Archive for February, 2018

Another day, another violent attack in America. The next day, people are protesting the NRA. Typical mindset when there’s a shooting.  I almost refrained from talking about this subject because it’s typical when something like this happens because it seems the argument again is more gun control or the banning of firearms in general.

At least some people are taking the advice of better mental healthcare. Which, needs to happen in schools. It starts with the kids and if we are to stop these violent attacks we need to start with the new generation of society. Additionally I think for gun owners and people who buy guns need to have regular visits with the shrink because well.. It seems if we are going to continue selling guns on the market and if we are to prevent shootings we need to find out why these people are violent in the first place. That may piss off some if not many gun owners but if they want to keep their guns, this might be the best way. I mean unless they got a better idea that doesn’t include arming teachers and students with guns.

Of course better security measures should be in place and 19 year olds shouldn’t have access to guns in the first place but when responsible gun owners are being targeted as a gun addict or whatever we need to come up with ways to prevent these killings.

Its amazing how people are so quick to blame the gun for this tragedy. It’s like the gun walked into the school and started shooting people. Or the gun possessed the guy and made him shoot people. But what’s to stop psychopaths from using a bomb or a knife?

While guns are easy to murder a whole lot of people and by design it’s a weapon for murder, however the original intention is and should be for defense. When you live out in the forest somewhere where their are dangerous animals, weapon of choice is a gun. Even an automatic weapon is much better as some animals may be bold in attacking despite being shot at. Not entirely sure that is the case and may be overkill. However most of the time automatic weapons are only told as a weapon of murder in the news.

If school massacres only had knife attacks I wonder what would people say about that. What would they do? Would they make people register the knife? Would they try to ban them? While you wouldn’t bring a knife to a gunfight, in some cases knife attacks can be just as deadly as a shooting.  Knife attack in China

So while people are protesting the NRA a psychopath is planning his next move. Whether by a car, knife or a bomb it doesn’t need to be a gun to commit mass murder.

Bottom line is America and even in other countries mental health help is extremely poor. In fact mental illness is encouraged. When you have males acting as if they were women and people have tide pod eating contests we really need to evaluate our mental health facilities and resources. As I said it should be mandatory for kids to be checked out for their mental health like they get checked for physical health.

With more research it might be easier to figure out why people kill other people. Then again when we have wars with other countries it’s really not hard to figure out why people are with murderous intent and why guns are the choice of these murderers.




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As the news has been saying, Best Buy will stop CD sales as digital music continues to take over Target might not be far behind.

At first I was thinking that who has bought a CD from Best Buy or Target lately? I myself primarily use Amazon as albums often times have many editions and Best Buy doesn’t always carry what you want, so it’s not a huge loss if Best Buy or Target stops carrying CDs.

However recently it seems that music CDs are becoming more difficult to find, at least the edition of album you are looking for. I prefer to buy albums in its entirety.  Most of the time the bonus tracks are worth to take the extra time to look for. However the special edition of Dark Tranquillity’s Fiction. Others are more difficult to find even though the artist is still around and you are forced to gamble on a used copy.

So CDs are quickly on its way to becoming shorthanded. It’s really a shame considering digital media is of lesser quality. Mp3s do not cut it. Sure it’s very close but for me very close does not work. Many audiophiles agree that Mp3s are inferior. Surely formats like Flac and Wav are lossless like CDs but it gets rough when you have more than 300 albums. You need around 300GB and last I checked mobile storage memory is expensive, more space means more $$$. It’s cheaper to buy audio CDs at this point. Even though Mp3s may be more conservative with taking up space, it averages around 150mb while Flac can take up more than 300mb. And like I said mp3s are almost CD quality. Like 90% or more. Wma or Windows media format, you can cram more audio in without the loss of sound. However with mp3 quality at around 90% converting mp3 to Wma won’t help the sound quality any and will drop under 80% and you’ll notice a change. I’m not picky on digital media sound much but if I hear a decline on sound quality it becomes irritating. So I’d prefer to use audio CDs and rip them to Wma and I can keep most albums under 40mb without any noticeable quality loss, at least for me. It doesn’t always work though and have to increase the bite rate conversion.

My guess though, I think most people will not take the time or energy to upload their CD collection onto the computer. I don’t even think they use or even seen an actual computer. A laptop PC maybe and this is very apparent to the younger generation. Don’t get me wrong it’s great that these people are willing to help save the planet of ridding ourselves of needless plastic, needless things that clutter up space. In fact if a lossless quality sound, digital memory wasn’t an issue and a 3D image of a CD album for the artwork was possible id be all for abandoning the plastic mess. But Mp3s are lossy and unfortunately record companies didn’t think ahead, however people sometimes move faster than technology and monetary income can keep up.

To be fair I had more music interest than money so I had downloaded music illegally without purchasing the album if I liked the album and this is now the result, music cds are at risk of becoming an artifact and only seen in a museum. But since I’ve gained income, I am now playing catch up.

For now CDs are still the superior music format. If you are a fan of music and care enough about music quality, it’s time to abandon mp3s and keep buying CDs. Vinyl made a comeback, which doesn’t really do good for CD sales. Vinyl are even bigger, thinner but I don’t need anything that big.

And I hate to say this but if CDs go away, maybe it’s time to hang it up and stop discovering new music, even if it’s a favorite bands new album. It wouldn’t be good.

Sadly DVD and Blu Ray may receive the same fate.

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