Exactly a month after the flu, I got a stomach virus that I’m currently recovering from. Vomit was coming out of both ends, with the front end being a little worse. During a couple of the 6 or 7 rounds of vomiting every 20 minutes out of the front end, it got pretty violent and I burst the small blood vessels around my eyes, only the second time that’s ever happened to me I think. In between all the activity, I started watching The Leftovers again. Funny thing is, the dog shooter, played by Michael Gaston, disappeared from the show immediately after I wrote that post about him. He was out the entire season 2 and reappeared briefly at the beginning of season 3. The show is still only OK to me, just good enough to continue watching, but the characters make some frustratingly stupid choices and it’s obvious the show is going to be open-ended.

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Speaking of Michael Gaston and the left going low, nothing’s changed in the past month. Probably the highest profile incident of going low was Stephen Colbert saying Trump’s mouth is a cockholster for Putin:

Certainly a homophobic remark if you subscribe to the left’s definition of homophobic and it makes you wonder what would have happened to someone saying Obama’s or Hillary Clinton’s mouth is a cockholster. Colbert was obviously doing it for ratings and it worked according to the latest news reports.

Another example is Martha Stewart giving the bird to Trump:

Like with Gaston, this is nothing new, and social media has been littered with people giving the finger to all things Trump since well before the election. Convicted felon Stewart is just getting her name in the news again.

And here’s intellectual Bill Maher joking of incest between Donald and Ivanka Trump:

Meanwhile, NewsDay claims that Americans are tired of fighting and believes a return to some semblance of normalcy is coming soon. Fat chance and the article even references Bill Maher (who envisions Ivanka giving Donald a handjob) as an example of this peaceful tranquility in our lives.

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While off-topic, I found this article amusing. Apparently Politico believes Chris Murphy is presidential material because he retweeted the photo of that dead Syrian boy on the beach. They have a rather lengthy article about it. I got some news for you, Politico. Your header image of the article shows why he will not even be a presidential candidate for the Democratic party – not only is he male (GASP), or at least appears that he is self-identifying as male, but he’s also…oh my God, Lord have mercy…white. They better change his wiki photo quick, because it’s even whiter and maler:

The only realistic names I’ve heard for presidential candidates for 2020 on the Democratic side are Oprah Winfrey and Maxine Waters.

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As for Trump firing Comey, which happened about an hour ago and has rattled everyone’s cages, I don’t know what took him this long.

Back in the early 2000s when I was still relatively new to working full time in Information Technology, there were always customers who said “Apples can’t get viruses.” This was so wrong, wrong, wrong, and showed the general ignorance of people when it came to computers, although that ignorance really wasn’t their fault. I knew full well it was part of the Apple fanboi culture to proclaim that Apple computers couldn’t get viruses, although it was never officially stated by Apple to be the case.

Fast forward 17 years later and for the past month, Apple has had a set of advertisements that I’ve seen on the web in video format and on twitter, among other places, that state “you wouldn’t get a PC virus, if you’re computer was an iPad Pro.”

 

To that, I have to say…

DUHHHH!

Apple breaking out old, has-been and ignorant arguments reeks of desperation and stupidity and methinks they are fearful of competition from the Microsoft’s Surface series of products. No doubt many will fall for these advertisements and doing a spot check of a couple of articles about it claim that the takeaway from these commercials is that Apple is up to it’s usual “funny” or “cute” self because the message is so obvious in its literal form.

Except that it’s not funny or cute. It’s really stupid. And it’s blatantly trying to get people to think that Apple products don’t get viruses or are somehow more secure.

Back in 2008, I purchased my first ever Apple product, an Apple MacBook Pro. I did this because Microsoft Windows Vista was a complete shit show of a product, a true embarrassment equaled only by my seventh grade social skills. I said at the time that if Apple were smart, they would tune and beef up OS X and bring in a better application ecosystem, then they could outperform Microsoft in both revenue and market share. Instead they did something arguably smarter – brought out the iPad. I said in 2010 when it was unveiled and after I had used one that it was the perfect consumer tablet. But the keyword was consumer – it wasn’t going to be a business or work computer and I said this repeatedly at the time, even as industry analysts happily chugged the Apple cock saying the iPad would ultimately become a true PC replacement.

Seven years and a plethora of models later, most are in agreement now that not even the latest iPad Pro is a MacBook replacement, much less a business PC replacement. With Microsoft bringing out true innovation in their Surface line while Apple simultaneously left the computer lines that run Mac OS X (now macOS) to practically die, Apple obviously sees the problems that lie ahead for itself in the short term. This is just more ebb and flow of the Information Technology tides, as nearly a decade from now I’m sure Apple will be back to being at untouchable status.

For the record – I purchased a Surface Book a year ago and love it. It’s everything it was advertised to be. The Surface dock, however, is the biggest piece of shit I’ve ever purchased and works maybe half of the time. I finally gave up on it about a month ago and tossed it into my spare computer parts bin, as it will be much easier to simply unplug the laptop, monitor, and USB hub and take the Surface Book with me than troubleshooting the black brick turd known as the Surface dock.

Fuck you, surface dock team