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Upgraded iPhone 7+ to 12


T-Mobile currently has a deal to get a $415 credit for a iPhone 7+ trade-in for a iPhone 12, with no add-a-line requirement. I liked having the fingerprint sensor, esp since it works at night time and wearing a mask. But, I doubt I'll ever be able to get this much for the phone, so I decided to upgrade.

I was waffling between the 12 and the 12 pro. The 12 pro costs $170 more with the 12 pro at $1000 and the 12 at $830. The 12 with 128 GB runs $880. So, would I be willing to pay $120 more for a better camera? The store sales rep surprisingly said to just get the 12. The better camera isn't really worth it. So, went with the 12.

Since the store didn't have a 12, had it shipped to my house. I think this worked out better since I could then transfer the data at home. I had bought it on Wed night and the phone arrived at my house on Friday afternoon. The automatic phone settings transfer is very convenient. It replicated everything on my old phone to the new phone, including apps, the menu setup, and alarms. The only problem I encountered was the apps were not initially downloading. I guess having so many apps to be downloaded at once confused it. So, I paused the download of the apps by individually clicking on each app and pausing the download. When it only got down to a few apps to download, it then was able to download them. Then I reenabled the download for each app. I was a little concerned the phone was running hot during this time. But, after it all got setup, it hasn't been a problem.

Surprisingly, I don't notice much significant feature difference between the 7+ and the 12. I had expected more since there's a 5 generation difference between the two. The biggest gain is having 5G. Speed at my house is 273 M down and 27 up. It's significantly faster than my wifi with 86 down and 21 up. 12 is much lighter than the 7+. Screen size is about the same. Form factor is smaller. It's also nice now to have better portrait modes.

Posted: 2021-04-25 00:13:01

Atlanta Spa Shooting

Current Events

- Robert Aaron Long
- 21 years old, white male
- Described himself as "Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God. This pretty much sums up my life. It's a pretty good life."
- According to police, his parents recently kicked him out of their house due to concerns about his sex addiction - "kicked out of his parents' house last night"
- Cherokee County sheriff’s captain Jay Baker told investigators that he blames the massage parlors for providing an outlet for his addiction to sex

- 8 killed in 3 spas
- Young's Asian Massage
- Gold Spa
- Aroma Therapy Spa
- Killed: Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; and Yong Ae Yue, 63
- Injured: Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30

- Capt. Jay Baker - "Place your order while they last," Baker wrote above the photo of two T-shirts that said, "Covid 19 IMPORTED VIRUS FROM CHY-NA."

- President Joe Biden has ordered that flags across the United States lowered to half-staff to honor the eight people who were killed at three Atlanta-area spas.
- "Today @POTUS and I met with Asian American leaders in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss the rise in attacks against the community. We want Asian Americans in Georgia and across our nation to know: We won't be silent. We won't standby. We will always speak out against violence." Kamala Harris
- Crabapple First Baptist shut down their site and replaced with a statement page

Cpt. Jay Baker, who said spa shooting suspect had 'bad day'
Metro Atlanta spa shooting victims remembered amid outpours of support
Atlanta spa shootings: Biden says ‘hate can have no safe harbor in America’
Christian leaders wrestle with Atlanta shooting suspect’s Southern Baptist ties
Georgia Church Disowns Spa Shooting Suspect, Says He Betrayed Faith
Did Georgia Capt. Jay Baker Promote ‘Imported Virus From Chy-na’ Shirts?
Parents of alleged Atlanta spa shooter Robert Aaron Long helped cops apprehend him

Posted: 2021-03-19 21:51:48

Unique Bible App


Discovered a free and powerful Bible study software - Unique Bible App. It runs on all platforms - Mobile, Windows, Mac, Linux. Getting it to run on the computer requires installing Python and some modules.

I've already contributed some features to the code - dark mode theme, text-to-speech language detection, and disabling Bible update check on startup.

I've also converted my Transliteral Bible that I'm currently working on into Bible and lexicon modules.

More details at Unique Bible App discussion.

Posted: 2021-01-01 11:17:00

Coronavirus update Dec 5

Current Events, Financial Crisis

- New York City to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise
- U.S. surpasses 250,000 coronavirus deaths as virus mortality rate surges
- More than 3 million people in U.S. estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus
- US sees highest Covid-19 death toll in months as deaths top a quarter of a million
- Virus Surge, Once in the Nation’s Middle, Gains Steam All Around
- "I Humbly Ask For Your Forgiveness" - Yet Another Democrat Leader Busted Breaking His Own COVID Rules
- Doctor Who Demanded Mandatory Mask Law Pictured Partying Maskless On Boat Surrounded By Bikini-Clad Women
- Los Angeles County Issues Stay-At-Home Order as COVID-19 Cases Surge in California
- Pence tells governors coronavirus vaccine distribution could begin in 2 weeks

- COVID Unleashes The Undead Army: 20% Of All US Corporations Are Now Zombies
- U.S. Economy Stumbles as the Coronavirus Spreads Widely
- Americans Raid Savings To Prop Up Spending As Incomes Slide In October
- Q3 GDP Unchanged At Record 33.1% In First Revision; Profits Soar 27.1%

- "Largest Distribution Ever" - Thousands Of Cars Lined Up At Texas Food Bank
- Growing Food Bank Lines Across America Signal Economic Crisis Far From Over
- Two million expected to go hungry today amid unprecedented demand for food banks

- Bitcoin Hits $18,000

Posted: 2020-12-05 21:01:50

Queen's Gambit Miniseries


- Wikipedia
- World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov on What The Queen’s Gambit Gets Right
- The Queen's Gambit: That ending explained and all your questions answered
- The Queen's Gambit Is Based on the True Story of Several Chess Players Including the Book Author
- Column: So many lives would be different if we’d had ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ 50 years ago. Including mine

Chess games:
- Harmon vs Borgov final game - Agadmator
- Borgov vs Harmon - Agadmator
- Harmon vs Beltik - Agadmator
- Final game on Stackexchange
- Vassily Ivanchuk vs Patrick Wolff - Biel Interzonal (1993)

Posted: 2020-11-21 08:52:59

Coronavirus update Nov 8

Current Events, Financial Crisis

- When the Virus Came for the American Dream
- Boris Johnson's ministers expect England's coronavirus lockdown to be extended into next year
- France Reports 50k+ New COVID-19 Cases In Latest Daily Record
- Texas records highest number of total COVID-19 cases in US
- Covid 19 coronavirus: 'Bleak midwinter' in Europe as 250 million face lockdown
- Counties with worst virus surges overwhelmingly voted Trump
- World Suffers Most Deaths In A Day
- US breaks daily record of new coronavirus infections, topping 118,000 cases
- U.S. daily coronavirus cases top 100,000 for the first time

- Joe Biden leads President Trump by double digits nationally, USC poll suggests
- Final Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Biden leads Trump by 10 as voters fear a chaotic Election Day
- More than 96 million Americans have voted with one day to go until Election Day
- Biden narrowly leads Trump in six swing states before Election Day, poll shows
- Your Last Minute Election Night Preview: Here's All You Need To Know
- Trump turns angry and despondent as possible defeat looms
- Trump’s lead shrinks to 2,500 over Biden in Georgia
- Trump, Biden coalitions show race, class divide
- Trump pushes bogus fraud allegations as vote count moves away from him
- North Carolina Republican Madison Cawthorn, 25, will be the youngest member of Congress
- America's Disastrous Drug War Is Finally Unravelling
- ABC, CBS, NBC all cut away from Trump's news conference on the election
- Oregon becomes first state in US to decriminalize possession of all drugs
- Biden overtakes Trump in Georgia count as tally nears completion
- AP FACT CHECK: Trump fabricates election corruption
- Biden defeats Trump for White House, says ‘time to heal’
- Donald Trump vows not to attend inauguration of 'phoney President' as White House staff light rose-scented candles to improve the toxic atmosphere
- Americans flood streets to celebrate Joe Biden's win
- Biden addresses nation for 1st time as president-elect: 'This is the time to heal in America'

- Boarded-up windows and extra security: Retailers brace for the worst ahead of Election Day
- US economy grew a record 33.1% annual rate last quarter but the pandemic remains an enormous threat
- Fed Makes No Changes To Policy, Sees Economic Activity "Continuing To Recover"
- Another 751,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week

- New Zealand Appoints First Indigenous Female Foreign Minister

Posted: 2020-11-08 07:00:14

Coronavirus update September 18

Current Events, Financial Crisis

- Virus America, six months in: Disarray, dismay, disconnect
- Eight People In Indonesia Caught Not Wearing Masks Punished By Having To Dig Graves Of COVID Victims
- The Latest: United Nations chief: Virus is ‘out of control’
- Global coronavirus cases pass 30 million

- Las Vegas is a ghost town where even the strippers put up signs­ saying, 'Sorry, we're clothed'
- US Industrial Production Big Disappointment In August As "V" Evaporates
- A Staggering 84% Of All S&P500 Assets Are Now Intangible
- Manhattan Rental Market Sees Another Record Plunge For August With 15,000 Empty Apartments
- A Depression For The 21st Century
- Fed To Continue "At Least" $120BN In Monthly QE To "Support Flow Of Credit To Households"
- Federal Reserve sees rates near zero at least through 2023
- More than half of businesses that closed during the pandemic won't reopen
- Yelp Reveals 60% Of Business Closures Are Now Permanent
- US Retail Sales Disappoint, Online Spending Growth Hits A Wall As Government Handouts End
- 860,000 Americans Filed For First-Time Jobless Benefits Last Week

- Scientific American Makes First Presidential Endorsement In Its 175-Year History
- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead At 87

- Bank of England eyes sub-zero rates in face of virus, Brexit
- Belarus president closes some borders, puts army on alert

- Chicago Logs Whopping 52% Jump In Homicides From 2019: 'Five Times Any Prior Year'

- Breonna Taylor’s Family to Receive $12 Million Settlement From City of Louisville

- Self-censorship in the US

- GW University Reports 17% Enrollment Drop As Students Opt Out Of COVID-Restricted Campus Life
- College leaders deserve a flunking grade for their reopening

- ‘Huge rainmaker’: Hurricane Sally threatens historic floods
- Sally is leaving widespread flooding in parts of Alabama and Florida, and rescues are underway

- Smoke from US wildfires spreads across country and into Europe
- Yosemite National Park closes as wildfires scorch West Coast
- Wildfires, smoke continue to impact the West Coast

Posted: 2020-09-18 22:29:35

Coronavirus update September 12

Current Events, Financial Crisis

- 'Play it down': Trump admits to concealing the true threat of coronavirus in new Woodward book
- The COVID-19 pandemic is about to enter its most treacherous phase
- Fauci says US life won’t return to normal until deep into 2021

- A majority of young adults in the U.S. live with their parents for the first time since the Great Depression
- Continuing Jobless Claims Disappoint As Part-Time Jobs Recover, Full-Time Lags
- New job postings are slowing, another sign the economic recovery is losing momentum
- A Farewell Letter From An Independent Restaurant Owner

- Hopes Dim for More Stimulus as Democrats Block Narrow G.O.P. Plan
- Budget Deficit Hits Record $3 Trillion As US Spends 100% More Than It Collects YTD
- Federal Spending Tops $6 Trillion for First Time; Deficit Tops $3 Trillion for First Time

- Global Economic Recovery Shows Signs of Slowing

- Black Lives Matter Protestors Overwhelmed by Counter-Demonstrators in Springfield, Oregon
- Riots Have Hit 48 Of America's 50 Largest US Cities, New Study Finds

- "I Absolutely Cancel Myself": GW Professor Under Investigation After Disclosing That She Is Not Black
- The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies

- Dramatic aerial photos reveal the devastation caused by 200 wildfires raging across West
- Half Million People Evacuated in Oregon As Wildfires Spread, Arson Concerns Grow
- This is what the Bay Area's skies looked like today during the wildfires
- Wildfires Blot Out Sun in the Bay Area
- Wildfires closing in on Portland suburbs force massive evacuations

Posted: 2020-09-12 11:23:23

Coronavirus update September 5

Current Events, Financial Crisis

- Global coronavirus cases exceed 25 million
- Google searches for ‘panic attack,’ ‘anxiety attack’ hit all-time high during coronavirus pandemic
- US Passes 6 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

- Pinterest Pays $89.5 Million To Abandon Upcoming Lease In San Francisco
- Devastating Consumer Financial Cliff Coming Right Up
- The Fed Just Printed More in Six Months Than It Did From 2008-2016
- One In Four Workers Say They Are Working Entirely From Home: Gallup
- In Unprecedented Move, CDC Halts Most Rental Evictions Until End Of 2020
- "Option Insanity" Leads To Furious Meltup: Apple Bigger Than Russell, Emini New Record High
- The S&P500's Valuation Just Surpassed The Dot Com Bubble
- 881,000 Americans Filed For First-Time Unemployment Benefits Last Week
- Stocks walloped as September selling sets in; tech stocks swoon
- "We Should Be Concerned" - Fed Spooked By Biggest Market Crash Since March

- Hundreds of protesters arrested by Belarusian police as 100,000 rally against Lukashenko
- Thousands demand Belarus president resign in massive protest on his birthday
- Tanks Move Into Minsk As Police Hold Back Massive Protest At Gates Of Lukashenko Residence
- Australia Plunges Into First Recession In 29 Years Following Biggest GDP Drop On Record

Gold/Precious metals
- $16 Billion Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund Approves A 5% Allocation For Gold

- Kenosha Or Kosovo? Shocking Images Reveal Destruction After Race Riots Leave Buildings In Ruins
- Suddenly Fear Of Social Unrest Is Everywhere

Police/law enforcement
- Know their names: Black people killed by the police in the US
- Video in Black man’s suffocation shows cops put hood on him
- 7 police officers involved in Daniel Prude's death suspended

- World Food Prices Rise For Third Consecutive Month In August

Posted: 2020-09-05 06:28:45

Coronavirus update August 29

Current Events, Financial Crisis

- Hong Kong Confirms First Case Of COVID-19 Reinfection Anywhere In The World
- Germany Imposes Fine For All Non-Mask Wearers In New National Crackdown
- Hawaii's COVID-19 Outbreak Spirals Out Of Control As Gov Revives Lockdown
- India Smashes Global Record For Most New COVID-19 Cases Reported In A Day
- US and UK are bottom of the pile in rankings of governments' handling of coronavirus pandemic

- In Historic Reshuffling, Exxon, Pfizer & Raytheon Kicked Out Of Dow Jones Industrial Average, Replaced By Saleforce, Amgen & Honeywell
- US Consumer Confidence Re-Plunges In August To 6 Year Lows
- Record GDP Plunge Revised Slightly Higher: US Economy Contracted 31.7% In Q2
- Initial Jobless Claims Above 1 Million Again Last Week
- US Cargo Thefts Erupt As Violent Crime Spreads Across America
- MGM Resorts To Fire 18,000 Employees, A Quarter Of Its Workforce

- Pence reinvents Trump's presidency on a disorienting night of crises
- 7 takeaways from the Republican convention
- Democrats Beat Republicans In Convention Television Ratings

- Shinzo Abe, Japan's Longest-Serving Postwar Leader, Resigns As Health Deteriorates

- Gov Evers Declares 'State Of Emergency' As Wisconsin Braces For 3rd Night Of Violence
- Protests Over Shooting Of Jacob Blake Turn Deadly In Kenosha, Wisconsin
- Jacob Blake protests: Timeline of unrest over police shooting
- Literal Battle Zones Are Erupting All Over America
- Chaos Erupts In DC After GOP Convention; Rand Paul And Wife Chased Down Street By BLM Protesters
- Teenager in Wisconsin shootings charged with six criminal counts -complaint

- Double Tropical Trouble Brewing For US Gulf Coast
- Hurricane Laura Upgraded To "Catastrophic" Category 4 With "Unsurvivable" Storm-Surge

- Hungry New Yorkers form quarter-mile line for free food in Queens

- Jerry Falwell Jr. may get $10.5 million payout from Liberty University

Posted: 2020-08-29 08:35:53

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