Monday, October 16, 2017

Worst Advertisement Ever?

Okay, this is embarrassing.  By now you may have heard that Google released the Pixel 2 phones a couple weeks ago.  Well, just a few days before that I happened to see this "advertisement," if you can call it that.

"Funny you should ask..."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etmUU1bs41s

Wow.  Just wow.

"What's wrong with my phone's battery?"
Hmm, well, it's a Google phone.  Not just an Android phone produced by another manufacturer, but a phone made by Google (actually contracted out to a cell phone manufacturer, or designed by Google and given "Nexus" branding).  Either way, once your phone hits 7 or 8 months old, you might get 5 hours, maybe 6, out of it at this point.  Replace the battery, right?  Nope, non-replaceable (unless you want to do surgery on your phone--which I might do, I've done it on others).  Focus on the user, right?  Nope, don't let them replace batteries.

"Why is my phone always out of storage?"
I know this one, call on me!  It's because it's a Google phone!  Don't have an expandable micro-SD card slot to add memory.

"Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?"
Maybe it's because it's a Nexus phone, by Google.  In Google's defense, I think the Pixel phones have gotten a lot better at this.

"Why is my smartphone so slow?"
Hmm, maybe because once it gets a significant operating system update it grinds to a halt.  This happens over and over and over again, with almost all of the Google phones I've had.  Hey, it could be worse, it could be a Nexus 9 tablet that barely functions anymore after its updates.

"Why is my smartphone so hot?"
Is it because it's a Google phone?  Yep.


I could go on, but you get the point.  This ad is CRAZY.  How do you expect to sell phones when you remind people why they hate your past and present phones???  Just crazy.


Maybe Apple has these problems, too, but you don't see them running ads that remind people of those issues.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Song of the Day: Romeo Santos - Un Vuelo A La, ft. Jessie Reyez

If you thought the previous Jessie Reyez song was powerful, here's another one!

Romeo Santos - Un Vuelo A La (Audio) ft. Jessie Reyez
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNgbH2wZG5I



Lyrics, in English and Spanish, from Musixmatch.com:
https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Romeo-Santos-feat-Jessie-Reyez/Un-Vuelo-A-La/translation/english

Lyrics not shown here, since they didn't paste correctly.  Click the link for side-by-side Spanish and English lyrics.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Song of the Day: Jessie Reyez - Figures

I love the raw emotion of this song.  Wow.

Jessie Reyez - Figures
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxLUj1Mrars



Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jessiereyez/figures.html

Jessie Reyez
"Figures"

Figures
I gave you ride or die and you gave me games
Love figures
I know I'm crying cause you just won't change
Love figures
I gave it all and you gave me shit
Love figures
I wish I could do exactly what you did

I wish I could hurt you back
Love, what would you do if you couldn't get me back
You're the one who's gonna lose
Something so special, something so real
Tell me boy, how in the fuck would you feel?
If you couldn't get me back
That's what I wish that I could do to you, you
To you, you

Figures
I'm the bad guy cause I can't learn to trust
Love figures
You say sorry once and you think it's enough
I got a lineup of girls and a lineup of guys
Begging for me just to give 'em a try
Figures
I'm willing to stay
Cause I'm sick for your love

I wish I could hurt you back
Love, what would you do if you couldn't get me back
You're the one who's gonna lose
Something so special, something so real
Tell me boy, how in the fuck would you feel?
If you couldn't get me back
That's what I wish that I could do to you, you
To you, you

Figures

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Where Should We Begin? (Esther Perel)

Esther Perel has been one of my favorite counselors/speakers for a while now.  She is so practical and direct.  I heard her speak recently, and she blew me (and the rest of the audience) away.  I was fortunate enough to meet her, and get an autograph.

She said she had a new podcast series that she had just produced.  I think she said it was going to be released soon (October '17?), but that it was already available on Audible.  Well, turns out it's also available on YouTube.

These audio files are excerpts from actual counseling sessions.  They are powerful and impactful to me because I have been through similar counseling.  This is amazing stuff, pure gold.  One of the comments (to episode 6) described it well, in my opinion:
Esther Perel is a saint, she's amazing. As a social worker, I wish had at least half of the compassion, understanding, and patience that she exhibits in these sessions.  Such touching, moving, funny, and heartbreaking sessions. I would say the best way to describe "Where Should We Begin" as raw and real. Thank you, Esther I need to introduce my partner to your concepts and ideas

I believe listening to these recordings is time well-spent for anyone in a relationship, or anyone who wants to be in a relationship--that is, for just about everybody!


Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #1 I've Had Better
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1QGarbxe5E

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #2 Motherless Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glwm_oXFHM0

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #3 Speak to Me in French
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC9fVYWBwt8

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #4 The Addict
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQTQHeU9y8c

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #5 Impotent Is No Way to Define a Man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6PZV3bluxg


Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #6 There's You There's Me and There's Us
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHiV0Xc3TG0

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #7 Tell Me I'm Not Alone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do4ldatw5FI

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #8 Sexlessness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mILhy04rZE4

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #9 Trauma Doesn't Like to Be Touched
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaaytLbtD-A

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Book #10 I Can't Give You a Child
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6G5zaJQ6MI


And there is a lot more material from Esther Perel out there as well.  All of it that I have heard is fabulous.  Here are two podcasts where she was a guest.

Art of Charm podcast: Esther Perel | Mating in Captivity (Episode 410)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6J9KyiOhbk

Esther Perel Interview | The Tim Ferriss Show (Podcast)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu-sCM0eXaw



Update, October 11, 2017, with more podcasts:

Another episode of the Tim Ferriss show:
Intimacy, Emotional Baggage, Relationship Longevity, and More – Esther Perel

Lewis Howes School of Greatness podcast:
Esther Perel - THE TRUTH ABOUT INFIDELITY, INTIMACY, AND LOVE



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Song of the Day: K'NAAN - Wavin' Flag

It's been way too long since I've posted.  So let's start with a little celebration.  Heard this song at a conference, the "Summit of Greatness" by Lewis Howes.  Look him up, listen to his podcast.

Anyway, Lewis chose this music to introduce the speakers at the conference.  Very upbeat welcomes, I must say!  Truly set the tone, so I hope to do that for you now, my seven* readers.

K'NAAN - Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Celebration Mix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTJSt4wP2ME

K'NAAN - Wavin' Flag ft. will.i.am, David Guetta
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amXeJrA-wDc



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Song of the Day: Stars - We Called It Love

You, my seven* listeners, know how much I love this band.  Here's the latest reason.  Enough said.

Stars - We Called It Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEAkwnHiJBw



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Song of the Day: Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Fatal Gift

Great new song from Emily Haines of Metric (among other projects).  Like most of the songs I post here, I love the vibe.  Interesting message, too.

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Fatal Gift
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpzWahhF72o