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    This thing, you need. Run your smartphone for days.

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    I use this cleaner for my iPhone, iPad 3, iPad mini and MacBook Pro. It’s great all-around and won’t mess up the oleophobic coating on iOS device screens.

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    Adonit Jot with Pixelpoint, works with a lot of new drawing apps on iPad.

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    Adonit Jot Pro is an awesome capacitive touch stylus for iPad & other tablets.

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    Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad 3/4 - Walnut
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    Even if you consider yourself a casual doodler or note-taker, you’ll love this well designed stylus. Built for Paper by FiftyThree, the iPad app — however, many other apps support Pencil.

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    Sportsman Supply Inc.

    Playing Cards for your password creation or poker game!

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Sunday
May252014

Update! Things are looking up!

Hey everyone! Hope you’re well.

Just another personal update so you know that I’m still alive and doing things.

Things are going really well here. I had several really slow, rather uneventful months in Oakland at the beginning of this year, but since moving here and getting settled, things have been picking up! I’ve got a bunch of new projects and have made some progress on major design projects that I’ve been working on for quite a while. I’m really looking forward to sharing those things.

In addition, my family just moved up here — about 30 minutes away. That’s really cool, too, because it seems to be much better for my father. I’m glad that the pets have adjusted well to the transition as well. I was a little worried about Muffin, my childhood dog, but she was apparently really good in the car ride to Sparks and has been very content since. (Really cute/heartbreaking: when the house was being packed up, she was really nervous and started crying because she seemed to think that she was going to get left behind. She’s been glued to my mom and sister since. And bonus! (formerly John Ascuaga’s) Nugget in Sparks has a pet-friendly floor, so she’s been able to stay with my family in the hotel as well!

More exciting news!

I finally got a few suggestions of local places to go for good food and coffee! (Thanks, Lindsey!) Java Jungle is a cool, artsy, indie coffee shop a few blocks away from me, and there’s a nice family-owned Italian Restaurant called Noble Pie Parlor that I now want to check out. The majority of the stores and restaurants in Reno seem to be chain/franchise places, and there’s a lot of fast food — not a lot of fresh. Most of the fish is frozen out here, and at the majority of restaurants that I’ve been to, there aren’t any vegetarian main courses. I asked at several, and after getting a strange look, I get suggestions like, ”Well, you can get a chicken salad… with a side of steak.” A lot of fried food and a lot of potatoes. Really heavy food. Fortunately, I really like eating at home — it’s been a necessity for so many years due to my condition that I’ve grown to vastly prefer it to eating out. But even as a true creature of habit, sometimes it’s nice to have a change.

I’ve been able to spend a fair amount of time with my dad and his friend Steve, doing one of my dad’s favorite things — gambling at the Pai Gow tables. My father is insanely lucky. People have a hard time believing how many big hands he’s picked up (seven card straight flushes, five aces, royal flushes, etc). I’d never had anything bigger than a full house until this weekend!

Several days ago, I got my first Straight Flush, and last night, I got four tens with two queens on top at The Nugget — and then we went over the The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno and I got a handful of straights, flushes and full houses. I stayed at the table for a bit too long though; four times in a row, I was one card away from a Royal Flush, usually with an off-suit face card for a high straight. What makes it so… addicting, I suppose, is that the card that I needed was usually in the hand of the person directly next to me. So while I was picking up pushes with bonuses, I was thinking, well, I think I’ll hit a big one pretty soon!” Sadly, no straight-flush or four-of-a-kind at *GSR. But I met some nice people there and had a pretty good time!

Unpacking and organizing is still going relatively slowly. I’ve been trying to find all of my computer equipment and get my desk setup but I’m still missing a few things. I really hope that Apple releases a really kick-ass iPad this year. Mine is starting to really show its age; a lot of new apps lag.

Although unpacking and the various new (and old) projects are going to continue to take up a lot of time and energy, I think I can set aside time to write some reviews and work on some long form content for Bradtastica and SaysBrad. I’ve added some things to my various social pages and Pinterest, but by far, the bulk of my posts have been on my facebook. Mostly link posts to the various articles that I’ve read, and occasionally YouTube videos that I think are worth watching. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, feel free to follow me there.

Wherever you are, take care and enjoy the rest of this Memorial Day weekend!

Monday
May282012

Memorial Day on my Facebook, State of our Union

Browsing through the endless feed, something insane looking grabs my attention:

Chris Hayes: I'm 'Uncomfortable' Calling Fallen Military 'Heroes'

By Mark Finkelstein Effete: affected, overrefined, and ineffectual; see "Chris Hayes." OK, I appended the name of the MSNBC host to the dictionary definition. But if ever you wanted to see the human embodiment of the adjective in action, have a look at the video from his MSNBC show this morning of the too-refined-by-half Hayes explaining why he is "uncomfortable" in calling America's fallen military members "heroes."

Here's a link to the Newsbusters post. (There's a lot of interesting, quick articles at newsbusters.org — if you're interested in something other than TV's typical liberal rhetoric.)

Crazy, I tell you. Immediately after reading/watching the post, I noticed a friend recently "liked" a Clibe sketch (image). It seemed particularly poignant, as if I was somehow telling myself to forget about changing the liberal mindset.

I typically don't do artsy catch-phrases, quotes and truisms; not because they seem like an artistic cop-out (they kind of are), not because they're usually bad and boring (this is the case, as these memes are usually started by talentless trolls), but because to do them well takes much more time than it's worth. Unfortunately, Clibe isn't good for much else.

Not every liberal is insane — unrealistic idealists, maybe — and there are certainly crazy conservatives… getting sidetracked.

Memorial Day: honoring the fallen, our heroes, is NOT a message or statement about war. It's about respect for those brave enough to defend us all, and remembrance for those whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Our way of life is constantly being threatened; our armed forces oppose enemies abroad, and far too often, Americans treat them like dirt — like a nuisance.

Our way of life is being threatened from within

High taxes, new regulations, inflation, overspending, Obama, ObamaCare, $5 TRILLION dollars increase in debt, rising unemployment (and numerous people employed, but still not making enough money to escape poverty), the loss of the American dream and American industry, self-created necessity on foreign oil and rising gas prices, Occupy (instead of occupation, often by choice and what Hannity calls the entitlement mentality)…

…big government, American socialists and Marxists, Washington corruption (once Presidential hopeful John Edwards, anyone?), products made in China, complacency, arrogance, racism, widening poverty gap, class warfare (constantly ignited by liberal media and Obama: the rich are screwing the poor, paying 'less' in taxes — yeah, sure, Romney's 15% is somehow less money than the average person's 35%)…

millions more on food stamps due to this Presidential administration, the Obama machine and supporters taking the fallback position, "blame Bush," instead of actually fixing the problem (remember, Obama promised "hope" and "change" — his words — along with cutting the deficit and unemployment in half), dismal public education, ridiculously overpriced colleges, student loans that can't be paid off…

…failing criminal justice system (prosecuting and jailing simple drug offenses is a waste of time and money, and it isn't stopping people from getting high if they want to), prejudicial courts (judges, attorneys, prosecutors, laws), prison overpopulation, increased gang activity, failed "war on crime" and "war on drugs," wasted money on "prevention" programs, cultural glorification of vigilantism…

…drug addiction, alcoholism, extreme obesity, underage drinking and drug use, early puberty, meat glue and pink slime, fast food diets, high divorce rates, mixed messages (on violence, sex, drugs, beauty), meth.

How can we trust?

People have lost faith; but because humans need faith, it's misplaced frequently — in bad science, technology, government, large corporations... an interesting point: so many people complain about large chain stores that pay minimum wage, import products from Asia, kill off small brick and mortar businesses — and yet, people still shop at Walmart… because of low prices.

Politicians can't seem to just tell the truth without embellishment, make realistic promises and curb spending. Even if taxes were increased dramatically and raised more money, our government would just find some new initiative to pour it into and increase debt.

Crazy

Obama won't release his college transcripts, admitted to drinking and using cocaine in high school, worked at a law firm but did who knows what there (he didn't try cases, that's for sure), lied about a relationship in his book, and promised numerous things in 2008 and didn't deliver—

We're supposed to trust him? People are actually going to vote for him?!

Barack Obama is the first sitting President in over 30 years to lose more than 40% of the vote in three primaries. Maybe that's the "change" I can put "hope" into.