Holy crap… Its the future.

Let me walk you through something.  Its something you probably realize, but maybe just don’t grasp the significance of.  Pull out your phone and take a look at it.  Is it a two year old Android P.O.S. that you got for free with your cell phone contract, or the newest iPhone 6?  Is it just a plain old phone with an LCD display?  Doesn’t matter.  That shit was impossible 30 years ago.  How did you get your news 30 years ago?  TV, newspaper, or radio, I’m assuming.  That or word of mouth.  You kept all your music on tapes that held… 10 songs?  If you didn’t like one of those songs you just suffered through it.  Computer monitors had 2 colors, unless you were really fancy and they had 16.  You stored information on 5 and a half inch floppies.   If you wanted to talk to someone you called on one of these:

Rotary Phone
How does this work again?

Just… think about that.  Twenty years ago, people were just getting online. There was no Google.  There was Webcrawler, which if you were too young to remember it, be grateful.  You couldn’t use the phone while you were surfing the web or checking email because it used your phone line.  You probably had a calculator.  Think about it.  It was probably about as big as your current phone.  If you wanted to find something in a library you still needed to use a card catalog.  If you wanted to buy a book, you went to the bloody store.  You bought things from a JC Penny’s magazine.  You found something in a crappy pseudo-book someone mailed to you, then you called a person up, on that crap phone, with your order between the hours of 8 and 6.  You might have wrote them a check.

Lets go ahead and fast forward to now.  Lets say you have an iPhone.  It has between 3,200x and 26,200x the memory of my family’s first computer.  Want a more detailed look of how far computers have come in 30 some years?  Try this.  Well, that’s comparing the computers of yesteryear, the first personal computers to our modern day smart phones.  If you’ve got a tablet, you’re holding science fiction technology in the palm of your hand.

Your music collection might still be on CDs, but chances are it isn’t.  Even if you still buy CD’s you bring it home, pop the disc in your computer once and put that thing in a digital library that probably contains THOUSANDS of songs.  To listen to any one of them, all you have to do is search, and click play.  Before I went to college, I thought people were lying to me when they said that they could download and watch whole movies, now its rare that I even bother going to get a physical copy of a movie that I want to own.  When I went on vacation as a kid, I had to find room to pack two or three extra paperbacks, just to make sure I had enough reading material.  Now, I have an eReader that currently holds nearly 400 books and it weighs less than a single paperback, takes up less room, and has a built in light, and connects to wireless internet to go and get MORE books.  My first MP3 player held about 13 songs and ran on AA batteries.  My iPad holds thousands of songs, audiobooks, tv shows AND has access to both Amazons library of music AND video AND Netflix … so on and so forth.

Lets talk about maps.  How many of you can find your way from your current location, to somewhere you’ve never been, in a different city, using a paper map?  That’s how my parents used to navigate on family trips, and I have no clue how they did it.  Well, I know how, and may be able to myself…maybe.  But my phone knows where I am and can tell me how to get ANYWHERE.  Most of the time.

We have video watches.

We have honest to goodness cyborgs!

We have machines that can turn human waste into electricity AND drinkable water!

Self-driving cars? On the way.

Private space flight? Check.

Want to do something cool? The average human is your investor now, go and do it!

Sure, back to the future two prophesied that we would have hover boards, flying cars, and Jaws 19, but I think that what we’ve actually got is way better.  Well… Mr. Fusion sure would be nice. Oh.  Wait!  Also, flying cars would be a terrible idea.  I know I don’t want the jack-asses I have to drive with every day in control of something infinitely more dangerous than a car.

So… here we are! The future!  How do you like it so far?  Got any favorites that I missed?  Discuss!


Why the “Open Letters to Jennifer Lawrence” are bull.

Some people are going to have an issue with the things I’m going to say here…buuuuuut I’m willing to run that risk.  Recently, various celebrities had their cloud accounts hacked and naked pictures of themselves leaked.  That’s the crime.  Period.  Full stop.  End of story.  Among them is Jennifer Lawrence, an absolutely (from what I know of her) awesome lady.  She was understandably traumatized and hurt when people violated her privacy in a way that I have no frame of reference for.  I suggest you read her side of things here, because her words are going to be infinitely better than mine.

What happened to her is shitty, and her standing up and being willing to talk about it is awesome.  Do you want to know what else is shitty though (and yes, I’m using ‘shitty’ because that’s the perfect word for it)?  People who use her pain, to push forward their own issues and talking points.  Even worse, is taking the opportunity to preach at her as if she has to share your morals.  One quote was all it took to turn Jennifer Lawrence standing up for herself into “This is a perfect opportunity to tell people how she’s wrong and you don’t need porn.”

This just reeks of the “NotAllMen” mansplaining crap that pops up on a regular basis.

“Well, not ALL men look at porn.”

“She shouldn’t have taken the pictures if she didn’t want them on the internet.”

“I don’t want to spend time talking about what a stupid idea it is to take and upload explicit photos of yourself (a.k.a. porn)…” (That one is real and not just hyperbole.)

Its all the same BS.  Well, ok.  It’s different flavors, but still the same BS.  The latter is really ticking me off though.  All of these letters pick one quote out of her whole interview:

“It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”

And then proceed to talk about either what she did wrong: I.E. sharing pictures of herself with her committed boyfriend OR the goes into the Porn is bad (which I’m not getting into here) OR starts in examining her relationship and telling her what she’s doing wrong because its not the traditional Christian thing.

So, its not going to go over well with some of the people I know, but here it is.  Using someone else’s pain to put forward your Christian viewpoint is not Christian.  It is a crappy thing to do.  Your call isn’t to publicly shame someone else who is already hurting from something terrible that happened to them.  That’s not love.

Using someone else’s pain to promote your ideas is not Christian.  I don’t care what you message is.  I don’t care that you have the best of intentions.  If Jennifer Lawrence would read your “Open Letters” you would not be helping her in the least.  You’d be showing her that you don’t really care about what she’s going through, you just wanted to use what’s happening to her for a little signal boost.

And I know.  Some people probably have the best of intentions.  But guess what?  You’re not helping either.  Because by “pointing out her sin” or whatever you THINK you’re doing.  You’ve missed the entire picture and point of what just happened.  Jennifer Lawrence and the others who were hacked are the victims of a crime and here you are, wasting time telling them how they’ve screwed up, how THEY are the ones who need to get right with God.  That’s how I know you don’t care about the people who have been hurt by this, and how you don’t care about Jennifer Lawrence.  She sent some pictures to a man that she has been in a relationship with for many years.  Someone else violated her privacy and millions of men joined in that violation.  Why don’t you turn your “righteousness” on them?

I have been told my entire life that “God is Love” and I truly believe that.  I believe that Jesus loves us, and wants us to love others in return.  Maybe you “Open Letter” could think about what that really means for a while, and come back when you have a better understanding of the word, because I don’t think you really know what it means.  Am I being particularly loving now?  *shrug* Eh.  I’m an imperfect man.

Notice: I tried to be as respectful to Jennifer Lawrence and the other victims of the recent hack as possible and I apologize if that did not come across clearly enough.  If you want a good explanation of where this is coming from go and read a little of Chuck Wendig’s blog on #HeForShe.  To anyone wanting to explain how I’m wrong about Christianity and how we should treat people who aren’t Christian, please move along.