Three Types of People in the World According to American Sniper (2015)

There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.

Now, some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.

Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves.

And then there are those who have been blessed with the gift of aggression, and the overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.

We’re not raising any sheep in this family, and I will whoop your ass if you turn into a wolf.

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We protect our own. If someone tries to fight you, or tries to bully your little brother, you have my permission to finish it.

You know who you are.

I know that there are a lot of people out there who don’t like this movie. They’ll tell you that it whitewashes the story of a killer, and that much is true. Chris Kyle was not honest about all of his experience, and I’d read criticisms about the film before watching it.

I started it with no expectations. There were some riveting scenes, scenes that make you question just how to tell a combatant from a civilian. The pace of the film was spot on. The subject matter interesting. You’ll walk away with a sense of just how hard a U.S. Navy SEAL is – these guys are an elite outfit, and I hope that they keep their standards high throughout time.

Michael and Eric Cummings wrote an interesting article on The Surprising History of American Sniper’s “Wolves, Sheep, and Sheepdogs” Speech (Slate Browbeat Culture Blog). The article has some great discussion on some of the more critical issues from the film and the War on Terror.

Purchased: Misfit Shine Activity Tracker

I haven’t owned an activity tracker since my first-generation Jawbone Up failed long, long ago. In that time, I’ve been following developments in the wearable technology space. I had some value accrued in the form of a Best Buy certificate, so when I noticed that the Misfit Shine (~$50, Amazon.com) was on sale, I bit.

The Misfit Shine tracks the wearer’s activity and sleep. I liked that it was billed as being waterproof up to 50 meters for swimming, and the advertised battery life of 6 months on a single CR2032 beats fiddling with chargers that can be all-too-easily left behind. It syncs with the Misfit app (available for iOS, Android, and Windows phones) through Bluetooth.

Update:

In November 2015, the company released the Misfit Shine 2 (~$100, Amazon.com). You can check out the micro-site at Misfit.com. The newer model comes with a plethora of cool new features. As always, you support my website when you make your purchases through Amazon.com

Vornado 660: The Best Damn Fan for Cooling a Room

I bought a Vornado 660 Whole Room Air Circulator (~$100, Amazon.com) back in July 2014 upon a recommendation from Gizmodo.com

I have only these thoughts to offer on it:

It really does a fine job of moving air. Puts the very attractive (but noisy, amongst other things…) Dyson Air Multiplier fans to shame

Moves a solid amount of air at all settings. Looks good. Works great.