Android Voice Blogging

This blog was written entirely using my voice and the Google voice keyboard tool on my android phone. Wow I really didn’t expect it to work this well. I have not done any editing at all.  The option is new on Ice Cream Sandwich, and the Google voice box appears where my keyboard would normally be.

The future of this voice input looks good.  I just speak, and the words appear. Fast or slow.  So far, it is not even made 1 mistake. It doesn’t seem to have a new line feature or a new paragraph feature, but that just could be because I don’t know what word to use.  Editing takes me back to the regular keyboard, and the toggle is a hassle, but maybe this will change as updates become available.

Eating Alone at McDonalds

Eating alone is something you get used to after a while.  You find ways to amuse yourself, or feel less self conscious. I used to only ever eat alone at counter-pay places, but never at restaurant where I sit and order from wait staff.

Today, I was eating breakfast at McDonalds.

One of my favourite things to do us just sit,  watch and listen. This is especially fun at breakfast time.  McDonalds in the morning is dominated by old people. Seniors sitting around eating their McDonalds breakfast are entertaining.

Today,  on my way to a business meeting,  I stopped off at a McDonalds. I feel no shame in admitting I enjoy their breakfasts, both in taste, and environment.

Today was a Saturday, and the place packed to capacity. I actually had to wait for a table,  but sadly the location was in a Chinese neighborhood and the restaurant was fully packed with people,  both young and old, all speaking Chinese.

That’s no fun. Overhearing people speaking a different language is not entertaining at all. To an English speaker, people speaking Chinese sound exactly like another English speaker mocking it.  Gibberish words and lots of ahhh sounds.

Zeppelin: I have lived almost 50 years and today is the first day ever,  that I discovered gibberish is spelled with a g, not a j. To me, the Chinese language seems a little louder than English, and so from my table,  I could overhear conversations from no less than four tables. Sadly,  I could not understand a word.

Sometimes when you listen to foreigners talking in their language, you can still pick out newer words, or technology words they may not know the translations for.  Your ears trigger on terms like APPLE or iPHONE or MICROSOFT WINDOWS in between the other words.  Todays restaurant cliental were all these were seniors, so they were probably not discussing much modern technology. No random English words crept in.  Nothing. Just Chinese.

I felt alone in a crowd.

I suppose I am supposed to understand what it might feel like to be a foreigner in a regular English speaking McDonalds.

American Politics

Frequently when I think of politics, I think there are many smart people out there that do things politically, more like a performance than real politics.  Elections are shows for the masses.  The campaign trail is performance art.  With 24 hour news channels and blogs out the wazoo, people need to have something to talk about. To feel they’re a part of the process, even if they’re not, really.

While I watched the American 2012 Republican debates, starting with a big crowd of over 10 contenders, it occurs to me that this is a process. They’re starting early and getting more TV coverage before the election than they ever will after it. I’m sure it happens every four years, but we’re all four years older each time too, and our values and memories and opinions change. I pay way more attention to politics now, than I did four or 8 or 12 years ago.

Although, to be fair, I still get my news from the comedy side of politics, not the actual news stations.  I learn what I need to from Howard SternJon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmels – although with Saturday Night Live. Since I am Liberal, and of the belief that most of the people I respect in life are too, this is actually adequate for me to feel somewhat educated.

When I see the row of clowns in the debates, and both sides are making fun of some of them, I realize exactly why we have idiots running for President. Why it is important to rule out the fools, in order to make us all believe we are choosing the right man (or woman, if that ever happens).

We need fools to make fun of, because it is vital, in the 20+ months of time we have to fill before the actual election, that we not make fun of the one we’re going to choose – at least too much.  We need the late night talk shows to have fodder, and be able to mock and attack and joke about the losers.  If we had 10 actual good contenders up in the row in front of a crowd, we’d not only be confused, but we’d have to find out the dirt and bad things about the good guys too.  We’d be talking for 28 months about Mit Romney, and that can’t be good.

Without the idiot contestants,  we might have to laugh at the real contestants.  Just like other realty TV shows like Survivor,  the winners have to think about who they want to take to the end. Who can they beat in the final tribal council.  We need losers we know can’t win to the end beside us.

Herman Caine was just a rodeo clown that lets the cowboy get away unnoticed by the media bull.

His job was to show America that a black man, or a small business man, or a crazy person  – depending on which demographic you most identify with, CAN make it to the Presidential race.  His close positioning served multiple purposes to give hope to everyone that in the USA, anyone can make it to the President campaign trail, even if only  rich Harvard educated men actually win.  He was close.