Why Stefan Svartling Blocked Me

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It started with a G+ response to an article he reposted about Apple soon  to be getting a multiple windows feature. That’s what I like about the internet… you can have an honest talk about different views of things posted online.  Most people welcome the engagement.  Stefan on the other hand thought what I said was a direct attack on him. Here’s the skinny:

It started with me commenting on this article here:

This is the future of Apple’s multitasking.
http://www.svartling.net/?m=1

Since he has blocked my comments,  I can’t direct post it. But I did find his Twitter account and responded with the above photo stating simply that it’s not a new feature and that I could do multi windows on my Note 3 and my Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Well, all hell broke loose and the following are his replies:

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He then went on to say:

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How does a man who has over 70,000 followers get intimidated by one?

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I am all for people loving stuff that they love. I don’t make anyone feel bad if they are a democrat or a replublican, if they prefer coffee over tea or if they like Apple over Samsung. None are better than the other. It is whatever you like. But the minute you step on the toes of religion, politics, sexual orientation or OS preference people block you like you’re a mass murderer.

I’m not posting anymore of our correspondings. He called me a troll so I decided not to say anything more. Am I the only one who thinks that if your ideas differs from anyone else’s you should still respect their opinion, even if you don’t agree?

How does a man who has over 70,000 followers get intimidated by one?

Blocking me only shows you don’t respect anyone with an opinion different from your own. I respect that. You had the guts to cut me off. But don’t call me a troll because I have a more than average understanding of how the internet works and know how to really show people’s true colors.

And by the way, I’m not a troll in any way, shape or form. I am however very net saavy. I believe people need to learn that the internet is written in ink and everything is forever.

Just my two cents…

Going After The Dream

So it has come to this…I made the move, I took the plunge, I climbed the mountain, I took the dive, I looked fear in the face and screamed, “I got you fear! And your little dog too!” Okay…I’m being silly but just so you know. I DID IT! I got my truck and now the real adventure begins.

When I started this venture ( it’s not quite an adventure yet) I had my doubts. I really didn’t think I was going to make it. Slowly, I paid it off with a bit of starving, a bit of lonely days, long lonely days of no activities, no movies, no dinners out and lived off sunflower seeds (y’all know I loves me some sunflower seeds) and cups of Ramen noodles. But here the day has arrived and I got this big, Ole truck. An empty canvas just waiting, ripe for my shenanigans. And y’all know I got plenty of shenanigans too.

I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m finally getting off SEPTA!

There’s still a long way to go. It’s only been about four months but it’s all I really thought about. I want this to be your adventure too. People live vicariously through others and I don’t mind. Some of us can’t do things unknowingly and there is nothing wrong with that. Some of us can’t be crazy or daring or completely out what society says is common sense, and that’s okay too. That’s why we have stories. That’s why we continue to dream. And that’s why we know people like me. You have to admit, turning a truck into a house is kinda odd but you know you wanna see the end results. If you haven’t seen the page of my journey here’s the link: http://buff.ly/Zh7DWv .
Can’t wait. So anxious. Again, thanks for tagging along, giving blurbs of encouragement along the way. I appreciate all y’all. I do.

So in the words of Rocky the Squirrel…here’s something that you’ll really like.

Splishes and splashes y’all. Splishes and splashes.

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A little over a month ago I made a payment on a truck. Actually it was a box truck. I’m planning on building a tiny house out of it.

I’ve been thinking about this for sometime. I took a tiny house tour in DC in 2012 and fell in love with the concept. For the last two years it has been all I’ve talked about. I collected pictures, floor plans, furniture ideas and read everything I could find on converting a vehicle into a tiny home.

My peers are on the fence with me about this idea. Most of them think it’s cool. Some think I’m outta my mind and a few true renegades like myself are waiting to be first in line for the maiden voyage.

This is the story of Serenity. She ain’t much but she’ll drive strong and run straight. And she will soon be my home.

Thanks for tagging along.

One Woman’s Discrimination

This is a story of One Woman’s Discrimination that she experienced. The backlash this video and it’s posting has received has sadden me greatly.

It is my hope my words can make sense of this. Please watch and read my comment that follows. Add your own thoughts as well. All I ask is not to answer in anger. Do not respond defensively. Respond in a way to invoke change, empathy (for both races and even the ones never mentioned) and dignity to those who may read this in the future.

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http://www.upworthy.com/one-easy-thing-all-white-people-could-do-that-would-make-the-world-a-better-place-5?c=ufb2

All so angry responses.

The whole point of her story was completely missed…It’s not about “white privilege” or “discrimination”.  It is about the racial innuendo (an allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one.) that has permeated our country’s history since its inception. Just because you’re a white person that takes offense to the term “white privilege”, doesn’t make it any less true of a statement. Just because you’re a black person who feels “all whites are racist” doesn’t mean that they are.

American Society was founded on slavery and the tension it has created. Period. It would be foolish of any culture to deny that fact. This history has scarred racial memories on both sides (and as diverse as America is, it’s still predominantly a black and white issue).

The innuendo EXIST! Every day, every where, ALL THE TIME. Do not take what she is saying as a one-time incident that just happened to her. This is what non-whites and whites not of European decent deal with.  (yeah, European whites look down and degrade all other Caucasian cultures. Don’t think it’s true? Look at all the slur names given to Irish, Polish even Russian peoples. Um….They’re all white!)

Race is the card that keeps this country separated. Being angry at what this woman experienced and the words she chooses to tell the story doesn’t diminish that the innuendo doesn’t exist. Just because a handful of self-righteous white people don’t treat black people or any other culture that way doesn’t make what she said less valid. Put it in perspective people. And just because you as a black individual trying to play that racial card, who experience these innuendos daily, doesn’t mean every white person or culture sees you as a criminal, lazy and on welfare.

To the whites-it happens. Just because you don’t dole it out doesn’t make it less valid.

To the blacks-you can’t make people blind to what racial innuendos do mentally to the individual cloud your life experiences.

Until we ALL believe that we are the same-racism…will NEVER change.

Article: Black Author wins Copyright Case for Matrix movie Posted: 18/02/2010 in Current Affairs Tags: Copywrite, Matrix, Movie, Silver, Wachowski, Warner

Black Author wins Copyright Case for Matrix movies

Why? Why is this the first I have ever this? One of the best, top rating Movie franchises of the 20th And 21st centuries…was written by an African American?!?

Read on dear reader as the true Matrix is revealed.

Black Author wins The Matrix Copyright Infringement Case

This little known story has met a just conclusion, as Sophia Stewart, African American author of The Matrix will finally receive her just due from the copyright infringement of her original work!!!

A six-year dispute has ended involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart’s allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow presiding.

Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood , as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars.

Stewart filed her case in 1999, after viewing the Matrix, which she felt had been based on her manuscript, ‘The Third Eye,’ copyrighted in 1981. In the mid-eighties Stewart had submitted her manuscript to an ad placed by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works..

According to court documentation, a FBI investigation discovered that more than thirty minutes had been edited from the original film, in an attempt to avoid penalties for copyright infringement. The investigation also stated that ‘credible witnesses employed at Warner Brothers came forward, claiming that the executives and lawyers had full knowledge that the work in question did not belong to the Wachowski Brothers.’ These witnesses claimed to have seen Stewart’s original work and that it had been ‘often used during preparation of the motion pictures.’ The defendants tried, on several occasions, to have Stewart’s case dismissed, without success.

Stewart has confronted skepticism on all sides, much of which comes from Matrix fans, who are strangely loyal to the Wachowski Brothers. One on-line forum, entitled Matrix Explained has an entire section devoted to Stewart. Some who have researched her history and writings are open to her story.

Others are suspicious and mocking. ‘It doesn’t bother me,’ said Stewart in a phone interview last week, ‘I always knew what was true.’

Some fans, are unaware of the case or they question its legitimacy, due to the fact that it has received little to no media coverage. Though the case was not made public until October of 2003, Stewart has her own explanation, as quoted at aghettotymz.com:

‘The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner…. this GIANT owns 95 percent of the media… let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media business… New York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, DreamWorks, Newsweek, Village Roadshow and many, many more! They are not going to report on themselves. They have been suppressing my case for years.’

Fans who have taken Stewart’s allegations seriously, have found eerie mythological parallels, which seem significant in a case that revolves around the highly metaphorical and symbolic Matrix series. Sophia, the Greek goddess of wisdom has been referenced many times in speculation about Stewart. In one book about the Goddess Sophia, it reads, ‘The black goddess is the mistress of web creation spun in her divine matrix.’

Although there have been outside implications as to racial injustice (Stewart is African American), she does not feel that this is the case. ‘This is all about the Benjamins,’ said Stewart. ‘It’s not about money with me. It’s about justice.’

Stewart’s future plans involve a record label, entitled Popsilk Records, and a motion picture production company, All Eyez On Me, in reference to God. ‘I wrote The Third Eye to wake people up, to remind them why God put them here. There’s more to life than money,’ said Stewart. ‘My whole to the world is about God and good and about choice, about spirituality over ‘technocracy’.’

If Stewart represents spirituality, then she truly has prevailed over the ‘technocracy’ represented in both the Terminator and the Matrix, and now, ironically, by their supposed creators.

Stewart is having discussions with CBS about a possible exclusive story and has several media engagements in the near future to nationally publicize her victory. June 13th 2004. Sophia Stewart’s press release read: ‘The Matrix & Terminator movie franchises have made world history and have ultimately changed the way people view movies and how Hollywood does business, yet the real truth about the creator and creation of these films continue to elude the masses because the hidden secret of the matter is that these films were created and written by a Black woman…a Black woman named Sophia Stewart. But Hollywood does not want you to know this fact simply because it would change history. Also it would encourage our Black children to realize a dream and that is…nothing is impossible for them to achieve!’

Greg Thomas, Editor

Courtesy of CNN IReport ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-358749

Original content by:

http://jasonskywalker5.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/black-author-wins-matrix/

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What the $@#! My semi – innocence assaulted by porn in my feed.

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I’m no stranger to the vulgarity of the Internet.  I’m also no partaker in the madness that is porn infiltrating every aspect of our declining civilian society.  I am,  however,  arbiter of my own demons and have a right not to see porn of ANY kind in my private life.

But at 1 am while skimming MY flip board feeds I come across the above in my feed…(most of which I blocked out with the splotch) I take major issue with it. Especially since I have no clue how it ended up in my feed!

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This asshat is the perv. And it was Google+ that allowed the post. (Don’t take my word for it?  I’ll send the original screen shot and the email I sent to flip board upon this find). And don’t hand me that crapola about how “we’re all adults here”. If I wanted to see some chick going down I’D RATHER WATCH MYSELF!  (Don’t even go there!)

What you do in your own sictopia is your own business.  What I see in my private feed is mine. And I’m pissed off to the 9th degree.

This is a rant. I don’t even know where to begin to fight this.  I wrote flipboard, Google is next.  The unsolicited porness has to end. What if I was a kid?  What if my little nephew was playing on my phone? I’m trying to keep it PG and the nasty still gets through!

So I’m taking it to the people.  There are still a whole heck of a bunch of us that still want to keep it clean.  Pass it on and get on Google and flip board’s a$$es!

This is a gateway. If we say nothing,  it will keep on happening.  Js…

Avocado Artichoke Pesto Stuffed Chicken

I was looking for a good avocado recipe and this looks to be it. Repost, make and enjoy. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Fresh Fit N Healthy

I don’t know what it is about stuffed chicken recipes, but I love them. And I love creating new ones.

Lately I have been loving avocados. Not only because they are delicious, but because when I’m staying away from the typical unhealthy fats for the most part, I need a lot of good fats!  Along with homemade nut butters, avocados are something I eat daily to get those healthy fats.  They not only have tons of good, healthy fats, but they have many other benefits. This makes them a delicious summer ingredient, and not just in guacamole!

Did you know that avocados have been called “The World’s Most Perfect Food”?? And rightfully so! An avocado contains every single nutrient that a person would need to survive.

Avocados are rich in many vitamins, such as A, C, D, E, K, and all of the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic…

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Teach Your Way To Success

I thought I would share this piece from copywriter and editor of “Early To Rise”
( http://www.earlytorise.com/# ) newsletter Craig Ballantyne. He makes a very valid point-there’s a teacher in all of us. We just need to gain the confidence to share what we know. And the best way to do that is to…well, just do it.

Enjoy the read!

“There is no teaching; there is only learning.” – Porter Stansberry 

Teach Your Way to Success

By Craig Ballantyne

For ninety minutes I stood on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego and preached. I went over and over how important it was to get out of your comfort zone if you wanted to succeed, and I helped the audience identify – and overcome – the obstacles in their way. 

But while I was speaking, I realized that I could be doing a better job of taking action and overcoming my limiting beliefs. It was clear that I needed to follow my own advice. I needed this speech as much, if not even more, than they did. 

As I wrapped up and stepped off the stage to address individual questions from audience members, it hit me. The teacher had become the student. Even though I had just taught for an entire morning, I felt like I was the person in the room that had gotten the most benefit from the content. 

“While we teach, we learn,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca. 

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From ancient history through to today, humans have realized that when you teach lessons to others, you end up learning more than the student. That’s why the best way to develop a greater understanding of any material is to play the role of the teacher and explain it to a student. 

It’s even better when your students challenge you. The more questions they ask you, and the greater their skepticism, the more you have to properly articulate your answers and justify your beliefs. It’s much better to teach actively engaged minds than passive people. 

Nothing is better than working one-on-one with a cynical student. It demands that you become a better teacher, and better understand the material, when you are challenged to simplify your message. You also learn by repeating your message to student after student and adapting your delivery based on their non-verbal responses. 
Back in my days as a personal trainer to the richest men and women in Toronto, my favorite clients were the ones that demanded to know why I was giving them a specific exercise, using a new technique, or encouraging them to eat a certain way. 

If I struggled to explain something, their critical gazes would let me know loud and clear that my reasoning wasn’t sound. This in turn caused me to put more work into my study and honing my craft so that I delivered an even better and more effective fat loss program. It also helped me improve my own body transformation results. 

That’s why, if your goal is to transform your body – or your life in any way, it’s helpful to become a mentor to someone else that seeks the same goals. By explaining your new habits, you will better understand their importance, and furthermore, you will become more committed to these new behaviors. When you act as a teacher you want to maintain integrity and act in a way that is consistent with what you just taught. After all, a hypocrite is a lousy teacher. 

But teaching goes beyond just strengthening your knowledge. Teaching makes you a better person, too. 

I’d like to update Seneca’s quote with a dose of 21st century personal development. To do this, we’ll turn to my friend Frank McKinney, who once said, “You cannot brighten another’s path without lighting your own.” 

I believe it. I’ve experienced it time and time again. There’s not much work in the world that can make you feel as fulfilled as teaching others. Each time I step on stage to teach and preach, I forget my selfish worries and problems, and leave the stage a better man. Each time I create a video explaining fitness tips, time management, productivity or creative writing techniques, it elevates my mood and leaves me with a satisfied smile. 

This approach is simple to apply in our own lives. Whatever you know, you can simply follow these two rules for becoming a wiser and better person.

First, you must practice what you preach. Second, you must practice preaching it. Try it today.

Teach someone something. It could be showing your child how to tie their shoes, or it could be sharing a simple productivity tip with a colleague. No matter what you teach or preach, you’ll feel better for it. The big lesson for you is that if you want to improve yourself, then you MUST become a teacher and mentor to more people. 

The teacher always learns as much, if not more, than the student. And the more you learn, the more you can help others, and the positive cycle continues and expands, making you better and better at what you do, and allowing you to help more and more people. 

Teaching others can also lift you out of the dark dips we all experience in life. 

When you’re down, and troubled, and you need a helping hand, your best solution is to become the helping hand to someone else. 

When you teach others what you know, when you share your knowledge, when you add value, this can deliver you from mild depression, from a scarcity mindset, and from a lack of clarity. Teaching will give you a natural high. You’ll do something good for others, and better yet, you’ll do something great for yourself. All the while you’ll improve your understanding of the material at the same time. 

That’s why you actually benefit more from teaching than the student does. 

Trust me, every single time I’ve opened my expertise and shared it with others, I’ve left with new ideas, a better understanding, a clearer vision of the problem (and the solution that can be implemented), a feeling of gratitude for the knowledge that I have, and thankfulness for the ability to shine a little light into someone’s life. 

As an ETR reader you know more about success, productivity, building a business, and sales than 99% of the world. You could share a tip or two each day with colleagues that struggle in any one of those areas. Not only would it boost their performance, but you’d also improve your own work habits. When you did that, you would also benefit, because it would make you more aware and committed to making similar changes in your own life. And of course, it will leave you with a smile on your face when you see the light bulb go off in their eyes. 

Don’t tell me you don’t have anything to teach the world. In most areas of life, you don’t need to be a certified instructor or a genius in order to impart a little wisdom to a friend, a colleague, or a mentee. You just need to pass along what you know. Everyone wins when you do that. 

It doesn’t matter if you are teaching a physical skill or a mental attribute, you cannot be a good teacher without making yourself better. When you instruct by example, it leads you to live by example. The lessons become more deeply ingrained in your mind. Keep on pushing and teaching. And that will make all the difference in your life. 

“Show your character and commitment through your actions.” – Epictetus 

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Your Bad-a$$ Kids

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Why Rainy did you give in to the pressure of all these whiners about your stand on mom’s with bad-a$$ kids? So all these brick-in-a$$ liberals defending the so called “military mom” with bad-a$$ kids-Y’ALL NEED TO PUT A SOCK IN IT!

Kudos to Rainy for having the courage to post her opinion on the behavior of some of y’all bad-a$$ kids. Me personally, I wouldn’t have apologized. I also don’t have an ounce of sympathy for that mom either! As a mom myself, I would have done the exact same thing and called out ignorant public behavior. Too often I’m subjected to other people’s bad-a$$ kids in a place of business.  Unlike this so-called “mom” (more like heifer) I taught my son what is and is not appropriate behavior in public. It’s not hard and most kids learn this necessary skill young IF the parents teach them. Here’s an idea…STOP BRINGING YOUR SCREAMING BRATS OUT IN PUBLIC IF YOU CAN’T CONTROL THEM.

I wish I could have seen the picture. I wish I could have commented on the original post. I’m with you Rainy. Good behavior starts in the home. Often time bratty kids means bratty parents and this is clearly a case of an uptight, entitled mom who decided to throw her “military” clout around and force an apology for her bad-a$$ kids behavior.

First of all-if you’re military, why don’t your kids have more discipline? I’m just saying…”military mom”, your kids behavior is unacceptable and definitely not appropriate conduct. Obviously your household does not reflect any type of discipline a military personnel is “supposed” to have. In fact, YOUR bad-a$$ kid’s behavior puts the military in a distasteful light. Who is your spouse, plus one or whatever your relationship status is and why is your home so unruly?

Second of all…who the hell do you think you are, mom with obnoxious kids? Nobody wants to hear your brat yelling at the top of their lungs because they are obviously in no mood for your lax parental instructions and the reason they lash out is because your bad-a$$ child knows you’re going to let them get away with it. So many times have I seen your type cave in because you can’t and won’t control your brat! Then you get all flustered and embarrassed because your hooligan-in-training is telling you to shut up and still continues to act out. The solution is simple-go to the market, pack a lunch and then take your ADHD kids to the park! Leave the rest of the civilized world at peace.

I worked as a nanny for over 10 years. The worst family I worked for was for a mom who had three kids. Two twin boys who were 7yo at the time and a girl who was 4yo. I would clean her home twice a week. One day after I had cleaned the dining area, she arrived home early and asked me to prepare lunch for them. I made a few sandwiches, they had sliced apples, chips and juice. After they ate, and were preparing to get up to leave, I stopped them and said “Please clean up your mess.” I wasn’t rude or even angry. I wanted them to learn that it’s not ok to eat, leave your dirty plates and food behind and to clean up. They were more than happy to help. They picked up their plates, any chips they dropped on the floor and cleaned the table off. I gave them a hug and they went off to play. Their mom was watching me and when they left the room, she pulled me aside and said to never make her kids clean up again. That it was my job. I was horrified that she reprimanded me for making her kids act responsibly. Needless to say I quit that job. This was something that you’re supposed to be taught as children. Kids like being helpful and if we neglect to teach them young…you get screaming, ill-behaving, loud, obnoxious brats in public.

I’m sick of people like you bringing your kids to restaurants that are obviously not meant for kids. I’m sick of your kids at movies that are not age appropriate. I’m sick of seeing your kids running around supermarkets when you should clearly have them by your side. I’m sick of your kids misbehaving in public! This was never about some damn crumbs on the floor! Rainy’s cafe called you out on your bad parenting skills and lack thereof and you were embarrassed…AS YOU SHOULD BE.

I have no sympathy for the likes of you. And I’m pissed off that you are getting any sympathy at all. CONTROL YOUR BAD-A$$ KIDS! Clean up after your bad-a$$ kids! Stop taking your bad-a$$ kids out ruining everyone day out! Do deserve a day out? Yes…but leave your bad-a$$ kids with a relative, a friend or a sitter. And if you want to enjoy a day out with your kids, the park, McDonald’s, Chuck E. Cheese and even Target is more than appropriate. But if you must bring your entitled, ignorant and bratty kids to a regular establishment, clean up after yourself because despite what any of your liberal supporters say…it’s not the job of the establishment to clean up after disgusting, trifling, dirty customers with no home training. Anyone who believes otherwise can address me direct at http://www.stellarrstwocents.wordpress.com

Yeah, that’s my two cents but that “military mom” owes me!

Rainy’s story link:

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/08/06/cafe-owner-faces-mom-backlash-after-crumby-facebook-post/

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