Friday, March 17, 2017

Avoid the Samsung Galaxy if You Go With an Andoid OS

Samsung Galaxy: The Short-Bus of Smartphones

If you're in the market for a new phone and you decide on the Android OS, for the love of God PLEASE heed this warning and go with something made by #Motorola. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has some nice features (notably an above-average camera and a traditional speaker/headset port that you can plug your existing audio gear into instead of having to shell out for Bluetooth audio (speakers, bass, headphones, etc.) that at its highest setting, isn't nearly loud enough to be useful to someone like me. I don't listen to music often, but when I do, I like it LOUD.
Samsung Galaxy S7
If the audio port isn't a big deal to you, then any new Motorola will pleasantly surprise you with its capabilities.
If you're like me and don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on inferior audio equipment relative to what you already own, then an older model Motorola (2013-2015) will be better in nearly every category than a 2016 or 2017 Samsung, the lone exception being the camera. 
The camera on the Galaxy S7 is vastly superior to my 2014 Motorola Android Maxx. That's it though.
The autocorrect on the Samsung Galaxy S7 is an unmitigated disaster of biblical proportions. That's not even an exaggeration. If you text, type emails, use any of the various social and messaging apps, post to websites or message boards, Samsung's semantic limitations (I would expect a fourth-grade student at an average U.S. public elementary school to have a broader and more diverse vocabulary than this self-proclaimed "smartphone"), utter disregard for proper grammar and punctuation  (the phone doesn't know and is incapable of learning what an apostrophe is and how they're used) and insistence on overruling its user no matter how many times it's corrected, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will cause you more headaches than its above-average camera is worth.
Perhaps the worst part about it is that the phone's ability to learn from user behavior is limited. And that's being quite generous. 
I can't even remember how many times I've clicked the little check symbol (the command to tell the phone to quit meddling) for the same words, and it still gets them wrong. My old Motorola phone usually learned after being corrected once in the rare event it made a mistake (and it was rare), twice at the very MOST.
My old Motorola after a year could often finish my sentences after just a few words. It was incredibly intuitive, the AI was outstanding, and it didn't have the air of arrogance about it the way the Galaxy dies.
For the sake of full disclosure, I've never strapped on the headset and done the whole virtual reality thing. Then again, I'm an adult. 

Bottom Line
The Samsung Galaxy S7 so-called "smartphone" has the vocabulary and language skills of a 10-11 year old child. With its primary draw being a quality camera and a supposedly neat virtually reality experience, the Galaxy is a great phone for a child who writes in Twitterspeak anyway, and who takes no pride in spelling, grammar, punctuation or command of the English language.
For adults and especially professionals who use their phones for work as well as communication and recreation, I strongly advise avoiding a Samsung phone, and going with something made by Motorola; or just going the iOS route.
In my experience, iPhones are closer to the Motorola than the Samsung. I would rate them slightly below Motorola Android OS phones in terms of AI and intuitive design and programming. However, iPhones are (or at least were as of 2015) FAR more brittle than any phone I've had on the Android OS. My old Android Maxx took quite a beating, even being fully submerged underwater twice for about 20 seconds  combined and never skipped a beat.
That phone survived no less than six instances of trauma that would have totally destroyed an iPhone. What ultimately did it in was the charge terminal became worn, and I couldn't rely on it to take a charge --- a problem that interestingly enough went away once I "upgraded" a step down to the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Peter Egan to Resume Posting to This Blog

Peter Egan to Resume Posting After Six+ Years

I was doing some regular maintenance on one of my accounts today when I came across this blog. I hadn't posted here in more than six years, so obviously a decision had to be made as to whether I resume posting, leave it be or delete it altogether.

Ultimately, the blog address (my first and last name, followed by blogspot-dot-com) was too good to just throw away.
There are a lot of folks out there who share my name. I think it's important that everyone, not just the world's other men named Peter Egan, know that I am the real, authentic Peter Egan, and everyone else is just named after me.
I'm not concerned with the fact that some were born prior to myself, and thus, have held the name longer than I have. That much is immaterial to me. What's important is that I'm the real Peter Egan, and this website/blog is just one small portion of the mountains of evidence supporting that conclusion.
Once we're all gone from this earth, mine will be the name that is remembered by future generations, who will neither know nor care that I was but one of hundreds of people on earth with the name I intend to engrave into the annals of history before all's said and done.
In any case, if I were to delete the blog it would potentially open it up for someone else to register, and to leave it in the condition it had been in would have been to leave it in a state similar to an abandoned, condemned building with broken windows, graffiti... You know, that house juvenile delinquents go to in order to engage in activities from which they should probably abstain? That's what this blog had become.
I spent a few hours tonight cleaning it up, removing the broken links, deleting posts that were topically relevant at the time they were posted but made no sense in today's context.
I intend to resume posting here regularly, if I had to guess I'd says maybe once-to-twice per month, for the foreseeable future.
I will also be posting regularly to my new site, the official website of Peter Egan.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Modern Poetry in the Age of Technology

Technology and Modern Poetry

Technological advancements of the past two decades have spawned what future generations may come to view historically as a great poetic Renaissance of sorts.
The ability for a writer to instantly publish his or her work and make it instantly available at light-speed to a given or potential audience, has allowed artists world-wide a historically-unprecedented wherewithal (and incentive) to write and publish regularly.
The unprecedented volume of material out there (which grows larger every minute) does make it difficult for an artist to make a name for his or herself, as well as for those who appreciate such art forms to quickly and readily identify the best of the best of today's poets.
Time will make up for these human shortcomings, and today's greats will ultimately be found and remembered.
The following is an excerpt from the previous post, including a brief poem I wrote about technology and poetry:
A Poem about Poets, Poetry and the Age of the Internet
From the perspective of a non-poet who has become a fan of an internet-age poet, I wrote the following in dedication to Mystic Dave, who was the subject of my previous post appearing on this blog entitled: Mystical Poetry: On MysticDave and W.B. Yeats.
I certainly do not possess Dave's poetic ability, so if you're expecting to be bowled over by the following, you may want to readjust your expectations before reading.
That said, I thought it would only be appropriate if I at least made an attempt at expressing my thoughts on the matter in an artistic form before wrapping up this post.  So without further adieu, I present to you the following:
On the Artists of Poetry
'Tis a shame and great many a pity
Taketh the world, often more than a century
To fully appreciate the writings so many
From the countless great linguists - the fine artists of poetry

On Poetry: Mystic Dave and William Butler Yeats

On Poetry, Mystic Dave and W.B. Yeats

I had the good fortune a few months back of discovering the website and blog of a Salt Lake City, Utah-based 'mystical poet' and political commentator who goes by the name of "MysticDave".  Dave's blog/website is called: Mystical Poetry, Prose, and Political Viewpoints.
In Dave's own words, his blog is about:
"Mystical poetry and prose about spirituality, dreams,death, war, peace, politics, Earth, love, art etc. Spoken word poetry, 2012, music, and political videos included. Enjoy the trip!"
I've become quite the fan of Dave's site in recent weeks, as I've spent some time going through his various writings from over the years, and find myself increasingly impressed with each new piece I read.
I find Dave's poetry is exceptional, and his political writings definitely thought-provoking and well presented.  That said, his style I find even more fascinating, and eerily reminiscent of one of my favorite poets if all-time: William Butler Yeats.

About W.B. Yeats:

As an Irish citizen whose family hails from Co. Galway, where Yeats spent a good portion of his life and wrote some of his finest work, I have long had a fascination with the man and his amazing literary achievements - not to mention his ideas and viewpoints.  This is particularly true of those writings pertaining to mysticism and/or spirituality, Celtic mythology, politics and its role in society and musings on life in general.
The general philosophy that manages to incorporate all of these concepts and make it work I find even more amazing.
From Yeats' Wikipedia page:
Over the years, Yeats adopted many different ideological positions, including, in the words of the critic Michael Valdez Moses, "those of radical nationalist, classical liberal, reactionary conservative and millenarian nihilist".
Any philosophy that can incorporate everything described in Moses' description of Yeats' ideological positions with any degree of credibility is worthy of a deeper look all its own.

Yeats' Tomb in Drumcliffe Cemetery
I have twice visited Yeats' tomb, which is located in Drumcliffe Cemetery, in Co. Sligo, Republic of Ireland (photo below).

Back to Mystic Dave
In his own words, Mystic Dave is a "47 year old outdoors type who loves live music, hanging out in the great outdoors, spirituality, writing and reading poetry, learning all I can from this journey called life, and meeting interesting, open minded people along the way."
For a one-line autobiography, that's not too shabby.
The man is a phenomenal writer and poet, and it would not surprise me in the least if centuries from now, the world's finer liberal arts institutions mention Mystic Dave alongside names such as Robert Frost and W.B. Yeats.
In any case, I highly recommend checking out his site and having a look through some of Dave's poems.  I have been extremely impressed, and I don't think you will be disappointed either.

A Poem about Poets, Poetry and the Age of the Internet
From the perspective of a non-poet who has become a fan of an internet-age poet, I wrote the following in dedication to Mystic Dave.
I certainly do not possess Dave's poetic ability, so if you're expecting to be bowled over by the following, you may want to readjust your expectations before reading.
That said, I thought it would only be appropriate if I at least made an attempt at expressing my thoughts on the matter in an artistic form before wrapping up this post.  So without further adieu, I present to you the following:
On the Artists of Poetry
'Tis a shame and great many a pity
Taketh the world, sometimes more than a century
To fully appreciate the writings, so many
Of the countless great linguists - the fine artists of poetry
It is my sincere hope that all reading this post have found the read entertaining enough to make it all the way to this sentence, and I hope you all check out Dave's site, and that you find it as enjoyable and enlightening as I have.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Regarding 311 Singer Nick Hexum's Private Island

This post is effectively a personal letter that began as an email typed originally on the "contact us" at It has been modified from its original version to be better suited to this audience.

If you weren't already aware, 311 singer Nick Hexum owns his own island. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, it is my understanding that he recently put it on the market for sale or lease.

I admittedly have no clue whatsoever what his financial status looks like, and people have gotta do what they've gotta do in tough economic times. That said, if I ever were so blessed as to be so well off I could afford my own island, it would be a cold day in Hell if I ever decided to get rid of it. Then again, not everyone in the world has a stated goal of world domination...

For what it's worth, I love 311's music and have attended at least seven of the band's shows including three 311 Day events in New Orleans, Louisiana.

I too aspire to one day own a private island, although the way things are looking, I may have to resort to a forceful invasion as the funds just aren't there to buy one (don't worry, Melody Key is not on my list of targets ;-).

While there's no way I could ever at this point in my life afford to own or even rent my own island, I think the fact that you, Nicholas Hexum have done just that (bought your own island), is about the coolest thing I've ever heard of.

As if you're not cool enough being the front-man for 311 and everything, you own your own f%$#@*g island for crying out loud!

While for the most part I disagree with your political views (at least those with which I am familiar - and for the record, I did say "for the most part"), I truly and unequivocally respect and admire your work and your success.

My purchases of your CDs and concert tickets helped you reach a point of financial stability that allowed you to do what I have long dreamed of - own my own island. I am not the least bit jealous of your accomplishments, and in fact am happy for your success and proud to be a part of it. One would be a hypocrite to envy the success of others while aspiring to one day achieve a comparable degree of success, at least that's how I look at it.

Anyway, from a B-List social media "celebrity" (tongue well implanted in cheek), congratulations on your success Mr. Hexum, and the best of wishes for yourself and those close to you for the indefinite future.

Disclaimer:  I don't really have any plans to forcefully takeover an island or nation-state of any sort. That paragraph and the bit about world domination constitute an attempt at satire and nothing more.

Here is a photograph of the island owned by 311 singer Nick Hexum:


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Generalizations Invalidate Arguments

This blog post began as a comment I made in response to a comment I encountered at Mixx, on a story about an incident involving racism at Wal-Mart.
The comments referenced throughout this post were written as a response to the following comments by a Mixxer by the name of kpreston200. The following is a sampling of the quotes being referenced throughout this article:
"Because everyone is getting tired of blacks using racism as an excuse for their woes..."
"The REAL way to end all of this is to finish school, go to college and act like a respectable member of the community willing to work with others and respecting others space."

"I was enrolling my daughter to college and this black kid walked by with his sagging pants and underwear hanging out! This is fucking COLLEGE!"

"She was mad at me for telling him to pull his pants up that he was in college ready to go out into the world and become someone. I mean WTF?"

"There is white trash also but it seems that this excuse is getting old and it's being used to get away with every anti-social behavior from calling each other the N-Word yet they are ready to kill when someone else says it."
My initial response to these remarks was the following:
"You do realize you're talking to a U.S. Marine, don't you? I consider him a respectable member of society, as do I all servicemen and women."
To which kpreston200 replied:
"So what is that supposed to mean? I'm a retired U.S. Army Major so what."
The following is my reply to that particular remark, written for the sake of explaining and further clarifying the underlying meaning and motive of my initial statement:

I respect you as well.  Specifically, I was referencing your quote about "black people" 'acting like respectable members of society'.

What I was saying is that the man you've been debating is just one of many, many examples of just that. He has offered to potentially (if not actually, I don't know the specifics of his military career) put his life on the line in defense of other Americans, and to the best of my knowledge, he is of African-American descent.

There are few actions people can take on their own behalf than volunteer to defend the United States that will earn more respect from me, for that given individual --- regardless of whether or not I agree with him or her politically, or regardless of whether or not I like the person. I can respect someone without liking and/or agreeing with him or her. For the record, that is not to say I dislike katmicjus --- please make no misunderstanding about that. We do occasionally disagree, but my above-point was spoken in a much broader context.

Essentially, my point was that your wording was too broad to constitute a valid argument.

Each individual is responsible for his or her own decisions in life regardless of race, religion, etc. There are good examples and bad examples no matter how you break down the demographics.
In other words, by referring to "black people", you are committing a logical fallacy in that each black person (like any other person) is an individual who must make choices in life and cannot by lumped in with other individuals who have the free will to make their own decisions. That fallacy invalidates an entire argument, and pursuing it beyond that without restructuring the framework and terms is an exercise in futility.

We were all created as equals, and each individual human being is 100% responsible and accountable for the decisions he or she makes in life. Different people male different decisions, and groups cannot be accurately lumped in together based upon arbitrary factors such as race.

Does that help clarify the original remark and help answer your question?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Use of Conscious, Controlled Vizualization Techniques to Get the Most Out of Life

I recently came across an absolutely terrific guest-post by Henri Junttila on Steve Atchinson's blog. The post had to do with the topic of controlled visualization - the harnessing of one's imagination and controlled, goal-oriented focusing thereof for the sake of long-term goal achievement and all-around life improvement.

I personally saw a few parallels between Henri's in-depth insights and what has come to be known as "The Secret", although he does not mention the phrase by name within the post, at least not to my recollection.

Junttila touches upon an array of similarly themed broader concepts while focusing on the more tangible side of the equation as opposed to the quasi-mystical approach taken at times in the movie(s) and book(s) about "The Secret".  That said, the parallels that are present are too obvious to ignore. The whole concept behind "The Secret" is essentially the same exact thing, which is the use of the mind for the sake of manifesting in reality one's ideal life and life circumstances.

Junttila writes more in terms of his own experiences and from his own perspective. His writing is far more down-to-earth in nature and free from all the highly speculative claims that marred the credibility of the (nonetheless intriguing) famous movies and books related to the subject.

While I would certainly not advise against anyone reading this renting (or buying) and of the books and/or videos about the "The Secret", I would advise readers of this blog to check out Henri's post before doing so to familiarize yourself with the concept so as to be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not it is an investment of time you wish to pursue.

That blog (Steve Atchinson's blog) has got a tremendous amount of well-written, thought provoking material all throughout the archives. Don't be surprised if you pass by there to check out Henri's complete post if you end up hanging around awhile captivated by the barrage of mental stimulation (of the good variety).
As for a little bit about the author, Henri Junttila is a freelance writer and the creator of the Wake Up Cloud, a blog about self improvement ideas for conscious people.

Great post Henry, to all my readers, I highly recommend it --- and I make VERY FEW recommendations.  Take that for what it's worth, adios y buenas noches.

My mother, Pamela Egan, has written a few self-improvement articles of her own. I figured that since we're already on the subject, I might as well include a few links below to articles my mother has written that fall into the same general category as the one described in detail above.

Pam Egan's Self Improvement Articles:
If after reading Henri and Pam's articles about self-improvement techniques of the mind your curiosity has been sparked to the point you crave more information, the website for "The Secret" movie can be found here.