01
Aug
08

Ace of Spades (I know, totally inappropriate. Oh well).

What I’m about to say might shock some. When it comes to who will be the next President of the United States, I couldn’t give half a damn about the color of the candidate’s skin. Or their gender. Or their sexual orientation. Or their religious preferences. Experience is experience. If you’re qualified, then that is all their is to it. The color of your skin and all the other stuff I just mentioned really doesn’t matter in the least*. It recently came to my attention (while checking out the Times on my iPhone) that John McCain is accusing Obama of playing the race card. I’ll include the link to the article. What Obama did do was respond to the (possibly) inevitable ads that will come out against him. Let’s face it. The Republican party hasn’t exactly been known to play fair (and I’m sure that the ballots from 2000 floating to Cuba would agree). But I digress. As loathe as I am to admit it, the race card will be played. I’d just like to remind those who wish to play it that our current President is white. The same President who increased our national debt by more in eight years than EVERY president before him combined. The same president who started a war in Iraq over nonexistent weaponry. The same President who could not find Osama bin Laden. The same President who started a war, then cut taxes, reducing income and increasing expenditure at the same time. The same President who cannot, for some reason, say the word “nuclear.” The same President who took longer to respond to Hurricane Katrina than to send troops to Iraq. The same President who was vacationing when Hurricane Katrina hit. Republicans, I’m warning you. If you play the race card, and all the facts are laid out, there is the chance that George W. Bush could very well be the last white President of the United States. In conclusion, I’d like to state that while I do not ally myself with any specific political party, I’m voting for the Democrat. Whether a black man named Barack Obama or a white woman named Hillary Clinton, the Republicans have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they cannot do what needs to be done come January 20, 2009. Oh, and if I hadn’t mentioned this earlier, I’m disgusted with the 22nd Amendment. My argument is that it is anti-democratic because it infringes on the people’s right to choose. Let’s face it: George W. Bush or Bill Clinton? Knowing what you do now, is it really a difficult choice?

*Just a little note on the side: Several articles that I had read a while back state that women make more money as gynecologists than men. If my memory serves me correctly, they make around $10-15,000 more per year than their male counterparts. Take that, sexism!

Link to the NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/01/us/politics/01campaign.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

01
Aug
08

iPhone: days four (cont.), five and six.

My fascination with my iPhone is almost completely gone. No, I don’t mean that in a bad way, quite the opposite. It does everything that I need or want it to. Except picture messaging. I’d like to know who I should yell at for not making that available. I’ll admit, my iPhone experience hasn’t completely been sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows (haha). An app that I was using the other day (don’t remember which one) crashed. I didn’t lose anything that I hadn’t saved. I also mistook slow loading for a Safari freeze. The latter’s my fault, I’m epically impatient at times. Plus, I keep 3G off, which is also the reason why I was left hastily trying to drain my battery before charging it last night. I’ve also changed what I use my phone for ever so slightly. Instead of Fetch updating my college email every thirty minutes, I’ve elected to forward my college email to a Yahoo account and use Push. I hate my college’s email system. This way is better for me. Maybe one or two more iPhone posts to come.

29
Jul
08

iPhone: days three and four.

As my active fascination with my new iPhone begins to fade, I’m still passively impressed with the capabilities of this fantastic device. With the iPhone firmly nestled into my daily routine, it began pulling its weight almost immediately. I’ll be straightforward: its battery life doesn’t even come close to the seven days I used to get out of some cell phones I had in past. Then again, those were cell phones that did not also serve as PDAs, iPods, and web browsing devices (which I occasionally use in an attempt to redefine unlimited). After following the steps I outlined in day two, and restoring the phone (I figured, what harm could it do), I could very well squeeze two days of normal use* out of the battery. More to come in the next post!

*I define normal use as 2-3 hours of music, a few texts, a quick (under ten minutes) phone call or two, some IMs on aim, push** updating one email account every thirty minutes, 10-20 minutes of video, and some facebooking. By the way, this post was written from my iPhone.

**Sorry, I meant fetch, not push. Happens to the best of us.

27
Jul
08

in re: iPhone: day two.

to my readers (and anyone else interested), if you want to see iPhone: day two, it can be found here.

26
Jul
08

iPhone: day one.

I just got my iPhone today, and I am absolutely hooked. before I continue, I must thank my grandmother for buying me the phone (I would have done it in a heartbeat, but I’m 250 miles away. plus, college student. money ≠ me). Now, this thing is epic. I am using the hell out of EDGE, and wi-fi. Now, the setup after activation was quite easy. Connect the phone to your computer, open iTunes, and you’re pretty much good to go. One thing I would advise is that you select the “manually manage music” box when you get the chance. It makes things easier, well for me, anyway. After tinkering about and using AIM and the like, I nearly drained my battery after 7-8 hours. Oh, since AT&T does charge quite the premium, I’d also advise that you use your iPhone as much as possible in terms of internet use. I certainly feel sorry for anything that has to compete with this. More to come…

26
Jul
08

iPhonegasm

I am posting this entry from my new iPhone. It is fantastic. More to come when I get to a computer…

21
Jul
08

iPhone addendum (Yes, I know that I love addendums. And putting stuff in parenthesis).

While purchasing an iPhone without contract may not be the same as unlocking it (I’m not so well-versed in phone hacking) it definitely is costly, but doable. According to an article I’ve read (link at the bottom of this post), you can own an iPhone without the 24-month AT&T tether for the (insert adjective of your choice here) price of $600. Want 16 gigs instead of 8? That’ll be $700. While I definitely do want to own a 16 gig iPhone (I have too much music and stuff to go for the 8), I definitely can’t afford to purchase a contract-less phone, but I’ll be honest: AT&T simply makes it too tempting. As I mentioned earlier, their iPhone plans are quite expensive, and I am starting college in about a month, so I’m definitely left reconsidering the whole thing. I mean, Blackberries cost around the same per month, so they’ll be troublesome as well. Ah, what to do…

 

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950CE5DF1E31F934A35754C0A96E9C8B63