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More about vegan terminology…

After my post I wrote about vegan terminology I felt that even though I said a lot, I have even more to say about it. First of all, is it really that important to use the terminology for everything? I mean, if you’re a meat eater, you generally do not have a term for it. You just eat food and probably do not care about where it comes from, if you eat an animal like a cow or a pig or that your shampoo has been tested on animals as well. I mean – who cares, right? The same thing should also apply if you’re vegetarian in some shape or form. As long as you eat a certain vegan-ish way that should mean that everything is fine, right?

Life was certainly a lot easier back then when I knew nothing about my food. I just ate it and felt as good as I possibly could, even though I’ve been sort of sick my whole life fro fibromyalgia, IBS and the like. I did not think about the consequences that my food choice made on the planet or my health. It was just food. Today it is so different and I’m not perfect, but today I think it is really important to use words correctly in order to not mislead or confuse people. Especially since so many people still do not care about what they eat and how it affects health, animals and our planet. That is why terminology is important to me, and why the term for vegan(ism) has to change.

What I have learned now, going back since like 2012 when I first got to know a vegan personally and watched documentaries like forks over knives has really changed my life. I have learned that us humans are somewhere between herbivores and frugivores, that animal agriculture is the leading cause alone to climate change. I’ve also learned that it is possible to reverse a lot of diseases and prevent basically every single one of them as well by eating a healthy vegan diet. That is why I feel that the correct information regarding all of this needs to get out there, even though I am not yet a vegan by its terminology. Like you’ve probably read – I’m vegetarian that consumes eggs, dairy and sometimes honey. And I’m lazy and eat a lot of processed crap! But I’m striving towards being vegan someday and I hope it will be possible for me to be a vegan within 5 years or so. By the end of 2018 I at least hope I’ll have the habit of being a somewhat semi-vegan eating primarily WFPB for health reasons, but if I’m being realistic that will only work for weeks or maybe a few months at the time since I’m so lazy and have like zero energy most days. But I’m trying my best!

Anyways, on with the post. What I wanted to write about today is more about the whole thing of not being vegan enough. Like it is against the law to call yourself vegan if you do not do it for the animals. I AM SO SICK OF THAT!!! Like I mentioned in my earlier post, I base being vegan on what you eat, regardless if you eat WFPB or vegan junk food or perhaps a mix of both. YOU ARE VEGAN IF YOU EAT VEGAN FOOD!

The main reason I wanted to say something more about this whole thing that’s going on is because it feels like if you are only (and I mean only) vegan for the animals, that would mean that lab grown meat is your ultimate goal. Because then you could eat meat without worrying about the animals. Since it’s coming from real animal flesh and muscles and bones, but no animals had been killed or hurt in the process – you’d all go back to eating meat when there is a final product out there, right? Because – who cares when no animals are killed or hurt, right? Meat is vegan if no animals were hurt or killed for it, right? Even though meat is defined as an animal product? It has to be vegan if no animals were hurt or killed in the process, right? It is only vegan if you think about the animals, right? And if you are vegan for the animals you do not think about your own health, because there is no need to, right? If you are vegan, you cannot possibly also eat healthy foods as well, because then you’d be plant based and never considered being vegan, right?

I think that is such wrongness to use the word vegan for. It makes me feel like you think of cows like walking carrots with feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I have heard people say this, and regard animals as plants, when the food (or animal) itself is not being anywhere vegetarian. An animal is defined as an animal and plants are defined as plants. At least I know that much. You can combine the two and eat a somewhat omnivorous diet, but as being a vegetarian, still consuming eggs and dairy it is important to know that the animal products are still animal products. They complement the plant foods you’re eating. The egg is not a vegetarian product, nor is the dairy. By saying that, it’s totally fine to eat like an omelette if you’re vegetarian, but that does not mean you’re eating plants by just consuming the omelette. See what I mean?

People for real counts eggs as being a fruit or something, fish and chickens for beings without emotions and dairy as a magical formula that just pours out of the cows for no reason that we as humans also must consume to help save the cows. All vegetarian, of course if you’d consider yourself being one. Like, WTF?!

Ok, you might think I’m overreacting here and I wish I was, but I’ve thought about this for a while now and I’m only getting more angry over the whole thing. The video linked above to GojiMan on YouTube enhanced these feelings for me even more. He says in the video that it’s great to be vegan for the animals (and I agree), but he ultimately concludes (or something) that all vegans who do it for the animals only eat junk food. That cannot possibly be right? I think talking about veganism in that matter only makes the whole thing about “you’re not vegan enough” crap that’s spreading like wildfire on YouTube, especially, a whole lot worse.

Let’s get one thing straight, though… I know there are so called junk food vegans out there and that is totally fine. I also am well aware about the Plant Based movement as well, but to automatically suggest or claim that vegans can only call themselves vegan if they ONLY do it for the animals is so sickening and it is not helping the vegan movement at all. Of course it is really important to think about the animals when you’re discussing or talking about veganism or vegetarianism. It matters! Their lives matters! But our health matters as well and so does the planet’s health. So it is important to go vegan for all reasons and to relax and accept all vegans for their reasons to go vegan. As long as they eat vegan food, everything should be fine but apparently it is not. Like WTF?! I also think it’s fine (like I’m trying to do) to take your time to get rid and switch the animal products in your home in the time and manners that suit you. Like switching to vegan/cruelty-free make-up products and shampoo and next time you need to buy a new sofa, you do not buy a leather one. Just because you go vegan (for whatever reason)doesn’t mean you have to change everything over night. It can be a process over time. And that’s fine! The most important thing is to start with what you’re eating and eat vegan defined foods.

As another example, I watched this video yesterday or something and I think it’s like pure harassment that people who are vegans (for the animals, of course 😉 ) hate her and say that she can’t call herself vegan because she’s doing it for other reasons than the animals? I mean, WTF?! Ok, in the video she says that she sometimes eat fish, like on Christmas eve or something and a few other days of the year. Otherwise she eats vegan. I’d personally call her a semi-vegan and I understand her reasons for making it easy when she orders stuff in restaurants to say she’s vegan, because she primarily eats like that 99% of the year. At least that’s how I interpreted her. I might be wrong. What is wrong is other vegans hating on her because she does not do it for the animals! It is so crazy. She says herself in the video that nobody cared when she ate meat, but when she’s vegan – but not for the animals, then there is war!

I don’t know… it is all so silly. I wish that things will go back to normal and being vegan – no matter for what reasons is ok, and that it is okay as well to be a junk food vegan or being a healthy WFPB eater. Thinking that the vegan word does not only have to mean it’s all about the animals will do a whole lot more for the vegan movement I think in the long run. Being a vegan ultimately starts with your diet!

What about you?

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Going cruelty-free, can really f*ck you up…

About a week ago, I thought I’d surely go bald and it has felt like my head has been on fire off and on since then. The reason? Well, I washed my hair with undiluted Dr. Bronner Castile Soap and that was a pure nightmare or something. The good news is that I did not go bald and everything is now better, but this has really freaked me out!

Why I want to go cruelty-free.

Well, that’s pretty simple. For the animals and the planet. Since going vegetarian I have slowly trying to eat better and go more “vegan” or something like that. I fail most of the time, pretty miserably, but I try. What I mean by trying is that I actively try to eat mainly vegan and mostly Whole Foods which are Plant Based. WFPB for short, just so you know. I really want to maximize my fiber intake and lose the weight without having to do vigorous activity. Because exercising is so boring!  I proved that it can happen a few weeks during the summer of 2017, so I know that eating a lot of fiber helps with weight loss. But this part is also about the cruelty-free part. I went vegetarian primarily for health reasons and for weight loss. That doesn’t mean, however that I do not know about the horrors that occurs in the animal agriculture business of things. But I do this anyways primarily for health reasons, and by not being officially vegan and also not being a WFPB vegan, you can expect that I am not losing weight since being just a vegetarian is too easy. There’s milk and eggs in everything and me and the “hubby” (aka the BF) loves all the packaged, processed stuff so that is why we are not losing weight and why it, for me may seem pointless to do this mainly for health reasons. But I’ll get there eventually. I have to, I mean… I hate being overweight! And I really dislike to exercise because of various reasons. Mostly due to the Swedish crappy weather… But it is still so boring!

I have now been a vegetarian for over a year and I love it. It works wonderfully. But now I feel like I’m ready to do more. Both for the environment, for my personal health and for the animals. That is why I’m slowly starting to eat more WFPB stuff and also why I’m curious about going cruelty-free as well. I have washed my hair on and off for over a year with a vegan product called Malibu C  with their Undo-goo shampoo and Illumin8 conditioner.I love the smell of them, but the shampoo tends to create residue and buildup in my hair after a while. The conditioner and the shampoo are amazing, however! Therefor, I have temporarily gone back to only using Head & Shoulder’s shampoo for dandruff. It works wonders and I love it, but the animal aspects of it and all of the gunk that’s being poured out into the ocean etc. due to me washing my hair with it is starting to get to me. That’s why I’d like to find something better. Preferably something that both me and my BF could use, because I love sharing the same shampoo with him. It saves space and money in the shower, you know 😛 .

The horrible experience with Dr. Bronner’s Soap…

The main reason why I started out with Dr Bronner, is mainly due to my family. My brother and sister have been health nuts for years, especially due to the environmental parts of it all. They use as little processed stuff as possible in their diet as well as in their homes. They have been using Dr Bronner for years and I’ve gotten curious about the products as well, so I wanted to try it out for myself. I found an online apothecary that sells Dr Bronner’s stuff and I was also able to buy small traveling packs as well. This is what I ordered. After a few days it got delivered and I believe I washed my hair with it on Saturday. At first I followed the instructions and took ½ a tablespoon undiluted and washed my hair with it. It did barely lather and it felt generally weird to wash my hair with it. I did not, however follow up with their recommended rinse, because I did not know you needed to! My hair felt worse than it used to way back when I tried to do a “no ‘poo” thing for my hair. It felt dirty, greasy and it stood out by itself when I brushed it. The day after it felt like crap and I had to wash it again. This time I made the worst mistake ever! This time I probably took 3 tablespoons worth of the stuff and then it finally lathered and felt like normal shampoo. I was relieved then that it worked, but when I washed it out… Oh, My Frickin’ God! My hair turned into a fatty, greasy lump of I have no idea what! It was completely unmanageable! I was horrified! I thought that after this, my BF is gonna have to shave it all off, because this is not happening! I immediately washed my hair with some of the normal shampoo and I followed up with some Malibu C conditioner just to be safe. Then my hair felt like normal, but afterwards… Then the real nightmare started. The following morning I woke up with a feeling that my head was feeling extremely warm. It was like a localized fever on my scalp. I was not red, however and have not been since, but it felt really warm. Ever since then I had to wash my hair multiple times, both with water and with just regular shampoo. I’ve also had to splash some water on my head to cool it down a little. I think the feeling started to go away on Thursday or something, but it has been going on and off sometimes since then as well. And I thankfully still have all of my hair and it is still shiny as usual! I also have not lost any more hair than usual, so everything is fine. I just regret this whole experience!

The conclusion.

I will never, ever use Dr Bronner to wash my hair again and I am warning you to not do it either. At least not how I did it. Dilute it! Use the acidic rinse afterwards that they recommend or something… But what about other cruelty-free products? I’d really like to start using that stuff, but I am so afraid of doing so! This event has scared the shits out of me or something, so for now I’ve gone back to using crappier products that tests on animals and pollutes our planet. I am to scared to try anything that’s remotely better. In general, however I am hoping to one day have switched all of my hygiene products to vegan, cruelty-free options. Everything from shampoo to toothpaste to my daily lip balm. But as of now – I’m to scared to try it.

What are your experience with Dr Bronner and other cruelty-free products. Let me know in the comments below!

Make up your mind, would ya?

Nope. Not gonna happen. I’ll continue being stupid because that’s how I roll, baby! If you have no clue what I’m talking about, I’m referring to the always-moving-all-the-blogs-all-ze-fricking-time or something like that. But it’s not like you care, because people still are not reading this blog, so I’m writing this because I feel like it.

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The blog has a new url. Again. I am personally thrilled about this, and since I got such a low readership and followers as of now, I do not see a problem with making this move. Hey, at least I’ve decided to stay with wp.com and sort of never have to deal with web hosts again, but I know and recognize that this happened a bit to fast. If I’d been smart, which I basically never am when it comes to blogging, SEO and shit, I’d contact the support team at wp.com to figure out from the start if I could get back the old wp.com sites I’ve used before. Since this was possible, it would have been great to have made the move right from the start to a better url, but like I mentioned before – I SUCK AT STUFF! At least thinking before hand. I actually think about stuff way more than normal people do. Some stuff basically never leaves my mind and I’m constantly preoccupied with some stupid idea that I probably do not need to think about, but there’s nothing I can do about it. The only thing I can do is NOT act upon really stupid shit, like buying an iPhone just like that. I’m glad I managed to not do that. Really. This is not that stupid, at least not in my tiny little mind… It is just so annoying I didn’t think of this before I made the move to wp.com!

Also, if I’d known from the start with all the crap I’ve gone through with switching web hosts left and right for the last 10 years or so, I’d just kept blogging at wordpress.com and bought my domains through here instead. I never really blogged here, either. I kept a “test blog”, to try out wp.com. I’ve also done so with basically every other blogging platform out there, and self hosted was “always” the best option. The reason why I did not stay here was because I wanted to learn more about WordPress and have 100% control over my stuff, but that hasn’t really gotten me anywhere, unfortunately. In Sweden we have a saying that’s something like “it’s easy to be wise after the event”, and this is just another one of those moments where I should have waited, thought about it more or just plainly skip it. There is a lot of things I regret, but I’ll share that in another post.

Anywho… I’m just really happy that I managed to get back a better url for my blog. Even though the former url did not suck balls, I really missed the old url. And now I have it again! If you’re a bit lazy or something, I’ll keep the best url of them all and redirect it here, which is greatdanemaniac.com

Well, I guess I’ll keep seeing you here then in the future. And when the readership grows someday I hope the blog will return to the main url as well, but I’m being realistic here and I’m not keeping my hopes up at all. I’ll just keep blogging, because it’s so much fun!

And because I need this struggle.

 

The verdict of blogging at WordPress.com…

I’ve been using WordPress.com for a few weeks now as my blogging platform and so far I love it. The only part I dislike is getting readers, because it seems that isn’t happening over here either. But I know it is not WP.com’s fault! I must be doing something wrong, or I’m writing about non-interesting stuff.

The pros and cons

Like I mentioned above I really like the move here. WP.com really has a lot of benefits over self hosted WordPress. For one, I do not have to mess with stupid web hosts! I can focus on blogging and do that no matter if the readers come or not. I like the UI a lot more as well and the fact that I can finally use Google photos properly when I’d like to use a personal photo in a post. It’s also possible to insert a featured image via url as well, and I’ve done so in this post.

I finally have a blogging platform that will work and continue to do so for as long as I continue to blog in my life. However, I’m still struggling over if it was the best choice to keep writing in English as well. I want to keep doing it right now, because I feel like doing it. The no readers part is just so sad. The Facebook page is practically non-existent as well and I do not like to nag at people so they start following it. I already run like 4 FB pages (including the one for this blog) and two of them have decent following. I also run basically every FB page we use at work so it’s a lot to keep up with. However, after I started writing this post on my phone last night, I decided to make an experiment and I invited basically all of my FB friends and it’s a success! I’ve gone from 3 likes to at least 19 since yesterday evening, and that’s awesome! Maybe there’s hope anyway? I certainly do wish that many of those who likes my FB page will come to read the posts as well.

The cons are few. Basically I’d wish that I could have a personal domain without paying for it, or easily get back my old url that I’ve used in the past when I tried WP.com in secret just because I could. I probably could talk to the support about it. They should know that I’m the original owner of some domains I’ve used here, but I don’t know if it’s worth it. If only I could get like a steady 20+ readers or so for every post, it would be worth it but now it seems more like I’m doomed and this English blog is only here for my own stupid reasons. Blogging, anyways should always be something you first and mainly thing you do for yourself. If you get readers and comments, congrats! If not, then keep on doing it anyway because you’re doing this for yourself. Everything else is just a bonus.

But I love blogging, and I really do not care. Or at least I do my best not to care by doing just this – nag and be negative about not getting readers. I haven’t really cared or thought about this “problem” for a long time now, but it saddens me yet again that this blog is so far unsuccessful, but I hope that will change with me gaining more FB page followers.

Well, if you’ve read this far, I thank you and I thank you even more if you follow my FB page and also my YouTube channels. The main one, which you’ll find here, I’ll plan on uploading a video soon, so please keep a lookout for the next video there. Thanks!

Vegan terminology.

I think I have to write about veganism and what I think of the terms in using plant based eating, morale and ethics. My personal view might not match other people’s view of being vegan, vegetarian or any other term used when regards to eating primarily plants. The inspiration for this post came from this video below from the great YouTube channel Footsoldier. He does great videos about a “vegan” who’s called herself Unnatural Vegan (UV for short) on YouTube and she is really (in my world and others) really, frickin’ unnatural and I do not believe for one second that she actually is vegan. Footsoldier says she’s a shill for the meat industry, and he might be right. Something does not add up here. Anyways… Let’s get on with the post – but watch the linked video below, first.

My opinions regarding this mess:

I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian. That means I do not consume any kind of animal based meat, but I do consume dairy products and egg products. I eat honey(rarely, do not like it), but some lacto-ovo vegetarians might choose not to. I do not eat gelatin, but it’s very easy to miss it since it’s mostly found in candy and medicine. Many people refer being vegetarian as being lacto and/or ovo vegetarian, so if I just write vegetarian from now on in this post, that is what I’m referring to. Not being vegan.

A vegan in my book can be a vegan for many reasons. For the animals, for health, for the planet. No matter what – I personally agree with saying that your vegan if you do it for these different kinds of reasons. Anything is fine, really. If you are considered a vegan, that means in my very personal book of terminology, that you do not eat any kind of animal products. However, I am a bit unclear regarding if honey is considered vegan or not. My closest vegan friend consumes it (as far as I know) an still calls herself vegan, and that’s fine in my book. A vegan for me is based on what you eat. If you’d like to add to that, that you do not buy any animal products of any kind, you don’t go to the circus, or have leather shoes etc – that’s fine too. In my book, you’re still vegan – because you eat vegan foods and not any animal products. You’re still vegan. You are also still vegan if you still use your leather sofa at home, because you bought it when you were not vegan, and you are still vegan if you use a shampoo with animal products in them or they have been tested on animals. Remember, I’m basing veganism on what you eat, not your moral beliefs.

Being plant based is a term that’s come up lately as well. It’s mainly for those people who “just eat vegan”, but might care or do less in regards for the animals. In my book, I call these people vegan – because they are vegan. At least according to me. It’s fine to call them vegan, and not just “Plant Based”. If you’re eating a WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) diet, which is the healthiest kinds of diets, than that’s great – but I’d still consider you being vegan. There should not be any shame in that. However, many people refrain from calling themselves vegan because they are never “vegan enough” according to some people. My reasons for saying this is explained in this very long “documentary” from VegSource that you see below:

In this video, we’ll get to know the history behind veganism and it actually began with just eating a vegan diet. Aka, just food from plants. The animal rights part came much later and today veganism is defined as:

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

If you consider yourself being vegan for the reasons in the quote above (fetched from The Vegan Society), then that’s fine too. You’re vegan. Congrats!

Vegan vs. cruelty-free.

There are many products out there (or practices) that call them self vegan. Lab grown meat, just to mention something new. In my view – any kind of meat derived from animals is not vegan, since it’s real meat. However, I’d consider that being cruelty-free instead, since no animals have to die in order for us to get meat. It’s a great way to get meat, without hurting animals and destroying the planet in the process. I also believe that any kind of lab-grown meat should primarily be used as pet food, since cats and dogs + other pets we might own are carnivorous and should not eat carbohydrates. I am of the opinion that humans are herbivores. Not omnivores!

The impossible burger and the beyond burger is vegan, because they are derived from plants. So is any other normal vegan product that label themselves vegan, such as soy patties. Some quorn products are not vegan, because they contain egg. They are ovo-vegetarian. It also says so on the package. Another amazing company that is trying to change the world into becoming perfect (for being a lazy, somewhat unhealthy vegan) is Perfect Day. They’re trying to make dairy products without the cow. Not like any other dairy substitute either, like soy milk. Nope, these people are creating dairy milk that acts, looks and tastes like the real thing and they’re doing it with yeast. It’s absolutely amazing. If it will be healthier than original dairy products remains to be seen, but it sure will help with many people going vegan.

The one thing keeping me from going vegan for real is dairy products. In Sweden we have something called Creme Fraiche. It’s like sour cream, but fattier and tastier. Creme Fraiche and heavy cream keeps me from going vegan, basically because today there are no products that replicates the taste and the function of the original made-from-cow dairy products that we consume today. Oatly has an iFraiche, but it is way to sweet and taste like apples. I do not like. I do love their cooking cream, iMat and their yoghurts.

Vegans who consumes any kind of animal based product on a regular basis, like eggs (vegg-ans? such crazy shit!) or meat because of a mistake the restaurant made are not vegans. So called vegg-ans that eat eggs sometimes are in my book ovo-vegetarians (or semi-vegans). If you’re considering yourself to be a vegan, but sometimes knowingly eat animal products (like for the explanations in the video with UV and Footsoldier), I’d call you a Semi-vegan. Or an “off and on” vegan. If you’ve by mistake consumed meat products, I’d still call you vegan, because you did not know you were eating animal products. The difference is if you knowingly eat animal products or not.

It’s also perfectly fine to have a laid-back attitude towards being vegan. For example, if you momentarily share a spoon or a fork with somebody who just ate animal products (without clear animal products being on the fork), it’s not the end of the world. I myself have a laid-back attitude on being vegetarian. That means, for me that I’m nice to meat eaters and I do my best to spread the word of veganism without shoving it down their throats or complain about their bad habits of still eating animal products. I also do my best to not spread false information, unlike UV on Youtube.

A Semi-vegan is a person who eats vegan, but sometimes rarely consumes animal products. Whether it’s a steak once a month, or some Christmas ham every year, or even eats lacto-ovo a couple times a month, I’d call you a Semi-vegan. I myself earlier this year could practically call my self a semi-vegan, because I ate like 95% vegan for many weeks in a row. My weeks back then were based on vegan breakfasts and lunches and sometimes the dinners contained a tiny amount of cheese, milk and/or egg products.

I wish I could go back to eating that way, because it made me loose weight without doing any real exercise. Eating that way, I basically without hassle ate around at least 40-60 grams of fiber per day! A typical day looked like this:

  • Oatmeal for breakfasts with berries or granola with vegan yoghurt. Around 15 grams of fiber per serving.
  • Lentil Stew with various veggies and spices. At least 20 grams of fiber per serving.
  • Vegggie packed dinner, like roasted root vegetables with oumph, potaoes and a sauce with tiny amounts of dairy and/or eggs. At least 25 grams of fiber per serving.
  • Snacks during the day were based on fruits (sometimes dried) or berries. At least 10 grams of fiber per serving.

I have since then put back on a few inches around the waist, since I’ve gone back to eating a lot more dairy and egg products, but I’ve gone down a pant-size. My goal is always to eat as much WFPB as possible, but it’s hard when you do not have the energy required to cook the food in the first place. Being vegetarian is also so easy, and especially being an unhealthy one since there’s dairy and eggs in like every packaged food out there. If I’d go vegan, I’d probably by default become much healthier and I’d eat more plants, because you’re basically forced to, even though there are plenty of unhealthy vegan options out there.

Being a semi-vegan is also a huge goal. I’d love it if I could eat basically all of my breakfasts, lunches and dinners vegan. Heavily focused on being Whole Foods Plant Based, packed with fiber and all the nutrients, and still have cheat days, where it’s ok to eat cheese, candy and chocolate milk that contain dairy and/or eggs.

There are many different kinds of terms you could use if you’re somewhere on the plant-based-eating-spectrum. Now you know a little bit more of where I stand.

And I’ll continue writing about this later. No matter if nobody reads my blog or not!

 

My wishlist for my next phone (OnePlus6)

Yeah, I’ve talked a lot about phones lately, but I have a very short wish list regarding my next phone, that’ll probably be the OnePlus 6, and not 5T, since I’ve decided to keep the Lenovo P2 for a bit longer. It’s a decision I feel somewhat comfortable with, since the Lenovo P2 is slowly growing on me.

Another macro shot of some sushi. Taken with a Lenovo P2. The images keep getting better!

Specs & shit…

Like I said in an earlier post, I’d like to have smooth and reliable phone that I don’t want to upgrade soon after I’ve gotten it. It has to last me like 2 years or so before I feel I want another phone. It’s pretty much always been like that for me before and I like to continue that trend. Of course it has to be as close to (if not actually) stock android as possible. The only choices I have there are the Pixel phones (which do not sell officially in Sweden, and probably never will do), maybe the Essential phone or the OnePlus phones. From what I’ve learned, I would really like to try out the OP family and hope it will be to my satisfaction. OP phones are not expensive either, so that’s good. In Swedish money, the current OP5T is like at just the right price point I think. It’s about a $100 more expensive in Europe than in the U.S, but for me it really is an ok price for the specs you get.

I really do not care that much about chipsets, RAM or storage, but it would be nice to try OP’s gigantic 6 or 8 GB RAM models, just to see if it makes a difference in the android experience. Some have said that more RAM helps with typing, and apps not reloading if you leave it. Like if you click on an article you’d like to read in your Facebook feed, and when you return to Facebook, you’ll have to start at the beginning again, because FB has very much conveniently forgotten where it was that you left. I hate that! One huge minus on the Lenovo is that it keeps happening over and over again, so reading articles on FB is something I take huge risks on every time I’d like to read something that has been linked to a blog or website.

The only two things I’d like.

Let’s play and say that the OP5T is the perfect phone. Or at least almost the perfect phone. At least we have something to start with here… Without having to tried it, held it or played around with it, the only thing I’d like to add to the OP5T’s features are OIS (with EIS also) and stereo front speakers. At least that is what I’d like to have right now. Huge bonuses would also be if the phone would come in more really colorful colors. The Lava Red version will soon be released in China. That gave me an idea that I’d like the OP phones to come (even if it’s limited edition versions) in a lot more colors – or if it was a lot easier to find colorful cases for the phones. I’m talking Hot Pink, Midnight Blue, Really Green, Purple Poison etc. Not my choice of names. They’re just to give you an idea on what type of colors I’d like the OP line of future phones to have. I’d love to have a truly pink phone, or a really pink/Magenta case, but if I’d have a Samsung or an iPhone – that problem would be solved ages ago. Unfortunately, OP or the Lenovo are not that big, so finding the perfect cases for those phones is pretty hard. I’d also would love to be able to print my own case. There are a lot of places that offer that service, but only to Samsung or Apple products, and that also sucks.

The camera question

Lots of people say that the only thing letting the OP family of phones down is the camera. I don’t know what I think about that. I’ve probably seen every available video about the 5T these past few weeks, and I’ve seen my share of photos and videos. Sometimes the photos look bland, terrible, blurry and oily. Other times they look absolutely stunning! Same for the video. Then I saw this video (seen below) of the OnePlus 5 (not the 5T!) and my mind was blown. It probably has a perfect camera, at least for me. When I take photos I basically take macro shots of my food or selfies. When I record video, at least videos that are meant to be shared, I use a tripod or something like that. In the future, when I actually have a Great Dane, I might buy a Gimble or something to go along with it. I basically never take photos in HDR mode. Some people in the OP forums have mentioned that if you turn of HDR, the photos will improve a whole lot and that’s good news. I really do hope that in time I’ll buy my next phone, whether it will be the OP6 or perhaps even OP6T (if I really can last that long), that the camera will be absolutely amazing. If the camera is basically anything like the video below, it is really good enough for me.

Conclusion.

Well, only time will tell when I’ll get my next phone and hopefully it will be sometime next year. I like the Lenovo P2. It’s a good phone. The battery is the nicest feature about it. The performance is ok, but I do not hate the phone. I would never go back to the Blackberry, unless the Lenovo really breaks really bad in the future long before I can get a OP phone.

Let’s just say that 2017 has been a really strange year… Smartphones included.

This blog is now at WordPress.com

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Photo of a Chihuahua mix that my mother-in-law has in her home. Photo is mainly for attention purposes.

This is basically just a re-post from my Swedish blog, to let you know that all of my blogs have moved from evil web hosts to WordPress.com. I like this move, and I hope it will continue to work for me. However, since I now blog in both Swedish & English, I thought it would be best if this blog had its own site. It’s pretty stupid to blend a multilingual blog, especially since it’s pretty hard to do, even if you have self hosted WordPress.

I’ve had that for years and loved it. However, the web hosts I’ve used have basically all been messing me up over the years and the latest (and current, since I won’t get rid of them until may of next year 😡), and now I came to a breaking point making me really want to leave web hosts once and for all!

This blog will stay as a free blog, until I get a pleasant readership that’s worth paying for. Before, if I was lucky, I’d get like 5 visitors per week to greatdanemaniac.com. We’ll see how many will join me now. The blog will stay the same. The same kind of ironic and annoying feelings and I’ll keep on swearing a lot. You have been warned.

This blog also has a new url. It is now gdmrants.wordpress.com. I am pretty pleased that the subdomain was available. If I’d been smart, I’d kept or at least I’d make sure that my wordpress.com blogs would have been available for my use, but no. I thought forever and ever that I’d never have a proper wp.com blog, but now I do, and I’ll probably stay this way for as long as I’ll keep blogging. I hope it will be for the rest of my life.

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