Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunfyre's Google Glass Fundraiser (a.k.a. shameless begging)

Well, Google Glass went on sale today for a limited time to the general public.

Unfortunately, I can't exactly spare $1500 right now.… Commence shameless begging!

I try not to play the "help the disabled guy" card.  It goes against my nature. But in this case, I figured I'd make an exception (at least this is how I'm rationalizing it in my own head).

Google Glass has amazing potential for people like me. I can't use my arms or legs any longer. I use my voice recognition software to type, design websites, write articles and marketing plans for clients.

In the era of smart phones, they aren't very friendly to people like me. Most of them can't be navigated with a mouse, and even Apple's Siri doesn't do a great job with voice activation. First, you have to press a button just to get her attention.

but with this device, which connects through my android phone, I'd be able to read email and navigate my basic telephone functions with wearable glasses that don't impair my work. Additionally, it has a built-in camera so I can give you a "wheelie-eye-view" of anything I can see.

This device would give me the ability to use a cell phone, check and send email from anywhere, and take pictures and videos. The things most people take for granted, I'm unable to do.

I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me. I hope to give back at least some value. I'll do lots of blog reviews and use it for tons of new content on Sunfyre and other websites for which I write.  I also will give big shout outs to anyone who donates, including a link on my website.

I average about 1500 readers a day, if each one of them would kick in a dollar, I'd hit my goal.





I'm using my family PayPal account which has a whopping $41.39 to get it kicked off,so only $1458.61 to go!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Equal Pay for Women (Paycheck Fairness Act): an open letter to Sen. Toomey

Sen. Toomey,

Respectfully, I'd like to know exactly why our party chose to vote against S. 2199 (Paycheck Fairness Act).

This bill has broad support, in my opinion, among Republican voters. Yet, every single Republican voted against it in a clearly organized efforts.

I've read the text of the bill, and saw nothing alarming.

Could you please explain why the Republicans have chosen to take a stand against this bill?

I have 11-year-old children, twins, a son and a daughter.

While their talents lie in different areas, I would hope both would be paid equally for equal contributions, but today this isn't the case.

I believe, while there are legitimate reasons for a gender gap in pay rates, that the gap is skewed toward men, particularly in service and labor jobs where women make equal contribution.

The bill does take into account differences in experience and education.

To the voters, this seems like another example of partisan politics gone awry. If there are legitimate reasons the Republicans find the bill unacceptable, the Party isn't doing a good job representing their viewpoint.

To the typical person, once again, the Republican Party appears unwilling to make progress even in the simplest forms.

I would like to know why the Party chose to take a stand on this particular bill.