When Social Media just becomes a Cesspool

It was a good run. Social media started for me with Myspace. I hadn’t intended to use it for socially meeting people though. Myspace had a blogging feature back then. So my main purpose for being on there was to use the site as a blog. Then I figured out that I could post the link to each blog entry in the broadcast feature and get more views from it. We had a good group over there and we got into some discussions. This all ended though, once Facebook surpassed Myspace. When that happened, Myspace decided to become the black and yellow Facebook and in one fell swoop, wiped out the designed pages that everyone had worked so hard to make. Granted, most pages looked like someone threw up a crayola soup all over them but still… they were our pages. This led to the great Myspace exodus. If they were going to force Facebook on us, we might as well just go learn Facebook. So we did.

Facebook was different though. It wasn’t about meeting other people but collecting your real life friends and family into an ecosystem. The problem with this is that while you may get along great with friends and family in real time, that doesn’t always translate onto the internet where no filters make people much more apt to say what they want to say. Suddenly you saw people who knew each other or who were friends in real life (IRL for you Millenial dopes) fighting and arguing with each other. This led to people de-friending people. It’s really quite toxic. The fact is, the people we meet online generally come to it through an interest base, whereas, the people we know in real life are the relationships that were made through family or being in real proximity. Facebook does NOT foster a good atmosphere for people looking to find similar interests.

Enter Google+. G+ started off awesome!!! People quickly found others with similar tastes, ideas, and interests. We could group them into circles and then just post specifically to those circles. That way if X liked movies and TV conversations but hated politics, X would never see your political posts because they were posted to your politics circle. This was actually an ingenuous way to keep ideas based on interest going. Also, we had Hangouts on the side and could instantly hit up anyone for a chat or video Hangout if we wanted to take the conversation to another level. Sadly, Google is the House of Half Assed and when they changed the site up this last time, they ripped out Hangouts, made posting a chore, and added Collections. Collections might have been a good thing but they quickly turned into forgotten relics that no one posted too. Instead of people choosing 5 or 6 Collections that they talked a lot about, they made Collections for every topic under the sun. So when you went searching for a Collection that you had interest in, you would see that the last post in that Collection was 20 weeks ago so that Collection was probably dead and useless to follow. Communities started out strong on G+ too but then people lost interest in most of them. Add to that the constant spam and porn posts from spam artists and you couldn’t even bring G+ up in a public place for fear that people would think you were on a porn site if they looked over your shoulder. Thus began the great G+ exodus which would take most people over to Twitter. You want to talk about a dumpster fire? Let’s talk Twitter…

G+ had the greatest platform but lost the users, meanwhile, Twitter has the worst platform but has all of the users. Twitter is a toxic dumpster fire. It is a place to be snide, rude, and develop your witty and cutting edge comebacks and insults into 280 characters a scathing idiocy. I really hate Twitter though I use it. The upside to Twitter is LIVE Tweeting with stars when TV shows come on. That’s actually fun. Also, you get better customer service from brands when you blast them on Twitter than you would get from calling their customer service line. Outside of that… It’s a Dumpster Fire. Twitter is too much information, too politicized, and too loud. When you post a tweet, it is the equivalent of sending a message in a bottle off into the ocean. The jump in character count from 140 to 280 has helped create better conversation but all in all, Twitter is not a place to converse. It is a place to complain, rant, rave, and just release your inner Hulk. Ideas really don’t get exchanged and echo chambers of followers exist in ways that rarely allow either side of any issue to see anything different. Twitter is a place where Block Lists are distributed so people can just go ahead and mass block you, just so they never have to come across a Tweet that might offend them or make them think. Twitter is a place where your Tweet count seems to be something that validates you. When one person noticed my Tweet count stays at around 500 or less, and asked about it, I told him I have a free service monitor and delete Tweets after 7 days on a regular basis. He was shocked. He asked me why and I said, why do I need them around? He had no answer. The only people that go back looking through tweets are those that want to spring something on you. No thanks. Talk about a waste of time.

I’m on Twitter and Facebook. Facebook is more for just family and food pictures. I’ve steered away from most comics and politics talk just because no one there cares. Twitter I haven’t figured out. I’m tempted to try and just stick more to the LIVE Tweeting but political crap draws me back in. As for G+… I’ve deleted every post and Collection I’ve had over there. Sadly, the best social experience where I had met a ton of people, is in overdrive trying to force everyone out of it.

Overall… Social just doesn’t feel very social anymore. It breeds echo chambers, mob mentality, and seems to bring out the worst in people. I’m much happier with the internet when it is media (movies, TV, books, comics, etc…) and learning things. Most of the time, this no longer happens in a social setting. In fact, when ever some social aspect is added to something, it seems to just turn it into yet another dumpster fire or cesspool.

A Middle Ground Solution to Gun Rights & Gun Control

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I would be willing to have a more literal ruling of the second amendment. The 2nd amendment was created as a check on the federal government. The federal government cannot have all of the guns. If they do, then the people can be oppressed.

A correct interpretation, and one I would be okay with, is for States to create State Militias. The federal government has zero oversight of the state ran militias. The federal government has zero control over how the state runs them. Period. It is a check on federal power.

Local state citizens would be background checked and admitted by the state to their state ran militia. With admittance, you can buy semi-automatic rifles through the militia. Someone kicked out of the militia would not be able to keep their semi-automatic weapon. Citizens who are non-militia can still buy handguns, shot guns, and single shot rifles under current gun laws. These cover your home protection.

This is a middle ground solution and one that actually conforms to the 2nd amendment in how it was written. I doubt we will ever get either side to see the logic or reason in it because just as with climate change, both sides have gone to their corners to forever be in an unending standoff. Partisan children on both sides.

Let the Hunters be Hunted

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I’m no fan of any hunter. They serve absolutely no purpose at all. They offer up lame excuses for hunting, like keeping a species in check for the sake of the species. That excuse is pure trash though. If you believe that excuse then you must also believe that human population should be culled for the sake of the species too. After all, the human population is really the only species with unchecked growth that is rapidly growing.

Personally, I wish we did have an alien Predator species who would come down, abduct the hunters, take them to another planet, disarm them, and then hunt them down. Let’s see how hunters react to be shot down for no reason at all. Maybe then they wouldn’t see hunting defenseless animals as a sport. To top it off, at least the human prey would know they are being hunted. The defenseless animals don’t even know that some bottom feeder hunter has them in their sites.

I’ve had a long time to think about this and my opinion on it will never change. I can tolerate hunters, even be friendly to them, but I have no respect for them. I will NEVER be a “friend” to a hunter. I find their idea of “sport” to be disgusting and despicable. If only those Predators would come for them.

King Arthur Legend of the Sword – Review

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It’s no Excalibur but King Arthur Legend of the Sword is a damn fine movie. I know the critics blasted it but it is an Arthurian Legend movie so I had to see it. What I really liked about this interpretation was that it leaned toward fantasy over this boring trend that I have been seeing in movies and books to take the Arthurian legends to as close to reality as one can get. No thanks… I’ll take some wonderful fantasy elements with magic, a sword of power, and interesting creatures and demons. That’s where all the fun is!!!

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There are several places where the story jumps around fast, backtracks to tell plot details, and then jets off to move forward. Some may call it frenetic but Guy Ritchie harnesses this style in a really unique way that never bores the viewer. There are always new and interesting things to look at too. Also, Excalibur may just be the ultimate sword of power in this interpretation. Sometimes the scenes of Arthur wielding the sword are reminiscent of some very cool anime scenes, in that you really see the power within Excalibur being used.

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For me, there is no beating Excalibur (1981) as a movie but at the same time, I love seeing different interpretations of the story and this one is definitely a unique and fun interpretation to see. The critics really got it wrong on this one.

BladeRunner 2049 – SPOILER Review

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Let’s dispense with the gushing platitudes up front. BladeRunner 2049 is NOT a good movie. It’s a Pinocchio with a tagged on twist movie. I’ll give it credit for the excellent soundtrack and beautiful cityscapes but the rest was a mess.

  1. The Story was weak. (SPOILERS coming in FAST). Joe finds a date carved on a tree, that is also on a horse toy in his memory. When Joe finds the hidden toy later, that he supposedly hid, he believes that he is the son of Deckard and Rachel. Nevermind the fact that the there is no point for the the tree to have that inscribed date nor the horse having the same date. It’s a convenience to push the story along even though there is no reason for it. However without it, the easily connected dots could not be connected.
  2. Harrison Ford serves no purpose in the movie. Other than the fact that his big bad replica self (yeah, they are still trying to be ambiguous on this) has super sperm that can knock up a replicant. Why do we care about replicants being knocked up? (FYI: Ford doesn’t even show up until the last hour in this 3 hour bore fest.)
  3. Because Jared Leto, as the forgettably bad CEO company man, can’t make replicants fast enough so he wants to go back to breeding. What? You’re telling me that it takes longer than 9 months to make a replicant? Oh wait… You’re telling me that it takes longer than 20 years or so to make 1 replicant? You have to add in the child growing up. That’s just dumb. Completely dumb. Intolerably dumb.
  4. Joe is flying out into the wastelands to check on this orphanage that the child of Rachel was passed through and gets shot down by these marauders. Luckily, he gets shot down within walking distance of where he needs to be. Then Leto’s woman uses VR missile command to blow the bad guys up so Joe can walk over a hill and find the orphanage. Did I mention that every scene is one of convenience just so the threadbare story can move at all?
  5. Joe has a hologram girlfriend. In the stupidest form of tech speculation EVER… The hologram can go and be anywhere as long as Joe keeps this tech stick with him (usually in his pocket). Where does the hologram project from?
  6. The girl that creates memories comes from out of left field. But hey, we need some way to get the daughter of Rachel and Deckard into the movie. That’s right, Joe isn’t the son. The daughter created the fake memories that were placed into Joe’s head and would lead him to finding Deckard even though it makes no sense why she would do this? Oh… he also hid the horse with the date on it, so we have to believe that SHE hid the horse with the date on it, in the furnace, and then wrote that memory onto him. But why??? The convenience of moving this very weak story forward. If she hadn’t done that, then we could never connect the implausible dots to have a story.
  7. The resolution leaves it open. The bad guy (Leto) is sort of just left out there. Ford get’s off with fake dying and then is introduced to his daughter who created this dynamic never knowing the point to which it would come to. My god this is the most convoluted and shoddily put together story ever.

Honestly… The Ghost in the Shell movie was better and made more sense than this travesty. I hate saying that because BladeRunner the Final Cut is a masterpiece of cyberpunk greatness. Cyberpunk is my favorite subgenre of sci-fi even. So for this long awaited sequel to just tank this badly is a real disappointment. To hear people actually call this thought provoking and packed with substance, tells me that people will fall for anything if they refuse to think about it. There is no substance here though. This movie provokes zero thought, other than how it is shoddily stitched together. It’s the lowest form of storytelling where every scene is a deus ex machina solution just to keep it all going forward.

Catch it on streaming but don’t waste your money or time to see it in the theater. Honestly… by the second hour I was just waiting for Harrison Ford to show up and save the movie (he doesn’t save it at all). I really just wanted to walk out of the artsy bore fest. It was that bad.

The Fall of the NFL

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It’s happening. Fans are tuning out and rating are slipping. Stadiums are seeing sharp declines in attendance. It’s happening and the NFL would have you believe that they don’t know why. That of course is a lie. Let’s go through the many reasons why NFL Football is on the decline:

  1. Colin Kaepernick got political last year by taking a knee during the national anthem. The moron was basically disrespecting the country, freedom, and the soldiers who fought for it every time his took a knee. He said it was to protest police brutality to black people and black people being shot. However the statistics show that more white people are shot and killed by police yearly. Just because the media makes it a highlight to focus on a “certain type” of story, doesn’t make that certain type the most prevalent. If you haven’t figured it out, the media is about ratings, clicks, and ads. So selling you “drama” gets your attention. Right now, selling the viewer race and gender issues is the big thing. Regardless of if the majority of people in the US do not see these issues first hand, the media sucks people into taking a side in their made up game. Kaepernick isn’t even in the NFL now (he was a one season lucky star who ended up not having much talent at all), yet other players are still taking a knee. America doesn’t like it. The same people asking, “Why are the NFL ratings falling?” are the very same people asking, “Why did Trump win?” The people across this country are sick of the leftist PC SJW idiocy that has been plaguing this country for the last 8 years, that’s why.
  2. Player safety has watered down the rules so much that in reality… the game is boring to watch. The hard hits aren’t so hard these days. They made it so kickoffs rarely ever get runbacks even. You have wussy players suing after they retire because they are all of sudden shocked to find they have brain damage… If the NFL was smart, they would have a medical waiver spelling out the dangers and what could happen. The player can sign the waiver and get their millions, or not sign and not play. Period. Don’t act like you are all big and tough and some kind of gladiator now and then act like a wussy later after you have blown your millions. Hold these girlie-men responsible and make them sign away their rights to lawsuits in the very beginning. The choice is 100% in their field at that time.
  3. For TV… Too many commercials. WAY too many commercials. You get the same Ford, Budweiser, and Fantasy Football commercials over and over and over again. There is around 14 minutes of actual game play in a 3 hour game. So we are subjected to a never ending run of tedious commercials. Now you have challenges and booth reviews and every excuse under the sun to cut to a commercial too. It feels like the NFL stops play to get more ad dollars on purpose because in the end that benefits them the most. The almighty ad machine is their holy revenue.
  4. For going to the game in person, you better take out a loan. From PSL’s (Personal Seat License), where you have to get one for the right to buy a ticket for that seat, to $50 for parking, refreshments, and the costs just keep rising. The PSL is one of the biggest NFL scams yet. I believe Dallas used it first, so they could help pay for their stadium. It’s basically double dipping and getting a seat for double… triple the price. You have to buy that PSL for a seat, just to get your tickets for that seat. Ticket charges are separate. If you want to buy individual tickets, then you have to contend with ticket brokers who buy up all the tickets the moment they go on sale and then they raise the price massively beyond the regular ticket price. The cheapest ticket I could find for the next Atlanta Falcons game on Ticketmaster was $106 for a single nosebleed seat. I’m not paying that much for nosebleed seats and 3 hours of far away entertainment. That’s ridiculous. If you add in 2 tickets, parking, and food then you are close to at least $289 or more. It’s too damn expensive. For $289 I can go see 5 or 6 Braves baseball games. Price per entertainment value just doesn’t add up for an NFL game.
  5. The new stadiums. Sure they look nice but does a city need a new stadium every 20 years? No, it doesn’t. The people are damn tired of sports franchises getting sweetheart tax deals from the cities and then seeing their tax dollars being used toward these mega stadiums. A new stadium has not once been shown to have a positive impact for the people in the city it is built in. Not once. If anything, the NFL and the team owners should be paying for their own damn stadiums. When you think about it, if you have tax money going to the stadium, then you are paying 3 times for the “honor” of attending a game. For those that will say that using a “hotel tax, financed by visitors to the state” is a solution… that’s a lie. You wouldn’t need to add that tax on and you would get more visitors and conferences versus, as we have said, funneling an excessive tax through to a stadium that shows no long term benefit at all. If the city is going to use a tax like that, I’d much rather they use it on transportation and infrastructure issues over a damned stadium!!!
  6. There is so much media out there right now that honestly, the NFL becomes a time suck. I don’t want to pass my time (3+ hours every Sunday) on a football game, when there is so much other media out there to entertain me. You have movies, music, and games… all easily accessible and waiting to be consumed. Hell, you can jump around and between all of those things and so much more in a 3 hour period, over sitting in front of the TV and watching 2 hours and 46 minutes of commercials. Once again, maximizing time and entertainment value pretty much disqualifies an NFL football game from even contending with the rest of the media out there.
  7. Ego… The NFL now charges the Super Bowl halftime act for the “honor” of being able to play there. That audacity is enough to see just how self important the NFL thinks it is and how much ego the entire league is running on. They need a reality check and that is what is happening now.

 

So what can the NFL do to redeem itself? Frankly, I don’t think they can. They are dead set on being a social justice warrior platform that seeks out PC views and puts advertising and price gouging before the fans. The NFL uses the fans for everything they can suck out of them. They’ve degraded the game at every turn in the name of player safety, and they have gone with demographics for political issues that don’t tell the whole truth. I highly doubt they will switch directions now so the only place for them to go is down.

At one time, NFL football had become America’s sport, but they forgot that to be America’s sport, they still have to be for America. Why should Americans tune in or show up when the NFL is doing as they currently do? They shouldn’t.

 

If you had the power of Superman, would you be Good or Bad?

 I was just thinking about this today. If you had the extreme powers of Superman would you use them for good or for evil?

 I’ve got to say….power corrupts and ultimate power will ultimately corrupt and I would be so corrupted it would not even be funny. Seriously…the world would be bowing to me and I would take that title of Emperor of the world. I mean…really…there would be no one to stand in my way and even if there was I could pretty much end them quite easily. Heat vision, freezing cold breath, a good uppercut…

 I’d have a state of the art castle built on every continent…forget that whole ice sculpture fortress of solitude stuff; I’d be living in style. The suit would be out too… I’d have to have something in a menacing black to strike some fear into the hearts of the little people.

There wouldn’t be any wars because there wouldn’t be anyone else taking my power from me…so I’d be a benevolent dictator… maybe… maybe not… The world could be run in a very Libertarian and free market kind of way except for in instances where I want what I want…then its dictator time!!!!
I mean….if you have the power you might as well use it…