Monday, April 14, 2014

Can You See Me Now?

Wait, what?

Remember when we thought the whole idea of a accessing someone's computer camera was creepy?

Well, now Google has patented contact lenses with a camera built into them.

It sounds like something that should be one of those silly April Fools' Day pranks that some companies do. The potential here is crazy --- for both good and "evil". Reports say that the Google lenses could go so far as to give humans zoomable "super vision".

It sounds to me as if power is the big question. There's no word if the device would somehow to be wired to a power source or if there are batteries or how exactly you'd make that work. Insane, right?

Think of the possibilities here --- For one, if you're a criminal --- can your Google contact lens history be subpoenaed?  Can someone hack into the network and essentially "see what you see?"

In terms of virtual reality - there seems to be more potential here than with anything else out there. Think of the fantasy lives you could see from a first person perspective.

Incredibly creepy. Incredibly scary.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Putin on Patrol

I'm not sure what to think about Russia.
Good way to start a blog post, right?

Vlad Putin, probably about to kill someone with his hands.

So, on one hand you have an ego-maniac in power of a former Soviet republic that seemingly wants to grab as much land and power as possible with no repercussions. You've got to stop him, right?

On the other hand, you have an American electorate that is tired of fighting wars in places across the world that they have no desire to be in. I'd love hear how many Americans can deliver the capital of Ukraine when asked. (You knew it was Kiev but you're smarter than most Americans).

With Russia being left largely unchecked, Ukraine is freaking out.

"The aim of Putin is not Crimea but all of Ukraine... His troops massed at the border are ready to attack at any moment," Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council chief Andriy Parubiy told a mass unity rally in Kiev.
You know what, I would be freaking out too if I were in their shoes. Is it Team America's job to keep them protected? They're not in NATO (at least not yet) and I'm not really sure where our allegiances lie when it comes to protecting some of those eastern most allies. (Poland, I'm looking at you).

Warning: Probably not safe for work (some profanity):

So, help me out here. Should I be afraid enough of Russia that we need to squash any signs of their aggression at the absolute moment they start? Or, is it time we focus on getting our own house in order and leave Russia to do what it wants with its former soviet republics?

Personally, I worry there is a slippery slope if you get into the business of ensuring actual and not just figurative democracy across the world. What I mean by that is that in places like Ukraine, there has been an election. But there are also elections in nations where the results are riddled with fraud. Should we have to police all of these nations to ensure that their "democracy" is a "fair" democracy?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Final Four Prediction

I'm already out of billion dollar perfect bracket challenge. To be honest, I'm not feeling the whole NCAA basketball tournament as much as I have in past years. But, I suppose it's still good, clean fun, right?

To keep it interesting --- here are my Final Four:

1.) Syracuse
2.) Arizona
3.) Duke
4.) Michigan State

'Cuse wins it all.

Who do you have?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

First Guest Post I hope!

I just wrote a piece for the folks over at Blog Brigade/Military OneSource.

I hope it gets picked up, we'll see!

Feels good to be writing again! More to follow!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

RIP... RIP Ammo

You've heard about this new RIP Ammo, right?

So, it's generated a ton of buzz on the web over the past two weeks. I know I got a bunch of emails about it. The funny thing is, everybody was giddy about it but nobody had ever fired a single round.

Now, there are not one but two at least somewhat critical reviews of this stuff.

In the first video Shooting the Bull shows how this stuff isn't much different than a round of .22lr. Yep, the "wussy" handgun caliber most of us make fun of and say we'd never carry for self-defense.

In the second, Richard Ryan shows petals breaking off and some of the issues this stuff has with drywall.

I think this stuff is a joke and I won't shoot it.

Maybe I'm too "old school" to not drool when I hear about something as gimmicky as this. Their marketing plan was ridiculous and over-zealous. It made gun owners seem like a bunch of blood thirsty pricks, which we (mostly) are not.

The second thing that bothers me is when we jump on something that isn't based on proven results or science at all.

The gun community was all about it. The mainstream media was all about it (for better or worse). Heck, even Esquire wrote about RIP Ammo... and how stupid it made gun owners look.

Come on guys (and gals), we're better than this.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Resolutions

It's the time of the year for resolutions, getting better, improvement and all that jazz.

So who is ready for another year to go down the drain with no action?

(Quit pointing at me).

Thanks for the cartoon.

In no particular order, here are my 2014 resolutions:

1.) Start reading more and watching television less.
I just get annoyed when I watch television. It doesn't matter if it's sit-coms or cable news. It stresses me out, makes me mad and doesn't serve any real purpose. At least reading I can try to make myself a more intelligent person.

2.) Take One Day a Weekend for Fun
The past year I've spent a lot of my free time doing things that were chores. We painted the house, remodeled two bathrooms, and spent a ton of money on things that were investments in the future. It's draining. I'd like to spend more time at the gym and the shooting range. Speaking of which, I was asked to contribute to this piece on what handgun caliber is best and I totally dropped the ball but I'm glad to see some great shooters mentioned in it. Next year, no more dropping the ball on stuff that matters --- I'm a little jealous I didn't get my thoughts submitted in time!

3.) Focus. Focus. Focus.
As much as I try to keep busy, I need to focus more and start knocking things out systematically. There is a ton I could get done in a day if I would start using all my brainpower at once on a given task. I haven't done a good job of prioritizing over the past year and that's got to change!

So, do you do the whole resolution thing or not? Anything you want to share? Want to be accountability-buddies? (Just kidding, I hate that stuff).

Welcome to 2014, I hope it's a great one for you!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Obamacare Grilled on... Comedy Central?

Jon Stewart is good at what he does.

I can admit that.

Even if I do find myself disagreeing with a lot of what he says... preaches... etc.

Last night was pretty good.

If you haven't seen Kathleen Sebelius on his show, you missed a pretty entertaining 7 minutes.

It was epic. Pure gold.

Stewart seemed agitated by the fact that companies could delay Obamacare if they wanted while individuals cannot. Seems the large companies hold the power in this country... :)

Worth watching - I'd skip to about the 3-minutes remaining mark if you're pressed for time.

"Let me ask you this. Am I a stupid man?" - Jon Stewart
October 7th show on Comedy Central