May 22, 2010

I do not know these people

Back in 2008, I supported a Republican primary candidate by the name of Ron Paul. Unfortunately, Mr. Paul did not win the Republican party primary and instead, Sarah Palin and some old guy ran in his place, losing the election because the electorate realized that they were all more qualified to be vice president than the ditzy running mate they were given the choice of voting for. I imagine that the Republican party lost the election singly because of their choice of Sarah Palin for Vice President.

Now, Sarah is back, and she's touring the country speaking at rallies that use the term 'tea party'. Much of the rhetoric of this new tea party is not libertarian in nature. A lot of it is based on fear-mongering and hatred, and I just wanted to come out here today to tell you that I do not know these people. I do not wish to associate with these people.

Every time I hear a talking head on TV say the word 'teabagging', I can't help but giggle inside because I know what it means (and it has nothing to do with politics, I assure you).

The idiocracy is here, my friends. Do not embrace it. Do not merely be embarrassed and disgusted by it. Shore up your survival skills, because the world, it is going to hell in a hand-basket and it appears we cannot stop it with reason and logic.

May 02, 2010

FiOS Closed Captioning

Do you have FiOS? Do you like Closed Captioning? The default CC style on our FiOS box was annoying - black bordered - too big font, ugly font. And going into the FiOS Settings didn't help, because it doesn't allow you to set the style, like my cable box did. After some searching online, I found that there is a 'secret' menu on the FiOS box. To access it, press STB, and then get ready to press the following quickly, in order - Power, OK, Menu. With a little luck, you wait about 3-5 seconds and a black text on white background menu pops up, where you can change the CC font, background, color options. Make sure to change the CC Options to User while you're here. When you're done, just press the Menu button again.

The small font still isn't small enough for my big screen TV, but at least the annoying black background is off of the letters.