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Archive for May, 2014

Safelite AutoGlass FAQ

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Should I drive behind gravel trucks?

yes. definitely.

How closely should I drive behind them?

very close. gravel trucks love friends!!

What other types of trucks should I drive behind?

any type of open-top truck over-full with loose, hard objects is cool & safe & fun to drive behind.

What happens if something goes wrong?

nothing will go wrong. but save this number to your phone: 1-800-GLASS-NOW just because. for no reason.

Aisle vs. Window

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Aisle considerations:

Window considerations:

It’s a horse apiece to me, I just let it be random. Except obviously not the middle.

Weather Warnings

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

I got a weather warning on my computer:

weather-warning

It showed up on my phone as well, at about the same time.

Thoughts:

  1. Weird, never seen that before.
  2. It’s probably good that I know about incoming bad weather. Thanks.
  3. I was in Wisconsin at the time, would it still have given me that warning if I wasn’t? in other words, does it know where I “live” or is it geolocating me?
  4. Did I opt in to this?
  5. Seems a little obtrusive. Are in-OS ads next?

Shared Experiences Make a Culture

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

I was out for cocktails with my friend Justin and somehow we were talking about podcasts. I mentioned that it seemed to me that podcasts were really just getting started as a medium. The more digitally connected all our entertainment devices get, the more fine-tuned we can get with how we curate our entertainment.

In music, we went from whatever was on the few radio stations we could get, to a proliferation of radio, to owning physical media of music so we could listen to what we wanted to when, to digital music where we listen to even the specific tracks we want to listen to.

In TV, went from whatever was on the public channels, to cable so we had more niche choices, to premium networks and physical media, to recordings and on-demand watching, and now to streaming where we choose exactly what to watch, when, and where.

The new ways start niche and then go norm. The old ways were the norm but become niche.

It seems highly likely to me that the norm for entertainment will be watching niche TV shows, niche movies, niche podcasts, listening to niche music, whatever fits your personality exactly.

Here’s a recent days worth of entertainment for me:

  1. Listening to some local rock band’s new record I downloaded from iTunes last night in the morning
  2. Watch a back episode of The Blacklist (trying to catch up) over lunch
  3. Listen to an episode of JavaScript Jabber while in the car (was in car twice, once to gym, once to grocery)
  4. Listen to some random bluegrass tracks (iTunes Genius Playlist) while I cook and eat dinner
  5. Listen to an episode of This American Life as I walk Digby
  6. Watch some gamecasts of competitive StarCraft on YouTube
  7. End the night watching a movie (a recommendation from a blog post) about a struggling mother and autistic daughter on Netflix.

I said I think that’s kind of awesome. A highly satisfying group of media, if you ask me. I was engaged in all that content. Engaged, I think, in a way that I wouldn’t have been if I was just flippin’ through whatever was on the ol’ boob tube. I would think if this becomes easier (and the norm) we’ll possibly even end up as better humans beings. Spending time engaged in things you like and are interested in must make you better, right?

Justin had an interesting disagreement with this premise. Justin was a sociology major, and he says from a sociology perspective this type of fragmentation may mean a breaking down of culture. At least geographic culture. Those come from shared experiences with those around us. Which breeds some understanding and empathy for those around us. If we’re all walking around in our own bubbles, whatever current cultures we have could break down. At least that’s how I understood it. Stands to reason to me, mostly.

But I wonder, we still all experience the same weather and have access to the same restaurants and same stores and roads and parks and apartments and stuff. I wonder if that’s enough, what we watch on TV doesn’t also have to be the same. But of course it’s not just TV. We buy clothes online from all over the world, we’re starting to do that with food more and more. Those are huge parts of local culture too.

Ah whatever, what do I know. The tech train keeps chugging and I’m not sure there is much we can do about it anyway.

Vacuum

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

It’s slightly concerning to me that the batshit crazy “Chris” who has declared this vacuum cleaner his has handwriting exactly like mine.

Pretentious Blog Post About Threes

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

It takes too long to fail at 2048. You can make hundreds of moves with barely any strategy at all. In Threes you can fail fairly quickly, which makes it more satisfying and fun to keep picking up for a go at it. The high scores feel more earned. You can feel yourself getting better at it, which is harder to gauge in 2048 because of how long games are.