Google Photos Assistant

August 31, 2017

We just got back from vacation at our usual place in Cape Cod. You can take the pictures from the posts from any previous years, imagine my daughters slightly older, and that’s how it was. We just love the spot (Skaket Beach, Orleans MA).

Our beach is a great sunset beach. People arrive at the beach at 7 PM just for the sunset. When the sun sets, they applaud. So at the end of every vacation I have a plethora of sunset pictures. And with all of them, my reaction is “yeah, but it was even better”.

As a long time Google Photos user, I love how they will pick pictures and try to enhance them. They almost always pick some sunset pictures. Here are the nine pictures that Google decided to enhance from this vacation. One is really two pictures stitched together as a panorama. Every picture here was taken from our deck (with my phone).

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Thanks Google.

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Murderer

August 27, 2017

Via, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, which thankfully my wife does not read…

BUT WHERE ELSE AM I SUPPOSED TO PUT MY TI-83?!


Holy Shit, Look at the Sky

August 16, 2017

Via xkcd

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Guam

August 10, 2017

When I was in college I recall telling my roommate that Guam was just an inherently funny word. I felt all jokes were funnier if they had the word Guam in them.

I’m obviously reminded of this today since current Guam references are very much not funny.

And I’m also amused by all the “where is Guam?” articles in the news. Some folks that know me well, know that I worked for Ringling Brothers on a Japan tour. We had about three weeks off while everything moved from Osaka to Tokyo, so the trumpet section (of which I was a part) took a vacation to Saipan.

No one in the U.S. has heard of Saipan, but it’s a popular Japanese tourist destination and it’s right by Guam. Being Americans we were a novelty and made friends with all the folks who worked there. And we literally had a pizza delivered from the Domino’s in Guam. It took more than 30 minutes (not official delivery, a guy had a boat and got it). I’m not a big Domino’s fan, but after months of no true American pizza, it was awesome.

Saipan was awesome too. Crazy gorgeous.

Hopefully the Guam Domino’s will be OK…


Vacation

August 10, 2017

I didn’t realize how long it had been since my last blog post. I don’t want to post about politics and these days it seems hard to avoid, hence my absence.

And I’m about to go on our regular Cape Cod vacation. It will look a lot like any one of these posts:

https://fish1964.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/cape-cod-vacation-7/

https://fish1964.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/google-and-cape-cod/

https://fish1964.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/cape-cod-2012/

https://fish1964.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/cape-cod-2011/

https://fish1964.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/cape-cod/

Or you can just do a Google image search on “skaket beach


Participation is its own Trophy

August 10, 2017

This post is only funny in context. Not true actually, it’s funny to me all the time. But for context, here’s 70 things Millennials have killed. I like the picture at the top and the caption (A millennial plotting to destroy the auto industry) because that is obviously Brooklyn.

I actually found those two links by reading I am sorry for killing everything: A millennial’s confession.


Sheboygan

July 24, 2017

I enjoy crossword puzzles but I’m not great at them (I recall my grandmother doing them in ink). I tried some free apps that were largely lame, so a couple months ago I started paying for the NY Times crossword app. You do get what you pay for.

I was doing today’s puzzle (Monday is super easy, it then gets harder all week). After whipping through the across clues, it really seemed like a down answer was Sheboygan. Really? Who knows Sheboygan? Great brats, but in the NY Times?

Sure enough, the clue was Wisconsin city on Lake Michigan.

I think the clue should have referenced bratwurst…