Bots for a Better Life

Automation of simple tasks is the wave of the future.  I’ve been working with metrics at work a lot recently and wanted to spruce up some charts and found a whole industry dedicated to making charts quick and easy to make.  I plugged a 4000 line database into a free tool and had an interactive HTML5 ready chart in a flash! It was amazing.  Of course, a few clicks in Excel and the same chart exists, but not in HTML5!

So now I’m wondering of other ways the world can be made faster, better, stronger, by bots and automated tools

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Building the App

I’m slowly coming into my own with coding.  Slowly.  As with any new skill, application is very important.  But how to apply the skill? Good golly, that’s a focus issue that needs to be sorted out.

Right now!

Apps under consideration… Continue reading

Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! Here are some thoughts for my tombstone’s epitaph.

Pox came down and smashed this clown

His final word rhymed with orange

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Must Haves: The City of the Future

The future.  It is fast approaching.  Let’s talk about things the city of the future must have.

List time!

Traffic lights.  Our cars may be self driving, but the experience of traffic jams and lights that just won’t change needs be an experience all generations experience.

Barber shops operated by actual people telling the robots what to do.  It’s the personal touch that matters most.

Greasy spoon diners with smell-o-vision e-menus.  Smell the food to make a choice! Watch a video of the meal before making a choice! Just sit at the booth and look at thin piece of electronic paper showing gifs of gorgeous, likely bad for you food.

Little Libraries that are just 3D printers on street corners used to print physical books.  I don’t know how the tech would work, but the future will!

Back to cars.  They’ll be self driving, but birds will inevitably still find ways to mess up windshields.  The City of the Future should get rid of birds.  Wait…no.

Public Wifi.  This should not be so difficult.

The city of the future must have billboards available in all languages thanks to wonders of augmented reality.  The greatest use for the tool will be seeing ads for stuff one actually cares about; no ads at all.  AR AdBlock right in your glasses.

Mass extinction is going to continue, but the city of the future will offer some crazy detailed holograms of long gone animals.  Like a zoo, but full of Force ghosts.  Wowsa, it’ll be creepy.

The city of the future will have Firefly Season two.

Taco Trucks will be able to teleport food to your home or office.

The Gig Economy will flourish in the city of the future.  So long as you’re a lawyer.

Self. Cleaning. Windows.  The city of the future will be oddly focused on windows.

Self. Tying. Ties.

Doors that blink green if you have everything you need before leaving the house, red if not.

Alien overlords.

Events of 2017

Hope.  Promise.  General feeling that things will be marginally improved by the change of a number.  That is the fun of the last week of the year.  We all get another go around the earth and that’s something.  Sure, we’re going into a new year without Alan Rickman or Prince, and the upcoming executive branch is… At least hope for the future is always with us.

The year ahead has plenty of opportunity to be awesome.  I am now going to use all my predictive powers to bring you, dear reader, some events from the year ahead.

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Junk Drawer List

There are some things in life that would be neat to see, but not exactly worth purposely seeking out.  Like a really crazy snow globe collection in some corner store in Ohio; I’m not driving to Ohio for snow globes, but if I was getting pizza across the street, I’d probably hop over and put greasy finger prints on an Elvis themed confetti orb.  You just know Elvis will be present.

Now I’m thinking of other things that would be neat to see, but not so neat to see as to make it happen..  A junk drawer list, if you will. Continue reading

Where Are They Now? The College Edition

Ah, college.  Years spent studying, partying, studying some more, telling your parents you’re studying more, actually studying, writing midnight papers, wishing you had studied even more, finishing papers, forgetting which lab room your class was meeting in this week…well.  College.  Ever wondered what became of all those peers you met, but didn’t know well enough to actually become Facebook buddies?  Never fear! Your answers await…

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