My First Impressions of the iPhone5

I just had my first hands on experience with the new iPhone and after being a huge fan for years, I think they have gone totally off the reservation.  The form factor is just strange.  The idea of making the screen longer without making it wider is a big miss.  It has the form factor of a universal remote control out of the 1990’s.
Now Apple still has the best app ecosystem, and many people are locked in with a lot of money invested in apps.  For those people, yes it is a no brainer if you need a new phone.  However, if you are not locked in to any platform there are a lot more options out there.  You have the Samsung Galaxy S3 which has gotten a lot of attention along with a much bigger phone in the Galaxy Note 2 coming out, both on the Android platform.  In the last few weeks even Microsoft has made some noise with announcements by HTC and Nokia about upcoming Windows 8 phones which have gotten great reviews. Then there is Blackberry, okay you can ignore them. You may still like the iPhone best, but don’t make the decision without checking out some other options.

Is R.A. Dickey Having The Mets Best Pitching Season Ever?

R.A. Dickey is now 19-6 for the 2012 Mets.  That gives him a winning percentage of .760 on a team that currently has a winning percentage of .450.  If you take out Dickey’s win loss record from this year, the Mets winning percentage is .389.  Now look at the year Dwight Gooden had in 1985, which many Mets fans consider the best season of any Mets pitcher in history.  Gooden that year had a record of 24-4, which gives him a winning percentage of .857 on a team that ended with a winning percentage of .604.  In games Gooden did not get a decision, the Mets ended with a winning percentage of  .552.
So Dickey this year is outperforming the team by 37% while Gooden was 30% better then the rest of the 1985  Mets.  Gooden did have a lower ERA and more strikeouts, which some would argue would be put his season ahead of Dickey’s.  I would argue that Dickey doing what he is doing on a team that has been putrid since the end of June is the most impressive pitching performance ever by a Met.   Either way, the fact we can have this discussion is one of the most mind boggling baseball events I have seen in my life.  Even during an awful 2012 season, it is nice to have something to root for as a Mets fan.  Let’s hope Dickey gets to 20 wins this week.

The Truth About Taxes in The US

Here is a chart that I am guessing Mitt Romney does not want people to see. It shows that the everyone in the USA is paying their fair share, and in fact taxes as a whole are not very progressive in this country. This might be why when he goes around talking about tax cuts, he only talks about cutting taxes for those not in the “47%” which means making our system even less progressive and tilted even more toward the top.
The chart shows that the top 1% earn a a little over 20% of the income and pay a little over 20% of the taxes. It takes in to account all taxes including your local and state which no one likes to talk about.