February 17, 2014
Road Trip!

Headed to Santa Clara in a couple of hours to kick off the Intel Gig… I’ve been thinking about how I want to share photos and tales of the travel that will go along with this new endeavor, because I figure if I’m going to be run ragged all over the world (or close), I’d like to have some fun doing it.  What I’ve done for foodie food truck pics I’d like to extend to the travel thing.

Plus, who knows what I’ll see at the Maker Faires and other things I end up at.

My plan is to continue to publish stuff on Instagram and Twitter and maybe Vine here and there, but use Flickr as my main, goto photo repository and Tumblr for random tales and maybe some sort of focal point.  I’ve had a flickr account forever and I like it, and there are a TON of photos I’ve uploaded but didn’t publish there, so perhaps this will lead to my finally publishing and purging and whatnot.  Tumblr does what it does…

I’ve already setup IFTTT for Flickr/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Tumblr/etc so I’ll experiment with sharing pics (and vids) and associated stories, probably here. 

Cross-posting to Facebook will generate comments there, which is more to check.  I don’t use Facebook on my mobile device(s) so it’s not something in my primary day-to-day, but there are tons of college and co-worker and neighbor friends there. 

Nothing like an 8+ hour road trip to wake me up…

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February 13, 2014
frankgruber:

Great talks about community, design, starting up & purpose by Bambi Francisco, Aaron Draplin, Randall Thomas & Ravell Horsey at Tech Cocktail Week downtown Vegas (at Learning Village)

All speakers were great, but Draplin took it to another level.  A fun ending to the overall presentation.

frankgruber:

Great talks about community, design, starting up & purpose by Bambi Francisco, Aaron Draplin, Randall Thomas & Ravell Horsey at Tech Cocktail Week downtown Vegas (at Learning Village)

All speakers were great, but Draplin took it to another level.  A fun ending to the overall presentation.

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January 28, 2014
laughingsquid:

They Actually Made That!? Episode 5 – Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces

laughingsquid:

They Actually Made That!? Episode 5 – Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces

January 24, 2014
Bigger in real life and really good

Bigger in real life and really good

January 24, 2014
Funny as a t-shirt?

Funny as a t-shirt?

January 24, 2014
Roku Fail

My experience with my old Roku XS was pretty poor.

First of all, the thing is ridiculously slow and actually appears to get slower over the course of an hour or two.  UI lag becomes ridiculous as attempts to pause or rewind a particular stream become almost comedic.

But not to worry, because this particular unit actually crashes after about 2 hours of video streaming, using various apps (Amazon, Hulu, TWiT, Crackle, etc), though it does work for hours and hours playing audio-only streams from Pandora.

My contact with Roku Support was similarly disappointing… their first response was the always-appreciated “Hold in the Reset Button for 30 seconds and that will fix the problem,” which was of course completely ridiculous for two reasons:

  1. This did not fix anything, the unit crashed again just as it had been.  This is frustrating for any end user because it means the problem was not actually treated like a problem, it was treated like an irritation with a default answer to make it go away.  Perception is Reality, Roku.
  2. More annoying, this useless “fix” only removed the previous registrations of the device… even though the device is logged in to my Roku account and all of my signed-up-for apps can be seen in the account, I had to re-associate this device with everything I had signed up for as though the device and my account had not been used before.  A tragically poor customer experience.

End of the day, I’ll probably try XBMC if I want to consume media on something other than my laptop or a Kindle Fire or my phone… I had hoped to be able to watch The Daily Show and Betas and some other random bits via Roku, but it’s just a flat out disappointment across the board.

Back to being productive…

January 24, 2014
View through an open window from Hyde Bellagio just after a water show, with some random young ladies sitting on a couch beneath. Taken with a Nexus 4, which is not known for quality low-light shots.  The camera I had with me…

View through an open window from Hyde Bellagio just after a water show, with some random young ladies sitting on a couch beneath. Taken with a Nexus 4, which is not known for quality low-light shots.  The camera I had with me…

January 24, 2014

A few foodie shots as I wander around Vegas day-to-day

January 24, 2014

Terabyte the Red Nosed Pit Bull

January 6, 2014
Roku XS uncovered

I purchased a Roku XS a LONG time ago (years) and never plugged it in once.

Until earlier this evening. 

I’ve eschewed television for years, preferring instead to consume the odd program or movie on my laptop, desktop, phone, or Kindle Fire.  But this isn’t really eschewing television, is it?  It would be more correct to say that I have not consumed live or otherwise-scheduled television in many years, and so with Roku that can still be true.

It’s sort of funny, I’m sure the world+dog already knows all of this, but I found it charming that there are channel and screensaver “apps” to select and download, exposing me finally to what “smart tv” is.  I guess. 

My channel lineup? Hulu Plus, Amazon (Prime) Instant Video, Revision3, TWiTtv, TED, History, SyFy (that one seems to suck unless I’m reading the lineup incorrectly), and a couple of other ones.  All nerdy or informative or the services I already had (Hulu, Amazon).  Also added Pandora on there for my standup comedy listening needs.

Hopefully this won’t result in complete and total time sinkage…

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