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January 13, 2019

YouTube Review of Videos

Because we constantly clearing our mind with one thing we wish to attain and that is “Nothingness”. There comes a time we need to know answers to some of our questions.  The clearing causes us to ask other people the answers either here or when we go out and about.  On this list (below) we just wonder “what the heck are these people thinking?”

Now that Comcast added “YouTube” to the “apps” option we have slowed down on binge watching Netflix and moved over to “YouTube” and it is mostly laughing at videos.

Then there are the people who own pets, especially cats.  Why do owners dress cats and dogs up or tease them to no end?  It’s actually sad to see these animals being teased and tortured in some cases.

Then there are those older folks who let their children talk them into riding on one of those “hover boards”, which actually have wheels at each end and are about as stable as dynamite in the back of a pick up truck going down a bumpy road.  Rarely do the “adults” make it more than 3 feet and every time they fall its on the small of their back or a solid fall on a hip.  They must be injuring their back or breaking a hip.  Some of the falls are tough to watch.  Then the children are a bit smarter.  They sit on the board, but this eliminates control and eventually the run in to furniture or a wall where the usually punch a hole in it.  All these usually in a home, but then there are the adventurers who move out to the street, probably to show off to their neighbors how agile they are.  This allows the “adults” to really puck up some speed so that when they fall someone is standing by with a cell phone to call 911.  We wonder who invented this device.  A local hospital that was in need to some patients with broken bones, or broken backs, or one of the worse we have seen is the slam the back of the head on the floor and get a skull fracture.  No matter what, parents, grand-parents, and great grand-parents should stay off hover boards.

Then we have the trampoline people who automatically think they are safe because they have netting circling along the edge. They seem to think now they can do a triple summersault in the air and they will come down where they started.  Usually they come down snarled in the netting or they jump so hard they go over the netting on to the “soft” ground. When they hit the ground usually not on their feet, you can tell the ground is not “soft” as one would think.  You know what they are thinking too, “What the hell was I thinking? Someone please call 911”.

Then we have the people who think that jumping into a swimming pool off the roof of a garage, elevated deck, or house would really be neat.  These people usually have a can of some sort of beverage and are wobbling as they make their way to the jump spot.   Then as they start to jump they have second thoughts but it’s too late, they have run out of roof.  These folks usually miss the pool and land on the pool deck with an ugly sounding thud. We have seen some land on their feet and go right to the ground in agony.  Of course we have seen some make it to the pool, but they jumped in to the shallow end of the pool.  After the splash, the video ends quickly so as not to show the results. (Screams are always heard in the background).

Let’s move on to the skate-board folks. When it comes to adults the same coordination as the “hover board” applies.  (See above)  The younger folks are usually trying flips, spins, hand stands, and ramp jumps.  Then of course there are the collisions between two or three kids all trying to occupy the same space at the same time.  In the “skate parks” it’s usually minor falling down or skidding across the pavement.  But then we have the kids attempting to slide down the hand-rails of stairs. Some of them make it but the other 99.9999% are slamming the ground or “busting their balls” on the rail.  Not a pretty sight and they usually don’t get right up.

Of course there are some video’s of people doing amazing things and we enjoy these as much as the “laugh” videos and they always challenge you to not laugh as an enticement to watch that companies video.  The companies that make the videos that repeat an event as many as three time, we refuse to watch.  Then the companies that show an advertisement in the middle of a video is on the same list.  Our favorite subject is “Like a Boss” because these are usually people doing cool stuff.  Then the other one we like is “Oddly Satisfying Compilation unlike any other” these are always creative and rarely a repeat.  Of course there are the “What could possible go wrong”  “High speed chases” (some), “best Cube” (These are “ify” because they are usually not in English), and of course “Instant Karma Fails | Instant Justice”.

There are videos for just about everything, and we do venture off to other stuff sometimes.  Like looking for music videos, or how to fix a computer, or how to fix a flying saucer, great landings and takeoffs of airplanes’, how to plant dandelions, how to cook a rat, how to make a dress pattern,  how to drink a beer upside-down, the correct beer pong set-up, how to beat radar detection (Mythbusters proved this as fake), how to look like your levitating, how to change your left side tires when your car is balanced on your right side tires, how to run on top of water (Fake), and the list goes on and on.

We wish to thank all of those “YouTube” participates who make us laugh, teach us how to fix stuff, enlighten us to things we never knew about, and all the folks who create videos for others to watch.  The whole point is to get the creativity flowing.

Thanks to all our subscribers and here is an update on our “Gluten and Sugar Free” journey.  Sugar free just has completely amazed us. It’s been a week and we are sleeping way better, we have energy to burn, we are more alert, and our mind is even clearer.  The Gluten Free part is starting to move along and we have eliminated bread with gluten, which is a biggie because we eat a lot of bread, and we are actually reading labels on food products.  We used to be “grab and go”, but not anymore.  We are also receiving tons of support from people who we talk too.  So far, so awesome, J

We have nothing else to report except to wish everyone a great week and we are always sending blessings.  We are also praying for all those people who are not getting paid because of the government shutdown, and we see some large companies are pitching in to make these folks lives easier.

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December 31, 2018

Happy New Year 2019 from the AlAboutNothing Team

The team at AlaboutNothing wishes everyone out there in cyberland a very Happy New Year 2019 and we are optimistic that this coming year will be one the POTUS wished never happened.

Something we do annually is a “New Year wish” list, but instead of listing of several items, we poll all the team members for one line.  We then submit all the answers and then take a vote.  The winner this year comes from a slogan used in years gone by and it is:

Follow your dream!  Let NOTHING stop you.

We have nothing else to add except once again, Happy New Year and stay safe.  We also want to thank everyone for visiting this site and we send blessings out to all.

^^^If you read our post and quit smoking please donate the money you save to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital

December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Filed under: Consumer,General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 12:34 am
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All of us here at Alaboutnothing send out a huge MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone we know and everyone we will know.

We do believe in the saying that some may consider a cliché, but we do believe that “Give and you will receive back may times over.”

We will be on Santa Clause watch and tracking his progress on Twitter.

We have nothing to add except to ask you to keep the thought “Peace on earth and good will to man.”  Many blessing go out to all of you and especially to the men and women serving this country in foreign lands,  If it wasn’t for them, we might not have the freedom to celebrate like we do.

April 9, 2018

Driver-less /Hands Free Vehicles Editorial

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When I was driving for Uber driver-less cars was the subject of 50% of the conversations and out of that 50%, 80% would not use a driver-less car.  So its been discussed and this is our opinion.

A driver-less car is basically totally controlled by a “CPU” with special software, and the software is probably as complicated as we have ever seen.  Then the software controls a bunch of gadgets like gas pedal, brakes, and just about every other component that it takes to drive the car. Being an “EX” software developer that has written software for over 5 decades and some very complicated (Not like this) we can safely say “There is  no way in hell that this software can completely be tested.  The basic routines probably yes, but the little used routines probably got over-looked or not all the conceivable possibilities that can happen while driving a car are included.”

Just think about how many software AP’s, operating systems, etc. you use that have been around for years and they still get errors?  An error in a driver-less car could mean injury or worse to the passenger. The “CPU” may not know what to do on an error or might use the wrong routine to attempt a solution.

Juts think you might be in the back seat, rock & roll blasting the audio system, enjoying the ride going down 101 South and unknown to you there there is a car chase and the car being chased in Northbound in your lane , about a mile away in your lane, and coming head-on toward you at about 90 MPH.  So in less than a minute the two of you will meet.  You see the other cars going in your direction moving off to the left and right to avoid the oncoming car and then you see it about a 1/4 mile away, coming fast.  You notice the “CPU” has not done anything except flash a warning on the overhead message center that it’s having a problem that it does not know what to do.  Comforting huh?  You thought about jumping in the front seat and take control, but it’s to late.  You can only hope that the car coming at you is going to veer around you but at the last second you see that driver is looking back at the chasing police cars, not at you and “BOOM!”.

You might survive, but if you find yourself floating about a hundred feet over the crash site and you look down and see the driver-less car in about a million and one pieces, and notice there are angels on each side of you guiding upwards, then you probably did not make it.  We you get to the Pearly Gates you see a huge sign, “Driver-less Car victims go to the right and follow the arrows to the processing center.  Everyone else come right in, your party has started.”  When you get to the “Processing Center” you find out that because you died in the hands of a computer/software they did not know you were coming and on their books you had another 80 years to live.  So now they are scrambling for somewhere to put you and because of the outer thousands of souls in your line, it turns out that the Devil is taking the overflow in holding for 30 days and then you will be processed.

So we are taking a humorous look at this, but think about it.  When you get in or use a driver-less car, you have no idea how it functions or what you need to do if it malfunctions.  When you get in that car you are now a “Test Rat” and you are paying to be a “Test at”.  If you have ever driven you know that things come up that even surprised you.  The “chases” example above actually happened to us in Southern California in the mid eighties and the stolen car was a truck driven by a young kid.  When we saw the helicopter, we moved along with everyone else to the side of the road.  The driver-less cars stayed in their lanes. (There were none).

There is another worry is these vehicles use a electronic (GPS) map,  and the map might be wrong.  Example is when I was driving for Uber I was taking three students from Menlo College to China Town and when we were getting close, we came to a stop light.  The “map” said “Go straight a mile and then turn left.”  I showed this to the passengers because looking out the front window we saw that the road went about 1/2 mile and there was a six foot hight brick wall completely across the street blocking all traffic.  You have to ask yourself, “Would a driver-less car noticed?” Of course, the speed limit was only 35 MPH so a minimum of damage would have been done, but hopefully when the car got near it would do a U-Turn and continue on another way.  BUT you being a “Test Rat” don’t know for sure do you?

The only time this soul would get in a driver-less car is if a confirmed report has a comet coming toward Earth and a confirmed report that the comet is going to destroy the Earth, we would take driver-less car to the nearest bar and get really, really drunk. (If we made it that far).

We have nothing else to report and we thank you all for stopping by.  God bless all of you and have a great week,  We think the POTUS should be the first one to use a driver-less car to prove they are safe.

March 13, 2018

Weber Grill – “Have Fun With It” Commercial

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 1:00 am
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This is one of our favorite commercials from 2012.  Listen and enjoy.  No toe tapping allowed.


We have nothing else to report so we will be dancing right out of here.

March 11, 2018

Gun Control – Gun Control Laws – Post from 11/09/2017


We rarely post something not on the positive side but we could not sit here and not say anything about all those innocent victims of shootings starting with way back with Sandy Hook.  Nothing has been said much over the last ninety days and today I turn on the TV and see that the GOP is more interested in getting a phony tax bill passed than GUN CONTROL laws.  So I want to show you why the GOP is not and will not go up against the NRA.  Below is a list of the top 10 Senate and House members that receive donations from the NRA.  The list comes from the NY Times and we invite you to go Google and get the entire list.  Most GOP members get donations and about a handful of DMS.  You will be amazed.  Now its not against the law to accept donations, but if you look at the amounts you will see why they (GOP)  don’t want to risk losing the huge amounts.

The first line on list is the member name and State.  The next line is what they said when the shooting event took place.  The third is the NRA Amount they have received.  The comments see to be a template for each time a shooting happens.

Senate Top 10  

1.  John McCain   Ariz.

“Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families.”

$7,740,521 FROM THE N.R.A.

2.  Richard Burr   N.C.

“My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning’s tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America.”

$6,986,620 FROM THE N.R.A.

3.  Roy Blunt     Mo.

“Saddened by the tragic loss of life in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with all of the families affected by this horrific attack.”

$4,551,146  FROM THE N.R.A.

4.  Thom Tillis    N.C.

“Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy in Las Vegas.”

$4,418,012   FROM THE N.R.A.

5.  Cory Gardner   Co.

“My family and I are praying for the families of those injured and killed in Las Vegas last night.”

$3,879,064  FROM THE N.R.A.

6.  Marco Rubio Fla.

“I’m praying for all the victims, their families, and our first responders in the #LasVegas #MandalayBay shooting.”

$3,303,355  FROM THE N.R.A.

7.  Joni Ernst     Iowa

“My prayers are with all of the victims in Las Vegas, and their loved ones affected by this senseless act of violence.”

$3,124,273  FROM THE N.R.A.

8. Rob Portman  Ohio

“Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.”

$3,061,941  FROM THE N.R.A.

9.  Todd Young  Ind.

“We must offer our full support to the victims and their families as our nation mourns.”

$2,896,732  FROM THE N.R.A.

10.  Bill Cassidy            La.

“Following closely the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with those who were injured, killed and their families.”

$2,861,047  FROM THE N.R.A.

House  Top 10

1.  French Hill    Ark.

“Martha and I are praying for the families and victims of this senseless act of evil. […] We must continue to work together to stop this kind of terror.”

$1,089,477  FROM THE N.R.A.

2.  Ken Buck     Co.

“I’m praying for all of those impacted by the evil events in Las Vegas last night. Our country must stand together in support of the families of the victims and the community.”

$800,544  FROM THE N.R.A.

3.  David Young Iowa

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends of the horrific and evil tragedy in Las Vegas.”

$707,662  FROM THE N.R.A.

4.  Mike Simpson   Idaho

“Though no words can heal our hurt, and no explanation will ever feel sufficient, I pray that all involved may find comfort as we process this devastating tragedy.”

$385,731  FROM THE N.R.A.

5. Greg Gianforte           Mont.

No statement released.

$344,630  FROM THE N.R.A.

6.  Don Young   Alaska

“Anne and I are praying for all those involved or impacted by this heinous act of violence.”

$245,720  FROM THE N.R.A.

7. Lloyd Smucker  Pa.

“Horrific act of violence in Las Vegas. Cindy and I pray for the victims, their families, and the first responders.”

$221,736  FROM THE N.R.A.

8.  Bruce Poliquin          Maine

“My thoughts are with all those effected in the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas. The nation is with you.”

$201,398  FROM THE N.R.A.

9.  Pete Sessions  Tex.

“My deepest sympathies are with all who were harmed by this horrific tragedy.”

$158,111  FROM THE N.R.A.

10.  Barbara Comstock   Va.

“I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders.”

$137,232  FROM THE N.R.A.

There are numerous articles posted on the web.  We go the above list from the NY Times, but this is the shot list. Just about every GOP Senator and House member gets NRA donations. A few Democrats.  Go to GOOGLE and search “NRA GOP DONATIONS”.  Then sort trough the hundreds of links.

We have nothing to add except to say to the folks out there “Call your state rep and tell him or her that you want gun control not phony tax plans.” To all the victims we are praying for the families and all concerned.

March 10, 2018

Nabisco OREO Cookie Packaging Tribute

We are dedicating this post to all the people who came up with the new cookie packaging that opens on top and re-seals.  These people hopefully received a HUGE bonus from Nabisco.  We cookie junkies can hardly tell you how much we appreciate this packaging because it saves hours of time.  No more opening the package and removing a “tray” of cookies, then putting it back and hoping it will not go stale.  Actually they never go stale if they are within 30 feet of me.  A simple “Lift” and there they are just waiting for us to enjoy these delicious cookies.  Then if there are any left in the package simple close the flap and its sealed.  Can’t get much easier than that!

We see others also have the package, but because we eat mainly Original Oreo’s Chocolate Sandwich just about every day our focus is with them.  Only 160 calories per 3 cookies. (This is the first time we ever read this).  On the back of the package is a little saying “Carry Love in your heart and Oreo Cookies everywhere else”!  There is also a bunch of really small print about Nutrition but we don’t want to take time to read, after all, we are going to eat them anyway.

We have nothing to else to report except now that we are taking about Oreo’s we are running out to get more and milk too.

February 13, 2018

Shingles Virus NEW Vaccine

We went for our quarterly check-up today and we were informed that even though we received the Shingles Vaccine four years ago, it’s highly recommended by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all adults 50 and older receive the new two-shot vaccine of Shingrix.  My doctor said the old vaccine has been she agrees with the Disease Control dudes and that the new vaccine is significantly more effective.  In my words, the other vaccine is no good and we had better get the new one A.S.A.P.  If you have ever had shingles you know you don’t want it again.  We had a mild case on the left side of our forehead and it felt like someone was sticking ice picks in our skull and the medication was unbelievably expensive.

We suggest you all call or contact your doctor for any information.

We wonder if the is a shot for over watching the Olympic Curling?

We have nothing else to add except we are watching Shaun White do his last run for the gold.

SHAUN WHITE WINS THE GOLD !!!!!!!     USA  USA  USA  USA  USA !!!!!

January 30, 2018

Ruffles have R-R-Ridges – Taste Review

With the super bowl looming in the next few week we figured we needed junk food practice to prepare for that weekend.  Since we are HUGE fans of Tiger Woods and have been for his entire career, and he was making a come back at the Farmers Tournament we would use that week end for a junk food test.  We like to buy the lunch bag size so that way when we test each flavor we don’t waste a large bag on a not so good flavor.  When it comes to Ruffles chips however we like the original flavor and as it happens when we were scooping the bags into our cart a “Cheddar &  Sour Cream” flavor got mixed in with the originals.

When the tournament started on Thursday (Yes folks golf tournaments usually start on Thursday) we were eating chips like a starving alligator.  When we go to the chips we noticed the “Cheddar & Sour Cream” bag and we hesitated.  “UT OH!” we thought, “Could these be any good? We like the original Gold Fish and the Cheddar Gold Fish are pretty good.  Maybe these are too?”  So we opened the bag and grabbed a handful of chips and in the mouth then went.  Edited response – “OMG these are terrible!  Gag-gag-gag-spit-gag-&*)(#@!-##%%-gag-gag-puke-gag-gag-they trying to kill us?-gag-gag-UGH-I will NEVER eat another bag of these!-gag-spit-spit-spit.” It went on for several minutes but we did not want to bore you.  The only thing that got the taste out of out mouth was original Ruffles dipped in mild salsa. It was so bad that we missed the first five holes of the golf tournament. Lucky this was a test run because we probably would have missed an entire quarter of the super bowl.

Hey Frito-Lay what the hell were you guys thinking when you created “Cheddar & Sour Cream” flavor Ruffles?  The only people we can think of that would like this disgusting flavor are Trump supporters. (The flavor fits the candidate).  Were you cutting back on the taste testers and slid this through and on to the market?  YUCK!  The thought is still etched in our mind.

So folks, if your thinking about trying this Ruffles flavor be sure to have a barrel of salsa handy and maybe a few puke buckets for those people who have intense taste buds.

We have nothing else to report except to thank Erin-Cassidy Hawk for coming through again on a cure for the crazies. (LOL). We hope all of you out there is cyber-land have a safe and awesome super bowl with your friends and have some “Cheddar & Sour Cream” Ruffles servings set aside for those so called friends that crash your party.

December 21, 2017

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open File…..

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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open File by Nat King Cole <Click

On of our all time favorite Christmas songs…click and enjoy

We have nothing else right now. Merry Christmas to all!

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