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!

How Is it that everyone is constantly on their phone but…

90% of the time I call or text someone, they don’t pick up or respond and at times never get back to me for hours or days, if at all.

Like…I seriously don’t get it. These people are literally on their phones the entire time I see them in person. Drives me crazy.

And you know what’s really sad? That picture above is completely accurate of what “social gatherings” have become. Man, f this world.

 

The Most Disappointing Album Follow-Ups

Don’t you just hate when an artist or band you listen to really rocks your world, and you just can’t wait for that next album, and it just doesn’t compare. Really, this is no reason to hate on the album or the band, for it just means that they have set expectations of the fans so high because they are that good, so really you are just ticked at them for not increasing their songwriting and talent so exponentially that they didn’t top your favorite album, and honestly, if you like something that much, nothing will ever come close.

But anyway, let’s take a look at some albums that really disappointed me. This is sort of the opposite of my Artists Whose Talent Greatly Increased Between Albums posts.

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Avenged Sevenfold

Nightmare

2010

 

 

 

Avenged Sevenfold was really killing it with City of Evil and their self titled album. Then their drummer died just before recording Nightmare and I don’t know, it just didn’t have the same feel to it, on top of the fact that it was missing a lot of the intense energy that usually rips through their albums. It has grown on me quite a bit over the years, however.

Sticking with this band is the follow up to Nightmare

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Hail to the King

2013

 

 

 

The band decided to completely change their music to give the fans a really good metal album…circa the 80’s. Trouble is…no one wanted it. I don’t like 80’s metal all that much personally, so I was very saddened by this album, which lacked just about everything that I loved about the band up to this point. Again, it grew on me over the years, but it certainly is one of my least favorite by them.

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The Great Misdirect

2009

 

 

 

After 3 incredible albums, I guess the charm of their mind blowing talent and unique style wore off on me. That and their songs were now consistently going over 10-15 minutes long for no reason and their bland vocalist and complete lack of rhythm and time signatures just make them a hard band to listen to.

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Killer Inside

2007

 

 

 

After the intense, dark, melodic face smasher that was Built By Blood, their drummer died and the singer, who had the best voice ever for their sound, quit. Thus everything changed. It’s a good album, no doubt, but, it is nothing like the masterpiece before it. Their sound is completely different and the new singer is not so good.

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Encore

2004

 

 

 

This album, while good overall, falls way short of his previous ones. There are some very good tracks on it, but also a number of “what the heck was he thinking?” tracks that are easily the worst, and really, his only bad songs he’s ever made for the most part. Eminem blames this on being on drugs, and you can easily believe that with some of these tracks.

 

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Tales Don’t Tell Themselves

2007

 

 

This is definitely by far the worst album these guys have made. What makes it even worse is it followed up their best album (in my opinion) which also happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time. Over time, it has grown on me…sort of. It completely lacks the amazing talent and nonstop energy the band is known for.

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Renacer

2013

 

 

 

After a string of really amazing albums, they lose most of their members and change their sound to a heavier, bland hardcore/punk sound that is nothing like their old, incredible sound. The guitar tones are muddy, the songs not very creative…and on a typical garage band talent level. Though, it has grown on me over the years…but mostly because their follow up makes this one seem amazing.

Which brings us to…

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Pull The Thorns From Your Heart

2015

 

 

This album is truly bad. The quality is even worse than Renacer, the tones even muddier, the music is terrible, nearly every song is forgettable and/or awful and it’s just a mess, nothing at all like their former glory.

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The Alchemy Index

2007/2008

 

 

 

Thrice doesn’t really make good albums, save for Artist in the Ambulance and the somewhat worse Vheissu. Following the latter was this four disc, two album set that really toned down their music to a slow, melodic, technical (with synths and computer crap) style. It’s okay…but not anything special at all. They’ve only gotten worse from here.

Though they are really good live if you ever want to see them…I highly recommend it.

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Define The Great Line

2006

 

 

 

Following up my favorite album of all time, this had a lot to live up to…and they drop the ball completely. Their sound is nearly 100% different, and it’s just not that great. Even today, it has grown on me, but barely.

The_Few_and_the_Far_Between_(Vanna_album_-_cover_art)Vanna

The Few and Far Between

2013

 

 

 

Having lost their lead vocalist in the previous album, it took a big hit, but managed to maintain a Vanna feel to it. In this album, however, they lost their clean vocalist/guitarist, thus resulting in a brand new sound, with a relentless screamer who never shuts up and sounds like a weasel, very rare clean vocals and bland, typical metal music. In short, Vanna went from one of the best post-hardcore bands out there to an okay metalcore band. Highly disappointing. Though their sound has grown on me over time.

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A Beautiful Place To Drown

2020

 

 

 

Silverstein have had a consistent sound a the best post-hardcore out there for 20 years. Then, with this latest album, they go and mess it up completely. This is closer to a pop album now. All there cds have been amazing until this one. It’s still good, but it’s not Silverstein.