Category Archives: Misc

Hey Tim Cook, I’ve got your answer…

Well…going to get off politics for a minute and comment on the wailing and gnashing of teeth going on in the tech industry right now with the sales of Apple’s Iphones tanking and year over year growth in negative territory. All of the articles I have read make it appear that the pundits and Apple are confused on why this would be…why is their money printing machine starting to stall? Damn, Tim Cook…the answer is so damn simple that I have it…do you really think any phone is worth a thousand dollars or more? That is the price point that the new Iphones meet…let’s say that again…a thousand dollars for a frickin phone? What does it do better than my 139 dollar used Samsung Galaxy S-7? Does it send texts directly to your brain? Does it take holographic pictures that you can play like R2D2 did in Star Wars? Does it cook dinner for you? Nope to all of those…so why is a stupid phone priced more than two laptops? I think the hubris of the people at Apple has finally blinded them to the economic reality of the world….I mean you can buy a phone, a laptop, a tablet, an Instant Pot and a new set of tires for what Apple is charging for their latest phone…and people are starting to realize that the premium Apple has been able to charge until now is no longer worth it…and that’s your problem, Tim….

 

Another two for the B-3 count…

Well…after talking to T the other day and her question if I remembered the song “dragging the line” by Tommy James, I got sucked into youtube again looking at videos of music that I have in my playlists that I use on the bike every day…one of those is “Dark eyed Cajun woman” by the Doobie Brothers and I had never seen that they used a Hammond B-3 organ before so I am going to add them to the B-3 count. I also saw a commercial on tv with Elton John in it that covered his career from the start until now and, though I thought he just played piano, there is one shot of him playing a B-3 so I’ll add that to the B-3 count, too….

RIP Stan Lee…

Well…it was sad to hear this afternoon that Stan Lee died at the age of 95…if you are a comic book fan, you know who Stan was….if not, Stan was one of the founders of the modern Marvel comic universe and, with Jack Kirby and others, was responsible for the creation of many of the iconic comic book characters that I loved when I was growing up in the 60′s. Thor, Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man were my favorites and I had boxes of them when our house burned down in 1963….I can still remember the excitement and joy when a new issue come out and I could hole up and read the entire thing from front to back…so, thanks Stan…RIP

RIP Burt Reynolds…

Well…this bit of sad news just came across the interweb…Burt Reynolds died today at the age of 82. Now, I know that Burt was not everyone’s cup of tea but damn, did he make me laugh in Smoky and the Bandit and Cannonball Run…I don’t remember a bad movie that he did and they always were entertaining…and he even showed real acting chops in Deliverance…but he will always be known for the inside joke snicker that he brought to his roles and the genuine sense of fun that permeated his movies…he will be missed…RIP Burt…

A few bitches…

Well…no pool today with the bar being closed for Labor Day so I thought I’d just come here for a few bitches…so here goes….you know, I waited over 15 years to be able to get health insurance again…that I could afford…and I thought I’d paid my entire working life for Medicare and didn’t expect the expenses that still come even after paying in for forty years…I mean the basic cost is 134 bucks a month but that is without a supplement policy that would cost me another 100 dollars a month that I can’t afford, or if I had to take part D for prescriptions that would be another 100 a month…so how do people who need this stuff afford the 334 dollars a month on a fixed income? And that doesn’t even cover the co pays which will be 184 dollars for my checkup tomorrow….and that is not even addressing the 20% of any hospital bill that I will have to pay for if I ever end up there…which could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for my end of it….folks, this is why we need to vote for the dems this fall…at least they have promised to increase the coverage so we should be protected from going broke in retirement…can you say that about the repubs? Nope….

RIP John McCain…

Well…I have mixed feelings about John McCain but there was enough good and, compared to the normal repubs today, that I can say that I admired some of the things he did and his service to this country…and that makes him human in my eyes and that is not a bad thing. There are many, many tributes on the internet and in the news today so I won’t repeat any of them here…I’ll just say Rest In Peace, Mr. McCain…the Senate will be a much worse place with you gone…

Oh, one last thing….striking out at the idiot trump from beyond the grave, McCain made it perfectly clear he didn’t want trump or his family or his minions anywhere near his funeral….asking Obama and GW to do the eulogy…mavericky to the end….

It’s “Sharknado” day….

Well…I almost forgot that today is the day that the final “Sharknado” movie is on…and I will be glued to the tv with a cocktail at 8 tonight…yeah, I know…this whole series is probably the most ridiculous set of movies that I have ever seen and this one is the 6th and last of the series…I’m not sure what has attracted me to these movies that are so bad they are….no, they are not good but I do get a few laughs from them and all of the cameos they contain….and this one is supposed to have time traveling sharks in it so the premise is even more absurd than the past ones…I may have to go back to watch the last one before the new one just to remember what happened in the last one…or not, since they will spend the first part of the new one explaining it….whatever it is…it is a guilty pleasure that I look forward to….

RIP Aretha Franklin

Well…another sad day for music fans…Aretha Franklin died this morning…my best memories of her are from when I was a kid listening to AM radio here in GR and Aretha and all of the greats from the 60′s were played every day…and throughout my entire life, every time I heard her voice it made me smile….but, it wasn’t just her music that made her great, she was a tireless champion of civil rights who worked beside MLK to make this country a better place for all, not just the few…RIP Aretha, I’ll miss you…

Neil Young show for free Tuesday night…

Well…just read a bit of good news a minute ago…Neil Young is going to put on a free livestream of his concert from Detroit Tuesday night…it a solo show and I think it will probably be something like the one he did a few months back from his little hometown in Canada….that was a great concert and I am going to be watching this one, too…I’ve seen Neil almost a dozen times now and have never come away disappointed…and, to be able to see him sitting on my couch with a cocktail is pretty darn cool…have even figured out how to connect the computer to my big screen…even cooler…

No politics today…

Well….I am still feeling just gutted by Anthony Bourdain’s death and that has pushed most everything else out of my thoughts today…so, no politics…I know it’s important but I need time for reflection…when I started watching the new season of “Parts Unknown” I noticed a weariness in Anthony that I hadn’t noticed before…like everything that is happening in the world had become too much. Maybe I’m reading too much into it or projecting my own weariness into it…I don’t know…I do know that I felt a kinship to Anthony….that he was always trying to be a better person than he was…the same road I have gone down the past twenty years or so and yet realizing that it only matters to me…and I’m not sure if that is sustainable over the long term….all I know is that I’ll miss him and the show….it really did make you understand that people are people around the world and that the differences between us are not to be feared, they are to be savored and enjoyed…and if you let it, you’ll be better for being exposed to the rest of the world….I’ll miss him….