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Just mild-mannered blogger & podcaster! Fighting a never-ending battle for fandoms & sharing all my misadventures in life.

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November 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving ! 

My heroes.

Japanese Internment

A few days ago I shared a post about protesting and how things are changing within the government and it’s people. So  piggybacking off my last post, I would like to share a email I got this morning.

A letter from George Takei:

Friend —

Just a few weeks after my fifth birthday, in the spring of 1942, my parents got my younger brother, my baby sister, and me up very early, hurriedly dressed us, and quickly started to pack.

When my brother and I looked out the window of our living room, we saw two soldiers marching up the driveway, bayonets fixed to their rifles. They banged on our front door and ordered us out of the house. We could take only what we could carry with us.

We were loaded on to train cars with other Japanese-American families, with guards stationed at both ends of each car as though we were criminals, and sent two-thirds of the way across the country to an internment camp in the swamps of Arkansas.

For nearly three years, barbed wire, sentry towers, and armed guards marked home. Mass showers, lousy meals in crowded mess halls, and a searchlight following me as I ran from our barracks to the latrine in the middle of the night — in case I was trying to escape — became normal.

So when I hear Donald Trump’s transition advisors talk about building a registry of Muslims and his surrogates using the internment of Japanese-Americans as their model, I am outraged — because I remember the tears streaming down my mother’s face as we were torn away from our home. And I am resolved to raise my voice and say, loudly and clearly, that this is not who we are.

My mother was born in Sacramento, my father grew up in San Francisco, and my siblings and I were born in Los Angeles. We were American citizens, as proud of our country as we were of our Japanese heritage. But in the fear and mass hysteria of wartime, none of that mattered. When our government allowed hatred and racism to overtake our values, nothing else mattered.

We cannot allow our country to be led down that dark path ever again.

I am committed to fighting for our values, our democracy, and the moral character of our nation. And I am committed to standing with the Democratic Party against bigotry and oppression for the next four years and beyond, no matter what form it takes. I hope you will do the same. Add your name today to stand with me:

http://my.democrats.org/Next


Thank you,

George


Pokémon GO Event?!?


A Celebration to Say Thank You

Trainers,

It has been an incredible experience since we launched Pokémon GO a few short months ago in July. We are passionate about creating experiences that encourage exploration and promote exercise. We are humbled that hundreds of millions of you around the world have joined us on this journey. So we would like to say thank you – and what better way to say thank you than to celebrate our community.
So, starting November 23rd at 00:00 UTC and going through November 30th 00:00 UTC, we will double the amount of XP and Stardust you receive when completing in-game actions.

Review: CHOETECH Sports Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Headset In-ear Earphones

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61h3e7nfl-_sl1000_ Wow!! The sound is great and also cuts out the background noise. Plus you are about to make phone calls with it as well, which I didn’t know this at the time. The mic is picks ups your voice well and surprisingly clear. You do have to charge them up for a little bit, and the battery life I found can last most of the day :). It is currently on sale on Amazon for $15.99 with Prime (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYW61HC)

  • Bluetooth Wireless Freedom
    CHOETECH Bluetooth Headphones gives you a range up to 33 feet from your Bluetooth-enabled device, allowing you to move freely and stay focused on your workout.
  • Designed to Endure
    In a lightweight plastic casing with a sweat-proof design. Well suited for running, exercising or listening to music on the go, free from wires.
  • Advanced Multi-point
    Enables two Bluetooth-capable devices to connect to one headset with voice prompt.
  • Hands-free Calls
    Built-in microphone, support hands-free calls. With multifunction controller and buttons, allows you to manipulate volume, skip tracks, play/pause, answer/reject phone calls, and pair devices.
  • Comfortable & Stable Fit
    Flexible and comfortable design avoid pains after hours of wearing and five pair of ear tips of different sizes ensure you get it perfect fit and remain stable in your ear.
  • Battery Life
    The built-in battery is rechargeable via USB. Providing up to 4-6 hours of continuous play or talk time and 150 hours of standby time.
  • Compatible Devices
    Support both iOS and Android Bluetooth-enabled devices such as iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, 5/5c/5s/4s, iPad, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S7, S6, S5, S4, S3, Note 3, etc.
  • Parameter:
    Material: Plastic + Electronic Components
    Charging Port: Micro-USB
    Charging Current: DC 5V/1A
    Battery Capacity: 85mAh
    Talk Time: 4-6 Hours
    Standby Time: 150 Hours
    Charging Time: About 2 Hours
    Bluetooth Version: V4.0+EDR
    Operating Distance: 10m(33ft) in open space61kjwih5gl-_sl1000_

Review: CHOETECH 2-in-1 Night Light + Dual USB Desktop Charger

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71da1joa54l-_sl1500_This thing is cool! It has a nice soft LED glow to it and it’s a perfect size that wouldn’t take up to much space on desk. You can even mount it to the wall if you wish to. The charging out-put strong and I have my wireless charger I also got from CHOETECH linked to it. There is also an off and on button for the light, so plus there. Now it’s not a super bright light, it’s a night light… It’s come rather handy when I have to find something and don’t want to turn on all the lights hahaha.

  • 2-in-1 Design
    CHOETECH Night Light is a great combination of LED night light and USB charger! Now you can charge your smartphone while using the night light.
  • Dusk to Dawn Sensor
    Switch to ON: Controlled by light brightness, it will automatically turn on in the dark environment and off in bright environment. Switch to OFF: The Dusk to Dawn Sensor will not work.
  • Dual-port USB Charger
    Provides smart identification to charge 2 devices simultaneously (5V/2.4A max. output).
  • Warm White Light, Eye Protection
    Uses warm and soft light source, no radiation and protect eyes, creating a comfortable atmosphere. Perfect to be a night light for kids bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc
  • Parameters
    Input: AC 100-220V, 50Hz
    USB Total Output: 12W (5V/2.4A)
    LED Light: 1W
    LED Quantity: 15*3014
    Light Color: 2800-3200K
    Material: ABS+PC
    Color: White

It’s currently on sale on Amazon for 13.99 with Prime! (https://www.amazon.com/CHOETECH-Desktop-Charger-Automatic-Bedroom/dp/B01LXLBX22/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479241670&sr=8-1&keywords=2-in-1+Night+Light+%2B+Dual+USB+Desktop+Charger)

Review: CHOETECH USB C To USB 3.0 Adapter (3-Pack)

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81zbnjucohl-_sl1500_Connect any USB-A device or peripheral like flash drives, keyboards, mice to a USB-C enabled device. Compatible with MacBook 12″, ChromeBook Pixel, Nexus 6P and other USB-C devices.

USB3.0 supports faster transmission speed up to 5Gbps. Backward compatible with USB2.0 and 1.1.

Built-in 56k ohm resistor follow Type C standard specification. Support OTG, hot plug and play design. No external driver needed and without software installation.

Designed and constructed with premium grade metal material for ultimate reliability and durability.

Latest-gen Premium Adapter
CHOETECH USB C to USB 3.0 Adapter, designed with premium grade metal material, provides fast data transfer/sync for your favorite media content files (documents, music, movies and more).
High Speed Transmission
This adapter supports USB 3.0 data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps.
Compact Design
Compact and highly portable design with aluminum housing, you can take it with you anywhere.
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-MacBook Pro, 13-Inch, Late 2016, 2 ports Thunderbolt 3
– MacBook with 12″ Retina Display
– Google Chromebook Pixel
– Nokia N1
– Lenovo Zuk Z1
– OnePlus 3
– LG G5
– HTC 10
– Moto Z / Moto Z Force

These adapters are high quality at a low price. I’ve used these adapters to plug a USB Drive into my phone as well as USB peripherals into my computer. This adapter came in handy when I needed 3 ports recently. Since you receive three, you wont have to always move the adapter between travel bags if you have multiple devices that require one.
Pros
– Small. Not much larger than a USB A connector
– Made of metal like most CHOETECH products, not to worried about one breaking
– USB 3. You are able to get full USB 3 speeds, with compatibility for USB 2 devices as well
Cons:

– Cheap plastic zip lock bag… Not really a problem. Just thought it was funny, after seeing everything else have a nice box of some kind

Does Protesting Work? 

720px-fist-svg** Warning** On a soapbox here **Warning** This is a little out of the normal for this blog. Yet not really 🙂 I have fought for the freedoms and rights of internet and information censorship. So I feel this topic of protests and voting will fit right in.

This is the fifth time in American history, and only 16 years since voters chose Al Gore but got George W. Bush instead, that the Electoral College overruled the will of the American people. It’s an affront to our democracy and a sign that the system is broken.

Please join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and end the Electoral College’s power to overturn the will of the voters.

We believe every vote should count equally, regardless of where you live in the United States – EVERY vote in EVERY state should matter in EVERY presidential election. But thanks to the Electoral College, our presidential elections are based on state winner-take-all laws that award all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes inside each separate state. This winner-take-all system means presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to voters in states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. Instead, candidates focus on “swing states” while largely ignoring the rest of the country. But there’s a realistic path to restoring our democracy and overruling the Electoral College by 2020, and we don’t have to go through the Trump-led, Republican-controlled Congress. If we can get enough states to sign onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, our presidents will be elected by the national popular vote, not the outdated Electoral College.

Please join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and end the Electoral College’s power to overturn the will of the voters.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would require states to award all their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote. And we already have momentum to getting this enacted nationally: Right now, ten states and the District of Columbia have joined the compact, possessing 165 electoral votes altogether. If states and territories totaling at least 270 electoral votes pass laws joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, then the people’s choice won’t be overruled by the Electoral College in the next presidential election. That means we’re only 105 electoral votes away from making sure we don’t have another 2016 in 2020!

After hearing people talk about protests and how stupid it is. Protesting does work and I feel people are missing the point of it. BUT! With all the riots going that are link to the protests is wrong. Why take it out on a Mom and Pa shop because you are mad. These people had nothing to do with Trump or Clinton. Protest and stand together and fight the system! But do NOT destroy other people’s job/lives in the process.  I tired of people acting like mindless drones and have no sense of history. I was sent this email about protesting and thought it hit the nail on the head a bit.

“Ok, so The protests. I’ve got a couple things to say about them, or, more specifically to the people saying things like ‘Protests don’t work’ or ‘they’re just a bunch of crybabies and sore losers.’

First, let me say I don’t condone violent protests or riots. These achieve nothing and work counter to your cause.

‘Protests don’t work’
The point of a protest is to draw attention to a cause and (hopefully) draw enough support to effect change.
By talking about it, even to post sarcastic memes or bash and disparage it, you are helping it. You are bringing more attention to the cause. If you disagree with their cause, you’re better off ignoring it – like I do when the Clan marches.
Furthermore, protests DO work.
Protests got you the 8 hour workday, the 40 hour work week, and the weekend.
Protests got you fair pay for a fair days work.
Protests got women the right to vote.
Protests got African Americans the right to vote.
Protests advanced civil rights (but we still have a long way to go.)
Protests guaranteed marriage equality for all.
Protests have ended (and caused) wars.
Protests legalized weed for 1 in 5 Americans! (I bet you like that one)
Protests gave us our own nation. The one we now call the United States of America.
And many, many, many more things were changed because people had the courage to protest. Whether you agreed with them or not. So, basically, you are wrong. Protest does work – not always, not for everything, not for everyone, but it does.
‘They’re a bunch of crybabies and sore losers.’
I got to listen to 8 years of crybabies crying about what they *thought* would happen to their second amendment rights.  8 years of dipshits turned faux constitutionalists ‘protecting our rights!’ Well, I hate to break it to you but the constitution is not the Bible. You can’t cherry pick the verses that fit your worldview and ignore the rest. These people happen to be exercising the right that comes before your favorite one.  The very FIRST one the founding fathers wrote into the constitution. The right to free speech. And the beauty of that right is you don’t have to agree with what they have to say. That’s your right too! Sadly, and I know this bums you out, you don’t have the right to silence them.
They’re not a bunch of sore losers. You’re pretending that had Hillary won, we wouldn’t be seeing Trump supporters doing the exact same thing (or worse.)

Via Ryan Hayford”

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Star Wars Book Challenge 6: Razor’s Edge (Empire and Rebellion #1)

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Razor’s Edge…. The first Novel in a loose trilogy of books commissioned in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Mostly designed to let bigger sci-fi authors play around with the characters in this world, and also to spotlight each of the ‘Big Three’ in their own novels. Each novel can stand on its own, but they all take place in the time between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, after the destruction of the first Death Star. Razor’s Edge is Leia’s novel. I liked it…. Kinda… I think it could have been better handled. I mean the over all story and idea behind it all was great. Just the author seemed to have trouble getting it out there or she used some really weird descriptive words. It’s a good read and I would recommend it to anyone, just be ready to go “WTF” from time to time.

The second Novel will be written by sci-fi James S.A. Corey were released before Disney killed the EU. So technically the first two are no longer canon and are relegated to ‘Legends’ status, while Kevin Hearne’s book Heir to the Jedi is official in the new EU. I get the feeling it won’t matter, though. Hearne’s respect for Star Wars probably means it can be read with either canon in mind, although I have no idea what, if anything, was changed in his book after the EU was forcibly “retired”.

17345202Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.

Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.

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