Archive August 2012

A quick conversation with a Republican.

For the record, I have no political affiliation. I’ve always thought it best to choose based on an individual’s merits without worrying about which party is which.

Just out of sheer curiosity, I’ve been poking around all over the place just to see what the diverging viewpoints truly are. When you get a Republican and a Democrat in a room together, they just jump at each others’ throats and any insightful information falls to the wayside.

So I’ve been asking questions. I’ve been asking A LOT of questions. Some of it is quiet googling, and some of it is actually asking questions to people I know.

For starters, it turns out the majority of my friends are Libertarian. I had no idea. Sure some are very VERY vocal about it, yet others are just quiet and don’t bother mentioning unless someone (like, for example, me) actually asks them about it.

In my social circle, Republicans are always painted out as bad guys. I’ve never had a preference one way or the other, but I realize it has actually colored my view of them nonetheless.

So, without judging or inciting an argument, I pulled my father-in-law (the most die-hard Republican you will ever meet) aside and picked his brain.

Turns out, Republicans believe in small government and individual freedoms. They don’t want a police state (does anyone?), they don’t want government to keep helping corporations stay afloat, and they don’t believe in giving up personal freedoms for the sake of security. Yes, they also seem to believe in guns, hate homosexuals (or, in some cases, not dislike them, but believe it’s a disease that should be treated instead of embraced), and want to keep this country more in line with the values it was founded on — women at home, men at work, no children out of wedlock, etc, etc, also known as “traditional values.” While I may not agree with everything they have to say, it surprises me how much of their worldview is the exact opposite of what I thought.

So my goal was to get a POV from a Republican and line it up against a POV from a Democrat. The humorous thing was that I don’t seem to actually /know/ any Democrats.

So, I open the floor to the internet. WITHOUT ATTACKING OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES OR INDIVIDUALS, please tell me in your own words how you view your party and its goals. I’d prefer to hear from some Democrats since they’re the only majority party I haven’t had a personal conversation with yet, although anyone from a smaller party I haven’t touched at all yet can feel free to chime in as well.


Goodbye again, Hulu Plus.

To be fair, Hulu Plus is not advertised as a commercial-free experience. The thing is, they don’t point out the fact that ads exist in the paid version, either. I think many other potential customers are in the same boat as I, assuming that the service was intended to be competitive with similar services.

I’d much rather pay a few extra dollars a month for commercial-free programming than pay $1 less than Netflix but have to sit through dozens of commercials every hour of viewing.

Hopefully they consider changing their business model to get profit from their customer base instead of advertisers. Maybe even test it out, give us a choice, the current price + commercials or a higher price with no commercials.. who knows, we’ll see.

I’ve kept my eye on Hulu since it was in its infancy, as I see a lot of potential here; nonetheless, you still will not get a cent out of me until/unless I can get a commercial-free service, otherwise I’ll just stick to the limitation of only watching on the computer, and using similar services for whatever I can’t get here.

In any case, it was fun getting another Hulu Plus trial considering it’s been a few years since my last one.

Well, that was annoying.

I have a PS3 fat.

I have a mybook live 1TB.

I cannot use the PS3 Backup Utility to backup all my saved games from the PS3 to the MyBook. I have formatting the hdd as FAT32 (as required by Sony’s backup system, meh), but no. The backup still fails. I have tried both partitioning the MyBook as well as just formatting the entire drive as FAT32. It still fails. The drive is good, no disk errors when scanned with any disc checking software (on linux, windows, OR macos — hey, i’m thorough.. that PS3 also has backups of all my PSone, PS2, and PSP saves!)

Apparently I’m not the only person with this problem, as the PS3 is notoriously picky in what kind of drives it will allow you to use the backup utility with.

Just leaving this tidbit here in case anyone else has a MyBook and would prefer to avoid the headache. Just manually backup save files to a flash drive. Sure, you lose Demons’ Souls saves and a few other small things, but really, it’s not worth buying an external hdd JUST for a PS3 backup.

Thankfully the process of manually copying all my saves got everything I needed for my purposes, in less than 10 minutes, so after I hit the publish button, this is a worry for past me. <3