So THIS happened this week…

September 27, 2014

I just don’t get it… Why do people still make decisions like this?

A mall in Guildford, BC, completely removed their physical playground for kids and replaced it wiiiith…. iPads.  I just don’t understand… With all the publicity out there, all the articles, all the journals saying that our society is getting too fat, our kids imaginations are crumbling, and our overall brain power is essentially dwindling to nothing… STILL companies do things like this; the complete opposite of every journal, every article, every news story.

What a nice camping theme.... There's a waterfall, a tent, a tree.  It's almost like you're outside!  Now keep in mind, this is the BEFORE picture...

What a nice camping theme…. There’s a waterfall, a tent, a tree. It’s almost like you’re outside! Now keep in mind, this is the BEFORE picture…

This seems like the typical playground… Kids playing, just overall ridiculously excited to be just… climbing.  I wish I could still get excited over simple things like that (even though sometimes I do), but I think it’s the fact that’s just so easy for kids to enjoy the little things, that they should be encouraged to do it!  Seeing as all the parents are sitting on the sidelines… Which, again, is typical, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that.  They’re tired.  So why the mall completely overhaul this playground…?

... And the AFTER.  No more climbing, jumping, romping... unless there's a sweet climbing/jumping/romping app on those iPads.

… And the AFTER. No more climbing, jumping, romping… unless there’s a sweet climbing/jumping/romping app on those iPads.

Liability.  We live in a world where everyone, everywhere is afraid of getting sued.  A kid’s not allowed to get a couple bumps.  A worker isn’t allowed to lift a heavy box without permission.  A coffee joint isn’t allowed to sell coffee without a warning to the drinker that the hot coffee is indeed…. hot.  Every action by a company and government, is to protect them from being sued.  And rightly so….. why?  Because there are people out there who wait like sharks for the chance TO SUE.  Because then all of their financial troubles will be over at the expense of someone else.  But they don’t care…. They slightly burned their hand with coffee, so they deserve it.

Seeing as I’m essentially leading into a subject that I’ll probably be writing about separately (and believe me, it’ll be long…), I’m going to leave it there.  However, there’s another blog written by a man who actually took his kids to this playground (before the transformation), and he wrote a pretty good post about it, more geared towards stupid parents, which I like.

Now, apparently a volcano has gone oofff in Japan….


The ever-so-slow demise of Mac products

September 10, 2014

**First off, I’m still here… I know this is basically how amateur blogging goes; you start out strong, then slowly dwindle down into nothingness, then bounce back, then dwindle… repeat.  I’m cool with this… I believe the more I accept it, the more I’ll be inclined to write stuff.  Also, my recent “break” in blogging included a giant life change which may or may not have included moving to the Arctic, so I’m just going to chalk it up to that.**

The Apple Watch was released yesterday, or the (i)Watch, which I’m preeettyy sure everyone is going to call it regardless of what Apple says…

… But on the other hand, people tend to do exactly what Apple says.  Personally, I think Apple should open a new store in one of the most remote regions of the world, release a one time product that will only be released at this store, and see how many people convince themselves that they’re in shape enough to travel to this store, and subsequently take selfies of themselves dying in an attempt to get this product.  I know, that was a run-on sentence, but sometimes the best thoughts are.

The Apple Watch... Complete with the ability to TEXT your HEARTBEAT to someone, creating a new, awkward way to convey your feelings with even less actual words.

The Apple Watch… Complete with the ability to TEXT your HEARTBEAT to someone, creating a new, awkward way to convey your feelings with even less words.

Now, I’m sure there are several benefits to this product, right?  Definitely not anything I’d be able to think of in time for this post, but the next post, for sure… Maybe the one after that.  Going through the features of the watch once it was released, it basically had all the fun stuff usually associated with Apple products, but there are some features that just give that inkling feeling that Apple products just aren’t going to work out in the future.  For example, texting on this thing is obviously not going to be the most practical, being that it has a tiny screen and most of us have relatively fat fingers… with remnant grease on them, most of the time.  So instead, they develop a “new and innovative” way of communicating, where you make little swirleys and swiggly lines toooo…. communicate?  To quote off of Apple’s site:

“You don’t even have to use words.  The Digital Touch features on Apple Watch give you fun, spontaneous ways to connect with other Apple Watch wearers, wrist to wrist.”

The first sentence bothers me… “You don’t even have to use words”.  Unfortunately, unless you’re part of a Grade 8 gigglefest of girls, words are probably a little more handy than squiggly lines, ultimately continuing the tradition of Grade 8 boys not knowing what f*#% the girls are talking about.  No one is planning a lunch date or meeting with squiggles.  **Sidenote: I guarantee you it took probably 2.43 minutes from the time of purchase of the very first Apple Watch, for someone to squiggle a penis**.

Alright, it’s time I got the point of this post.  These new features are unforunately not a sign of innovation, they’re a sign of desperation.  While smartphones are capable of doing many many many things, and in some people’s eyes, they should be able of doing everything, everywhere, at all times, I believe people are going to come to the realization that there are only so many things that are practical on a smartphone.  And they’ve pretty well all been created.  Apple has reached the point (probably awhile ago) where features are simply created so their market shares stay high, which can keep a company afloat for a little while even.  At some point, however, they’re going to release a product with a feature that’s going to be the clincher… It’s going to “click” in people, as they say “I don’t get it”.  Will it be with the Apple Watch after we give it a couple days of people using it?  We’ll see… If not, we can only hope it’s with the next product launch, I’m assuming will be exactly one year from now…

… because innovation happens like clockwork.


Titanic II – Guaranteed to Make It!

May 2, 2012

Well some rich son-of-a-bitch stole my idea…. The Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, is looking to make more history and build an exact replica of the Titanic.

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Now where ARE those lifeboats?

Now I’m thinking this is an awesome idea, the man is a genuis, I’d buy a ticket.  Alright, genuis is a strong word…. The man is rich, and I’m surprised no one has done this earlier.  With all the news of big lovable modern cruiseships these days (due to their untimely incidents, naturally), you can’t help but Google them and see what they’re all about… and what they’re all about, is effing huge.  I mean, they’re huge!  Why the shit would you go spend money to be on a boat, when the them of the boat is to be on land (i.e. movie theatres, market squares, etc).  It just doesn’t make sense, then again I’ve never been on a cruise, so I’m somewhat bias.

What I like about the idea of the Titanic is that it’s a step backwards, in a sense.  A new cruise is ship is going to be built that is not going to be anywhere near the largest ship on the ocean, nor is it going to be the fastest.  It’s not going to have any room for the fanciness of the Allure of the Seas.  It’s to be an exact replica of a historic monument.

Obviously, there are going to be some modern additions… Lifeboats, for one.  I was just reading about the lifeboats on the Allure of the Seas and how ridiculous they are (in a good way).  I also hope they don’t segregate passengers this time around, because by George I won’t be able to afford a first class ticket. You know who I think had it rough back then?  Second class…. According to James Cameron, 1st class were quite posh, has everything.  Third class, partying it up in the basement and basically have the run of the place.  Second class?  Just sitting around I guess… no mention.  Then again I haven’t seen the movie in a long time…. OR in 3D!

Regardles, Titanic II is going to be a smash hit (is that an 80s term?  I feel like it’s outdated), and I for one would definitely buy a ticket (but bringing my own lifejacket).

Anyways, sidenote, apologies for not putting up anything interesting (as in, anything at all).  I really have been sucking at this lately, but I’m oh-so struggling to keep doing it!

Keep tabs, I swear!


Chinese Traffic Finger Jam Trap

August 26, 2010

So I heard of this traffic jam a couple days ago, which is kind of random because you shouldn’t ‘hear’ news of a traffic jam WHEN IT’S IN ITS NINTH DAY!

This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve witnessed secondhand.  If you haven’t gathered the jist from the title, there is (was) a massive traffic jam spanning 100km, or 9 days within China.  The jam is more-or-less over now but……………… come on.  This is ridiculous.  If this isn’t a sign that your country is getting a little ahead of itself, then holy shit, I don’t know what is.

“Drive topwise…. TOPWISE!”

Seriously, I cannot wait for China to explode.  It may not be until I’m in my 50’s, when they’ve got away with so much bullshit that I won’t even care, but oh man that’s gonna be some birthday.  Really though, this traffic jam is a sign of self-destruction.  Keep in mind that China is new to vehicles…. like very new, relatively.  And being new to vehicles means having the driving skill of someone driving a Model T…. in the 20’s.  Just instead of of driving a Model T on your way to eat crumpets at your cousin/sister-in-laws, you’re driving a lorry full of coal from Mongolia.  There are no driving schools, and needless to say no common sense or courtesy.

I actually randomly (and unrelated) found a YouTube video showing a very frustrating video of a traffic jam in a city in China.  Frustrating in the sense, that you know exactly how to resolve the traffic issue in this specific intersection, and it drives you crazy because eventually they figure it out, then 10 seconds later some other dumbass steps in and effs it all up again.  Alas, I’m way too lazy right now to post the video, so go find it yourself.

Anyways, what gets me about this is how driving reflects attitude, and I’ve been thinking about this ever since I’ve been able to drive.  Not only reflecting the attitude of the driver (which every can see and is pretty obvious), but the attitude from a political and social aspect.  It goes to show that driving is not related to common sense, it’s related to what people are exposed to.  If someone who just bought a car (i.e. in China) starts up a driving school in China, not that one actually exists, based on driving laws created by a bunch of other people who have never driven, then everyone’s going to follow their example.  Thinking their example is correct, no one would stop to think “Hey, maybe if I didn’t pull out in front of this guy, he would be able to turn left, and the one hundred cars behind him would be able to drive straight through…. but I need to get to my ex-boss’ cousins sons birthday party, so I don’t have time for thit shit”.  Really?

There’s actually a science based on traffic behaviour.  I read an article about a specialist on the subject, and he’s supposed to be the best in civil engineering (something that many towns and cities could use).  However, I think I’ll save that for a later post.

UPDATE:  I changed my mind about the video, here you go.


Thunder Bay gone viral…

February 11, 2010

… As in, viral video, not zombie viral.

While this has absolutely nothing to do with science at all, a music video has cropped up on YouTube purely about Thunder Bay (my hometown), and it’s basically been all over CBC Radio around here (that’s how awesome this place is).  It’s actually decently good, and pretty much describes this place to a tee.  Check it out…

While I’m not a huge fan of rap, I’m diggin it…


Google Street View throughout Canada!

February 10, 2010

Well, it’s official… The Google Street View car has sneakily driven every street in my city.

I never really had any use for street view, too be honest.  And now that it’s finally covered in my town, I still have no use for it.  Not like I’ve never used it before, but when you’re looking ‘through’ it in your own town, it becomes a little creepy.  You never think of it when you’re looking in other places, because you’ve never been there.  It’s like TV.  But when it becomes familiar, that’s when you kind of get a half-assed reality check about what you’re really looking at, and what you’re using.

I’m sure there are plenty of uses for street view; instead of just knowing where a restaurant is, you can look it up and actually see what it looks like, which can pretty handy.  But Google has been under fire more than once for privacy issues, or simply people just thinking “ummm, should they be doing this?”.  Google Earth being the biggest, but it’s just like any program or system that handles any personal information.  For example, I can’t count how many times I’ve seen Facebook in the headlines for privacy control in Canada, which I honestly can’t scrutinize because they’re just looking for the interest of the users.

But what I do want you to do(whoever’s reading this) is think, “Would I really freak out if my blurred picture was taken in front of my house?  What is honestly the worst that can happen?”  You’d freak out, then what…?  I don’t know what possible information they could get off of a picture of your house… even if you were hoola-hooping naked on your front lawn, the best you’d get is on one of those ‘hilarious things found on Google Earth’ sites, which I believe I would be proud of…. I think hoola-hoops are on sale for a buck this week…. I’ll be right back.

Here’s my house, looks pretty decent I guess (I just bought it). You can’t even see my house num… oh shit, I forgot to wash my bank account info off the sidewalk!

UPDATE:  While this is an old story, and while still hilarious that they were chased out of their town, the villagers do make a valid point.  Check it here…


Dubai: You’re just so crazy…!

January 11, 2010

I’ve been meaning to write about Dubai for probably the better part of a year now, but now so much has happened since then, that I can’t fit it all into one post!  So there’s going to have to be…. MORE THAN ONE!!

The Burj Dubai..... best Wi-Fi hotspot in town.

If you haven’t been following the news at all, the Burj Dubai finally opened it’s doors last week, officially becoming the tallest building in the world.  Now, I honestly don’t know how I feel about Dubai.  Here you have a city that, over the past decade, has built itself up into one of the greatest, and definitely expensive and posh, cities in the world, completely built on oil.  And while I’m not a big fan of such luxuries being created due to this, I can’t ignore the other side of the coin.  That is, that this bizarrely successful city presents a number of opportunities for the creative types to put their creations on the map.  The Burj Dubai being one of them.

The Burj Al Arab... your retirement wouldn't last 2 days.

The first being the Burj Al Arab, the famous ‘sail’ hotel off the coast of Dubai, becoming the first 7-star hotel in the world.  And it’s a hotel alright… I think I heard just to have lunch there (without booking a room) is somewhere in the range of $2500, which is freaking ridiculous, but so is Dubai itself.

To get an idea of just how huge the Burj Dubai tower is, the video below is a fly-by of the now famous building, which still blows my mind.

That’s about all for now, but maybe I’ll actually write about something interesting next time, who knows!