Alexa For Southerners, A Bit Of Satire

Most folks in the southern United States have a distinct accent so devices like Amazon Echo might fully understand the dialect or the accent. This video is satire of a Alexa built for the Southern consumer. I found it very funny being from the south myself.

Income Tax Day In The USA, The Last Day To File

Today is the deadline to file ones federal income tax in the United States. Ours has been done for about a week. Many people like me will wait til the very last minute especially if you owe. Refunds are good though. If you haven’t filed you have until before midnight to get it in to the IRS. 

In life, two things are certain, death and taxes. Neither are fun though.

Don’t Forget To Spring Forward Tonight

Daylight-Saving-Spring-Forward

It’s time to lose an hour of sleep by setting your clock ahead one hour before going to bed tonight. Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2017. I hate time change, it just sucks.

Veteran’s Day In America

 

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. (From Wikipedia)

To all the veterans who have served, I thank you for everything you have done. You have made the world better by putting on a uniform and going to work every day. Thank You!

Remembering September 11, 2001 #911

Today I am remembering the day that changed the course of American and world history. Four planes hijacked by men who sought to do harm and much destruction flew into The World Trade Center in NYC, The Pentagon in Washington DC and a field in Shanksville, PA. This is a day that still lives in the hearts and minds of people who survived this attack. It is amazing and hard to believe that fifteen years has passed since this horrific event took place.

There are kids that were born in 2001 who never knew about this event and are learning about it as a historical event. A thing for text books and conversations about tough topics like politics, religion and civilization.

We in the USA are still healing. Some have moved on while others are still suffering. Today is a new day in America but war is being waged and justice is still being sought. Let’s hope for better days ahead as we remember this day in the years to come.

A Ramble on Unity, Or Lack Thereof

The notion of Unity is a noble one. Bringing people together for a common cause is great but in reality it’s like herding cats. I live in the United States and really its just 50 states who choose to be together under one flag. The same can be said for the United Kingdom. But when you look closer there are differences in culture and customs that make them very different.

Of course politically there is the whole liberal vs. conservative vs. other to deal with and there is little unity to be had there. Even in factions you have sub factions and other smaller groups that fight for their own agenda. In marriage its a union of two people who love each other and it’s probably as close to a good union as you will find. Yet there are couples who go through trauma and setbacks that find strength in turmoil. However they can be easily torn apart.

A united front happens when there are situations that bring people together like what happened on 9/11/2001 for a little while. WW I and II brought my country together in so many ways. People were self-sacrificing, involved and called upon to fill in the gaps while men and women were overseas fighting to win.

At this moment I don’t think my country is united, its way to divided. Too many issues have polarized us, made us suspicious, made us become very tribal and sometimes primal. Our politics has torn friendships and families apart, like during our civil war days. I am finding that some folks want separation, segregation and isolation while others want to be in community and to be challenged.

One day there will be unity and maybe a little utopia too. It will be a day that will hopefully be a time of peace, tranquility and free of conflict. My faith is that day will come sooner rather than later. I am hoping it might happen by our own choice than at the hands of someone or something out of our control.