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Caught In A Good Romance?

I don’t want to make any blanket or generic reviews of any online dating sites.   I just want to gloss over the positives and negatives of these sites.

I am a member of match.com, but have not been a subscriber in a few years.  I have been on plenty of dates but  View full article »

You Can Never Have Enough ‘Facebook’ Friends?

This is not a race.   Not a competition.  And not a battle.   For most of us, we don’t allow that to be so.   However, there is something in our subconscious that may say otherwise. View full article »

Back In The Cellphone Game!

Well people, I am now working for Sprint directly and I will be limited as far as what I can share on the company itself and our competition. I will still be posting on the wireless industry but my post will be much more balanced than they have been on the past. The good news is I won’t have to stop my blog but I will have less time to dedicate to it. The transition to our new blog has been delayed due to personal reasons and the new job. It will still go down within the next week or two so stay tuned!!! That’s all for now folks!!

Talking On The Phone = Boring?

I speak personally on this one.   A lot of my peers do not like talking on their phones anymore.  Maybe they never actually did? View full article »

Hospitals Need To Up Their Tech Game!

I’ve practically been living in Suburban hospital for the past 2 weeks for personal reasons and found myself subconsciously paying attention to how the technology was used there. I noticed some good things and many things I believe hospitals, especially “top-notch” ones, could do better! Whenever critiquing a hospital, I want to emphasize that we are all grateful for hospital staff and the work they do on a daily basis. Saving lives is the toughest job on this planet. So this post is not knocking hospitals but more on improving what they already do.

First thing, I noticed that phone reception in the hospital was atrocious. I mean really atrocious! It was always hit or miss on getting phone calls or making them also. You had to find the right spot of a room or the hospital to get reception and be able to use your phone. Not the best time to have your phone crapping out when you need to get in touch with loved ones at such a time. Text messaging worked better even if sometimes texts were delayed. I am not sure if this was because I use Google Voice for text messaging or not. I sometimes had to go outside just to have a conversation. I think cell phone towers need to be in close range of such facilities to make sure people can stay in touch in such situations. Or get a wireless card or mobile hotspot but I am not sure how efficient that would even be. By the way, I am talking about Sprint mostly because that’s my carrier. However, AT&T and T-Mobile were about the same or worse. Verizon was the best in this case but I won’t get into details on why they are on this post.

Now, your cellphone reception sucks so you assume you can switch to the hospital WiFi and you’ll be fine right? Nope. The WiFi was sometimes even worse than my cellphone reception. Seriously!! My little brother who’s good in IT stuff said they probably need to rework their access points and routers to be more efficient. This is something hospitals, especially upper echelon ones like Suburban Hospital, need to get on point. A hospital staff member mentioned herself that she cannot stand the WiFi at Suburban and that it was too unreliable to do any real work there.

Now this is a tricky topic and it is something that I hear is being implemented in hospitals already. Doctors in hospitals are very very busy and it is sometimes hard to be able to keep with all patients assigned to them especially on crazy busy days. My thought is when a patient is out of ICU and coherent, all hospitals should implement a Skype type communications to every room to communicate with their patients if they are unable to physically attend to them on that specific day or night. That’s a way that you can make the patient feel more comfortable that you are thinking about them and keeping them up to date on their prognosis or status. The expense to do this is actually pretty minimal once it is initially setup up. The cost will mainly come from bandwidth traffic.

Alright, this is maybe nit-picking but there has to be a better way to move a patient from one bed or room to another. Don’t ya think?

There is room to daydream and visualize.    I was one of those people who would obsess over my various fantasy sports (baseball, football, basketball).  And I did win a decent amount of leagues.  Some were lucrative payouts.  Unfortunately, it came with another kind of price. View full article »

Next Time I’ll Use Brown Rice

The Saturday before Halloween, I became part of the not-so-exclusive club that has become victims of dropping their phone in the toilet.  Ordinarily, I would panic and act as if the world was coming to an end.   View full article »

We Still Have Money to Buy These Things?

A huge blanket statement right?   A sweeping generalization?  Well I don’t have time to go over specifics or this post would be longer than 500 words.  And we don’t have time for that!

The late, great George Carlin said it best; “Spending money you don’t have on things, you don’t need.”   This is the greatest clip on any subject I have ever seen.

Is there a need to always have the latest gadgets?  This is not a competition.  Contrary to what we have been told, life is not meant to be a battle or divide amongst each other.  The rat race is exactly that.  A race that was created by a group of people to control us and keep the status quo.  It’s who has the biggest this and biggest that.   If you choose to live within that matrix, then you have plenty of company.

With the economy the way it is,  people still tend to be buying the latest technology at a rapid pace.   What recession?  Ahem.

If you choose to follow your own path, it may be lonely.   That’s the point: it’s your own path!  But that is where you attract others like you.  It does happen.  I struggle with it to this day.   I know I am better than this and most people are.

The contests for who has the best Smartphone, iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry is more prevalent than you notice.  It’s become second-nature to ask, “What kind of phone is that?”  We were not asking these questions until very recently.   Now it’s very subconscious (or not) but there is a competition to have the biggest, baddest, most expensive. most exclusive hand-held technology there is.

What is the point?  When does it stop?  Does having all this “stuff” make you happy?  Do you feel incomplete without it?

Now I understand that many of these devices have made things more convenient.  As we expand and evolve, do we reach a zenith?   Have we already?  When does the conveniences and competition, become an inconvenience.   (If that hasn’t happened already).

Remember: This stuff is supposed to help us and make us feel good.   Along with everything else, if it becomes a nuisance or burden, it’s time to take a break.

The sad part is, a lot of the these companies are quick to make new devices, with heavier upgrades, that quickly make your previous phone become obsolete.  It’s superficial and from within.   You need to get the newest item so you can quickly get to 4G, 5G, whatever.  Those precious few seconds of Internet loading time are too much.  You can’t wait anymore.   You become impatient, it becomes addicting, it’s narcotic-like.

I am projecting because I was like this at one point.   But I understand that I only need the basics and want to simplest way to get there.  If I need a Smartphone or iPhone to do it than ok.   But I am not in a race.  I retired.  No more.   I just want peace and to be happy.   And I really think that is why these toys were made in the first place.   Hopefully.

I will have a multitude of things to say about this at a later time.  Thank you.

Your #1 Star – Twitter?

For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of professional wrestling.   When I was little, I equally watched the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), along with a slew of other wrestling companies.  There were the guys I worshiped and the guys I loathed.   For a short time, I did believe it was real.  Then I woke up.  For the past 20 years, I have become a fan of the inside of the business.  (real names, salaries, backstage politics, advanced storylines,, etc.)  And I have seen the ups and downs.   If you want me to talk about wrestling, I will do that another time.  But  this has to do with the recent company’s interest and now obsession with Twitter.

I am already perturbed with the term ‘Social Media’, but it’s hear to stay.   But the WWE felt it was necessary to join in the frenzy.  And if it’s good for business then more to them.   It has worked in small doses.  After pay-per-views or during Monday Night Raw and Smackdown; they promote topics, wrestler names, or other items that are trending topics on Twitter.   A decent amount of wrestlers in the company have accounts on there.

It was ok at first.  Now it’s taking away from the product.  The announcers are discussing trending topics and followers more so than the wrestling match going on in the ring.  There are the big blue graphics which promote which wrestler or related item is “trending”.   These terms are aggravating me as I type them.  Not everyone cares about who is tweeting or if such-and-such wrestler can get to a million followers by the end of the program.   There is a storyline between two commentators having a tweeting war!  Are you kidding me?  Apparently it’s not good enough to have it in the ring or physically on the air.  It has to be via an online platform.   Idiocy. View full article »

Don’t Want to Grow Up? Fine!

It’s been about a week since I last posted.  I apologize for the delay.

I have projected a lot about myself in my posts and this should be similar.  However, I think many will relate here.  As pessimistic as I come off, what I say is meant with good intentions.

For the many negatives that Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and other various Social Media may convey, there is a lot to be thankful for.

When Facebook first debuted it was a platform for mainly college students.  That disappeared quickly.  Myspace was geared towards younger folks and in hindsight seemed convoluted and incomplete.  Now you have young kids to the young-at-heart enjoying the benefits of these services.  This is how it should have been from the get-go, but you live and learn.

I know some of us feel uncomfortable with our parents, grand-parents, or kids using it along with us, but that is one of the perks as well.  (The privacy and blocking features help too.)

But when I see folks of all ages, shapes, sizes, creeds, colors, (or any other unnecessary demographic you come up with) posting photos and status updates about their lives, it’s a good thing.  There is room for everybody.  And contrary to popular belief, there has always been room.  If it makes you fulfilled and feel good, then more power to you.  This is what life is all about.

Younger folks post images of VIP Bottle Service and others post photos of their kid’s first night out trick-or-treating  on Halloween or their first Christmas.   In-between you’ll get random photos of dishes from a fancy restaurant or traffic jams on the interstate.  It may comes off self-serving or narcissistic, but this is the world we live in.  And if it brings joy and positivity, there is nothing but good that can come out of it.

We should be so thankful we live in the age that we do.  If this were 10-20+ years ago, a lot of us would end up with the same lives as everyone else.  Because of the influences from mainstream media and the systems that “run” (ran?) our society, most of us would be lemmings or sheep.   And many of us still are.  But something is changing.  It’s a great sign that people are awakening to the fact that there an infinite amount of ways to live a life.  The Internet and a natural awareness in our consciousness has changed all that.  We are headed somewhere special and the rest of the ride is going to be magnificent.   If you want to be young forever, you can.  In any you want to.  Just don’t hurt anybody! 🙂   I understand I’m writing with a lot of vague commentary and ambiguities.   But once again, I will elaborate on this in the future.   I will have to.

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