Don't vote because you think your vote doesn't matter? Think again.

Chew on this little gem for a minute. 

When you don't vote, you, and the millions of other Americans who don't vote, have an ENORMOUS effect on the direction of America. When you don't vote, you GIVE your votes away for free to any lunatic or zealot who gladly votes however they are told. When you don't vote, you are effectively voting for whomever leads in the polls. Why are they leading in the polls? Because you aren't out there voting. 

So, the next time you respond to someone's query about why you don't vote and you're ready to roll out the "My votes don't matter" or "All of the candidates suck" excuses, think about what really happens when you don't vote. Maybe if the people in Michigan went out to vote, Governor Rick Snyder wouldn't have made it to office, and the emergency managers plan would never have been signed into law, then 100,000 people in Flint wouldn't have lead poisoning. 

There is no action or inaction that does not have a consequence. Period.

Two Chrome extensions you must install: Reader View & Dark Reader

There are two unrelated things that bother me. One, Chrome doesn't have an in-built reading view mode. Two, Microsoft hasn't implemented a dark system theme for Windows 10 on the desktop yet. First, I'll tackle Chrome's missing reading view. Apple's Safari has one (it might have been the first). Microsoft's new Edge has one. Evernote used to make an extension called Clearly, but it's gone now. It was free, then you had to pay for Evernote just to use the advanced features, but they've clearly (LOL) just given up on it. I used to like Evernote, but now they suck, so I use Wunderlist. It also clips pages a helluva lot faster than Evernote (and OneNote, for that matter). 

The Elegant Cape: A year in the life of America's preeminent perpetual loser optimist

NOTE: The original title to this piece was "If you feel like someone's out to get you, they probably are". I decided to change it because I had just written down what popped into my head and it's a little "out there", if you know what I mean. Nobody is out to get me. When I spent some time thinking about it, a visual metaphor came to mind. Hence, the new title. The cape is a beautiful distraction. Inside, my soul is broken and the laughing, jovial, juvenile, and kind imbecile I project is just a shadow of who I am. Look inside the cape, and the elegance fades quickly away. And yet, I remain optimistic, hoping that one day I achieve something, even something small and insignificant. Or, something big, like saving my family. 

Ah, good old paranoia. It's an American classic with two slices of cheese and a side of Freedom Fries. The funny thing is, sometimes you are completely right to feel paranoid. I know I do, and with good cause. My little family has been having the shit hit the fan for well over a year now.