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Moto G6

Moto G6

I was set to get a new Google Pixel 3 phone $150 off $800 during Thanksgiving.  Then I came across the G6 I could get for $189 at Costco ($50 off).  You can get it on Amazon for $200.   I decided to give it a try and so far, I’m pretty happy with it.  My Google Nexus 6 phone was starting to have issues and no longer allowed Android Auto to work in my car.

The phone is slightly thinner but taller with a 18:9 ratio rather than the standard 16:9. It has tons of features which I’m still discovering.  This is the first phone I’ve owned with a fingerprint scanner and I really like how convenient and quick it is to unlock the phone.  I can define motion actions as shortcuts to various functions. For example shaking it twice will turn on the flashlight!

It has a 12m front facing dual-camera.  Judging from the 1st photo I shot on our back porch, it is plenty nice!

I could buy a phone like this EVERY year at this price and in 4 years I would have spent as much as an iPhone!

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Solid State External Drive

Solid State External Drive

I want to move all my external storage to solid state drives.  I get nervous that my disk-based external drives will eventually stop working.

This Samsung  T5 SSD 500GB USB 3.1/USB-C  is my first SSD purchase.
It’s tiny and fast!  Love it.  Bought it back in May for $160.  Amazon now has it for $124.
When I fill it up, hopefully prices of the 1TB model will fall and I’ll buy my second.



Let’s get rid of “Lady” moniker

Let’s get rid of “Lady” moniker


Haven’t we moved beyond the use of “lady” in front of mascots? – Michael Adams, Lake Travis View

When I took over as sports editor for the Westlake Picayune and Lake Travis View, I decided that in our print and online editions, my policy would be to never refer to the girls teams as “Lady Chaps” or “Lady Cavs.”

‘Lady’ team nicknames can be harmful, experts say

“I think we have to get away from these labels that inadvertently marginalize different people who participate in sports because of their sexuality or gender,” Armstrong said. “I think it has created this binary: the norm and what’s out of the norm, the good and what’s not so good, this is the real sport and this is the other sport.”


“Lady” has always felt like an antiquated qualifier in sports. I see the argument that it differentiates the girls and boys side of a sport, but it gives the boys the rights to the actual school name and gives the girls’ teams a feeling of being somehow lesser. They are the “ladies.” But boys do not have to be “gentlemen.” Or any other type of descriptor, for that matter.

Schools Move To Drop ‘Lady’ From Women’s Team Names, Drawing Mixed Reactions

“The men’s teams are somehow solely entitled to the general term Hens, without a gender specific qualifier,”

“referring to our women’s sports teams as the Lady Hens while we refer to our men’s teams as the Hens suggests that men’s teams lay claim to true Henship and to the true embodiment of athleticism.”


XBOX One S Costco Bundle

XBOX One S Costco Bundle


Time for a new XBOX.  Best deal I found that suited us was at Costco.

XBOX One S 500GB with 3-month Game Pass and Extra Controller $269.99

With order I got $8 off a 1-year XBOX Live 12-Month Gold Membership

With order got $51 off ANY game (got COD WWII)

Shipping was $1.99 !


How do we avert the apocalypse?

How do we avert the apocalypse?


When we can’t even agree on the basic issues in society (Gun Control, Health Care), there is no way we will ever agree that we need to stop  GNP growth!  Bring on the Apocalypse!

Read how Costa Rica may have the solution

Our chances of keeping global warming below the 2C danger threshold are very, very small: only about 5%. The reason, according to the paper’s authors, is that the cuts we’re making to greenhouse gas emissions are being cancelled out by economic growth.

This is what ecologists call “de-growth”. This calls for redistributing existing resources and investing in social goods in order to render growth unnecessary.

After all, once we have excellent healthcare, education, and affordable housing, what will endlessly more income growth gain us? Maybe bigger TVs, flashier cars, and expensive holidays. But not more happiness, or stronger communities, or more time with our families and friends. Not more peace or more stability, fresher air or cleaner rivers. Past a certain point, GDP gains us nothing when it comes to what really matters. In an age of climate change, where the pursuit of ever more GDP is actively dangerous, we need a different approach.

I don’t Care Where My Children Go To College

I don’t Care Where My Children Go To College

I don’t either!  I don’t care if Kristen plays a sport in college either, I really don’t.  It doesn’t mean that I rule it out though.  Without going overboard,  I want to prepare my kids and give them the opportunity to make whatever choice they want for themselves in regards to the college they attend.

Read Catherine Pearlman’s I Don’t Care Where My Children Go To College post here

My favorite comment:

“This idea that students have to excel at the highest level (with experience dating back to early childhood) is supremely flawed. If everyone is a black belt, fluent in Mandarin and the captain of [fill in the blank] sports team, how can one differentiate any of these children? I was an admissions director for a master’s program for a short while. I can tell you after reading hundreds of essays that your child isn’t special. He’s doing exactly what all the other applicants are doing. Exactly.”