For those who are wondering, yes….that title is accurate. Reason being is that last month, the former laptop here decided to go to the PC version of ‘Boot Hill’. This was after connecting a USB cable for a wireless extension. But, it had been acting up for a while. However, Yours Truly being the geekette she is…..had tried to coax a few extra sessions out of it. Those did happen, but one morning, it died. More like the motherboard and the reading of the drive in same did.
Hence I was on the smart phone doing with little business I could there. That particular phone was and is here for the purpose, initially as a backup and then just to do minor things to keep connected with the outside world. That did help, although thanks to a limited income, the best phone and service available did have or rather, has some slightly limiting quirks to same. I will not go into detail about those because I am happy it, a Kyocera Event is still working. Which is a darn sight better than the alternatives.
In any event, I did purchase a new PC, a Toshiba with an AMD/ATI processor and graphics chip. While around here that could be seen as siding with the enemy [seeing the main firm in town for this is Intel], I am a big fan of AMD products. A lot of this has to do with the speed of the chips in question, which arrive to be placed in the PC overclocked. This results or rather, can result in a much faster system, be for use in gaming or for other purposes. Along with that fact, the new screen is pretty darn cool too. Same size as the last….but with a cleaner overall viewpoint. And after transferring files, pics etc over to the new PC, it became apparent that this was a good move overall. The graphics will show not just the good in one’s visage, but if there are problems…..those will be on the screen, in full living color. So I need to make sure anything I do does measure up to a high standard and that is not a bad thing. Also pics of **** and others look fantastic on this system, other pics tend to show that the effort, at times leaves something to be desired.
After the downtime….when there was limited online time, I had hoped to maybe, just maybe see something in the way of maybe some improvement in the level of discourse. To be honest, that did not happen, it seemed that the ‘adults’ who I am ashamed to say, I am a part of due to my years [even though I STILL GET CARDED!!!] have shown more and more of their rather myopic, bubble-centered and limited way of processing information. What is even more disturbing, is that this is a part of the social conditioning that not only happened in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, but is being passed on to the next 2-3 generations. Warped ideas about how the society should work, patronizing of those who [SIC] ‘are not like us, but are close to us due to a “common struggle”‘ [another oxymoron….but that is going to be saved for another time], as well as some using ideas from an era, where mankind came as close to having a mass level of insanity…but changing adjectives and descriptors in same to justify social movements. I know, this is a bit on the frightening side, if only thanks to this, it shows that humans have not really learned a goddamned thing in the years, the 70 years since that mass psychosis. In spite of the warnings from those as diverse as Rod Serling, Paddy Chayefsky, Margaret Atwood and Kenneth Johnson….among others. Makes one wonder how in the hell we even dare to claim we are better than our four-legged companions.
There is a cure or cures to what was in the above paragraph, but it would mean some out there getting out of their tribal mindsets and doing what is really in the name of the greater good. Even if those ideas for fixes are not ‘pretty’ or even politically correct. It will also require that people get out of the space where they co-opt the issues of others to justify their own actions, especially when those doing the co-opting have issues that are, more or less mutable ones, vis a vis those which can be seen on the street, the classroom, the emergency room readily. The other word for this is ‘sacrifice’, no different than in baseball. And that being done so for the right reasons, as well as being careful that one is doing so for those who really do need the help, as opposed to those who have a twisted desire to cut the pie larger for themselves and thinner for others.
Before closing this out…the pics are a mid-fast set. Each year I do this: no red meat, no excess sugars, no fast food, no Gatorade, Powerade and other drinks along those lines. My docs like the fact I do this….my cats do….and I think others have noticed the improvements. While to some…and Lord knows why….this runs counter to some illogical form of conventional wisdom, if running counter means I am around longer and in the process, do not have the visage look like a joke, then I am happy, have done my job…and then some.
So there you have it….and until next month….from the land of the colourtini, enjoy the words as the pics fly through the air.