Following the Hatred

See the source imageI recently saw a post on Mastodon from someone complaining that reading their Twitter timeline made them angry. This was obviously from someone who doesn’t like Twitter because they refused to use the site’s actual name, but I was slightly amazed by the comment because I see it all the time. People constantly complaining that Twitter is a terrible site where you all sorts of terrible things from terrible people.

The problem with that statement is that people choose who they want to on Twitter. No one forces you to follow anyone that you do not like, so Twitter isn’t the problem. The problem is people who feel the need to follow those they do not like or read stuff they do not like and then complain that Twitter is a terrible site.

I’ve been using Twitter since about a year after the site launched, and I enjoy it. Do I see posts that annoy me from time to time? Sure. That’s part of being in society. People do stuff that you don’t like or agree with all the time. However, I make sure to not follow accounts that post stuff regularly that I don’t like. If I follow someone that I do like, but they retweet stuff that I don’t like, I turn off seeing their retweets.

The point is it is possible to make your Twitter timeline work for you and bring you stuff you like. They even allow you to sort tweets, so you see things in the order they were posted. Depending on who you follow, it can take some time to get your Twitter timeline setup in a way that is enjoyable, and I think therein lies the problem with a lot of people. Some people just don’t want to take the time to tweak what they see from certain accounts.

The other problem is this desire to follow stuff because other people are following stuff. “I don’t want to miss out” is a common comment made by those who follow stuff they probably shouldn’t, but then those same people start seeing stuff that makes them upset or angry and eventually pushes them away from the site altogether.

I realize that the site isn’t for everyone. That is why there are so many social networks out there, but I wish people would stop complaining about stuff when they are the ones following certain accounts. If your timeline makes you angry then do something about it. don’t go to another social network and whine about it.

Daredevil Comics 1998 – 2011

Four or five months ago, I decided to give the Marvel Unlimited subscription a try. I’ve wanted to get back into reading comics again because of the various Marvel movies that have been coming out like crazy over the last ten years, and I decided to pull the trigger on Unlimited after seeing Avengers Endgame. I chose Marvel because I thought it would be fun to read the early Avengers comics, so that is where I started.

After the first month, I discovered I had branched into a bunch of other comics around the same time the original Avengers comics were published, so I was reading a bunch of different comics around the 1964 era. What would happen is one of the comics that I was reading would reference another comic, and I would want to find out. I think I ended up reading Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Strange Tales, and Daredevil.

Daredevil was the only comic out of the group that wasn’t referenced by a different comic, but I started reading it because Daredevil was actually the first comic book I read when I got into comics around 2005. What peaked my curiosity was the Daredevil movie that came out in 2003. My wife and I purchased the DVD, and I remember watching the special features that talked about the source material and some of the story lines going on in the comics. That got me thinking that it might be fun to check out some comics since I never really read any as a kid or teenager.

My first trip to the comic store turned out to be a good one. I picked up the current comic of Daredevil and decided to try a few others, and I started down the road of reading comics. I continued to read Daredevil and the others for about three years. During this time, I was really into the Brian Michael Bendis run and just loved the writing. I continued until the story of Foggy dying then I had to cut off the comics because my wife and I had hit some financial struggles and needed to cut back as much as possible.

I had always wanted to get back into comics, but I never did. Being able to read Daredevil from the beginning was interesting since I started five years into the second Daredevil series, the 1998 to 2011 run. I had never read any of the stuff earlier, and I started really enjoying those stories, but about five weeks ago, I was starting to get burned out on the older stuff and decided to read some newer stuff. It then dawned on me that it might be fun to return to the Daredevil series I was working on in the early 2000’s, so I read Daredevil #1 from 1998 all the way up to the end of that Daredevil series in 2011. It was awesome when I finally hit the Daredevil comic that started it all for me, and I loved that I could finally finish the story of Foggy’s death and find out what happened.

The end of the run was insane with the whole Shadowland event. I really enjoyed the series and plan to continue reading. Right now it looks like the numbering of the Daredevil comics continues, but with Black Panther taking over watching Hell’s Kitchen. That is going to be an interesting read. I can’t wait to find out how that plays out and what happens to Matt Murdoch since it looks like he might be done being Daredevil for now.

After all these years, Daredevil still holds a special place in my heart as the first comic I experienced. Here’s to more digital comic book reading in the months to come!

I like the current World of Warcraft story line

I decided to change up what I normally write about, which is already random as it is, to create a quick post about World of Warcraft. In the current Battle for Azeroth story line, it seems that quite a bit of people vocally express their frustration with it. I see it all the time: an Twitter, in videos on YouTube, and even from my own friends and family. I understand that they don’t like it, but you know what?! I do.

Blizzard recently released patch 8.2.5, which brought about the conclusion to the war campaign story. I was actually really looking forward to this to see how it would play out. What would happen with the leader of the Horde and how would the group rising up to stop Sylvanas. My character played the side that followed Saurfang in the background while still working for the Warchief. Seeing the characters from the Horde and the Alliance coming together to put a stop to the war was fun. And the confrontation between Saurfang and Sylvanas at the gates of Orgrimmar was just epic. I got chills watching it.

What I enjoyed more was the fact that something else is brewing behind the scenes with Sylvanas. Everyone has been complaining that Blizzard is just rehashing the story line from Garrosh going insane with power, but I’ve never felt that way. I’ve always felt Sylvanas had something else up her sleeve, and now we know that she has something else planned. What that is we don’t know. Just some speculation based on a comment that she makes to those who sided with her throughout this expansion.

I actually can’t wait to see how this continues to play out. I really feel like Sylvanas will be a big part of the next expansion like she has been a big part of this one. Whether that is good or bad is yet to be seen, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how things continue to play out.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

I may actually be at my limit on Twitter. I’ve been using the site for 11 years now because I liked the idea of micro-blogging back when it first appeared. The ability to share little snippets of what was going on and small morsels of opinions was fun. I’ve always found some accounts to follow that entertain me or enlighten me, but I think I have finally reached the end of my enjoyment almost completely.

Lately, Twitter has felt like a place where people just show up to complain about something they saw and decided to react to. Then someone comments on it in a disagreeable fashion, and it just turns into people arguing with one another. There has always been some form of this on the site for as long as I can remember, but the problem is it feels like it has just escalated to the point where I can’t follow anyone anymore without something blowing up and deteriorating my news feed. Heck, I left Facebook because of this and now I find it has just migrated.

Is it bad of me to actually want some meaningful conversation with others? I have always been interested in learning new things and broadening my view. To be able to do that, I like conversing with others. Unfortunately, I can’t even do that on Twitter anymore. I see someone share something that truly intrigues me, and so I will ask for some additional info like where someone found a statistic or if someone could direct me to the source material of some debate I’m reading. Sadly, I don’t usually get a helpful response anymore. I get anger. People get mad because I asked some follow-up information. My example of a statistic actually happened just a few days ago where I saw someone share it, and I really wanted to know where it came from, but they wouldn’t tell me. How does that even help?! Short answer: it doesn’t.

Maybe I just need a break or something or maybe it is time to move on and find something better. If something doesn’t provide any value at all then why continue doing it. Guess we shall see, but for now, I’ve removed the app from my phone and might check it on the computer from time to time for now.

Setup Windows Store To Use Second Drive

I recently had to do some digging to figure out how to make Windows use the second drive on my computer by default for stuff like Windows Store Apps and Games as well as some of my files. I just added a second drive recently and wanted to install Forza Horizon 4 on my Windows PC, but the OS is on a smaller SSD that I don’t want to fill up with a game like Forza. Since it took me a moment to figure it out, I thought I’d be nice and create a little how-to guide here on my blog to help others out that may need direction on this as well. Pictures included!

Turns out it isn’t too hard to get this setup on your computer. Simply open up your Windows 10 settings by clicking on the cogwheel in your Start Menu

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Once your Settings app opens up, you want to click on System.

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Next, you need to look down the list on the left side of the window until you see Storage. Click on that to get to the storage settings on your computer.

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The Storage settings allows you to see how much is stored on your computer’s hard drives and where to store stuff. On the right side of the window, you may need to scroll down until you see the line that says “Change where new content is saved.” Click that line to get to the next screen.

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And this is the screen where you will change your storage. If you want Windows Store Apps to be saved to a second drive like the D: drive in this case, just click on the drop down menu, select the drive you want it to be saved on, and then click the apply button that appears next to the menu. You can do this for each item if you wish like I have done in my example. Change it how you want.

And that is it. Now you can install new Windows Store Apps, and they will end up on the drive you selected instead of the main drive.