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An update on the “Make Mike Update to iOS 7” charity campaign

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If you have no idea what this post is about, please read this first.

After waiting to ensure that any remaining Indiegogo fees that needed to be refunded had been added to my PayPal account, I headed over to the charity: water website today and contributed my entire PayPal account balance.

I realize the amount listed above is quite a bit lower than what appeared on the Indiegogo funding page. This is because Indiegogo keeps a portion of all funding raised through that service. At first they withhold a higher percentage for some campaigns and refund a portion of that one the campaign is successful. The process can take a few weeks to complete, so I waited several weeks before making the donation to ensure everything was correct. In the event that they refund any additional money to my PayPal account a bit late, I will do a follow-up donation with the rest of the money.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the campaign. I’d especially like to thank the anonymous donor who used the name Scott Forstall to donate the initial $500. Together we raised exactly $968.13 for to help bring clean water to a community that needs it somewhere halfway across the world.

As for the iOS 7 side of things, I did update my phone as soon as the $500 goal was reached and went an entire week without complaining about the horrible design issues that plague the OS when we hit the $1,000 mark.

A crazy thing happened last night: Why I’m giving up my iPhone jailbreak and updating to iOS 7

This is simultaneously the best and worst decision I have made in recent memory. For those who are unfamiliar with this whole iOS 7 thing, let me start with a little background. Earlier this year Apple introduced a new operating system for the iPhone. It was completely redesigned and looked nothing like the old version. I loved the old version, and I hate the new version.

Many people who updated their phones tried to convince me to do so as well. Even a coworker who previously hated iOS 7 as much as I do finally upgraded and decided that he really liked it. Despite the constant nagging, I declared numerous times that I would not update to iOS 7. So why have I suddenly changed course? Well, a crazy thing happened last night…

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Review: Taco Bell’s Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco

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 NOTICE: This is a review of a pre-release product. This review makes no guarantees about the availability of the tacos on launch day. Some customers may experience long wait times or complete unavailability of the product. The taco reviewed here was the Supreme version, sans the tomatoes. I do not like tomatoes.

A few months ago, Taco Bell announced that they would be following up their unbelievably successful (and unbelievably delicious) Doritos Locos taco with a Cool Ranch variation. Across this great nation, people cried tears of pure happiness.

Today, we tasted the happy. And for once, it doesn’t taste like sad. It tastes like Cool Ranch Doritos. It tastes good.

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Bacon ice cream should not exist

Bacon Ice Cream

Bacon ice cream. That’s a real thing. But it shouldn’t be. Let me explain why.

Today I was eating some ice cream. I thought to myself, There is no such thing as ‘enough ice cream.’  I immediately thought of bacon-flavored ice cream. Two of the best things on earth in one package. Bacon and ice cream. Could there be a better combination? Yes. There could definitely be a better combination.

You see, bacon is essentially the greatest food known to man. It is physically impossible to improve on bacon. It simply cannot be done. Ice cream is one of the greatest desserts known to man. It is nearly impossible to improve on ice cream. So why bother trying?

Consider this: if you eat ice cream and bacon separately, you will take twice as much time to consume two flavors that cannot be improved on. If you combine them, you aren’t really improving anything, since it is physically impossible to improve on the flavor of bacon. Combining it with ice cream does nothing but allow you to consume two delicious foods in half the time normally required.

Why would you deprive yourself of the time you could spend eating bacon and ice cream separately by combining the two and rushing through it? That’s just sloppy. And that’s why bacon ice cream should not exist.

My RadioShack write-up

I worked for RadioShack for about a year from the summer of 2011 to the summer of 2012, and I would absolutely never encourage anyone to work there. I was planning on doing a really long post about working there, and maybe at some point in the future I will, but for now, you can have a look at a write-up I received from my district manager after I failed to live up to RadioShack’s idiotically high sales standards. (I call them “idiotically high” because there’s no real way to meet their standards when we would only get twenty customers on a good day.)

And I don’t care how he justified it, the last paragraph was especially insulting. At my previous job in the electronics department of a small department store, I had brought more money in sales than the cashiers at the front of the store on some days. I had customers come in and say they would never buy a Mac, then walk out with an iMac. That happened more than once. The problem is that at RadioShack, they expected me to peddle garbage on top of other garbage.

I did actually consider getting the book and reading it in the back room while on the clock every day just to spite the district manager. My coworkers were all in support of it, and the manager wouldn’t have cared. I just didn’t want to spend the money on the book.

Click here to see the write-up