The stupid way to delete all photos from your dumb iPhone

So, I gave up on Apple a few years ago and have no ragerts. Apple has simply lost the thread of late and Microsoft is the real innovator these days. For the record, Windows 10 is the bomb and is far more functional than Mac OS X. Regardless of my enthusiasm, however, my wife Rima still insists on using her dumb ass iPhone 5s and it's admittedly sweet 8MP camera. She takes a lot of images, and that takes up a lot of room. She needed to archive the images she had taken and make room for a few thousand more. 

But, ahem... iOS only lets you delete images one at a time, or a bunch, but you have to select them manually. One. at. a. time. How annoying, and terrible UI/UX design. Jesus, Apple, I thought you guys were supposed to be awesome at this. 

Coals on the inside

Emotionally, I’m about as drained as one can be, without simply keeling over dead. Spending day after day after day just being little more than alive, constantly searching for a solution that cost more than my heart can afford, is like a desiccant for my... me. I have these little fires in me somewhere, but I can never quite track them down. I know they’re burning and sometimes, on good days, I can even see a wisp or two of smoke, but then it’s gone. If I could just find one, I’d stoke the flames as high as I could.

Homelessness | Two days until zero hour

On Monday morning, we'll need to check out of our hotel. That's significant because, after that, we don't currently have another place to go, though not for any lack of trying. Ever since I got my job at Mirantis a few years ago, and lost it a few months later due to a big shakeup in their ranks, I have been unable to find work. That leaves us on a fixed income of a few hundred short of $3,000. Considering the Extended Stay America we're about to end our relationship with costs us just short of $100 a night, the math isn't difficult to understand. Of course, we need the kitchen that the hotel provides, or our daughter would get sick all the time. She has terrible food allergies, which basically means she can't eat much of anything. 

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.

Give me a break, Twitter: Breaking 140

How much more can you people take?! This ludicrous 140-character limit is the pits and a half. Sure, it was all about SMS integration back when SMS was more than just a megaphone for your carrier to tell you you've used up all your 4G. Now, everybody uses Telegram or Messenger or WhatsApp or SnapChat or something. SMS wasn't the solution and Twitter sure as hell ain't doing anyone any favors by desperately clinging to that long dead horse. 

Oops! Your tweet is too long. You'll have to be more creative.

That's just a cop out. Grow up, Twitter! You figured it out for DMs, now do it for regular tweets. You don't have to open the floodgates, just make the limit 500 or something. 140 is insane!