March 2, 2013
I keep seeing things about Glass pop up, and have even watched a couple neat videos that promote the product. I feel like so far, everythingI have seen or read is ignoring a critically important aspect of the product.
Put simply, people do not like to be filmed. I have often gotten some pretty fun and great pictures or even video from social engagements, but this requires one to intimately understand the environment and the people in attendance, and to be as like a Ninja with this information. If you rub one person the wrong way trying to get a picture or a video, your results will instantly begin to become worse. If you present someone with a camera and ask them to “do something cool” you will see what I am talking about.
So, suddenly you have this new technology device that is protrayed as being a huge benefit to the user in the ways of integrating technology into one’s life. The real problem here is that it has a camera on it, and it’s aimed at everything BUT the user.
People love to be the one that was just seen in a popular photo, or a popular video – but they hate to be photographed or video’d. How can that be? Well, the “grey area” here is that many hours of editing and refinement has been spent making sure that those videos and photos – the ones that people want to be seen in – look good. The quick phone video or snap-shot from the party that looks presentable – is one in a million.
People know this.
So, when you are wearing a camera on your head that everyone knows – before they see the hardware in person the first time – is recording them – how likely do you think it is that they will be comfortable, or even able to pretend to be? I would imagine it is not very likely.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see how it progresses.
December 7, 2012
Well, there it is – the bike of my dreams that I never knew existed before a little while ago. This is using a lot of the same components from my old Specialized RockHopper, but on this mind-blowing hand-made SyCip Titanium frame. Today I cheated by riding Caltrain to Millbrae and riding the rest of the way into San Bruno. My excuse for that is that I am just getting back into this, and I don’t want to kill myself on the first couple days!
The bike performed flawlessly, and is really a blast to ride. It’s smooth and rigid but I can easily carry it, even jog with it over my shoulder. I need to get my backpack slimmed down a little, and basically just do this more. I am thinking of picking up a set of commuter tires as well. These are great, but the vibes are a little annoying, and it would be nice to cut down on the rolling resistance.
Please carry on and continue to have a lovely Friday!
December 7, 2012
I know how important breakfast is, yet I often fail to take the time to make sure I actually eat anything. Sometimes, as weird as it sounds, it is my desire to eat right that keeps me from eating anything. I want to have more than a handful of carbs, so that rules out quick and easy stuff like cereal or a granola bar. Even though that would be better than nothin!
Anyway, I re-located these cool little egg rings I picked up years ago but never used. I have been making myself an egg sandwich in the mornings here and there. Yesterday, I attempted another bike ride into the office, but without much needed planning, or breakfast. I was delayed and blah blah blah but still determined to go. I got around 4 miles away and had a splitting headache and felt like I was going to barf. So, I turned back.
This morning, I took it slow, and was thankfully not interrupted. It took me around 15min to whip up that delicious breakfast snack, and that included the bonus of frying up some crispy turkey bacon! It was lovely, and I feel great this morning. I rode in without any issues beyond the fact that I am significantly out of shape, and need to do this more often!
Have a nice Friday!
October 17, 2012
I haven’t been around lately – this much is true. Just been all over the place and too busy to breathe.
Here’s something that struck me – it’s pretty amazing. I have listened to this over and over. I need to be better about just putting up some good music, even if I don’t have anything nice to say…
Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
August 20, 2012
Oh sweet days! I have been waiting a few months to get to the point where I could get my Impreza WRX tuned. I needed a new clutch, so this had to be done and then broken in before the dyno tuning could take place. My clutch was literally so bad that it would slip under any boost at all. So, I had a shop do the clutch work along with a few other things and then I put a few miles on it to break it all in and make sure most of the Gremlins were worked out. Over the course of around 1500 miles I had some coolant issues but that was about it. I came back to the shop last week in hopes of finishing up the tune, and getting my car ready to put some miles on it.
I was hoping for 250hp, and the tuner was able to get 272hp with what he called a safe tune. He asked how I wanted it done and how I would be driving the car. I mentioned I wanted to be able to do WOT in a 100 degree day if needed, and also to consider that this car has been sitting for a while. Needless to say I am pretty excited, and the car is more than a little fun to drive.
I have wanted a powerful turbo Subaru Impreza since some time around 1998. I purchased basically this very car, back in 2003 and had to sell it for a move. Now, I have this one which I must admit I like much better, and it came with all the Vishnu Tuning performance parts I longed for back when I had my WRX. I am “living the dream” every time I drive this car!
Here’s a printout of the hp/tq versus RPM:
The car is also much easier to drive, and a whole lot smoother sounding. It’s still pretty loud, which I have to admit only bothers me a little bit. This car is a blast to drive around, and it just got a whole lot more fun!
August 11, 2012
I am not sure why, but – this makes me feel alright and brings a tear to my eye. Usually when music does this I know exactly why but this – I can not place. Either way it’s pretty nice.
August 7, 2012
Well, I really meant to post something today. I can’t believe I didn’t after all that build up. Wait..
Not much to report today. I am still employed, and still own too many vehicles.
August 6, 2012
Okay, so I have been a little depressed lately what with trying to sell a car on Craigslist and it being “review time” at work. I was thinking about this today and how much I would like to have a daily update of some sort. There are times when I just can’t – not because I don’t have the time or anything like that, but because I am so sad or what-have-you that I can’t put words down. If that makes any sense.
Basically, what I was thinking was that if I cannot come up with something interesting to say, I should at least put up some cool music. So, that is what I am going to try to do.
Anyway, along those lines, how about some music? It’s been a long time, so how about some Four Tet.
July 30, 2012
As a long-time Subaru owner, I like to think of myself as fairly capable of handling fairly strange and fascinating mechanical challenges. Take today, for example. I was just cruising along in my WRX and about 42/57ths of the way into my journey I noticed my temperature gauge had started to head a little farther up the scale than seemed normal. I instantly turned off the A/C and engaged the Auxillary Cooling System (heater/fan on full blast, windows down). This sucks even more than usual on 80 near Fairfield in July. The temp gauge came down and I was able to get where I needed to go.
As a Saab owner, you would think these cars would have also taught me things along these lines but it’s not the case. With a Subaru, you can usually “get by” for a bit. Like the issue mentioned above, which I believe to be caused by a failed thermostat. As long as I do not exceed 60mph or load the engine for too long and keep the heater going, I could probably drive the car like that for the next 5 years or until it got too annoying. The Saab on the other hand usually fails some thing that is difficult to pronounce, impossible to find, costs $1,000 and makes the car just stop in it’s tracks upon failure. No, the Saab teaches you to safely coast to a stop on the side of the road without assisted steering or brakes, and how to be really patient waiting for a tow truck to come.
July 29, 2012
I used to be so pumped about my work and what I was going to build or optimize each day. I remember being in the shower and thinking about current projects and things I could improve or whatever. More and more, I am feeling like this person: