Brandon's Notepad

August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013: Sigler, iFixit, V.I.S.T.A., My Confessor, AnyGlove

Cleburne Police Brutality
Apparently, Corporal Robert Sigler of the Cleburne, TX PD (located south of Fort Worth) has earned a bad reputation with the locals for being a hard-nosed law officer. Radio personality Russ Martin played the audio of the YouTube video below on the air earlier this week. Despite what the description says, Officer Sigler took control of the situation in exactly the fashion one should expect. I agree with one of the comments that this could have easily turned into an officer-involved shooting had not the taser been available. My question is, how did the person who posted the video (who clearly believes that the officer is in the wrong) obtain the video in the first place? It looks like raw footage from Sigler’s shoulder cam.

iFixit
Free troubleshooting and repair manuals for vehicles, cameras, computers, mobile phones, and other electronic devices and appliances! Usually, I just search YouTube for how-to videos, but this looks like another useful source. I hope it takes off.

V.I.S.T.A.
One of my colleagues has a daughter who recently attended her college orientation. They presented the five top skills that most (if not all) employers seek: verbal communication, initiative, strong work ethic, teamwork, and analytical skills. These form the easy-to-remember acronym, V.I.S.T.A. This list was created by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as a product of a 2011 survey.

My Confessor App
A friend sent this Fox News article to me, and my first reaction was, "Oh no, here we go again." It has been clarified many times in recent years that the hearing of confessions online is neither adequate nor appropriate for valid reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is by no means a new problem, as confessions cannot be made over the telephone either and that technology was invented a long time ago. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that My Confessor is not that kind of app. Father Richard Heilman, pastor of St. Mary of Pine Bluff in Cross Plains, WI, has designed an app that can help priests communicate to their parishiners their availability to hear confessions. It’s a virtual "Father is In" sign on your phone. It seems that almost all confessions in Texas are heard between 3PM and 4PM Central on Saturdays, but with this app, perhaps additional sessions can be arranged throughout the week as needed. Picture it, one person calls in a lunchtime appointment to make a confession at noon on a Tuesday, the priest decides to dedicate the hour to hearing confessions and posts his availability, and another four or five people who would otherwise have had to wait until Saturday arrive to make their confessions too, thereby making good use of the priest’s time. Many people don’t realize that there is overhead incurred when private confessions are scheduled and empty pockets of time in between appointments. Hearing four private confessions could take one or two hours, because people like to schedule appointments on the quarter or helf hour. Compare that with the ten to twenty minutes it would normally take to hear them if they were queued up. It would be great for everyone involved if this were to catch on.

AnyGlove
A few drops of AnyGlove solution on the fingertip of your glove will create a conductive channel between your finger and the touchscreen of your mobile devices. No more dry cracking skin from using your tablet in a blizzard, and no need to pull out the ol’ single hole punch everytime you buy a new pair of gloves.

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