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"Murphy was an optimist!"

Of Grasshoppers April 14, 2015 8:23 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
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Student: I overcomplicated it.
Master: You couldn’t have phrased that more simply.

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FaarrrakkkkK! April 13, 2015 10:14 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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It’s a joke. It’s all a joke.

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Smashing Morning April 12, 2015 8:35 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life
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I woke up this morning feeling very groggy. Not hung over. I didn’t drink that much. Just that ache of exhaustion punishment on the body after giving in to a decent night’s sleep.

I approach the coffee maker and there is plenty of water but I think it would be nice to fill it up so Cathy has enough for her coffee. In the process, the cup that I use to transfer water into the reservoir slips from my hand landing perfectly on a vase with the correct angle and velocity to shatter the vase into a million pieces.

Cathy’s response? "Oh, that’s just from way back when you used to bring me flowers. It’s no big…wait, I’m devastated! Only a Starbucks will make me feel better."

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In the end, I will be happy April 4, 2015 6:32 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Of Being Dad
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In the end, I will breathe my last breath knowing I will never have to touch another %^&# lawnmower again.

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I won a live journaling camera! April 2, 2015 9:08 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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I’m so jazzed! I won a Narrative Clip 2! (a life journaling camera) Many thanks to @getnarrative @narrativeclip

Announced on Narrative’s blog.

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Autonomous cars are so close to reality April 2, 2015 9:03 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Robotics, Technology, Transportation, Travel
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When I declared automated cars to be on our roads within 5 years and highly adopted in 10 years with private transportation becoming obsolete in 15-20 years, my friends looked at me like I was nuts and an overoptimistic technologist.

Mark my words, a transportation revolution is happening and most people are completely unaware how fast it is coming.

Telsa has joined the ranks of autonomous vehicles: Tesla Testing Software For Autopilot Trips Between Seattle & San Francisco

Elon Musk’s promise to deliver a fully functional self-driving car within the near future appears to have some truth to it — it seems to have not been an exaggeration, in other words (despite his habit of overstating things). The company has reportedly begun testing software that will allow the Model S to “drive itself” all the way from San Francisco to Seattle.

[Source, Clean Technica]

I so welcome it. The ramifications of autonomous vehicles is huge! Think of the infrastructure changes alone:

So many possibilities!

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Getting thrify April 1, 2015 11:46 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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I have decided to become a bit more thrifty. Once upon a time some blue moon ago I couponed. Not like Coupon Katie or the serious couponers but enough to make a difference. I am redoubling my efforts! Yesterday I used 2, count em, 2 coupons! Yeah me.

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Power tools under used (mostly to look at pictures of cats) April 1, 2015 9:04 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Technology
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Q: If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?

A: I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man.
I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers. (by user nuseramed)

[Source, Reddit, AskReddit]

I purchased the Omnigroup tools to get my professional (and personal) life in order. I am now heavily using Omnifocus and loving it! One of my favorite features of Omnifocus is the location based reminders. I can set a reminder for the Office so that when I arrive at work, the reminder pops up on my phone (and in turn on my Pebble watch). Now wait, doesn’t the iPhone have this same functionality in its built-in Reminders app? Yes it does! But I’ve never used it. Omnifocus differs from Reminders in functionality. Apparently the iPhone Reminders app has a tighter radius on the location awareness. Back to function. Reminders is simply a reminders list. Omnifocus is adaptable to whichever productivity management style you have. It was written primarily with Getting Things Done in mind but will work well with Covey’s First Things First and many of the other productivity structures out there.

I find myself leaving my Narrative camera at the office frequently. Today I decided to setup a location aware reminder in the iPhone Reminders app to warn me when leaving the office with a daily reminder "Got Narrative?"

Why did I choose Reminders over Omnifocus? Simply because when I look at my list of daily todos, I do not want it cluttered with a recurring reminder to do simple things. However, I want that daily reminder to do simple things and this is a fantastic use of Reminders. I will be using this heavily now. I will use the location aware contexts of Omnifocus for important reminders that do not regularly recur such as "Drop child’s lunch check off at the elementary school" which would pop up as I drove by the school on the way to work.

We have these amazing tools for enhancing our lives but rarely exploit a fraction of their full potential. I bet your DSLR has a manual’s worth of menus and settings you’ve never even thought to explore. When I speak of smart homes, automation, and a technological society, these simple tools like the iPhone’s Reminders program are much of what I am referring to.

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Did I take my medicine? March 29, 2015 10:54 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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As I sit here pondering whether or not I’ve taken my blood pressure medicine today, I discovered Timer Caps and bottles (Qty 2) – Child-resistant caps (CRC) with a built-in stopwatch LCD display, for pills and vitamins. This is a truly brilliant thing!

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Last chance to earn discounts toward a Narrative Clip v2 March 28, 2015 11:11 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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The Narrative Clip is drawing to a close. Click here to learn more. Enter your email address and both you and I can earn discounts toward the purchase of a Narrative Clip v2. What is Narrative Clip? Basically it is a camera that you wear which takes a pictures every 30 seconds. What it means is that you preserve those special moments in your life (particularly good for parents) without being distracted by holding a camera or camera phone between you and the event. It’s great for life journaling. By using my Narrative, I became acutely aware that I was spending too much time in grocery stores and changed my habits to regain time in my life. I highly recommend the Narrative Clip!

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Protected: Confessions of a programmer March 27, 2015 3:28 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Confessions of a programmer, Philosophy
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Of Grasshoppers March 26, 2015 6:01 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
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Student: Am I tired or weak?
Master: Does it have to be one or another?

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Blogging is not dead March 21, 2015 1:32 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Blogging is not dead. It’s just hard work. I’d explain, but that would take some effort.

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Baked March 19, 2015 5:13 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Sometimes I smell cake for no apparent reason. I think it means my mind is cooked.

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Confessions of a programmer March 19, 2015 11:46 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Confessions of a programmer, Daily Life, Philosophy, Programming, Technology
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My job does not pay me enough to afford the quantity of alcohol required to do my job. #coap

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