Stupid White Boy Blabble


February 24, 2011
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Looking over my last few posts, they all seem to have a negative connotation. Doesn’t really fit my humor filled personality. It is too much work to be mad I think. So a lighter, short post today.

Finally the best sporting game is upon us. Baseball. America’s sport. Don’t let anyone tell you football is America’s sport. It is not. Baseball has such deep roots in our history that to call it anything less is disgraceful.

Most people find baseball to be too slow and boring for them. Yet in football only has 11 minutes of actual play throughout a full game. But those who truly understand the game of baseball know that every pitch is something new. That when a new batter comes to the plate, the players in the field shift appropriately to where the batter will most likely hit the ball. There is so much analyst and thought put into baseball and how to defeat your opponent that most people don’t realize.

I can’t wait for a warm summer day to watch baseball. This year I hope the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees (go ahead and boo) do well. There is no doubt the Yankees will, even with a short bullpen. But the Mariners again worry me. Not enough trades and acquisitions this offseason. It will probably be another mediocre year for them, sadly.

World Series prediction: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees. Yankees take it in 6 games.

Opening Day is March 31.


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Higher Quality, but Higher Cost? (UPDATE)

February 22, 2011
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I would say most people would be willing to pay a little more for higher quality made possessions. Look at Blu-Rays. People have been scooping them up despite their higher price tag.

And now Apple rumor mill is turning once again. This time with its focus on iTunes. The rumor is that Apple, and other music download services, might start offering higher quality music. Mashable has an article detailing the story with a quote from Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Universal Music Group’s Interscope-Geffen-A&M record label:

We’ve gone back now at Universal, and we’re changing our pipes to 24 bit. And Apple has been great… We’re working with them and other digital services — download services — to change to 24 bit. And some of their electronic devices are going to be changed as well. So we have a long road ahead of us.

It is great that Apple, and more importantly record labels, might start offering lossless formats of music. If you haven’t noticed, we have been paying basically the same price for music of lower quality from iTunes as opposed to CDs. But therein lies the problem.

UPDATE: Apple specifically wants to use 24-bit audio, the same quality found in recording studios. CDs are compressed to 16-bit. More here.

iTunes came on to the scene in January 2001 and changed the way we purchased music. It was $0.99 a song and $9.99 an album. A total steal for most people when CDs were $15-18 a pop. Plus it was instant, no need to  drive to the store. But what Apple and recorded labels didn’t tell you is that the quality of this music didn’t touch those of CDs. Apple first released songs in 128 kbps. It now releases all music in 256 kbps. Music quality is a very technical and sometimes difficult subject but know that CDs produce a much high quality sound than 256 kbps.

Here is the thing though, most people who download from iTunes, or other download services, don’t care about higher quality. You don’t need a survey or study to know that. Just look at the popularity of these download services. Millions of tracks downloaded. The people who use these services are happy with the convience and selection that is offered. Plus 256 kbps is a respectable quality while maintaining a small file size. Which is another thing with lossless music. The file sizes are huge, almost four times larger than 256 kbps. So not only does that mean more hard drive space but also a longer download time.

On top of all this, you would need a very good stereo system to even hear the difference between lossless and 256 kbps. Your computers speakers certainly wont be able to produce the highs and lows that is associated with lossless formats.

So would an average iTunes user be willing to pay more for higher quality? My guess is that they wouldn’t.

The Future: Tracking Your Kids Every Move

February 18, 2011
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Remember that rush you got when you played hooky from school? You felt like you just committed murder but it felt so good. Everyone did it whether once or enough to get you held back. Well soon kids won’t know what that is like. Goodbye growing up.

The Orange County Register reports around 75 seventh- and eighth-grade California students are just the latest to have a GPS tracker planted on them so they can be tracked by their school. I guess there were successful trials in San Antonio and Baltimore, where attendance of school-skipping-kids increased from 77 percent to 95 percent. The six week program requires each kid to check-in (incorporating social media tactics is fun!) five times throughout the day: when they’re leaving for school; when they arrive at school; at lunchtime; when they’re leaving for school, and again at 8pm. So not only are they monitoring you, you have to remember each day to key in a code at a certain time? Sounds tedious and annoying.

Miller Sylvan, regional director of the company involved with the program, said

We want the students to be interactive with the device and take steps to let us know where they are. That helps teach them the discipline they need to be responsible. It gets them thinking about their schedule.

What schedule do seventh and eighth graders have? Wake up, go to school, come home, do homework, hang out with friends and go to sleep. If you are playing a sport, add that right before “come home.” Tough schedule to remember. And helps teach them to be responsible. What happened to the parenting aspect of that? I feel like that needs to be taught by mom and dad and not some government run device.

I am not saying that kids should skip school. When I am older, I would like these kids to be running my country responsibly. But when does responsibility fall on the shoulders of the kid? Or even the parent? Growing up and making mistakes is all part of learning process. Now we are just letting the government hold our hands. How did humans survive all these years without the hand holding government?

So remember kids, stay in school. The government is watching.

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Millionaires Can’t Avoid DUIs

February 17, 2011
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Drunk driving. It is a huge problem in our country. One that routinely takes the lives of innocent people because other stupid people think they are “OK.” It is sad tragedy.

But thats not what this post is about. This post goes out to all the celebrities and sports stars that get busted for driving under the influence. I don’t know about other people, but it is absolutely baffling that these people, who make millions upon millions of dollars a year, get pulled over for a DUI. It’s not the fact that they get caught but rather that they are driving at all. Let me reiterate, they make millions of dollars a year. And these morons get behind the wheel of car after drinking. Have these people never heard of a taxi? Hell, they could afford a limo or town car! When my friends and I go out, we plan ahead with cabs and we make a fraction of what these mega stars make. If I had millions, I would call up a limo tell them to take me and my friends around town and then safely return everyone home. A limo doesn’t cost more than $200 an hour, chump change when you make millions.

So every time I see an article that looks like “SUPER STAR NAME Busted for DUI,” I feel absolutely no sympathy for them. One, because they have millions and could have taken a different form of transportation and two, because they will get off with a slap on the wrist. Tough life they live.


February 17, 2011
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I hate voicemails. Every time I see that damn red circle with a number in it, hovering over my phone icon, I get annoyed. I would rather someone text, Tweet, Facebook, e-mail or send a pigeon than leave me a voicemail. I don’t know what it is exactly I hate about voicemails. Maybe it is the thought of listening to someone ramble on about pointless stuff as they try to fit everything they wanted to say in the small timeframe they have. Maybe because I am new school and prefer if it is important, someone just sends a text “call me when you have a minute.” That way they aren’t interrupting me and giving me the option of calling when I feel like it.

When I was at college, my mom would call and leave me a voicemail. I wouldn’t listen to them and would instead just return her phone call. Instantly she would ask me, “did you listen to my voicemail?” My response would always be “No, whatever you said in your voicemail would probably involve me calling you back anyways, so why don’t you tell me now instead.” She would get frustrated but still repeat whatever she said in the voicemail. Note: I love my mother very much. I would word my response in a much nicer tone but the end point would be the same.

Gizmodo posted an article posing the question “Is it ever OK to leave a voicemail anymore?” Pretty good read and I would agree with most of the points throughout the article. Yes, if my best friend or family member got engaged, birthed a child or had a death, please call and leave a voicemail if I don’t answer. But if you are calling me to catch up, don’t leave a voicemail. The likelihood of me returning your phone call quickly was just reduced 90%. I will call you back simply by seeing you called, I promise. Voicemails are also acceptable for the working environment. But I would argue an e-mail would net you a quicker response.

So please, next time you call, really think about what you have to say and if it voicemail worthy. It’s probably not.

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I Like Lil Wayne More Than Oreos

February 16, 2011
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The title is true. Lil Wayne is a lyrical genius and he is actually pretty funny. Oreos are delicious but they stick to your teeth and if you don’t have milk they are worthless. But I didn’t think more people liked Lil Wayne than Oreos. The internet has spoken, though, and Lil Wayne set a Guinness World Record for most Facebook ‘likes’ in a 24 hour period. Pretty impressive considering the fact that NabiscoWorld created a whole campaign to generate the most ‘likes’ in a 24 hour period. Lil Wayne just sent out the message “everyone, please “Like” this post. I’m trying to break the Guinness World Record for most “Likes” on a post in 24 hours. Let’s get it!!!” No campaign, no real though, just straight showing that his fans love him and will do anything to get him in the spotlight.

Not only that, but Oreos had a five hour head start on Lil Wayne and Lil Wayne generated five times the number of likes. Yes, Lil Wayne has about 4 million more ‘likes’ on Facebook than Oreos, but not even a million people ‘liked’ either status so I dub that fact null and void.

Now just because Lil Wayne won, doesn’t mean Oreos lost. Yes, for five hours they did hold the Guinness World Record. But all the press and coverage this has generated for Oreos (and Lil Wayne) has put their name out their to thousands, if not millions of people. So a win-win for both parties involved.

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February 16, 2011
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Nothing in the world makes me happier than music. Yes, family and friends (and cats) make me happy. But they can also make you upset. With music, you can always find a song that lifts your spirits or speaks the way you are feeling. Music is a great “therapy” tool. When I am upset, I will sit in my room, music blaring, doing absolutely nothing. And I suddenly feel better. Or if I am happy, I will play music loudly and rock out. The beauty of music is that if one song isn’t working, you have a plethora of others to choose. Whether you like rock, hip hop, electronic or country, there is something out there for you. And to people who say they hate music, what?! How? If you are one of those people, I believe you haven’t looked hard enough. The range of sounds, whether from blue grass or dubstep, is so broad, that there has to be a sound for everyone.

And don’t get me started about concerts. Listening to music at home or in the car is great. But until you enjoy an act live, you will never truly experience what the artist wanted you to hear. The speakers are tweaked and built to produce every sound meant to be heard. You will hear bass and terrible that you never thought existed. And then being within feet of the perform just makes the experience that much more interesting. To see them truly invest their soul and body into something they made for others, it’s very surreal. If your favorite act is coming into town, ignore price and day of the week and go. You will learn to appreciate the artist, and music as whole, even more.

As for my personal taste my two favorite genres are hip hop and dubstep. But you could find me listening to classical, rock, pop, R&B, jazz, etc. at any time. The only music I truly don’t like is country, and I grew up listening to it.

I love hip hop for its lyrical flow and how artists can take words and phrases, and turn them into poetry. It takes a very smart and skilled person to string sentences together and make it sound good. I love dubstep purely for the beats (as if there is more to love about dubstep). The bass can take over your whole body and highs and lows flow so well together. Plus the drops will get anyones head bobbing.

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Red Cross Does It Right

February 16, 2011
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We have all seen it: A company accidentally sends out an embarrassing tweet only to “delete” it and try to pretend it never happened. All the while, the internet is blowing up about it. It happens, we are humans and we make mistakes.

Last night the Red Cross had one of these accidental tweets. The tweet read this:

Not something you would expect see from the Red Cross twitter account, with 250,000+ followers. It was quickly deleted, but not before at least four people I follow on Twitter retweeted it along with many others (and nothing is really ever deleted from the internet). There is nothing wrong with this tweet either. People are allowed to drink alcohol, especially if it is a mircobrew. But none-the-less, the Red Cross doesn’t want that on their account.

This morning though, they posted a blog with regards to their faux pas. They not only made light of the situation and apologized, but also mentioned how people were using their mess up in a beneficial way. Dogfish Head Brewery even encouraged it followers/drinkers to donate blood.

It is stories like these that make me believe that companies can have a sense of humor. Like I said earlier, we are human and we make mistakes (we also love cliches). They could have turned and fired the man who tweeted the faux pas but I believe they realized that this was but a minor mistake for a 130 year old company. Instead it is now being used to help encourage donations. And Dogfish Head Brewery is getting just a little free publicity while at it.


February 15, 2011
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I like cats. I like them a lot, in fact. I really couldn’t tell you why either. It might be their soft fur or just how they will lay on your lap and be content. Maybe it’s their weird antics and their fascination with almost anything (ie. boxes, laser pointers, feathers, etc.) Ever since I moved out, I have missed my two cats at home. Both were opposite ends of the spectrum. Yankee is hyper, quiet and overweight. Mittens will meow just to meow and she would rather lay alone in the dark then have any interactions most of the time. She is also remarkably skinny. I should really do something good in this world and adopt one.

Oh and I miss my dog too. She is a boss.

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Bank of America

February 15, 2011
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I have been a loyal Bank of America (BoA) customer for as long as I can remember. My parents got me an account there when I was like 10 and I thought I was so awesome. They have been good to me too. Send me new cards promptly, fairly good customer service and their website is easy to read.

But as of late, BoA’s actions have been fairly sketchy. First I read that some BoA accounts had a security breach (from a car blog, none-the-less) and made no mention of it via e-mail or on their website. Their later tweeted that everything was ok. This makes me feel like they don’t these security breaches seriously when in fact our bank accounts are probably one the most important things to us and a security breach could be very damaging to people. An e-mail to customers or something would have been nice, even to those unaffected.

Now it is reported that BoA is planning on starting a sort-of smear campaign against Wikileaks and its supporters (journalists and such). Whether you support Wikileaks or not, this kind of action is not right and should not be tolerated. We shouldn’t have major corporations trying block journalists from doing their job. It is because of journalists that we know so much not only about our government but the world around us. And while Wikileaks is controversial, a journalist doing his or her job is not.

I know BoA has come out and said they never saw the proposed campaign or had any interest in it. But it still bothers me to know that BoA somehow got tied to it. I hope BoA figures their stuff out, I really don’t want to deal with switching banks. Wikileaks information on BoA may be the last straw though.

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I'm Jeff. I like PR, sports, politics and traveling. Not in that order. Oh and I also like cats and sharks. Go Cougs!







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