The Future is Ours

This is awesome. Watch it full screen and crank up the volume.

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/44658040]

Avoiding dangerous neighborhoods

Switching agencies has forced me to change my business travel habits a little bit. Instead of frequent trips to NYC where I am chauffeured around in the finest taxis the city has to offer, I’ve been driving to more “local” clients. Local being Hartford, CT or Framingham, MA. And because these are not bustling metropolises (metropoli?) I’ve found myself spending a lot of time in Zipcars.

And because I have a terrible sense of direction, especially in places I have never been before, I have been relying on my GPS app on my phone. A Lot.

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Hot Tub Boat

Not quite a crime machine, but still impressive.

Hot Tub Boat

Hot Tub Boat

The boat can accommodate up to six persons while underway, and eight at dockside.  It is powered by an almost silent electric motor at approximately 4 to 6 knots.

More from the manufacturer: HotTubBoats.com

 

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

The other day I was reminded of a quote I love by the prolific science fiction Robert Heinlein. It goes like this:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

I’m not sure when he said it, or where, but I just really like the Thoreau-esque notion of self-sufficiency. And the end, where instead of acknowledging that some people will become multi-disciplinarians and others specialists, he derides specialization as being for insects. None of this “free to be you and me” shiny, happy bullshit. Either you are with him, or you are an insect (or maybe you are neither, some unskilled idiot). I like that.

[writers note: I believe I can do 10 of those things listed above.]

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CES 2012 Video

Here’s a video recap of my trip to CES 2012. Enjoy!

And for more from my trip check out these other posts:

CES Review: Recon Instruments MOD Goggles

On my first day at CES I saw these Recon Instruments MOD Live goggles and was instantly smitten. My buddy Ian thought so too and shot a quick video about them for the Weber Shandwick Social Studies blog. Check it out here:

 

And if you want some more of the MOD Live, here’s their official video:

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CES: Day 2

Another amazing day at CES. Although I have to say, the exhibits we saw yesterday weren’t quite as new/exciting/interesting as the first day, but still some great new tech.

The big hit of the day for me was LG. Having recently bought an LG LED TV I am a little biased. But they have so many great products coming out. From the world’s largest OLED TV, to amazing Cinema 3D displays, to innovative home appliances, like these vacuums and a cool fridge.

LG Vacuum

Similar to a Roomba, this robot vacuum keeps your house cleaning and doubles as a surveillance system you can monitor on the web or on your mobile device.

LG Canister Vacuum

This LG canister vacuum has "follow along" technology that self-propels the base to keep up with you as you clean. No pulling the base with you, it drives itself!

LG Refrigerator blast chiller

The blast chiller cabinet in this LG fridge sucks cold area from the freezer into a small box to rapidly chill a bottle of beer to 41 degrees (f) in just 4 minutes.

chair

The Emperor 200 chair/workstation has three screens that can raise and lower, creating a "cocoon" of productivity

Victorinox

Victorinox just released this thumb sized one terabyte solid-state drive today at CES. It has an e-ink display and biometric security. I have to disclose that they are a SapinetNitro client, but this is still awesome.

Electric Delorean

The all new electric DeLorean. So cool. Not loving the decals they stuck all over it, but it's still awesome.

Riding on a double decker bus

Matt and I riding the double-decker bus home from the convention center

Pedometer Day Two

8876 steps today, not bad. But not as good as yesterday.

That’s it for day two (actually there is a lot more, but you’ll have to wait for the video and/or accompanying presentation).

Also, I have to give a huge shoutout to the WordPress.com team for featuring Hot Tub Crime Machine on their “Freshly Pressed” section. I received almost 1000 visits to yesterday’s review of CES, setting a new record for the site. If you want to see that post, it’s here.

Update: Here are my highlights from CES Day 3 (and if you prefer video format, click here)

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