When will the government shutdown end? I won’t get into a big political rant because I hate politics, but I’m just talking about common sense here. Why are they doing this to us? Does the government hate the people this much that they would make the common people go through some kind of torture, not knowing if they are going to get paid or not, or get their next dose of medication, or their next meal? Do they hate us so much? They must be comfortable in their expensive houses and eating their lavish meals. Honestly. Some people are just trying to make the best of what they have, and living paycheck to paycheck and they are too busy pouting about something they already voted for. Enough is enough already. I think Wanda Sykes said it best on Ellen when she said she would just sit them all down and make them watch Schoolhouse Rock. I think they forgot. Talk amongst yourselves now.
So we got a new mini this weekend. It’s a 2013 Mini Paceman. It’s pretty sweet if you ask me. No more stepping down into the car, it’s pretty much just about right to get into. Of course, the person driving this car will be Meesh, since it’s pretty much her car, but it’s a “family” car kinda. I still have my car of course, it’s the only thing I actually own, and being paid for, it’s pretty nice to have for emergencies.
The car is pretty sweet, all wheel drive, navigation (which has to be activated still!), and a bunch of other goodies. I really love the tires. They look pretty sweet. The top is black, which isn’t what Meesh wanted, but it still looks good I think. She wanted it all to be one color. It’s got the new bright ass lights, which is nice. They do well in this Washington night time driving. Pretty nice stuff! For those of you keeping track of the color, it’s Starlight Blue. Mini and their funky color names!
I’ve found the CW show Supernatural to be quite good to watch. I like the show. Almost everything about it is what I would do if I came up with a TV show. I really have to applaud Eric Kripke for his genius in coming up with a great show. If you haven’t seen this TV show (unimaginable but possible), it’s basically starts out as a story about two brothers who reunite after a short time apart and go on the road looking for their father who might be missing. What follows is an amazing story of magic, mayhem and suspense. I love this show!
But at the core of the show is the incredible time spent driving from location to location. It’s like the eternal road trip. That might be one reason why I love this show. I’m a bit of a road trip junkie myself. Now I’m not comparing my life to the lives of the Winchesters. I’m not out there, hunting down Wendigos or tracking a shapeshifter. No, it just seems like my life has been one big road trip. I’ve driven/ridden to almost all of the continental states. I’ve been from coast to coast (quite literally!) twice. I just love road trips.
So, tonight, we decided to go visit Best Buy and get a game for the PC. We were looking Final Fantasy XIV, because they decided to freeze the sales of the PC digital download version of the game since everyone was buying it and making them money. Oh, but the side effect was the servers weren’t up to snuff and they had to improve them. Which they did. Now, the game is still in a freeze and you now have to go get the physical copy. Hence the trip to Best Buy.
Now, the last time I went to Best Buy, I recall them having 2 aisles of video games for PC and 1 aisle for “Productivity” Software. When we finally found some games for the PC, it consisted of basically Blizzard games, Sims 3, and a handful of other games of which no one has probably heard of on the PC. I mean there must have been about 10 feet worth of games. That’s it. Now, I understand that this is the day and age of being able to download your software via Steam or Origin, but don’t they allow you to get a physical copy of a game anymore? That section was really sad. And it’s definitely not just Best Buy. We also stopped at GameStop and sure enough. their PC Section consisted of 1 end cap. It wasn’t even close to the size at Best Buy.
So I guess buying a physical version of a game is pretty much dead unless you’re the Sims or Blizzard. I have to admit I haven’t bought a physical version of a PC Game in a while, but I wasn’t expecting that. So when Square Enix said you can buy the physical game, but we’re suspending sales of PC downloads, they knew they weren’t selling anymore of the games. I just wonder, how much money are they losing by doing this? They’ve pretty much lost me as a customer I think. I offered my account to play the game to Meesh, but she declined. They might have already lost 2 potential customers. But they’ll still retain enough customers to keep the game going I’m sure. They’re the mighty Square Enix after all and I’m just 1 customer who doesn’t agree with the way they’re doing stuff. I did, however, pick up a 60 day World of Warcraft pass. I know I can play that at least.
Be thankful for what you have, because tomorrow, or the next day, or the next day, you may not have it. Keep in mind how easy it can be to lose your job, your health, your home, your children, your parents, your whatever. Tomorrow you might have some or all of it. So be thankful for what you have right now. There are so many people who don’t have these things.
Do you regularly check your email? I know a few (OK quite a few) friends that check it, but not really check it. Or rather, they skim the e-mail or read just the subject line, and then decide they’re going to get back to it and suddenly their inbox has a few hundred (or thousand!) email messages they need to get to.
A lot of folks don’t bother cleaning their inbox out because that’s where they actually store their mail. If you think about it, I guess most users would do that because either they don’t understand the concept of “archiving” their mail or storing their mail in the “all mail” folder. (in the case of Gmail of course)
I think people are going to get back to that email and just leave it. They don’t delete or archive or move it to a different folder, but they just forget about it. And that list of emails just keeps going to page 2 then 3 and then so on and so on. You get the idea. After a while you have so much, why bother? That one e-mail you were going to get back to has now expired a year ago. Yikes! That’s when you think you need to clean out your mailbox. But you never do.
One solution is to use Mailbox for iPhone. It’s something I use, and it makes managing your email easier. The only caveat is that it’s only for iPhone and it only works with Gmail accounts. (this includes email that is hosted on Gmail servers like Google Apps.) I’m sure there are plenty other apps out there that will do the same thing, but this is the one that I found really helped me. Now, I always have a clear inbox and I’m reminded of emails that I put on the back-burner.
I also want to state that I haven’t received any compensation from anyone for this message about Mailbox. I just think it’s a really great app! But if anyone wants to make me their evangelist and pay them, I will promote anyone that pays me. :D
There are also people who just go through their email and just delete them. I had an old boss that actually told one of my co-workers that he only skimmed the subject of the email and if he didn’t think it was important he’d go ahead and delete it. I don’t know if he did that to my email, but odds are, I bet he did. But at least he was honest about it. LOL.
So what kind of email reader are you? A deleter or an hoarder?