Find a Pot Dealer, Nuclear Gaming, and Mac or PC?

Dear Brian,
How do you find a weed dealer in an area where weed is being decriminalized?

Google “marijuana dispensary,” and you’ll find their websites. They’re businesses like any other and looking to be found. Searching on your phone makes it more likely that your location will be taken into account and you’ll find localized results.

You can also use Weedmaps, Leafly, and even Google Maps, though there aren’t as many bold enough to directly map themselves on Google.

If you’re looking for someone who will sell you weed that’s not a dispensary for whatever reason, just ask around town. Oregon, Colorado, and Washington are very easy places to find weed dealers.

Dear Brian,
How powerful would a nuclear-powered gaming console be?
Ignoring the fact that we’d be killed by radiation of course.

If you’re living in the U.S., odds are you already have a nuclear-powered everything. I feel like you’re misunderstanding what nuclear power (and power supplies in general) actually do. It’s not like you get bitten by a radioactive spider and suddenly gain the powers of Spider-Man.

If you mean you want a gaming console that’s capable of taking full advantage of a nuclear power plant, you’d need something along the lines of the NSA’s supercomputer. You’d have a room-sized server filled with processors and graphics cards.

Of course, all that power would be useless since there’d be nothing developed for it, and you’d have to spend billions to create a game for it in which you’d be the only person playing.

You can gain the feeling of “nuclear-powering” a video game console by simply joining the PC master race. If you were to spend $5000 on a gaming rig, you could easily create a gaming experience on your PC that no console could possibly match.

Hell, look at the minimum specs for the Oculus Rift – it’s about $1200, and you can definitely see the difference in 4K VR vs 1080P or less, which is what your console is cranking out if you even have it hooked up right.

Dear Brian,
Should I buy a MacBook Pro or a Windows laptop?
I am a high school student that will be using it for Internet browsing, Microsoft Office, and a bit of video and photo editing using Photoshop and Premiere Pro. I am wondering if I should buy a windows laptop or a MacBook Pro (2015, 13″ 2.7GHz i5 8GB 128GB 1800NZD) or a cheaper Windows laptop with similar or higher-end specs (about 1500NZD).

Buy whichever one you’re comfortable with. Both Mac and PC have good and bad points, and it’s more a matter of preference than anything else.

It’s cheaper to upgrade a PC, but that doesn’t matter much with a laptop until it gets older. Odds are you’ll replace it when it gets too outdated.

If you’re into aesthetic, then a Mac is the way to go. If you want power, go for a PC. Apple has a closed software ecosystem, while Microsoft is pushing toward an SaaS (software as a service) subscription model for Windows these days.

You can install Linux on either, but that doesn’t matter much if you’re focusing more on Office and Photoshop. Either way, as a student, software is cheap or free, so it really doesn’t matter.

Glad I could be of no assistance…

Brian-Penny-CES-PressBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work appears in High Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Hardcore Droid, and The Street.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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