Your experience isn't standard - I've got three of them, no wifi problems at all. Like everything, they're subject to interference, so you might want to move it around and see if that solves your problem.
Get a Roku. Cheap and awesome, and it'll go with you if you switch TVs or upgrade.
...isn't a lack of talent, or retaining students, or anything else related to business - it's crime. The once-quaint "beach bums" are actually violent street kids and mentally ill homeless people, and unless you're on campus and removed from the city itself, you can't help but to experience this everywhere you go.
I lived there for four years while at UC Santa Cruz, and while there was a street kid problem then (15 years ago), it's much worse now, crime rates are up, and I don't feel safe there at all, just walking down the street. I've lived in various low-income communities, and for the most part they're "just" poor - there's crime, of course, but you can walk down the street safely. Santa Cruz is absurdly rich for some people, destitute for others, and it attracts a homeless/street population that make it no longer worth visiting. It's sad but true.
Used book stores are generally great for browsing or discovering new things, but when you need a textbook or a specific copy of something, good luck. I love them too, but they don't serve all my needs.
Totally depends what you're doing. I can tell Siri "Remind me to call my mom when I get home", and she does it. If I were to input this without voice, It would require me to open up menus to the reminder app, tell the system who I'd like to call, that I'd like a location-based reminder, and what that location is (though I'm not sure iOS can do this without Siri). Even if there were a macro for it, it wouldn't be any faster than asking Siri outright by voice.
There are absolutely things that are easier to do by hand, but voice certainly has advantages.
Siri reads back the text by default if you're in the eyes-free mode. But her text-to-speech isn't always easy to understand, so it's hard to tell sometimes if she got it right.
I've never understood the fascination so many tech luddites and techies-who-think-they're-cool-by-hating-being-on-the-internet to try to erase their online presence. It'll only come back to bite you.
You don't have to share everything, but establishing your presence and "owning your name" gives you some measure of control in regards to what people find if they search for you. If you go the "you can't see me" route, anyone with a vendetta or anything (good or bad) that gets you in the news is suddenly all anyone searching sees. You can't control everything by being online, but you certainly have more control than if you try to hide.
Because you don't have to look at them, nor do they get in your way (or your pet's way). It's the same reason I put my groceries away in cabinets instead of leaving them all on the counter...
I guess it comes down to different people's different interpretations of the word "bigotry". Neither American Atheists nor any major freethought/atheist group in the US is trying to take rights away from anyone, they want things like removing religion from publicly funded institutions (schools, courtrooms, etc) and to stop oppression of the non-religious.
For me, removing Christian prayer from a public school football game isn't bigotry at all, but a Christian group trying to deny gays the right to marry most certainly is. I can understand that others see this differently. I don't even think your example is bigotry; it's just a poorly-thought out approach and rude.
It's a national group with thousands of members, and has existed for a number of decades. Of course there are bigots in it - just like any other group with similar size and history.
I assume the same, though his rogue capitalization and blatant lies made me wonder if he actually meant some other group.
Disclaimer: I am a former state director for American Atheists. They're weird folks, but they're not institutionally bigots in any way, even toward the religious.
What, exactly, is the "American Atheist Association"? No such organization exists. If you're going to make up accusations, at least make them up about a group that isn't imaginary.
No, "TV" is a device that allows me to watch visual and audio stimuli - it's unrelated to the content, which is what you're describing. I choose what I put on my television, and I'm sorry if you've only been exposed to the kind of programming you've described.
Also, everything you've just discussed can be said for books (and many websites, for that matter). Are you giving up reading and internet surfing, too?
Your brain needs relaxation too - TV's no different than reading a book or any other mostly passive activity. The secret, of course, is moderation.
You know who else knows when your house is empty? EVERY NEIGHBOR YOU HAVE. It takes about two days to figure out someone's work schedule.
Also, Foursquare checkins (except for mayorships and tips) can be private (and are by default). Non-story.