This is the picture to go with my recent blog post. I do NOT agree with this.
This is the picture to go with my recent blog post. I do NOT agree with this.
I was thinking about how much I hate censorship, so I Googled “what is wrong with swearing” to see what would come up. I found a bunch of irrelevant results, and this list. It could not be more wrong.
The reason swearing is taboo is that a swear is like a super adjective/adverb (or when used as a noun or verb, it sort of modifies itself). It shows intense emotion because whatever you’re saying is so important that you used the strongest possible wording for it.
What’s happening now with casual swearing by so many people is that everybody is that, in most cases, people are over exaggerating things. Sometimes they’re used for jokes or just because somebody has a very low vocabulary, but overall, people tend to just want their problems to sound really bad or their good happenings to sound really good.
Even if this is a problem, you can’t just censor whichever words you want. You can’t just say, “You know what, ‘the’ is now a swear. Anyone who says ‘the’ must now receive a punishment of…”
It’s fine to enforce the wrongness of using them around children, because it ingrains into them the idea of swears being for the times when you need to really show how strongly you feel, but once they have the idea, you’re just making them afraid to say what they truly mean. It doesn’t just restrict what words are said, it restricts them from sharing their true feelings with the world. That is all.
Some people practice abstinence to avoid STDs so they can live longer. Why do people want to live longer? In terms of natural selection, if they didn’t want to live longer, they wouldn’t live to reach reproductive age, and thus wouldn’t be able to reproduce. Therefore, those who don’t want to live longer tend to have less or no descendants. Those who do want to live longer tend to reproduce, and therefore are more represented in future generations. Therefore, people who practice abstinence solely for the purpose of avoiding STDs are not having sex in order to have more sex.
In 1765, Eberhard added what to pencils?
I know I left the other one hanging, but I’m just saying this quickly from my phone. I think that Nintendo is one generation behind with there consoles, and had they released the Wii U instead of the Wii, they would have been much better. If they had planned a feign attack with the Wii U and released a new, more current console to compete with the current generation of consoles (perhaps being a little late to the game—get it? Game? Because it’s a game of making games? No? Fine—like Sony was last gen), they’d have better chances. Other than that unlikely scenario, Nintendo is likely to lose this generation’s console wars right out of the door. Then again, Microsoft and Sony still have a chance to bomb.
Let’s face it. Using a public computer is never quite as good as using your own. Whether it be that something has been broken by users, intensive privacy settings, or even just that they’re almost as slow as that old Windows 95 PC running Windows 98 that sat in your garage for years. Still, even when you are expecting these major pitfalls, things can still get on your nerves. In fact, there are so many things that I’ll build onto this in the future. Here are a few of my worst fears in a public computer:
Non-Native Resolution: Right now, as you may have guessed, I’m not writing this from my own computer. See, my second monitor is 4:3, so I’m not too bothered by that. Actually, this would be pretty good for a public computer monitor if it was actually displaying 1280x1024, but it’s not. Some genius who set this thing up decided that they liked it better when it was displaying 1280x960 stretched to fill the monitor. Yep. Now everytng feels really stretched and it bugs me beyond reason.
Blocking Everything Since 1999: Alright, that did sound like some sort of slogan for a popup blocker established in 1999, but I meant it differently. Pretty much every public computer is going to have all sorts of restrictions set in place by the administrator to stop people from breaking it. For example, the computers at my local library have settings to delete all changes to the non-administrative account after it restarts, which it automatically does a few times throughout the day (infinitely annoying, but I’ll get to that later). This isn’t bad. In fact, it’s perfect for the setting since kids go on it everyday and download stuff, change the wallpaper to porn, etc. However, it seems that every public computer goes too far. For example, task manager is blocked. When you’re on the only available computer, and something freezes, you need the task manager. Of course all blocked features are annoying, even when necessary or fitting.
Automatic Restarting: Since many public computers have heavy security settings and the admins fear hacking, they set them to restart every certain interval of time. This can be pretty annoying because usually, if you use one of these computers for something, it’s because you’re in a rush or just passing through quickly and decided to get some work done. Now your limited time is worse as you wait through the world’s longest reboot time. Not to mention that if you’re working on a paper or something and you haven’t sent it to yourself, it’s gone. That thing will not be saved (unless you’re using Google Drive).
Update? Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fo’ Dat!: Without ranting about the title since that video got extremely popular because a black lady said a stereotypic black phrase, I’ll explain why I jumped to this without finishing the last section (although I’ll go back to it so you won’t notice). A pop-up came up about a Java update. I need to enter an administrator’s password to update it. So in the mean time, there is a major security threat on this computer of having an out-of-date Java version. Sure, I’m not using Java right now, and not many people may be right now at 7:15 in the morning, but there are 15 computers in this room and like 70 more in this building. Now think about how every computer has an out-of-date version of Java, and you know that many things use java. Security Threat (Also, there are other things like Flash that I can guarantee multiple people are using right now that are in the same boat).
People: It seems quite obvious that anyone would rather be on their own computer in the privacy of their own home where no prying eyes can see what they’re doing, but when you need to use a public computer, that’s probably something you just accept from the start, even if you’ve never used one and don’t expect the other problems. Even when nobody’s looking, though, you still have a legitimate reason to have that “Big Brother” feeling:
Monitoring: Why is it that they put so much effort into monitoring computers in some places but so little into buying decent monitors for the computers? (Get it? Because monitor and… monitoring? No? Sigh…) Seriously, though. Right now, I know that if I type certain keywords into the search engine right now (I’m on a computer at school), I could instantly get in huge trouble no matter how well I can explain my self. Here’s the thing: I don’t even know if they have the same sort of restrictions somehow checking what I type online, but because I feel that I can explain typing some of these words better than someone can explain searching them (and I’m pretty sure they aren’t checking those words in here). If I searched, “Use of guns in Africa,” for a project, I could get in trouble, yet someone who knows a lot about guns could actually search for (and purchase) guns by their name. Of course most people who know this aren’t the people who would do something dumb with them, but someone doing something like that would never be dumb enough to buy guns at school (if they were, they’d get caught immediately). But before I accidentally write A Guide to School Shootings, I’ll move on.
Disabling CSS: Sometimes I go to a site, say Wikipedia or something, and all or select CSS seems to have been disabled. My time writing web-based code has gotten me to hating this even more, but I always have. Why on Earth does this happen, and why would they leave a problem like that on such popular sites if they’re doing it on purpose? For some background in case you’ve never experienced this, the first time it happened, I assumed it was a glitch due to high server loads. I reloaded a few times and assumed that it was just a persistently slow server. Then I came back later and realized that it was in fact a permanent problem. Here’s the cache (bad pun): It’s not on all sites, only certain ones. This leads me to believe it’s there on purpose to do something. Either way, that’s all (at least for now).
Before I even start, let me say that my idea of where Apple came from is from Steve Wozniak’s recently discovered speech available here.
Apple is one of those companies that started off really cool, and then became the opposite of what it was. “The [Apple 2] was not designed to be a product, and it was not designed to be sold as much as it was designed to impress…” Now think of Apple today and what comes to mind? I don’t know about you, but I think of a big (evil?) corporation that only has 1 goal: Big Money. I don’t think this needs much explanation, but just know that when I say that I hate Apple, I stand by Wozniak’s company of way back when wholly. I will not buy another Apple product unless I have no better choice. Now, I’m gonna go learn something because I’m board and this post went nowhere fast.
Steve Wozniak indirectly quoting Steve Jobs
October 4, 1984 in a Speech to Denver Apple Pi