Statistics (12th Edition)

Review: Statistics (12th Edition)


By: James T. McClave and Terry T Sinich

ISBN-13:978-0321755933
ISBN-10:0321755936

Statistics (12th Edition)

Worst Textbook I’ve Ever Been Subjected To

Grade = F-

That colleges and universities are using this book as the course textbook is borderline criminal. I couldn’t write anywhere near as poorly as this book is written if I tried.

The run-on sentences and overall poor choice of wording ensure that the only people who can comprehend book are mathetiticians. Mathemeticians shouldn’t be writing books.

People who can actually write who also understand probability and statistics should be writing text books for core curriculum classes that every student must take.

This author appears to have written this book primarily to impress his peers with lots of completely unnecessary words, sentences, data sets, etc. This book wasn’t written for business, marketing or public relations students only enrolled because they have be.

Perhaps the worst part of the book and maybe the entire topic is that after the first few chapters, the remainder of the book is filled with run-on sentence word problems in which a majority of the information provided isn’t even relevant. The reader must make his or her way through a massive wall of text just to extract the data, half of which isn’t even relevant to the problem. So… for each practice question, the student loses two minutes of his/her life he/she will never get back again because some airhead wrote a book for his own ego instead of for the students the book was intended to teach.

To pile it on top of that, after the first few chapters there is nothing that could be put to any practical or useful purpose. These are just equations and formulae that are assembled because somebody found a new way to use w calculator. There is no use, purpose or practical application for 65%-70% of the material in this book.

Universities and professors should value writing quality when deciding upon which texts to associate with their courses. Ten minutes of trying to read this disaster of a text book would be more than enough to discern that its rambling, words and symbols are introduced from the start with no reference or definition provided; and when terms are defined the language is ambiguous so the student is constantly guessing or assuming due poor structure and an even more disgraceful butchering of the English language.

My advice to any student in need of a math class to find one that does not use this book. Better yet, find an algebra class instead. At least algebra is practical and improves your thinking process. It is the mathematical version of logic and deductive reasoning (critical thinking).

The book is only marginally more valuable than being totally worthless. I say marginally better because there is some, limited and poorly-explained information that could theoretically be of use outside of a classroom setting. Such information is the minority of the content, and even what useful information is present is poorly explained.

Overall, I have no choice but to give “Statistics” (12th Edition) by James T. McCabe and Terry T Sinich a grade of F-.

Overall Grade = F-

Samsung Galaxy Autocorrect

Autocorrect on Samsung Galaxy is BAD

By: Peter Egan

This is a follow-up to a product review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 I wrote a few months back. This article echos many of the same sentiments but delves into deeper detail. After a few more months of frustration, I felt the need to expound upon my grievances with the Galaxy S7 and why I’m rethinking the purchase despite many of the phone’s features being adequate-to-good.

I’ve had a Samsung Galaxy S7 for about the past six months. Before that, I had a Motorola Android Maxx that I’d had since late 2014, and the amount of abuse it took in the 2+ years I had it finally caught up with it, and I was forced to get a new phone.

The factor that separated the Galaxy from the other smartphones available at the Verizon store was the fact that it still had a traditional audio port.

I already have lots of audio equipment, including everything from speakers to headphones/earbuds to a little device that I plug into the audio port while I’m in the car (or near any FM radio) and it broadcasts Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edgewhatever audio is on my phone through my car speakers, boat speakers or any other speakers hooked up to an FM radio. It does this by broadcasting to one of five possible relatively obscure frequencies that generally aren’t used in commercial radio and are rare in the few instances where commercial broadcasting exists along these frequencies. If my memory serves me correctly, the gadget that plugs into my phone is capable of
broadcasting at 87.9, 88.1, 88.3, 88.5 and 88.7 megahertz (MHz). Megahertz are the unit of measurement for FM broadcast frequencies. The number on the radio dial stands for the number of megahertz at which that frequency is broadcasting. FM stands for frequency module, and the number on the radio dial or screen is the frequency.

Galaxy S7

Anyway, it is a cool little gadget that lets me listen to whatever I want from my phone using my car speakers, which are much louder and of higher quality. I use it nearly every day.

I didn’t want a phone that would have required me to buy all new bluetooth-equipped audio equipment because the phone wasn’t compatible with my existing audio gear. That, ultimately, is why I chose the Galaxy S7 by Samsung.

For the purposes of serving my audio needs, the phone has been wonderful. My only complaint is that the speakers built into the phone itself are so weak a almost always have to plug the phone into an external audio device to hear all the sports talk shows I love so much (looking at you Matt Moscona).


The phone also has a much better camera than my previous phone. Photo and video quality are the two areas I feel like I got a significant upgrade when I switched to the Galaxy from the 2013 or 2014 Android Maxx.

HOWEVER, the older model Motorola phone I had for more than two years prior had one feature that was significantly better than that of the Galaxy. I’m talking about Autocorrect.

The Motorla phone had an extensive vocabulary, knew how to spell, would automatically fix typographical errors and in the rare instances in which I wanted to say something it didn’t already know, it took note and learned. It learned my writing patterns so well that it would often finish my sentences – literally – sometimes after just a few words. It knew what I wanted to say, it was super-intuitive and had the capacity to learn even more than its already extensive out-of-the-box knowledge. It was a smart phone in every sense of the term.

The Galaxy S7, in contrast, gives me the impression it’s autocorrect and word suggest features were programmed by someone with a first-grade reading level, no grammar skills, a VERY limited vocabulary and zero command of the English language.

It regularly fails to recognize even the most common of words, like “even” for example. It suggests even be “eben” and even takes the liberty of changing my correctly spelled, extremely simple and common word and replacing it with something that isn’t even a word. Google says it’s a name of Hebrew origin, but I strongly doubt the programmers who weren’t familiar with the word “even” knew that.

That’s just one example. The Galaxy S7 is unfamiliar with literally hundreds of words I use regularly. More often than not, it changes them to words it does know, forcing me to go back, delete it’s autocorrected suggestion, retype my word and click the check mark to tell the phone that what I typed is in fact what I intended to say. This would be less bothersome if the phone remembered these occurrences and learned the words I teach it by overriding its autocorrect, but it doesn’t . I have to repeat the same process over and over with the same words. Every now and again it seems the phone will pick up on something and typing on it becomes a little less tedious, but those instances are the exception rather than the rule.

What’s more, the phone has no idea how to handle possessives involving apostrophes. Oddly enough, it does understand contractions for the most part, although it never knows whether the word “it” followed by an S should have an apostrophe or not. It defaults to the apostrophe’d contraction of “it” and “is”. It will automatically change any usage of “its” not involving an apostrophe to the contraction with the apostrophe. It’s like whoever programmed the autocorrect is completely oblivious to the fact that “it” in the possessive is spelled “its” with no apostrophe.

I have spent countless hours undoing the damage inflicted upon my writing by Galaxy’s imbecilic autocorrect, which is probably more accurately described as “auto-incorrect”.

The phone just underwent a full-scale operating system update, and I was disappointed but not surspriaed that this issue (autocorrect) was not addressed in the update.

Samsung Galaxy Virtual Reality Headset

My advice to anyone seeing all the cool commercials involving people having these mind-blowing experiences in virtual reality with a Samsung Galaxy hooked up to a little headset such that it resembled the virtual reality headsets worn in the 1990’s Aerosmith video “Amazing,” is to refrain from buying into the hype. Think practical.

How often do you really expect to be able to play with the headset before it becomes repetitive and boring?

If you’re an Android person, for the love of God go with something made by Motorola. There was a time when I would have included LG here, but the last LG phone I had was complete and utter garbage, and it destroyed my opinion of them as a company. They may be back to making good phones, I don’t know and can’t speak one way or the other. The last one I had was so bad it would take a lot to convince me to ever but another one.

I’ve had iPhones in the past and they’ve all served me well. The autocorrect wasn’t quite as good as my Motorola’s was, but it was decent enough and even back in 2013 my iPhone at the time would have been an improvement over the Galaxy in just about every way except the camera, and from what I’ve read Apple has made some pretty big strides of their own in this area.

Ultimately the amount of time lost fixing typing errors committed by the phone (the Galaxy) hasn’t been worth the positives associated with the phone. If I had to do it again, I’d buy an older Motorola phone online – one with an audio port – instead of driving to the Verizon store and choosing a phone from their limited selection consisting of only the most recent models.

I hate the idea or bluetooth-only external audio, and will continue using a phone with an external audio port until I can no longer find one in person or online.

Just be wary of the unfortunate autocorrect on the Samsung Galaxy, and if that’s a problem for you then you’ll have to weigh that against your desire to have a phone with the features that Galaxy has that are as good or better than those of competing models.

Tchefuncte River Fishing Report – April 05

Tchefuncte River Fishing Report – April 05

Following the storm that passed through the Covington/Madisonville area on Monday, April 03, the water level of the Tchefuncte River is higher than normal, and the water is very muddy.

Typically, the water is muddy from Friday afternoon through about mid-day Monday (on a weekend wherein the weather is pleasant) from all the boat traffic. Both non-fishing boat traffic and fishing have increased at least tenfold since Hurricane Katrina, and in the opinion of this author the river is being over-fished.

Tchefuncte River

I live on a bayou just off the Tchefuncte, and every day there are at least a half-dozen boats that pass up and down the bayou using their trolling motors fishing for bass mainly. I’ve counted as many as 24 boats one Saturday. Perhaps there was a tournament that day?

Every now and again I’ll see someone using live bait, which could technically put them in play for just about any species of fish found in the river. I would estimate that nine out of ten are using artificial baits, which would strongly suggest their target is largemouth bass.

The fishing report for April 05, 2017 is as follows:

Conditions:

  • Water Clarity: Poor
  • Water level: High
  • Outlook for bass: Below-average (see below for additional info)
  • Outlook for catfish: Below-average (see below for additional info)
  • Outlook in general: Poor

Largemouth Bass Outlook, Advice

If targeting bass and determined to fish today or tomorrow, I’d recommend planning the trip for early morning or late evening. Water clarity is so poor right now that sight-baits won’t bring much success. Use something that makes noise or chops up the water to alert the bass to its presence. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits along shorelines and over lily pads, weedless top-water frogs (and any other weedless top-water bait that can be fished over lily pads), chatterbaits and even diving top-water minnows that have a rattle inside them to make some noise. If the fish can’t hear or feel the vibration of the bait, you’ve got very little chance because unless you happen to place it literally right in front of the fish’s face, it probably won’t see it.

Catfish Outlook, Advice

Catfish Chum
Click the image for more info

If fishing for catfish, I’d strongly recommend chumming your fishing spot and being patient. Fish near the chum or past the chum in whichever direction the water is moving that day. Magic Bait makes a good catfish chum that I’ve had success with before. Combine one bag of chum with one bag of their actual catfish bait into a perforated minnow bucket, add weight to the bucket and wait for the fish to arrive.

Traditional tactics like using jugs or noodles (pool flotation toys cut into pieces) may bring success due to the amount of space covered by this technique, but the degree to which the water is muddy is making it difficult for the fish to smell in addition to making it virtually impossible for them to see. If fishing with a rod and reel, I would definitely chum and wait at least an hour before declaring the day a failure. 

Tchefuncte River - Catfish Feeding

One last note: the catfish in the Tchefuncte have been more aggressive in their feeding of late right at dusk and dawn. I regularly feed them cat food in my bayou and I’ve noticed they completely ignore it if I throw it out at any point during the day when the sun is up. At dusk, or after dark, the demolish every morsel that lands in the water. Take it for what it’s worth.

As you can see in the above photo, the turtles are gorging themselves while not a single catfish is anywhere in sight. Worth noting is that this is the same spot I feed them every day. This time it just happened to be a few hours earlier than normal, and the fish were nowhere to be found.

This is a relatively new development for me. I’ve traditionally had success fishing for catfish in the Tchefuncte mid-day during all seasons of the year. I’m not sure what the reasoning is behind why they seem to be feeding less aggressively during the daylight hours, but whatever the reason that is my observation and I hope the above outlook and advice help make your next fishing trip a success.

Robert Mann is a Pathetic Coward (An Open Letter)

Robert Mann: Disgusting Human Being, Liar and Coward

I came upon a post by a pathetic individual by the name of Robert Mann while conducting research. The post consisted of intellectually dishonest, misrepresentations of both myself and my father. These misrepresentations were deliberate, and in my own personal case even the most cognitively-challenged individual could have figured out that the Facebook post Mann cited in an effort to attack my character was a lighthearted joke.

It’s pretty creepy to know that some weirdo that I’ve never heard of is Facebook stalking me. I’m not going to link to his site, because I don’t want to give him any publicity, but I will post my response to it below in the form of an open letter.

The following is an open letter to Robert Mann:

Robert Mann,

You are quite possibly the least intellectually honest person whose work I’ve ever read.

Your misrepresentation of what my father said coupled with you dragging me into it by trying to misrepresent what was obviously a lighthearted joke as a “racist comment” is as intellectually dishonest an act as I’ve ever witnessed.

For one thing, my father was absolutely right in his description of political prostitute Jay Dardenne. You totally and deliberately misrepresented what he said, and you did it with malicious intent.

You dragging me into it with yet another deliberate misrepresentation of a JOKE crossed the line.

If you can’t construct logical arguments as a means to persuade others of your political views you have no business writing or even speaking about politics.

Robert MannYou’re an angry old man and your willingness to lie and deceive is disgusting. What’s more disgusting is that low-character individuals such as yourself actually influence others. It is a sad reflection on society when someone like you is taken seriously by others.

You’re not man enough to make those same comments about myself and my father to either of our faces. If you care to prove me wrong, I would be delighted. We both know that won’t happen however… Because you’re a coward, and cowards don’t confront people with malicious, unprovoked attacks in person.

You are a lying, intellectually dishonest coward. I’d be miserable too if I had no conscience, and used lies and misrepresentations to impugn the character of people who have never even heard of you, much less wronged you in any way.

Robert Mann Sushi
This is Sushi, my now-deceased dog and best friend of 17 years. Scumbag Robert Mann used my dead dog to attack me.

I am flattered to know that you’re Facebook stalking me however. It is creepy, no doubt. But I’m more than capable of defending myself from sinister creeps such as yourself, and would welcome the opportunity to do so in person.

But seriously though, using my dead dog and best friend of 17 years as a means of attacking my character is one of the lowest, most pathetic acts I’ve ever witnessed. You really are a despicable human being.

In conclusion, you’re a loser. In the future, if you wish to attack my character with lies and misrepresentations, I kindly ask that you do so directly to me face. I have a feeling your cowardice will never allow that to happen.

Sincerely,

Peter Egan Jr.

* Update *

Unlike Mann, who wrote his libelous attacks in hopes that the subjects of his defamation would never learn of his deed, this letter was sent directly to Robert Mann via Twitter. He was notified of its existence within ten minutes of it being published.

Rather than attempt to defend his deliberate mischaracterizations and character assassination, he did what I expected him to do. He blocked me on Twitter and issued no response or defense of his sinister blog. I guess the old cliche is true that you can’t defend the indefensible.

Provided with an opportunity to explain why he felt it necessary to launch vicious personal attacks on two different people he doesn’t even know and whom he has never met, Mann took the coward’s way out. His response is fitting, and consistent with the rest of his cowardly behavior.

Robert Mann is a coward whose cowardice is his defining characteristic.

Premium Domains For Sale

Premium Domain Names by Peter Egan Currently For Sale

The following domain names, owned by Peter Egan, have been appraised by Sedo as well as independent domain appraisal services. The appraised prices range in scope from a minimum of about $400 to a ceiling of just under $500,ooo.

Premium Domains

Please contact Peter Egan at 985-590-2253 or geauxtobed@gmail.com to submit an inquiry.

The list of domains is as follows:

  • BecauseIt.Works
  • BeforeYou.Bet*
  • BrainPEDs.com*
  • CovingtonSkinCare.com*
  • Elegant.Jewelry*
  • Home-Health-Care.us*
  • HomeHealth.Company*
  • HomeHealthMetairie.com
  • MandevilleSpa.com
  • MindSteroids.com*
  • Pick.Football*
  • PrimaryCareCovington.com*
  • Refined.Jewelry*
  • RiverfrontHomes.ForSale*
  • SmartPill.Works*
  • Supplement.Works*
  • TchefuncteRiver.org*
  • VitaminD3.News
  • VitaminD3.us*
  • VitaminD3Blog.net
  • VitaminD3Supplements.com*
  • WePick.com
  • WePick.net
  • WePick.Football*

Some of the domains have traditional TLDs (extensions – what appears after the “dot,” some are premium one and two-word domains featuring some of the new and more niche-specifc TLDs.

As some of these domains are under development, and in some cases are completed websites which contribute to various other business interests, the price may vary based on a combination of the appraised value and the value the site or domain has for my as a tool to advance my business interests. While I’m not going to go through the full details specific to each domain or website in this post, if you have a question about pricing please feel free to contact me using the contact info below.

While I am more inclined to hold on to some than others, everything has its price, and I’m not so attached to any of them that I wouldn’t let them go if the price was right.

*Asterisks denote domains that have not yet undergone development but that I registered, purchased or otherwise obtained them with the intent to develop them and have specific plans and a vision for each. However, if selling one or more helps me fund the development of the others, that’ a trade-off I’m willing to make, so please don’t be shy if you see an asterisk, or even if the site has already undergone development.

Some are higher priorities than others, and there may be four or five total that I’m particularly attached to. Most of the others – even those that are developed or are undergoing development I am willing to sell at a fair price.

Donate to Easter Seals Louisiana

Please Consider Donating to Easter Seals Louisiana

Back in the days when Peter Egan was in the medical supply business, by sheer happenstance I came into contact with Easter Seals Louisiana when they contacted me about a product they needed that I had in-stock. They wanted to know if they could buy it, and get it within 24 hours.

Easterseals Louisiana Logo

[TL/DR Version: You can and should donate to Easter Seals Louisiana here: http://es.easterseals.com/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=2381&pxfid=143923]

Once I learned the situation, I told them they could not buy it, but that I would give it to them and would deliver it myself that same day.

They were coordinating the travel, room and board arrangements for a group of disabled guests of a former New Orleans Saints player who was a fan favorite, and was tragically diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) shortly after his playing career had ended. Anyway, he was hosting a group of kids who also had ALS or other debilitating condition(s). One of them required a special sliding bench to get into and out of the bath tub, and that’s how Easter Seals came to know who I was.

They found me online, called and I brought them the bench. I got to spend a good amount of time talking with the ladies who worked there, and they told me in no uncertain terms that the item they needed most was adult diapers/briefs. Upon learning of this, I made it a point to take a carload of them with me every time I made the trip into Covington (I was living out-of-state at the time). They didn’t care about the brand or the size. They were grateful for whatever I brought them.

In getting to know them a little bit I recognized that Easter Seals Louisiana was an elite charity in terms of the work they do and the character of their employees (at least those with whom I’ve had interaction).

While I am no longer in the online retail medical supply business, I do still try to help out this truly worthy and deserving organization to the greatest extent possible. I wish I still had product I could bring them regularly, but unfortunately (or fortunately, however you with to view it), monetary donations are the best I can offer them at this point in time.

Earlier this month, I made an online donation to Easter Seals Louisiana, and set up a donations webpage to make it nice and easy for my friends in real life, friends on social media, followers and readers to donate as well. If everyone within one or more of the aforementioned groups donated just $1, the total amount raised would be close to $10,000.

The donations are tax-deductible, and in all honesty I can’t think of a more worthy cause to whom your donated money should go.

So if you’re reading this and can afford to donate $1, $3, $5 or perhaps even more, please visit the Easter Seals Louisiana donations page and make whatever contribution you can – even if it’s only $1.

Totally.me combines social media activity in one place

Totally.me collects, aggregates social media activity

I came upon a pretty neat site lately that is offering an interesting service. Imagine is all your social media accounts were to be combined into one place — all your Facebook posts, all your tweets, all your pins, all your Google+ shares, all your LinkedIn updates, all your Instagram posts — all published in the same place.

Now imagine if you can combine multiple accounts from these social media outlets into this singular source for all things social… For example, suppose you have a couple of Facebook business or community pages in addition to your personal profile. Imagine if you have a personal Twitter account but also one for your business. Same goes for Pinterest and on down the line… That is in essence what Totally.me is.

Peter Egan's totally.me

To be totally fair, this isn’t entirely a new idea. I remember a nearly identical service being offered by an organization called RebelMouse, which at the time, offered this service free-of-charge, as is the case with Totally.met. RebelMouse has moved on to for-profit endeavors and has a notification that it’s free service was to be discontinued last year sometime, but the two accounts I had set up with it remain active, although the menu of administrative options has been drastically scaled-down to the point not even the account owner can make changes at this point.

If there’s any meaningful difference between the two it lies in how each respective site is coded. Whereas RebelMouse used javascript for pretty much the entire page except for an optional ‘About Me/Us’ box you could affix to the top-left corner of your page. That part was normal html, but all the social content was coded in such a way that search engines could not crawl it. That may well have been by design, I have no idea. What I can say is that the way Totally.me appears to be coded, there will be a log more content on each user’s page that is able to be indexed by search robots, leading at least in theory to more visitors to the site through search engines, if in fact they are indexing the social content on the Totally.met pages and returning them in search results.

One other possibility is that if the pages are crawled, social media could become a valid way of going about getting a web page indexed, if in fact these pages are being crawled and the links within the individual posts to the various social media sites are being acknowledged, then posting a link of your new blog post to Twitter or Facebook might actually lead to the page being indexed.

That’s all just a theory, however, as I can’t say for certain that I know how all that stuff works, nor can I really say with certainty anything else in this post except that Totally.me takes whatever social sources you plug into it and creates a page whereby all posts to all social media sites are shown in the order they were posted (regardless of the venue).

One other pretty significant difference between Totally.me and RebelMouse is that users can comment on Totally.me posts using the Facebook comments software. So your twitter post can spark a conversation on a completely different site where it was posted automatically, at least in theory.

Another difference between the two sites pertains to hashtags. As of now Totally.me links each hashtag in your social posts to a hashtag page for that term at the site socialsear.ch. RebelMouse linked all contents of a given social post back to the original post.

These differences might be enough to make Totally.me a viable long-term idea whereas its predecessor fizzled out after a while as there was nothing that could be done with the pages other than observe them and their contents, and click back to the original posting. Time will tell…

If you have a desire to keep better track of your activity on social media sites and think having everything you post to all of them collected, compiled and displayed in one place could be beneficial to you, then Totally.me might just have something worth signing up for.

If nothing else, it’s a cool little tool that’s fun to play around with and that really puts your activity into perspective.

Thought Catalog Sets Record for Email Spam

Thought Catalog Inundates Email Inbox With Thousands of Daily Spam Emails

By: Peter Egan

I don’t know what Thought Catalog is. As best I can tell it’s one of those article marketing (read: “spam”) sites whereby anyone can publish blog posts to a relatively authoritative site, at least according to the various tools and browser extensions  that evaluate domain and page authority.

Over the years, I’ve received more than my fair share of spam emails, but never have I experienced anything like I have the past few weeks with this site called Thought Catalog (I’m not linking to the spam site – if you want to view it for yourself please enter the URL into the browser manually, it consists of the two words, combined as one with no spaces, followed by “dot com.”)

I’ve wound up having my email address sold to spammers dozens if not hundreds of times, and it’s a nuisance to be sure. However, I’ve never seen email spam at a volume that even comes close to approaching the amount of spam one of my email addresses has been inundated with by this Thought Catalog site. I’m not talking about a few emails a day. I’m not talking about a few dozen emails a day (which would be excessive no matter the circumstances). No, I’m talking between 500-1,000 emails every 12 hours or so. The amount of email I’ve received from this site over the past few weeks has made it next to impossible to keep track of that inbox and identify any important emails that I either did sign up for or want to receive.

Thought Catalog Email Spam

That brings me to my next point, I have no recollection of ever encountering this site before, and know I never agreed to receive 1,000+ emails per day from their spam authors.

My message is, if you’re within reading distance of this blog, my advice is to stay as far away from Thought Catalog as possible lest they parasitically attach themselves to your inbox and attack you with so many automated emails that your inbox will be virtually useless until you unsubscribe, if you’re able to unsubscribe. I’ve tried to unsubscribe several times now (it’s worth pointing out I never subscribed in the first place), yet as of the time of this writing I am still receiving about 20 emails per hour from this spamlog.

There is no legitimate reason to ever visit Thought Catalog, and if you do, or if they somehow obtain your email address via subversive means, whether or not they honor your unsubscribe request will determine whether your email address can be salvaged or if you’d be better off starting anew and hoping Thought Catalog doesn’t get a hold of your new address.

I have a log of online presences and a log of email addresses. I have or have had no less than 50 email addresses over the past ten years. Not one of those addresses has ever received anywhere close to the volume of email spam that the address about which I’m writing has been subjected to by spam blog Thought Catalog.

I don’t care what the nature or topic of your site is, if you’re emailing someone several hundred times each day, you’re a spammer who deserves to be blacklisted from the web, as is my opinion as it relates to Thought Catalog.

The bottom line is that this post is a warning, attempting to get the word out about Thought Catalog and the fact that if they get a copy of your email address, you might as well delete it because they’ll spam it so heavily you’ll never be able to find another non-spam email again, at least in that address.

You’ve been warned, please act prudently as it relates to spam blog Thought Catalog.

Thought Catalog

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

By: Peter Egan

Samsung Galaxy S7 Not Without Major Flaws

Overall Grade:  C

Update: The auto-correct feature on the Samsung Galaxy 7 is so bad I had to revise this review and downgrade it from a B- to a C, and I still feel I’m being generous.

Seriously though, if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, do yourself a favor and get a Motorola (if you prefer Android) or an iPhone. Don’t let the commercials with the people blown away by the headsets fool you. If a phone can’t spell 9 (and this one can’t), what are the odds that it has other deficiencies? Here’s a suggestion for anyone thinking of getting a new phone: Shop Amazon Warehouse Deals – Deep Discounts on Open-box and Used Electronics.

Sometime towards the end of November 2016, my two year-old Motorola Android Maxx smartphone started to malfunction in ways that indicated to me that it was time to get a new phone.

Most importantly, it stopped charging altogether no matter the charger (although mysteriously started charging again once I brought home its replacement).

However, there were other flaws. The screen was cracked, it only occasionally picked up the WiFi at my house (although it never had a problem picking it up elsewhere), and the actual reception is relatively poor where my house is located. Maybe the metal roof has something to do with it, but the bottom line is that when it decided to detach from WiFi, I was missing important calls, texts, emails, etc.Samsung Galaxy S7

So I decided it was time to get a new phone. After what seemed like an eternity at the Verizon store (this is a testament to their staff taking the time to explain to me in detail the ins and outs of every phone in-stock, not a complaint), I settled on the Samsung Galaxy S7. The deciding factor for me was that I can still plug headphones and speakers into the S7. I’m not ready to go wireless, I don’t like Bluetooth and I’m waiting to see what type of audio quality (and volume) these wireless speakers have to offer before I restrict myself to a very new technology about which I have plenty of reservations.

My take on the Galaxy S7 from Samsung

Don’t let the commercials with the kids (and old people) mesmerized by virtual reality headsets reminiscent of 1990’s Aerosmith music videos fool you into buying this phone. While the Galaxy S7 has some positive features going for it, there are also some major drawbacks. If I could go back in time two months, I’d really have to strongly consider paying an extra $150 and getting the Motorola phone, sucking it up and just deal with the Bluetooth audio being imposed on me.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Headset

Let’s recap some of the positives and negatives of the Galaxy S7.

The positives:

  • The camera is very high-quality: The photos I can take on this phone are indescribably better than those I had become accustomed to with my Motorola Android Maxx. The camera on this phone is incredible, and may be it’s best feature.
  • There’s plenty of space: I like apps, and photos — lots of them. This phone lets me have them both.
  • Call quality is about what I expected.

The negatives:

  • Typing: Texting, Facebook, Messenger or anything else that involves typing. One of the things I loved about my old Motorola phone was it really was a “smart” phone. It’s auto-correct feature actually corrected typos, and it had a capacity to learn new words, acronyms and abbreviations that may not be standard English but which are part of my regular vernacular.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the dumbest “smart” phone I’ve ever seen in this regard. It takes the liberty of changing words I spelled correctly to misspelled versions of the same words, different words altogether or my (least) favorite of all, nonexistent words. And God-forbid if you ever have to hit the backspace button to fix a type, the Galaxy S7 lacks the capacity to recognize that you’re still typing the same word, and will treat any new typing you do as though you’re typing an entire new word as opposed to correcting a word you’ve misspelled. Then it will combine the new word it thinks you were trying to spell with the portion of the actual word you were typing that you typed (this applies even if you type the entire word, spelled correctly, but had to hit the backspace button to fix a letter).

This is a remarkable pain to deal with. The worst part is, after a month with this phone, it has shown no capacity at all to learn my typing tendencies, and still takes far too much liberty with regard to inserting auto-correct into places it has no business being. I’ll likely end up just having to turn the feature off entirely because it’s wrong more than it is right. Sure, it’s good for fixing “its” to “it’s”, and other common mistakes made involving apostrophes (especially the ones I deliberately make because auto-correct fixes it). However, I’m not sure that the auto-addition of an apostrophe here or there justifies the amount of having to delete entire words and slowly type the word I want typed, then click the “check mark” symbol to confirm with Galaxy that I indeed intended to type the word exactly as I did. With such a limited vocabulary (Galaxy S7 really doesn’t know many words compared with my 2 year-old Motorola), this gets very annoying.

I haven’t found any other significant flaws so far, but the auto-incorrect is a pretty major one. If I encounter any more I’ll update the review accordingly.

Overall, I give the Samsung Galaxy S7 a C grade. While the camera is fantastic, there’s plenty of space and there are lots of cool features I don’t care about but some people undoubtedly will (like the headset), the Galaxy S7 is the “Special Ed” of smart phones. Its ability to make typing more difficult than ever before on any device (phone, tablet or computer) is remarkable in itself, and would earn this phone a C- were it not for the camera and the quality of photos.

My advice to someone shopping for a new phone is to consider whether or not sounding like a complete idiot in typed conversations (or taking the time to fix Galaxy’s inexplicable errors) is important to that individual or not. If it is, I’d strongly consider looking into other options, because there are plenty of other phones on the market now with great cameras, and that seems to be the main thing the Galaxy S7 has going for it. An older model Motorola phone has all the positives associated with the Galaxy and is very intuitive and intelligent. Motorola phones made this decade have vocabularies that exceed that of your average six year old (the Galaxy really is that dumb — it has a VERY limited vocabulary and is incapable of grasping the concept of an apostrophe, as well as incapable of learning via user behavior).

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy 7 gets a C because of the camera and the plug-in, traditional external audio device port. If you plan to buy one, expect to turn auto-correct off because this phone is so incredibly stupid you’ll have to in order to come across as an incoherent idiot who uses words out-of-context, non-existent words and is unable to spell properly, much less deploy proper use of grammar.

Why is Wikipedia Begging for Money?

WikiPedia Chooses Blind Communism Over Knowledge

I’d like to offer a very generous proposal to make Wikipedia financially solvent without the world’s largest online encyclopedia having to beg on street corners for spare change while unshaven and at least a week since their last shower.

Wikipedia and Communism

Okay, so I took some license here with regard to the panhandling, disheveled appearance and putrid body odor, but the analogy is really not that far off the mark. At least to me, that is precisely the image that pops into my head when I see one of the world’s largest and most successful websites threatening to close down permanently due to financial shortfalls.

Of course, this should come as little surprise considering Wikipedia has relied on donations and volunteer for the duration of its existence. At some point the amount of work is inevitably going to reach the point of excess relative toward the good will and charitable nature of others.

Communism Killed Wikipedia

So here’s my proposal:

Sign over Wikipedia to me, Peter Egan, effective immediately. In so doing, I will be assuming full control of both the organization’s assets and liabilities. Wikipedia will incur no additional financial losses from the moment the paper is signed.

And yet, I haven’t a doubt in my mind that I can not only turn around Wikipedia’s financial fortunes, but do so in a hurry too. If in four months, I don’t have the company solvent at the very minimum, I will incur my losses and spend as long as necessary paying them back.

I don’t foresee that scenario occurring though. You see, I am aware of a few concepts called supply-and-demand, and I have no doubt whatsoever that advertisers would be getting in line the moment the announcement was made that Wikipedia would began selling a small advertising spots in a manner that did not in any way corrupt the integrity of the information (which was always overblown anyway).

So Wikipedia, you can either fold like quitters and losers and lost one of the greatest developments in the history of the internet die needlessly because you were too stubborn to put your liberal egos aside long enoughCommunism is bad, mmkay to come to your senses and make a rational decision.

Reneging on the vow to never accept money from advertisers is far less of a breach of principle than is throwing away one of the treasurers of the internet, all because you wanted to prove how much you hate capitalism.

My final question is this: Since your communist utopia of Wikipedia is failing financially and on the bring of collapse, are any of the site’s founders or major contributors intelligent enough to recognize that this is merely one major example proving the point that communism is a failed economic system everywhere it is and had every been tried? Can they see that it always will fail until the end of time so long as people continue to delude themselves into thinking that it only needs one more chance to work, and that the hundreds of failures from over the past hundreds of years are all aberrations?

This my readers and friends, is why communists being allowed to vote in a free society is a recipe for civil war and economic collapse. As as much for freedom of expression as the next guy, but not when said expression takes the form of mass murder, misinformation and financial calamity; which is what has happened every time communism has been tried anywhere, ever.