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May. 30th, 2015

No. The Law Does Not Protect Women From Men Being Assholes

I can't believe I have to explain why I didn't call the cops in this situation.

The truth is there is no law against a guy saying things in public that make a woman uncomfortable.

Yes, asking a woman loudly if she wants him is shitty. Yes, asking her why she doesn't want him is shitty. Yes, asking her if it is because you are black is shitty.

But, being an asshole isn't against the  law.  You can cat call, say things like that, and generally do a lot of shit that will make a woman scared but still not be breaking the law. And you can't call up the cops and say "this guy isn't breaking the law but he's being shitty, please send someone out."

That's not the way the world works. And if men (I notice it is mostly men who seem confused by this) don't understand that, then maybe you don't understand just how scary the world can be for women.

May. 29th, 2015

Praise Abort - The Most Over The Top Death Metal Video I've Ever Seen

It is unbelievable.

May. 28th, 2015

Mr. Wayne - Perhaps The Dude Abides?

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May. 27th, 2015

When You Can't Stop Sexual Bullshit

On Monday I went to the beach.

When I got to the bus stop to come home there were about 16 giant young men who had clearly been drinking all day. But, they were nice to me.

"Sir," one of them said "You can get on in front of us. We are pissed!"

It turned out that they were a Dutch rugby team in town for something called a friendly - and they were friendly.

On the bus to the  tram stop they were very nice to me and asked tourist questions.

They were cool enough where I messaged a female friend of mine who likes rugby boys that she would have been having a good time if she was with me.

After the bus we moved on to the tram. And the rugby boys remained amusing taking turns doing push ups.

Again, I sent a message to my female friend saying she would be having a great time.

Then, things changed.

One of the guys went up to a young woman and asked her if she spoke French. She made it clear she was American and spoke English.

At that point the guy said "Do you want me?"

She said "No"

He said "Why don't you wan't me?"

She was dead silent.

He said "You can not want me, but you have to tell me why you don't want me."

She was dead silent.

"Is it because I'm black, bitch," he said. "Do you think I'm not good enough because I'm black? Why the fuck don't you want me?!

She was dead silent.

"You are a racist bitch," he then said.

At that point the tram pulled up to the stop the rugby players needed to be. They all got off.

And you could feel the entire tram breath a sigh of relief.

I think everyone on that tram wished we had done something.

But the truth is the guy  had 15 giant friends who were not stopping it. I'm happy to punch one asshole in the face - but if he has 15 friends I know that I'm not going to do any good. And I bet everyone on that tram felt the same way.

What makes me feel even worse though is that I bet most of the people on that Dutch rugby team also thought the guy was being an ass. But because he was a member of their team thought it was better to look the other way.

And what makes it really awful is that all those guys seemed so fucking nice.

Mr. Wayne There Is No Way I'll Let You Go To That Wedding

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May. 26th, 2015

Sometimes I Get Into A Headspace Where I Need To Play This Four Or Five Times In A Row

Anyone else out there have a song that just makes them feel safe if they play it a bunch of times?

May. 24th, 2015

Willow Looks As Good In Her 40s As She Did In Her 20s

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May. 23rd, 2015

Observations Of A Late Smartphone Adopter

So, after years of putting it off, I finally got a smart phone last week. A Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. My initial observations after four days of ownership.

1. People told me this was a mid range and "slow" model. Honestly it seems lightning fast to me. I think it's all relative. I was used to using my Nintendo 3DS to check email and Facebook. Since this is a million times faster than that, it feels like lightning to me. If I was already used to fast things I might feel differently.

2. It took me over five hours to figure out how it works. Now that I understand it it is really easy to use. But if you dont' know much about smartphones at first it's a real pain and it explains  nothing. For example it took me seven tries to answer a phone call because when Big Green Button came up I pressed it instead of sliding it. There is nothing to indicate you should slide instead of press and logic would suggest you push buttons not slide them. Same with many things (a lightning bold indicates you want to use the flash) that are easy once you've seen a YouTube video or asked someone, but  not so much on their own. Would it be that hard to have little suggestion icons (that you could eventually turn off) built into the OS?

3. Same goes for getting apps. Why not have a button that reads "Get Apps" rather than "Play Store."  It never occured to me to click that button because I assumed that was just games and if I want to play games while I'm out and about I have a ton on my 3DS.

4. Snapchat will not let you use killallwhitepeople666 as a password but will allow diewhiteydie666 as a password. This led me to find out that the domain OnlyBlacksShouldSurvive.com is available.

5. If you buy a mid range phone like this your odds of finding a cool case for it are low. I went to a bunch of case shops and they had awesome cases for what seemed like everything but when I said "Galaxy Grand Prime" was generally shown about three cases nearly all of them unattractive. I settled on a fake black leather one, because it was the least "I Am An Accountant On Vacation" looking.

6. I turned on the thing in the keyboard that lets it keep track of what I type so it can more easily figure out what I'm trying to type and give better suggestions. It now suggests killallwhitepeople666 if I type in the letter "K." So, I guess that means it's working, but that could also lead to a really bad typo to clients.

7. Yes it is addictive. I am now one of those people.

May. 21st, 2015

Hedgehog Took A Picture Of Me Showing What I'm Really Like Trying To Figure Out Smartphones

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Trying Out The "Selfie" Camera On My New Phone

Just to see how it works.

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