Archive for July, 2010


Summer reading catch-up

July 5, 2010


I enjoy reading a lot, be it a real physical book or lots of text on my phone. Problem is that I generally don’t have too much time to read during the school year. Good thing now that it’s summer, I can catch up on my reading. Yes, summer time is supposed to be where you go out and play. And I definitely do that! It’s just those lulls in-between the events that suck. You know, where you just kind of sit there doing nothing as you refresh your browser over and over hoping for that website you’ve been staring at for the past hour to update. Those days, it’s great to sit back and read a book.

My latest reads are “Changes” by Jim Butcher, the latest in the Dresden Files series of books, and “The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny” by Simon R. Green, the latest in his Nightside series. Both were good reads, especially Changes, it was an amazing novel. Sadly, the sequels to both these novels won’t be out till late this year or next year, which makes me a sad panda. 😦

My next book is actually Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The 7th and final book for the Harry Potter series came out back in July of 2007. I bought the book on release day, read half of it, and gave up. It’s something I rarely do with books I read, it’s all or nothing in one go. But for some reason, I couldn’t finish it. I actually went back to this book and started from the beginning, attempting to both refresh my mind of the early events of this book and to finally finish it. I did this three times! And I still get stuck at the same part. So, this time, I hope that’ll finally be able to read it all the way through.

Besides these titles, I actually have quite a few others I’m hoping to get through. I used to do a lot of reading during the summers, but the last couple of years have seen that hobby dwindle. As such, I have a backlog that is, well, literally taller than me if you physically stacked the books. Koontz, Card, Clancy, Lewis, and Miller are a few of the authors I’ll be going through, along with numerous series, including game novels, stories based on Halo, StarCraft, Warcraft, and such. Of course, my goal isn’t to speed read them or even to read them all, but to enjoy an old past time of mine as I re-enter different worlds through reading.


Fan(-boy) and basher rant

July 2, 2010

Just saying, I really hate it when people use the fanboy card. Let’s take Apple products for example. There are definitely haters and fanboys out there. But, to blindly call someone a fanboy because they own something is utter and total bullshit. If that person likes something, leave them to be.

I remember when I first bought an iPhone 3G 2 years ago and a friend of mine called me an Apple Fanboy. Wow, really? Of all the products Apple produces, the entire iMac, Mac Pro, Macbook, and iPod lines, all I owned was an iPhone. But because I wanted to talk about my newly (expensive) purchased phone, he called me a fanboy. When I called him an Apple basher, he said Apple comes up with incredulous claims over simple or old ideas. Guess what? It’s called Marketing. If I sold you a car, I’d come up with special words and phrases to get you to buy the car. And I’d definitely make it sound amazing. But it still comes down to your judgment about the car. Same with Apple, their claims maybe be ridiculous, but it’s our job to ignore that and really understand what it is we’re buying. That includes any pitfalls of the products. I knew the pitfalls and I still wanted the phone because it fit my needs. Sure, you can try convincing me to get a different phone. And I’d listen! But in the end, it’s still my choice, not yours. It’s my opinion that matters at the end because I’m the one forking down the money and using it.

In reverse, people being a blind fanboy really irks me, too. They’ll be completely oblivious to any problem that manifests in their loves (products.) The worse thing is, it’s largely prevalent among Apple users. There are certainly smart Apple users keeping an open mind. But for every one of those, there’s 5 fanboys. But to call them fanboys really just labels you as a basher. Why waste your time arguing with someone who won’t admit a mistake? Not only will you get nowhere, you get angrier at people like them. And in the end, both people like you and people like them get worser reputations.

iPhone has drawn a large crowd of bashers from the Android crowd. I like Android a lot and think a lot of their ideas are really good. It’s just annoying that, more often than not, an Android user accuses someone of being an iPhone fanboy. That immediately labels them as a iPhone hater and basher. Which is terribly stupid. Does that mean they don’t appreciate nicely designed products with easy to use interfaces? Of course not. That’s what Android is striving to do, duh! How Apple people disliking Android? Does that mean they dislike open architectures and customizability? Nope. Because this is the reason Apple introduced the App store to allow you to add applications to your device. Sure, one could argue certain restrictions and aspects from either side limit or handicap both prospects. But really, it all comes down to liking a product for what it is, the product you used your money to buy. It’s yours, you’ll like it. If you don’t like it, that’s fine, too. But to turn your hatred or blind love into something that damages the way people look at you? That’s just a damn shame.

I upgraded my 3G to an iPhone 4 last week. A few friends called me a fanboy. When my annoyance at being labeled as one became apparent, they said it was all just done in fun and a joke. Well, guess what? Attacking the company or the product is one thing, To throw a verbal attack at a person is entirely different and can be a serious matter. Calling someone a fanboy or a basher definitely falls into a verbal attack at someone’s character. I don’t know about some people, but I don’t take that lightly. On myself or on others. If it comes down to it, I’ll get pretty worked up and really get in someone’s face about it. Things can get pretty nasty there until I get a apology.

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