Whatever Happened to Respect?

I saw this picture randomly on a site Stumble had sent me too, and I’m not sure why but it deeply affected me.

Now I know that there have always been satires of politicians, even before things like television and radio existed, in newspapers and posters. The idea is to encourage a subconscious stereotype with the idea of pushing a certain political agenda. But this one, in my view, took it too far. It not only disrespected the president, who has probably followed through on more of his political promises than most politicians in the history of time, but it also disrespected the great Heath Ledger, who’s acting finale and unfortunate death are not some tool to be used at the whim of a political agenda.

I know that many people are still unhappy with their lives, or health care, or whatever. And some are just racist SOBs. But in either case, nothing happens as quickly as we might like without a complete overhaul of the system. And since the president was elected by the system, for the system, it doesn’t seem pragmatic to expect him to have the ability to change the system. The president is not the Leader of the Free World, he is as much of a slave as the rest of us to those who have more money and power and influence, perhaps more so.

I know this is an empty wish, but I do think that people should never make empty claims or look at the world as half empty. Although I’m all for expressing your freedom of speech and press, I do wish people would try and see the good in people a bit more than the bad. I think it would make the whole place a bit better.

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iOS4 – Haters gonna Hate

There’s been a lot flack recently about the new iOS4 update for the iPhone 3GS, and I’d just like to defend the system a bit by telling you what I love about it.

1. The number one thing that annoyed me most about the old iPhone software was that whenever music was playing on Pandora, or on the Internet and I wanted to play Solitaire at the same time, or check my email, the sound would shut off and the program would shut down. As such, I hardly ever used those programs for more than a couple seconds. I would check out what I needed, then go back to whatever I was doing and Pandora got barely used at all since I downloaded the app.

With the new iOS4 Multitasking I can conveniently listen to music on Pandora while surfing the web, playing several games and chatting with some friends. I can also access the music through my multitasking bar and pause or skip.

2. With Multitasking I can now more efficiently find programs that I recently accessed, especially in situations where I don’t have the time or required attention to figure out where the program’s app picture is. I simply double click, and there it is. Although I find I often need to close out programs as a sort of sweep every so often, since they keep running unless you shut them down, this feature has made my life infinitely easier and more efficient.

3. Folders: For years I have been trying to organize my Apps, but whenever I add anything new the order would shuffle, so I had almost given up hope of keeping them in a structured environment. Then the Folders upgrade came, and suddenly everything was exactly where I wanted, and easy to find. I will say that it would be better if there was a single picture for each folder instead of many mini pictures, but as for now, I like just having everything in it’s place and a place for everything. All my apps fit on my first screen.

4. Background Picture. Something I’ve wanted to be able to do for a while finally appeared on iPhone: adaptable background Home screens. We had it on MySpace, and on our own computers and even on other cell phones and now I can look at whatever pretty thing I want all the time, instead of only when my iPhone is locked.

5. Playlists and Genius. I don’t know how many times I have been out and about and wishing that I could create my own playlist, or at least find other songs in my iPod that sounded similar to the one that I was randomly listening too right now. Again, Apple read my mind and gave me exactly what I wanted.

Now: I’ve heard a lot of negative stuff about iPhone 4, which I do not own and so cannot evaluate. Admittedly there are some major hardware and software bugs to iron out, but I have to say that video chat is something I’ve been waiting for for a long time, and if your problems can be solved by buying a case, they can’t be that major of an issue.
There may be other phones and systems that have everything Apple has and more, and I’m perfectly willing to see and accept superiority, but they’ve got to work on the publicity angle. Despite the ridiculous things Apple throws at us sometimes, they always show a variety of features for their products in simple, attractive and clear ways so that the consumer not only thinks “ooh cool” but also knows what the product includes feature wise. Although I’ve heard that Android is by far a superior product, I have to admit that in watching the commercials, I’m not entirely certain how they work, what they feature and what makes them special. If I have to stare at charts that give me numbers I don’t understand saying Android is better, then I think it should be easy for the company to show that through commercials (NOT by comparison but by marketing the superiority and features of their product).

Obviously, no matter what, sides will be taken, and many are entitled to disagree with my perspective. I just wanted to say: I love my iPhone, with iOS4. Haters gonna hate.