Year: 2008

There You Go

Portfolioso December 13, 2008 No Comments Rants

If you’re smart enough (or German enough) to figure this out, good for you.

Rotors: I,II,III @ Start positions: M,P,A
Steckers: GT

No Patience for Stupidity

Portfolioso December 1, 2008 No Comments Rants ,

I woke up this morning after a 2 hour, disturbed sleep (because I have way too much on my mind this week) to go to a class. I have a few spare minutes before I head out so I throw on some TV and Fox 61 news. Being from around New York (where we have legitimate news broadcasts), I usually don’t have access to this inferior Fox feed.

So the meteorologist comes on to do the weather and he’s recapping the 2008 hurricane season, stating that it’s officially over and gave some general information about it. Then he goes on to make a fool out of himself and says (I quote directly, no bull) “Well hurricane season is over. Meteorologically speaking, today’s the first day of winter.” Okay buddy, I don’t know where you got your degree from, but since when is December 1st the first day of winter? I think it’s common knowledge (and anyone in an 8th grade earth science class can back me up on this) that the winter solstice does not begin until December 21st. Actually I lied, people are generally ignorant with science. That’s fine. But you are a meteorologist, probably have a degree in this area and are on television. Get your facts right. I have no patience for this stupidity to be broadcast on the air. This is why the majority of people in this country are stupid. This was an absolute outrage and set me into a sour mood learning that these so called “professionals” have no idea what they are talking about and are spewing ignorance to the public.

So this other time, I’m in Bridgeport picking up some food and some other stupid moron is like. “Man I can’t wait until January 1st until we gots our new president.” Go pick your brain out of your teef, put it back in your head and learn something about the country you live in. I just have no comment. I bet there are morons out there who, if you go around asking who the president is, will reply “Obama.” I’ll be moving to my own island nation soon. Women (smart ones) and a high speed internet connection will be readily available, there will be no copyright law and we secede from the United States of Ignorance.

posting from a blackberry storm

Portfolioso November 25, 2008 No Comments Useless Update

This is difficult. Full review later

Edit 2: As you can see I had some typing difficulty from the Storm. So… Verizon’s latest iPhone weapon (following the LG Dare and LG Voyager ). Looking at the feature list, it seems like a sweet smartphone. I think that RIM had the right idea behind it, but they didn’t come through. First of all, there is no wifi. The browser does not have flash. The scrolling is really annoying and it doesn’t support multi touch zooming, like the iPod touch/ iPhone. In general, scrolling and zooming was very clunky. The keyboard is impossible to use. I liked where they were going with the clicking touchscreen where you actually have to push the keys, but it really doesn’t work well at all. It took me a good 10 minutes to be able to log into this blog and post the one line of text you see on top. Oh, and did I mention lag lag lag? When you rotate the phone, it takes a good 2-3 seconds to realize that and change the display angle. Starting apps is also laggy and it’s really difficult to navigate your way around the phone. The potential was there, and on paper, it looks sick. Actually, the whole phone looks good – it just doesn’t function well. Not worth it. Sorry.

Thoughts on Election Day

Portfolioso November 4, 2008 No Comments Useless Update

Before you call me an anarchist, by all means, go out and vote for the candidate (national, local or whatever) whose viewpoints you support. It is a freedom and privilege in this country that many do not have, and if you agree with someone, by all means support them. This does not mean you should be going around criticizing those choosing not to participate in the election, or telling people they must vote. First of all, support someone you agree with completely. Even if this candidate is third party and has no chance at winning at all, you need to go with your beliefs. Which brings me to my next points: the way voting works in America is completely broken:

  1. What kind of country do we live in where the majority of citizens vote for one person, yet he loses the election? That’s right, welcome to the Electoral College. It makes tons of sense to vote for a group of people who then pick the candidate they want to see in the White House. Any reason for a middleman in 2008? This may have made sense in 1800 when people had to ride a horse 150 miles to go vote, but in today’s day and age, it is completely useless. Fix it.
  2. Political parties are useless. There is a monopoly in this country, and there needs to be a revolution to overthrow it. Democrats and Republicans have lost their ways. The Constitution and much advice from our founding fathers (cough, no alliances) has been ignored and replaced with corporate interest. That’s right, in case you haven’t realized, Democrats and Republicans may have different views on such issues as abortion and taxation, but in reality these are only things on the surface. Major lobbyists and huge corporations will always get what they want because every politician is a bitch and can’t stand up to them.
  3. Why is there no standardized voting system? Everything should be the same across all states. But no… In Florida, we have punch ballots. New York has 1960s lever voting machines. Connecticut now has a fill-in the bubble form. Other states have gone electronic and have exploitable systems, or bad touch screens that need calibration. Why can’t we find something that works, and implement it across all states. This is America and it’s 2008. Not 1930. You think we’d be a little more advanced.

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Voting will do nothing for you, America. Whether you vote McCain or Obama, the elite will get their way. Enjoy your election, no matter what happens, only time will tell.

Townhouse 12 Spotlight + Postseason Picks

Portfolioso September 30, 2008 No Comments Sports, Useless Update ,

Welcome to the first annual house-wide MLB postseason bracket tournament. This year, me, Tom, Keith, Eric and Jon will be guiding us through the 2008 postseason. Here is the blatant Mirror 3×5 ripoff, Portfolioso style (5×6 and not a grid):

Joe

  • Nickname(s): Dr. Joe, Sivvvvv, Portfolioso, etc.
  • Hometown Area Code: 914
  • MLB Team of choice: NY Yankees
  • Campus Job(s): Best Buddies CBD, Manor Sports Editor, CNS’s Worst Enemy
  • Highlight of your week: Let’s just say it involved a coat hanger (no, not like that you sicko)
  • Best TH 12 Moment (so far): Pres Ball before and after festivities (Probably would have been E’s birthday but the Mets made me miss 95% of it.)
  • On your mind now: Shit’s weak. WIIIIZEEEEEEAK.
  • Bracket:

Keith

  • Nickname(s): Azamat (it’s really not, but that’s what he said when I asked him what he wanted here)
  • Hometown Area Code: 201
  • MLB Team of choice: NY Yankees
  • Campus Job: Mirror Sports Editor
  • Highlight of your week: Handing in my finance test (the rest of the week is a jokefest)
  • Best TH 12 Moment (so far): Come on Eileen
  • On your mind now: And boom there goes the dynamite!
  • Bracket:

Tom

  • Nickname(s): T.C, Clear Dogg
  • Hometown Area Code: 860
  • MLB Team of choice: Boston Red Sox
  • Campus Job: Mirror Managing Editor
  • Highlight of your week: Finishing the Mirror at 12:30
  • Best TH 12 Moment (so far): Eric’s 21st
  • On your mind now: Chris Simmons
  • Bracket:

Eric

  • Nickname(s): E, Big Red, Shoota
  • Hometown Area Code: 781
  • MLB Team of choice: Boston Red Sox
  • Campus Job: Basketball Manager
  • Highlight of your week: My birthday
  • Best TH 12 Moment (so far): Thirsty Thursdays, TH 12
  • On your mind now: Cheeseburgers
  • Bracket:

Jon

  • Nickname(s): J Money
  • Hometown Area Code: 908
  • MLB Team of choice: All I do is sail
  • Campus Job(s): Mirror Photo Editor
  • Highlight of your week: ???
  • Best TH 12 Moment (so far): ???
  • On your mind now: “Have a good one Joe, I’m taking off. See you tomorrow night.”
  • Bracket: Jon doesn’t do brackets, or football suicide pools, or any of that

So there you have it. Here’s my opinion of postseason 2008. It would be wonderful to see Joe Torre beat the Red Sox (see Keith’s picks) but I highly doubt that will happen. Keith’s picks are really ballsy – but anything can happen. I’m also a Lou Pinella fan, and the Cubs have a decent team, but the whole 100 years thing makes everyone laugh. Time will tell.

Update 1 10/5 8:45AM: Thanks for making me look like an idiot, Lou. I swear I’m not this dumb, I did the whole 2004 bracket correctly (minus the Red Sox – which is kind of the important part.) Way to ruin my whole bracket. Once the entire media jumped on the Cubs bandwagon, I knew I’d be done. I’ll be going for Joe Torre all the way I guess.

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