Amazon sent me a FREE gift!

Has anyone else received a free Google Home Mini?

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Who doesn’t love free stuff, right!? But instead of wondering when I should open it, I’m wondering why? Why did they send me this? And a more chief concern, how much have they already eavesdropped THROUGH THE UNOPENED BOX??????

The joke would be on them, though, because I basically only talk to my dogs! But if I start seeing ads in my Facebook feed or spam emails about dog treats or brushes to use for dog belly rubs, something is up!

-Out of the Wilderness

Little League dads tussle over pop fly hit to shallow outfield

Hoover, AL — This past weekend Little League athletes took the field for a cross county rivalry showcasing the talents of Allen’s Furniture Ferrets vs. Sew What Badgers. The Ferrets came into the game with 3 wins on the season, and only 1 loss. The Badgers haven’t faired as well, boasting only a single win, and 2 losses.

“It’s great to see a community come together supporting sportsmanship, encouragement, and sports… under gorgeous weather, too,” Hoover councilman Rich Stocker gleamed.

The first pitch was thrown around 9:03am, with the sun hanging just above the tree line about 50 yards behind the outfield fence, a cool breeze brushing past the excited dugouts on either side of the field.

Both teams are coached well, and it was clear all the players were in good spirits. That is, until the 3rd inning when 2nd baseman for the Badgers approached the plate for his second at bat opportunity. After a strike and a ball, Johnson Miller made contact, sending the ball into the air with the force of an unknown former actor on “Dancing With the Stars.” That is to say, it was a blooper with the possibility of landing just behind the Ferrets shortstop.

The ball was called out after the centerfielder hustled in to make the catch. Across the diamond, some shouting.

A Badger dad: “Nice try on the fly ball, Miller,” loud enough for all to hear.

Another Badger dad: “Well, actually it was more of a pop fly, but you’ll get ’em next time,” also loud enough for the entire gathering to notice.

“You think so, Bill???”

“I do, Doug. Did you see where the ball went?”

“I did. It was a FLY BALL. Clearly.”

“Fly ball. Ha! If you ever played the sport, you’d know that was an easy pop fly.”

“If I ever played the sport? So now you’re the expert in all things Little League?”

“I have 3 trophies in the attic from 1982. How many do you have?”

“Why not 4? Did you hit a pop fly to lose a championship??”

This went on for 2 more innings until players from both teams made their way to the bleachers to separate the feuding men. Bill was sent to his car while Doug was moved to the stands of a different game to think about what he’d done. In 5 minutes, the players would come back to check on them.

Meanwhile, discussion in both dugouts arose on what a pop fly is and what a fly ball is. The Badgers Googled it, messaged it over to their friends on the Ferret side of the field, and the game carried on without incident. After the game, both teams met at Dave & Buster’s for pizza and bowling.

At the time of this report, Bill and Doug have not resolved their differences… and were not seen at Dave & Buster’s.

-Out of the Wilderness News

Removing Google search bar on Android

If you have an Android device like I do, first of all you’re awesome, and secondly, you may have noticed in a recent update there’s a handy dandy search bar locked in at the bottom of your home screen. As customizable as phones are, I hated to say “locked in” but that’s exactly the case! Take a look at my home screen and see what I’m talking about at the bottom.

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Something about it is just awkward. Maybe it’s too close to the 3 bottom touch buttons. Is it one of those things we’ll grow to like and then wonder how we ever survived without it being at the bottom? Time will tell, but one thing is for sure– without third-party help, SearchBarGate is a real thing and per to my conversation with Nokia support (I have a Nokia 6.1), the search bar cannot be moved, removed, or in any way fixed. Here’s the conversation.

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I have to give kudos to Nokia for having sympathy, and appearing to be as annoyed as I am with #SearchBarGate.

Also kudos to you for searching out my books on Amazon… great Christmas gifts for children you love, or even just sorta like.

Ok, there is a solution to this dilemma Google has caused. I found a message board that recommends Nova Launcher, an app that can be used to customize your phone’s home screen, apps, and most importantly, remove the search bar. I’ve downloaded it and so far so good. I’ll update more as the ongoing saga continues but until then, keep being your awesome self… and if you feel motived to make a change, voice your complaints in the social atmospheres using #SearchBarGate.

Any advice or tricks up your sleeve, share in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness

Coming out

A friend of mine (let’s call him T) and I were talking the other day. It was a pretty tame conversation by all accounts. In fact, some may think chatting about cryptocurrency is about the most boring thing you could ever talk about, but it fascinates both of us. We covered topics like Bitcoin, mining, government involvement, and the possible future of digital currencies. T mentioned that there are already thousands of different currencies and that coders are coming out with new coins every day.

His phone then lights up to interrupt our conversation:

OK, OK! We get it! T hit the button to stop the explanation and we both had a good laugh. From everything he said, his phone picked up on “coming out” hahaha!

Have you ever had something like that happen? Where you’re talking and out of nowhere your phone chimes in something embarrassing or inappropriate? Feel free to share your phone fail in the comments below!

 

-Out of the Wilderness