Archive for December, 2014

Monday tech musings, 29.12.14

December 29, 2014

Shorter HuffPo: “Apple isn’t catering to our target market of idiots, the bastards!”

In all seriousness, 16 GB is only not enough storage for those who don’t know how to manage it. Unfortunately, though, those people are legion. They think they can put it all in the nebulous “cloud, that cloud storage is free and infinite, and/or that cloud and phone storage are interchangeable. And, of course, they don’t have computers to store their pictures on, and of course every single picture and video is absolutely essential.

And even if there was any merit to the complaints in this story, that doesn’t change the fact that it all could be averted if people did their research. I’ve noted before that one of the two biggest reasons that I got the MacBook Pro instead of the MacBook Air was that the Pro had a bigger hard drive. You know how I found that out? Research, that’s how.

Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, I don’t know. But this whole thing to me just seems to highlight the advantages of local storage, not to mention the advantages of being at least somewhat tech-savvy. When I bought my most recent smartphone, the amount of storage on the device wasn’t even a consideration for me because I already had more local storage (on my Mac) than I’d probably ever need. Seriously, is it really that hard?

The things people know…

December 17, 2014

…that just are not so:

poll after poll shows the vast majority of citizens want sane, sensible gun control rules in place and enforced.

Really? That’s not what the news has been this week. In fact, it has been quite different:

For the first time since they first started asking the question, back in 1993, the Pew survey team found that more Americans think it’s important to “protect the right of Americans to own guns” than to “control gun ownership.” At its peak in the late 90s the split was nearly 70/30 in favor of gun control, where the most recent survey has 52 percent of those surveyed prioritizing gun rights.

Now, that’s not an overwhelming majority either way, but it was more than enough to make our friend Mike Lupica throw a(nother) shit fit in his New York Daily News column. That would probably be close enough for wet work, as the old saying goes, considering Lupica would be demanding door-to-door confiscation of all civilian-owned weaponry if he had the stones to do so.

So the question remains. Where is this “overwhelming majority” of people for stronger gun laws? And why don’t these people speak up?

Not-so-random hits, 16.12.13

December 16, 2014

Yes, I am still here! Been working 45-50 hours a week for the last couple of weeks, with just iPad and smartphone access, but I hope to be back to a more frequent blogging schedule soon. In the meantime…


Man alive, the butthurt from the Cody Johnson fanboys here is something to behold. From what I’d heard of him I didn’t think he was that bad, just overrated. But if that review is to be believed…damn.

Don’t quite understand the hate for Josh Abbott and Casey Donahew, though. I know the concept of the “gateway drug” has been made a mockery of in recent years with the promotion of Taylor Swift and the like as such, but I think folks like Abbott do make a good gateway drug of sorts to Texas music, especially with songs like “I’ll Sing About Mine.”


Speaking of the latter song, I picked up Adam Hood’s The Shape of Things a few weeks back, as his version of that song is my favorite. The whole thing is great, though. “Flame and Gasoline” has always been a favorite, and “Hard Times in the Land of Plenty,” “New Deep Ellum Blues,” and “Once They’re Gone” are some real gems, too. Need to get his new album soon…

Wrong answer, Sammy. Thanks for playing, though!

December 2, 2014

…or, If I keep rolling my eyes like this, one of these days they’re going to stick.

Sam Hunt, via Country California:

I don’t know if the phrase originally was meant to be derogatory but it’s turned into that. It’s sort of a snobby thing to say. You know, I think some people enjoy being above whatever “bro-country” is.

Good grief, talk about missing the target by a mile. It’s a good thing he never flew B-52s or he’d have been thrown out of the Air Force. — Enjoy being above bro-country? I only speak for myself here, but I don’t so much “enjoy being above” bro-country as pride myself on it. Why?

Because, as I’ve probably said before, it’s all so shallow and insincere. Fake, even. What the hell did Sam Hunt think “I’ll Sing About Mine” was really about?  Does he think Adam Hood and Brian Keane just pulled that song out of their asses? I mean, you could probably paint it as some kind of elite vs. proletariat thing if you wanted to — Hunt may or may not be alluding to that here — but when you have songwriters who grew up in those small towns calling out bro-country for the bullshit that it is, that lends a certain level of, shall we say, credibility to what they’re saying.

Oh, who am I kidding? Hunt is just in his own way disparaging all the longtime country music fans who don’t like the direction the genre has been taking the last few years. That’s what it sounds like to me, honestly. And I can see why he’d be a little cloudy on the concept of standards, considering he markets himself as a country singer when he’s nothing of the sort, but that doesn’t make him any less off-base.