I'm almost embarrassed to admit this but this year was my first time attending Comic Con. While it was very chaotic at times (and always VERY crowded), I had a blast. There was definitely a sense of community and understanding. Nothing screams "judgment-free zone" like an arena full of nerds. I was impressed with the costumes, many of which were quite elaborate. Below are some photos I took. I can't wait to attend next year's Comic Con. The full gallery can be found here:
Decided to take the old 60D for a spin. As it turns out, tripods do work!
The more I use Google Photos, the more I am convinced that it is by far the best product Google (Alphabet?) has released in a while. Here's why:
- It is one of the most easy-to-use products i've seen. Install the app, login to your account, allow it to backup your photos - voilà, you're done. You never have to worry about backing up your photos again. Take a photo on your phone/tablet and it's automatically backed up once you're on WiFi.
- "Unlimited" storage. As long as you opt for the "High Quality" option, you can store as many photos as you want.
- Machine learning - this is the real killer feature. Google automatically parses information about your photos (location, naming convention, facial recognition) and uses it to intelligently and automatically tag and group photos. Went on vacation for a few days? Expect an album containing all photos and videos taken on your vacation, as well as a list of photos of you, of your significant other, etc.
- Cross Platform support - Unlike some companies (aheh, Apple), Google doesn't care whether you're an Android, iOS, OS X, Linux or Windows user. Google Photos works with all of the above platforms well.
In case you haven't noticed, I'm a fan of Google Photos. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven't done so already.
I’ve been using Windows 10 for some time on a variety of hardware, including a fairly beefy gaming desktop and a low-end cheap laptop. So far the experience has been surprisingly pleasant. I’m convinced that Microsoft has learned from its mistakes. In particular, i’ve noticed the following:
1) Most Windows 10 users don’t have to worry about licensing anymore. If your machine came with Windows 10 presinstalled or if you upgraded using the free upgrade, your all set. Microsoft ties your activation to the machine itself (via a unique identifier tied to the BIOS, I think). No more having to worry about reading a serial number on the bottom of your machine.
2 ) Microsoft offers an ISO on their website, along with a tool to turn a flash drive into a bootable Windows 10 install disk
3) Windows 10 is fast. Very fast. I am currently running Windows 10 on a 1.8ghz Celeron processor and it runs as well as Linux Mint and Chrome OS. Unlike previous versions of Windows, it runs better on older hardware than it’s predecessor
4) The GUI is quite nice. Microsoft has taken the best of what Windows 8 had to offer and combined it with the classic Start Menu UI we all know and love. Once can confidently say that Windows users don’t have to envy OS X users in that regard.
For those of you who need inspiration to keep your desk or office tidy, here are some of my favorite sites to check out:
/r/battlestations - one of my favorite subreddits. A vibrant, passionate community where users post and discuss their "battlestations". Expect photos as well as tips and tricks on how to maintain your very own battlestation.
Flickr - the following Flickr groups feature a nice variety of beautiful setups.
Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell
Deskhunt - "a place where inspirational workspaces meet stories about focus, ergonomics and self improvement." AKA - a roundup of nice workspaces
Desk Inspire - another new site very similar to Deskhunt.
Minimums - While not an office or workspace site per se, Minimums features "The most interesting possessions of the world's most interesting people", which often includes workspaces.
Shameless Plug: I maintain a Flipboard magazine where I aggregate my favorite workstation photos.
At a conference held yesterday where he discussed his recent cancer diagnosis, President Carter wished for the following:
In our culture of remembering public figures for a single accomplishment or failure, I hope that this will shape his legacy.
Bar Goto is a small, intimate Japanese Izakaya in Manhattan's Lower East Side opened by Pegu alumni Kenta Goto (a fantastic bartender and all around nice guy). The food menu features delectable Japanese small bites such as Okonomiyaki, Gobo fries, and Miso chicken wings. The drink menu features Japanese inspired cocktails (green tea with vodka, anyone?), as well as a small but quality selection of Japanese whiskey and sake. I would highly recommend Bar Goto to anyone looking for a quiet, upscale bar to grab a drink or somewhere to take that special someone.
If you're a fan of "Kids on the Slope", check out this Soundcloud playlist featuring all of the title tracks from each episode. If you haven't seen it yet, you really should. Shinchiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno nail it yet again. Then again, if you're a fan of "Cowboy Bebop", that shouldn't surprise you. Thanks to Kotaku's Listener's Guide to Kids on the Slope for putting the list of tracks together. If you're into Jazz, you'll know many of these songs already. If you aren't, this is as good a place to start as any.
- Band goes on tour.
- Said band ask fans to come up with house music to be played on said tour.
- Said music is published to Spotify,
We've created a @Spotify playlist for our upcoming tour, which will also be the official house music at each venue, and we need your help adding to it. For the next month leading up to the tour, we will be checking out track submissions from all of you. Simply Tweet @AliceInChains your song submissions using the hashtag #AliceOnTheRoad. Our favorite track submissions will be added to the playlist and every week for the next month, we will select a winner to receive a pair of tickets. Check out our first 8 tracks below to get you started and make sure to follow us on @Spotify: http://bit.ly/AliceOnTheRoad