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Plenty Of Roy Moore’s Out There

In the U.S, a politician from the state of Alabama named Roy Moore is under huge political pressure because a few women came forward accusing Moore of sexual and social misconduct at the time that they were teenagers and some others barely young adults, all while Moore was in his thirties.

When I heard of this story I said to myself; “well there goes another figure”. Even better, the Canadian in me applauded the fact Moore is one of those typical U.S citizen always boasting Christianity as the norm of morality—while being immoral. The great majority of Canadians find individuals like Moore and many U.S politicians very repulsive and unfit for any public service, yet in his country he may be elected—talk about the American dream.

Politics aside, people doing unwise things is present everywhere not just in one camp or place, myself included having done some irresponsible things as a youngster, although not related to sexuality. I am focusing on Roy Moore’s story because Leigh Corfman, one of the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, lived an event that is loosely comparable to my daughter’s story which happened a few days after Roy Moore’s story came out on the Washington Post.

As with all parents we tend to heighten how our children really look because it is the natural feeling and because our brain adjusts to their face and become inclined to soften their uglier features. That said, I do not know if my daughter is that beautiful but I may say she’s an attractive young teenager since all her life she has been bothered for said features. From weird sexual advances, touching from her peers, nonstop lewd comments all the way to the latest event that happened while working at her new job as cashier, which is the center for this writing.

My daughter works at a type of restaurant where people walk in for take-out or sit for a quick meal, serving mainly hotdogs, fries, poutine and a few other dishes from Quebec. No one serves at the table, only a cashier and cooks are present, the patron takes care of their tray and the cashier is responsible for cleaning the table as patron quit the tables as with most restaurant of this type.
A few weeks ago a simple evening started out for my daughter but unlike the usual routine this time she realized one of the patron was still there after many hours. She found it strange because it never happens that an individual stays for hours. She said the worst cases are in the morning where seniors come and get their morning coffee and a little something to eat but they stay an hour at best, not two and a half hour as this person did. She also realized he sat the entire time facing her directly, while he could have sat looking towards the television as with all other patrons do when they are unaccompanied.

At that point she did start to get worried and with reason since the person in question started to bother my daughter with all kinds of questions and cheesy pickup lines as she continued cleaning before official closing time. Among other things, he asked her if she can take a break and go outside to smoke a cigarette or just talk.

About five minutes to closing time the person got up and walked with his tray towards my daughter, which at that point she was next to the garbage and the counter, still cleaning. The guy shoved the remains in the bin and handed the tray to my daughter instead of putting it on top of the garbage caddy with the other trays, all the while asking her again to go smoke a cigarette after work. When she refused again he placed his hand in his pocket, grabbed a paper, stripped off a piece and wrote his phone number on it. He then tended the paper towards her and with a muted gesture denoted to take it. She refused to take the paper and that’s where one of the cooks realized the situation and intervened by telling the guy to quit it and that it is time to leave the premises. The guy did comply, although still trying to give the piece of paper for a few more seconds and then relinquished by tossing the paper on the counter and started to walk towards the exit. But as he got to the door he stopped, turned around and started to push the door by backing up and winked at her while telling her to take the paper and call him.
For some reading this story it seems like a typical venture of a guy trying to get attention of a girl. Simple it seems but very disturbing when your daughter reveals the potential age of the person and another factor. As my daughter said, she did not feel scared until she realized all the points, including that he was in his late thirties and wearing a wedding band. For her, this was not a typical encounter where a male tried his best to get attention from her, this was a person in his late thirties, potentially married and preying on a young teen.

We read it in the news and on the internet, listen to it on cable news and by word of mouth sometimes, but no matter how we hear of these stories we never come across the same feeling as when it happens close to us. This time around this person wasn’t a danger and may never be a danger to the public. But just to think about the fact a men in his late thirties wearing a wedding band, thus potentially married, openly tries to pick up a teen in front of adults makes you think of all other individuals out there that go further than just tend a paper. Makes you wonder how many cases happens each day and how many actually leads to actual abuse and how many do not say anything when it happens.
My daughter said she now understands what some girls go through when facing such situation. It feels as if one can’t say what’s really on one’s mind or as rehearsed, as if there is an invisible wall that prevents the mind from reacting to a situation accordingly. On top of this she was working, being rude wasn’t in her mind and was a factor as to why she did not react with more assertiveness and make him know she wanted nothing to do with the situation he was putting her into.

As a father I did ask my daughter if she may have done anything that the men could have misunderstood as sexual gesture and she replied absolutely not. She said she served the men as she does with any other customers, kindly and promptly with no special character. I believe her since she’s not the type to fool around when committed to a relationship and she’s in a serious one.
This is why I took time writing this, it’s because our family now understands to a certain degree much more what a person goes through when these types of events happen and we can only imagine the feeling of all those who actually got into a situation that lead to abuse. What happened to my daughter is absolutely nothing compared to all those who’s lives have changed because someone raped them or other severe offenses committed onto them. We understand to a certain degree the shame victim’s feel and why some chose to stay silent. On top of this we think it’s partially due to the fact that one feels “defeated” at the time of aggression that makes some people not want to talk about the event, at least not at large, such as telling the authorities. Another factor adding to the silence is that often victims think it’s their fault and shame overcomes them. That’s why many choose to never say a word or if they do say something, it happens much later in their lives when they are mature and have more mental strength to do so. Sometimes events such as what is happening right now in the U.S, where a volley of powerful figures are being held accountable for severe sexual misconduct helps victims at large tell their story. In fact, I cannot wait to see the data on sexual allegations depositions made during this period of revolution, and not because the crime has increased but rather because more people come forward with their accusations of abuse and make the responsible accountable for the abuse and/or misconduct.

Nonetheless I feel sad knowing these wrong doings happen every day and everyday some choose to remain silent, it’s full of Roy Moore stories out there and it always has been. It’s the world we live in, not all individuals live the same life and/or have been raised the same way. For these reasons it’s a life of daily surprises for the rest of us who try hard to live a good life and abide by civil laws as much as possible every day. There is nothing we can do to stop these people from being who they are, we are not in charge of every child’s progression making sure they do not become harmful individuals as grown-ups. All we can do is take care of our own children to make them mature as good citizens while remaining vigilant and report individuals to authorities if one thinks there is a case to do so.

Samsung Note 7 Battery Saga Endures

Truly, Samsung isn’t doing well concerning their Note 7 battery saga as even a subsidiary producing the batteries for Samsung caught fire, the actual factory—injuries were not reported. “Supposedly” the fire started due to discarded lithium-ion products.

A total of 19 fire engines and more than 110 firemen were sent to the scene.

For more information visit South China Morning Post (English): Fire breaks out at Chinese factory that supplied Samsung Note 7 batteries

IKEA’s Small Pot And Italian Grand-Mothers Do Not Mix

The image below representing an Italian family gathered around the “nonna” (grand-mother) was extracted from an IKEA commercial that has been running on television in Quebec for a while now. It’s an ordinary IKEA commercial where a certain amount humor is introduced into their televised commercials, at least here in Canada.
I am not sure if they used a small pot for jokes in the commercial or maybe it’s IKEA’s biggest pot, either way each and every time this commercial comes on, someone in our family is bound to make a humorous joke about the fact that no Italian grand-mother would cook with such a small pot with such a big family as depicted in the commercial.

To all the Italians and Italian descent like me, we know this pot is too small. LOL

Here’s the commercial:

Barack Obama Moves To Canada – Funny Canadian Advertisement

Not long ago I saw a commercial where they depict Barack Obama wanting to move to Canada after his end of term—of course as a parody. That you appreciate Obama or dislike him this parody is simply good advertising and nothing better than Friday, January 20th, 2017 to share it with my fellow U.S citizens visiting this site.

Take note, I have NO affiliation whatsoever with Dominion Lending Centers or their cronies.

Early DNA Experiment Vintage Photograph

A few weeks ago I bought for a Canadian dollar this vintage photograph which appears to be from the mid 1940’s.

It was presented to me by a seasoned barn seller who’s a very good friend with one of my relative’s friends from upstate New York. Supposedly the newborn in the picture was a genetic experiment between a spud of the fingerling potato varieties also called Russian banana and human DNA. The rich real estate developer from New York who ordered the experiment did so because he feared his weak genetics were going to be passed on to his children. Supposedly he believed mixing his DNA with Russian Bananas would make his children stronger to face the frigid cold of the state of New York thus less chances of perishing from pneumonia for example. His close associates were the ones to suggest the use of the small, stubby, finger-shaped type of potato varieties because these spuds would create a stronger creature capable of sustaining the cold winters of New York by vegetating all year long.

But you know how stories from friends of friends go, they are often misleading. So I will hang on to this vintage photograph until I get a clearer picture of the story or until one day someone finds the rightful owner of this photograph, be it a family member or the people involved in this experiment. Hopefully someone can explain a bit more why they let it lose in the first place and if there is any danger for the public.

I think I made a good deal as I will be able to regain the investment as old photographs are in demand lately. I just can’t seem to figure out the letters in the picture properly as I have trouble with my eyes. Not sure if it reads Rump, Stump, Frump, Pump, …really hard to read when you have eye problems as I do.  Anyway, at least I am sharing it for all to see with their good eyes.

iGooseneck – The Thought Short Flexible Neck By FastCap

Are you looking for a very short flexible stem for your action camera or other small devices?

The iGooseneck might be the tool you need and beyond.

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The iGooseneck is a flexible mounting post measuring 7.6 cm (3”) in length with 1/4″-20 threads on both ends. It’s made of metal with a type of copper alloy core wrapped by plastic. The flat surface where the head of the iGooseneck meet the device is padded with a type of rubber as expected with any product intended to be used with electronic devices.
I have been using the iGooseneck for all types of applications since July 2016 and it performs very well but it is limited with weight capacity as with any small tools. However the fact it holds much heavier devices than its intended use is a bonus and I will do my best to give a review where you can use it to make a choice depending on your needs.

If you plan on using the iGooseneck with an action camera it will render service adequately. With today’s action cameras averaging 100 grams (0.22 lbs)) the iGooseneck is strong enough to keep them in position despite ongoing activities and to date with all the trials I can say it takes a very strong and abrupt movement to sway it out of its position, such as a fall or rough landing after a high jump. Thus, when used with action cameras or other devices below 100 grams the iGooseneck performs.
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With slightly heavier devices such as the newest generation smartphones (~130 grams (0.29 lbs)) the iGooseneck holds its position just as well although once in a while the position of the flexible stem shifted under some conditions, such as making a stuck landing after jumping over a fence. Inside a moving vehicle and riding on a somewhat very bad road even driving aggressively does not move the stem of the iGooseneck and that’s good news for those who would like to use their smartphone or similar weighing devices for recoding vehicle related videos.

And Beyond…

As with anyone who like to experiment I used the iGooseneck with my full size camera and to my surprise it works somewhat well despite the camera weighing nearly ~650 g (1.43 lb.). That’s roughly six times the weight of a typical action camera or six times the advertised intended use.
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When using a heavy camera or other objects in this weight category (~650 g) the iGooseneck can hold position but if the flexible neck is at an angle and you walk it may shift position. Straight up or positioned at a very small angle it will hold much better. My bridge camera attached to my table top tripod via the iGooseneck renders service adequately but I have to warn that the iGooseneck wasn’t designed for objects in this weight category thus small accidental or intentional moves bend the iGooseneck rather easily and trying to position the camera past 45 degrees hardly holds, but will set nonetheless. However when operating the camera buttons one must hold the device or it will move. I can imagine cameras or other devices surpassing 650 g will lose grip completely rendering the iGooseneck totally useless.
If you plan on manipulating and/or pressing buttons on a heavy camera while the iGooseneck is set at a heavy angle expect a momentarily wobble each time you release the camera. In fact it is so touchy with heavy cameras that if using a bridge camera for example one needs to set the timer for at least five seconds or use a remote shutter controller because when the shutter button is pressed manually the camera wobbles momentarily and that’s not desirable. Even with this little caveat images are sharp once the perceivable wobble stops because there are no other micro shakes going on thus good enough for macro photography if you wish. Even so I don’t suggest for professional use with heavy devices due to its fidgetiness which result in loss of time due to repeated readjustments and loss of exact frame positioning if that is important as well.
With devices such as an iPad the iGooseneck will hold it as with the camera but here the touchscreen isn’t a factor as much as camera buttons thus will perform better even at 90 degree angle. However that wobble upon touching a heavy device still remains.

Ideal usage?

– the iGooseneck will perform surprisingly well practicing almost any sports including underwater sports (tested only in brackish and soft water) with action cameras or other very light devices under 100g.
– between 100g and 200g the iGooseneck will perform similarly to lighter devices but taking great care to avoid shakes.
– 200g and beyond the iGooseneck will hold better or worst under different circumstances and repositioning becomes a habit.

A perfect example of the flexibility of this tool to be a sound boom flexible microphone neck.
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Take note on the photo above the makeshift sound boom pole head does not permit me to point my ZOOM H1 sound recorder/microphone towards the ground. This is important since the microphone is above the subject the microphone must point downwards and the iGooseneck permits me to do this. Another little advantage I haven’t had the chance to test further for confirmation is that together with the MOVO shock mount the iGooseneck further shields the vibration coming from the pole manipulation making low rumbles impossible to perceive and that’s a good thing.

Product Notice and Recommendation

As with all products and ideas nothing is perfect and the iGooseneck as one discernable problem for my standard.
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As you can see with the image above the way the iGooseneck is designed the center core overhang either side of the base after some manipulation. I never had any trouble as my tripod socket is made of metal but I have seen cameras with plastic socket so be careful when tightening both object together as the core of the flexible stem can damage plastics over time. If you unscrew and screw the iGooseneck very often and do manipulate the flexible stem a lot you better make sure to tap the core back in by tapping it on a hard surface as needed – but not on your wooden table. ;)
My suggestion for this company is to enhance it with end screw caps to avoid the center core from protruding.
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Also a caveat not related to the product itself but rather how the company markets this product is that the iGooseneck should be sold with a cheap female/female 1/4-20 treaded adapter for higher flexibility out of the box and because once marketed towards slightly heavier devices this product has bigger sale potential.

With the end screw caps fix and with a female/female 1/4-20 treaded adapter I would not hesitate paying three times the price as it is that solid, that performing. Any other use with heavier devices is just a bonus of a well-made product and at 4.95 USD it is a good deal.

You can find the iGooseneck in many fine stores such as Adorama and B&H.

Politically Boozled

Here we are Tuesday, November 8 in this not so fabulous 2016 US election year. In a few hours we will know who will be the next president of the United States of America and unlike many other blogs or even news sites I will not warn of any consequences as none of the potential nominees will soothe the public in the long run.
Trump really surprised me how far he made it because looking at the statistics of past years the US public is leaning more Democrat each year thus I said to myself he won’t go far. After all, how can a clown like that go far anywhere? I guess in the US he can since that’s how much of those types live there so he’s got the following enabling him.
As for Hillary Clinton I can’t even imagine this women in office and yet there she is having a chance at being president. Thanks to whom? The left, the type that can’t be bothered to make things better, ever. It is a pity that if she wins it is going to be a women with the ugliest and most obscure baggage. You know how many kind Republican women I would have liked as US president before Hillary? A lot! You know how many Democrat ladies I would have seen president? A lot! Hillary Clinton was not supposed to have this honor and here again the other half of the US just showed that generally the US public is not ready for true change let alone trying. The left is truly a bunch of pussycats.
Personally Bernie Sanders was my choice but I am not delusional thus I know he wouldn’t have made much difference once in power. Bernie is from Vermont and since my wife’s relatives are mostly from there I had a special interest to vouch for Bernie but also because for over twenty years I have been hearing Bernie’s name in a good way so I believe that at the very least for the next four years he would have given the US some dignity, unlike with the two future potential candidates.
But at the end concerning jobs or the economy the U.S will not improve above this present “rate” and Trump, Hillary or dreaming of Bernie all would fail the public in this regard. Yes, I am implying none would make a difference trying in bringing back jobs at any acceptable rate above present rate because it is simply unfeasible. All the US can dream of is keep the present slow but decent growth rate – the U.S.A has become an ordinary world citizen with heavy bills to pay.
The reason for this is that the U.S face a “growing” competition on the international level and has been so for decades already and there is absolutely nothing one can do, no president can revert it, not me, not you, no personality and especially no clowns can do it either.
Are you blaming China for doing what’s best for themselves? Are you blaming Germany for their strong comeback? Are you blaming Israel, China or Russia for taking away U.S military deals? You think South Korean companies aren’t big or do not have enough shares internationally to make any differences against US interest? You do not think Brazil isn’t trying to become the U.S.A of the south and all that implicates? You think South Africa does not undermine some sector of the U.S manufacturing? You think Italy does not bug U.S aluminum foundries and many other sectors? Meanwhile next to the U.S border Mexico can build for cheap. I bet you think puny Australia does not undermine any U.S sector right? Or even better you think a country like Cuba does not produce much of anything right?
Well, a bit here and a lot there the share of the pie that other countries take on the world market is massive compared to just 20 years ago and it is never going to revert so the U.S public should get over it and find a new way to amass jobs. Even if the U.S becomes against globalization and do isolate it is not as if it did this back in the 1650’s where one could actually cope. Nowadays you won’t be able to last long as primary products are needed and unless you get those primary elements by force no one will ship it to you for free, thus obliged to interact a lot with other countries and sign treaties too. No one can do it alone and it is the reason China had to open up over the years and will continue to do so prudently and intelligently. Thus the U.S or anyone else it is either openness or restrict yourself.
At the end, Clinton (I hope not) or Trump the clown, both do not merit their places and the only people responsible for this situation is the U.S public.

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Son… MAGIX VEGAS Pro 14

Over a decade ago when choosing a video editing software I settled with a Sonic Foundry product but soon after the giant Sony bought all of the Sonic Foundry lineup including my accustomed Vegas Video editing software. The change did nothing other than reading Sony instead of Sonic Foundry — the program itself was essentially made with the same base code.

To my surprise this year Sony sold the same lineup to a German holding company named MAGIX and once again the “Vegas” name changes ownership and again I have to see another name. Hey! As long they do not change too much in any “wrong” direction I will remain a customer especially if the list of features grows as it did under MAGIX.

Go read the official entry and or go straight to the new features listed below the main article, it’s promising:
VEGAS Pro 14 – A new era begins for video editing