Scared of Automatic

The idea of automatic should scare the bejeezus out of you. When something is automatic, it is being done for you. This is supposed to be simpler and safer because a machine or computer will do a better job than a human being. This works well with auto-pilot, an automatic car, and automatic weapons. There are many things though that I don’t want to be automatic because I trust myself more than the machine.

Automatic Headlights
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I don’t believe in the auto function headlights. I will turn them off/on every time instead of using the auto function which I believe turns them on and off for you when it deems appropriate. Why do I feel this way? #1, if the car is on, the headlights should always be on. I don’t care if it’s bright as the sun, the headlights are on in case of tunnels or other dark areas. I don’t know if the auto function believes in this philosophy. #2, if the machine malfunctions and my battery dies, I would be pissed. When I was 16 I left my lights on one time and pulled my mom from work to jump me. She wasn’t happy. Since that day I’ve never left my lights on and would never trust a machine over myself.

Automatic Driving
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I know this is futuristic (maybe not that much) but I don’t like the idea of a car driving me places. I told this to Evan and he said that there would probably be a manual override function in case something went wrong but the whole idea perturbs me. Let’s just say the machine malfunctions and I go careening off the side of the road because I was reading a book in the back seat. I don’t know about you but I’m not going out that way. The concept that the car will drive you is something that should never happen. It’s one thing for a plane to pilot itself because there is a lot of air space that precision isn’t as important. With millions of drivers a day, this would lead to many catastrophes.

Auto Correct

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I’m 50/50 on this one. My current phone, Galaxy 3, won’t auto correct. It suggests what words but it won’t actually change the word. This is annoying when I’m drunk and mistype because the whole process is incredibly time consuming. However, when I did have an auto-correct phone I found that it wouldn’t always correct with the proper word which was equally annoying. Going back and altering a word that was supposed to be corrected is frustrating. My real suggestion is make the keyboard better. Besides, aren’t phones smart enough to produce your thoughts on the screen accurately?

Auto Update

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The automatic update is the pits. Adobe and Oracle are the kings of unnecessary updates. They’ll change one tiny bug and send out a brand new patch that updates a function you never knew existed. It really never ends and displays their ineptitude. Windows is also bad. I’ll update when I want to update because updates usually require a restart. I can’t remember the last time I had an update and thought to myself, “wow, this is really improved.” Tell me if you have an update and I’ll decide when a good time to do it is

By |2013-10-21T21:02:03-04:00October 21st, 2013|My Brain|0 Comments

4 Bands With Staying Power

Bands that I’ve heard over a long period of time and don’t get tired of their music are the artists I’m praising with this post. These artist’s songs are played everyday and I will usually not change the station when I hear them on the radio. There are tons of artists who I consider good artists but when I hear their music, I want to change the song. Some examples for me are Tom Petty, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Sublime. I’ve heard the songs so much that I don’t like them anymore because I’m worn out. This list will contain bands whose music has been around for decades and who I will still listen to (almost) no matter what the song.

Men At Work
Men At Work
Men at Work is an Australian rock band who achieved international success in the 1980s. They are the only Australian artist to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United States (Business as Usual and “Down Under” respectively). The group won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and have sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Only two of their three albums produced notable songs but I think they are dynamite. Business as Usual produced Who Can it Be Now, Down Under, and Be Good Johnny. Cargo had Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive, Overkill, and It’s a Mistake which are all good songs. None of these songs have lost interest to me and I’ll listen through the albums from time to time because they are upbeat and put me in a good mood.

Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News are an American pop rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually scoring a total of 19 top-ten singles across the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Mainstream Rock charts.

The hardest song for me to listen to by Huey is The Power of Love. I find most of their music to have well thought out lyrics and nice rhythm. Some major hits are Do You Believe in Love, Heart and Soul, I Want a New Drug, the Heart of Rock and Roll, If This is It, Stuck with You, Hip to Be Square, and Jacob’s Ladder. Perfect World or Walking on a Thin Line are my favorite off songs.

The Cars


The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synth-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flower in the early 1980s. The Cars started fresh with their debut album The Cars which went on to go platinum in late 1978. The Cars’ debut album was called a “genuine rock masterpiece” by Allmusic.

I keep finding new Cars songs that I like. Their hits being My Best Friends Girl, Moving in Stereo, You’re All I’ve got Tonight, Just What I Needed, Drive, Dangerous Type, Let’s Go, Good Times Roll, Shake it Up, Tonight She Comes, and You Might Think. If you aren’t familiar with any of these songs, then you’ve never given the Cars a chance. They are all classics and at some point in your life are worth knowing.

Dire Straits
Dire Straits
They also became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. Dire Straits won numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards. The band’s most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, “Lady Writer”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Private Investigations”, “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms”.

My favorite band on the list. Brothers in Arms is one of the best Albums of all time. Even Mark Knopfler’s solo songs are great. I listened to What It Is on repeat for a few days straight. Songs worth listening to that Wikipedia didn’t mention are Skateaway, So Far Away and Expresso Love. No song of theirs that comes on the radio deserves to be changed. I even noticed that Mark Knopfler did the score for the movie Wag the Dog which I didn’t watch all the way through. Solid band.

By |2013-05-06T22:32:00-04:00May 6th, 2013|Music|1 Comment

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