Thunderbolt 3 Dock from OWC

Once again, I am doing a review of a laptop/desktop accessory with the Thunderbolt 3 Dock from OWC. I am not certain what OWC stands for, but they seem to make a lot of really interesting products.

The Thunderbolt 3 Dock is enough to give your computer 13 ports, provided that it is plugged in with the Thunderbolt 3 cable. On the front is a USB 3.1 Generation 1 for delivering 5 GB data speed and power to the devices. There is also an expanded analog Audio In/Out to connect external speakers and mics. Oh, there is also an SD Card reader, which you can transfer a lot of files.

What is interesting is on the back are more ports. There are five USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, which is once again good for pretty much whatever you need. Then there is this S/PDIF pro-grade digital audio output for an enhanced audio performance, not to mention a FireWire 800 port and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Then there are two Thunderbolt 3 Ports which are good to up to 40 GBs. Then there is also a mini DisplayPort.

All of this is good for up to 40 Gb/s for two ultra HD 4k displays, or a 5K monitor. Oh, and it is great for more than that too, because it is just that good at what it does.

So if you have a home office or business, then this OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock is for you. It also comes with a 2-Year Limited Warranty. It can be purchased on sites like MacSales for $299.00.

What is Happening to Christians and our Nation Today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just don’t understand anymore.

Another boycott is happening. Many Twitter users smashing their Keurig coffee makers in response to Keurig and others pulling their advertising from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. Why did Keurig cause so much grief?

On Friday, Sean Hannity interviewed Roy Moore, the Republican candidate running for a senate seat in Alabama. He is accused of sexual misconduct with minors as young as 14. Some felt that Hannity went too easy on Moore during the interview, so Keurig announced that they would be pulling advertising for the show in a reply to Angelo Carusone as shown below:

Immediately, war broke out on Twitter, and Hannity fans responded by destroying their Keurig machines. Joke’s on them. Keurig already has their money. Duh.

Keurig’s CEO has since apologized to its employees over the negative backlash they might receive from this decision and said that they don’t usually take sides.

In other news, 53 Alabama pastors have signed a letter supporting Moore. After doing a little research, it seems that the letter, posted by Moore’s wife, Kayla, was written before the allegations came forward, and some of the pastors that signed the letter have said they did not know of these allegations when the letter was originally signed. 

Tijuanna Adetunji of the Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery said she did not know of the letter and did not give permission for her name to be on it. “I was not asked about this story or allegations,” stated Adetunji.

Okay, maybe my faith in humanity and Christianity hasn’t completely circled the drain; however, I’m still very saddened to see that many people still support this man. We’ll see how many when the votes come out.  Not too surprised considering who was elected into the presidential seat- a man who did say that Moore should step down… but only if the allegations proved to be true.

Again, I ask, “Is America great yet?”

 

Grey’s Anatomy Celebrates 300th Episode Tonight!

Only 4 of the original characters remain, but Grey’s Anatomy has lived on for 14 seasons, and tonight, ABC’s hit show will celebrate this momentous occasion with some hat tips to former characters.

Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey), Justin Chambers (Dr. Alex Karev),  James Pickens Jr. (Dr. Richard Webber), and of course, Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey will see their former co-workers and friends- Izzie, Christina, and George… at least in spirit, as their look-alikes in the form of patients will bring back some nostalgia.

Through bombs, plane crashes, boat crashes,a mass shooter, and more, Meredith Grey has pulled through like a cat with nine lives to keep us captivated since 2005.  The show has done more than just entertain, though. Pompeo recalled a fan telling her that the show saved her daughter’s life.

“There was one storyline where we had a kid with a heart problem that presents as the flu and doctors overlook it,” said Pompeo. “We got a letter from this mom saying, ‘The hospital sent me home saying I didn’t know what I was talking about and I resisted. Sure enough, my child was diagnosed with this and she’s alive now because of that episode.’ ”

Here is some trivia for you. ER, another popular hospital medical show lasted a total of 331 episodes. Could Grey’s Anatomy top that?

Here’s a sneak peak offered by Ellen Pompeo on The View today.

P.S. Happy 10th wedding anniversary to Ellen and her husband today, and also, tomorrow is her birthday!

 

The Long Road Home Premieres Tonight on National Geographic Channel


As we enter the week of Veterans’ Day, there is a wonderful opportunity to see stories of what soldiers and their families have experienced as the war in Iraq transpired. Martha Raddatz, ABC News correspondent in foreign affairs, had a unique opportunity to follow the soldiers and write the best-selling book, The Long Road Home, which inspired this                                                                                         eight part mini series.

I had the privilege of receiving a truly wonderful press kit, along with a dog tag USB that contained the episodes to preview. The series follows real life events that soldiers experienced on Black Sunday in April 2004, when a platoon of American soldiers was ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad. The initial ambush and the 48-hour rescue mission caused 8 deaths of Americans and more than 60 injuries.

The show has a feeling of movies like Saving Private Ryan and Pearl Harbor. Watching it brings all the emotion of what it would have been like to have been there and experience the traumatic events that the soldiers faced, as well as what the families of the soldiers went through as they waited to hear news from them.

Jason Ritter is an actor in the miniseries. You may know him as the son of John Ritter,  an actor in the tv series Parenthood, and currently the star of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. He plays the role of Troy Denomy. Another son of a famous actor, Patrick Schwarzeneggar, plays Sgt. Ben Heyhurst. Other cast members include Michael Kelly as Lieutenant Colonel Gary Volesky, Kate Bosworth as Gina Denomy, and Sarah Wayne Callies as Leann Volesky.

Martha Raddatz says of her experience talking to the soldiers:

“I have been a journalist my whole life, really. I’ve done some amazing things, and I’ve been to extraordinary places. I have been in a backseat of an F-15 on a combat mission. I’ve been in the streets of Baghdad. I’ve been a moderator at presidential debates. There is nothing that has been more meaningful in my career than this story, and not just because of the story itself or the interviews I did, but because I’ve maintained the relationship; because these guys are my brothers and their spouses are my sisters. And for me, it was the first time I had heard those stories of the Iraq War so closely. And to hear Staff Sgt. Robert Miltenberger — a tough soldier who I thought kept it all in — to hear him talk about what had happened to him with such emotion and such power was remarkable. I had talked about war. I had read about war. But I had never seen it in that way. I had never truly seen the human toll and how much these men were carrying with them, and how much it changed them. They changed from men in a minivan the week before to real warriors.”

The Long Road Home airs its introductory two-hour episode tonight on the  at 9/8 c. I highly suggest it as a must-watch.

Here’s a trailer:

How Franklin Graham, One Million Moms, and other Christians are Killing our Youth

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If you didn’t jump on the Disney boycott in March when Franklin Graham told people that they should boycott because the live version of Beauty and the Beast had a gay character, or back in 1997 when Southern Baptists called for a Disney boycott because of Disney’s pro-gay policies, then Franklin Graham and others like One Million Moms, are calling people to join another boycott.

The Disney Channel has a highly popular show called Andi Mack, and in a recent episode, one of the main characters came out to his friends. 

In a statement by the Disney Channel, “Andi Mack is a story about ‘tweens’ figuring out who they are. [Creator] Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show takes great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”

This move by Disney has caused an uproar- because how dare Disney show that people will still be your friend if you are homosexual!

So most boycotts I’ve seen by Christians are pretty laughable. Boycott Starbucks because they make a red cup instead of the Christian symbols of Christmas holly, or gloves or sleds. Boycott Hamilton because the actors told Mike Pence what they wanted to see from the current presidency… Wait, that was a boycott called by #45. Never mind.

Did you know that LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth, and they are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth? LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection. These facts and others can be found on The Trevor Project site. This site is focused on saving the lives of young LGBTQ kids.

It saddens me that we would even need a site like this, but the truth is that the lack of love shown toward this community of people by their own families and churches drive many to suicidal thoughts and actions every day!

Why do we need to acknowledge television characters who lead different lives than you may deem socially or religiously acceptable? I know several people who are LGBT personally. The stories they have told me about how they have been treated by so-called Christians have led me to the conclusion that attitudes from those of Graham and others are driving young people to commit suicide. Right now in Utah, there are numerous LDS young people taking their lives, and people who knew them confirming that they were LGBT, but their obituaries do not mention it.

Even if you believe homosexuality is a sin, I think Christians do a major disservice to young people when they teach them that LGBTQ people do not deserve to live as every other person on this earth.

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Body Shaming and #MeToo

I came across a post by someone in a Facebook group I am a part of. One more story of a girl who was sent home because her body was a “distraction.” Her crime? She was wearing a t-shirt with a little bit of cleavage showing. She happened to be a more well-endowed girl, so it didn’t really matter that her shirt was pretty modest. She didn’t have a low scooping neckline, but a tiny bit of line appeared at the top.

This girl was sent home because her collarbones showed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have been living under a rock lately, you may have missed the #metoo movement that has been spreading across social media that has women acknowledging that they have been raped, molested, or have received unwanted, unsolicited sexual advances from men. This is in response to the news of Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein, and the women who have come forward about the acts that he did.

There are some things in our American(and dare I say “Christian”) culture that I believe needs to change. One thing that we need to stop doing is shaming girls for what they wear. Now, I’m not saying that anything goes when it comes to school dress codes. There are reasonable things to expect students to wear. But when people accuse shoulders, legs, collar bones, and navels for causing boys to be distracted, I think we are sending the wrong message. First, we tell girls that they are responsible for how boys see them. Second, we tell boys that they can’t help themselves, and feed into the rape culture issue that has been brewing for years.

I have two young boys-one is a teenager, and I believe in teaching them that shoulders, legs, and midriffs aren’t a thing to be afraid of on women. How is it the male species can survive seeing girls and women in swim suits on a beach or at a pool, but the minute they step away from water, those shoulders and thighs become pornography? How are we teaching our young men that women should be respected, but then we body shame them and tell little girls they are immodest when they wear a sleeveless sundress?

Finally, we need to speak up against “locker room talk.” When Conservatives elected a man into presidency and dismiss his attitude toward women and things he has said as “locker room talk,” it sent a poor message to boys.

 

Donald Trump: The War on Christmas Starts Early

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Starbucks hasn’t announced their cup design and Halloween is a couple weeks away, but Donald Trump made sure to start the fires early at his speech at the Values Voter Summit today. This group, composed primarily of Evangelicals, gathers to discuss items like traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government.

Trump has made sure to fuel the “us vs. them” mentality, by telling attendees that, “We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo- Christian values.”

He went on,”We’re getting near that season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct.”

He complained that department stores will decorate, and they’ll say other things. But guess what? Donald Trump says “we’re” going to say “Merry Christmas” again! Hallelujah and pass the potatoes!

Look, I like Christmas. I will wish you a “Merry Christmas” if I know you celebrate. I will wish people I don’t know “Happy Holidays” because it’s a nice thing to do. It doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped loving Jesus. I’m not embarrassed by him. I AM embarrassed by Christians who have to throw tantrums if people don’t celebrate the way they think they should. I am embarrassed that this season that is supposed to be about love is becoming a season of “This is a Christian nation, and we are persecuted because people are being politically correct.” I AM embarrassed by the leader of the free world acting like a twit, and Christians fawning all over him.

Trump is not bringing Christmas back to America. It’s always been here. Our last president celebrated Christmas and, no, he didn’t call them holiday trees like the internet rumors say.

Maybe Trump should stop fueling wars on his home territory. I worry about the real wars we are facing.

 

Toast Cases for the iPhone 8 and Microsoft Surface Pro 2017

By now, I have reviewed at least three Toast products in the past few years, and it stands to reason that they would put out covers for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as the new Surface Pro 5 (2017). I feel very fortunate to have a chance to review both of these, as I enjoy the Toast products, made in Portland, Oregon.

Toast Real Wood Cover for the iPhone 8

At first, I didn’t think it was necessary, because most iPhone 7/7 Plus products can accommodate the latest models, but it looks like the Toast iPhone 7 model has been replaced with an iPhone 8. In this case, the wooden cover is more than just than just an aesthetic quality with its “designed with heart and cut by lasers” design, but offers at least some protection as well.

Toast iPhone 8After all, that new iPhone 8 has glass on the front and back of it, as we reported upon its initial announcement. I was, of course, warned that putting on the iPhone 8 cover was going to be only slightly difficult, and it is even described by the website as origami-esque. Well, origami is always fun, isn’t it? Putting it on feels like some fun project that is from a kid’s toy kit.

My one concern was that this cover would somehow block the Qi Wireless Capability, but I have been told that this won’t be a problem.

All that, plus you can custom engrave the thing. You should definitely head over to the Toast site and Pay about $34.00 for it in Walnut, Ash, and Ebony.

Toast Real Wood Cover for the Surface Pro 2017 (Pro 5)

So, it looks like Microsoft has the new Surface out, and the laptop/tablet also has a great cover similar to that of Apple’s flagship product. It has what you would expect with the wooden crafted cover, and it is something as well.

Toast Surface Pro 2017I have to admit that I was surprised that it was able to cover the Surface Pro 5, but it does cover them very well, and has all the side wraps and buttons covered. It is made with the same peel-and-stick process for easy application, but that shouldn’t come as any surprise. It is awesome to see that it has four holes in order to show off that Microsoft Log.

There isn’t much more that I can say about this that I haven’t said before. It is available in four types of wood like Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony, and Ash. It is available for about $49.00 on the Toast site.

BSA Officially Announces Girls to be Welcomed Into the Program

Kyrie participated in the ATV program at BSA summer camp

Kyrie participated in the ATV program at BSA summer camp

Rumors have been swirling over the past few months that the Boy Scouts of America program was testing the waters to determine if families would like to allow girls into the program. Today, the Board of Directors announced that they have unanimously voted to welcome girls into the Cub Scout program, and that older girls will have the chance to earn the Eagle rank.

“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”

Starting next year, parents will be able to sign Cub Scout aged girls up to join as well as their boys. Dens will be single-gendered, though, so boys will still be learning their stuff with other boys and girls with girls. Packs already in existence can choose to integrate the girls, or keep them separate. Many Cub Scout Packs already involve the whole family, so allowing the girl dens to participate doesn’t seem much of a stretch.

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The program to allow girls to earn the coveted Eagle rank isn’t slated to be available until 2019. I don’t suppose that my own daughter who is already part of the co-ed Boy Scout program of Venturing, will be able to attain that rank, as she will be 16 when that rolls around. She hasn’t had the opportunity to earn merit badges- even though she has taught the classes at Boy Scout summer camp.

Teaching the Canoeing Merit Badge

Teaching the Canoeing Merit Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyrie went rappelling with our Boy Scout troop and Venture Crew

Kyrie went rappelling with our Boy Scout troop and Venture Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girl Scouts’ president is not likely to be thrilled about this announcement, as Kathy Hopinkah already sent a letter to the BSA in August accusing the Boy Scouts of stealing recruits from their program.

This new announcement, I believe, is another step in the right direction, as many girls want to be included in what their brothers are doing. In some areas, the Boy Scout program is more enticing than Girl Scouts because the program is geared to do more adventurous things(although, some Girl Scout troops also do exciting things-depending on leadership).

The question now is when will they allow Atheists and Agnostics into their program?

You can read the official story from the Boy Scout Newsroom here.