Month: January 2015

Birthday

It was my Birthday on Tuesday. My parents got me an Armani Ceramica watch. I picked it out as I had been looking for a black watch for a while, I own a silver one but I was looking for more dressy and formal wear one. My mum also knew I was getting a record player for my 21st from my girlfriend, more on that in a second, and she got me the single that was number one on the day I was born. I had never heard of it but the band was D:ream and the song was ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. It’s not bad, not my kind of music but one to keep and is personal to me and one for my collection.

My girlfriend amongst little ‘silly’ presents as she calls them got me clothes and thins that I had previously picked out but she did get me my record player. This record player has not been off since the moment it left the box. My collection is only small at the moment but it is growing. My better pieces are Oasis, Green Day, The Ramones, U2, Plan B, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Smiths, Black Sabbath, Meatloaf, Sammy Davis Jr, Kiss, The Eagles, Guns N’ Roses, and some other records. It has to be one of the best presents I have ever gotten and I couldn’t be happier. I am lucky to have her.

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Storytelling vs. science

Violent metaphors

Things are not always what they seem. Things are not always what they seem.

Several organizations exploit vulnerable parents by claiming that they can “cure” their children’s autism through various approaches.

As Left Brain, Right Brain observes, these “autism cure” movements persist because of the power of storytelling:

“Nothing sells unproven “treatments” like testimonials. For autism it has been true since the days of chelation and even before that. Tell people that your “treatment” cures autism and you have testimonials to show it and you can just about guarantee sales.”

As we all know, anecdotes aren’t scientific evidence, but they do appeal to us on an emotional level. Unfortunately, one woman’s recent experience has starkly illustrated just how untrustworthy such stories actually are.

Camile Saulnier (a pseudonym) was recently given a book by Kerri Rivera called “Healing the Symptoms known as Autism”, which prescribed a “Treatment” for curing autism:

“I began looking into the background of CD/MMS…

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iPhone 6 Plus

2015/01/img_1511.pngAs I sit here typing on my iPhone 6 Plus I have come to realise that either my hands have grown in the last week (very unlikely but not unwelcome) or my hands (but not my eyes) have become use to a bigger phone and have learned how to use it properly (more likely the answer)

I do realise that big phones have existed for a long time now but it’s not just about doing it first it’s about doing it right and I feel Apple have done that. I’m not saying that any other phone is wrong, I personally feel that the Apple phone’s aren’t for everyone, I tend to find that people who use Apple products tend to be more motivated about their carers and tend to want things that work without the risk of bugs and things going wrong, they get this but pay a high price.

Other phones tend to feel cheaper and flimsy and use sub par components but more of them to offer other more ‘fun’ capabilities and offer the performance so the phone can play games and movies that others who don’t want to take life so serious can enjoy all the apps and movies on offer. Apple have a consumer audience, that is for sure but the serious way and still quite corporate way things underlying are done doesn’t fit everyone and that’s fine too.

In all I wish people would stop arguing over what is best, what is best is what is best for that individual. All phones available today can play the latest movies and apps but Apple is best for me because it does what I want, it is a true premium product and to me the 6 plus is the best phone to grace the face of the earth, until next September that is.

Not meaning to start a war or an argument, I hope that this explains where I sit? I’m not a blind Apple follower, it took me a while to decide what to upgrade to from my iPhone 5, I came very close to the blackberry passport or the Xperia Z3 but I went for the 6 plus due simply to a offer bringing it in my price range. I will admit though the Blackberry Passport does look very professional.

Why I am not Charlie

I am still processing my own thoughts on what has happened in France and I am now looking at the rest of the worlds reaction, I feel conflicted between free speech and it’s purported glorious stance in the western world, and I by no way condone what happened in France, but if you know people are known for extreme behaviour don’t poke them with a stick and be surprised by their reaction.

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imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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