@juanbuis, We Need To Talk (About Your Inane TrackPoint-Bashing)

Hey everyone!

I’ve got a nice little treat for you today: a response to a shitty article! When I first saw the title of this article (and even worse, its subtitle), I had a brain aneurysm. My brain was in just in serious pain from the thought of coming across yet another shitty, dumb, trashy article – one that merited a response.

Perhaps the most painful part of all this is that this article is targeted at a feature from my favorite computer in the world: the ThinkPad. The feature that’s being smeared, you ask? None other than the TrackPoint, of course! Because there just isn’t enough of that already!

Today, I’m going to be responding to some guy called Juan Buis. He wrote a nice little article about the TrackPoint titled “We Need To Talk About The Nipple Mouse” (the title alone gives it away). If you don’t know who he is, lucky you! Trust me, you don’t wanna know who he is after you read this horrible piece of trash ‘article’ he has put out…Well Actually, I’m going to do the reading for you so you won’t have to go through all that torture (and trust me, its torturous). Consider me taking one for the team!

So with that out of the way, lets get started, shall we?

“This is the nipple mouse.”

What are you? 5?

“If you’ve never seen one before, it’s pretty hard to guess what it actually does.”

Here’s an easy way to know what it does: move it around (especially with the computer on)! Any dummy can do that.

“The pointing stick, as it’s also called, is a way to control your laptop. Developed by IBM in the 80s as an alternative to the trackpad and mouse, it was designed to keep your hands hovering above the keyboard. This way, you could switch between typing and moving the cursor faster, without moving your hands.”

“Sounds great, right?”

DUH!

“If you’ve ever used it, you know it’s pretty much the worst thing ever.”

I beg to differ. As someone who has used one of these “nipple mice” (as you so eloquently put it) for 13 years, I can tell that its THE best thing ever! The TrackPoint (as its actually called), lets me keep my hands on the keyboard, while moving the cursor, at the same time. It saves me a lot of time and energy. This is great, not just for typing, but also for working in Photoshop or Illustrator, doing 3D modeling, and working on a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
Trackpads just can’t compare. They’re absolutely horrible for productivity. They’re very clunky and constraining. In fact, every time I have to use a laptop without a TrackPoint, I absolutely need to use a mouse, because trackpads just give me nothing but endless frustration. If anything, trackpads are the worst thing ever.

“The nipple mouse isn’t just incredibly ugly — it’s also very hard to use.”

I’m assuming you’ve used the pointing stick (known as the TrackPoint on ThinkPads) on non-ThinkPad laptops. If you’ve ever used the TrackPoint on a ThinkPad, you’ll know that its very smooth. Its really not that hard to use a TrackPoint. You just gently slide your finger on top of it and move it to the direction you want. Its sort of like the joystick on a game controller (because the TrackPoint is really just that – a joystick). You don’t need to press it hard (something that I can just tell you’ve done).
Believe it or not, when I first used the TrackPoint, I got the hang of it on my very first try! I originally thought that it was going to take some time to get used to it, but apparently I was wrong!
And newsflash: not everything is about looking ‘pretty’. Sometimes, you have to prioritize function over form – especially when you’re making something that is more on the utilitarian side of things.

“To move the cursor, you need to firmly press your finger on the dot and wiggle your finger around in the direction where you want it to go.”

No, you don’t. I just explained it earlier: you don’t need to press it hard.

“This nipple is extremely sensitive, however, which makes it hard to land the cursor where it needs to go — instead, it tends to fly across the screen uncontrollably.”

That’s whole point! (No pun intended!) The TrackPoint is supposed to be sensitive, that way, you won’t need to press it firmly! If you press it firmly, guess what? The cursor is going to fly across the screen uncontrollably! Go figure! The TrackPoint is really no different from the joystick found in game controllers.
And also, can you quit calling it a “nipple”? Its extremely annoying (you’re already annoying enough).

“After IBM’s invention, they refined the technology and put it on its laptops. Now called TrackPoint, throughout the 90s millions of consumers got to know the dumb dot — it was stuck on the keyboard of the company’s popular line of ThinkPad computers. Lenovo then acquired the ThinkPad line in 2005.”

WHAT!? DUMB DOT!?!?!? Could you be any more of a fucking child!?
Where the fuck are you getting this stuff from? The TrackPoint has ALWAYS been called the TrackPoint. IBM came up with the term. Lenovo didn’t refine the TrackPoint. The TrackPoint came along when Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC Division (which, of course, included the ThinkPad). If anything, the TrackPoint has always been constantly refined – ever since the launch of the first ThinkPad (the changes are so subtle that you can’t notice it unless you use one).
This really proves that, you sir, really ARE the dumbest person in the world. BUT, I will give you credit for getting that last fact right.

“The pointing stick never became a commercial success — today, trackpads dominate the laptop market.”

While its true that the TrackPoint doesn’t have the type of success that the trackpad has, have you ever considered that maybe the reason for the TrackPoint not having that type of success (i.e. mainstream success) is because its more of a niche product? These things are typically found on business/professional laptops. Professionals require more precision and value utility more than form. The TrackPoint – unlike the trackpad – is more about function over form. Consumers (or at least, typical consumers), on the other hand, don’t really care about function and so they don’t mind sacrificing that in order to have more form.
To call it a failure is just going too far. “Failure” is so far from true. It has certainly found success, just not in the mainstream. You just need to look around you, but for that, you will need to get out of your little bubble and actually use your brain (which I can see you’re not comfortable doing).
Let me tell you something: a Lamborghini isn’t a hot-seller like, say, a Toyota Prius. By your logic, Lamborghini is a failure because it hasn’t achieved the type of commercial success that the Prius has. But what you fail to realize is that its not all black and white. The Lamborghini is a niche product, so of course its not going to have the type of commercial success that a Prius (or other mainstream car) has. But just because it doesn’t have mainstream success doesn’t mean its a failure. If you take a closer look, you’ll see that the Lamborghini is certainly doing well in its niche (the same is very true of one of my other favorite cars – and my most favorite car – the Ford Econoline [a.k.a. the Ford E-Series]. The Econoline is another niche product and did very well back when Ford was still making the van models, in fact, it was the best-selling van in America for a long number of years before being discontinued in 2014 – despite how successful it was in its targeted demographic).
Bottom line is: both the TrackPoint and Lamborghini are indeed successful – just not in the mainstream…and there’s nothing wrong with that. That, right there, is just the reality of having a niche product. Don’t go out and call something a failure just because it has achieved mainstream success. What you’re doing right there is just dumb, lazy, and disingenuous. All this just goes to show you that you don’t understand marketing and how target demographics work.

“Apple used to make the best ones — they’re big, made of glass and support multi-touch — but in recent years other manufacturers caught up, and most laptops sold today feature a great trackpad.”

Nah. Trackpads still suck. I don’t care how good trackpads are, they still suck.

“All the while, companies are constantly coming up with new ways to interact with our devices. Microsoft’s Surface Studio introduced the Dial, a funky puck-shaped controller that’s great for creatives. Apple’s new iPhone X comes with an impressive array of sensors that map the muscles in your face to enable things like Animoji.”

And that’s great! Microsoft’s, in particular, interests me. I think its great that companies are coming up with new ways to interact with our devices. Having all these options at our disposal is just great. However, that doesn’t mean that the TrackPoint is “outdated”, as you so claim it is. Its just another tool available at our disposal. What pointing device you use really depends on your needs, as well as personal preferences.

“All the while, for some reason, the pointing stick is still alive and well.”

Wait…Hang on a second. “Well“?
Didn’t you just call it a “failure”? Is it doing well, or has it failed? Which one is it?
And the reason the TrackPoint is still kicking is simple: its because people still want AND need it. (Just take a look at what I wrote a little while ago if you need a refresher.)

“You read that right — this 2017 Lenovo ThinkPad has it front and center. You can buy a new laptop today and it’ll still have one of the worst pieces of technology ever baked in.”

What the fuck is it with you and this TrackPoint hate boner of yours!? Like, what the fuck is wrong with you? The TrackPoint is one of the BEST pieces of technology ever invented. Trackpads, on the other hand, are one of the WORST pieces of technology ever invented. Get the fuck outta here with this shit!

“And it gets worse—on September 25, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the ThinkPad leaked. Guess what it still has.”

Oh no! The horror!
Man, you really are a child. I don’t think you understand what the word “retro” means, so I highly recommend you look that word up in the dictionary. Take the time to learn something new today.

“When Lenovo’s chief design officer David Hill was asked why the hell some of the company’s laptops still ship with a nipple mouse, he replied:
Some people get it and some people don’t; some people acquire the taste. It’s hard to explain, but I still think there’s a use for it.”

Maybe, just maybe, you should listen to what he has to say and take his advice.

“David, are you serious? Come on dude, it’s time to retire this… thing. Call it the nipple mouse, call it a TrackPoint™ Pointing Device, I don’t care. It’s old technology, it’s incredibly ugly and nobody wants it.”

I hate you so much right now. You cannot be fucking serious right now. You have pushed my last buttons. IT’S NOT “OLD” TECHNOLOGY. It’s a CLASSIC, TRIED AND TRUE technology. It’s NOT ugly, It’s just a TOOL! YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO USE IT! If you wanna use a touchpad, then use it! If you don’t want to use a TrackPoint, then don’t! Its that simple.
I don’t give a shit about what you use. What I do give a shit about, however, is when scumbags like you go out and smear something (or someone, for that matter) that you don’t understand – without even taking the time to understand it. You sound no different from a schoolyard bully. I also cannot fucking stand it when people intentionally spread around misinformation and are being disingenuous.
The TrackPoint is something (perhaps THE main thing) that makes a ThinkPad, a ThinkPad. If you were all of a sudden get rid of it, it just wouldn’t be the same…Not to mention that you would be feeling the wrath of ThinkPad diehards like myself. There’s a saying around ThinkPad circles that goes along the lines of: “No TrackPoint, No ThinkPad”. The TrackPoint is a very crucial piece to the ThinkPad’s identity. Not to mention that it makes it stand out from all its competitors. If it didn’t have it, it would be ‘just another laptop’.
You are just dead wrong here. There are PLENTY of people out there who still use AND WANT the TrackPoint, including yours truly. Just take look around you and ACTUALLY take the time to understand us and the TrackPoint, instead of doing all this smearing.

“After 3 decades, just take your loss. Trackpads won.”

What an enticing argument you have there, Juan! Great job! You deserve a gold star for that!
But in all seriousness, what you really deserve is an award for “idiot of the year”, because you really ARE this year’s biggest idiot – not to mention, biggest asshole. This is such a weak ass argument you’re making. The fact that trackpads are more prevalent than TrackPoints/trackballs/pointing sticks doesn’t mean anything (see my previous arguments earlier in this post). I also love the fact that you don’t even bother to go into more detail on WHY trackpads are so great compared to the TrackPoint. All you’re doing is talking shit on something that you don’t understand and clearly don’t want to take the time to understand. You sound like nothing more than a whinny-ass little bitch.
Just admit it: you have no real argument, which is why you have to resort to writing garbage like this. In writing this piece of shit post, you made yourself look like a total jackass. Congratulations!

Unlike you, I can tell you exactly why the TrackPoint is so much more superior to the trackpad. I can also tell you why trackpads are inferior compared to the TrackPoint. So with that in mind – and to wrap things up – here some reasons why TrackPoints are so much better than trackpads:
– Its versatile
– Its quick and efficient
– Its simple
– Its ergonomic & comfortable to use
– It allows me to keep my hands on the keyboard without moving my hands, allowing me to finish my work quicker and saving a lot of time and energy
– Its great for graphic work, as well as music production and DJing (which requires me to turn a lot of knobs, move a lot of sliders, etc.)
– Its precise
– It just works

And here are some reasons why trackpads suck:
– They’re rigid and constraining
– They’re clunky
– They’re slow
– They’re imprecise (seriously, have you tried working in Photoshop with it?)
– They’re not very ergonomic
– They make me more prone to making errors
– They make my hand tire out much more quickly & are generally uncomfortable to use
– They feel unnatural to use & are a general pain-in-the-ass to use

Juan, do us all a favor and stop making pieces like these. This only makes you look like a total jackass and I can’t take you seriously, as a result. You really sound like a child doing this kind of shit. This is nothing more than sensationalist, clickbait-y, garbage.

Unlike you, I understand why people use trackpads (even though I don’t agree with them, or like trackpads and think they’re garbage). I just don’t go around demeaning people who use them and writing slanderous articles about them. Why? Its because there’s a little something called personal preference. You might want to go look it up. Next time, take the time to actually understand something before you write a negative piece on it. I know that if I were to write a critical piece on the trackpad, it would be, well…critical! I would be making well thought-out, coherent arguments, instead of downright trashing it.

As you can see, this piece is just another shitty, generic, TrackPoint-bashing article. Its making the same arguments (or lack thereof) as other negative pieces about the TrackPoint. Unlike others however, this one was particularly bad – and infuriating – because it was really nothing more than childish banter. It basically amounts to: “Waaahhh!!! This thing isn’t new and shiny and I don’t understand why people still like it, therefore its bad and icky!”

Well, that’s all for now everyone! Thanks for dropping by and reading this! Feel free to share this wherever you want and I’ll see you all next time! Take care!

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I Freaking Love Bashing On This ThinkPad! (Responding to “I Freaking Love This ThinkPad”)

Hey everyone!

I’m back with a special treat for you all. Today, we’re going to be responding to a review published on Gizmodo called “I Freaking Love This ThinkPad” – which you can read here, if you wanna put yourself through the torture of reading it. This is supposed to be a review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 5 (which I will be referring to as the X1C5), but there are times were this review becomes more of a smear piece towards the X1C5 rather than a review. So, how bad is this review? Lets dive in and find out!

The review started on a positive note but it didn’t take long for it to turn negative, when the author, Alex Cranz, called the X1C5 a “chunky black machine.” Alex, what exactly do you mean by “chunky”. Last time I checked, the X1 Carbon isn’t chunky. Its actually pretty damn thin, certainly much thinner than my ThinkPad T500. By today’s standards, even though its fairly thin for a laptop of its size, my T500 would be considered “chunky”.

So after beginning the review with a somewhat questionable (but overall positive) tone, she then went on talk about the pricing of the X1C5 – which, I would have to say, was also a bit mixed:

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has never been a cheap machine, and this year’s model is no different: It starts at $1329 with an i5 Kaby Lake processor, and I reviewed the $2200 i7 variation. That’s unusually high for a Windows-based laptop.

Well, what do you expect from a name like ThinkPad, and in particular, the X1 brand? May I remind you that this is a premium product – a product that has been built with some of the best materials out there and with plenty of R&D to back it up. So yeah, of course its going to be expensive. That’s what you would expect from a high-end product.

This next line is actually kinda funny, as Alex then went on to call Windows – not Windows PCs themselves – as an affordable alternative to Apple’s products:

These days, we largely see Windows as an affordable alternative to Apple’s pricey objects of beauty.

I think you mean “we largely see Windows PCs as an affordable alternative to Apple’s pricey objects of beauty”. You might wanna phrase things better next time. Also, are you implying that only Apple products can be “objects of beauty.” Ever heard of the Lenovo Yoga 910? (Just to give one example.) You know, I’m getting really sick and tired of people saying that only Apple products look great and there are no Windows PCs that look great as well. Especially now a days, this notion is completely false. The problem is, you’re just not looking in the right places.

Even though she thinks that the price point for the X1C5 is a bit excessive, Alex does go on to say that its actually warranted!:

But the ThinkPad X1 Carbon feels luxurious enough to warrant the price, and crucially, it’s luxurious in all the ways an Apple laptop is not.

Well Alex, I’ll give you huge props for saying that. At least we’re now on the right track.

This next line is also pretty okay. In fact, Alex goes on to say that doesn’t have to look like an Apple product and goes on to praise the X1C5 for forging its own path:

But the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is festooned in soft touch black plastic, the display is matte, and the device is not striving to be the thinnest laptop around, just the nicest. It’s a refreshing reminder that a premium device doesn’t have to look like it was designed in Cupertino.

I’ll give you more props for saying that last bit, Alex. As for the material the X1 Carbon is built on, its a combination of CFRP/GFRP material for the display cover and a magnesium alloy hybrid kind of material for the bottom cover (this is according to Lenovo’s own PSREF site). The reason I say this is because when you say plastic, you seem to be implying that its built out of regular, inexpensive, ABS plastic – which, of course, its not (just thought I’d mention this in case there’s any confusion around this). May I also remind you that ThinkPads are about functionality in an elegant design (function over form).

After she acknowledged that a premium device doesn’t have to look like an Apple clone, she then went back to calling the X1C5 “chunky”, while at the same time, acknowledging that that same thickness she dislikes so much is actually beneficial. This is about the point where it starts to get bad:

The chunkiness means it can fit in a nice speedy Kaby Lake processor and up to a 1TB solid state drive, without getting so scorching hot you need to pull it away from your legs.

Yes, that’s the whole point. I hope you now realize that having a very thin device can be very detrimental, as you risk overheating – particularly when you have more powerful CPU and/or GPU. Having a thicker design facilitates better cooling. In fact, ThinkPads are very well known for their excellent cooling, while MacBooks are notorious for overheating due to their poor cooling systems (or so I’ve heard). Thinner is not always better and how light something is really depends on the materials used to make it. Its not all about thinness.

But wait, it gets even better (and by better I mean worse – prepare to cringe):

There’s a big unsightly vent on the side to keep things cool, and normally I’d want to cry over that ugliness, but I have to admit that with summer on the horizon, a laptop that stays cool even when I’m running a game is an appealing proposition.

Seriously? You’re going to bitch and moan about a fucking cooling vent? I couldn’t help but laugh and cringe at this absurdity. I seriously don’t know what else to say about this except to laugh and cringe at the same time over this. Its not “ugly”, it just smart design – which is the reason you won’t have to deal with overheating in the summer.

The good news, however, is that she redeems herself a bit with this line:

The thickness also affords the laptop plenty of space for ports so you’re not a prisoner of dongles as you need to be with more minimal USB-C only laptops.

Great that you’re starting to see the light, Alex.

And she builds upon that momentum with this following line:

Part of that sturdiness is psychological. It’s got a really good balance to it, even when laid out flat like a frisbee, and soft touch plastic just naturally makes things feel more durable than they might be. Yet this thing is also constructed with durability in mind. There’s no glass to shatter or metal to chip. If this laptop accidentally fell on the floor my heart wouldn’t jump into my throat.

Well Alex, all I can tell you is, that’s ThinkPad design for you – and smart, functional design for that matter. The very thing that made ThinkPad such an icon and so long-lasting.

She then goes on to praise the ThinkPad keyboard afterwards (which is not surprising, considering that ThinkPads are very well known and praised for their excellent, legendary keyboards), while also mentioning and praising its spill-resistant design. After talking about the keyboard, she then went on to talk about the battery life – which she was very impressed by, and then went on to talk about the display. But then she had this to say about the display:

It’s stunning at first glance, but after a while it’s frustrating that it’s 1080p only. If there’s a place Lenovo missed the premium ball, it’s on that display.

First of all, I believe Lenovo also has the option of a higher resolution WQHD screen, if that’s more of your thing (but this is something you’ll have to wait a while because, according to Lenovo, it won’t be available until June). Second of all, 1080p is actually a pretty decent screen size for a 14″ laptop, especially when you consider the fact that when you go to a higher resolution you will most likely run into scaling issues. I will say, however, that ThinkPad screens have typically been mediocre and that’s something that Lenovo can and should improve upon (it also happens to be something that ThinkPad users have demanded for years now), but that’s another topic for another day.

By this point, Alex had redeemed herself after initially making an ass out of herself by writing so stupidly about the X1 Carbon Gen 5. But unfortunately, the good times were about to come to an end with the next last few paragraphs, which are even cringier than the comment about the vents. Prepare yourselves because the level of retardation is about to be turned up to the red zone:

The only other real notable “issue” with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is its mouse solution. There’s a trackpad in the usual place and a dorky red trackball at the center of the keyboard. Lenovo insists it maintains the trackball because the ThinkPad’s fans love it. Good for those fans, but it’s a questionable decision all the same as presumably those fans are retirement age and can’t have that many laptop purchases in their future.

Excuse me? Dorky red trackball? Retirement age? First of all, that “trackball” is called the TrackPoint and its not dorky. Second of all, here’s a current pic of me. Does this look like I’m of retirement age? If you ever get the chance to see me in person, you’ll see that I barely look like I’m legal – even though I am! (I turn 27 at the end of May, believe it or not.) That’s one of the leading reasons why I want a full beard and a bodybuilder type of body. In fact, I started using ThinkPads not long after I entered adolescence. My first laptop was a ThinkPad, and the first laptop I ever used was a ThinkPad. I have a lot of friends who are ThinkPad fans and guess what? A lot of them are young and they love the TrackPoint – so much that they can’t see themselves using anything else because its far more superior to a trackpad. So what the fuck are you talking about when you say that ThinkPad fans who love the TrackPoint are of retirement age? What the fuck is up with this assumption that ThinkPad fans are primarily old people? As a young ThinkPad fan, I find it insulting. Its clear that you were too lazy to do your own research into what the ThinkPad fan base consists of.

But, it doesn’t end there. In fact, it gets worse:

Trackballs are a product of a bygone era.

No they’re not. They’re only a product of a bigone era to people who only care about trends, making a fashion statement with their tech products, and being “hip”, as opposed to having something utilitarian.

…And gets even worse from there:

They were, once upon a time, super common on laptops. Most trackpads were terrible, and the nubbin, while not especially nimble, was at least consistent.

I’ve got news for you: most trackpads to this day are STILL terrible. I’m typing this from a Lenovo Yoga 910 and even though it has the best trackpad I’ve ever used, its still a trackpad. Meaning, it still feels rigid, constraining, and inefficient. That’s why I use an external mouse with it (if I don’t have a TrackPoint, then I use the next best thing which is an external mouse). The TrackPoint, on the other hand, is far more convenient and usuable (and yes, its still consistent to this day). It means that I don’t have to move my hands away from the keyboard when I type and need to move my cursor. It also comes in handy whenever I’m using Photoshop or making music on my Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), since it means that I get to make quick, efficient adjustments.

Then she goes on to talk about some of the difficulties she had with her X1C5’s trackpad. Supposedly, she found out that the “Edge Tap Filtering” feature was enabled and that that’s what was causing her to have issues with her trackpad. But then, she had this to say about the feature:

The setting is built for people still stuck in a time when touchpads included buttons. It’s meant to make dead zones. I’m not sure why the elderly love this setting, but I can confirm that when it’s enabled you will want to murder your laptop by flinging it into the sun.

And there she goes to, once again, insult the intelligence of the ThinkPad userbase by yapping about how “the elderly” love this setting. Yeah, because it is only the elderly care about practicality and usability. Nevermind the fact that having physical buttons (particularly on the TrackPoint) is more efficient and practical (especially when we’re talking about certain tasks – usually professional-related tasks). If you prefer practicality, usability, and efficiency over flashiness, you must be an old geezer apparently. What a joke.

Then she goes on to claim that because she had the issue with her X1C5’s trackpad resolved, that she didn’t “need” the “trackball” anymore – because fuck usability, comfort, and efficiency, am I right?:

Once that issue was resolved, I had zero use for the trackball.

Yeah, because its not “cool” or “trendy” in your eyes. Yeah, fuck usability! I’m just gonna go by whatever is “in style”, despite the fact that what’s in style right now is not very efficient.

If you thought that that was the end of that debacle, think again! Prepare yourselves because the level of cringe and retardation is about to go into the red zone:

Because trackballs are no longer a “thing.” Lenovo’s bright red one feels a little outdated. It makes an otherwise cool new laptop look like something out of 1998.

Arghhhhh! Stop! Just. Fucking. Stop. You know how you sound like right now, Alex? You sound just like the professional car reviewers who have reviewed recent models of the Ford Econoline (also known as the E-Series) and constantly bashed on it because of its simplicity and no-nonsense, classic design, not realizing the niche demographic it was targeted towards (sound familiar?). What they say does not reflect what real, everyday drivers of these vans have experienced. There’s a reason why the Econoline is was the best selling van in America (the Transit is now the best selling van in America – and the world), is one of the most sought-after used cars, and lasted for 50+ years until eventually getting replaced by the Transit (the more “hip” and, dare I say it, ‘modern’ version of the E-Series) in 2014 (at least when we’re talking about the cargo van and wagon models). But even with the E-Series getting replaced with the Transit, people still love them (there are even some people refusing to get Transits). In fact, when Ford decided to retire the cargo van and wagon versions (that’s the passenger van version of the E-Series, for those of you who aren’t aware), the Econoline was STILL the best-selling van in America with a loyal following (don’t believe me? Then go into the comments section of this video and this video and see for yourself – make sure to also read the description of the second video, its quite interesting). Its user base does not care about trends and being “cool” and “hip”, because that’s not what their needs are and that’s not the purpose of this van. What these users need is something functional to get the job done, not something flashy or extravagant (plus, the Econoline already looks elegant with its clean, minimalistic design). Kind of like, oh I don’t know, ThinkPad users! It seems like the author of this review doesn’t care much about functionality, but rather cares more about being “hip” and “trendy”, and having the latest technology just for the sake of it. If something is rarely used then its automatically obsolete, in her mind. Technology seems to be all about making a fashion statement these days – and ONLY a fashion statement.

…And it doesn’t stop there:

In a world of flimsy, shiny laptops the ThinkPad X1 Carbon sets itself apart with its 90s look. Retro isn’t necessarily in, but its also not the end of the world.

First of all, a lot of people seem to be into that retro look these days (its hard not to see why – its pretty cool and gives you that feeling of nostalgia). I mean, just look into some of the stuff coming out of the graphic design world. Second of all, what’s with this assumption from some people who think the ThinkPad is stuck in the 90s just because of the way it looks? Just because a manufacturer chooses not to give a product a radical design update doesn’t mean its outdated, it just means its classic (something that requires more of an evolutionary type of design). I’ve never really understood why some people choose to be such snobs about products like these and the people who use them. Are you really that superficial and blind? Do you really care that much about what others think about you?

The good news is that things start to calm down somewhat, although things are still cringey:

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is so well built that I don’t mind it’s fashion faux pas.

See what I mean when I say that these days technology is all about making a fashion statement? She’s basically saying that the X1C5 is very well built but that she wishes it were “flashier”. Also, may I remind you Alex (and anyone else out there that thinks like her), beauty and art are subjective. Not everyone is going to have the same taste in fashion, art, design, etc. as you. Some of us prefer something that’s a little more pleasant to look at – something that’s easier on the eyes. ThinkPad design isn’t “old” or “ugly” or whatever other derogatory name you dumb, mindless, hipster fucks want to call it. It is classic, functional, timeless, and elegant. If you’re going to say that about ThinkPads, then you might as well say that about Ford Econolines, Jeep Wranglers, military vehicles and trucks. What ThinkPad and all the vehicles that I just mentioned have in common is that they focus on functional design, while having an elegant, no-nonsense type of design at the same time. Their primary function isn’t to make a fashion statement, but rather, it is to help their userbase get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible. I personally absolutely love how the ThinkPad (and the vehicles that I mentioned) looks and is my preferred type of look.

As terrible as that last line was, at least she concludes the review with this:

If you’re a typist with cash to burn, or you need a big display and a lot of power in a package that’s super light, then the ThinkPad X1 Carbon should be one of your top choices for a laptop.

Great job, Alex! At least you (somewhat) get it.

And to wrap things up, Alex then provides a “readme” (or a review) of the things she said in the review – stuff she thought were the most important points. This list of things left me rather annoyed. Just read for yourself and you’ll see what I mean:

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⦁        Crazy light and sturdy feeling
⦁        Retro aesthetics will either leave you annoyed or in love
⦁        Fantastic keyboard for such a thin and light laptop
⦁        Trackpad had some system breaking software enabled out of the box. That’s bad.
⦁        The trackball still works. Cool?
⦁        Soft touch plastic makes this thing feel great, but boy does it attract fingerprints.

Clearly, there were some positives, as well as a legitimate concern, but they seemed to be overshadowed by the negatives. In fact, there seemed to be more negatives than positives. This leads me to believe that she doesn’t really like this ThinkPad (hence the title of this post).

Unsurprisingly, she gets absolutely destroyed in the comments section, and rightfully so. She made a complete fool out of herself. If you take a peek into the comments of this video, you’ll see a lot of people defending the ThinkPad and calling the author out on her nonsense. (If you want more, you can take a look into this Reddit discussion.)

Overall, this review seemed to be all over the place and poorly written. It was going from praising the X1C5 to downright smearing it. I don’t even know if the reviewer actually liked the X1C5, or if she hated it. To be honest with you all, the title feels a little clickbait-y when you take all of this into consideration. You could also sense the laziness that went into making this review – with all the ThinkPad and TrackPoint bashing, as well as the downright degradation of the ThinkPad user/fanbase. It was poorly researched and poorly crafted. If Alex Cranz really liked this ThinkPad, then she would’ve had worked on giving this article a better tone. If I had to give this review a rating of 1 out of 5 stars, I think I would have to give it 2.5 stars.

My advice to you, Alex? Do a better job researching the product(s) you’re reviewing, next time. Actually take the time to look into its user/fanbase and see why they use/love a particular product and go from there. Don’t just make assumptions about what they must be like or why they like a particular product. Actually take the time to know them. My second suggestion is to take the time to look into the design philosophy of whatever product you’re reviewing, and why that manufacturer choose to stick with that philosophy. Not every product is built to make a fashion statement (which, may I remind you, come and go). Some of them are built with the purpose of being useful, and that means not making a grand fashion statement but instead being more stealthy with their appearance – which means it can come across as ‘unattractive’ to outsiders who only care about being hip. Sure, products like the MacBook Pro look very nice but the problem with products like these is that they often sacrifice function for form, making the product not very useful or long-lasting (just look at the current lineup of MacBooks if you wanna see this in action). Products like ThinkPad, on the other hand, focus a little more on function, therefore increasing their longevity and usefulness significantly (as a testament to this, my ThinkPad T60 has been running for 10 straight years now). Not everything that isn’t trendy is “obsolete”. Also, work on the tone of your articles and titles.

Thank you all for bearing along with me going over this, at times, terrible steaming pile of shit. Feel free to share this post if you enjoyed it, comment, etc. I’ll see you all again soon!

No, Intersex People Don’t Prove That Gender Isn’t Binary

I recently saw a video by Blaire White (who’s a Transgender Woman who speaks out against SJWs on YouTube), where she read some comments by Social Justice Warriors (SJWs). One of the comments she read was about intersex people, and it read: “Don’t intersex people prove that gender isn’t binary?” Of course, Blaire and I agree that intersex people don’t prove that gender isn’t binary and this inspired me to make a comment about that on her video’s comment section. I initially was going to write a shorter comment but I ended up writing something longer that looked more like a blog post, so I posted a shorter version of it. I decided to turn the long post into blog post since I thought it would make for some great material for my blog, so that’s what I bring you today! So here are my thoughts on people saying that intersex people somewhat ‘prove’ that gender isn’t a binary:

“I find the fact that these dumb SWJs are using people with intersex conditions like myself to further their gender identity politics agenda appalling. All of this just feels pretty derogatory to me. What’s even more distressing is the fact that these crazy SJWs (and feminists) have brainwashed other intersex people into thinking that having an intersex condition is somehow ‘normal’, as well as fooling them into thinking that intersex is a ‘third sex’ and this whole ‘intersex people prove that gender isn’t binary’ nonsense. Some even take offense when someone says that intersex is a birth defect.

As a person with an intersex condition, I can very much say that this is indeed a birth defect. This birth defect is the reason why I had a gender error at birth – in which I was assumed to be biologically female when I was in actuality biologically male, something that I didn’t find out until I got older due to the nature of my condition – and had to go through the tedious legal process of gender reassignment (fortunately for me, I was born in and still live in California so the process was less of a pain in the ass to do) and was forced to live as someone I wasn’t for the first 21 years of my life and missed out on a lot as a result. Its the reason why I have to take Testosterone Replacement Therapy for as long as I live in order to keep me healthy since my body has a hard time producing its own (I have primary male hypogonadism – which means I have ‘broken balls’, lol). And its the reason why I have to use a prosthetic penis for sex (since I was born with a micropenis), as well as for “packing” in order to look (and feel) more like a normal man.

For these SJWs to say that its “normal” is just dishonest and further from the truth – its really no different than telling kids that Santa Claus is real. Being intersex can be a bit of a handicap and its why we often have to resort to these treatments. Its not because of the so-called “gender binary” or the patriarchy, but rather, its so we can live normal, regular lives, and its fine just as long as we have full autonomy and full, informed consent over it. And, oh yeah, most of us identify as either male or female (I, of course, identify as male), and we’re either male of female despite the size of our genitals or the presence – or lack thereof – certain reproductive organs or hormone levels. People with my condition are biologically male and strongly identify as such. We’re often forced to live as girls growing up and so gender reassignment isn’t uncommon among my kind. The only reason I even mention that is because these SJWs and feminists say that gender is a social construct and that we’re ‘proof’ that gender isn’t binary. Well here’s proof that gender isn’t a social construct and that there is a gender binary.

People, like myself, who are afflicted by these conditions are trying to raise awareness that these conditions exist so we can educate people more about these these conditions, get more research done into our conditions so we can better understand our bodies, get more legal protections, and get doctors to stop mutilating babies that are born with intersex conditions (most of the time, operations on intersex babies are unnecessary – there is no medical need for them unless there is something, like a blocked urethra, that actually requires it – and actually do more harm than good) and instead give both the patients and their parents psychotherapy and access to support groups, as well as get doctors to be more honest and transparent towards intersex patients and their parents. SJWs are derailing this and doing more harm than good by infusing their identity politics into our cause, which might make people think that we’re a bunch of crazy SJWs. I fear that people aren’t going to take us seriously if the SJWs keep doing this shit and having their way.”

Bottom line is, SJWs need to stop speaking for us. They’re only doing more harm than good. These people don’t understand how its like to live with an intersex condition and are only using us to further promote their ideology – an ideology which has no scientific basis whatsoever and is only based on feelings and emotion. They especially need to stop exploiting young intersex people who have gone through the trauma of genital mutilation, and are trying to come to terms over what happened to them when they were younger. What they’re doing sounds a lot like creationism and is really no different than telling a kid that god, Santa Claus, and the easter bunny are real. It is dishonest and exploitative, and only does more harm than good. The reality is that there is no valid scientific evidence that there are more than two genders (or sexes, for that matter). Even if you’re “genderfluid”, you’re still either male or female (both in terms of gender and sex). Why else do you think that trans people exist? Not only does this kind of stuff harm the intersex community, but it also harms the trans community. I’m sorry to say this but you’re not “non-binary”, you’re just a “gender trender”, or a “trans trender” if you claim to be a “non-binary transgender” person.

Blaire’s video is called This Is Your Brain On Social Justice and you can watch it here. If you like seeing SJWs be taken down and are looking for a place to interact with other like-minded people – especially if you’re transgender and want see a trans person speaking out against the SJW machine that seems to have taken over the transgender community, then I highly recommend you subscribe to Blaire’s channel!

I’ll be posting more of my thoughts on the current state of the intersex rights movement and the current-day intersex community soon (and the LGBTI rights movement and community as a whole). I’ll see you all next time!

My Thoughts on the #RollCallVote

Hey everyone, I’m back after not posting here for a quite a while. The reason I haven’t been posting as of late is because I’ve been incredibly busy. I’m currently making the transition to a full-time professional music producer and sound designer and I’m doing a lot of preparation work (including arranging my new schedule), but I’ll discuss that more in another post.

Right now, there’s a lot of stuff in my mind that I need to let out. As you all probably know by now, the Democratic National Convention is happening this week and today, there was a roll call vote – in which the Democratic nominee would be crowned. I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary and are registered as a “No Party Preference” (NPP) voter here in California (which means I’m an Independent voter), but voted with a crossover democratic ballot on election day.  Bernie was the best candidate for president, but was up against a rigged and corrupt system, so I knew this would be a tough election for him to win…and tough it was. He unfortunately ended up losing the nomination earlier today, and an unelectable, untrustworthy, corrupt candidate (Hillary Clinton) ended up winning instead because of this corrupt system.

I have so much to say right now so everyone, buckle up and listen up.

First of all, everyone calling Bernie a “sellout” please shut the fuck up. He is NOT a sellout, and his record speaks for itself. He didn’t sell out. He just did what HE felt was right (voting for the lesser of two evils). He knew he was against a rigged system, and that it was going to be extremely hard for him to win, so go easy on him. He knows how much we despise $hillary and that we’re independent-minded, so he doesn’t expect us to “fall in line” and he doesn’t have a problem with that – in fact, that’s exactly what he wants, its all part of the political revolution (which doesn’t happen overnight). Just like the rest of us, he’s not very thrilled about Hillary either (he’s not going to fundraise for her or anything like that, plus, he’s going back to the senate as an independent)…and he shouldn’t after everything she’s done to him. Bernie knew about stuff that was going on behind the scenes that we didn’t know about. He knew about all the rigging and corruption and did everything he could to fight back against it. He knew he had a steep hill to climb, and he knew the establishment would try to bring him down (and unfortunately, they did). Everyone bashing on him for this is just being a stupid, ignorant fuck – this is the result of outrage culture, were reason & logic are thrown out the window. I will continue to support Bernie in the senate, where he will continue to fight for us, and I highly suggest everyone else do the same.

Second thing: everyone saying the revolution is “over” also shut the fuck up…this is just getting started, its not over. One person cannot change the system. It takes A LOT of people for change to actually happen. So everyone, keep putting the pressure on these cucks, encourage people who truly care about the people and democracy to run for office, and most of all, elect people who will actually represent the people! The fight is never over, we have to actually FIGHT and KEEP FIGHTING! Like Public Enemy once said in one of their most iconic (and perhaps their most iconic) songs ever, Fight The Power!

Overall, my message to these people is: STOP BEING SUCH A SORE LOSER!!! We’re not going to get ANYTHING done with that attitude! I know you’re angry – I’m angry myself – but you cannot act in this manner. You let your opponents win by acting that way.

Now with that out of the way…All I have to say to the Democratic Party is: congrats for electing the most corrupt, hated, untrustworthy, and unelectable candidate your party has ever seen! Congrats for handing over the presidency over to Donald Trump and that monster of a VP Mike Pence (the guy you should all be actually afraid of – he’s the one who’s actually going to be running the country). Congrats for stooping as low as the Republican Party by rigging the elections, alienating a large voter base, silencing democracy, and being total and complete corporate sellouts! Hope you’re proud of yourselves! All of this is why I’m feeling very happy right now to be an independent voter & not a democrat (I’m registered as an NPP here in California). I’m an Independent because I don’t want to be beholden to a party, I don’t fully identify with one party, and I want flexibility. Many Democrats (including lifelong Democrats) are leaving the party because of your fucking antics. You betrayed them and you deserve everything that’s coming at you. You have nobody else to blame but yourselves.

To Hillary Clinton: Congrats for showing girls and women that they too can be president by being as corrupt as you! Congrats for showing the world that girls and women can also win by lying, cheating, bribing people, and degrading their opponents and their supporters – and not mention, being shady! I, for one, am not going to vote for you. You are corrupt as fuck. I want to vote for someone who’s honest, integral, and actually works for the people. You are not trustworthy. Just because you supposedly implemented some liberal/progressive policies, doesn’t mean that I automatically trust you – you’re just too beholden to your corporate donors and your history says everything I need to know about you. Actions speak louder than words and its clear that you’ve never acted on or cared about this shit. And just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean that I’m obligated to vote for you. You don’t deserve to be president, Bernie Sanders does. And you don’t deserve to be the first female president, Jill Stein does. The smart thing that you’ve could’ve done was to drop out, since you’re divisive, untrustworthy, and not doing so well with Independents & millennials (not to mention a cheater). But of course, you didn’t because you’re too arrogant and beholden to your corporate donors, and not to mention, you’ve had the whole establishment behind you. So if you lose this election (which you most certainly will), don’t blame me for Donald Trump becoming president. Blame yourself. Don’t you dare try to scapegoat other Bernie supporters such as myself, we’re not falling for it and we know you’re full of shit.

There’s people saying that Hillary is showing that women can be anything they want. If you’re talking about cheating, corruption, & bribery, then you’re absolutely right. Hillary showed everyone that anyone can be all of this. Hillary & the dems rigged the system in favor of her. Hillary cheated and Bernie was cheated out of this election. Bernie is the real winner here. He did this shit fair & square. He actually EARNED peoples votes. Hillary didn’t. Hillary had to resort to cheating to win. She’s the real loser here. When you have to resort to cheating to win, what does that tell you? It tells you you’re weak as fuck. It tells you that you suck.

People aren’t voting for Clinton & Trump because they like them. These people are two of the most disliked presidential candidates in the history of the U.S. People are voting for these two crooks because they want to stop the other. People don’t truly like them, they just feel like they have to vote for the other just to stop the other. They think these are the only two candidates. The reason being because our shitty media is keeping them in the dark about third party options.

My recommendations on voting for president this November are: If you lean more to the left, vote for Jill Stein (Green party candidate). If you lean more to the right, vote for Gary Johnson (Libertarian party candidate). Both are solid candidates & way better than Hillary & Trump. You don’t have to vote for the lesser of two evils. There are alternatives out there. The mainstream media just isn’t telling you about it – and they wont tell you about it because they want to keep the status quo alive. Don’t vote for any of these two crooks (I’m of course talking about Trump and Clinton).

I endorsed Bernie for president in the primary elections. Since he unfortunately lost, I thereby endorse Jill Stein for president for the general election! Everyone go donate to her and spread the word. If we wanna see real change in this country, its up to us to vote for candidates that actually represent us the people and not the special interests (the 1% and the corporations). If there’s one thing that Bernie taught us is that honesty and integrity CAN win and that you DON’T NEED the help of giant donors to win. The internet and social media have helped even the field so that grassroots activism can actually be successful. Lets do the same thing that we did for Bernie to Jill. There’s too much at stake not to, so get to work!

The final thing I have to say is aimed at Bernie Sanders: Thank you for everything you’ve done for us! Thanks for motivating a new generation of voters and politicians to be more politically active – by voting and running for office. Even though you didn’t win, you still made history – and you’re still a winner in my eyes, regardless of the outcome of this election. Not only did you motivate me to vote for the very first time in my life but you also motivated and inspired me in my both my personal life and my budding career…I learned a lot of valuable things from you that I can implement in both my career and life! I’ll keep supporting you, even though you didn’t win the nomination! Keep fighting the good fight in the senate and elsewhere!

That is all I have to say. Keep the revolution going everyone!

Regarding David Pakman & the issue of ethics in journalism

If anyone reading this is following me on Twitter, then you would know that I got into a bit of a scuffle with David Pakman (host of “The David Pakman Show“) on Monday. It all started when I tried to point out to David that the video he did about Lenovo installing spyware is incorrect and is just more sensationalism by the sensationalist media (you can find out more about the story and why the accusations against Lenovo installing spyware/malware on their systems are false by going over to ThinkScopes.com and reading the article that my friend Jonas wrote here. You can also watch the video he did on it here). How did he respond? Take a look for yourself:

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Really David? Is this the best you could do? Sounds to me like a lame-ass excuse to chicken out of taking any responsibility. You could at least inform your writer that this story was a hoax. And what’s up with that snarky-ass attitude?

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And so what, David? It sounds like you’re trying to accuse me of doing something shady. It seems to me as if you’re trying to say that I (as well as my friend Jonas) can’t be trusted just because I love Lenovo, I love to share their posts and spread the word about their products, and I’m a Lenovo Insider, as well as defend them from idiots like Michael Horowitz (the author of the article on Computer World falsely accusing Lenovo of spying – who seems to have some kind of beef against Lenovo and wrote this abhorrent article just to revenge on them and make them look bad) who don’t give a fuck about ethics. Newsflash: I’ve been doing this ever since before I became an insider (since 2005 when they first acquired IBM’s PC Division. I came to Lenovo from IBM. I became an Insider in late 2011). Lenovo (and especially ThinkPad) means a lot to me. It played a huge role for me growing up (I was 15 in 2005). It’s special. It has a lot of sentimental value to me. Not only that, but I really believe in them. They make a lot of great stuff and they’re the most innovative computer maker out there right now (they’re even outdoing Apple). Overall, they’re a great company and their employees are great too (they actually get treated like people, unlike in some other places. I know this because I come into contact with them on a daily basis). Lenovo is more than just a company to me – it is a lifestyle and a best friend.
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Doesn’t matter. The point is you’re still not getting the memo.

Pakman, to me, sounds a lot more like an SJW (Social Justice Warrior) more than anything else. The way that he reacted to my tweet(s), and the fact that he still hasn’t retracted his story and apologized for reporting on misinformation, I think tells it all. This makes me question his character and honesty. Does he even care about journalistic intergrity and ethics? Or he is just yet another journalist who’s pandering to the SJW/PC crowd?

My advice to you David (and anyone else who does this type of shit) is: if you’re not going to check your facts straight and you’re just going to be lazy and report on anything regardless of whether its true or not, then stop calling yourself a journalist and start calling yourself for what you truly are: a pundit (or a paparazzo, for that matter).

I don’t care who writes your content, you still have a responsibility to uphold. You have a responsibility as a journalist to get your facts straight. It is your responsibility to correct yourself and learn from your mistakes People watch you to get informed about current events and issues – they’re counting on you. There’s a reason people are turning into alternative news outlets like yours: because the old school, establishment, corporate media has let them down. By doing this type of thing, you’re really no better than them – in fact, you are stooping down to their level. (And yeah, you certainly let me down.) In fact, you sound a lot like Fox News. You failed as journalist.

I’ll keep watching you (at least for a little bit) just so I can get other perspectives besides my own, but I don’t know if I can ever trust you again (for the record, I’ve always taken everyone’s comments with a grain of salt but this time around, things are different since David seemed to be so trustworthy). You seem to be pandering to the SJW narrative/crowd. You don’t seem to care about journalism at all – you only care about political correctness (PC) and you seem to be part of this SJW/PC media conglomerate. Folks like Kyle Kulinski, Dave Rubin, and Mundane Matt are FAR more superior to you. They actually care about journalistic integrity and could care less about the SJW/PC narrative. They actually care about getting the facts straight and correct themselves when they get something wrong and actually learn from their mistakes. I don’t see you doing that, so either fuck off, or get it together and actually own up to your shit. I’ve certainly lost my respect for you quite a bit, and this ordeal I think exposes your true character.

Please don’t believe any stories out there that accuse Lenovo of spying on its customers. They’re false, WAY overblown, and I can assure you that they would never do something like this. Lenovo is not spying on us and this is just more sensationalist bullshit. Once again, we’ve all been fooled by the media’s hunger for clicks, views, and profits. This is more than just about Lenovo, its is about journalistic integrity and ethics.

P.S. Sorry this post is a couple days late. I had to take care of some other things around here.

[Vlog] My package got lost in the mail! (Thanks USPS!)

Here’s a vlog were I discuss my recent bad experience with USPS. If you’ve been following my Tumblr closely as of late, then you’ll know that its about the lost package that contained my FreeToM prosthetic.

P.S. There was actually no pun intended when I came up with the title, even though it seems like it…it just happened to come out that way :D. Feel free to laugh if you want!

P.P.S. I recently decided to do YouTube full-time (so it will be my full-time job along with music from now on), so expect to see content more frequently! (I’ll do my best with the space constraints I have right now.)

An Open Message To Insurance Providers

Hey! Health insurance providers!,

If you can give endocrinologist referrals to diabetics, why can’t you do the same for Intersex and Trans people? Our treatments are medically necessary too you know!

Endocrinologist visits = “out of scope”. Really? That’s bullshit! I know for a fact that you provide care for diabetics, which under California state law you are required to (which includes access to supplies), since diabetes is related to the endocrine/metabolic system – so they have to see endos.

So – with all this in mind – you’re going to tell them that they can’t see an endo because it is “out of scope” even though it is medically necessary and nothing in your handbook says endo visits aren’t covered? You’re going to tell them that they have to pay “out-of-pocket” to get the services that they desperately need to function properly at work, home, and life (services which, by the way, most cannot afford)?

You can try but just know that after they find out about their rights – and that its illegal to deny coverage just because they’re diabetic (or may be diabetic, since they’re showing all the signs of one) – they’re going to come right after you, so don’t think you can get away with it!

These services/treatments can mean the difference between life and death for diabetics. Guess what? Its the same thing for Trans people. Do you have any idea of how high the suicide rate is among Trans folks? 41% That’s right! Its 41%! So you’re going to let an innocent person die because of your prejudice and/or ignorance?

The same thing that applies to diabetics applies to Trans folks. Our needs are just as urgent as for those with diabetes. We deserve to have our rights respected. Many of us can’t afford to pay for these services/treatments out-of-pocket (especially since the majority of us are young people), so we deserve to have our treatments/services covered. Not only that, but in the state of California (where I live) its illegal to deny coverage to someone who’s Trans or gender non-conforming – just like with diabetics. So by engaging in these outdated, harmful practices, you are breaking the law.

You messed with the wrong person! Don’t think I’m going to go easy on you and let you get away. I know my rights and I am going to be fighting for those rights! Don’t think that people today are clueless about their rights (especially in the case of young people like myself) – there’s a little something called the internet where anybody can look up anything, and that includes their rights for a particular situation.

You’ll be hearing from me very soon. You haven’t heard the last of me.

Sincerely,

Ryan Turner

P.S. Getting an Intersex diagnosis is a medical necessity too, since those of us with Intersex bodies who also have gender dysphoria need Hormone Replacement Therapy. You can’t perscribe hormones to someone who’s Intersex until they find out the nature of their particular variation (which includes knowing what they have), since this will determine what direction to take in terms of HRT (this is very important). Clearly, these treatments/services are NOT elective. You people really need to read the Standards of Care provided by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), which clearly states (emphasis is mine):

“Conversely, an experienced hormone provider or endocrinologist should be involved if the primary care physician has no experience with this type of hormone therapy, or if the patient has a pre-existing metabolic or endocrine disorder that could be affected by endocrine therapy.” [Pg. 41; Ch. VIII: Hormone Therapy; WPATH ‘Standards of Care’, 7th Version]

See what I mean?