Posts tagged ‘Issues’

Windows 10. Phone issues.

I have the misfortune of having to work with Windows 10 at the office now.

It looks neat I gotta say, but what is it like working with it?

Like you’re driving a horse drawn, silk saddled carriage that has the break constantly drawn, through a stoney desert.

It looks good, but boy is it a shitty and bumpy ride.

In other news, my Asus Zenfone Max Z010d hit the bucket. First the wifi wouldn’t connect. Ever. Then it was stuck in a bootloop.

Several attempts of lay (and lame) hacking/flashing it later, I got it briefly up to running again. I had to finish my setup. Language selection, okay. Keyboard layout, okay. Do you want to use SIM and Wifi, or just Wifi? Obviously, both.

Reboot into the bootloop.

It won’t let me replace the bootloader, or the operating system. So far. I will either completely brick it, or crack it like an egg:

Here it is held at gunpoint.

So. Technical issues aside, everything’s peachy. Gotta go now, today’s my kid’s birthday.

Take care, A.

PS, yes, last week’s app idea was inspired by the expanse. 😉

Heavy metal parasite cure.

No. Not really. Although some might come to that conclusion. But heavy metal does not cute of parasites.

The article (linked here) says, basically, that in populations with little or no parasitic prevalence, the tolerance to outgroups, such as metal heads (and bands), is higher.

In general this isn’t something I usually would write home about, but the German article (linked here) is different in its wording.

Instead of saying “associated behaviour”, they said that the “irreligious and antisocial behavior” was a “habitus” of the metal scene.

That aggravated me.

Have the people who associate the irreligious and antisocial behavior with metal heads ever met metal fans? Have they attended at least ONE concert? Event? Visited, or frequented a metal/rock bar?

I guess not, because if they had, their prejudice, their “association”, of metal heads with irreligiousity and antisocial behavior would be gone.

Half of the people in the metal scene wear pentagrams, Thor’s hammer pendants/tattoos/patches/whathaveyou. They may not be a member of YOUR religion, but they’re not irreligious.

There is more faith based symbolism in a crowd of metal heads than at a congregation of born again christians!

The people in the metal scene are like all people: There are assholes, and there are nice people. But when metal heads get together at a concert (or the likes) you get a sense of kinship. I’ve never felt more welcome, or safe, than when amongst other metal heads. And I am a misanthrope, I hate people. But I love these people.

I’ve been to other concerts, venues, events, but never have I felt this secure, this welcome and wholly at home than with metal heads. They are the most inclusive, tolerant group of fandom that I know (and I’m also a Nerd, so make of that what you will). In the metal scene I have never seen the kind of “sexism” that is present in other social groups. Women are treated as equals, perhaps a bit put on a pedestal, but never badly. I have never seen metal fans being outright racist (please note, reverse racism isn’t a thing. It’s racism. Fuck off, snowflake).

That isn’t to say it doesn’t exist in the metal scene. Again, they’re like all people, some good, some bad.

But in general, the “associated” adjectives of antisocial behavior and irreligiosity are bullocks.

Like every individual in the history of mankind that defends its tribe, I could write until my fingers bleed or the screen is scratched through. The outsiders will airways perceive the tribe in question as negative.

It’s natural.

That is how we, humans, are.

But still, I had to break a lance for my people.

Next time you feel frightened by metal heads, join them. You might be surprised. Tell them a Metalhead sent you.

\m/

A.

Faces of feces (Politics pt.2 & Advertising pt.2)

In the last years I have noticed a trend that had been going on for a long time.

People over Program

Are we as a society really that shallow? How could we allow to sink this low?
No matter what you are advertising for, even of it is for toilet-bowl-scrubber-bots, we sho PEOPLE instead of the PRODUCT. Happily smiling families, scantly dressed women, yes. A flash of the product, back to the people.
Maybe it’s a (scantly dressed) celebrity instead of a family/scantly dressed woman – still one we want to see.

It has become the same issue with politics, we have celebrities or people, advertising for parties. We have interrest in the candidates, instead of the party program.
Hitler was non smoker, barely meat eating, barely drinking alcohol war hero – think before you cast your vote.
Who cares if the candidate is living a healthy life? Is god fearing or an atheist?
Or whether they are attractive?? What are their stands on the issues? What their plans for the economy? The foreign policies?
Look at the political advertising posters from the 1950s and compare them with todays.

Issues vs. Faces.
While in the 50s they would have promised toilet-bowl-scrubber-bots, they would show it to us today.

While I know that the stands on the issues are as trustworthy as the fake smile, and photoshopped politicians heads – but I’d rather cast my vote based on what they told me, than on how nice they look and how often they pray to a space zombie.

Sadly we have an election coming up in the fall of this year, which means from around mid summer on I will be bombarded with non-slogans and smiles more fake than Lolo Ferrari’s tits.

Stay away from Austria at that time, they’re going wild then…

A.