Defensive Driving

Strange experience on the freeway last night. I was heading home from my office and I’m driving along when a car comes up behind me and goes to pass me. They change lanes and then disappear into my blind spot. Then they just decided to sit in my blind spot for a few miles. If it wasn’t for the fact that it was dark so I saw their headlights, I would have never known they were there until I needed to change lanes. But that wasn’t the strange part. If I sped up, they would speed up. If I slowed down, they would slow down.

I pulled a Maverick. Hit the brakes, and they flew right by. I changed lanes so I could make my way towards my exit. Then things got really weird… They kept slowing down and speeding up so that I was in their blind spot! I’m guessing this has something to do with it being dark and they wanted the extra set of headlights, but this driver was pretty weird.

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Drunk Christmas Tree

Go home Christmas tree, you’re drunk

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Just about the most awesome polar bear video I’ve seen!

The cloud fails when you’re in the clouds. For anyone who travels a lot or takes overseas flights, you quickly learn the value of apps that will work locally on your smartphone or tablet. Sometimes I have brilliant ideas that come to me in the middle of a flight. On a long flight, I have a lot, which kills my laptop battery. This flight was short, but the ability to blog this without access to the internet is awesome… Makes me wanna blog more while I’m traveling. And pickup a Bluetooth keyboard for my android!

Warren Buffet said it. Nick Hanauer said it. The rich should pay more taxes.

I have great news for them any *anyone* who wants to pay more “taxes”!!! They can do it right now! At this very moment!

Purchase more US Treasury Notes. Here’s the link: US Treasury Notes.

Guys like Hanauer can easily afford the tax accountant to ensure that any additional tax deduction from the Treasury Notes can be offset by purchasing even more of the Treasury Notes. Best part is that you don’t have to wait for Congress to pass a bill. They can start today!

It’s the annual nonsense that we all have to deal with: Vehicle Registration. Every year, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has to send out letters requesting payment. Then most of us go on-line, make the payment, and wait for our tags. Meanwhile, the average length of vehicle ownership is more than five years. Why doesn’t the DMV offer multi-year registrations?

Think of it like a domain name registration. When you register your domain name, you have options to register for years at a time. Most places give you a discount when you register for three or more years at a time. They took Econ 101. They know that money today is almost always worth more than it will be in three+ years. You give people a little bit of a discount and they will take it.

The DMV would still have to issue new tags each year, but it could save a ton of money in postage every year by not having to send out the annual reminder. Not everyone would opt-in to multi-year renewals. Maybe the family or individual doesn’t have the money all at once. But for people who don’t want to have the hassle of registering every year and want to take advantage of a 10% discount on their registration over a five year period, it would be great!

This would also give California a shot in the arm if people started doing long-term registrations right now. Of course, the logic should be that the money would be received now when there is a massive budget deficit and bad economy and not relied upon in five years when the economy would recover and the state would make money from other methods of taking money from our pockets.

I’ll start with a little back story…

I admit. I resisted getting a Blackberry for awhile, mostly because of the douche factor of Blackberry users at the time. I knew I would have to give up my Bluetooth earpiece if I was going to douche out with a Blackberry. I finally cracked and became addicted to my Crackberry within days. What a cool device.

Then along came the (h)i(pster)Phone: iPhone. No way was I going to support the evil empire of Apple. I didn’t have to wait too long for an Android phone. Droooooooid… Awesome phone at the time, but having played around with a few iPhones, the OS had a long way to go.

Once I could have more than one Google account on my phone, I was set! I haven’t considered any other device since then. The Gmail app on Android is amazing. The swype keyboard on my HTC is amazing. I have even gotten an Android tablet.

Still, something is missing…

It finally dawned on me! Tablets are great for the consumption of information. They are easy to handle, portable, and functional when it comes to consuming information. However, if you are the producer of information, tablets are severely lacking. Say what you want about the mouse and keyboard, but the speed at which you can produce results on a digital system is directly related to your keyboard and mouse usage. While you might be able to find someone with brilliant tablet on screen typing speed, I guarantee you that the vast majority of tablet users won’t even get remotely close to my typing speed on a traditional keyboard.

A tablet hooked up to a traditional keyboard? Ok. Now you’re talking about something useful. Now, you’re talking about something for producing rather than just consuming.

It seems like every time they launch something new they completely forget about this little app they have called Gmail! I’m not sure why Google does this… As much as I use Google for searching, I use Gmail more than anything else. I would venture to guess that most people that use a Google product use Gmail more than anything else (except maybe Google Analytics – can’t think of web life w/o Google Analytics!)

A quick search (on Google, of course). shows that a couple of years ago, my guessing is spot on!

So, why wouldn’t Google immediately extend the attachment processing in Gmail to include the ability to save the document into a Google Drive? Was this an oversight? Too much additional code? Or just plain stupidity?

Captain Obvious will point point that one can just download it into one’s Google Drive folder… Well, thank you Captain Obvious, but you’re missing the point. I don’t want to save it to my local drive and then have it sync to the cloud. I want Google to take it and put it into the cloud for me. That’s what I’m paying them zero dollars a month for!

In all seriousness, expanding the download to allow you to save it to your Google Drive would truly allow you to have your Google cloud everywhere. What if I’m on a trip and using a computer that doesn’t have my Google Drive on it? Or using a library computer? What if I’m using my Ubuntu install instead of my Windoze install? What if I’m just checking my email on someone else’s computer? What if I’m using my phone to check the email? Why waste the bandwidth Google? Why have your second most popular product (#1 in the world of consumable products) be an afterthought? C’mon guys! Gmail is the best product you have! Hands down the best email system on the web! And you completely neglect to integrate Google Drive directly with Gmail? That’s just sad 😦

Edit: Obviously, I’m talking about images, PDF, etc. None Google Docs attachments

The Gay Kiss Cam

A friend of mine posted this article on Facebook the other day. It got me thinking about the Kiss Cams I’ve seen. I’ve been to a lot of sporting events, so I’ve seen a lot of kiss cams. The attempted “gay” kiss cam is done at almost every sporting event, and I think it’s hilarious! Just like when they get a couple to kiss and then try to get the husband or wife to kiss someone hot sitting next to them.

Yes, most people cringe at the kiss cam when it’s on two dudes. News flash, the majority of men aren’t gay. But have you seen a kiss cam when they put it on a brother and sister? Seriously! Talk about unreserved hatred and disgust! We going to ban those too? No, because is ridiculously hilarious to watch someone not want to kiss someone else with some much passion!

I understand McCarthy is coming from a good place, but here’s why we shouldn’t stop the gay kiss cam:

It’s sports. It’s about coming together and cheering for a team with people you don’t know whether they love cock or not. The baseball on the field doesn’t care if you’re gay, straight, black, brown, white, yellow. It might care if you are a dog, but that’s about it.

Since the minority of people in our population are gay or doing a three way with the person sitting next to them, it’s funny when you put the camera on two dudes or two chicks or pan over to the lady sitting next to the couple to try to get the husband or wife to kiss her. It’s hilarious, and if you can’t find the humor in it, get out of America’s favorite past time and go troll under a bridge.

Maybe we need more gay kisses on the kiss cam so people stop being so sensitive about it. I’ve seen it at a couple of games. It’s hilarious! It’s as great as when they find the guy who looks like Santa Claus in the audience during December basketball games. Everyone wants to see Santa make out with someone! It’s awesome! Same sex kiss and move on to the next people on the kiss cam.

Most importantly, what if a gay couple was at a game and really wanted to be on the kiss cam but had no chance because we end up with a stupid ban on gay kiss cam attempts? That would suck! Everyone LOVES the kiss cam! Everyone should get a kiss cam opportunity!

Several years ago I chose to not have a personal computer running Windoze or MACOS. It was just going to be Ubuntu for me. It wasn’t the easiest decision. It started off with some dual booting. As time went by, my Windoze and MAC machines were useful for only one thing: iTunes.

Anyone wanting to fool themselves into believing that there has been a legitimate alternative to iTunes on the market over the last several years is just fooling themselves. Now, I’m sure some might be thinking, “What about Spotify?” I’m not a hipster, sorry.

So, I haven’t been listening to much music lately. My music collection has stagnated at just under 500 tracks for the last couple of years. I’ve made numerous attempts with mp3tunes and other software to reclaim my music rights from Apple to no avail. That is until Google Music & TuneClone saved the day!

First, Google Music got me interested in music again. I had really gotten so used to not having easy access to music, so much to the point that I didn’t really care too much about music. I didn’t even know about “Party Rock Anthem” until months after it had been out. Sad tangent there… My 10-year-old nephew kept saying “Everyday I’m shufflin” one day when we were going somewhere. I had no idea what he was talking about. Google Music is so easy to access and use on my Android phone. It’s like the days when I had an iPod like everyone else who doesn’t know better about the evil Apphole empire 😛

Second, TuneClone makes reclaiming your DRM music possible. It’s pretty simple how it works (although, it’s going to cost you $35). It creates a virtual CD on your computer that iTunes reads as a regular CD and will burn disks to. You burn your DRM music as CD audio with test and TuneClone takes care of the rest! The result is a single directory of your playlist (in my case, my entire collection) as MP3 files that you can then drop into your Google Music folder, sync, and listen to anywhere!

A few clicks here and there, and I have my full music library back… Well, throw in a couple of hours of converting the music too, but the main point is that I finally regain my music rights AND have a music interface that’s not a pile of junk that requires multi-step syncing or doesn’t have my full music library available.

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