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Writing when nothing comes to mind

On a given day, I can normally come up with about 10 topics to write about. Honestly, probably more than that.

I usually write the titles and save them as drafts for days like today.

Today I feel like I can’t come up with anything to write about. Sure I could take one of the topics I’ve saved from the past but the creative energy just isn’t there.

I could talk about how we are watching freedom die in many countries, or about the ruling of chalking tires unconstitutional, or the misuse of personal data between corporations and government. Lots of things to discuss but today, I’m just going to ramble.

The point is, some days you just need to create. Even when it’s not in you. Even if it’s just rambling and doesn’t make sense. Draw something random on a post it. It’s about producing and not worrying about the results sometimes.

Part of the reason I’m unable to really dive into a topic is because I’m too focused on a work project and I can’t really give the energy to something else right now.

Anyways, good luck today, create something, and live the life you dream of as if you already have it.

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Cellphones – The love-hate relationship.

I’m a techie. Though I wouldn’t go around and tell everyone that. But lets admit it. Maybe I’m a closet techie…. hmm… oh well.

I’ve always had the latest Android phone for the most part. I don’t know how many HTC, and Nexus phones I had. I’ve had this phone now is alright, but I might just completely get rid of it. More on that thought in the future.

The love -hate relationship I have is what I believe most people have. This constant ringing thing, that everyone seems to think because you have a cell phone you should always answer (at least many think this), it’s the ultimate distraction, it ruins conversations and connection with people. I can go on and on.

On the positive, it can help you navigate a place you don’t know. It can help you when you need it most. There are so many good apps/tools and things that can make you more productive and live a better life. Plus let’s not forget how nice it is to have a flashlight at a moments notice! 🙂

You’d think in our society with more and more distracted drivers, that we’d ban these things. Not just driving (yes I know there are countless states that have made it illegal to drive and be on your phone.), in restaurants, at sporting events, schools, stores, and on and on. Have you ever looked around at people at a restaurant? I’d bet at least 60% are looking at their phones. It’s honestly creepy when it’s past 80%. I think to myself,

-what has this world come to?

-Is this what we all really want for ourselves?

I’m leaning more and more toward living without this device. As much as it helps me in so many ways and makes me more productive, it also makes me distracted, constantly interrupted, and not as human.

I do think 10, 20 years from now, they will say cell phones were just as bad if not as bad as cigarettes. For the distraction and addictive aspects. As much as the tech world and cell phone companies want to say it doesn’t have an effect on health, I do wonder what the long term effects of constant cell phone radiation will have on us. I get that, we get radiation all over, including from the sun but I can’t imagine that they are one in the same. Especially since it’s not like we have one cellphone and we keep it 5 feet from our bodies at all times. We have houses 10 feet with wifi routers blasting a signal, every person has a cell phone, and plenty of other wireless devices. I think in all the studies I’ve seen they don’t have long term exposure tested in a realistic environment. Mostly because there is too many variables to conclude it’s cell radiation, wifi, both, or something else altogether.

I’ll continue for now to love-hate this device but I don’t know what the future holds for me and having a cell phone.

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My theory on Google Maps speed traps

I wondered, why would Google, a company as large as them take a stand against speed traps? I understand other apps like Waze may have that feature and I’m sure it was widely requested. BUT… it’s for a company that has interests in working with the government, be it state or federal, this seems like a bad idea.

Then it dawned on me.

Waymo Google’s Autonomos future car.

How does that make sense?

If Google prevents people from getting speeding tickets, or at least decreases them, then the State receives less revenue that would otherwise be generated through speeding tickets. The State then will in turn attempt to recover it by trying different tactics, and likely those will be counter-acted as well. Eventually the State will decide to find another way to generate that missing revenue. Maybe go after jaywalkers more. I don’t know but speeding will be less and less of a concern as those that speed will have a tool to prevent them from getting caught.

When the State doesn’t make that revenue and goes else where, guess what happens when the autonomos car comes to the interstates of that State?

The State doesn’t care. They have no desire to slow it down from being adopted as it’s already accepted that it is no longer getting revenue from speeders. It’s one less, hurdle, if not a large one, that the autonomous car producers have to jump through. Also one less potential tax the State’s will try to place on the autonomous car producers to make up for lost revenue.

It’s a theory but if I’m right it’s pretty impressive future planning and demonstrates that corporations will outsmart the government before they catch on.

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