Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Computer: HP G62 Laptop


I had been looking to get a new laptop for the past few months and finally I found one, the HP G62 234DX.  It is a mid-range laptop that I got for $499 at Best Buy. The story of how I got it is worth telling.  So a few months back I found this laptop advertised online, but it was out of stock.  I figured I would wait a few days until it got back in stock.  The next thing I know, the model is removed from the website and there is no trace of it.  I search for information in it online, but there is very little out there.  So I decide to hold off on getting a laptop because there are no other models that I wanted.

Then about a week ago, I check Best Buy online and the computer is back for the price of $499.  This is a great deal for the specs that it comes with.  I notice that it is not available to purchase online, but you can reserve it in stores.  Then I see that it is sold out in most of the local stores.  I manage to find availability at one of the stores not too far away so I add it to the cart and buy it.  It was ready for pick up the next morning.

A day after I go to check it out online again at the Best Buy website, and to my surprise, the price had jumped $200 to $699!  I am so glad I was able to get it at the $499 price. So far I have been pretty happy with the laptop.  You can check out my full detailed review of the laptop here: http://hubpages.com/hub/HP-G62-234DX-Laptop-Review

Monday, August 9, 2010

Our Habit of Putting Ice in Beverages and Refilling Water

Why is it that whenever your go to a restaurant, they put ice in your beverage?  Is it to keep it cold?  The beverage is already refrigerated and cold ahead of time so why does it need ice?  The ice just dilutes the taste and makes it watery.  Do restaurants fill the glasses with ice so they don't have to give you so much of the beverage?  This doesn't seem to make sense either because ice itself has a cost either by making it or buying it.  Also most places will give you free refills on drinks so that cancels out that theory.  Do people really need their beverages to be ice cold?  I for one prefer beverages without ice and I think we need to start getting out of the habit of putting ice in everything when it is unnecessary.

On a related topic, when you are at restaurants and you have your standard glass of water, some places have servers going around with a pitcher of water constantly trying to refill your glass.  Were talking about glasses that have maybe 24 ounces, plenty of water for 1 meal, yet they have people going around trying to refill these, without asking mind you.  One glass of water is enough.  I don't need it to be full throughout the entire meal so that at the end of the meal I am left with a full glass of water.  If people need a refill on water, they can ask for it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Make Tiny Changes to Earth

Frightened Rabbit - "Head Rolls Off".  This is not a new song, but it was one I found a while back that I liked.  Have a listen. 

Friday, August 6, 2010

Everyone Should Contribute to Society

After having about 10 weeks off of work for summer vacation, it's about that time to get back to work.  The thought of going back to work is kind of depressing.  I think how nice it would be to never have to work and to just sit around and do whatever I want whenever I want.  The only way this could happen is if you were rich and didn't need to work.  This got me thinking about something.  What would happen if everyone was rich?

At first you think, well everyone would be happy and they could buy whatever they want.  But then after a minute, you realize, if everyone was rich, no one would work, and if no one worked, nothing would get done.  No products would be manufactured, no services would be performed and quickly society would fall apart.  People would have money, but they wouldn't be able to buy things because there would be nothing left to buy.

So then I realize that it is not fair for rich people to not work and not contribute to society.  If you are rich from an early age and you don't work or contribute to society either through charity or donation, I feel you are not really doing your part.  Everyone should contribute to make the world run either by work, or service of some nature.

Back to thinking about going back to work.  I will try to think of it as not something I HAVE to do to earn money, but something I SHOULD do in order to do my part and contribute to society.  This might improve morale overall if everyone thought this way.

The Youtube Comment Generation

If you are a frequent visitor to Youtube, no doubt you have noticed the comments posted below each video.  While many of them are nice, you can't help but notice how many mean spirited, inappropriate, and nasty comments there are.  It seems like this has become almost standard and expected.  It's like Youtube comments are a place for people to say whatever they want even if they know they shouldn't.  I think even people who are nice in real life and would never say bad things to someone in person, often get sucked into this state of mind of posting offensive comments on Youtube videos. 

Should Youtube monitor the comments better and try to stop it?  I don't think they can because there are so many comments.  I think for now people have to expect that this is the culture on Youtube right now and if you are going to post videos, expect to get some not so nice comments.  Also I think people have to not take comments so seriously, because most the time the comments are made just to get a rise out of people and try to start a flame war with the other commenters.  Those are just some thoughts on the Youtube culture.

FL Studio on Sale. Signature Bundle $251. All Plugins $44

 FL Studio music software is now on sale for some of the lowest prices I have ever seen.  You can now get the Signature Bundle which is the top of the line edition with extra plugins for only $251 with this 10% discount link.  You can also get the top vst plugins like Maximus and Sytrus for only $44 with the discount.  Normally they re $179!  If you have been thinking about buying this music software, there has never been a better time.

Learn more about how to buy FL Studio with this link. The article goes over where to buy FL Studio to get the best deal.  It also gives advice on which version of FL Studio to get.

You can also learn more about how to get FL Studio cheap from this article.  If you have never tried the program, but you are interested in making your own music, they have a demo you can download to try it out.  If you like the demo and decide to buy the full version of the program, use the discount links here to get the lowest price.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bring back the Jamie Kennedy Experiment

The Jamie Kennedy Experiment was a hidden camera show that has 3 seasons during the early 2000's.  This was one of the funniest shows on tv.  I have all 3 seasons on DVD and they are great.  Apparently the network canceled it after 3 seasons due to low ratings.  Jamie, if you are listening, please make more JKX!  Just look at all the positive comments about it on Youtube.  Here are some of my favorite clips from the show:





Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Society's Image Portrayed by the Media

Is the media making us feel bad about ourselves?  Specifically the shows we see on tv.  Whether it is dramas, commercials, or reality shows, the people chosen to be on these shows are all beautiful.  Take the show "The Bachelor" for example.  You have one beautiful lady who goes out on dates with a bunch of good looking guys.  All these guys look the same with their chiseled features, perfect hair, and muscles.  I understand that they pick these guys on their looks so people will watch the show, but this is not reality.  Normal everyday people don't look like that.

This is something we know, but when you watch a lot of tv and you see that everyone is good looking, you begin to think that real life is like that.  Then you see yourself in the mirror and you don't look as good as the people on tv and it makes you feel bad.  We need to start getting some more real people in the media and on tv.  People that don't look perfect.  We need people on tv who are admired by what they do and who they are, not what they look like.

I think the media has caused us to be overly judgmental of people also.  There are so many competition shows where contestants are judged on who is the best. This makes us as viewer get into the same habit of always judging people.  While judging people is something most people do naturally, it is not always a good thing and many times judgments end up being wrong.

I say these things about how the media should change, but I still love watching tv.  I watch the reality shows and the competition shows and I enjoy them.  Would I still watch them if the people on there were not pretty?  I think so.  Sure it is nice to see good looking people, but they do not represent reality.  I think people would actually connect more with people who are more like every day people.  Overall the media needs to stop portraying in inaccurate image of reality and start showcasing real people doing real good.