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I don't really post here much, this site is usually used for my off topic, political or what have you ramblings.  But if of interest, have a read. I do post fairly regularly at Random Island Memories.  You can see some snippets to the right.

Feels like an episode for Seinfeld…

I have many pet peeves I guess, or maybe I just get peeved easily, but one I’ve ranted about for ages, and finally wanted to put down on paper… wait, this isn’t paper, oh well close enough, is the price and illogic of groceries.  Specifically chicken.  Locally we have two main grocery stores, Sobeys and Atlantic Superstore.  I don’t pay much attention to prices per pound of kg of item, i’m more interested in the net price per item.

Where then, is the logic in a raw, whole chicken costing aprroximately 14.00, while one cooked at the store, adding preparation and staff involvement is 9.00?  I’m sure they aren’t losing money on the 9 dollar chicken, how much markup in the name of all that is nameable is on the 14 dollar one then?

Price gouging at its finest in my opinion.  Perhaps the cell and cable companies are losing their touch and the grocery stores are catching up.  With Target coming, and Walmart soon to start selling groceries, I hope it has a positive affect.

Not written here for a while…..

Been writing mostly on another blog, sharing memories of my growing up on Random Island at Random Island Memories. I think I’ll start coming back here from time to time though, probably not overly often, but sometimes I have the desire to write about things that are off topic for my other blog.  They may be rants, or musings, or just random weird blurbs, who knows.

Stay tuned!

Lest we forget…

I support our troops. I’m proud of what they do and have done.
And I’ll never forget. But….

“War! huh good God
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me?

Ohhh? War! I despise
Because it means destruction?
Of innocent lives

War means tears
to thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
and lose their lives”

Edwin Starr

“Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything,
will get you killed.”

Bruce Springsteen.

Remember these words as we approach Remembrance day.
Where are our troops now, and why?
There are reasons to be at war, profits aren’t one of them.

Happy Father’s Day

On the DVD Go Home: Live from Castle Slane, Bono dedicates Kite to his father, Bob Hewson, who had just recently passed away. For all our dads who are no longer with us, this is Kite. Happy Fathers Day, hold them close.

What will we have in 20 years?

Sitting here watching The Masters, the HDTV we now take for granted giving a spectacular view. Simulated 3D looks nearly real, and I’m struck with the memory of my Uncle Lindo watching wrestling on Saturday evenings with so much snow on the screen I couldn’t make it out.

Yes that was the late 70s, but in these past 30 years the changes we’ve seen are astonishing. TV, computers, music, phones, it would seem like magic to my late Uncle. To be able to contact anyone from pretty much anywhere at anytime, to look up any piece of information from any locale, its astonishing to me when I really think about it. The fact I’m writing this while sitting in my recliner with a piece of equipment that is not as thick as some newspapers and no heavier is pretty amazing when you give it thought.

Seeing the preview for the Google Glas project (whatever credence you may or may not give it) makes me ooo and aaaw like a kid in a candy store. Whether it ever sees the light of day is, of course, yet to be seen, but the point is something will, something we cannot imagine now any more than my uncle could all those years ago.

Yes, we have a lot of privacy concerns, lots of worries about corporations and governments spying on us, but all in all, its kind of an exciting time to live is it not?

Lets see what tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow bring.

Is there a “better” email?

I’ve read a few articles over the past year about people trying to give up email for other options, but as of yet I’ve not seen a persuasive case for what that something is.

I think some tech geeks, me included on times, think that because its been around for ever, we need a replacement. Maybe we do, maybe its just that for what we need it’s the pinnacle already. Yes there are more instant options, and I use them, but an email is not supposed to be instant, its not a conversation. It should be a place to write thought out communications, summarized thoughts, coherent ones. I often find an email an outlet to focus my thoughts and share a consensus from an instant messenger conversation.

I’m not going to say email has reached perfection, but I’m just not sure there’s a better option, nor that we need one. It does what its intended to do, it solves the problem its intended to solve. But like everything else, someone may have a radical idea tomorrow that will revolutionize this whole field, and my opinion.

That’s part of the fun of this time in history, and bring it on. I’ll be the first to switch 🙂

The Death of News Media

Bear with me as I get to the point here 🙂 – Capitalism is a problem.  Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not anti-capitalist.  I believe everyone should have the opportunity to be able to make money from their work.  But what I am anti is lack of control. 

This brings me back to my point, somewhere along the line, the media has become so capitalist, that they’ve stopped reporting news and started reporting agendas.

We’ve lost for the most part investigative journalism, shows like The Fifth Estate and W5 are few and far between, and, I’m troubled to say are likely censored by their owners to ensure they aren’t investigating their agendas.

I have no evidence of this, but that too is the troubling issue, we can no longer trust that news is being reported at all.  Things that should be important like the purchase of military equipment with secret funds aren’t talked about.  Things that make the government look bad aren’t reported. Opinions contrary to the agenda of the media outlet are treated condescendingly, not objectively. Go to Wikileaks.  While you may not agree with their methods, do you really think nothing there bears reporting to us?

On a less intense side, watch your local evening news.  Tell me, when did celebrity gossip shows move into the main stream news cast?  News Flash (pardon the pun) Britney Spears getting married is not news!  Put it on the entertainment shows, fine, but I think more coverage on local municipal, provincial or state issues is more appropriate for my news.  

I know there is a line to trodden here, but its not that hard I don’t think.  Yes George Clooney being arrested for Syria protests is news, because of the context.  But do you see what else is wrong here? Without his arrest there wouldn’t have been any press of the protests.  Tell us the news! Why are people protesting? Whats going on in Syria?  Less fluff, more content please!

We need to control our capitalism in this regard, a media that caters to the agenda of its owner is not a news outlet, its a propaganda machine. 

Time Zones, Time Changes, Time for a Change?

I wonder more and more every year why we do this silliness.  I’m sure there may or may not be some benefits, but really, in today’s global world, I think they’ve diminished quite a bit.

Personally I think its time to not only do away with Standard/Daylight times, but time zones altogether.  For business, wouldn’t it be easier if we said a call was at 15:00 and have that be the same time for everyone?

Or even for families with people far away.  “Hey Mom, I’ll call you at 8” and not have to do any calculations? Not to mention the issues with locations that don’t use daylight savings or change at a different time of the year.

Yes, it may feel strange to get up at 11, work 1-8, and have all that be the same time as current 7, 9-5 (of course this would be location dependent).  But we’d get used to it, and I think the benefits would outweigh the downside, and be much more beneficial than today’s confusion.

Feeling Irish

St. Patrick’s (Patty’s) Day is fast approaching, and while I’m not really of Irish descent, I grew up where there was a strong Irish and celtic musical community.  So you’re likely to see me post some of my favorites over next little while as I enjoy the sounds and season.  

 

Lets start with a tune from Waking Ned Devine.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDB87o-njFQ]

Marketing Machine

No doubt Apple creates great products, I won’t debate that.  But what they do even better is create great hype and great followers.

Can’t say I know how they do it, but man the coverage going through my reader today for what was as far as I can see just an incremental upgradewas phenomenal!

The machine rolls, and I expect the profits will again when its hits the shelves soon.

Wonder if Apple can help me promote a hot dog cart business to sell to those lining up? hmmmmmmm.

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