Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Snobs and Fast Food

I’m a big fan of Penn and Teller: Bullshit and the movie Fat Head, a follow up to SuperSize Me for a couple of reasons. One of which: I’m absolutely sick of people telling me how to live my life. Watch a couple episodes of Bullshit, and you’ll see how people that want to tell other people what to do are mostly pretentious assholes with an endless supply of cash. They’ll argue that fast food companies are tricking people into eating the food because it’s cheap and we’re stupid. Well, they got one thing right: it’s cheap. Yes, for most of these snobs, it’s hard to see what life’s like in another person’s shoes, and food is expensive. Not everyone can afford to buy all natural food, especially for an entire family. Not to mention that most expensive restaurants serve meals with higher calories than fast food. And whenever a person who wants people to make decisions for themselves comes on the show, they don’t present their ideas in a way to make you feel stupid, they do it in a way to make you think differently. You made the decision to eat the food; McDonalds did not drag you in. Beyond that, I don’t understand why fast food and soda companies are the only ones being scolded. Why not target ramen companies for selling salty soups at insanely cheap prices?
People that want the government to tell us what to do scare the shit out of me. We were all told at a young age to mind our own business, and that’s just what other people need to do. Who cares what I eat, or if I smoke cigarettes (not that I do), or if think people should be free to make whatever choice they want to make? This is America. While freedom of speech protects those that want to protest against fast food, you are still free to purchase whatever you want. Don’t limit the rest of the nation just because you don’t like something. It’s either all okay, or none of it is. The same goes for censorship too, but that’s a rant for another day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lack of Motivation

Back in 2009, I started the YouTube channel “AnthonyGVideos.” I made it to share my thoughts on technology and to get my voice out there. It was a time when if you worked really hard, you could gain a decent viewership. The YouTube community, while still trying to make money, really was just doing it for the fun of it. YouTube comments were easy to read, and feedback was easily heard. The great part about it was I never felt like I was talking to a brick wall. Most of my videos would get 300-500 views, because the platform allowed for users to discover new people. It was really fun.
Fast forward to today, it seems YouTube is on a downward slope. It’s harder than ever to get noticed, and even big YouTubers are noticing a rapid decline. Google+ just makes it so hard to find actual engaging conversations because it only puts comments that get the most attention at the top, and most the time, they’re just trolls that get these mass amounts of idiots responding. Now I’m lucky if over 30 people watch my videos. Don’t get me wrong, you have no idea how much I appreciate the people who take time out of their day to watch or read my posts, but it just doesn’t feel fun anymore.
I don’t know if it’s just that I’m getting older, and I’m more concerned about finances, my education, and the future, but making content on my blog here, GeekOnIn, and the YouTube channel, I just have very little motivation to do so. It just really makes me wish I could go back to those days where it really felt like YouTube and Twitter were there to help the community, where you could find new people, and the existing people could still be found. Now, it just feels like they’re trying to make the most money they can by only promoting a certain group of people, and everyone else seems to be losing.
I’m not going anywhere; I’m certainly not leaving the internet. Partly because we just got FiOS, and it’s fantastic, but mainly because the internet is a fascinating place all around. So I guess if you want to hear more about what I have to say about things, stay tuned to my Twitter account.
I feel I’ve rambled on a bit too long.

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm Going Full Microsoft

I don’t know what happened in the past week, but something hit me, and I started to really get into Microsoft services. In order:
  1. I use OneDrive for everything, mainly because Windows Phone backs up all my photos to it, so I use it anyway.
  2. I put all my songs on the XBOX Music app thing.
  3. I’m using a lot more Metro apps than before.
  4. I’m using Bing as my default search engine.
  5. And this one might shock some people, I’m using Internet Explorer.
You’re probably wondering what drugs I’m on to be using IE and Bing.
First of all, I don’t do drugs. Second of all, IE is not as bad as you think. Okay, that makes it sound bad. It’s very good. And it makes text look really smooth on any device. And it’s nothing like it used to be. It’s much faster and just does things really well. So honestly, give IE a good try, as long as it’s IE 11. I can’t really speak for anything else.
Oh and Bing is honestly just as good as Google. Much more cleaner. Although I’ll admit, sometimes the results aren’t as good, it’s still much more pleasing to the eye. That, and I get free money to Amazon through their rewards program. I’ve even shown some people side-by-side results of Bing and Google, and most of the time, they pick Bing. Try it yourself at http://www.bingiton.com/
Don’t be closed minded, and give Microsoft a fair shake. They’re not that bad.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why I Decided Against a Surface Pro 3

So here’s the deal-e-oh. I wanted to purchase a top of the line Windows 8 tablet. Why? Because I’m a Microsoft fanboy, and honestly, I think the Metro UI is the best touch experience out there. So when it came to researching for a tablet, immediately there was no contest. The Surface Pro 3 was first on my list for many reasons. One, it’s made by the same people who make the operating system, so it’s gotta be good, right? And two, it’s extremely well designed. But the only thing that made me hesitant was the price. For a mid-range Surface Pro 3, we’re talkin’ $1,299 for an i5 256 GB model. And that’s not including the $149 keyboard cover, which is essentially mandatory for a good Windows 8 experience. Nonetheless, I was ready. I came this close to clicking the “buy” button, when I stopped, looked at the price, and said “eh, might as well go check it out in person.” So I hopped in the AnthonyMobile and drove to Best Buy. And there it was, the same Surface Pro 3 in stock, with a keyboard cover. I started using it, and just was not as impressed as I thought I would be. I don’t know if it was the price or if I’m not too sold on tablets as a whole, but I just stopped and looked around Best Buy. I thought “why not go for a Mac?” Then I looked and saw that the MacBook Air 13 inch was about the same price for the Surface Pro 3, and it didn’t have touch, and I’d have to install Windows on it anyway. Not only that, but I’m already in the Microsoft ecosystem, so I voted nay on the Mac. Then I looked all over and simply wasn't impressed by anything else. Then I found the Lenovo section. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve got a thing for Lenovos. Maybe it’s the fact that they own the ThinkPad line-up, or maybe they just make really good computers, but I was impressed with the selection. Then I found the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro. I had heard good reviews on CNET and was interested, and I started using it, and it was a really cool computer. And I saw the price of $1,199 and thought it was an amazing deal to get a touch screen, with a keyboard, and an i7 processor, and 256 GB of storage, AND a transformer design to fold into whatever the hell you want it to be, I was sold. Well, I would’ve been sold if they had it in stock.
So, the moral of the story is if you’re looking for a great deal, check out Lenovo and the Yoga 2 Pro. And if you’re thinking about buying a Surface Pro 3, use it first, and see if you can justify what I feel is an outrageous price. Especially without the keyboard cover.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Onision is a hypocrite, but you already knew that

Sometimes I get into moods where I like watching rants on YouTube. I don’t know why, it’s just interesting to see people get so passionate about something. One of the ones I re-watched recently was a debate Onision held with Someguy827, where through the entire thing, Onision basically dodged questions either by answering with a condescending question or with an outright lie talking about how he changed when you can see, even today, he’s still the same old asshole. But one thing that pissed me off the most about the whole thing was the ending. Onision asked Someguy827 why if he hated him so much, he put so much attention and anger towards that one thing, and told him that it’s only logical that if you don’t like something, you leave that thing alone. *Facepalm*
It’s human nature to rant about the things we don’t like. It shows that we care about something so much that we want it to change for the better. And in this case, it’s so Onision stops manipulating other people. And Onision of all people should DEFINITELY know this. So many of this videos, past and present, are about how he hates certain things, including groups of people. Just watch any of his videos talking about how great he is that he’s a vegetarian and how meat-eaters are *insert childish insult*. Or his top ten videos where he talks about how he hates Republicans, and then not making a video about why he hates Democrats, or why he likes Republicans. Because as Onision said in the debate, you should always also make a video about the positive things about people instead of just focusing on the negative. And let’s not forget his exes. He’ll defend himself on being negative to groups of people because they’re not just one person. Okay, then why is it that he’ll gladly throw one of his exes under the bus, and make them out to be the bad person? The relationship is over, get over yourself, and stop using your fans to bash someone you don’t care for anymore. It’s ridiculous. And then he wonders why the internet knows so much about him. He doesn’t understand what privacy is.
And me talking about Onision isn’t because I’m looking for attention from someone who’s “popular”, or that I’m secretly in love with him, or I’m somehow jealous of him. It’s because he enrages me. His ongoing stupidity and pretentious attitude are irritating. I think I wouldn’t care so much if he just presented whatever his point of view is on whatever, and left it there, but he just has to complain like a 10 year old about something he doesn’t like, and call people who don’t agree with him “retards” and other words 10 year olds use to stir up anger. Oh, and he’ll also defend himself on using that word because he’s a “comedian”.
But you know what, with what people see as stupidity and hypocrisy, I see brilliance. For the wrong reasons of course. This guy knows exactly what buttons to push on people so they give him attention, and that attention brings in dollah bills. That, and the 12 year old girls that watch his videos love his makeup and unclever immature humor.

I don't understand Chris Pirillo's dislike of the dislike button

Of all the people I follow on YouTube, no one seems to want more positive feedback than Chris Pirillo. And please understand me: I’ve been a fan of Chris’s for a long time, since about 2009ish. I strongly value his opinions, being both honest and accurate, and am a paying patron on ChrisPirillo.com . I am in no way a “hater”, just a fan that cares. And being a fan, I don’t believe anyone should just blindly follow everything a person does just because you like what they do. You can have issues with things. 
That being said, I watch his Pirillo Vlogs almost every day. I just enjoy watching Chris in a more engaging way than with his live.pirillo.com stream. He’s a very interesting person. But one thing I don’t like hearing is him saying at the end of every video “thanks again for liking, sharing, commenting, and watching even more of our videos right now after clicking the gear icon next to the subscribe button to be notified of our videos.” Now, this could just a sincere acknowledgment to those who have already done this, but to me, it just seems like he’s guilting people. Especially in the live streams he’ll do with Barnacules Nerdgasm, which are fucking hilarious. If the stream doesn’t make it to a certain milestone with the likes bar, he’ll pull the “oh, I guess no one likes what we do, I guess we don’t have to do this again” card, so then people feel guilty for not liking the video. And look, if he’s saying this for an honest reason like he wants to know how many people actually like the content, fine, but there’s a better way to say that without being condescending. But then he’ll talk about how he doesn’t like the dislike button because it doesn’t give information as to why the viewer didn’t like the video, and that it spreads hate. I fully understand the no feedback portion, being that all he wants to know is why the person didn’t like the video. But what I don’t understand is how it spreads hate. Of all the mean things people do on the internet, the dislike button is extremely tame. Whenever I receive a dislike, I just brush it off. I realize that I’m not going to be everyone’s fan, and either someone had a bad day and found me annoying, or they genuinely had an issue with my video. And I can most of the time gauge why people didn’t like the video from the comments. People write mean things about me all the time, and I just never take them to heart. If I’m going to put myself out there, I have to expect negativity. And I can’t understand how Chris could take something as meaningless as a comment or a dislike to heart. He’s been on the internet since 1996, I’d think he’d be used to it by now.
Now from me, I have no evidence of anyone genuinely liking my content. But Chris does. Almost 800 people, including myself, find his content valuable enough to pay to support his endeavors. That should be enough for him to not need to ask for likes on his videos. And even if a video does get disliked, even by a fan, it’s honest feedback. And honesty is always the best policy. If you don’t like something, you want to tell that person or group of people so they can better themselves, or just at least have the information; they don’t need to act on it. Much like whenever Chris reviews a product like the original Surface. He wanted the product to be better, and he explained why he didn’t like the product. And like the dog vlog video. So what if people didn’t like it, you tried something new, people are going to be upset because it’s different. It’s not a personal jab. Much like this post isn’t a jab at Chris, I just find some things about the content disheartening.
I’m not trying to tell Chris what to do, partly because he’ll probably never read this anyway, but mostly because I’m not looking for him to change just because I say so. I’m just expressing how I feel about the content. I’m going to remain a patron and supporter of Chris Pirillo, and like-r of videos, I just wanted to express my opinions.

Monday, April 28, 2014

It's a not so great day for America, everybody.

Today, it was announced that Craig Ferguson would be leaving The Late Late Show sometime in December. To be honest, I’m sort of happy this is happening, and here’s why.
Back in the summer of 2011, that’s when I first started my love of David Letterman. I was looking back at his old Late Night things, and was really getting into Late Show, even though it was no where near as funny as his old stuff. But then, after the show was over, one night I decided to stay on CBS to see what the show was like. Instantly, I was hooked. It just felt different from everything else on TV, especially with Craig’s gay talking skeleton robot Geoff, which back when he only said about 5 different things was hilarious. The moments when Secretariat would come in and everyone in the studio went crazy were amazing, and it honestly had me laughing out loud, which I don’t do all that often with TV shows now-a-days. Craig just seemed to have fun doing the show. That and the fact that Craig would constantly talk about how crappy his studio was, with the leaks and power outages, all around, it was wonderful.
Then, something happened around the time Craig got his new studio. Geoff now speaks in full sentences, which is just not as funny, and it just seems now Craig isn’t having all that much fun with the show. I don’t know if it’s just me, but he just seems to be there because he has to. Now that CBS decided to not move him up to 11:35, to me, it feels right that he wants to retire. Nine years is a long time, and he’s done some genuinely great episodes of the show. Thanks for all the laughs, Craig.
Television is sure going to suck a lot more after December. Really, the only late night shows to watch, in my opinion, are Jimmy Kimmel and Conan. I’m really kind of worried about Colbert taking over. Oh well, at least there’s the internet.