My New HTC One



On May 4th, 2013 I got a new phone and I love it.  Strangely enough, I didn’t set out to buy this phone although it was on my short list of desirable phones.  Our contract expired on April 29th and so my wife and I pre-ordered the new Samsung Galaxy S4 and received it on April 27th.  We really liked those phones and my wife still has hers.  Mine had a problem immediately in that my Yahoo Mail and AT&T Mail would not work.  All of my other email accounts worked but these would not.  Then after a few days, I noticed another problem.  My GPS was very flaky and would work intermittently.  The only way I could get it to work would be to disable it and then re-enable it.  It was getting very irritating.  For the record, my wife’s phone did and still does work fine.  My wife called AT&T to inquire about it and they told her that it was still within the window to exchange it.  They initially said they would send another one but then told us to take it to the local store and exchange it and they would credit us with the exchange.  Both phones were the same price so there was no refund or additional charge expected.

I was working on laying some sod in the front yard so I could not go but my wife took it by the store and exchanged it.  The store did not have a phone available in stock to replace mine so she exchanged it for the HTC One.  She had remembered that I had spoken highly of it.  On May 4th, my phone was exchanged for this one.  I have to tell you that I am very satisfied with it.  One thing that is really awesome is the camera’s 1080p video and the 16:9 aspect ration on pictures taken.  The phone is very sturdy and has an aluminum case.  Even so, I bought this white Spec case for protection.  I really love this phone and would definitely recommend it.  The call quality seems to be very clear so far and that says a lot considering how my hearing is not that great.  I usually hate making phone calls via the cell phone because they are always garbled and choppy.  For that reason, I will never get rid of my house phone.  This phone does a good job in call clarity so far.  I am very critical of call quality and I will certainly let you know if I run into problems.

I am happy and can give you much more information about this phone if you care to know.  Just let me know and I will try to answer any questions.

Lack of Appreciation of Art

I don’t have an ounce of creativity so I struggle with placing value on art of any kind.  I have always been that way and can’t understand why. Some people think that art is the greatest thing ever while I see it as a waste of time. I don’t even listen to music.  This is one of the reasons why I just cannot see paying money for a song or a picture online.  To me, both would be a complete waste of money. If I want to look at a picture of something, I’ll go take it myself.

I don’t say this to be mean to anyone that is into art. I am just stating the reality that it does not interest me whatsoever. My whole family loves to play musical instruments and listen to music.  I usually listen to Christian or talk radio if I listen to anything at all. When I say Christian, I am not referring to music, but rather teaching stations.  I know that when I tell people this, they tend to think I am just trying to put down their interests but that is not it at all.

I’ve been to many arts festivals with people and honestly if it had not been for the food available, I would have been completely bored out of my mind.  When I look at the outrageous prices that are usually attached to these pieces of art, I am amazed that anyone would actually pay that, or anything for that matter.  I seem to be a logical thinker and not a creative thinker.  Usually, if someone convince me that something has tangible or value, I will pay attention.  Instinctively if I feel that something has no value to me, I tend to tune it out making me seem harsh, critical or just rude.

Again, I don’t mean to be that way and I struggle with it.  At work and college, we have taken personality tests and while they are different, they usually categorize people into one of two groups.  Either creative or logical or some variation thereof.  Also these categorizations usually vary in degree.  In every one that I have taken, I am on the extreme edge of being logical and non creative.  The one that stands out the most is the Meyers Briggs personality test where I came out as an ISTJ (introversion, sensing, thinking, judgment).  Hardly an ounce of creativity.

I really have to struggle to seem interested in the artistic things when I am around others. If I don’t, it seems like I am being rude to them because I am usually bored beyond measure and they may think I am bored with them.  It sucks being that way but I do try to put that aside when I a am around those that I care about.

Google+ Wandering in the Desert

What happened to the vanity URL implementation that was announced nine months ago? What happened to the merging of the messengers? As each day goes by, I am seriously thinking that Google is lost.  There are certain updates that are universally requested and I hear crickets coming from Google.  They are being smoked by Facebook and even Twitter.  For nearly two years I have been sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for Google+ to add basic functions and they are sitting on their hands.  I really want them to succeed but what I am seeing is another Google Wave failure.

You remember how Google Wave happened?  There was all this hype for invites. We waited anxiously for an invite.  Weeks became months.  Once we finally got an invite, they stopped us from inviting others.  Something happened.  We sat around with this cool toy that had no one on here that we knew and was not allowed to send invites. The incredibly slow opening cause all the hype to turn into a “what the hell” attitude that once it was opened up, no one wanted to try it.  Fast forward to Google+ and we are now seeing updates coming at a snails pace.  When they do come out, they are irrelevant updates that are not even interesting.

I know I sound like a kid ranting but seriously, it is true.  How long does it take to open up vanity URL’s? Really!?  This is a basic function that should have been available on the first day.  How long is it going to take Google+ to wake up and realize that people want the messenger on the desktop?  This is common sense stuff.  One of Facebook’s most popular features is the Instant messenger because it can be used on the desktop AND mobile.  Google Talk is great but you cannot use it on the iPhone at all.  Sure you can download third party apps but every single one of them shut down on you after a specified time.

I keep reading these ridiculous stories about how their “long term plan” is genius. What?  That is what a person says when they have no answer.  When a person says “Quality over quantity” they usually are just making an excuse for their slow action.  In the beginning I really thought that they were just trying to perfect updates, now I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Google is lost and has no idea how to do these things.

I really want Google+ to be better than Facebook but let’s be honest, they are not even close. Not even in the same league.  I hear people on Google+ talk about how Facebook users are so immature and act like children but I really believe that is an attempt to belittle a system that is so far superior that it is not even close. If you can’t tear down the system, go after the users.  I’ll go on checking the page from time to time with low expectations but unless they start updating some things fast, it may be too late. You can read all these stories about the rapid growth all you want but the reality is that the enthusiasm is in a free fall.  This is coming from someone that really really wants Google+ to overtake Facebook.  I honestly cannot see it happening if Facebook stopped growing today.  The lackluster sense of urgency to compete just isn’t there.  I see Google+ turning into the next AOL or Myspace very soon if they don’t start taking this seriously.

So Tired Of The Fighting

It seems like everyone is all bent out of shape at the Communist in the White House.  I also think the guy is an absolute loser that is not worth wasting my energy on.  At work people have been complaining about everything from that punk in  the White House to gun laws, to possibly being furloughed.  You know, there are just not enough hours in the day for me to waste worrying about that stuff.  While I agree with many of the points, I just get so tired of being angry.  I will do what I can and vote against those in Washington but I am not going to sit around dwelling on it.  I will leave that to others who enjoy being angry.  Today I took my mp3 player to work in an attempt to tune out all the complaining.  Sometimes a person just gets tired of being angry all the time.

This is why I do not watch the national news.  I don’t care if you are conservative or liberal (Communist), you can watch the news and you will end up angry.  It doesn’t matter if it is MSNBC or Fox News. One common theme that you will hear is a never ending barrage of storries intended to anger the viewers. There are never any solutions but rather just more riling the people up.  I am sick of it and don’t want to hear about it.  There is nothing to be gained by playing their game.  The media are nothing more than a tool to get the ignorant masses riled up to a point that you cannot think for yourself.  If you are one of those people belly aching about all that is going on in the news (cough cough), I mean propaganda machine, enjoy being angry and understand that while I am there with you on the issues, I am just not going to sit here and moan about it day in and day out.  Stay in the fight.

Suspended Facebook Again

A few days ago I posted an opinion online about something and was immediately called names and I was pretty fed up already so this was just about all I could take. Strangely enough, I have not missed it.  I’ve always preferred Twitter anyway.   Facebook has always been one of those places where you have to be extra careful what you say because you have real family and real friends.  To be honest, social networking sometimes gets on my nerves because people just cannot stop posting about politics day and night.  I purposely turn off the news because I don’t want to  hear about politics.  Then once I go onto a social networking site, people are posting about it all the time.  I have found that I am a much happier person when I turn  off the news.  It is not that I don’t want to hear about other people’s hardships but I don’t want to hear the slanted commentary that usually accompanies it.  I know how the politics on the news tends to put me in a very grouchy mood so I turn it off. The last thing I want to do is go onto a social networking site and hear the same stuff that I was trying to avoid on the news.  I am very conservative and even I get tired of hearing Fox News almost as much as I get tired of hearing MSNBC.  Here we are months later and they are still talking about Benghazi. It is not that I disagree with them but listening to it all the time just gives  you the impression that there is no way to win.

I may turn my Facebook back on at some point but right now I am not missing it.  Maybe it is because I have been sick this week but nevertheless, I am enjoying the peace.  My youngest son and his wife canceled their accounts many months ago and seem to not miss it.  Maybe it is my turn to try that for a while.

Why I Only Use the King James Version of the Bible

There is a movement out there that agrees with my stand that the Authorized King James version is the only trustworthy English translation of the Bible.  They base this belief on putting more relevance on one method of translation over another.  While I could join into that conversation and find some relevance in it, my thoughts are along a different line.  I am trying look at things through a practical way of thinking, for example, what would cause the least confusion, etc.  The explanation that I hear most for those using other translations is for ease of understanding. They claim that the King James does not use modern day language so that it may be more difficult to understand.  Following this logic, I would assume that in their eyes, the King James, being difficult to understand may be a hindrance to someone spending time reading the Bible.  This to me seems like a logical and very influential point to be made.  Adding to this, one might say that one translation method is superior over another making one more accurate than another. Those that advocate one translation over another will point out the weaknesses of the methods used to translate others translations over their preferred, and also point out entire verses that have been removed, etc.  I do have my opinions on this as well but I will not go into it in this post.  That is a completely different argument in itself but it tends to lead to the same issue that I do want to talk about in this post.

I have several reasons for only using the King James separate from those mentioned above with respect to translation methods.  One is the appearance of confusion to the un-learned and the other is standardization in learning.  The appearance of confusion can be clarified in this… When a new person is evangelized and convinced to follow the Christian faith, they are likely a bit overwhelmed with how little they know.  When they go to do some research to learn, they are met with 15 different translations. When they search the Internet to find out what translation is best, they are met with thousands of articles point out the virtues of one translation while pointing out the heresy in others.  To a new convert, this can lead to confusion or outright frustration.  The question can arise… “Which one is right?”   To those that have more maturity in their learning, they may think of the various translations as not being in conflict but rather a different way of saying the same thing…A way to better understand the original text.  To one that does not know, they will see one as being right and the others being flawed.  There are plenty of people on both sides that would agree with them, making it even more confusing.  There are many that are mature in their knowledge that will argue that other translations are heresy and are more than happy to go to this un-learned person to convince them not to use one translation over another.  There are many other reasons that I choose not to use any other translation.

Probably one of the reasons that I am so staunch in my stand that I will only use the King James version is for standardization.  Many people including myself have older relatives and friends that have been Christian for decades.  They can quote scripture on a subject to point out whether something is Biblical or not.  This is similar to the courts system’s duty to interpret law by whether or not it is Constitutional.  We as Christians have a duty to learn and understand scripture as is told in the Bible…

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV”

People commit the scriptures to memory because the world is against God.  When the world comes against the believer, they must know the words of God from the Bible.  I am not saying that a person must memorize every verse in the Bible but it is inevitable that certain scriptures will be retained, word for word.  Historically our grandparents could quote many scriptures in the Bible to make points to us in their endeavors to teach us.  Since at that time, all that was available was the King James, those scriptures were taught  in those words.  Now, it a person decides they want to learn the scriptures of the New Living Translation (NLT) for example, there will be confusion when he or she is joined with someone who has learned the King James when their combined efforts to teach someone else is joined together.  I am sure that many people have been in the same situation as I have when I have gone to church and the preacher puts a verse on the board and we look it up so we can follow.  He is reading from the American Standard Version (ASV) and I am reading the King James Version. I find myself getting confused because he is reading different words and throwing off my concentration.  This is just one of the things that bothers me about using other translations.

I am sure that the motive people have for using other translations is pure.  I am not saying they are wrong for using them though many people would vehemently disagree.  My point in this is that it makes it too easy to get confused and less likely to commit scripture to memory.  It is hard enough to get people do spend time in the Bible learning the words of God. When you throw in 15 different translations, it is just another excuse not to read the Bible.  The devil beats us all in the name of being busy.  We are too busy with life to spend time in God’s word.  Add to this that the church cannot agree on a single translation of the Bible and you have confusion.

It is my contention that God never wanted confusion. Paul even said so much to the Corinthians.

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV”

I am not saying that people are bad if they use different translations of the Bible but I am saying that potential is there for confusion to creep in.  If a person does not believe that one translation is right, it leaves open the door for a lack of faith.  In Romans 14 it says…

“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romand 14:23 KJV”

This scripture as others, needs to be read in its context. Never take a single scripture quoted to you at face value without first reading the whole chapter to get the context of the verse.  The point of me posting Romans 14:23 is to show that to a person that does not believe something to be righteous, and yet they still do it, to them it is sin.  The context of this verse relates to the rituals of one group putting more emphasis on one thing over another  in their worship to God.  It can be applied here in this context.  To me, the Authorized King James Version is the only version that “I” have complete faith in.  For that reason, when someone starts quoting some other translation to me, I leave with a question mark until I can get home and search to see what the King James version says.  When we bring multiple versions of the Bible into a group that already lacks the discipline to spend time learning God’s words, then I think the devil wins.  He succeeds in keeping Christians immature in their learning and so, keeps their testimony weak.  If I am wrong, then I apologize.  I just have a very strong conviction on this and I tend to shy away from web sites that quote other translations.  If I don’t have complete faith in its accuracy or application, then I tend to shy away from them.

I hope this post is not offensive and not taken as an attack by those that use other translations.  I am just telling you my reasoning and conviction.  If you disagree with my take on this, then there is nothing I can do. It was certainly not meant to single anyone or any translation out as being inaccurate.  That is another discussion.

More Islamic Double Standards

This is just more confirmation of what we already know.  Islam is not a religion of peace and they are already in control of our own government.  If you don’t think there is a spiritual war going on, just watch the news. There are stories after stories of Islamic terrorists blowing things up all over the place and yet the media will portray them as victims.  They are the perpetrators of the violence, not the victims.  Political correctness in America has gotten completely out of control.  People are so concerned about hurting the feelings of terrorists that they give them a pass.  Find an Islamic country that became that we through OTHER means than a violent overthrow.

When you add to that fact that our own country has reached a point where morality is a joke, then what else can we expect?  Our country wants to keep the government separate from religion except when it comes to Islam.  Most people disagree with that view but they sit quietly while Islam bullies its way into one country after another. Just as the media and liberals belittle those that would claim Communism by labeling you as spreading McCarthyism, they belittle anyone that points out this double standard by claiming Islamophobia. Yes, that is not a mis print.  I have seen this on many news broadcasts and without fail, it is a liberal/Socialist/Communist/Progressive that is claiming we have Islamophobia in our country while giving them a pass.  It is outrageous!

Don't Be Angry

When I woke up yesterday, I knew how the election was going to turn out.  There are times when you just have a gut feeling how things are going to go.  I told a couple of coworkers this feeling yesterday and was pretty much scolded for even saying so.  Honestly, this outcome does not surprise me because the election is more of a symptom of a bigger problem. Two states passed laws legalizing marijuana use. Two states passed laws legalizing homosexual marriage.  Who won the Presidential position is a small sign of a bigger problem.  This election and the things that passed could not have happened if the people did not want it.  You can argue about media bias, or racial unrest, or any other legitimate claim but it does not address the true issue of what is going on in the world.   If we spent as much time reading the Bible as we did following politics and being part of the world, we would see that what is happening is supposed to be happening.  The Bible predicted these days several times.  In Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Romans 1, etc.  Probably nothing says it better than 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; KJV

Make sure you read the entire chapter in its context and not just the verse.  I really don’t like quoting individual versus without the whole chapter.  The main point in this verse that I am making a point of is the “falling away” part.  We, the church have fallen away.  We have conformed to this world in opposition to Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. KJV

Just look around at the world and look at the church.  We have become the world.  We never speak of sin because we worry about offending others. We are so busy trying to be part of the world that we’ve lost our salt. Everywhere you look, the church is corrupt and so judgment has begun with us and we have brought it on ourselves just as it is spoken in 1 Peter 4:17

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? KJV

Instead of being angry about an election, we need to be looking deeper than that.  We have forsaken spending time in God’s word. Instead of being angry this morning, how about looking within and asking whether you have become part of the world like I have.  How could you be spending time in God’s word and not know that the world would fall away from God?  Let’s not forget 2 Corinthians 6:17…

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, KJV

Before you allow yourself to get angry, just remember that the same Bible that predicted the world we are living, also shows that God wins in the end.  Just dwell on that and be happy this morning. I wanted to post something more indepth this morning but I have to go to work.

Undecided? I don't believe you.

I keep hearing about these so called “undecideds” out there and I don’t believe they exist.  Either they are just salivating at being courted by both scum bag candidates or they are just plain stupid.  If at two days before  the election you can still call yourself undecided, I don’t know if I trust you to be able to wipe your back side on your own. The decision is obvious.  We have a known quantity, a failure, a divided country, an anti capitalist, terrorist sympathizer that cannot even bring himself to call them terrorists.  He is against everything that is traditional America.  His only redeeming quality is the color of his skin. Every time I hear him speak, it is as if I am hearing the Communist Manifesto being read to me. Instead of advocating that children being taught how to live in our wonderful Capitalist society, he teaches Socialism so that no one knows how to live in it. That results in the inequality that they like to claim Capitalism does.  It is a self fulfilling prophesy.   I’ve made no secret that I don’t like either of the presidential candidates.  I think the current occupant is downright evil and must go… PERIOD.  Romney is a horrible choice but he is all we have and since the current occupant cannot remain any longer than necessary, Romney is it.  I’ll admit that the American system is messed up big time.  Anyone that denies that has their head deep in the sand.  When you have a country of 300+ million people and these two are the best you can find, there is something seriously wrong.

Let me make something clear… I do not endorse Ron Paul.  Just because I do not like the two we have, does not mean that I support Ron Paul.  This guy advocates homosexual marriage and that is completely unacceptable.  This is not hate speech. I will not get into the reasons why homosexuality is wrong because let’s be honest… If you can’t figure it out then you are too far gone for me to waste my energy.  Does this mean I hate homosexuals?  Of course not.  I will not go so far as to say that their sin is any worse than my own but where I have a problem with their sin is that they refuse to acknowledge that it is a sin and also want us to accept it as normal. I would be just as offended if someone tried to say that my own sins were normal and should be accepted.  Let’s get this argument off the table because I don’t hate people that engage in homosexuality.

Believe me when I say that I sat on the fence for a while about whether I wanted to vote at all because I felt that both choices were bad. When people would tell me that to not vote for Romney, means I am voting for the current occupant, it angered me. I use to make the same argument with previous elections, but with this election I felt that it was so important based on principal that I vote for neither. I started to rationalize if using this argument would work if both candidates were murderous dictators.  Then who should I vote for?  Do I want to have it on my conscience that I supported a murderous dictator?  I had my mind up that I was not going to vote for either candidate as you can see in the post dated February 3, 2012 labeled “Why I Will Not Vote For Romney or Obama“.   I still feel that way but someone on Google+ posted a video by Bill Whittle that convinced me otherwise. Below you can see that video

His analogy about a person being mugged while someone watched and did nothing to prevent it resonated with me.  As much as I think Romney is a bad choice, I feel that I do have to do what is necessary in this “imperfect system” that he spoke of.  For this reason, I will vote on Tuesday even if I have to take a vacation day. Without question, our system needs an overhaul because both Republicans and Democrats are destroying our country. Republicans to a lesser extent as Democrats.  I’ve said that both parties were equally bad in the post “Republicans Are Just As Bad As Democrats“.  I think I need to take that back because I don’t really believe that. While the Republicans have been a major disappointment, they are no where close to being as bad as Democrats.  I will try to keep in mind Bill Whittle’s words and know that my vote for Romney is really a vote to minimize damage.  I am not saying that I think Romney is a bad person but rather too liberal for me.

I know many times I refer to the liberals as Communist on purpose because the term Socialist seems to have lost its stigma while the word Communism has not.  I do understand the difference between Liberalism, Progressive, Socialism, and Communism. I do not blur the lines between them by accident because although each of them have different goals, they all are driven by collectivism.  Marxism is collectivism gone wild. As an American that believes that individual rights should always trump collective rights, I see all of these “isms” as dangerous and purposely use the term with the greatest stigma to describe them.  I do this to wake people up.  There are many Americans that have no idea what these terms mean but many are old enough to see how the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)  was an example of what not to be. I know, I know… There are those that will say the Soviet Union was not a true Communist country by definition.  My answer to that is that once you take away individual liberties, then conditions are ripe for a dictator to emerge.  I oppose collective rights over individual rights because in the end, force has to be used to make people (individuals) comply with the collectivist rules.  Once those freedoms are taken, they never come back.  Even if those Progressives have good intentions, the fact is that people lose their individual freedoms in the name of the group.  Future leaders may not have our good intentions in mind when they exploit the masses, understanding their personal freedoms have already been taken.  I will resist any attempt to take away personal freedoms in the name of security or collective rights for this very reason.  When I hear Obama speak, it is VERY clear he supports collective rights over individual rights. He believes in redistribution over personal achievement.  That alone should bring fear into the hearts of Americans that are listening.

Journalism = Activism

The American media play such a never ending role of trying to shape public opinion that reporting on it just seems redundant.  With the attack on our embassy where our Ambassador was killed, the media have once again shown their bias in their lack of action.  Evidence in the form of emails has shown that Obama had first hand knowledge that it was being attacked by terrorists and lied to tell the American people that it was a spontaneous protest as a result of a movie.  This is not only a lie but an insult to our intelligence. The American media’s response? “crickets chirping”.  Then evidence came out that the CIA office wanted to help the embassy during their attack and were told not to get involved.  The media’s response? “crickets chirping”.

Remember the day of the attack when Mitt Romney came out to speak of Obama’s response?  The media’s response? “Endless barrage of questions as to why he would politicize the attack.  These attacks by the media went on for days.  The false claims by Obama continued for weeks and the media’s response? “crickets chirping”.  The media that I am referring to are NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times, among others.  They are not journalist in the true definition of the term.  Since they insist on being called journalists then we have to consider that journalism is nothing more than activism.  The media are not mere reporters of events but rather actively trying to influence their Communist agenda.  They have no integrity and so they cannot be trusted.  The media don’t even give a pretense of objectivity. They don’t even deny that they are left wing activists. If asked directly, they laugh and belittle the one making the accusation.  They will ALWAYS pick the left wing candidate in an election. Their lack of reporting this story is motivated by the same reason that Obama is hiding the truth.  They want Obama to be re-elected and so they cannot report anything that may paint Obama in a negative light. With respect to Obama, they say nothing rather than speak the truth.

Question EVERYTHING you hear from a journalist.