Finally: Drone Tech I Want to Buy

There’s a bunch of avoidance of the logical process going on in the Herald article below, but I love the comm chatter in the video ūüėĬ†My immediate response is, “advanced drone.” Just because your tech can’t keep up doesn’t mean¬†someone’s tech can’t keep up. But, wouldn’t it be rad if aliens stopped by, thought, “Nah bro, too cold,” and went to an inner planet? Source: you can get a media-sensationalized info dump here.

An Epic-Level Yarn

This is glorious. I need to find a way to incorporate, “by the divine grace of the infant Christ,” into a book. Got my days wrong and ended up alone in a room with my boss and the President of Ireland while I was on ketamine. https://t.co/gSjPY8WjKL — Seamas It Ever Was (@shockproofbeats) May 3, 2018  

Changing Everything

There’s a school of wisdom that says you shouldn’t change more than one thing at once. Why? If you do and something gets destroyed, you can’t be sure which change caused the failure. Since I’m more into positivity than dire gloom, I rephrase this as,¬†If something turns amazing, you’re not quite sure which thing brought the sunlight in. I think around July 2015, we were advised our home was being acquired under compulsory acquisition provision within the Public Works Act by the Greater Wellington Regional Council. I posted on Facebook about it in early August, but since Internet stalkers probably can’t read it, here’s what I said: Yo. The Kitney and I have got a few emails on this over the past couple o’ days. The short version is that yes, this does effect us – our home is one Read More …

Failures of the Year

Much as it pains me to admit it, I’m not perfect. Realizing this about the age of 35 came as a huge shock. Since then, I’ve spent time ‘looking back’ and ‘getting laser focused’ on what I did wrong (or, to be nice to myself, what I might have done better). Below are my collection of thoughts for the 2017 calendar year. Laugh, cry, or ignore. And always, ever onward. Health I left the Death Star in January 2017, with a litany of health issues. My goal during 2017 was to get my shit straight. Sort out my body to become a new Adonis. Meditate daily to settle my head. Turns out, no. While I’ve got my health back to what most people would call “pretty fit,” it’s not where I thought I’d get to. A variety of challenges caused Read More …

Your Hidden Superpowers

We’ve all got ’em. Before we get stuck in, I want to share this outstanding video from Will Smith. I’m¬†tired. Mostly, I’m tired about trying to understand what I should be angry about these days. There’s someone, somewhere, right¬†now, who wants me to be angry about a particular thing. Friends, I’m just about done. There’s only so much rage my heart can hold, and it passed the safe levels a year or more ago. Now we’ve set the tone … One of the things that grinds my gears is the concept of absolutes. Red vs. blue. East vs. west. Left vs. right, cats vs. dogs, whatever. The way I see it? There’s far more things we have in common than not, but the current skein of the media, your Facebook feed, or even dinner party conversations is about taking sides. Read More …

We’re Almost There

In my quest to bring a few popular Facebook posts back from the brink of being locked-in, this one is replicated below. via GIPHY We’re right on the edge of something particularly awesome. I know this is probably the view of anyone at any given time in history – you know, that guy who’s sitting around the first human-made fire. Screw collecting burning trees struck by lightning and trying to keep ’em burning: this dude’s rubbed some sticks together or whatever, he’s got fire on demand, he’s getting warm, and that dude’s saying, “Man, being a human is awesome, and we’re right on the fucking pinnacle of achievement here.” The more specific awesome thing I’m talking about here is equality, but we’re not quite there yet. I think we all have a part to play, through our own personal platforms. Read More …

We Need Less Screaming

With the recent Facebook changes, I figured it was about time to drag a few posts out of there and pop ’em here. I’ve replicated¬†this one below, in case there is an end-of-times event where it disappears from the source. I realized today that not *everyone* is an asshole. Bear with me. This might take a while to break down. You know how people are getting depressed or anxious more in today’s world, right, this isn’t exactly news. There have been more meds proscribed for more conditions than ever before, and if you don’t know someone suffering from depression or anxiety you’re probably an insensitive jerk or living in the woods wearing nothing animal skins, and if it’s the latter you’re probably not reading this anyway. I’m wondering, you know, about why this is. People are talking about how it’s Read More …

On The Hidden Power of Not Being a Dick

I’m working with one of my author buddies on a project (no peeking!). After we spent a couple hours online chewing it over, I was struck by a thought: Collaboration overload is real, and it’s driven by a few total assholes. Arguing with an asshole is like mud wrestling with a pig. After a couple hours, you realize the pig enjoys it. To be clear, this is not a story about what an asshole my buddy is. He is excellent.¬†See, when he and I were talking, we spent our time bouncing ideas. Some of them worked, some of them didn’t. We were both clear about what we liked (because even bad ideas have good elements), and what sucked (because 90% of your “good” ideas aren’t going to be amazing; they’ll be terribad). It wasn’t a mutual you-can-do-no-wrong club, it was Read More …

Man Quits Instagram, Reads 3,764 Books in a Year

I made that headline up. I’m experimenting with clickbait. The sentiment of quitting things is worthwhile. Lemme break it down for you. I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, because I’m a do-a-thing-or-don’t kind of guy. There’s no real barrier to me growing a beard in July, or shaving my tongue for Lent. If I want to lose 30 pounds, all that’s between me and that goal is a shopping list and a fear of losing the taste for cake. However! I do find the end-of-year vacation, colloquially known as “Christmas Break” to the locals in my town, valuable. I mean, yeah, we all swing in hammocks, which is a goal in itself. But without other activities like¬†working for a living, I’m able to reflect. Where did my time go? What do I want to use my remaining time on? Read More …

L’Oreal: Titans of Tech

No, I’m serious. It seems our friends over L’Oreal have made something that could help you make sensible choices about your crispness levels courtesy of the ball of fire in Earth’s skies. “UV Sense is a battery-free electronic sensor that’s designed to monitor your sun exposure and, with the help of an NFC-enabled smartphone, help limit your skin cancer risk.“ Stick it on your nail, tap it with your phone, and viola, you know how many solar rads you’ve had. In New Zealand we feel the ozone depletion, so this rocks for us. Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/07/l-oreal-and-john-rogers-built-a-thumbnail-sized-uv-sensor/