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!
August 26, 2014
Labor Day was originally created as a celebration of the American Labor Movement and it is dedicated to the achievements of workers across the U.S.
Now, we do celebrate, but we more or so celebrate having a long weekend off of work!
August 25, 2014
A glimpse into the future of advertising was seen in the Tom Cruise Sci-Fi movie, Minority Report. This demonstrated the future of possibilities that we’re now starting to see make way in today’s world.
August 22, 2014
You Need a Vacation!
Here in the United States, people are overworked and overwhelmed by their day to day lives. It’s harder to get away from work and keep your mind off of work. People are taking less time off each year and find it hard to unwind.
Plan Your Vacation
With less time being spent away from work and relaxing, it is best to make the most of what little time you do have. I’ve been on vacations with practically nothing planned and flew by the seat of my pants. This worked out okay, but my best vacations were planned. This does not mean I was always on a strict itinerary or any itinerary at all, but having at least an idea of what you want to do and where you want to eat makes your time much more enjoyable.
February 28, 2014
People might not see the immediate connection between technology and the Olympics, but in reality it takes a huge role in preparation with the Olympians. For the Olympians, years and months of training go into preparing for the Olympics. They practice constantly and are always looking for innovative ways to enhance their performance and one way to do this is through working with companies to make their outfits and equipment the best on the market. Here are some examples of Olympians training with technology:
- Figure Skaters use high tech sensors which record their movements into 3D images so they can calculate the exact time to begin or end their spin, not only does it enhance their ability of timing but also gives them measurements to give them high velocity or speed in their performance.
- When training for the Biathlon, Olympians use lasers attached to their guns to find their target with more ease because of how fast they are going before they stop to take their shots.
- Snowboarders are constantly working with different companies to create the most aerodynamic clothing to ensure they do not get weighed or slowed down. Under Armour recently created a jacket that would recycle body heat.
Skiers had clothing created that was zipper-less! This made their clothing more lightweight and allowed less water to leak into their clothes.
February 12, 2014
Everyone is talking about wearable technology right now, but what does that mean for us? Well it means that soon we will be able to wear technology such as performance trackers, mobile updaters, eyewear, and mood readers. With so many options on wearable tech, how do you know what kind is best for you?
Wearable tech is not only a social conversation starter but it is something that others can join in on with you. Many of the new health and fitness trackers have a communal site where you can go check your progression as well as the progression of others. This gives you a sense of community and urgency, not only do you want to stay involved with a group of people but you want to make sure you are keeping up if not exceeding the goals you set for yourself.