The Nation WE Built

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This is something I believe President Obama would endorse, and agree with.

I am proud to be part of a nation that doesn`t discriminate. Whether you are of different race, religion, or even what your sexual preference is. I am glad we have gone so far as to prosecute politicians that speak out against gays. Let`s keep this going towards the future. We are the future, we can make it end all together.

I am proud to be living in a nation that we created. A nation that the media could not prevent the growth of, that church could not defeat, not even got himself could stop it. This is a nation that support the homosexual community.

Many people tried to prevent this revolution. It took so many years to open up our minds into accepting the homosexual community, and so many wrong punishments towards it have now been abolished. NO LONGER can a man running for power in his country (Canada or America as I live in North America) say anything that belittles the homosexual community. If a politician or corporate, or banker say things like this now, they get in trouble.

The church has been against homosexuals for years. Long have they prosecuted men and women wrongly, but no longer. The majority of people in the world today are completely against this form of intolerance, and even better, most churches have homosexual members. And if any church was notorious for being against homosexuality, it would be on the hot seat as well and would soon change, or fall by the way side.

This has been a long movement towards the future. I believe as we move forward we will gain much more acceptance of each other as a united human race one day. They call it gay pride, well I may not be gay, but I am damn proud to live in a nation that is accepting and supportive of the homosexual community. It has been a step in the right direction, now let’s keep going people!

Google Glasses Idea

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Adding on to what I had posted earlier, let us look back to the technology world.

Last night I was brainstorming of ways to push google+ into the future, and I thought of the Google Glasses.

https://plus.google.com/+projectglass/posts

For those that don’t know about this project, please click the link above, because this is what I will be discussing specifically.

What I thought of was allowing the user interface to support streaming to those that desire, and stream it right onto their google+ accounts. How awesome would it be if your parents were on vacation in Italy or something, and wanted to stream you a tour of a particular site, say, The Colosseum, they could live stream it to share across Google+. This idea would be interesting as well if it also allowed for live streaming of criminal activity for example. Maybe the police would utilize this for a swift punishment tool. To launch the glasses they could, for example, have sites in Time Square and across other major cities where video from their respective location was bouncing around to all of these other places, and vise versa. They could even experiment with the cloud, the potential is limitless. These glasses allow some really interesting connectivity. The likes of which we have never seen. In a world where accessibility and communication is key, these glasses can be that key.

Food for thought.

Credit Crisis.

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In this day and age you are seen as a different entity if you do not have a credit card. But in the current economic state, I wonder why this still remains the case. Since credit cards came to be, they have been seen as a status symbol, ‘all the rich and powerful people have them so does that mean I can be rich and powerful if I have this piece of plastic?’ is something that might have been going through the mind of many people worldwide when credit cards were introduced to the world. Almost everyone I know my age has one, and almost all of them regret it. Not only that, it is BECAUSE of credit that we are in the economic crisis we are in today. People didn’t seem to understand that credit, though it is an invisible currency, it has real repercussions. This adds even more interest rates, where they charge extra to people who don’t even have the money. What does anybody get out of this situation? Well… I suppose bankruptcy, foreclosures, and ultimately the death of the American dream. To me the American Dream is the idea of a society where you can be what you want, and do what you want however you want, so long as you are not hurting yourself or others in the process. Ultimate freedom. The United States was founded on such beliefs, was it not? This is a universal ideal, freedom. What does freedom mean in a world with an invisible currency? Well, it simply does not exist. When people can be weighed down by invisible chains, they will never grow, though you cannot see the chains, it does not mean they are any less heavy. Credit can, and has destroyed new businesses, and businesses that have been around for a long time.  Just like the housing market, it pulled the proverbial carpet from under everyone’s feet, but very few were left standing.

Credit cards can come in handy from time to time. Perhaps your getting paid tomorrow but you have no money to eat tonight, just put it on the card and pay it off when you get paid. Perhaps your in college (like myself) and you need your text books but you can’t pay for all of them at the start of the semester. Put it on the card and pay for half one paycheque and half the next. In these ways, in precautionary ways, credit cards excel. I believe every student should have one, just in case of an emergency, and anyone who attends college knows from day one that these emergencies happen often. I applied for a credit card once, only to get declined. I didn’t understand because my credit rating was amazing, I have never missed a bill in my life, my whole family has a great track record. When I put more thought into it, I decided I didn’t really need one at the time, I’m sort of glad I didn’t re-apply. Though I am a student, I like the challenge of balancing paycheques. Also, scholarship money helps too.

Before, when, for example, a new film maker wanted to break out, he would borrow money. Maybe not just from one source, but likely a bank was involved at some time. Banks would give out loans, and add interest rates on the loan based on how much was borrowed, and how long it takes to pay it back. Credit cards are based on this ideal. Cheap, and easily accessible loaning of money, or credit. This seems innocent enough, only when everyone has these loaning devices, even the unemployed and the welfare lifers, something is wrong. Why are credit card companies loaning money to people who simply do not have it? Because they can charge interest? Perhaps they missed the lesson in grade 3 where anything multiplied by zero is still zero. In this case, you can’t go zero to hero either. As King Lear said in Act one to his daughter “Nothing will come of nothing”. All the current system of credit does before giving the cards out is they check the applicants current credit rating. For most people, it’s all downhill from there. Put yourself in debt, allow that debt to get additional charges on it, and watch yourself paying bill after bill for the rest of your life, not able to go anywhere because you had to have all those things that nobody needs. Maybe your wife goes shopping from time to time and spends a few hundred dollars, maybe you wanted a nice sports car. Capitalism is only a destructive force when you become careless enough to let it. Don’t be so hasty to point that finger, because it is all your fault.

The Global Village

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Nowadays, you can’t escape the feeling of a global village. Now, if you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it, I am sure many others feel the same. A global village is more of the concept of being closer to people in China, Japan, Haiti, etc. We know it most from media, in fact… it is BECAUSE of media that we are the global village that we are. This global village allows me to know what is happening around the world at the click of a button. It makes me think the world is so small, but if you go outside, especially if you go to sea, you realize the fact that the world is massive, and we are just these tiny little creatures with something the others apparently don’t have. My mom always talks about the frontal lobes and how that is a link to our superiority, but that is another subject altogether. Often times the global village all comes together to aid a chapter within. To support each other, pick each other up when they are at their lowest.

Natural disasters happen all the time, especially since the big climate change that’s happened in the last decade or so. We’ve witnessed Katrina, the horrible hurricane that destroyed not only New Orleans but surrounding areas as well. It left people homeless, and certainly hopeless. As minutes turned into hours, hours into days, days into weeks and still the aid was minimal. Many people were stuck on their roofs, in the hot southern sunny weather. Some people were stuck in hospitals, surely it was a very hectic situation, and my heart goes out to all the victims of that terrible hurricane. The next “big” natural disaster was Haiti. To me, I didn’t even know about this place beforehand, I knew it sounded awfully like the Greek god “Hades” which to me felt a little ironic. However, ignorance aside, it’s a small city on a small island in the Caribbean. Surely many of us didn’t know or care about this place before the dramatic 7.0 magnitude earthquake, but as soon as it happened we rushed to their aid. Helping people we didn’t even know or care about beforehand in their time of need. Apparently we learned from Katrina that these places need help immediately. My third example of these amazing natural disasters is Japan. We all know Japan, we all know and own things that come from Japan. Perhaps your car is from Japan, or perhaps your TV is, or maybe your gaming system. We are all linked to that one tiny island in Asia in some way or another. Suddenly, it was shaken to it’s foundations, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake ruptured, and devastated the north east area of Japan. Areas were flooded, many more were destroyed, a nuclear power plant was leaking and in danger of exploading. Again, we flew to their aid. Even more than with Haiti, I remember not only was their ways to donate on the news, magazines, etc. But also on my PS3, you could buy themes for your PS3 where all the proceeds would go to Japan aid. Similar things like this arose in games like World of Warcraft, the biggest game in the world today. For World of Warcraft you could buy a vanity pet on the blizzard store where the proceeds too would go to Japan. Many more examples poured from my city personally, no matter where you went you could donate to Japan on the spot.

Media coverage isn’t only used in tragic situations however, it is also used to.. well… bring news. For example, expos around the world happen every year and Millions of people that wanted to go, simply cannot find a way there or it costs too much, or whatever. Personally, I can’t afford to go to California twice a year surprisingly… oh how I wish I was lying. BUT with the click of a button I can be watching the live Expo feed, free of charge. With sites like IGN running all the coverage all day, every day. In the case of my favorite developer in the world, Blizzard, you have to pay to watch a live stream, but somehow $50 sounds A LOT more affordable than the thousands it would cost to go there and see it in person. This constant flow of information is not limited to just expos of course. On the internet you can find anything you want if you look hard enough. It’s almost impossible to keep anything a secret anymore with the internet constantly getting bigger and bigger. Even on CNN “the most trusted name in news” they will post links to certain congressman’s twitters for example (Weiner man, we all know you did it). The internet is surely the global village of today, where the Television was the global village of yesterday.

Now for the bombshell you have been waiting for. I didn’t want to say it, y’all don’t want to read it but it MUST be said. The Vancouver riots. I know your heart skipped a beat thinking about it. Stanley cup finals. Game 7. Luongo… what the HELL were you DOING!? Sure it was a piss off that we lost, hockey brought us all together in ways that Transformers and Harry Potter simply cannot do. But we lost… and then we had a massive temper tantrum. Cars were lit on fire, windows smashed, store fronts completely destroyed. Thankfully nobody died for such a ridiculous cause, but did we have to take it as far as we did? We lost a GAME in a SPORT, sorry guys, I thought we always take that risk in sports. When teams lose the Superbowl, does their hometown blow up? No, they say “Oh well, we can get them next year”. This is a great example of why I like football (de Americano)more than Hockey. The fans aren’t a bunch of babies. On the news for the riot coverage the reporter said things like “I don’t think anyone could have predicted this” and “These aren’t hockey fans”. Hate to say it buddy but you are entirely wrong. This is the maturity level of hockey fans in Vancouver, also EVERYONE was a fan during the finals. As for predicting it? I did, I knew tear gas was going to fly the minute the game started. It’s that gut feeling of thinking about last time we were in Game 7. I chose not to go downtown cause no matter if we won or lost I just didn’t want to be there. It wasn’t worth it. What does this rabbling have to do with the global village? Well we, the people from Vancouver, became the Village idiot that night. The guy that everyone laughs at and makes fun of, that’s all of us. Introduce yourself to average Joe south of the border and he will likely say something  witty that his mom probably told him about the riots here. Personally, I am not one to separate myself from everyone else. Alienation breeds hate then depression. However, I am not the one that screwed up, and you know what?  I don’t even have to justify myself, I was home that night watching the game in my favorite chair. Does it suck to be associated with that when I tell people I am from Vancouver? Indeed it does, but nobody is going to make me feel like the village idiot. Nobody is going to beat me down because of where I come from. I love my hometown, and indeed my country. The only thing I love more than my country is my village. We are all a community, and ultimately… we are all family.