I Called It

I was sent a very interesting article this morning.

EA’s Origin Might Delete Games From Your Account Without Warning

I knew it. I knew it. I absolutely knew it!
Really, what else could be expected when you have no option besides virtual possession of your buys? The user the article speaks about got the removed game back, but only after going through a big hassle to do it. EA did not want to give back that game. They basically only did it because that user was persistent. And as the article notes, other users had a similar problem.

If a company decides to pull your virtual purchases, you have to hope you’re stubborn enough to fight to get them back. Otherwise, you’re out of luck. This isn’t illegal. You have no real possession of that product. The extent of your ownership is a server you have to log into. The company can take them back whenever they want and if you don’t possess the energy for persistence, your only option is to get over it and move on.

Granted, it could’ve been much worse. This user lost one game. The server could’ve been hacked or shut down, meaning all their games would’ve been lost. Something tells me that story is somewhere on the horizon, and it’s getting closer.

Now, tell me again digital download only is the best.

Millennials: The Only Entitled Generation?

I came across a rather interesting article yesterday.

Supposedly, 40% of my generation doesn’t eat cereal because it’s inconvenient. At least, 40% of the millennials they surveyed because I’m positive no survey has ever gotten the opinion of absolutely every person in their targeted group. I certainly wasn’t asked any questions about my breakfast choices and the reasons for them.

What’s more surprising is it seems something as simple as not wanting a certain food for breakfast is further my generation is lazy, spoiled, entitled, selfish, and can’t do anything for themselves. Except for those who are Republicans, of course, because they believe in work. Aside from them, my generation is worthless. I’ve yet to make friends with anyone my age who cares about politics and identifies with any party, and I certainly don’t consider myself any of the parties that exist because I despise politics as well, but okay. I’ll run with it.

Ignoring 40% is less than 50, which would mean 60%, the majority, of the millennials they surveyed do eat cereal, though I suppose acknowledging that would make it harder to insult them, I’m interested in what politics have to do with breakfast and why, supposedly, my generation is the only “bad” one.

There is no one in personal life of any age who considers themselves to be part of any political party. They might discuss if it comes up on the news, but that’s it. Out of my friends online, I think only one has any interest in politics, though I’d have to ask to be certain. I know the others don’t. My own reason for disliking politics is I’ve learned it’s a subject that can never end kindly. I know there people are of my generation and older who care about politics, but at the moment, I’ve yet to become acquainted with any of them.

As for breakfast, I eat cereal, but I also eat other foods. There are a lot of breakfast foods out there. Pancakes and French toast are my favorites. Sometimes, I don’t eat breakfast because I’m not hungry or I don’t want to eat yet. I’m positive my brain is responsible for my hunger levels and occasionally missing appetite, not the year I was born.

On the bright side, there were several people in those comments who also thought calling a generation entitled for their breakfast choices, of all things, was ridiculous. Still, the whole article only leads me to this question: Why does it seem my generation is considered not only the most terrible, but the only generation with spoiled people? If anyone wants to meet people of older generations with bad values, I can introduce them to the racist family members I keep my partner from. Better yet, they can meet my grandfather, who believes the only races in existence are Caucasian-Americans and African-Americans, and every other race is “foreign” or “immigrant”, even if those people of other races were born in the US.

I’ve read every generation treats the generation younger than them like this. That’s really not comforting. All that tells me is too many people despise another group of people for their age, something they have zero control over. No matter how unhappy I may be with some ways the world is changing, I don’t ever want to reach the point of hating anyone because they’re younger than me. I will hate someone for treating me or others badly, but not for the smaller amount of years they’ve been on this planet than me. I consider this world to be a very dark one anyway, so I consider them lucky they haven’t spent much time on it yet.

No, I don’t believe my generation is flawless. Enduring over a decade of school bullying shoots that idea down. I know how terrible some of my generation is. However, if it’s true this will be said about every generation, what’s the point in the stereotypes? More so, how are menial things like breakfast choices any indication of if someone’s lazy or not? I know the article said those 40% don’t eat cereal because of inconvenience, but what exactly is the inconvenience? Are they in a rush? I don’t eat when I’m in a rush either. Are they trying to save time? When I was in school, I occasionally skipped lunch to start on my homework to avoid having to do all of it at home.

It’s only cereal. It’s really not a big deal. Most of them aren’t very healthy anyway. That said, if anyone takes away my Honey Nut Cheerios, I’ll bite their hand off.

Questions and a Gun

Source: Tennessee 3-year-old Shoots Himself With Handgun That Was Left Out

Yesterday, I came across the above story. As the title basically explains, a three-year-old boy from Tennessee shot himself with a gun that was left out. According to the article, the boy’s aunt left the gun out while she tended to her own son, her nephew got to it and he fatally shot himself in the head.

Let’s get the obvious question out of the way: Who leaves a gun within reach of a child?!?!

Good. Now, the only thing I know about the guns is that they’re deadly and I’d prefer to stay a thousand feet away from one. I don’t like guns because they’re used to kill. Yes, I know that’s what they’re for and that’s precisely why I don’t like them. Besides stories like this, I’m personally against hunting, which is part of the reason I’m considering being a vegetarian when I can finally support myself.

That said, I don’t think guns should be illegal. My only reason would be that I dislike them and that’s not right. However, from the little knowledge I have, the right to own a gun has come under fire due to the Sandy Hook tragedy in Connecticut that happened in December (a story that spread so fast, my friend all the way in the United Kingdom heard about it!). There are people who want to outright ban owning guns – something the UK did in 1996, apparently due to a primary school shooting that occurred that year and they haven’t had another school shooting since – and people who just want stricter regulations, the latter of which is my view.

Unfortunately, tragedies like this and others are going to happen and I don’t think taking away a right because some people are stupid (call me judgmental and whatnot) is the answer. People are killed by: vehicles, knives, heavy objects falling on them, prescription and over-the-counter medication, falling from extreme heights, alcoholism, abuse of illegal drugs, etc. Out of all those things, only one is against the law and people still get ahold of them anyway. That doesn’t mean it should be legal, of course. My point is everything cannot be banned.

Something else I want to point out is that, while I was browsing a forum, some people suggested the story could be false. Not because they believe tragedies like this don’t occur, but because it’s questionable how a small child could have the strength to pull the trigger. I have no idea how heavy a gun or the its trigger could be, but some stated that they themselves aren’t strong enough to even cock a certain gun, let alone fire it. If an adult can’t cock a gun, I also find it odd how a three-year-old could fire one, let alone fire it at his skull. As much as I’d hate to think someone might have shot this child, it’s possible. Of course, the idea of that raises more questions.

All I can say for now is I hope this woman will be more cautious of where she leaves her gun and teach her son to never go near it.

Adults do have sleepovers!

Today, at my weekly teen group, we did a few activities. These activities included a hula hoop and a puzzle. It’s not often I wish I could go back to childhood, but today, the nostalgia bug finally bit me. I couldn’t remember the last time I had done a puzzle or played with a hula hoop. I didn’t truly feel sad, but I did feel a little wishful. Not for the things I haven’t done in years, but for the things I never got to do.

Now, I know no one can do everything there is to do in life. It’s just not possible. But there is one I always wanted to do as a child that I never got the chance for: a slumber party.

The only sleepovers I had were with relatives, usually my grandparents. I never once had a sleepover with friends. I thought I had outgrown the desire for one, but doing those childhood activities brought the desire back up. But I thought it must be silly now. I’m 18. Surely, my age is when sleepovers with friends stop, right? Slumber parties are only for teenagers, not adults. Right?

Wrong! I decided to look it up and I found this blog article. I can’t describe the smile that came across my face! Even better were the comments! Almost all of them agreed with the author and some described having sleepovers with their friends on occasion. I don’t feel nostalgic anymore. Now, I’m really looking forward to my 20’s!

I will have a “no alcohol” rule, however! There’s no fun to be had when you’re drunk! Well…there is, but I’d rather the worst consequence be a stomachache, not a hangover.

Fired For Saving A Life

Yep, you read that right. Where does the stupidity end?

A lifeguard in Florida was fired for trying to save a drowning man’s life. The reason is the man was outside of his patrol zone, in an unprotected area, and the lifeguard’s employer is not paid to patrol that zone. Money over morals. Lovely.

By the time the lifeguard arrived, the man had already been pull ashore by other beachgoers.

I’m guessing there is a strict rule about vacating your patrol zone and I can understand that. But it’s not like the guard left to go have drink! He was doing what he was trained to do! Another person on the beach pointed the man drowning out to the lifeguard and he, without a second thought, went to help him. Sometimes, rules need to have exceptions.

As many of the comments point out, what if the lifeguard had refused to leave his post to try to help?  Or what if the guy had drowned? No doubt the company would be sued and the lifeguard would’ve been fired anyway! Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

I sincerely hope this man finds another job and an employer with more than half a brain! As one of the commentators on the article so eloquently put it:

Real heroes are people who can see what need doing and do it without getting permission first.

I couldn’t agree more.

Not Driving Is A Disgrace?

According to this Yahoo article, most of Generation Y doesn’t want to drive. Interesting.

Many of the comments are slamming them down, calling them lazy, unmotivated, immature and so on and so forth. Apparently, these people have never heard of car accidents and drunk driving.

Many of them are also saying things like “I guess Gen Y will have to walk” as if that’s a bad thing. Umm, as much as people complain that “kids today” don’t get enough exercise, I’d think being willing to walk is a good thing. Or does that only apply until you are eligible to attain a driver’s license?

I know there are areas where walking or biking is unsafe or inconvenient and there is little to no public transportation. If you have a job that requires you to go long distances, driving is a life-saver. But that’s not the case for everyone.

Personally, I hate cars. Too small (slight claustrophobia), too hot and I get motion sickness if I spend too long in a car. Plus, when it’s nice out, I’d rather go for a walk than a drive. It’s easier to enjoy the sun and breeze.

I posted a comment on the article and some idiot replied with this:

Step outside your little box sometime…there a great big world happening out there and it is passing you by! Not learning how to drive is IGNORANT!

Here’s a clear example of the pot calling the kettle black. Maybe this person should step out their little box sometime and see that the world has more than one lifestyle. There are people who don’t eat meat (vegetarians), people who rely on solar energy to power their houses and people who don’t drive. I fit into the third category. Even if I had my license, I wouldn’t drive because I don’t want to, just as I won’t be having children because I don’t want to.

The feeling I got from most of the comments that slammed those without licenses is that their car is their entire life…which I find sad. If you need a car to live, fine, but if your life is so dependent on your car that you think anyone who refuses to drive is an immature basement dweller in their parents’ home, you have issues. Really, build a bridge and get over it.

If I ever decide to own a car, it’ll likely just be used for long state trips, if I ever take one. Other than that, it’ll probably just sit in the driveway and collect dust.