New stuff, new challenges, new experiences!
- Helped a friend in SQL Server and MS Access (eww)
- Got a new job in MVC 5 and Kendo UI (wow)
- Got a new apartment (gotta start somewhere)
- Got the chance to exercise a lot (skate, hiking, biking)
- Setup Flex to view my server Media
- Got 50Mb Teksavvy VDSL
- Got a nice tomato-wared router with blazing wifi speed for cheap
- Got my wordpress site working again after hours and hours of linuxery
Brushing up my skills is super fun. Wish I had more time…
If you know me, you might know little well known facts are one of my pet peeves. Another one are controversies and conspiracy theories – those with factual basis.
One such example is the WW2 nuclear weapons used on Japanese populations by the US government. Most americans today still think it was justified to use such violence and civilian deaths to get a surrender from the (evil) Japanese.
Here’s what I think.
The impact of the bombs is minimal compared to the sustained fire bombing of major cities that occurred the months before, arguably causing even more horrific deaths and civilian distress.
In spite of the general world view that the atomic bomb stopped the war, I think evidence shows the war was about to be concluded anyway. A few generals wanted to fight to the last man, it’s true. But civilian government (and the emperor) was ready to surrender. Discussions of surrender were taking place (with Russia as a middle-man). Long story short, the Americans wanted UNCONDITIONAL surrender, the Japanese thought they had more time to get better terms.
I also think the US administration, having spent billions (hundreds of billions in today’s money) on the atomic bomb project, was worried about the scandal if these expenses had not been at all useful in the war effort. This is a conspiracy theory but the insistent propaganda to portrait the atomic bomb as a war solution is suspicious.
You might see this argument these days on neo-conservative media, relative to the “lie” that Obamacare would force people out of their existing (terrible) insurance. Most of the testimony on this was total bullshit. And I will not entertain this matter further.
However, I recently discussed on facebook that Obama might be worse than Nixon, because he is another neo-conservative.
I know, shocking. But think about it. Comparing both 5-year presidencies, Obama passed a lot of right-wing laws and executive orders. A lot of terrible stuff has been going on that is arguably worse than Watergate under his watch. And in Nixon’s presidency, many health and environmental bills were forged that improved the nation.
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[iconbox title=’Cloud’ icon=’upload.png’ ]I’m supposed to be praising Clouds and all it’s glory – I guess. But why?[/iconbox]
[iconbox title=’Basics’ icon=’write.png’ ]Back to basics. Why do we need an iphone, ipad, macbook pro, macbook air and apple tv? Does each of these devices have their own purpose? I don’t think so.[/iconbox]
In fact I see many things missing in this setup: I only use an iphone and a notebook – a windows box serves as media and gaming station (cheaper than a dvd/appletv solution and with great 3D gaming power). I also need a server on linux. Each separated, each have their own backup systems and share media on good ol’ samba. I simply don’t get Cloud, so call me stupid…
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