Monday, July 22, 2019
It took five seconds for Apple to convince people that actual passwords are a hassle. What took so long?
Or "Passwords, Smashwords."
Seriously, how far have we gone off the rails that anyone would think that this is a good idea- wait, not just a good idea, but amazingly beneficial technology that we should line up at the Apple store to purchase ASAP?
Originally, cellphones didn't require passwords to "unlock" access to those phones because they were only used to make calls. Kind of helpful in an emergency if you can use someone else's phone. Sure, you could get encryption for your phone but why would you want that, it's not like your phone provided you instant access to bank accounts and other sensitive material.
Then, one day, we woke up and our phones were the little vaults that held all kinds of personal information, including very sensitive banking info like access to our hard-earned money. Well then, passwords became kind of a neccessity. If phones were going to be the key to our savings, checkings, mortgage and investment accounts, they were going to have to be super-secure.
And now that we're living in the Age of Openness, where "privacy" is a silly, outdated idea and everything we do is done in the spotlight, where more and more of my students tell me every year that they couldn't care less if the government listens in on phone conversations or reads their emails because "I've got nothing to hide," we get this: Phones you can unlock simply by looking at them.
Nobody sees any potential problems with this, huh? Everyone thinks that this tech was designed to make our lives easier- heck, even more "secure" (like maybe the old guy in this ad is still into security because he grew up in a world where Personal Information was still a thing,) right? Nobody thinks that this is going to lead to endless cases of fraud- how long before you can just agree to purchase something by looking at a website, won't that be just another Super Convenient Timesaver? Just like having an Alexa listening on everything you say, what wouldn't be great about a phone which instantly opens the moment you glance at it?
And all because it's too much of a pain to touch four numbers on a screen. Uh huh. s
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Yes, Dish TV offers thousands upon thousands of On Demand movies and television shows. So many, in fact, that technically you could just sit on that couch and watch the television of your choice for the rest of your life and never have to repeat any of those shows.
But Dish TV recognizes that it's not about being able to watch 4000 hours of On-Demand movies and TV shows, because who has time to do that (here's where we pretend that you want to do something other than watch On Demand TV and that television is not the Be All and End All to your life, it's not like you watch it on your phone whether you are by yourself or with someone after all?) It's about watching "the One" show or movie that has a very special place in your heart because you're so stupid and sad that watching a show or a movie was a major turning point in your life.
And it gets even sadder with this couple, because first of all, the guy is sitting there on his couch looking for all the world like he's about to pick a movie to watch when his significant other walks into the room and instantly picks up the remote. Wanted to watch something, buddy? Well, too damned bad- She's walked in, and She will pick the show you are going to watch.
Then, she sees that he picked Say Anything, and she freezes and gets all paralyzed with warm nostalgia over everyone's favorite John Cusack vehicle, the heartwarming story of a young stalker winning over the object of his affection and taking advantage of the fact that her father goes to jail for embezzlement to steer her away from her dreams of an Ivy League education. In particular we have the heartstring-pulling scene where, fearing rejection, Cusack's character (Lloyd) stands outside his True Love's house with a boombox blaring the song that was playing in the background when they first had sex. And then at the conclusion when, in true 80s-film fashion, we celebrate Lloyd's decision to "escort" his Meant to Be True Love Conquers All girlfriend to England to continue her education (and so that he can better continue his stalking.)
Yep, good fun all around, and available On Demand from Dish Network, and disturbingly significant to this couple. For a moment I thought that the guy, by picking out this film, was reminding his Significant Other that no matter what she did or where she went, he would be there, with his boombox, demanding attention, just like Lloyd from Their Film. She responds with a look of defeat and resignation and sits down on Their couch in Their house to enjoy His- sorry, "their" film. Again.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Or you could, you know, actually pay attention to what's going on in front of you instead of being distracted by your stupid pet pig. You know, like a responsible driver who was concerned about causing possible lethal damage to innocent people with their f--ng Subaru.
That would almost be "love," dont you think?
Oh, never mind. Get back to congratulating yourselves for buying a car more considerate than you are.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Children all over the world are discovering the magic of Glow Pets!
Glow Pets are soft and fluffy and light up with the push of a button!
Glow Pets are great for storytime, or just for snuggles. Glow Pets are extremely rare- only one child in ten thousand will ever actually have a Glow Pet, as written in the Holy Scriptures of the Glowing Pet!
Glow Pets exist in jungles, space and even under water- but if you look for them and you can't find them, that simply means that you just Don't Believe Enough!
Glow Pets are the only source of True Happiness in the World. Other toys, friends, parents-- those are all temporary, damaged, and superficial comforts compared to the Everlasting Joy that only a Glow Pet can bring!
Glow Pets love you, and demand that you love them back. If you don't love them back, you are a horrible sinful creature who needs a Glow Pet all the more. Open your heart to Glow Pets, who only want the love and obedience they deserve.
Go out and spread the Good News of the Glow Pets. No child is complete without a Glow Pet of his own.
Glow Pets are Jealous Pets. They shall have no other Pets before Them. To truly enjoy the love of a Glow Pet, children must throw out all of their other material comforts and embrace only their Glow Pet.
Glow Pets will Provide. Have Faith in the Glow Pet. Think nothing of today; This System will soon pass away, and then the true believers will be with their Glow Pets for eternity. Those who rejected the love of the Glow Pet will suffer a fate too horrible to comprehend.
Have no Association with anyone who has turned away from Glow Pets, for they are no longer your brothers and no longer enjoy the graces of the Glow Pets. (Paul's Epistle to Walmart, 4:15)
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get started on my 70 hours per month of Glow Pet Witnessing door to door. All Hail the Glow Pets!
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
This is what I need to see this summer: Rich people racing around having an infinite amount of fun in their automobiles, just going about in their day-to-day enchanted existence like freaking Gatsbys without a care in the world.
Marie Antoinette would be resentful and jealous of these douchenozzles and their party-to-party lifestyle which seems to involve The Rest of the World just getting the hell out of the way so they can park their LookAtMeMobiles right in front of the 5-star restaurant, million-dollar condo or exclusive beach so they can engage in the next Great Adventure Because We Can.
Seriously, all of the rich, entitled Eurotrash in this ad need to go die in a fire already. Then we'd spared any more of these heartwarming Scenes From Our Perfect Lives Made Even More Perfect By Our Awesome New Cars.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
This commercial is not a product of The Onion. It is not parody. There is really a place out there that sells burgers topped with buns "slathered" with "real Wisconsin butter"- a LOT of it, if the depiction of butter application here is at all realistic.
(EDIT: Just looked it up. The burger depicted here contains 710 calories. That's compared to 420 for a Quarter Pounder, 560 in a Big Mac and 670 in a Whopper, all w/o cheese.)
I'm simultaneously horrified and hungry from this ad. I want one of these burgers, and I also think they should be illegal. I'm both relieved that there are no Steaks and Shakes franchises anywhere near where I live and also wondering if they do long-distance delivery.
These burgers look absolutely disgusting. I'm sad to think I'll probably never get to try one.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
It's so awesome being with a network using state-of-the-art technology to make sure that I get all my downloads and can do all my streaming "faster" and without being "slowed down" by the little annoyances of poor connectivity. It warms the heart to know that people racing motorbikes in the middle of a large city won't have whatever the hell they are being distracted with interrupted or even slowed down in the slightest by lame 4G So Very Yesterday service.
Meanwhile, I'm in rural Vermont for another five weeks with my T-Mobile phone, which can rarely find a connection at all and which I leave at home when I drive into the nearest town because I don't need constant No Network Coverage notifications when I want to check messages or, god forbid, make a phone call. Well, that's the price you pay when you take your phone into a third world country, I guess.
(Two years ago, I used this same phone to make a call from the island of Capri, off the coast of Italy, as well as post photos to Facebook from the Vatican. But I can't make a phone call from a living room in Orange, Vermont. Thanks again, T-Mobile.)