It’s 2011… Why do politicians have jobs?

I don’t care what side of the isle you’re on, some things just don’t make sense.

 

When the United States was founded, because we were all spread out over hundreds and hundreds of miles, we had people speaking on our behalf.  You remember grade school, right? “No taxation without representation.”  We gave our input and our representative was supposed to vote how “we, the people” wanted them to vote.

 

Here in 2011, we have a voice of our own.  We can vote from a computer, or a mobile phone, and the results are instantaneous.  Just look at American Idol.  True, more people vote for than that WOULD likely vote for something like H.J. Res 37, but the point is: do we really need someone to “represent” us?  Don’t we have a voice of our own yet?  Anyone can be swayed by lobbyists, it’s obvious.  And it doesn’t take much to sway the American Public (as evidenced, again, by the popularity of American Idol), but I can’t help but think of that law of averages – checks and balances are built in to large sample-groups.  One lobbyist with deep pockets can have a much bigger effect on one congressman or senator who can’t resist a good bottle of scotch, or some fancy new clothes, or whatever other perks they seem to be giving out these days.

 

People are swayed by advertising, it’s true – and elections will continue to be bought and sold for generations to come, no matter what the voting system would happen to be.  But did the framers of our Constitution believe so firmly that the misinformed few should be represented in an electoral college by the easily tainted fewer?  I suppose they have their legitimate reasons: after all, a disturbingly large number of Americans still have no idea what the vetting process consists of and believe that Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim.

 

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So, some things just don’t make sense…  why don’t we do the voting ourselves, through “vote.gov” or something?  Then again, you can reason your way through it pretty quickly when you realize just how easily misinformation spreads.  But, perhaps someday, the world won’t be filled with as many stupid people, and we’ll be able to answer for ourselves when asked important questions like what to name that new courthouse in Yuma, Arizona.  Voting isn’t pointless, it just seems like it sometimes.

New Blog Format

Here’s what to expect in the very near future:

 

Sunday – Xbox Tip of the Week – while this could change, I plan on making it a brief, weekly post with some useful information I’ve picked up during my time as an Xbox Ambassador.  Think of it as an FAQ from users, with a new question being answered week to week.

 

Monday – Music Monday – each week, something new or something old, but undoubtedly something you should hear.

 

Tuesday – Tips from the Help Desk – If you didn’t know, my full time job for the past several years has been “IT Guy.”  These are the tips, some for general users, some for the more advanced, but all useful tips I have gleaned solely from my time having to figure them out in the past.

 

Wednesday – App of the Week – As an Android user, there are tons of Apps to choose from.  I’ll make it simple and give you a weekly recommendation of something you should check out.  Whether it’s a utility to make your life easier or a game, each Wednesday you can look forward to downloading and playing with something new!

 

Thursday – Random Thought Thursday – This could get dangerous, folks.  But Thursdays will be reserved for typically my most personal of thoughts, opinions, whatever.  These could also appear from time to time on their own, but Thursday will typically be where I discuss some news from the week and try not to bore you to tears.

 

Friday – Frag Friday – Let’s roll in to the weekend the right way: video gaming tips and news!  A little bit of what I’ve been playing, what I’m looking forward to, and other grumblings from the underground of gaming.

 

Saturday – Video of the week – you’ve got to see this.  It might be funny, it might be fascinating, but it will be the video of the week.

Re-Launch, coming soon…

After a few months of dealing with family emergencies, relocating, starting a new job, and who knows what else I’ve left off the list, I think I’m finally going to sit down and get back in the swing of things! Expect more regular updates to come back to the site soon. Even better? The content will be more varied, combining a bit of what you’ve seen sparse bits of here, with what you know from WinBreak.com! So stay tuned, as the site really becomes the blog I’ve always wanted it to be. Check back soon!

Where Microsoft's "to the cloud" ads fall short

I think most people get that I’m a Microsoft Fan-Boy. A self-admitted Windows lover, Xbox lover, Windows Mobile addict, Microsoft product junkie. That’s why I don’t like being critical of Microsoft, but they just keep missing the point.

Android, and specifically even Motorola Droid commercials, often advertise how Product X is “just one of thousands of apps” available on the Droid. They plug the product, tell you what it does, all kinds of great things – and this is putting money in someone else’s pocket (though I’m sure some sort of scheme was worked out to get a product promoted).

Meanwhile, Microsoft gives all the glorty to “the cloud” – without ever telling you what it is, how it works, or how to actually use it.


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Now, I know the concept of the cloud is still a bit abstract for many home PC users, but when Microsoft shows off some great video conferencing software, it sure would be nice if I knew the name of it so that I could start video conferencing with my parents (note: I, frankly, still have no idea what cloud-product is being featured in this ad – can Live Messenger share a video while 2 people video chat?). I just think that the ads should at least feature the name of the Windows application that actually lets you do these things. It’s out there, it’s self promotional, it’s easy. Why is it so hard for Microsoft advertising partners to figure out?