The Apple iPad
I guess it is about time for me to weigh in on the recently announced Apple iPad Tablet. I would not be a blogger if I did not, right?
Previously on Worthless Genius, I talked about my misgivings for the then-upcoming Apple presentation, and the impact–or lack thereof–the announcements would make on my life. I used my oracular powers to divine that my life would not be changed in any significant way by the results of this presentation.
Was I correct in this assumption?
Recently, Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing held a community writing contest which focused on short “Spooky Stories”.
It’s been a long while since I’ve written something creative, so I thought I would make an attempt at this contest without regard for the prize. So, I set out and wrote this story in about 2 hours.
My wonderful wife also wrote a very exciting and subtle story for this contest. I think, for me at least, the knowledge that we were both working toward the same goal excited me, and made each keystroke that much more meaningful.
So, this past week was the due date, and I submitted both of our stories for the contest. Hit the jump to read my story, and feel free to leave comments.
Once again, it is that time. That time where I wait in line at the Wal-Mart pharmacy, only to find out that the prescription is not ready.
I’m not going to blame the Wal-Mart employees themselves, on the contrary, they work in an extremely flawed system. There are far too few employees, leading to long wait times and disgruntled consumers.
On top of all of this pharmacy business, we find the strange-but-true business practices of the Wal-Mart corporation as a whole. Little nagging ideas such as being a responsible part of a local economy.
What makes Wal-Mart a necessary evil?
I’ve been listening to two stellar podcasts lately: Planetary Radio and Are We Alone? Each time I listen to these shows, the scientist inside of me is rekindled, and I feel like society is taking a turn for the better because of the science happening on this planet and elsewhere in the universe.
After listening to Planetary Radio, I got to thinking (dangerous, I know) about what I am doing, and how it’s far from changing the world. I write this blog, work part-time as a web developer and write fiction in my spare time. Aside from being a father and a husband, is there anything that makes an impact on other people?
So here is the question: do you need to change the world in order to make a difference and stay happy?
Note: This is not meant to be a post about how the ESRB ratings system itself is worthless, rather that there is a giant portion missing from the concept: parental involvement.
I recently purchased The Sims 3 for my wife, and we had a short discussion about the opinions some parents had over the “sexual content” in the previous Sims games.
Though I’ve been involved in all kinds of gaming communities for M-rated games, I failed to understand how a parent could be outraged by such a small thing in a video game that they themselves bought for their children. It was only then that I realized that these parents were completely clueless about the games they were purchasing for their children, then had the gall (or stupidity) to be angry at the game companies for the content that the parents allowed their children to experience.