Last night I saw Simon Pegg in “Hector and the Search for Happiness”. Absolutely wonderful and I cannot recommend it enough. But, it caused me to think about what makes ME happy. Of course the first thing that rattled into my nogin was the Tom T. Hall Song, “I Love…”. You know,…”I love..”.
But besides the usual things like friends coming over for “dinner and a movie”, good BBQ, hugs…I also came up with tech. Gadgets and new tech had a way of making me happy. Now, before you say I’m using this to replace human contact, my friends make me MUCH happier than ANYnew tech (well accept maybe a new iPhone). Also, new tech can also make me pretty sad, like the new 25 watt radio I just got which seems unable to connect with any of the local repeaters and crashes the programming app that came with it. But, in general, when I get a new package from UPS from Amazon or one of the crowd funded products I’ve invested in, I feel good.
I remember in the heyday of the go go 80s and the yuppie revolution, the typical yuppie was a serious gadget nut who always had the “latest tech”. This was part of their image as shallow individuals who were always trying to look rich. I asked some friends once if my love of cool tech labelled me a Yuppie. I was pleasantly surprised with a resounding “No way!” One explained that what made me different is that, it was obvious my motivation to getting the latest phone/computer/whatever was NOT to impress people. That had nothing to do with it. They said it was that I really did enjoy plaing with these new tools and putting them to use.
Hense, this is more reinforcement that I really don’t consider the technologies in my live as classic tech…but toys that I may really use but also enjoy planing with.
I just realize that it was day three of my daily blog. So what I have to say today? Apple is holding its annual worldwide developers conference and so they announce the latest versions of the iOS and OS X. Sounds like nothing too major, but once again I’m disappointed to discover that they still have not migrated Siri to OS X. I mean, if I’m ever going to establish a relationship with this AI, I have to have access to it everywhere… 😜
Somethings in the air today. Rousted myself out of bed and immediately noticed something different. The normally cool cloudy morning wasn’t really any warmer than usual. But, the sun was out and there was a feeling that you could sense it was going to be the first really warm day of the year. OK…here in Alameda, warm is not what I remember growing up. It’s mid 80’s not the stifling muggy heat of central Missouri. But, it still was going to be a marked difference from the typical highs in the low to mid 60’s we’ve been having. Of course, my brother lives in the inner Sunset in San Francisco, and he would LOVE to see it get above mid 50s. He’s always calling and say…”Is the weather as crappy where you are???”
Still, not to worry. Tomorrow we’re back to the cool temps that define the bay and what I’ve always felt is one of the most attractive things about living here. In the mean time, good day to chill outside and enjoy it.
I’ve been writing this blog for God knows how many years, but I’ve never totally gotten the hang of what it supposed to be. I think I’ve sort of gotten stuck on this idea that I always have to have something to say, and I need to approach it like the articles I’ve written for magazines and television.
The end result is that the time between postings can range from several days to several weeks because it takes that long to actually come up with the idea then write it.
I’m going to try something new. On the one hand, I’ll keep doing articles on interesting tech way I’ve always done, but I’m going to try just ramble every day about whatever happens to be floating around in the open space that is my mind.
Sometimes, they may be interesting, sometimes long, and sometimes short brief thoughts so I get something up here.
So, without any further delay, let’s get started…