September 23, 2014
In today’s world of “being social”, we’ve evolved into more of an interpersonal digital social communication with those around us. If we think back, before personal technology we walked around and greeted people with a hello, had small chats with those around us, road our bikes and went to play with someone. We’d play in the back yard, front yard, go to the park or to another friend’s house because they just got something new to play with. It was a time of being creative / constructive with our hands and feet; giving us the need to use our brains and apply ourselves while being outdoors with something tangible. It opened up a world of creativity, personal / social skills and real world character building activities for each of us.
September 18, 2014
Per a previous blog I wrote Battle of the Smartphones a part of the buying decision is Ecosystem as it provides a simple and convenient way of managing all of your content, from audio, video and photos from one single source; a central hub station if you will. The proprietor of this ecosystem provides a platform in which distributes content to millions of people worldwide and allows the user and their multiple devices a wide range of selections / choices of content per the users desire.
iOS8 for Apple just came out and brought about some new features that are pretty cool. We compiled a list of the top 11 features that you can now use. Some are cool, different and can even save your life? Weird right, who would have thought that Apple would save your life?
September 10, 2014
Internet safety is important for all ages! With how many “villians” are out there on the web trying to steal your information, you need to make sure you are at least covering the basics. There are of course a lot more intense ways to protect you on the internet but let’s just start with the basics for now.
Smoked BBQ is some of the best tasting BBQ out there, from brisket, tri-tip, pulled pork and the infamous ribs that everyone loves. If you’re like me, going out to your favorite BBQ place with friends and family is always fun, but nothing beats homemade BBQ. As some of you know, when running a low and slow, we’re looking at a minimum of 4 to 12 hours, depending on what you’re smoking on the grill. The question everyone asks is, how can you sit out there for so long, don’t you get bored; how do you have the patience? Then they say, let me know when it’s ready I’ll show up to start eating. Well, here’s a trick you can use on your next early morning Smoke BBQ weekend to get everyone to hang out with you and make a great day of sharing the joys of making smoked BBQ.
Check List to Running Low and Slow
When getting ready to smoke for some ribs for 6 hours, there are a few things one always has to prepare for a check list.
September 5, 2014
Current Designs are Antiquated
The current designs of our freeway and highway systems are very antiquated. The speed at which technology is moving and our understanding of the challenges of fast population growth, our roads have not kept up with the times. We are relying on ideas from many decades ago that just don’t work anymore.
Population and Geographical Challenges
I live in Southern California. If you’ve never been to California, you undoubtedly know we have horrible traffic problems grid-locking our roads. You’ve heard of the horrific Los Angeles traffic. I frequently have to travel on the 91 freeway connecting Orange County to Riverside County. This is one of the very few through-fares connecting the counties due to large mountain ranges dividing them to the north and south. To avoid the 91 freeway, you have to drive about 45 minutes south just to get on a dangerous and windy 2 lane mountain road. You can also drive another 45 minutes north to other freeways and eventually trackback to the south. With the population exploding in Southern California, CalTrans has their work cutout for them.
Carpool Lanes (HOV) and Toll Lanes
Carpool lanes may have been a great idea in the 70′s and 80′s to help reduce congestion by getting more people into one car and reducing the number of vehicles on the road. This just doesn’t work today. There are far too many people traveling today that there sometimes is absolutely no benefit when it comes to keeping traffic moving. Don’t get me wrong, we still want people to carpool, but these lanes are not a solution. On the 91 freeway, they have added Toll Lanes. As of now, they can cost up to approximately $10.00 per way during the busiest times. This is certainly not affordable to everyone. This is a luxury lane. I certainly don’t want roads to be divided for the upper income earners and the lower income earners. I want a transportation system that works.
September 3, 2014
Technology is constantly changing and so are our students, this means that teachers and students need to grow in to the use of technology in a classroom, together.
Integrating something new in to a routine that you have been doing for a long time is scary, especially when that something new has so many new variables it can sometimes be hard to plan for. For teachers, adopting technology in to the classroom can be very difficult for multiple reasons from not being provided the proper instruction or technology to them being resistant because they are set in their ways. Technology can help students learn and flourish at a young age with technology that they will be using through schooling and work. Here are 3 reasons why the integration of tech can be difficult in a classroom.
September 1, 2014
Once again, we have the battle of the smartphones, where we have the top 2 brands selling pretty much the same device. The differentiating factors / the things in the balance which we use to make our “educated decisions” can be summed up into 3 categories.
- Brand partisan – You either love them or hate them.
- Love them: Yes, there are a lot of people who buy the product solely based on the brand as it’s perceived to be “the cool in thing to have” and provide a certain level of “status”. This isn’t usually the most informed choice, but it does suit the need for most general users.
- Hate them: Where one will never buy the device solely based on the fact of its brand. There are a lot of people who do not follow the trend and will purposefully buy the competing product to have their own sense of “individuality” and “status”.
- Ecosystem – The concept of having everything provided by a single source and building their music, video and media lifestyle around it. It provides a sense of convenience, stemming from comfort and simplicity; which can also make switching to a different brand a difficult choice. This also includes owning the multiple devices, such as tablets or other music players of the same brand.
- The specs – This is the actual performance of the device along with its features and capabilities to fit or expand on your needs. This is when a person compares the 2 smartphones side by side and makes a decision based on a few factors:
- How fast is it?
- How big or small is the screen?
- How much internal memory (storage) does it have, can I expand the storage?
- What connection options does it come with? (USB, HDMI, Lightning, Micro USB, SD Card slot)
- What features, apps or capabilities does it have / come with it?
- How long does the battery last?
- Will it play all my music and movie files?
- And then finally the golden question, “How much will all this cost me?”
August 29, 2014
Camping is one of my favorite vacation getaways. It’s nice to get away from city life and take a breath of fresh air from nature. The sights, sounds, smells and relaxing qualities make it a perfect break from everyday life. For those of you city-folk, don’t worry, you can have you’re simple luxuries and still enjoy the outdoors.
Planning Where to Camp
If you don’t put an effort into finding the right place to camp, your trip can be ruined from the beginning. Start off right by planning right. The first thing to do is find the general area where you want to camp. I recently camped in Big Sur, CA with my wife and our little dog. We specifically picked a campground that we’ve had a great time at with good facilities and access to necessities.
What Kind of Camper are You?
If you are a city-slicker and can’t live without basic amenities, find a campground with cabins or consider renting an RV and camping at a place with RV hookups. There are plenty of campgrounds that tailor to your needs. If you decide to get an RV, just know that you will be required to learn to operate it correctly. It’s not as simple as driving it to your destination and parking it. You will have electric hookups, water hookups, and waste disposal. Do some research and find out if it’s right for you.
August 28, 2014
Every store now has that big sign “BACK TO SCHOOL” and for office supply fiends like me, you are chomping at the bit to buy new pens and notepads with colorful highlighters. Or you could be looking for those products that are going to streamline your school year. With all the technology that is now out there, you can just about by some type of tech equipment for every situation! Well here are our top 5 necessities for a long school day on campus!