Video Game Sequels That Blew Away Their Predecessors

Every now and then, a sequel comes out that completely blows the game before it out of the water, regardless of how bad or good the former game was. I am just going to keep a running list of such games.

I will only be comparing them to the game that was released directly before the one that I rate significantly better.

Metroid II: Return of Samus

(Game Boy)

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The first Metroid on NES kinda sucks. This, especially for being on a weaker system, fixes a lot of problems with the first and expands upon the gameplay and environment.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

(Game Boy)

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The first Super Mario Land is a good game, but it’s very short and not that good. This game is much longer (though still short) with creative power-ups and levels.

Mario Kart: Double Dash (GameCube)

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Oh my goodness, this game is good. Mario Kart 64 is completely flattened by this one, thanks to fun, creative levels, special items for each character, tons of unlockables, a huge character roster and just as many carts to choose from. Not to mention two characters at once!

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (GameCube)

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So I’m cheating a bit on this one, as I’m using the GCN version. But anyway, SA2 is my favorite Sonic game of all time. It takes the formula of the first Sonic Adventure and makes it actually fun and not so sucky.

Super Smash Bros Melee (GameCube)

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This game was huge! 13 new characters, tons more stages, lots of other stuff to do in single player. The first game was basically a demo to test the waters. This was the real deal.

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

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Damn…this game is good. Not only does it blow away SMB2, but almost every other game on the console. More power-ups, huge world, exponentially better and smoother gameplay. It’s baffling how good this game is.

Banjo-Tooie (N64)

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The first Banjo-Kazooie suffers from a lot of the problems that plagued the N64/PS era…namely the controls and camera and everything else that developers couldn’t figure out when 3D games first came around. Tooie solves most of those issues and thusly, is a pretty stand-up game.

Mario Kart 64 (N64)

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Despite being crushed by Double Dash, MK64 is far, far better than the original Mario Kart. Mainly because the 3D planes suits a racing game much more. The controls are much better too.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)

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Ultimate lives up to it’s name. An enormous roster, even more stages, and both which are currently still growing, and an actual fun single player campaign, and some other single player stuff that doesn’t really require you to play it through with each and every character. This game has given me just about everything I wanted out of the series and more! Not only does it blow away the Wii U version, but every game in the series.

Dungeon Siege II (PC)

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The first game sucks, really really badly. This game does not. It’s quite good, and happens to be the best in the series.

Red Faction: Armageddon (PC)

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RF: Guerilla isn’t so great. Armageddon happens to be one of the best FPS’ out there.

StarCraft II (PC)

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The StarCraft II games blow away the first couple games. A decade in between them ought to do that.

Tomb Raider (2013) [PS4]

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This game, a reboot of the series, completely destroys not only it’s predecessor, but every game in the large series up to the point of it’s release.

WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness (PC)

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This brings some much needed improvements over the first game, and is ridiculously larger and more intense as well.

Final Fantasy VII (PS)

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When FF came to PlayStation, it was the greatest thing for the series. Better story-telling thanks to cutscenes and the capability of a much larger world and expanded and flashier gameplay make this series what it was always trying to be. VII successfully obliterates FFVI.

Rayman 2: The Great Escape (PS)

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The original Rayman is ridiculously hard and frustrating, and really not that good to begin with. The sequel switches from a 2D to 3D platformer and quite frankly is really, really good.

Mega Man 7 (SNES)

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The jump to a new console meant great things for this series. This was a much bigger game than not only six, but all the others as well, thanks to a lot more collectibles, abilities and story elements.

Super Metroid (SNES)

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This is far superior to the quite good Game Boy prequel. Like…damn.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past (SNES)

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After the delightful and experimental Zelda II, this game returns to it’s roots, but in a much bigger and better way.

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (Wii)

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The first game was some little, albeit decent PSP game made primarily for online play. MOHH2 is more what you would expect from a MOH game, thusly, it’s far better than the prequel.

No More Heroes 2 (Wii)

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No More Heroes is a fantastic game, but they clearly had a much bigger budget on the sequel, so there is a lot of improvement in gameplay, visuals and story.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

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Just as Melee vastly improved over the original, the same was done for Brawl. This is a much bigger game with tons more content.

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

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Super Mario 3D Land is a neat game that combines the 2D and 3D Mario formulas, and while it’s a great game, I found myself wishing they had just gone with one or the other. 3D World changed my mind. This game is a masterpiece, plain and simple.

 

That’s all I can think of for now. I’ll add more as I think of them.

 

 

 

 

 

Die Hard Series Ranked

All of my life, I have heard people rave about the Die Hard movies, mainly the first one. Growing up in the 90’s and watching nothing but 80’s and 90’s action movies, I cannot figure out how I never saw any of them. Heck, I never even saw a movie with Bruce Willis in it until The Expendables came out, with the exception of Pulp Fiction, which I dislike, s the actor never really caught my interest.

But one thing I always thought was that the Die Hard’s aren’t as good as every made them out to be.

Well, I am glad to say I was mistaken. The series, and especially that first one, is definitely not overrated, and is up there next to series’ like Rambo as some of the greatest action movies of all time.

So I will rank all five movies from worst to best in my opinion.

#5

A Good Day To Die Hard

2013

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The fifth and final movie has John McClane team up with his son to kill some folks, and as an action movie, it’s okay. As a Die Hard movie, it’s pretty lousy. It’s as if the producers wanted to make some extra cash and tossed Bruce Willis into a half-assed movie and slapped Die Hard on top of it, knowing the name itself would make them millions.

It’s very short, it lacks the intense action and story of the others, and ultimately is a big let-down. I’d give it a 6/10.

#4

Die Hard With A Vengeance

1995

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The third movie changes up the Die Hard formula. It’s the first one that doesn’t take place during Christmas, and it’s missing the entire cast from the first two except John, who gets teamed up, also a first, with Samuel L. Jackson to solve a bunch of life-or-death riddles.

It’s a clever, action-filled movie, but lacks what the first two were. 8/10

#3

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

1990

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These next three movies are in a class of their own, beginning with Die Hard 2.

This movie is one of the best action movies out there. Battling terrorists in an airport is as intense and awesome as you could imagine. Truly a great movie. 11/10

#2

Die Hard

1988

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This movie is just barely better than it’s sequel. My jaw hit the floor when watching this. The characters are all intense and likeable, and the action is top notch. One of the greatest movies of all time. 11/10

#1

Live Free Or Die Hard

2007

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This is definitely my favorite of the series. The fourth entry takes all the action, intensity and…John McClanenyness that made the first two so epic and takes it up a notch, using more modern technology for bigger action than was possible in the 80’s and 90’s. They used this technology to simply improve the Die Hard formula, and it worked out very well. 11/10.

Overall, besides the fifth one, this series is remarkable and I will enjoy these movies until the day I die.

 

PS5 Has Big Problems, And Not Just Because Of The Price

Yes. the price of the PS5 is way too high, in my opinion anyway. But that’s not what I want to discuss today. It’s the actual size of the PS5 that has made me decided to pass on this console, unless they make a slim version, which since they never did for the PS4, I am not hopeful.

If you haven’t heard, the PS5 is just under 19 inches long and about a foot wide.

You effing kidding me?

Allow me to put it in perspective.

Here is a picture of a shelf in my entertainment stand.

My shelf is around 21-22 inches, long, just barely able to fit a PS5’s massive 19-inch girth. They are probably 15-16 inches deep to, so basically an entire shelf would have to be dedicated to one console.

This is unacceptable. All my shelves are full or close to it. It is not possible to relocate everything just to fit an unnecessarily giant console. I mean, look at that picture; I’ve got my PS2 sitting on top of my PS4, because I’ve got no room for it elsewhere, and the 4 is already way too big, and the PS5 is nearly twice the length!

Since the PS5 is apparently backwards compatible with 4 games, then I could get rid of my PS4, but it doesn’t appear that I can sit anything else on top of it, so forget that plan!

The Xbox Series X is around 6 inches wide and 11 inches long, and probably uses more or less the exact same hardware, so how did they manage something so much smaller?

Well at least PS5 games are coming out for 4, for a while anyway…here’s to hoping they slim that heifer down some time in the future. I’ll be waiting for a price cut anyhow, so hopefully that’s not the only thing that gets trimmed down.

BattleBorn Is Being Shut Down…Good Riddance!

BattleBorn is 2K’s fun-looking online First-Person-Shooter with a large cast of unique characters with all sorts of crazy weapons and abilities for each. The game can be pretty funny too, which is a nice bonus.

And better yet, there’s a single player campaign! Imagine that! The fun gameplay and single player are what drove me to buy this game when I found it on a good sale. That’s right, I said buy. This was unfortunately before it became free-to-play.

Blizzard’s ridiculously similar Overwatch came out around the same time, and completely overshadowed BattleBorn. Because of this, 2K were not completely happy with the money it made them, or rather didn’t make them, and they are shutting the game down. Everything. Even single player.

Spent money on the game like I did? You’re out of luck. We just tossed a bunch of dollars into a burn barrel. No refunds, no f**ks given by 2K.

I bought this game some two years ago, and just tried to play it like a month ago for the first time, after trying to refund the game without success.

Notice how I said “tried to play it.” And that is what I did…try.

I can’t speak for the online multiplayer, what the game is designed for, but man is the single player a nightmare.

You start off with a prologue. You can only choose one character for this. Okay, that’s fine. I beat the prologue after three tries, because my internet is completely horrendous and kept getting disconnected. The servers are probably awful too though in my internet’s defense.

That’s right, as you might expect, the game can only be played online. So when I restarted the game, I came to find that there are no checkpoints in the levels, so when you get a game over (yes, you have lives in this game) or get disconnected, it’s back to the beginning for you.

Wow.

What makes this even more infuriating is that these aren’t short levels. Oh no, not even close. They are like over 40 minutes long! How can these people think it’s okay to put an unstable, ridiculously long campaign with game overs and no checkpoints? I can’t wrap my head around that…I…can’t…

When I beat the prologue, it’s supposed to save your experience, items, whatever it’s supposed to do, and then unlock level 1.

But do you think it actually does that? Well, I probably wouldn’t be writing this if it did.

No, I beat the prologue four times, each time taking faster, so that it took only about 15-20 minutes to beat it the last two times. And each time, according to the game, I never played it at all.

So I opened a ticket with 2K’s tech support. Like three weeks later they finally fixed the issue, or rather, unlocked level 1 for me.

So I tried this level out, and dear effing God. First off, the difficulty spikes 10fold compared to the prologue.

Second, the level seems to be even longer and has multiple bosses in it. You get a lot of extra lives, but you also lose them very quickly.

There are tons of tiny robots flying all over the place, shooting the hell out of you almost nonstop. And to hit them is very difficult. I’m playing this on PS4, so it’s nearly impossible unless they are standing still. On PC this wouldn’t be an issue.

So 45 minutes and four bosses later, I’m trudging along on my last life. Then an enemy appears out of nowhere (probably because of the crappy internet/server), freezes me in ice, and then shoots a laser beam that takes down my full health bar, and that’s that. Game over, 45 minutes of my life down the crapper, plus the first 20 minutes I played the level, but had to stop playing, so I had to exit the game and start the whole level over again later.

Even when you get a game over, you are supposed to keep everything you gained from the level. But guess what? Once again, the game did not register that I had ever even played it. Meaning that if I were to actually beat the level, I would have to go to tech support again and wait half a month for them to unlock level 2.

NO WONDER YOUR GAME FLOPPED!!!

Clearly, since it doesn’t have many levels, they intended you to play each one multiple times until you got good enough at it that you could 1.) finally beat it, and 2.) do so in a timely manner.

And as for the gameplay itself, it is just Borderlands. Even the humor is straight out of Borderlands. I literally thought that was the game I was playing while in my 45 minute session.

And I think Borderlands is terrible as well. So clearly 2K is not my cup of tea. But BattleBorn is less than a game. I can’t imagine how the game lasted as long as it did.

It was a waste of money to buy this non-functional piece of s*@t. And now they are shutting it down, completely screwing everyone out of the money they’ve spent. That’s like 2K pissing on your face after first kicking you in the balls. But the game is so bad, I don’t even care that it’s being shut down. I just want my money back, both for soon not being able to play it, and for the game being unplayable in ore ways than one.

For the first time in my life, there is a developer I will no longer give my business to.

How Come Every “Update” On Every Platform Takes One Step Forward and Three Steps Back?

Seriously, Apple, Windows, the apps these operating systems run, websites, and now the very website I write this on constantly update everything with the intention of making everything look prettier.

I’ve got to be honest, I don’t really think there are many people who give a crap what the site looks like as long as it functions. This all clearly stems from the greedy, clueless corporate idiots who think they know how to run a business.

Each update for pretty much anything tidies up the look of all this stuff, BUT AT THE COST OF USER-FRIENDLINESS!!!!

Who needs convenient functionality when it looks nice, am I right?

Literally almost every app or OS or website I use regularly has fallen victim to these “modern advances.” Everything I used on these programs and such was easy to use, plainly in view, and required zero thought/effort to do it.

With the big boastful updates these harebrained companies come up with it, they take all that convenience away, hiding it somewhere deep in the new, clean and infinitely more complicated formatting, UI or what have you, or removing it all together.

So instead of taking half a second to do something, I have to search for 15 minutes to find it, if I even find it at all! More often than not, I’m off to Google for research on how to use this “wonderful new update” or in extreme cases, have to contact the support team of whatever I’m trying to use and ask them what the hell happened to it.

When you’re getting support tickets on how to use your own damn product that worked the day before, wouldn’t the company consider that a fail?

And the answer is “No”, for they are still making money, so what do they care?

So now things that were in plain sight and required one click and one second of your time necessitate you to click through seven different menus and this and that to either do what you want to do, or sometimes, this opens up something entirely new, and then you have to locate it from within there.

This is an issue that has frustrated me since I first started regularly using computers about 10 years ago.

I was going to write about something completely different today, until I logged onto wordpress and found they had done the same thing. This is about the third time they’ve made things worse and less user-friendly since I’ve been using the site, but nothing relative to this level.

When writing a post, there was a convenient bar at the top center of the screen that pretty much had everything you ever needed. If memory serves correct, they made this a little less convenient once before. But now it’s gone all together.

There was also a bunch of stuff on the left and right of the screen, also in plain sight for your use, stuff you need to use to edit/post. Again they made this stuff slightly more complicated over the years, but now that’s gone too!

So what am I looking at now? Certainly not a convenient collection of necessary tools! Why would modern, respectable folks want that?

No, now I am looking at a blinding white screen that makes me feel like I am drowning in white-out. The only break from this is a few symbols on the top left and right of the screen. What do these hieroglyphics mean? I don’t have an effing clue! So again, everything I ever wanted to use if now hidden behind the scrawls of Ancient Egyptians. Wonderful.

I just managed to bring up the old tool box somehow, but it placed it right where I was trying to write, and couldn’t get it away for a moment. What’s wrong with having it just sit at the top of the screen like it used to?

Again, I’m going to ask, are there really people out there who were begging the site to do this? People asking for nothing but a blank white screen? People that weren’t directly involved with running the website?

I suppose I’ve ranted enough about this. Now the next thing to do is try and figure out how to post this…

Updating this about a week after the original writing…

I was trying to add images to my latest post. Before, it was a simple click at the top of the screen to get where you needed to go.

Now I’ve got to click one of the hieroglyphics, type something in a search bar, click on the thing I need, which brings up a condensed bar that requires a few more clicks to be able to add images, and then forces you to navigate all these drop down menus just to edit and align the stinking picture! I mean seriously, what a-holes thought this was a good idea?

How Many Social Media Platforms Do We Really Need?

Much like the brand new term “social distancing,” social media was never something you heard up until the past decade or so.

It all started, as far as I am aware, with the extinct giant called MySpace. This was created, or at least I was made aware of it, the summer between my ninth and tenth grade of high school.

My immediate impressions were something along the lines of “Wow, this is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Who the hell would waste their time on this crap?”

Well, everyone, as it turns out. Pretty much all anyone talked about was MySpace for the next two years, though there was talk of something else from college students, who often bragged about having their own type of MySpace, but a better, more sophisticated version. In short, they thought they were cooler than all the high school kids and their MySpace.

So naturally, the high school kids strove to be just as cool, and that’s when FaceBook really took over, and continues to rule the world alongside Amazon and Disney today.

Seriously, I can not believe how much time people spend on that website. All my wife does everyday is sit on her phone and read and watch the mindless, stupid crap that filters in non-stop, and then constantly tries to show me stuff she thinks is hilarious.

But guess what…it’s not hilarious. 99.9% of them aren’t, anyway. I’ve gotten a few chuckles here and there, but most of them just baffle my mind that someone would take the time to make/post something so stupid. And that’s just dumb things. That’s not counting all the time people spend posting their every detail about life on it, which really, really baffles me.

So for the last decade, all I hear about is Facebook, and it’s enough to make me hurl.

Well that’s not true. I hear about all sorts of other things as well Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Snap Chat, Pinterest, Tumblr and a whole slew of other things I can’t think of at the moment. And lately, I keep hearing about the worst named one of all, Tik Tok.

Seriously, who comes up with these names? The first time I heard of Twitter, I was in a college class and some lady was trying to convince me to vote for some political election that was happening around that time for governor or something, and told me he has Twitter.

My response was, “Oh, that sucks,” and she looked at me funny. I thought twitter was some kind of epileptic seizure disease or something. Not a god damn stupid social media thing! Twitter, Tik Tok… come on people.

WTF!?!?!? How many of these do we need though? And the astounding thing is everyone jumps to these platforms immediately.

Truthfully, other than MySpace and FaceBook, I don’t have a clue what all the other ones are or do. I just know people are addicted to many or all of them. And I notice half the reason they join these sites or apps is because they don’t want to be left out. They need to feel connected to everyone else or else be left behind both in the technological and social worlds.

Now that this Tik Tok has come out, my wife now sits and looks at her phone for 15 hours a day instead of 13. Gee, thanks all you useless things out there.

Want to start a successful business? Make a social media website. It’s guaranteed to draw in millions of people!

I must confess that I do use one platform, and that’s YouTube. But only because among the billions of stupid pointless waste of time videos, there is extremely helpful and informative videos. Pretty much everything you need to know can be found on that site. So go YouTube!

I Detest/Pity Movie Critics

Movie critics irritate the heck out of me. I’ve only read a handful in my life, not even, maybe like three or four, for I am not one to give a damn what critics think, especially for movies. The only ones I’ve ever read were for movies I loved, but discovered were poorly received, and was curious what people had to say about them.

And I just can’t believe the thought these movie critics put into watching movies. They over-analyze every possible aspect, and then compare it to mountain-sized budget films filled with the best actors on the planet.

In other words, if it’s not a revolutionary idea, with a thought-provoking, philosophical plot with billions upon billions of dollars and won’t even be considered for almost every movie award out there, then the movie is complete trash.

Seriously, reading these reviews are painful. They go on and on about every little detail in the movie, blasting apart every flaw, no matter how minor. They use unnecessary big words and talk in a language that no one else uses to make themselves sound smart and educated, so they’re essentially saying, “I know more than you, so what I am saying is absolutely correct.”

What makes this worse is that these reviews are almost always highly opinionated or biased which makes reading them pointless.

So after a 20 minute read, you finally get to the end of the review, just to find out that they don’t really let you know if the movie is entertaining, which is, you know, the most important aspect of a film.

Well, that’s not entirely true. They come out and say, “The movie was not entertaining because the main actor isn’t going to win any awards, the plot wasn’t great and the script was cringe-worthy with bad jokes, the low budget of the film is obvious, blah, blah blah blah blah.

By the end of the review I just want to punch these people’s nerdy little teeth out.

How can you ever possibly enjoy any movie when you analyze the hell out of it, actively searching for any and everything to complain about. Sure that’s kind of what a movie review is for, but do people really care that much about it? Sadly, the answer to that is yes, and I despise those people as much as the reviewers.

Bottom-line, just watch the movie. It’s not a chemistry project or a complicated math equation. Just take it for what it is with no expectations or comparisons at the ready, and chances are you’ll enjoy it. Just because a movie isn’t the greatest movie of all time or remotely even close to it doesn’t make it a bad movie.

Because of these idiotic reviewers, many great movies go unnoticed or sequels get canceled, because somehow, a ton of people actually do pay attention and listen to these doofs.

And that is why I pity critics and their followers as much as I hate them. They look at movies in the worst way possible and will never truly enjoy a single movie. Their lives may be completely unfulfilling as well if they treat every aspect of their lives like that. I feel bad for their spouses too…

Off topic a bit, critics despise action movies. Don’t ever listen to them about those. According to critics, there should be much less people getting killed and stuff blowing up, and far more plot and character development. STFU you wankers!

If you want to get a decent grasp of a movie, you’re better off looking at what the general consensus of the regular people who aren’t actual critics say. But even then, I find myself not in agreement a lot of times.

It’s all just personal opinion, so reviews are relatively pointless in a way, unless you strive to stay in the majority of the public mind-set, which unfortunately a lot of people do.

If You Can Work From Home Now, Then You Should Work From Home Always

One thing coronavirus has shown us is that a crap ton of people can work from home. As a result, traffic has been cut way down, thus lightening the daily stress and push towards insanity for those who are not so fortunate.

More and more people are returning to work nowadays (at least where I live), and for the the past 5 months or so, traffic has been getting steadily worse every day.

So if it’s possible to do your job from home in it’s full capacity, then why in the heck is that not always the case?

Cut down on the road traffic, and more importantly, the amount of pollution from car exhaust and all that.

Less cars on the road means less accidents.

But let’s face it, the government would never allow this to happen, because with less accidents, insurance companies, car dealers, and repair shops would take a large hit. Not to mention all the fuel sales the government would miss out on.

Plus corporations that employ these people would never allow that, because they always make pointless unnecessary decisions to over-complicate virtually everything, but that’s a whole other issue.

Whatever the reason, whether government greed, or corporate dumbassery, we absolutely have the technology for many, many people to work from home all year round.

24 Hours- New Balance Needed Throughout the Day

This is not confirmed or anything (by me anyway), but I’ve got a feeling some bs system of government created the 24 hours in a day routine. I think the idea behind it was to create a balanced quality of life while also putting a good amount of time into working, thus being useful to society and the economy.

For these reasons, the phrase 24 hours a day came into existence. I believe it was originally intended to separate the major aspects of our lives into thirds. 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, and 8 hours of personal time.

The trouble is, that system doesn’t work- at all! And it’s all because we have allowed the government to so fully take over our lives, that all we do is dedicate our time to work, or else spending money. We are so desperate for this money to spend, that we don’t even seem to mind this less than stellar way of living. We have one life to live, and probably 45% of it is spent working, 40% sleeping, and 15% doing what we want. What a great way to live…

So going back to the 8/8/8 hour separation. We have 8 hours of work, right? Wrong! Each day you wake up early to get ready for work. This amount of time is very different for each individual, but for argument’s sake, let’s say this takes an hour. Shower, make-up, clothing, all the works. Are you working here? No, but it’s all in preparation for work.

Next, most people have to drive or otherwise transport themselves to work. Again, this takes each person a varying amount of time, but the average may be something like an hour commute. Some people have significantly smaller, and some larger of course. Commuting happens twice a day, so before we even put actual work into the mix, 3 hours of our 8 designated for “free time” is used up, just to get to and from our job.

Okay, so now we finally get to work. That’s 8 hours. Except it’s not. Most jobs have an 8 and a half hour day, because God forbid companies actually pay us for the usually mandated half-half hour lunch. So that’s 30 minutes of your free time used up in the middle of the work day, 30 minutes in a place you don’t want to be, doing what you don’t want to do. Superb!

So after your shift ends, you take the long commute home, unless of course you have to work overtime. I feel like many people work plenty of overtime. Depending on the job, shift, work-load, whatever… most people probably wind up working about 10 hours a day at their job, whether by choice or requirement, mainly because companies do not give a damn about quality of life, or because they pay so low that folks are completely desperate for a bit of extra cash just to get by.

So by the time you get home, there’s already over half the day gone, 13 hours roughly.

So our 8 hours of free time have now been cut down to 3 hours. And what do you do in those three hours? You might relax, you might collapse on the couch, exhausted from a hard days work, too spent to actually enjoy yourself. But you’ve got to cook dinner, go shopping, clean the house, pick up or drop off the kids somewhere…basically you spend it caring for your home or others. Before you know it the moon is shining, your eyes are drooping, and that soft bed is calling your name.

But you’ve still got stuff to do, or you actually want to enjoy your life somewhat, so you stay up later than you should, thus dipping into your 8 hours of sleep.

When you finally concede to sleep for those short 5-7 hours, it is restless and interrupted, because you’re too stressed out about going to work the next day, or paying the bills, or finishing up some house project or worrying about the kids or something. Your mind is doing anything but sleeping.

Then you wake up groggily, a big reason why you give yourself an hour to go to work, and it takes a while for the engine to warm up, and the cycle starts all over again.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could work 4 days, and have three off?

Nope. Can’t do that. Cuz then we would all starve.

We have one life to live, and it f-ing sucks.

Science Fairs…Are They Real, Or A Hollywood Invention??

Seriously, so many TV shows and movies have science fairs. But I am wondering…do science fairs even exist? I’ve never been to one. Heck I’ve never even heard of one happening…anywhere.

And in the film adaptations of science fairs, it’s usually like middle school or elementary school kids participating, and they bust out these ridiculous inventions that you’d likely only find in a senior year engineering course from a college.

science fair volcanoAnd why…WHY can’t these writers come up with something more original than the stupid volcano. It’s the most cliche science fair project ever, and is nearly depicted in every science fair that I’ve seen, (the fictional ones, as I’ve said, I’ve never seen a real one). And somehow they always fascinate people, despite there being on the tables next to it a new energy source and a microwave that can create any food you imagine on the spot from virtually nothing.

 

So I really am curious. Has anyone actually been to a science fair, participant or viewer, or at the very least heard of one? Please let me know!