so good!"

Ugh, it's the pits.

Catching up

Site updates have been dormant. For the two or three of you that follow this site religiously, I apologize. To anyone elese, eh. I'm lazy and I have a lot of (GREAT) personal things take place in my life that, quite frankly, overrule a blog that is purely a hobby.

However, this is a random Sunday in which I can devote about 10 minutes to updating my beloved hobby. Behold, a bulleted list.

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us is looking more and more like an amazing game. It looks like a well, fleshed out game. The combos and background integration looks great, character models are some of the best I've ever seen, and the more footage I see the more I'm convinced this will be the best fighting game of 2013. It will also be the final game I purchase for the Xbox 360 as the sucessor to the Xbox 360 wil be coming out in a few years.
  • Halo 4 is out and is legitimately one of the best looking games I've ever played. However, I kept receiving a "disc error" after completing the first level. What's worse, the game crashes at the same time, each time! I have literally played the first sequence 7 times. So much so that I have pretty much mastered the first level. Now I'm waiting for my replacement disc.
  • I have been playing with Windows 8 Pro in VMware Fusion and I have been beyond impressed. While it's the latest in a line of great Windows operating systems, it feels like a 1.0 product. And in many ways, it is a 1.0 product. This version of Windows is a MAJOR change. It's clearly a play for mobile computing as the Start screen is designed for touch (first). While I don't have a touch device to test this with (and have yet to visit a store with demo units), I feel like the OS will be a dream to play with. With that said, the mouse/keyboard experience is not nearly as bad as reviewers/critics have claimed.
  • As a result of my new found love for Windows 8 Pro, I am shifting away from Apple. Or at least planning a shift from Apple. I was planning a purchase for a new MacBook Pro, now I want a Surface Pro or a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. The iPad was going to start my move to a tablet, now Windows 8 is proving that I can work in a way that I'm used while offering a stellar touch experience. Microsoft is a slow moving company and is no stranger in copying ideas from their competitors. But when they get things right, they do it in a good way.
  • Reviews for the Surface RT have been mixed. No surprise really. I certainly have a different view of most reviewers, and this is coming from a virtualized, non-touch experience! Like I stated earlier, Windows 8 Pro is as much a 1.0 product as the iPhone was in 2007: a lot of potential and legitimate excitement, glaring features that are missing and plugged in the future.
  • Speaking of mobile Microsoft, I have gone back to Windows Phone. Specifically, I have upgraded from my aging iPhone 4 to a Nokia Lumia 920. There are multiple reasons why I switched, but the most obvious was the iOS itself. It's not bad or anything, but just doesn't feel like anything exciting. Windows Phone 8, on the other hand, has been improved and changed enough where I can not only be excited about it but want to use it over, perhaps, the most influential products of recent memory.
  • Lastly, Windows Phone 8 is very good. I'm sure there are improvements to be made and changes that can be recommended by fans or critics alike, but the one glaring issue is the app ecosystem. They have 120,000 apps, though many of them blow. However, the apps that were ported from iOS/Android are not only good, but in some ways far better. But the one factor that will detract people is the app count and overall availablity. I hope developers can appreciate the work put into Windows Phone 8 and make a push for this platform. It's a good platform and really ready to take on iOS and Android.

That was fast

The regular NFL officials are back! Yay! I don't care about the deal and the details of the deal. I just know that the quality of the games will improve. Though I would have no issues if there were one or two bad calls to help the 49ers beat the Jets this Sunday.

Go NINERS!