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Its been a while since i written a post, since i only have internet on my phone i haven’t been in a writing mood. Call me old fashioned but i prefer writing using a keyboard and mouse. Smartphones are great but the keyboard is too small and flimsy so i don’t really do much. I might try to transfer a topic i could write from my PC to my phone but it would require me moving a SD card back and forth.

But thats not the topic at hand here. Reading some posts on Facebook on EV or electric vehicles has got my attention, particularly the ones that say there will be 2/3rd of all cars will be electric by 2025. Now before i continue, EVs are not a bad thing. Its a great alternative for those who can’t be bothered with gas cars and in the long haul could save you a bit of money if circumstances work in your favor. They certainly will save you trips to the mechanic.

Some of this information may be inaccurate so don’t get angry if i said something completely wrong.

But anytime i hear of EVs replacing gas cars, you can hear an audible groan. For very obvious reasons which i will list below.

1. Charging takes too long. It has been easy and quick to refuel a combustion engine car, you are at the gas station and it takes as little as 5 minutes to fill up a tank with gas. However even with fancy quick charging EVs it’ll take at least half an hour. Not good for those who forgot to charge their car earlier. People will forget. I forget that i need gas in my car and while usually its not bad where im driving on empty others do.

With gas cars you drive to the gas station to fill up. You don’t fill it up at home or work so to recharge your car, it would take having to remember each day to plug it in. Some people say, you can charge these cars overnight but it takes remembering to do this. And some people will not ever have access to a charging outlet for that they park on the street or in an apt complex. Sure there might be someway to add outlets throughout where people park but it would have to be waterproof, not to mention this creates additional hazards when dangerous weather conditions cause damage to the area. So for many this really isn’t an option and people will opt to continue using gas cars.

2. Batteries are quite unreliable. For the most part anyways batteries are unpredictable and while if constructed well, batteries can last a lot longer, however investing in a vehicle can be a gamble sometimes with the increasing recalls and other defects car manufactures are plagued with its easily concieved that you would be lucky to get 10 years out of an EV battery. Most people junk their gas car when the engine or transmisson goes dead but in many cases, well maintained cars will last 20+ years before that happens but ive seen many cars get junked within 10 years. The warranty is up and the car was most likely badly maintained to begin with. While people claim they are getting 200,000 miles or over 10 years out of their EV battery. Either they are trying to decieve people in the name of getting off gas or they are just lucky, as generally its new technology and car companies are trying really hard at making these cars recall proof but even Tesla had a few problems with their power steering and possibly othet defects.

The other problem is heat. No battery can really survive under extreme heat and particularly areas where excessive heat lingers, makes it really difficult to believe you could get 10 years out of one of these EV cars before having to junk it due to the battery wearing out and no matter what they will wear out. If one cell dies in an EV battery, the whole car may not function as intended. Even if you could repair the damaged cell, it could get as costly as a gas engine rebuild. Over $1,500 and there is no guarantee that the battery will be good as new. At that point you may have to consider replacing a $3,000+ battery for a new one or to junk the car, which would increase waste as junked cars often sit in the junkyard for years deteriorating before a costly recycling process.

3.  If 2/3rd of vehicles on the road were electric, it would put tremendous strain on the electric grid.  We already have a high demand of electricity and while the cost currently is better than the insane gas prices that could change in a matter of years if we were to switch to EVs. In order for electric companies to meet these demands they would have to update the grid and more than likely would increase electric costs as a result. Its already a fragile setup as high energy demands during peak Air Conditioner usage, which is why its encouraged to only use the AC as little and and as low as possible. Otherwise if cost and electricity usage wasn’t a factor people like me would run the AC at 60F all summer. But instead so i can save money and the strain on the electric grid i keep it around 78F.

4. Mechanics loose, manufacturing loss and many jobs will be lost crippling the economy.  I don’t like visiting the mechanic as much as the next person, but in order to keep the economy running we need to give some money to others and while im not particularly fond of this way of thinking, i certainly would love to keep my job, my hours and while im only 38, i got to think of retirement. And i would like to retire sometime after 55 years. So i would like for the economy to thrive.

With EVs there are fewer engine comoonents but buying a gas engine will keep the mechanics working. Its planned obsolescence and a waste of resources but many people like myself are confined to one area to work. I am too tired to relearn a job and currently retail is a dying breed of jobs. So if you like the way the economy is, keep using gas cars.

5. Hydrogen cars are most likely a better bet. While true hydrogen cars are fully electric from little research, you could easily convert a gas car to hydrogen based and it may give mechanics a business boost for a short time. Maybe they will consider working on your broken down car a bit more (but the honest ones will most likely tell you to buy a new one if necessary). Hydrogen is basically water so instead of gas in the tank you can use water. In its hydrogen state however i don’t believe it can be stored for very long which is most likely why hydrogen cars never made it to use.

I think the oil companies wanted to have hydrogen at the ready instead of you refueling your car with a garden hose. So until our greedy friends finds a way to keep hydrogen or some other combustible source of energy, EVs are a stopgap.  The car industry loves this because they are hoping to kill most gas cars forcing people to buy EVs and then when another energy vehicle comes to fruition EVs will be obsolete so it would take more to convert.

Unfortunately this disposable way of thinking isn’t good for our future. By any means most cars should see 40+ years on the road but the average is 11 years making cars one of the biggest resource waste on this planet.  Recycling should only be necessary when the item is no longer sustainable.

EVs are not a bad thing and its good to reduce the dependance of oil however its trading one problem for another and creates new problems. While you can add smart meters to your home so you can monitor electric usage in real time and determine for yourself whether an electric car is right for you i can’t recommend buying an EV based on so many unknowns. The economy being a big factor, there really is not many options. As a hard worker in auto part manufacturing i don’t want to loose my hours or job,  because i have nowhere else to turn to. Im sure many mechanics agree. Im too tired to figure out another job field as i haven’t been in my current position for very long and it took a lot out of me to learn what i know now. Being in retail for 18 years took more life out of me than you can imagine. Mentally i feel like im 60 years old.. i can’t loose what i have gained recently and the million or so gas vehicles makes it possible for me to have a job i love so much and is sustainable for my future.

So consider this before buying an EV what impact it could have on the economy. But if you are looking for a job in auto mechanics or production, its wise to consider another field, especially if you are young. If possible take a few professions so you have a better future for yourself.

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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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Kathy Griffin has quickly found out how doing something very wrong has some pretty pricey consequences. Please note, this is not a post to harass anyone, including Kathy Griffin. So don’t come on my blog saying i’m being mean or whatever.

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Kathy Griffin apologizes for photo shoot with bloodied Trump mask, says she ‘went too far’

After seeing that photo, it took me a bit to figure out what she has done reading some of the articles and needless to say what Kathy has done was unacceptable. To find this funny you have to be some kind of sick individual to begin with. Shortly after she posted these photos, a whole bunch of people were furious and she knew right away that what she did was wrong, immediately apologized and begged for forgiveness. However, if you are creating a life like head of someone, bloody it, then post it like a barbarian you already know what you are doing. And she thought this was a joke? It seems to me she was pretty serious about wanting Donald Trump dead. Using her comedy routine to vent frustration over Trump being president isn’t exactly the best thing.

Then this happened, Barron Trump Thought Kathy Griffin’s Beheaded Trump Image Was His Dad

Trump family sources tell us Barron was in front of the TV watching a show when the news came on and he saw the bloody, beheaded image. We’re told he panicked and screamed, “Mommy, Mommy!”

As it was put to us, “He’s 11. He doesn’t know who Kathy Griffin is and the head she was holding resembled his dad.”

Melania called out Kathy, saying what she did was disturbing, wrong and “makes you wonder about [her] mental health.”

Could you imagine a kid, having to go through the possibility of one of your parents being dead, murdered no less. Some people also believe Barron is autistic although i couldn’t find any concrete evidence of that.  Trump Family Has ‘Made It Very Clear’ What They Think of Kathy Griffin

If that’s not enough..  ‘He broke me’: A defiant, tearful Kathy Griffin slams attacks by Trump and his family

“I’m not good at being appropriate,” she said. “I’m only good at doing comedy one way. It’s in your face. I’m going to make fun of the president. And I’m going to do it more now.” 

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Kathy Griffin loses remainder of her tour gigs in wake of Donald Trump severed head scandal after dramatic press conference

Here is the full Kathy Griffin press conference,

After watching the video, she does seem sincere in her apology but at the same time she has some kind of mental illness. Many people won’t forgive her for her misdeeds and that is a big problem in this world today. Not to mention there is a whole lot of hate going around, Kathy and Trump are both catalysts for hate. The masses just follows, it’s basically “hate spreads like wildfire”.

As a Christian, we follow the mindset of forgiving people for their misdeeds, even if they do something really awful such as what Kathy Griffin did. At the same time, we must learn from our mistakes. Some people refuse to learn from their mistakes, such as the transgender activism. They often blame others for their own actions and instead of saying “ok, well people feel really strongly about being against transgender people so we need to talk to the doctor and find another form of treatment besides transitioning” they say and continue to say “your a bigot, you are uneducated, i hope people like you become extinct like the dinosaurs” which again fuels hate and rage. We can’t have some sort of common ground and with the Kathy Griffin scenario, there is a lot of hate being spewed around.

We live in a Godless society where people are doing what they want and ignore the consequences of their actions or their actions affecting other people in a negative way. With the media, slamming Kathy Griffin.. constantly berating Donald Trump there is no way to really see things other than intense hatred. This leads to violence and war. As a Christian we are taught there is a heaven and hell and when we die, we go to the one that we are judged with. What we do in this life will matter in the next. However, today we are living in between heaven and hell, to some it’s heaven, other’s it’s hell. Do we create a heaven here on earth or do we let it fall into the depths of hell? What we do matters!

(sorry for the potato video quality)

I like using the media for showing what i am talking about and what music or tv show can relate to. Shows like NCIS, The Walking Dead, Star Trek has a lot of different lessons.

But some haven’t learned them (i read recently about how people don’t need to respect robots)

The idea that Data is a sentient being is pretty complex. In reality we should be respecting all life, but to some it isn’t possible. They lack the spiritual guidance and chances are they think they are God. Star Trek Voyager revisits this with the Doctor, a hologram that clearly has shown he is a sentient being. Some people may have a saying “Ghost in the Machine”, well there’s a lot we don’t know about energy, about our souls. God created us in his image and i guess we are creating in his image as well.

Here are the songs (yes it’s death metal lol) that reflect the problems society has. If you don’t like the music, you can click on the lyrics. People will interpret the lyrics in different ways. I also added the lyrics to “Pitch Black Progress” by Scar Symmetry because it bears posting on the main page. So you can skip down if you’d like. On the surface the song is mostly towards consumerism, but at the same time it speaks to how our society functions. People don’t think for themselves, if one person sees another doing something, they’ll do the same thing no matter how crazy, stupid or insane it might be. It’s relevant to what this article is about, but at the same time, this article is only scratching the surface. “Pitch Black Progress” speaks to our very existence, what we are doing here with our time on earth. It is very limited and often times we’re on a one track mind. There is so much more to life than to work, watch tv, drink or to hang out, but we limit ourselves. We are caught up in this place called life rushing around to our next job that we don’t think about what we are doing.

(lyrics for After Life is at the bottom of the page)

(If you like this song, check out the rest of their album)

(Pure: DarkLyrics)

(Dead Harvest: DarkLyrics)

(Seven Are The Sins: DarkLyrics)

(Into Shadow: DarkLyrics)

(Pitch Black Progress: DarkLyrics)

Pitch Black Progress

This landscape mechanical
Well-oiled black machinery
Bio-driven computers
Programmed for slave labor

For slave labor!

Structure made in urban design
Kills the evolution of the mind
Marching on a dead end path
With misplaced concentration

It’s a pitch-black progress
It’s a dead end process
It’s a pitch-black progress
No more, no less

Digital temples monitor the population
Supplying the masses with what they see fit
Programming digital dreams for the consumers
A zombie nation devoid of improvisation

[Solo: J. Kjellgren]

Electro-hypnotic messages
Downloaded directly to the brain
Endless chanting subliminal
Hammers down the-will to resist
Progressing into a pitch black future
Leaving behind an analogue past
Promoting all of their new ways
Whatever the cost may be

[Solo: P. Nilsson]

It’s a pitch-black progress
It’s a dead end process
It’s a pitch-black progress
No more, no less

Introducing a pitch-black approach
Taste the horns of the future
Swallow the sulphur of the new order
To resist is to non-exist

I could list more songs but i think this may overload someone’s phone or something lol.

Last but not least here is the lyrics to “Break The Silence” by After Life. The song is about animal abuse but look a little deeper…

Each and every life

On earth has as much right
To be here as you and me
There isn’t a right way
To kill someone who doesn’t want
To die!

People don’t
want to hear
The truth about themselves
Closed and ignorant
We are totally blind

Without compassion
And respect for innocents
Our souls end up in Hell
Indifferent

Time to live thinking about
The struggles of survivors
To make a world free of your lies
Paradise?

Break the silence
We can see our Paradise?
Break the silence
Can we name it a Paradise?
I am the Voice of Voiceless
And i’ll say loudly that isn’t said
I am the Voice of Voiceless
A Voice to scream that isn’t said
End of endless lies…
Blinded innocence

Freedom, justice for them
Too many murders on our hands
Broken inside, acts of violence
Prayer, for a future
Free of cruelty and cowardice

Equality
We must not forget that hopeful world
Unforgiven
Mistakes of the past, to break the silence…

It’s really up to society to determine the path to take. Our world needs a ton of prayers.

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How can i put this oh so delicately? Windows 8 sucks! It sucks so much that i can’t even see any good in this OS. You lose the start menu, have to download Windows Media Center (to even get dvd playback) you lose some of Aero features and it’s all for the sake of the new UI. It’s crap! Total crap! I don’t care about modern apps, even on my cellphone i don’t mess around with too many apps on there and i wouldn’t pay a penny for one! So why in God’s name did Microsoft unleash this hellish catastrophe? It doesn’t make me wanna go out and buy a touch screen for my desktop and i have little need for portable devices like a tablet. Even then i have a laptop that i use when i go out somewhere, it still doesn’t encourage me to buy anything new. The hybrid laptop/tablets look interesting but it’s mostly Windows 8. I just hate the UI that much, my Android phone looks better than 8. I wouldn’t touch WIndows 8 with a stick or a bullet proof vest. I don’t know whether Microsoft will rectify this with Windows 9 but i’ll be most likely primarily use Linux by then. I don’t ever plan on getting any new MS OS’s long as the metro stupid interface stays in Windows.

 

But that’s not even the worst part in Windows 8. There’s a good chunk of others who hate Windows 8 as much as i do and there are some who like it enough to get the start menu back and lock the OS to the desktop. I wasn’t sure how i felt about that because it’s still supporting a crap OS. Can’t look at the good in 8 because it’s so awful. The worst part in Windows 8 are those who lurk around on Amazon and those who think users should stop whining about the OS and deal with it “because it’s the future”. This ridiculous idea that Windows 8 is the future is laughable. Let alone that tablets and cellphones will replace desktops and possibly laptops. Not to mention some Windows 8 users don’t understand all the hate it’s getting. Either these users were living under a rock or that they are too busy using tablets and other touch screens to really care about something like the start menu or that they don’t really use the desktop for heavy lifting software. Sales might be high for Windows 8 but hardly anyone is using it or those that are using it has it locked down to the desktop. You’re in the minority if you actually think touch works on a desktop. However i am not taking the chance that MS will rectify all the mistakes they made with Windows 8 (for starters removing 7’s features) on WIndows 9. I already knew 8.1 wouldn’t be much better other then the bugs. They are too stubborn to give users a choice.

 

Overall i think that Windows 8 is just here because users are bored of the same old 20 year old desktop that they think needed to be improved. I don’t see anything wrong with Windows 7 it works great and it’s fast enough depending on your hardware and settings. I think some users are trying to make a point that Windows 7 doesn’t work as great as 8 just to see it flourish. However besides the sales, it’s doing worse than Vista and 8.1 won’t be any better. Either stick with Windows changes or move to Linux. MS will eventually have to create a proper Windows 7 kind of desktop (or an improved version of Windows 7) in order to stay on top otherwise they will lose the throne, which imo they already have lost it. It’s just taking users time to switch to Apple or Linux.

Also, if you’re interested in Linux try out Linux mint. It’s great and you won’t be disappointed. Windows 8 and it’s user base can keep their new UI change, those who don’t like it will be moving elsewhere.

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