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Overzealous iphone

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I have been talking to a girl named Courtney and we have been trying for a couple of weeks to meet up but so far we haven’t been able to make that happen. Typically when responding to a text message with an iphone it will offer some suggestions to make texting faster and easier and the suggestions are usually generic. Recently I got a text from Courtney asking if I wanted to meet up downtown.  I looked at what my phone was suggesting what I should respond with and I saw: a winky face emoji, a smiley face emoji, and LOL!

At first i was shocked and was wondering how my phone knows that I am into her in that way. Is my phone reading our text messages? Which seems like an invasion of privacy. If my phone is able to read our text messages, is it thinking ‘I’ve seen your bad attempts at flirting on here, now let me take a shot at this’. Is my phone trying to be my wingman? If so, I am not totally oppose to it, but usually when you’re looking for dating advice you want to go to someone with more experience or more success in dating. My concern is if I were to use the iphone’s third suggestion of ‘LOL!,’ to her wanting to meet up, would send mixed signals.

I met up with Courtney and a couple of her friends downtown and had a good time.  I sent her a text the next day and as I was texting I started to notice some of the words that my phone was suggesting I say to her.  My phone wanted me to tell her that she looked stunning and that I love her.  I like my phone’s enthusiasm, but I feel like it needs to take it down a notch.  In the span of a day it went from wanting me to use poorly timed emojis and LOL!s, to wanting me to say I love you to someone I have known for a couple of weeks.  Definitely want to see Courtney again, but I am starting to think that if it doesn’t workout my phone might take it harder than me

If the iphone has the capability of being a wingman and can help guys out with relationships, then Apple should advertise this feature. Lonely and frustrated guys are overpaying for relationship coaches, and could seriously cut cost by simply getting an iphone.

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August 10, 2015 at 2:30 am

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GCPD

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I am getting a little bit older now and I have gone through many phases over the years but one thing that has remained relatively constant over the years is my love for Batman.  I may loose interest from time to time, but whether it’s through the TV show, comics, cartoons or movies; I always find myself coming back to Batman. One thing that I have always taken for granted but now strikes me as odd is how involved Commissioner Gordon is with every case.

When I think about high-ranking police officers like Captains and Commissioners I typically think of someone who works behind a desk and mostly does administrative work.  When they do take an interest in a case its usually to suspend the loose cannon detective for going to far, which result in said detective slamming their badge on his desk.  Albeit most of my knowledge of law enforcement comes from television and movies, so maybe it is perfectly natural for a police commissioner to be at every crime scene 

Its possible that some of the cops in Gotham see his constant presence at every crime scene and willingness to still do grunt police work as a morale booster, I also can’t help but to think that his presence might be a distraction.  It has to be hard for officers and detectives of the Gotham city police department to effectively do their jobs with their boss constantly looking over their shoulder.   Solving puzzles left behind by the Riddler are challenging enough on their own, but having to do it in front the Commissioner would add an unnecessary amount pressure.

I can’t help but to imagine that taking an interest in so many cases must distract him from his administrative duties, which after all is his job description.  I wonder how many important meetings Commissioner Gordon has skipped over the years because the Two-Face was out causing mischief.  Officers have to cringe every time a criminal, like the Joker for example, breaks out of Blackgate Prison or Arkham Asylum and goes on a murdering rampage as this will not only increase their work load but prevent the Commissioner from approving a new budget.

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February 15, 2014 at 3:08 am

I Don’t See The Appeal of Mad Men

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I am having a little trouble seeing the appeal of Mad Men. The show has been out for a while and won some awards, so I assumed based on its longevity and popularity that the show must be really good. A few months ago I decided to give chance and the first couple of episodes seemed kind of slow and dry so I convinced myself that it must pick up at some point and I gave it a couple more episodes. I watched episode after episode waiting for the good part to show up only to be disappointed when the good part never came.

It was weird how the show never really did pick up despite ample opportunities for the drama to build; only it seemed to dissolve before it ever went anywhere. Examples of disappointing drama include Don trying to get Pete fired but couldn’t because of how powerful Pete’s family was or Pete trying to black mail Don only to find out that no one cared about Don’s past.

Don Draper is clearly an anti-hero but if you put him next to other anti-heroes on television like Tony Soprano and Walter White, he quickly looks tame be comparison. When Don finds out that his girlfriend is in love with another man and simply walks away, I almost want to strip him of his anti-hero status. He comes across looking like one of one of the members of the Rat Pack that you have to Google after you name off Davis Jr, Sinatra, and Martin.

I will admit I enjoyed watching men on the show smoke and drink while occasionally sexually harassing the women in the office, basically doing all the things that made Don an anti-hero. Once I got past all that it felt like I was just watching people going to work. I suppose I should say don’t spoil any good parts after the first season, but if anything good happens after the first season go ahead and spoil it because I probably won’t watch it.

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January 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

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GTA

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GTA

Maybe I play video games a bit too much,

But when it comes to Grand Theft Auto I can’t be touched,

It don’t matter if its San Andreas or Vice City,

Whether its CJ or Tommy Vercetti,

I’ll be strapped with an SMG and an AK,

Out doing drive bys all day,

Shooting people in their faces,

I got Nitros on my ride so I am winning the races,

I don’t use cheat codes because I keeps it real,

But if I see a Stallion then I gots to steal.

 

I remember Grand Theft Auto III,

All alone in the city of Liberty.

Surrounded by sin,

Looking at buildings that I couldn’t go in,

8 Ball was my only friend,

Showing where to go,

Telling me all the people that I needed to know,

My safe house was a one room shack,

Vice City now I pastel suit on my back,

But I got no love for authority,

Because of the police brutality. 

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September 12, 2013 at 12:48 am

Self Conscious

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As far back as I can remember I’ve always been a little self-conscious about how often I eat fast food. Thanks to the technological marvel that is online banking I am able to see how much money I spend and often I eat fast food. Before going through the drive thru of a fast food restaurant I usually make sure to throw away or at least hide any remaining trash from the last time I had fast food, to abate the impending stigma. For me this is particularly important when going through the Chick-fil-a drive thru’s as I tend to eat at Chick-fil-a about once a week. This was a full proof system until the unthinkable happened and the girl that worked at the Chick-fil-a drive thru recognized me a regular.

After about six months of going to Chick-fil-a regularly the girl who worked the drive thru at Chick-fil-a began to recognize me and she knew my regular order. Just being recognized as a fast food regular was shameful enough but the fact that she knew my regular order made me feel boring and predictable. Some times when I would pick up my order we would talk for a minute, and the conversation had enough tension to make kind of creepy as because she was so young.

With each trip to Chick-fil-a starting out with me feeling ashamed of my bad eating habits, then progressing to me feeling embarrassed about being boring and predictable and ended with me feeling kind of creepy, I’m not sure if it was possible to be more self conscious. Despite falling into a weekly shame spiral I was unwilling to give up Chick-fil-a, when an obvious solution presented itself; I started going to another Chick-fil-a. Going to a Chick-fil-a in another city was a little time consuming and costly but well worth it as I could eat my dinner with slightly less shame, until I realize how much effort I put into avoiding a young girl then I felt self conscious about that as well.

As far as having feelings for the Chick-fil-a drive thru girl goes, I don’t think that is entirely my fault, I think I have been conditioned to be attracted to girls at Chick-fil-a. Most of the Chick-fil-as where I am from in North Carolina hire mostly young white girls to work at the front of the restaurant. It wasn’t until I went to a few Chick-fil-as outside of North Carolina that I saw someone other than a young white girl working in the front of the restaurant, I am not sure if this makes North Carolina Chick-fil-as racist or sexist.

I recently noticed that the girl who recognized me and was the source of all the self-consciousness is no longer working there, and I can finally eat chicken without any kind of stigma. The day I learned that she no longer worked there I also learned that Chick-fil-a has taken their brownie off their menu. After losing the brownie I think I finaly can relate to Job from the Old Testament. God Gives and he takes away.

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August 2, 2013 at 3:40 am

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