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So, with this upcoming new year right around the corner, I feel I have to add something new to my arsenal of content creativity. It can’t all be #VanLife, juvenile humor, and pictures of adorable kittens :-). So I decided to do very short reviews of every product I purchase from Amazon.com for the year 2018. This blog post is just a heads up.

Let us not forget, when I started the @VocalVirgo channel on @YouTube, I started off with how much junk mail I would receive during that year. Every time I sat down on the toilet to do a video the first thing I did was show you nosy folks how much more had accumulated since the last video.

You may now go back to what you were doing.

Talking to the guy who built my van!

Same old me, but I got the guy who built my van to do a “Sitting Down with VocalVirgo” chat about what it was like to build my van. This was fun. He used to do this in the 90’s and 00’s. Mine was the first van he’s done since, and now he wants to start doing them again because he’s a big supporter of the #VanLife.

2018 Ford Expedition. Max. Wow. Surprises.

2018 Ford Expedition Max. In Blue.

Let’s just start this out right: This is the reason Ford was able to rationalize (environmentally) killing off the Excursion years ago. This beast can hold 8 passengers and is powerful AND doesn’t suck at the gas pump. Oh, and it has a more powerful V6 than the old Excursion’s V8. Seriously. This is that f*cking crazy 3.5 EcoBoost V6 that makes… wait for it… 400 HP and 485 lb/ft Torque (with 93 Octane… Tiny bit less with 87 Octane). Um, that’s craziness! Why would anyone get a V8 anymore?? All I have to say is this: Holy Wow. They made good on their promise to responsibly replace the Excursion (and then some) and they finally did it (this time) with the new Expedition. Tick-Tock guys, but still good work! This is what I would have chosen to pull my (non-existant) Airstream!)

By the way- this thing is upwards of $80,000. Yes, for reals. (Base models start at $51,695)

2018 Ford Expedition. In Silver.

For all your questions and curiosities, go to EXPEDITION. I’m too lazy to type out all the details.

Apple iPhone X. This 1 flaw…

If I may… I’m an #AppleFanBoy and a #GoogleNut too. I also like random other software (remember “Lindows” or “LinSpire”? Anyway, I have liked them all because I love watching these software companies make their stuff work. Except AT&T’s @DirecTVNow that will only play in the Chome Browser, no matter what computer or operating system you have. #LameAndStupid. Anyway… So here @Apple releases 2 new iPhones just a few weeks (months?) back. Well, the 8 and 8Plus are the standard move forward from last years 7 and 7Plus (no “S” this year kids, play catch-up like Apple and just skip one). Well, as it turns out, developers- a lot of them have to have 2 versions of their software to accommodate the 6, 7, 8 separate from the X. Here’s why: That damn tab at the top of the full-frontal. Apple even had to tweak it’s iOS so that things that normally went across the top of the screen would now sit on the left and right of the tab as to not get lost in it. Which brings me back to the other developers. So, Google jumped on making accommodations for the X’s tab. If you’re watching @YouTube on your phone, you’re doing it in landscape mode. So they made quick changes that would recognize when an X was calling for their data. They simply move (not crop) the video fully intact to the right of the starting point on the left side of the X’s screen in landscape mode. So their videos don’t have a tab of video missing. They got it right. Yes, it does look a little weird that the whole screen isn’t being used, but would you rather a partial piece of the left side of your video just not show?

So I thought, what about gamers? What if there is something critical that would normally be on that part of the left side of the screen, where that damn tab is? What if there was a button or easter egg or something that the user couldn’t access because they couldn’t SEE it. So, because I had nothing better to do, I looked for a few examples of how that damn tab could get in the way when code is not written in its consideration. The following screenshots are perfect examples (like me naked). There are literally hundreds of developers having to tweak their code to get their stuff looking right on the X.

I’m not a gamer, but if I was this might piss me off…
I’m assuming this is a game or video. Who cares. It would annoy me too.

You know who did it right (and why I just bought an iPhone 6S Plus instead of the X)? Samsung. That f*cking @Samsung did it right. Their new S8 and Note got the full-frontal right… Take a look at these screenshots.

Now this looks right. Even and symmetrical.

 

…and so does this. Pleasing to my OCD eyes.