And now it is time to review another Cocoon Innovations product with the TECH 16-inch backpack. I will have to say that it is a small step up from the last product I reviewed, but that is good, right?
Oh yes, it is very good. In fact, I decided to show this particular image here for those who are unaware of what the GRID-IT system looks like. Those are those elastic straps I was talking about that hold your individual accessories, and that should make a lot of sense if it hadn’t before.
Unlike the soft briefcase that I reviewed, this product is a backpack, and it can hold laptops up to 16 inches. It also has a dedicated iPad compartment, but it doesn’t really have a furry lining or anything for it. The backpack does have a water-resistant ballistic nylon exterior, so I guess you can feel good about taking it in the rain.
You should be able to purchase the TECH 16-inch backpack for about $89.99 on the Cocoon Innovations site for $89.99.
There is one thing that I like, and that is Cocoon Innovations. They were the pioneers of the GRID-IT system that I wrote about before here. I was fortunate enough to write about two other great Cocoon Innovations products, starting with the Graphite 15-inch brief.
From the description, you can tell what it can carry with 15-inch laptops, accomodating up to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. When you open it up, their are lots of pockets. One of them is the faux-fur for the laptop, which has some real soft fur on the inside. Then there is a faux-fur pocket good for a tablet like an iPad, a smaller one.
There is a zipper pocket on the inside, but that almost makes me want to say “who cares”. I’ve already mentioned that this particular guy has the GRID-IT inside, and if you are not familiar with it, here is what that is: it is a bunch of elastic straps made to hold a whole bunch of things.
Yes, these straps allow for you to store cables, chargers, and…hey, is that a GoPro on that? Yes, it is, which means you are capable of a carrying a lot, and you don’t have to worry about shuffling through your bag to find anything.
We talked about the #MeToo movement that was initiated by Alyssa Milano after the Harvey Weinstein scandals came out. There’s another important related topic to this that Christians need to be aware of. A new awareness campaign is coming to the light with #ChurchToo.
Yes, sexual abuse happens in churches as well. Not just the Catholics, but LDS, Protestants, et al.
People are taking to Twitter and other social media to bring this to light.
I was 11. I went to the restroom. I was followed by the youth pastor. He grabbed my arm. I was lucky enough to fight him off and escape. I just wonder how many girls weren't so lucky. #ChurchToohttps://t.co/bp450l3Uw4
I find in general that people get a false sense of security when it comes to leadership, and most other people in religious settings. Many trust that because one is a youth pastor, or a leader of a church, that no harm can be done. I’ve heard too many terrible stories to think otherwise.
In the church we previously attended, they did make sure to do background checks for those working in the nurseries. Men were only allowed to change the diapers of their own children. I am still trying to decide if that is sexist, but I can see it as the church trying to cover themselves, which is probably smart on their part. Personally, I thought parents should be called to do their own diaper changes, but that was because nursery workers could get stretched thin at times. Of course, nursery age isn’t the only ones needing to be protected, so I encourage parishioners to find out what is being done to protect kids of all ages in their church.
Another thing that churches need to stop doing, and I mentioned this in the #MeToo post, is we need to stop blaming the victims. This really needs to stop. Women and girls shouldn’t be told that they need to wear a cover up from head to toe to make sure that they don’t cause boys/men to stumble. Our boys should learn how to properly treat females no matter what they wear.
Also, l was 16. The rapes happened from 11-14. She reported it to no one. She also never spoke about it to me again.
The church/purity culture is the reason why I didn't know a guy at my Christian college had harassed and assaulted me until years after it happened. None of my college friends know because I'm afraid of retaliation and judgement. #churchtoo
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.
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:
Angelo, thank you for your concern and for bringing this to our attention. We worked with our media partner and FOX news to stop our ad from airing during the Sean Hannity Show.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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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.