About Stewie

Not much to say. I work, I watch movies, I write reviews and I love to go to a kick ass coffee shop every Saturday and Sunday.

Everything has changed.

The following is a straight copy and paste from a forum I posted this on. While we backup that forum, it’s crashed twice losing all the posts, so I wanted to put this here as a backup. I don’t suspect I’ll forget this; it’s more of a post for others to stumble upon. Without further adieu…

I love my Kindle, and I love eBooks. But one thing that has always bothered me is the inability to purchase eBooks from, say, the UK.

Recently in a discussion on eBook deals, someone was seeing a different price than what was being advertised for me. Turns out he lives out of the country. He said for the most part, he gets the same deals as those in the US (since his Kindle is registered in the US), but sometimes, like that particular book, he couldn’t get the deal price. He had tired a different proxy and VPN too. Partly wanting to help, and partly wanting it for my own uses, I started hunting around for a solution, then I found this: https://www.howtogeek.com/328197/how-to-change-your-country-on-your-amazon-so-you-can-buy-different-kindle-books

It’s address based, and you can change your address. He tried it, and not only did it work, it removed the VAT.

Reading the article, it appears that the best deals are at Amazon India (doing a cursory search, the prices are better on most of the books I looked at), and there are times when I see deals on books in the UK.

I gave it a shot and sure enough, it worked like a charm. This definitely changes everything. As I plowed deeper into price differences between India and the US, there were massive differences. For example, Micheal Connelly’s latest two novels go for $9.99 each on Amazon US, but under $3 each at Amazon India.

As if I don’t have enough to read now.

Crap year, but not really.

This year, well at least since the end of February or so, has kind of been crappy. February saw some cocksucker run me off the road, totaling my most favorite vehicle I’ve owned to date. Fortunately, I got far more in the settlement than I expected, affording me to get a brand new 2018 model of the vehicle that was totaled (with even more bells and whistles at the same payment), but being so close to a paid-off car still stings, especially when I had legit plans for that extra money

Following that, a tree fell into my shed. This was not really a surprise, and insurance gave me a nice settlement, but I’m still not looking forward to the cleaning out and disposal of the shed. That’s going to be a pain in my ass. I’m seriously considering just hiring someone to take it all away except for the mower.

Then my garbage disposal died on me. One day it worked, the other day nothing. Since there was no sound at all coming from it, I figured that button on the bottom had popped, but sadly no. However, my dad was coming up soon to go on a trip to see our family, and I asked him if he could check the switch. He said sure, he’d do it when we came back. Well…

After spending the weekend with my family, we came back home lucky to have missed some major thunderstorms that had come through the area over the weekend. It started pouring when I pulled in my driveway, but that was cool, my dad was going to look at that switch, so that would give the storm time to blow through. 

While my dad was looking at the switch, I went upstairs to go to the bathroom. When I reached the top, something caught my eye. That light cover sure looks weird. Why is it shadowed on the bottom like that…and what is that spot on the ceiling next to it? Naturally, being a 7-year-old, I put my finger on that spot already knowing what would happen, and sure enough, water started running from the new hole I created. And that shadow in the light cover? Water. Turns out, my roof was leaking.

I went downstairs and explained the situation to my dad. He had more bad news: not only was my garbage disposal switch working properly, my electric in that wall was all jacked up. Something about a wire that wasn’t supposed to be hot always-on hot. Dad was very concerned about this, and I needed to get an electrician out as soon as possible. So I hit the breakers that controlled that wall (fortunately, it just controlled that wall and where the microwave was plugged in; the majority of my outlets in the kitchen worked otherwise). Joy.

I made a call to my insurance company for the roof, got a phone number of a contractor my sister used and left him a message, and figured I’d wait before calling an electrician to see what kind of money I was looking at for the leak.

Things took a delightful turn the next day, however, when my dad called me and said he was mistaken about the wire. It was, in fact, acting as it should and he was on his way up with some switches. I told him I’d buy them, but he said no, he would, because I’d probably get the wrong ones. I scoffed, but it turns out he was right, I might have. Who knew light switches were sold in different amps? I sure as hell didn’t.

Anyway, he was done within 10 or so minutes after he arrived and when he flicked the new switch on, BOOM! The garbage disposal kicked on for the first time in about a month. 

The roof? That’s another story which I fully intend on writing.

At the end of the day, though, while I say it’s been crappy, everything has been working out (even the roof). So I don’t think crappy is the right word. Inconvenienced is probably better. I’ve been inconvenienced by annoyances since February. Yeah, these are first world problems, sure, and I don’t even compare my year to the one my friend has been saddled with (quite possibly my only reader at this point), but sometimes you just need to vent.

Nothing to see here, just a post for myself.

I have a Kindle Fire, and man I love it. This is my third or fourth one, as I’ve always been a fan.

However, lately, this sucker has slowed way down. I don’t want to do a factory reset, mainly because I hate losing the books I’ve put on it. I’m not referring to the books I bought at Amazon, those will push down easily enough; I’m talking about the books I moved over for review and such. (Side note, Calibre is amazing and is a must own for Kindle — or any eBook platform — users. I like it so much, I donate to it.) It’s very well possible that those downloaded books will stay. I haven’t even looked into it that much. But I hate resetting anything to factory settings because I have things just so. I don’t want to take time getting things just so again if I don’t have to.

That said, I’m testing some things. I will update this as I go along so I can refer back to it.

Clear the cache (I found this here):

  • Power off.
  • Hold the volume down and power buttons.
  • When the boot screen appears, release the power button.
  • Use the volume button to navigate to format cache.
  • Press the power button to select.
  • After formatting, reboot.

So far so good, but I’m going to keep searching around to see what else I can do.

Just give me what I asked for and shut the fuck up.

Not so recently, the state I live in legalized marijuana for medicinal use. However, it was only relatively recently that the law has finally taken affect and people can now start getting their cards. Including me.

Since my state consists of a bunch of cocksuckers, the list you can be approved for marijuana is shockingly small comparatively, but one of the things that is pre-approved is glaucoma, which I have. So, at my last visit with my ophthalmologist (a really amazing guy), he was gushing on how much my pressure has gone down. Originally I had been taking an eye drop once per day, but he changed the prescription because that really wasn’t cutting it, and I started taking a different eye drop (which cost $65 for like a fucking ounce — that’s WITH insurance) twice a day; or, rather, was supposed to. I do take it once a day (in the mornings) religiously, but I don’t really want to take my contacts out to do the second dose in the evening because…well because it’s an inconvenience. However, to sleep at night, I may or may not use a product God put on this earth for me and you. All of this I told the doc, to which he replied, “Whatever you’re doing, keep at it. This is really great.” For the record, the pressure in my right eye was a 26 before I started treatment. At last check, it’s a 16. That’s insane (normal eye pressure is 12-22; 12-22 what, I’m not sure).

After my exam, I went to pay my bill and the employee taking my card notified me that their printer wasn’t working so they’d have to mail me my receipt. I told her that was fine, and I would like my medical history mailed to me as well.

“Why?” she asked. This didn’t bother me. Normally I take this as they fear you may be leaving and perhaps they can fix what may be wrong.

“Because I’m applying for my medical marijuana card, and I need to show that I have glaucoma in order to get it.” Boom! Question asked and answered. Nothing more to say. But no, the bitch had to get judgy.

“The doctor would rather you use traditional treatments for the glaucoma. He won’t sign off on this.”

See, there are numerous things wrong with this dumb ass statement. First, she had no idea what transpired between the doctor and me. She wasn’t in the room. Second, it’s not his decision on whether or not I get it. Another doctor makes that decision. What my doctor thinks or feels is irrelevant. Don’t get me wrong, while that might look like I have a problem with my ophthalmologist, I don’t. He really is amazing, and I wouldn’t go see anyone else unless I was forced to. He’s done a tremendous amount to make sure I will have vision until my 80s. Hes a great guy. It’s this dumb cashier who has no fucking clue on anything that annoyed me.

I did a silent 10 count in my head. The way this office is set up is the other patients are RIGHT THERE next to the cashier, so I wasn’t going to make a scene. So I simply said, “I will need a copy of my medical files mailed to me with the receipt, please.”

“But…”

“Do I need to pay for them? I understand if I do.”

“No, but…”

“Okay, thanks. Just go ahead an mail them.”

She gave me some stink eye, but she can go fuck herself. The more I think about this, the more it annoys me because she obviously has an issue with marijuana, medicinal or not, and it no doubt stems from the old wives’ tales that people are still clinging too without doing any research. And that is infuriating since it’s because of people like her why it’s so fucking hard (and expensive) to get the necessary treatment I need for not just my glaucoma but also my anxiety and insomnia. And I’m not even that bad off.

Yes, marijuana also feels good when you do it. I don’t deny that. But so does wine. So does beer. But last time I checked, alcohol doesn’t help with your anxiety, glaucoma, PTSD, insomnia or a host of other issues.

I have a friend that lives in Oregon, where it’s legal for recreational use. He’s been sharing prices lately for grams. He literally…LITERALLY paid $40 for a gram of brand that goes for ~$340 here. JFC. I blame the feds. Fucking idiots.

Ugh.

Apple users really are the worst.

There’s an old joke that goes, “An atheist, a vegan, and a crossfitter walk into a bar…I only know because they told everyone within two minutes.”

It’s high time they swap “atheist” for “apple owner” because good fucking Lord, those are far worse than atheists. Mainly because the majority of the time they are clueless at the topic at hand when it comes to computers, there only response to any discussion computer related being, “Buy a Mac.”

Recently, a guy I know solicited his friends on Facebook for new laptop advice. His needs were really simple: Something cheap, no bells and whistles, he just needs it to write on. That’s it. The best advice came from someone who clearly knew what they were talking about, and gave my friend some great advice on how he can achieve his goal for just a few hundred bucks.

Then the Mac users piped in how he should by a Mac. I swear, it’s as if the members of the Cult of Apple are incapable of reading and, if that’s inaccurate, they sure as hell have little to know reading comprehension. First and foremost, Macs aren’t inexpensive. They are the opposite of that. For what it costs to purchase a middle-of-the-road Mac, I can build a faster Windows laptop. But that’s not the point. The point is he said in the second sentence of the post that he was looking for something inexpensive. For his particular needs, he can get away with a laptop under $300. You are not finding a decent Mac, refurb or otherwise, for under $300.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care who owns what. Macs are really needed for a subset of people whose computer skills are limited to pushing a button to power it on. These machines are perfect for those type of folks because it’s tough to screw up a Mac. But, man, I get so tired of this dipshit excuse that Windows always crashes. No, it doesn’t. I mean it will if you keep opening those .exes in your email from you grandma and throwing viruses on your machine, but on the whole, I can’t remember the last time any of my machines have crashed. Then again, I’m not installing garbage on my computer, so there’s that.

And don’t get me started on the false notion that Macs don’t get viruses. They do, but Apple won’t tell you about them and don’t patch their computers for them for months. That’s a fact, jack.

From https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/can-macs-get-viruses :

“Mac OS X software has more high-risk vulnerabilities than all versions of Windows put together,” explains Bogdan, “Apple markets these products as virus-free. They say you don’t need an antivirus, because they know people hate antivirus software. These utilities often slow down your computer, so they don’t want to promote them.”

Apple has also been criticized for being slow to deal with threats and shut vulnerabilities down. Rootpipe was discovered in October 2014, but the fix only came out this month (April 2015), and it only patches Yosemite, not older editions of OS X. To make matters worse, the patch doesn’t actually fix the problem properly. Apple’s big rival may have a bad reputation, but it has taken decisive action to tackle that perception.

But, yeah, your Mac is safe, I swear.

Oh, and Steve Jobs? He was a cunt and you know it.

There’s plenty of room for both Macs and PC in the computing world. Both are great choices depending on its users’ needs (although the fantasy land Mac users live in really is laughable). It’s like some people want an SUV, some want one of those little battery-operated cars. Both are going to get you to your destination, both have their pros and cons, and both are (probably) a good choice for their owner.

I guess the point of this is, no matter what you own, if someone is looking for advice, take a minute and actually read what their needs are before opening your big fat mouth and sounding like an idiot. I actually recommended laptops to people at one point, it was part of my job, and I would recommend Macs, Dells, Lenovos, Acers and other types because it all depends on the needs of the person buying it. You’re nothing but an asshole if you try to convince someone to buy a $1,000 machine when a $250 will be more than sufficient.

This video has nothing to do with anything other than the fact I love this genre of music and Turbo Kid is an awesome movie: