Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Facebook experiment with mental illness

facebook (Photo credit: dkalo)
     I'm an Army veteran and former police officer.  Now, I live with PTSD each and every day.  PTSD causes me to have some very dark days.  Sometimes it's difficult to leave my house.  There are times when I go to social media sites like Facebook to try to reconnect with the world outside.  To try to find some bright spots in the world.

     I don't know if I was one of the Facebook test subjects, but I can say that it's a dangerous game they are playing by manipulating the feeds.  As one with an anxiety disorder, I'm not going to social media for things to cause more anxiety.  I'm going to connect and find at least some of the positive stuff in life.

      So, if Facebook or anyone else is purposefully manipulating information to see what happens, they are playing a very dangerous game.  Under the right circumstances, they could be contributing to the death of an individual.

      Facebook and any other mad scientists that decides they want to play with emotions should think very carefully about what they may be doing.  It's easy to sit behind a keyboard somewhere and ignore the human aspect of actions.  But it's very, very dangerous.  Stop it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Chrome problems on Mac

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google chrome (Photo credit: toprankonlinemarketing)
      I have a fairly new Macbook Pro.  I'm happy with Safari as a web browser, but I've tried two or three times to install Chrome for various reasons.  Mainly because I used one browser for work and one for personal.

     But, for the third time i've had to uninstall Chrome because of weird issues I started having.  Namely, my computer would start having issues after a few weeks.  Things like locking up, slow programs, etc.  Each time I've gone through and looked for issues that may be causing it and each time I came up empty.

     So, I uninstalled Chrome again yesterday, restarted the Mac and now everything is running fine again.  I'm not sure what the issue is, but I'm not installing Chrome again.

     Has anyone else had this kind of issue?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Making a carry gun decision

English: Desert Eagle Pistol beside Speer box ...
English: Desert Eagle Pistol beside Speer box of 325 Grain Hollowpoints (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
     For obvious reasons, guns of all types and 2nd amendment rights have become a topic of great importance.  No person with internet access has any excuse to say they know nothing about guns.  I should interject that reading about a gun and learning about it's safe and responsible use are two completely different things.
      With all of the voices crying in the internet wilderness about one firearm thing or another, making a decision on which one to purchase is next to impossible.  And don't bother asking for advice, especially online, unless you are well enough versed in the lingo and culture to wade through the garbage to get the real facts.
       In my conversations and searches, I've found that about 1 in 20 conversations about self defense weapons has any valuable information.  The rest are not so much an open sharing of information, but more of a "my gun's bigger than your gun."
     So, if you're trying to decide the best carry gun for you, you're probably going to have to make the decision all by your lonesome.  So here are some things to think about when choosing your carry firearm:

1. Will you carry it?  It's sounds like a great idea to go buy a giant gun and go with the bigger is better crowd.  Granted, some of those cannons do pack a punch.  They also cost more to practice with.  They also can be very difficult to carry and therefore you may not carry it.  Believe it or not, a gun in the safe has very little self defense value.

(Unless maybe you end up in a situation where you can swing the safe at an offender.)

2. Can you afford to practice with it?   Awesome!  You bought a 50cal Desert Eagle for self defense.  I'm curious, where did you get the loan to buy practice ammo?  If you cannot afford to become proficient with it, then you are doing yourself and those around you a great disservice.

3. Is it reliable?  Do some research to find out if many problems have been reported with a particular weapon.  Again, you will have to weed through the fluff.  Some Rambo's will immediately discount any weapon that jambs one time.

4. Can you find someone to work on it if need be?  There are some oddball guns out there that not even the gunsmith has heard of.  It may be cheap, but it may be cheap for a reason and getting it fixed may be more hassle than it's worth.

5. Can you find ammunition?  The ammunition shortage has gotten better, but it's not great.  Check around in stores and online to see what calibers are available.

These are just a few things to think about.  Go into more than one gun store and feel it out.  Check their selection, prices and staff.  Go to the place that is the most helpful, you can afford and they make you feel all fuzzy and warm.