Virtual Reality

April 28, 2015

Like all group projects… (courtesy SMBC)

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Baltimore Riots

April 28, 2015

I am not close enough to this story to really comment. No one approves when protests turn violent.

But last September, the local paper The Baltimore Sun published an in-depth report called Undue Force. The opening paragraph:

The city has paid about $5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits claiming that police officers brazenly beat up alleged suspects. One hidden cost: The perception that officers are violent can poison the relationship between residents and police.

Perhaps more people should have read this…


A Sweater and a Beer, Apparently

April 24, 2015

More Wisconsin centric visualizations (though I can’t embed this one). Apparently Wisconsin leads the country in heavy drinking (heavy is defined as more than one drink a day for women and two a day for men).

North Central Wisconsin has the heaviest concentration. I’ve spent time there. There’s not much else to do. Though northern Minnesota isn’t as bad, and that seems basically analogous.

Minnesota didn’t need as many sweaters either…


I need a sweater

April 24, 2015

Via fixr.com, the top import for every state. Apparently in Wisconsin, the most important thing (from outside the state – beer, cheese and bratwurst don’t need to be imported) is a good sweater…


Forcing My Music

April 23, 2015

I’ve mentioned how much my girls like our Amazon Echo for music. But tonight they were being bickering sisters and couldn’t agree on a station. And they were arguing over a Demi Lovato station vs. an Ariana Grande station.

I mean, seriously, how different would those stations be?

So I said, “sorry, I choose the station”. They said, “no jazz” (because that’s what I really like). I know they like old Elton John (Crocodile Rock) so I said “Alexa play Elton John station”.

We got old classics. I skipped some marginal songs, but made them listen to anything really classic.

  • Eagles, Hotel California (they grumbled at the beginning, but was ok)
  • James Taylor, Fire and Rain (too slow, but also ok)
  • Crocodile Rock (finally actual Elton John, danced along)
  • Bee-Gees Staying Alive (they totally knew this one and totally danced)

I had to skip some more and exceeded my skip limit, so we switched to the Pandora Elton John station:

  • Elton John, Candle in the Wind (too slow, and me explaining who it was about didn’t help, since they have no idea who Marilyn Monroe is).
  • Journey, Don’t Stop Believing (Danielle knew this one and liked it)
  • Van Morrison, Brown Eyed Girl (they vaguely recognized it, and liked it)

So total bickering turned into an old classics dance fest. Pretty fun.


Supplements from Hell

April 22, 2015

I knew dietary supplements were completely unregulated, but when a study finds that 4 out of 5 don’t even contain the ingredient on the label, it’s worse than I thought.


An iPhone and a Nexus walk into a bar…

April 16, 2015

Amusing post by Dave Winer today, “It’s their world we just live in it”:

Something funny happens when I put my iPhone 6 and my Nexus 6 together on my desk (charging them up).

The iPhone tries to pay the Nexus using ApplePay.