Definition - making universal judgments from limited observations and being right a lot of the time
Benefits - saves time
Deadly risk - addiction to instinct and indifference to data
There's a new McDonalds in Grandville over by the Mall, in front of the Cabella's. In any case they have not one, but 5 of those really neat video menu boards.
They've been around for awhile now in onesie/twosies, but this is the first time I've noticed them replace the old physical boards entirely. I'm pretty fairly endlessly entertained by animations, pans and little description/price highlighting touches they do syncing those highlights with the video/image pans. They just feel like Blade Runner kindof stuff don't they?
The cyberpunk future I was promised was supposed to be filled with these things. And here they finally are advertising McSmoothies and McCafe Mochas in Retina screen quality no less.
Large TV Monitor
Been experimenting the past several days with having that 32" extra TV, I got last year, that I've used for various things (mentioned in past posts) as part of my desktop mix. I have to say it's been fairly entertaining. It certainly changes my desktop experience into more of a lean back deal.
In conjunction with the large TV monitor, I've also toyed around with some remote desktop: keyboard mouse control software on an older Android phone, mostly for leaning back and paging through some larger articles.
I spend a lot of time online and I find I bounce between phone/tablet and desktop fairly regularly to have a change of venue and often room location.
It's finally cooled down a bit today and the humidity has dropped. We took a nice walk in the afternoon and it was nice to finish it without feeling like I needed to grab a fresh T-shirt for a change.
TV and Movies
We're in that end of summer, not quite fall lull of entertainment. The Labor Day weekend always messes with my head a little. It feels like Sunday today, but it's just occurred to me that there was probably a new Newsroom last night that should be on the DVR. Plus, still need to watch last Saturday's Beware the Batman, assuming there was a new one of those too.
Haven't seen anything in the theater since Elysium a couple weeks back. Doesn't look like there is much else on the coming soon radar for a couple more weeks yet either.
Twitter made a move last week to distance themselves from being so tightly tied to realtime communication. They introduced the fairly universally panned, by power users at least, blue line threaded conversation formatting, whereby they take replies out of your timeline and group them together with their later interactions.
I'm sure Twitter has all sorts of data that goes to show that most people aren't going to scroll back very far to look at past interactions on their Twitter list, and this change is an effort to increase interaction by casual users with the service, and that's cool and all, but it's an annoying thing that they don't allow older school users to switch off the feature with a preference setting. Facebook does a lot of this type of thing too. There's this drive to find a one sized fits all approach to using these services and that's too bad. Hopefully it's only a temporary phase these companies are going through as they swing from their open roots to a more closed approach. Hopefully they swing back in a year or two to a more open approach. I probably won't hold my breath though.
This past month, I've started using a Macbook SSD Laptop at work, part time at least. I still haven't fully weaned off my Windows PC, for what amounts more to a heavy bias of Windows Networking and Windows friendly corporate tools and services. The Macbook device itself is very nice though. It's been a very good long while since I've used a Mac with any regularity, and I suppose I can see the appeal. I don't really have a huge desire to switch at home yet though. The clunky truck like nature of Windows compared to the Mac's sleek stylish sedan suits me just fine most of the time.
I'm still digging the Pebble. If your the sortof person that checks your email/social networks or smartphone notifications with any level of obsessiveness, the Pebble will change your life. If you have an Android phone, go out to Best Buy right now and grab one. Of course if you are an iPhone user, hold your horses just a bit on the off chance that Apple announces a smartwatch of their own in a couple weeks, and if they don't, get yourself a Pebble. Smartwatches seems silly sure, but so did smartphones once upon a time, if you remember. Trust me, glancing at notifications on your watch really is a different animal than pulling your phone out of your pocket every 5 minutes.
And you tech savy Android users, might be thinking "Shouldn't I wait and check out the Samsung Gear?". I dunno, maybe, they are supposed to announce it in a couple days. The leaked information doesn't make it look very promising though. The Pebble can last a week or more on a charge, the 10 hours reported for the Samsung Gear doesn't sound very appealing to me, and things like it's built-in wrist camera make it even less so. As the owner of a primitive Casio camera watch 10 or more years ago, having a camera on your wrist is less useful than you'd think. And buying a small Fitbit to stick in your jean's fifth pocket is probably a better way to go as a pedometer. But hey, it mostly comes down to price, if they make it cheap enough, I still might bite, just to play with it (or more likely I'll just continue on with the lovely Pebble and wait and see what Google itself announces in the near future.)
I still don't have a 3D printer. That's a shame too, back in January 2012 I thought it would be likely that prices would have come down by now, and there'd be more of a mainstream offering. Doesn't look like much on the near horizon. Oh and that Makerbot Digitizer scanner turned out to be way way overpriced ($1500) as well, so unless the Kickstarter crowd can come up with a better/cheaper solution, the input side of 3D printing isn't going anywhere any time soon either.
I watched a couple walk thrus demos of Disney Infinity, the Disney-fied Skylander type thing. There seemed to be enough fuss about it that I thought I'd break down and look into it, via Youtube at least. Dunno, maybe you have to play it to really get it, but it's sort of lost on me, but then again, I haven't fully got the Minecraft experience yet either. I'm sure that Skylander/Disney Infinity/Minecraft will likely be a generation of a certain age's equivalent to Magic the Gathering or D&D though.
Only game I continue to regularly play is Ingress.
Comics and Fandom
I've continued to pretty much stay checked out of the comics scene the last couple months. I've reread some old stuff (Green Arrow Long Bow Hunters, which held up well) and some recent stuff, the first trade and a half of Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, but my longtime homebase of DC hasn't held much interest for me since their New 52 relaunch.
I can say, I have pretty much zero interest in reading about Avengers 2: Ultron Boogaloo at this point. It's 2 years away, yet there's a new article or two on it every day. Geeks are going, do we really need this long of a build-up? Relax the coverage a bit Fandom Press, thank you very much.
People Careers and Jobs
Not sure I have much more to contribute to this topic area beyond what I had to say in July 2013 . I suppose I could go more into what it's like to watch the shift to Generation X being in charge and the interestingness of Millennials or Generation Y (depending on what they what to call themselves) starting to flood into the office environment in large numbers. So far though, I probably have more observation than insight into that. Maybe a future post.
Sat, 25 May 2013 07:57:39 -0700
I?m not a fan of the new Flickr redesign. It?s not even that I don?t like the visual look of it.My primary beef is: without warning they completely changed the service for paying customers. I?ve payed for a Pro account for years under the assumption that paying for a service would provide a little more reliability. Flickr has shown that not to be the case, so I?m planning to use it far less frequently and probably far differently than the personal photo site of record I have been using it as. (I?m also not pleased with their likely upcoming attention/advertising model)
I was able to put all my photos into one Set and download the full size images using a free service called flickandshare.com, so I have everything safely out of the service now. Likely I will eventually set up my own simple photo gallery (and give these photos a new home) on my website at chris-karath.com. Hosting your own services and codes seem to be the most reliable method for content that you want around for years to come.
Photos that are here now, will probably continue to be here, Yahoo willing, into the future.
I?m coming to believe that commercial services are fine for emphemeral content, but archival content seems better suited for self hosted methods.
Since Flickr has shown itself to be of unpredictable stability, and it appears to be transforming into more a social network than a photo service, I?ll probably plan on treating it as such. If you subscribe to my account for the action figures, I?ll probably from time to time still post a picture or two of those here with links back to my own site where I?ll likely start posting more photos.
If you follow for my personal photos, following me on Twitter or my personal blog atchris-karath.com will probably be your best bet. --- Best wishes, Chris.
Sat, 30 Mar 2013 12:17:53 -0700
Both these guys have contributed a lot to comics. I'm not implying anything with the choice of pose. I figure in classic comic parlance though, these two comic heroes would be obligated to fight before teaming up to defeat some great evil.
Thread: p1825 Post by Jolloway
Hi Cris and other people who view this sight, I just started a blog site jolloway.co.uk and I wonderd if anyone can give me any tips on blogging. I am curently using a site called word press to host me blog. I start around about a month ago and I\'m really struggling with it and if you do reply I\'m only 11 and found this sight by a photo in google Images. -Josh P.S. I love the background XP
Thread: p1706 Post by Chris
Fortunately, I resisted the DC/Master Bundles as they were pretty much only bundled with basic figures I already had. Had they been bundled with more unique DC figures, I might have alot more Masters figures at this point ;)
Thread: p1706 Post by De
I almost bit on Masters of the Universe when they were being bundled with DC Universe figures in the two-packs. I\'ve also liked the blending of sci-fi and fantasy but a lad only has so much room :-)
Thread: p1674 Post by T. Bass
Hi Chris: Like you, I bought and just received an ONDA V701. Mine took 32 days (!) to arrive from China (bought from gadgetdealer.com... avoid like plague), and the box was beat to hell, but it seems to work fine ....with one exception. That said, I like the tablet thus far, but a couple of things aren\'t flying right. One, it was advertised as having Adobe Flash ver. 11.1, but instead, mine came with 10.2. Yours? Not sure this matters, as Flash is going the way of the dodo-bird as far as Android goes. My only real complaint thus far, and that despite trying everything I could find online, I cannot get NetFlix to work. This was/is one of the main reasons I bought it, as they advertised that it \"works with NetFlix\". I don\'t know whether it\'s the tablet, or the app that is the problem, but nonetheless, no love from NetFlix at this point. I don\'t know if you are subscribed to Netflix, but if you are, I sure would like to know if it works for you on your V701, and if so, how did you get it going, and what settings are you\'re using to make it work? Appreciate hearing from you. Best, T. Bass Applegate, Oregon
Thread: p1642 Post by Erin N.
Yum, looks great!
Thread: p1557 Post by davy
i kind of agree with you, and i\'m sure bale had the best intentions but the whole media circus at times is disturbing. but if to had to pick on whether bale should have visited or not i\'d rather he visit for the sole reason that if he made any of the survivors feel good,even if it was only for the briefest moments, then it was worth it. the victims medical and emotonals needs should be put first and if bale\'s visit helped any of them emotionally then i\'m glad
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Thread: p1558 Post by Jennifer
e-butlers will solve this problem: http://peterfhamilton.wikia.com/wiki/E-Butler
Thread: p1490 Post by De
I\'ve been keeping up with you and Jenn\'s hijinks through Google Reader. It\'s just easier to have everything in one place. You\'re still loved :-)
Thread: tw1336950039 Post by Air Conditioner
I wonder if more retail outlets will start implementing this type of thing.
Thread: p1453 Post by Chuck
What, you have time to blog???!!?? More painting and box moving and furniture moving, please! LOL It looks like you guys are making real progress...
Thread: p689 Post by Frank
You can also use http://vid2mp3.org to convert youtube videos to mp3. The tool is fast and free:)
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