Rant #4

 

        Don’t you just love when you are about to sneeze and you don’t? You get all ready to sneeze, you have your tissue in your hand and your head starts tipping back and your nose starts tickling and then nothing happens. I would consider this the worst let down in human history. Normally I like sneezing. It feels good and you get to make a funny noise when you do it. In fact, when I sneeze, I go, “Piik-acho!!” Just like the lovable mouse! However, when you are about to sneeze and your body starts to convulse but nothing happens, it sucks!

       Sneezing is a natural human movement. It is supposed to happen. When it doesn’t I get so freaking angry! Sneezing is supposed to eject anything unwanted or signal sickness. If I don’t go full out sneeze, how am i supposed to know I have cancer (*complete hyperbole). The feeling that your body gets when it sneezes is so rewarding. All of your muscles relax and your body is in complete bliss for a couple of seconds. After a sneeze, sometimes it clears your sinuses so you can actually smell things for once! Except when it eludes the beholder. This has happened to every single human being. You know what I am talking about. It is the worst sensation in everyday life. Uggg!

by: Connor Sandall

Rant #2 The Mac

Back in the good old year of 1984, Steve Jobs created the Macintosh. The first ever personal computer. This was revolutionary for the era and opened the gates for all types of different ideas and new inventions in technology. In the 80’s this was as good as it got. If you had the Mac, you were either rich or insanely popular. Well, times have changed. Now if you have a Mac, your parents probably don’t love you enough. Keep in mind, this is just my opinion. You don’t need to get so butthurt about it. Obviously Macs do have SOME good qualities but… well let’s just stick with that. I don’t need Mac tech support (a.k.a. Secret mafia) on me. Their new computers are pretty slick. They are thin and lightweight. However, the bluetooth mouse and the monitor are too thin. I don’t like constantly getting paper cuts whilst attempting to observe funny cat videos.

The new Macs that they have recently come up with do have good sound quality. I will give them that. Honestly, these are the only things in my opinion that a Mac can brag about. It’s rival Windows, has many a good quality. First off, gaming. Sure Macs are pretty good at basic tasks like the calculator and the application of code but, Windows trumps all. Gaming wise, i would never trust anything but Windows to run my games. The graphics quality and maneuverability and ergonomics of everything about the PC is extremely important. This obviously isn’t fair because I use a modified Alienware Aurora ALX which is basically a gift from the gods to play on. It runs amazingly and guess what? It isn’t a Mac. I have never tried gaming on a mac because in my opinion, it would be too rage inducing and i enjoy my blood pressure right where it is.

Windows also has easy access. You don’t need to run around your computer pushing about six buttons on the keyboard and searching for five hours to find a file you saved three years ago. It’s easy and simple to use. Remember all of this is just my opinion and based on my experience with macs. No need to send hate mail or any death threats over this blog.

By: Connor Sandall

Drinking Age

“The drinking age across all 50 states is 21, however there are exceptions that exist state-by state. For example some exceptions may include, drinking on private property with adult supervision, religious purpose, and and educational purposes(I.e. culinary schooling),” states American Medical Association. There are two big problems with the drinking age being 21. The first being binge drinking is a big issue, and the second being we can go and die for our country, yet we can’t have a drink. It’s no secret young adults drink; “by age 18 roughly 60% of teens have had at least one drink” reports the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. I think if we lowered the drinking age to 18, there would be less binge drinking in an uncontrolled environment. Yes, more people would be drinking, but at least they wouldn’t feel the need to binge all in one night to lower the risk of getting caught. As well as, it wouldn’t be as thrilling to partake in a legal activity.

     Even with two big pro factors, there will always be cons. One of the biggest cons is the brain of a young adult is still developing. With that being said, no matter the age alcohol can cause damage. If the age were to be lowered, perhaps more young adults would learn to drink responsibly, decreasing the odds of brain damage. The other major con is, there would possibly be a jump in car crashes. “There was a 16% decline in car crashes when states raised their drinking age to 21” reports The Task Force on Community Preventive Service. With both sides being presented, I believe lowering the drinking age wouldn’t be as detrimental as most would think.

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By: Holli Ecker

Rant #1 Unintelligent machines

 

Ok. Explain this to me if you would be so kind. Why would somebody pay a lot of money for something that continually causes problems and is unnecessary? Maybe I am going crazy, but I am at least 90% sure that people spend a crap ton of money on stuff that causes problems. Take the xbox 360 for example. Back in 2009 there was a major problem where thousands of players experienced the console shutting down randomly and red lights appear on their xbox. This effect was so called the “Red Ring of Death”. Consumers all across the globe experienced this problem and many panicked. Basically armageddon occurred in the console gaming world.

This wasn’t the only case in which technology has betrayed us. We basically throw money at these machines and expect them to work one hundred percent of the time. We can’t expect these machines, that us as human beings program to be able to do everything, nor should we trust technology that can. Surely you all have seen those films where technology takes over the world. This is essentially what I am trying to prevent. The moment we let technology do stuff for us a little too much, we become too lazy to take it back.

Society as a whole is so lazy we build machines to build other machines. Now let’s think about what happened in the late 90’s. Most of you are too young to remember Y2K, but in the years leading up to 2000, basically everyone thought that on New Year’s Day 2000, all of the technology would revolt and kill everyone else. Obviously, humans are too stubborn to change that, so people have already predicted that more mass panic will ensue later on when “technology will rise up,” and everyone will fall for it again.

Here is my point. We have made these machines to do what WE want. They won’t do anything we tell them not to do, so if we create machines that will conquer the world, it will be our fault. It will be the entire world’s fault for being so lazy as to need something to do so much stuff for us they will basically become automatons. If society falls, it is society’s fault.

by: Connor Sandall