Select Partners

Early this morning we have our ‘Select Partners’ tournament. I’m partnering up with my buddy Gary. We’ll see how it goes. It should be a lot of fun as it’s a fairly loose format ‘better ball.’

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On a different note…..

It’s a great month for the movies. Infinity Wars and Solo. Both I’m optimistic will be good flicks.

Be well everyone!

Comey Interview

I file this under elections have consequences. What gets me and makes me laugh. Trump is all about being on the attack of Comey who served under both Republicans and Democrats. If Comey hadn’t put the information about the email investigation of Hillary Clinton there is a decent conversation to be had that we’d have a different conversation right now.

James Clapper makes some decent observations of his meetings with Trump while head of the Director of National Intelligence.

On a related note, I wanted to comment on this.

We spend more than the next top twenty countries combined. There has never been an instance where we haven’t had money to buy something for our defense. More than anything we have a bunch of wasteful spending with our military.  Sorry, Donald, but the answer isn’t to spend more.

My last comment. Why isn’t Donald Trump focused on the future and future election meddling by the Russians or any foreign entity? All the discussions are on the past.  We need to focus on the future. We have midterm elections coming.

Comic-Con, Cubs Win, and more Zuckerburg

Baez hits four home runs in two games. Damn. He’s on fire! The offense got going and the Cubbies rolled past the Pirates 13-5.

Coach Maddon reviews the game and the performance of Baez of late.

Zuckerburg Day 2

This has been my issue. Our representatives don’t understand how Facebook works. 95% of them have young twenty-somethings that do all of their social media postings. Yet, they’re pretending to voice outrage as it fits where some of their constituents are.

Lastly….

Some Comic-Con goodness. It’ll make you laugh.

Facebook vs Congress

I’ve officially heard it all while watching some of this. From conservatives blaming him for why they feel they were censored. Cmon. You do realize that it’s all an algorithm. An algorithm based entirely on what you’ve liked in the past and what content you like on a daily basis. Free speech? You need to realize that yes you can say and type anything you’d like but Facebook has the right to determine that it goes against the brand they want to put forward and hence delete it.

I highly enjoyed what Mark said they have going for them with artificial intelligence in flagging hate content. This is huge. Nobody understands that.

Sen. Durbin did have a good point while questioning Mark. Video of the exchange below.

 

It’s Master’s Week

As you’ve noticed I’ve changed the look of my blog. A few days only as for golfers – this is our Olympics every single year.

It looks like we’ll see the day where Tiger and Phil are actually friendly enough to play a practice round together. Not just because they were possibly going to be paired together in some team event. Maturity has taken over and Phil has stated on numerous occasions that he has benefited from the explosion of Tiger Woods’ popularity.

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Tiger and Phil also played against Fred Couples and Thomas Peters. As you can tell from the video above, Freddie and Thomas got a shellacking.

ESPN had a good interview with the two of them:

Enterprise Fail

HaHa. No, not that one. The car rental place. I’ve had literally the worst experience ever with them. This all started because my wife got hit in the back of her new car by a millennial up by work while she was stationary. The car that hit her – going about five mph. If I had to guess she was probably looking at her phone and then wham. My wife said she was nervous and shaken up. Yep! Beware of that 5 mph. Wait until you hit 10 or even 30 mph. So anyway, our insurance provides us with a rental car while we’re getting the back bumper replaced. Hello, Enterprise rent-a-car. I arrive there are 9:30. Get a Chevy and drive it on home. One big problem. The AC doesn’t work and the air flowing out of it is warm as if it’s direct from the engine. Yeah, that’s not going to fly. So off I go back to Enterprise. I arrive and tell them,”No AC. Only heat pouring out.” They have me wait thirty minutes and tell them they’ll get me an upgrade. I’m happy. Finally, he walks me to out to this Dodge Journey. I get it, start her up, and no Bluetooth. Now in this day and age, every car that I’ve looked at comes with Bluetooth for calls. I tell the guy,”This won’t work. I need Bluetooth for calls.” He proceeds to tell them that about half of their cars don’t have it. That’s just plain crazy to me and I think he was talking out of his ass.

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So I wait another thirty minutes. Finally, they point me to a Chevy Tahoe. A big beast of a car. Bluetooth. Yes. Air Conditioning. Yes. I’m happy. Drive it to home and park it in the driveway. I think to myself that I’m glad I don’t have to deal with Enterprise again. My wife and I are walking the dogs that evening and she says,”Do you realize that the car has Illinois plates on it and that they’re expired?!” I swear I just want to bang my head on something.

It looks like I’ll be making another trip back there this morning. This is truly the worst customer experience I’ve experienced with a car rental outfit. I’d just like a normal car. AC. Bluetooth. Proper Registration.

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Facebook. What did you expect?

Funny video that Henry Cavill made about his CGI mustache removal that was used in Justice League. Quite funny.

Moving on….

Facebook.

I really don’t know why we’re in such a huff about the whole Facebook and your data was given to other people. That’s the risk of these social networks. You don’t OWN the data. You make posts and you give that data to Facebook who puts it on about a hundred different servers. Backups up backups. Ever tried leaving Facebook? They tell you that it’ll take thirty days to process the deletion of your data. Insane.

“This is a major trust issue” – Mark Zuckerberg

No flipping shit Mark! Isn’t that obvious!?!?! Now the Obama administration is saying they were given data access as well. So basically – hey if you want it – we’ll give it to you. My advice? I use Facebook sparingly. I’m very careful what I do post to it and what I give another company about my life. Basically, all Facebook knows is that I enjoy a good beer with my wife, I enjoy my daughter Joy, and I enjoy photography/golf. That’s all that I’m good with. I post maybe two photos of my daughter a month.

Golf Fun.

I got out Tuesday afternoon for some golf with Eric and Dylan. Doug was enjoying his match and WON!