Beginner Guide to Cutting the Cord
Next week I am going to do Episode 3 of The Super Sweet Podcast where we will discuss the DD-WRT setup in more detail. Basically, it’s programming your wireless router to constantly be connected to your VPN, so that all of the devices that connect to it can utilize it. This is ideal for sports packages. I will get into how to acquire a DD-WRT router, how to flash your existing router (if compatible) with the DD-WRT firmware, or how to buy one already set up and ready to go with no hassle. Remember, I’ll be talking about this stuff like an average guy. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to learn about this stuff, just a little time and research.
As you can see, there are some things to think about and consider when deciding if this is for you. Once you get your set-up up and running, its extremely liberating. You are paying for what YOU want. If you have any questions at all, send me an email at:
The Sony Incident
Good Read: "When Google Met Wikileaks"
In 2011, Julian Assange sat down with Google’s Eric Schmidt and a few others and debated technology, politics, their impacts on different societies, and the tech solutions endangered by the global network. Each man gave their own drastically different perspectives on issues. “When Google met Wikileaks” isn’t exactly a “book”, but more a well documented transcript of their encounter that Assange wanted the world to read.
The reason this book exists was because of the “betrayal” Assange claims, which had happened after the two sat down. It was the billionaire leader of the world’s largest information mega-tron verses the truth exposing Wikileaks founder. Assange states in the book that Schmidt said to his face that he is “obviously sympathetic” to Assange’s “vision.” Schmidt then when on to write his 2013 book, “The New Digital Age” where he linked Assange into a group of “Terrorist Hackers” and also referred to the success of Wikileaks as “unfortunate.”
These actions by Schmidt are essentially what prompted Julian to release this book where he skilfully discredits the views represented by Schmidt in “The New Digital Age.” The beginning chapters of the book are brilliantly written calling out Schmidt and Google as being appendages of the US Government, successfully supporting each claim with detailed footnote after footnote. The Electronic version of this book is way better as it makes reading this book way easier. The large quantity of footnotes in this book would be difficult to follow in print. The electronic version allows you to soak in everything with a simple click as run into each footnote. Every claim Assange makes is greatly supported with actual facts and documentation readily available for anyone to go read. Some of the details of Google’s relationship with the Government is alarming (especially the close relationship with Hillary Clinton.) This book was a great insight into the intimate relationship between Washington D.C. and Mountain View, California.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the digital age, politics, and Wikileaks. The transcript of their conversation was compelling and there isn’t a moment in the conversation where Assange loses a step. This was one of the most interesting reads since Julian’s, “Cypherpunks: Freedom and Future of the Internet.”
Don’t forget to check out the Super Sweet Podcast, my new weekly Podcast where I discuss the same types of topics discussed in this blog. Episode 1 is available right now. Have a listen and tell me what you think!
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Review: Lucha Underground!
The arena, or “Temple” they call it, is borderline cheesy, but dimly lit and barely passes as an underground fighting venue. In the first three episodes, I almost found it distracting how generic the audience appeared. The crowds were very small, and nobody even appeared as if they had ever watched wrestling before. Last night I watched episode 4, the crowd was way bigger and everyone was pretty amped up. It was almost as if someone had told wrestling fans that the show was going on. This show, on episode 4, finally appeared to be high energy.
|That’s right….thats Danny Trejo..|
The main character/villain is promoter “Dario Cueto” who looks as if he’s straight out of a bad soap opera. He is presented as wanting to give $100,000 as an award to a victorious wrestler, but obviously is just used as a setting to allow him a chance at turning evil. He doesn’t appear in the ring all that often and is only shown in “Grand Theft Auto” style vignettes between matches. These scenes are always amazing as they are hilariously over dramatic, and feel like you are watching a porno without sex.
There are several other sweet elements to this show. First off, the show appears to have totally fresh talent. It’s not like TNA where they cater to people who made it as jobbers in major promotions like WWE. Each show so far has done a great job at establishing new characters and taking time to give them background stories. Believe it or not, they actually attempt to give you a reason to care about these characters, something you NEVER see anymore. Each show features a few action packed matches and runs a series of different ongoing storylines.
Another unique element to the show is that they stress a level playing field. This basically means that women can fight men, and little people can fight full sized people. They don’t even portray it as being odd or disadvantageous, its all presented as normal which is hilarious. In episode two, you see Chavo Guerrero hit Sexy Star in the head with a steal chair.
Overall, I see wrestling fans being “on the fence” with how they feel for this product. With an hour time slot, you don’t get long epic matches, but you get fast paced excitement. There are no long standing side headlocks here. Instead you have a flurry of characters diving out of the ring and leaping from balconies. As a fan who is sick of the same old stale product, this show has sparked my interest in wrestling once again.
What The End of a Day Should Bring.
Joanna Goddard posted a blog a last week that I really loved. Something I’ve thought about every day since Amelia was born is her future. Not really long term (although that’s obviously important as well,) but more short term things; rights of passage stuff. In the article she writes about kids going off to school, finally being on their own around other kids who may or may not play nicely. Thinking about how your kid may have moments where they feel sad or alone. Watching Amelia smile with genuine excitement when its time to brush her teeth, or seeing how excited she gets when I chase her into her tee pee-the thought of her being sad about anything that isn’t related to a temper tantrum is indeed heartbreaking. Basically the point of her post was that in the end, you want to make home the one place that is guaranteed to be safe and warm, or in her own words – “a haven.”
Having read this, it made me think. Not only was this true, but it should be that way for the whole family. I work at home, so I’m here all day. My wife however is not. Like most folks, she endures the morning commute, the traffic, the weather, and every other outside element in her life that is stacked upon her shoulders. All while toting a baby to and from my parent’s house.
I try to make sure that dinner is ready when they get home everyday because the baby usually only has a short amount of time left awake before its time to go to bed. It’s usually the same routine. I get a text when they are leaving my parent’s house which in turn, allows me to properly time dinner. Usually a dinner that is quick and easy, lacks any effort, and that can be whipped up mindlessly. That’s fine most of the time. We don’t have much time to go out for nice dinners, usually once every 1 or 2 months if we can get my parents to watch Amelia. In an attempt to create a nice surprise for them, tonight I will be making a delicious dinner from a recipe I found online. I will also create an intimate, candle-lit table setting for my ladies. A glass of wine for my wife, and a sippy cup full of the finest water provided by our fridge for the beautiful Amelia Rose.
As a man, it’s easy to fall into a trap of taking thing for granted or to fall into a routine. Some routines are unavoidable, especially during the week. A simple tweak and a little thought can easily bring a smile to the faces you love, especially after a long day.
Tonight I will be making 3 Vegetable Penne Pasta, which uses wheat pasta but I am being assured by the great Rachael Ray that there is a reason having to do with the combination of flavors and not just calorie cutting.
Another thing, clean up a bit. Not just in the house. Yourself. Take a look in the mirror. Yeah, its sometimes more comfortable wearing old jeans, a t-shirt, and ball cap, but change it up. Put on something nice. Not over the top. Just nice.
In the end you have 2 people coming home who have been gone all day, tired, strung out, and itching to get into something comfortable to relax. Part of the fun in having a little kid, is surprising them. Sure, she doesn’t know what a candle light dinner is…but she knows it wasn’t like normal dinner, and we certainly don’t light fancy candles! She seemed to love it and had two whole plates of pasta with nothing but grins. I love my family.
Evil Dead Ash Toddler Tee
A new addition to the toddler shirt collection! I tried something new with this one by putting this design on an American Apparel striped shirt. It pretty much looks bad ass. Any parent that was a big fan of this movie would probably love their kid walking around hailing to the king.
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Hail to the king baby….
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