It feels like it’s been a decade since the barrage of political signs and commercials and news reports first started to command our continuous attention. However, with yesterday officially being Election Day, it’s finally over.
The thing about an election, especially one that was relatively close as this year’s presidential election was, is that half of us are going to be happy about the results while the other half are saddened. Like it or not, TV personality and real estate mogul Donald Trump is going to be our 45th American President, having beat Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton in what became a very painful election.
Every election-related news report for the past six months (if not more) has either cited claims of Trump’s bigotry and misogyny or called Hillary Clinton out for her email scandal. To many people, this presidential election would be about choosing the lesser of two evils rather than voting for the individual who would truly be a great president. And as the campaign progressed, it was less and less about Republican versus Democratic sensibilities and more about which candidate would be the least dirty after being dragged through the mud by the other.
I’m not all that politically-minded myself, but I’ll say this much: Between the two main candidates, I would’ve been the most comfortable with the one who was an actual politician versus the reality TV star. There’s really not much else to say on the matter other than that I really hope Donald Trump doesn’t screw things up too much. Who knows? Maybe he’ll surprise us.
In other news, it’s been quite a big month in the tech world. As I wrote previously, Google released the new Pixel phones as well as a handful of other devices, including Google Home, the new Chromecast Ultra, and the Daydream View, which is Google’s new VR headset that will be released in just a few days. On paper, the quality of the Pixel phones is indisputable but admittedly lackluster. Aside from the Google Assistant, it doesn’t really seem like the Pixels have anything special to offer. However, you definitely have to get them in your hand to fully appreciate the quality. I’m not entirely sure if I’m ready to put my OnePlus 3 back into its box for good, but I’ve been enjoying my Pixel XL quite a bit more than I even expected.
Obviously, you can expect a full review very soon — it’s actually already in progress.
The start of November also brought with it Doctor Strange, Marvel’s fourteenth installment in the MCU and a movie I’ve been really excited for. I don’t want to spoil my review — which is also in the works — but it was awesome! I can’t wait to share my thoughts in a little more detail when I release my full review.
Besides the Pixel XL and Doctor Strange, I’ve got a few other things I want to review, too. I have the new second-generation Amazon Echo Dot to unbox and review, and I’m considering reviewing the OnePlus swag from their new OnePlus Gear lineup since I just got some goodies in the mail yesterday.