August 16th, 2012

Belated birthday cake, courtesy of Special K!

Belated birthday cake, courtesy of Special K!

August 10th, 2012

Ahh, the beach. :)

Ahh, the beach. :)

Mountain Lion: First Impressions

August 9th, 2012

I’ve been a Mac user for well over a half-decade and, in that time, I’ve experienced quite a few “big cats.” My first operating system was the impressive Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther;” since then, I’ve upgraded to Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and now Mountain Lion. Each release has been refreshingly better, though the real changes and upgrades have gotten more evolutionary than revolutionary since the release of Mac OS X 10.5, or Leopard.

I recently upgraded to the newest release of the operating system, now known as OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (no more “Mac,” aah!). I thought I’d turn my impressions into a blog entry for the enjoyment of my four readers. Here goes.

Social Media Integration is a Big YAY!

Let’s face it: Social media is basically the major reason that most people log onto the internet via their MacBook Pros, iPads, and iPhones these days. Having it integrated into OS X is a major plus, especially because it allows the submission of tweets or Facebook status updates, as well as notifications from each of those social networks. Its integration into the new Notification Center feature is easy and wonderful, and I am totally sold. Combined with “Share Sheets” in major Mac applications, this is a big “yay!” from me.

Notification Center is a Moderate YAY!

Notification Center was long overdue, and I think it’ll be a great supplement / replacement for Ye Olde Growl. Its implications in terms of the Mac App Store and sandboxing are a little worrying, but I’m willing to overlook that in favor of a slick, minimalist, and convenient implementation.

More iOS Apps is a Small YAY!

I don’t really use the iOS Notes and Reminders applications frequently, but it’s nice to have them in OS X for easier accessibility. In fact, it might even prompt me to use them more often as I’m considering moving away from my Evernote tendencies. The renaming of iCal to “Calendar” is long overdue, and changing the Address Book app to “Contacts” makes sense, too. The iOS operating system may be our master soon, so these baby steps are a great way to ease it in. Hah.

Performance is a Big YAY!

My 2012 MacBook Pro had no problem running Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion.” In fact, my 2008 MacBook Pro ran it with ease, as well. That said, Mountain Lion flies through the day on my new laptop even more than its predecessor did. Things just feel smoother, nicer, and more responsive, and that’s a net positive for stress levels and productivity.

Overall, a YAY!

I have really nothing negative to say about the wonder that is Mountain Lion. Then again, that might be saying something: I was rather vocal in my disapproval of Snow Leopard, and even several features in the last version of the operating system. With a slew of great, new applications, and new features like Notification Center and social media integration, this OS looks primed to ease the convergence of mobile and desktop lives, as well as their respective operating systems. I like that.

August 7th, 2012


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On Chick-Fil-A

August 3rd, 2012

So, I’m going to say some things that will probably force me to get my Gay Card revoked by the World Gay Authority, but I long ago decided that I didn’t need to be a card-carrying member of “the community” to be happy, fulfilled, and in the company of my boyfriend (even if he did spend my birthday in a tropical locale without me). So, chicken sandwiches.

On my birthday, this past Wednesday, people across America went to Chick-Fil-A to show their “appreciation” of the restaurant. Why? Because this particular fast food grease pit is owned by religious zealots who force the place to be closed on Sundays, and use their profits to support anti-gay organizations. City mayors have thusly banned Chick-Fil-A from opening new restaurants in their cities because they feel the chain is discriminatory. For the record, it is. The “appreciation day” protest was meant to counter this.

The restaurant saw record sales of its diabetes-inducing crapfest food on my birthday. Thanks, religious crazies! Happy birthday to me! In response, the gay community has decided to do a few things. First, they countered the “appreciation day” on Wednesday by dressing up as cows and chickens while holding protest signs and rainbow flags. Then, today, they decided to stage a “kiss-in,” where gay couples go to the restaurant, make out in front of patrons and employees, and leave.

People have said, “you should go do a kiss-in!” Well, first of all, the guy I regularly kiss is 2,000 miles away right now, so that’s out. Secondly, wouldn’t do it anyway. What kind of goodwill does the gay community gain by dressing up in costumes and protesting at a fast food restaurant? What kind of respect do we earn by going to a public place and making out? Wouldn’t we harshly judge anyone — straight or gay — who did this on any other day of the year?

Gays are right to be outraged about this company’s support of anti-gay legislation. There’s no excuse for hateful, discriminatory actions such as those taken by the company’s CEO. But they’re wrong to dress in ridiculous costumes or kiss in public to “show them a thing or two.” The gay community needs to be worried about a much bigger picture: marriage and legal equality in all 50 states and in all of the countries around the world. Some countries still imprison or kill homosexuals, and our American gays are getting their sexy underwear in a knot over a chicken sandwich. Sad.

In a world where hateful religious zealots still perceive gays to be the Slutty Orientation, and in a world where they think gays like to be deliberately disrespectful about their bedroom preferences, this Chick-Fil-A protest proves them all right. They have enough of their own allegedly Biblical reasons to hate us. We don’t need to give them another reason by spoiling their adult onset diabetes today.
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