Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bing VS Google



After learning that Google censored its Google image results, I started looking for alternative search engines. Not that I am searching for porn every hour of the day, but if I want to, I should be able to. I considered using Bing after reading Bill Gates' Reddit thread in which he claimed that Bing really was the superior product.Sure he might be a little biased in the matter, but considering he as given away so much of his money so that at this point, purchasing a Microsoft product is almost equivalent to giving to charity. Why not give the service a spin?





I tried the Bing vs. Google Bing It On site, and found that Bing won out every single time when I searched for different things that I usually use Google for. Your mileage may vary. Besides from the comparison, there are some benefits I have found with Bing.
  • In the past few months I have noticed that Google search will be down for a short period of time. When switching over to Bing, I notice no delay in my query response, and experience no connectivity issues.
  • Uncensored results (obviously).
  • More flexible and accessible search results. Especially for video and images.
  •  Bing rewards just for using the service.
  • No concerns about having your search results tied to your Gmail or Google account.
Until these issues are resolved I will probably stick to using Bing and alternative search engines. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Update

The Free PC games post has been updated. Check it out!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How To Sound Like an Idiot on The Internet

Always Avoid Alliteration takes a shift today to talk about an inhabitant of the Internet. Today's case will deal with language, film, and technology, which are all overarching themes and topics here at AAA. Before we begin, some background explanation needs to be set: in my spare time I like to play with Google, we all do it. Recently, the query "check your privilege" has become a treasure trove of incoherent babbling which froths to the top of the search results. During my Internet voyage I delved so deep into Google's recesses that I extruded pieces of bullshit under so much pressure of other pieces of meaningless shit that that they are now diamond pieces of comedic travesty.

In order to define my terms, I am going to use the definition of "privilege" I found from this site:
Privilege is a concept used in anti-racist, anti-sexist, and similar anti-oppression movements.

Anti-oppressionists use "privilege" to describe a set of perceived advantages (or lack of disadvantages) enjoyed by a majority group, who are usually unaware of the privilege they possess. It is a term of art that may not align particularly well with the general-use word "privilege" or the programming term "privilege".
The whole concept is thought provoking and I sincerely suggest reading the whole article, however what stands out in this post it "Privilege is a concept used in anti-racist, anti-sexist, and similar anti-oppression movements". Which means that if you want to align your ideology or argument with these ideals, throw out the "Check your privilege" card.

Here's the diamond:



Link to post
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Unfortunately, the author never goes on to mention privilege once in her post which leads me to believe that she only wants the reader to think that she is being oppressed because of how films she has never been were cast. Here's the problem. If you have NEVER SEEN these films, how do you KNOW these films have the whitest, most heterosexual males?
  • Independence Day - Will Smith, White heterosexual male? NO!
  • Jurassic park - Laura Dern, White heterosexual male? NO!
  • Terminator - Linda Hamilton, White heterosexual male? NO!
  • Star Wars - Carrie Fisher, White heterosexual male? = NO! 
  • The Avengers - Scarlett Johansson, White heterosexual male? = NO!
The person who wrote this post could not be more wrong unless she included The Jungle Book and Ilsa She Wolf of the SS in her list. Had she seen Star Wars our blogger would have know that Carrie Fisher ends up being the female leader of the rebellion against the xenophobic, white male dominated empire. The worst part is that her criticism could have gone somewhere positive if she had been asking why so few movies have strong female characters. Instead she decided to complain about what movies other people like, and how their favorite movies are not her favorite movies.

Here's the deal, if you're going to lecture about "checking privilege", consider the following.

1. Mention why that term "check your privilege" is relevant at some point. Using it to support why nobody likes the same movies you do just demonstrates what a hallow, useless, and pretentious phrase "check your privilege" is.

2. Every person's experience is different than your own. You should try talking with them about your concerns rather than blaming the heterosexual males, an act which is ignorant and prejudice within itself.

3. You're not entitled to your opinions, your opinions are not to be taken as "truths" and it is not disrespectful to argue against you just because you decided to align yourself with being "anti-opressionist". Furthermore: To assert the existence of the right of an opinion is a failure to assert any justification for the opinion.

Monday, February 11, 2013

What Happens When You Live Abroad

Thought Catalog has a short essay on the experience of living abroad. An interesting read for our foreign language major and international readers.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Something Awful's 'MSPaint Your Pet Peeves About College'

Original artist: 'Insurrectum'

In 2006 when I was sixteen years old, I thought that the Comedy Goldmine post: MSPaint Pet Peeves About College post on Something Awful was one of the funniest things I had ever seen. Seven years later and a college senior, a lot of the things ring true about college life today. So, here it is again from a sea of content. Some of the contributions are a little creepy, the last two entries are concerned with how the authors think they deserve sex. If anything, it's a testament to the prevailing attitudes and trends in contemporary college life. Or... something.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Adam Curtis Documentaries

Adam Curtis has made some of the most fascinating contemporary documentaries for the BBC. He uploads them to the Internet so that one does not have to purchase them, and they cover a wide range of topics. The two films which our readers might fin most interesting are The Century of Self and The Trap. Century of Self is preoccupied with Freud's theories concerning the unconscious, and his nephew Edward Bernays' development of public relations. The use of desire over need is discussed in its application in American media and advertising. The Trap - What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom is concerned with the concept of freedom in contemporary society.