Thinking about Chromebook screen resolutions

Screen resolutions are very important. They dramatically change the user experience. Chromebooks resolutions seem to be designed somewhat different.

It seemed like a good idea to change the resolution on my ASUS Flip chromebook to 1440×900. I strongly prefer the 1200×800 resolution. The change lasted for a couple days. For the last few weeks I have been toying with the idea of getting a larger Chromebook. Obviously, that is not something that I need to purchase.

Weather in Colorado has turned cold. This is the season that I break out my sweater collection. It always seems like a good idea.

A few notes on YouTube vlogs

A few of the travel related vlogs have recently been added to my YouTube subscriptions list. They probably do not help teach me anything useful. My interests do not generally focus on traveling. However, I do like the idea of traveling to places with fantastic beaches and fun things to do. Some of them do film in 4K. My main computer monitor supports 4k content and finding content to watch has been a challenge. The videos are usually pretty short and a welcome distraction to my routine.

Over the last few months, I have watched more YouTube than ESPN. Most of the early KU basketball games are on ESPN3. Those games are pretty easy to stream using a Chromecast. Maybe I lost interest in ESPN programming. Every time I’m traveling I listen to Mike and Mike in the morning. Turning on the television is not a part of my early morning routine. Most days we do not even turn on the television until dinner time.

Thinking about wireless headphones

For the first time in a long time, I dropped my Bose headphones into my travel bag. Earbuds have dominated my mobile listening experience for the last couple of years. Making the switch was easy. It saved space and seemed to work just fine. I’m sure that the wireless headphones experience would probably change my preference. A ton of companies appear to be making wireless noise cancelling headphones. I’m sure some of them are very nice. I have carried an original pair of Bose acoustic noise cancelling headphones all over the nation. The pair I have still work just fine. I have worn them enough to have to replace the ear covers and the top bar is very worn.

I have noticed my YouTube viewing experience has changed recently. Most of the time I open YouTube and search something specific. Within that experience I treat YouTube like a search utility. I expect it to return some type of relevant search that will either teach me something or provide entertainment. Over the years, I have subscribed to a variety of channels. My subscription feed always has something to watch. The part of YouTube that seems to have changed is related to suggestions. My best guess is that the YouTube suggestion algorithm values relevance over time. Most of the things I subscribe to on YouTube involve an ongoing conversation. The newer content enhances that ongoing conversation. Suggesting content from months and years ago is not really the best user experience.

Oh Folger’s

Sometimes that Folger’s commercial about the best part of waking up bounces back into my thoughts. I’m not sure if this morning’s cup of coffee from the ballroom carafe might be Folger’s or something else conjured up that memory. It would be easy to say they don’t make commercials like they used to without being trite or cliche. Advertising has changed over the years. Targeting has changed the dynamics.

and snow falls in Colorado

Today was one of those days. Things did not slow down for a minute. I just sat down long enough to write for a few minutes. Netflix is queued up and playing the first episode of season two of Frasier. It seemed like a good way to end the night. Both Frasier and Cheers were solid television shows.

Today is one of those days that will involve shoveling the driveway. Snow falls in Colorado. This is the season for snowfall. My thoughts centered around adapting to changes in software. I logged into Skype for the first time in a long time. Some software fails to live up to any reasonable promise. Skype just never really became a part of my daily life. It could be that video chatting never really became a part of my daily routines.

Today I had some espresso that was decent enough. It was from Columbia. It was a medium roast that had some subtle notes, but was otherwise forgettable.

Thinking about getting some new gear

That pile of nonsense on my desk was no match for my extreme dedication yesterday. Page by page the pile was decimated. Focus can be a true gift. A gift easily squandered. Maybe it got wasted on a pile of mail or maybe that effort will pay dividends. It did open up space on my desk for new and exciting projects.

I spent about 20 minute yesterday watching videos about the Samsung Gear 360 VR camera. I’m not sure getting a Gear 360 and a self-stick are a reasonable path forward. My journey will probably always involve the written word. Sure the NelsCAST was an interesting foray into dissembling the intersection of technology and modernity. The few hundred folks that got to listen to that podcast were no doubt touched by greatness. I’m sure it was a positive note that will pay forward throughout their lives.

Electing to return to a video based medium would probably just involve a series of YouTube driven events. My weblog writing style has never really been as personal as some of the more active YouTube vlog authors. It could be that my life is not as interesting or that my ability to engage in active storytelling is somewhat lacking. That may be a question that never gets answered. It may be a question that echoes throughout the ages. Much like why the fajita burger never really became a huge thing during the heightening of burger recipes that has occurred over the last few years. One thing is for sure. We are watching the advent of VR content creation. Some of the technology is super expensive and some of it reasonably affordable.

My thoughts on the Amazon Music Unlimited service

A few minutes today will be devoted to the incredibly important act of cleaning up the papers on my desk. The pile of papers has gotten a little out of control over the weekend. You may recall a few weeks back I cancelled my Pandora streaming service in favor of trying out the Amazon Music Unlimited service. It is an interesting experience to have access to pretty much anything you want to listen to anytime you have an internet connection.

Renting access to digital music is probably not the best way to support independent artists. I make a conscious choice to actually buy vinyl albums. I buy albums that I really like and for the most part they sit on my shelf. It is much easier to play streaming music throughout the day. I do listen to them, but not every minute of every day. Consider for a moment the sheer daunting weight of the music based choice when you stand before your Amazon Echo and ask Alexa to play any album. Literally, you could just listen to the top ten albums of all time and call it a day. You could ask Alexa to play anything.

Overall, the Amazon Music Unlimited service is very powerful. If you like to switch it up and listen to a wide variety of music, then the service is probably a good fit. Most of the time I switch between listening to an artist inspired station (Pandora is great at that) and listening to albums from start to finish. My preference usually is to listen to albums.

A day of watching football

Writing is both about the experience and the output. Sometimes a little bit of writing is akin to a little bit of thinking. Making sure you think things through is important. Yet again, I have been thinking about getting a bigger Chromebook to replace my ASUS Flip. Naturally, it would be easy to conclude that I always want the next great computer. It would probably be prodent to recognize that I should just focus on getting the most out of the technology already in my arsenal.

It has been a very interesting and wild week. I went to the Chiefs vs. Broncos game last Sunday. The game was moved from early to late. A touch of food poisoning picked up at the game wiped me out for the rest of the week. It absolutely wiped me out. The experience made me glad I got my flu shot this year. Great health is nothing to take for granted. Sometimes a truly uncomfortable experience is enough to remind you just how important maintaining and sustaining good health can be.

Speaking of thinking about the value of great health, I was going to send a note to the owner of the Cleveland Browns offering to help fix the franchise. It turns out the owner is staying the course. That will render my offer for assistance unnecessary. My theories on recruiting and team building could probably assist Cleveland. Late this month I might sketch out a basic 100 day play. That could be a fun diversionary exercise.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Be positive. Be excellent. Be thankful.

I’m thankful that people are passionate about things. I’m thankful for people that have passion for life.It appears that I arrived at the end of the Casey Neistat YouTube vlog party. Over the last couple of days I watched a couple of the videos. I sorted the videos based on the number of views. That probably means that I watched the greatest hits.

I can say from the videos I watched Casey managed to make highly professional videos pretty much everyday for over a year. Having the commitment to make a quality video every day is admirable. Working to deliver an ongoing narrative between the host and audience must have taken a lot of energy and planning.

Goal setting is easy to talk about. It takes dedication to set a goal and work hard enough to achieve it. Sprinkle in a little commentary about potential and the goal setting conversation gets even more interesting. We have the opportunity to ensure the next generation we educate has the potential to do just about anything. The goals we set today will echo forward.

The rise and fall of social applications

Applications seem to rise out of nowhere. Some of them seem to fall with almost the same speed. People are at the root of both the rise and fall of applications. People come together for a variety of reasons. If you look closely around the various social spaces that exist, then you will locate communities of place, circumstance, and interest. Some of those communities can form and fade away quickly. Communities can form around concerts or sporting events. Those communities are highly fleeting. Other communities that are more permanent exist. Some of them may be so present in your everyday life that they are almost taken for granted. Communities related to applications seem to be some of the most fleeting.

Today was the first day that I really ran down the battery on my Google Pixel XL. The phone had to be charged about half way through the day. I recently downloaded Instagram. People have been using it forever. I spent part of the day looking at all the photos my friends have posted. Using the application to better understand it seemed like a good idea. My phone is littered with applications that have very small user bases. It always seems like a good idea to try them out. Loading a social based application only to find out that nobody you know uses it can be extremely frustrating. That is typically a sign that the application is either very new or has missed the boat.