Got a son or nephew in the 4 to 10 age range? Here are some great scifi/fantasy flicks from the 80s to re-live and enjoy. Of course great for the young ladies as well, just surprising how many of them had a young boy theme in the 80s.
Here are the microcontrollers I have with me sitting here on the airplane; about to take off for New Jersey to attend Angel Hack New York this weekend. Well, they’re in my bag, or else I think the passengers and crew would get a bit exited. :)
What to remove all the voice memos from your iPhone? The iPhone app doesn’t have a ‘remove all’ option, but it is easy with the help of this little 3rd party app.
Install i-FunBox, it is free, legit, and works on PC and Mac
Select all the files (not the Sync folder) in the Voice Memos section (click the first item, hold down shift, click the last item), then right-click an item and choose “Delete” (see this screenshot)
Close and restart the Voice Memo app
In iTunes, there is a “Voice Memos” playlist. Similarly, select all items in there right-click, and “Delete”
There are a lot of posts out there with people asking. I just removed over 1,600 voice memos recorded over the last year with this technique. It’s been bugging my for two years. The iPhone user’s guide says you can just delete the items from the iTunes Voice Memos playlist, sync, and they’ll be removed from the iPhone, but that never worked for me. Hope it helps, cheers.
These are a great little pair of Bluetooth headphones for only $30 (when this was posted) with like 4.5 stars w over 2,100 reviews on amazon. They fold up nicely, have good battery life, decent volume and bass response, good noise cancelling phone mic, support A2DP and headset profiles, are easy to control with one main button plus +/- volume and next/previous track buttons. Not the highest fidelity of course, but of the half-dozen pairs of bluetooth headphones/buds I’ve purchased (from $200 on down), they’re my favorite for the value for the dollar.
(one last time, don’t expect Beats Audio, Bose QuiteComfort, or wired Sennheiser quality audio, but they do sound good and for $30 wireless headphones they’re a great deal)
What a fantastic kids cartoon! This is by far our family favorite to watch together. Every few nights I watch an episode with the kids before bed. Here are some of the qualities of the show that jump out at me. Not many cartoons I can think of that hit on these positive attributes:
Intelligent: the characters think through issues
Positive Attitude: the main characters keep an up-beat, positive, can-do outlook in life
Respectful: the characters all are respectful of their parents, and other kids
Encouraging Creativity: they’re always proactively making amazing stuff (it’s the ‘maker generation’s’ cartoon)
Teamwork: the kids work together, even the bully, nerd, girls, etc
Musical: every few episodes has a musical number, which is actually witty and entertaining
Sub-plots: each episode has the pet secret agent detective platypus Perry ‘Agent P’ take on the ‘evil’ Dr. Doofenshmirtz keeps the show fast. Inline with the above points, even those rival characters are occasionally helping each other out
Watch online via Netflix or disney.com. And don’t take just my word for it, see what Wired Magazine had to say. It’s #DadApproved by me. If you’re a parent and haven’t seen this yet, check it out.
p.s. The cartoon creators themselves have the philosophy that a kids cartoon can be uplifting, have positive values, and still be entertaining. Contrast that with SpongeBob Square pants, while entertaining, its creators firmly believe cartoons can’t be educational and entertaining at the same time, and must be stupid and nonsensical to be enjoyed. <I’ve seen both creators talk about their shows on TV interviews, need to find videos online and link here>
4-Channel Mini Stereo Desktop Mixer Behringer MON800
Got multiple sound sources at your computer desk? Like laptop, mobile phone, other music player, desktop, etc? Use desktop speakers and/or headphones? This is a great little mixer for the desk, I use one at home and one at the office.
These are great kits to introduce little ones to electronics. They use regular ‘pant snaps’ to connect, much easier than the old spring wire connectors. My 4-yr old loves doing these w Dad. They’re good for small hands and quick to put together.
Just watched the The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey, wow. Honestly, I was impressed. It surpassed my expectations. In fact I liked it more than the trilogy!
The pace was steady. Not too fast, not too slow, better pacing than the originals in my humble opinion.
It didn’t feel ‘over the top’ like the trilogy, which felt like it was trying to be the ‘ultimate middle earth story’ with so many wars and things ending and people dying. Whereas The Hobbit felt like just a good story admits the backdrop of Middle Earth. Of course this is due to the writing and books, but the movie reflects that well.
I liked the extra bits of story. I think they really added to the depth, trilogy tie-in, and was just extra middle earth goodness. Brought some depth, character, and fill to the overall story.
Instead of removing content as in the trilogy (like Tom Bombadil), they were able to add more, which was fun, like Radagast and the council at Rivendale.
The 48 fames-per-second format was fantastic!! Made the movie feel more ‘real’. And the extreme detail was gorgeous. (if you didn’t see it in 48 fps, only 450 theaters out of the >4000 the Hobbit is playing at, you’ve got a reason to go see it again, here are the 48 fps theaters)
The depth of the locations was felt more as many of them were actually really built out this time. For example Bags End looked and felt more real, with depth and character, not just like a partially built set (because it really was fully built out for this movie). This really came across to me, made me feel a real Hobbit’s life. (I can see why they were Tolkien’s favorite, such a comfortable life!)
There was a great deal amount of actual dialog straight from the book. That was fun to identify. Some of the better writing. :) Still, this screenwriting was better than the trilogy.
I had expected part 1 to end at Bilbo finding the ring, but it kept going! Which leads to a con…
There was a lot in this first part. Most of the actual Hobbit book was covered. Makes me wonder what they’ll cover in a part 2 or 3. It’ll have to be either a lot of new content or really drawing out the last part. Hope it’s the former.
I didn’t like some of the script changes. I understand the writers were trying to build character and interplay, but the troll interaction was all wrong. There was no fight, the dwarves didn’t give up for Bilbo, it was Gandolf that threw his voice around to confuse the trolls, not Bilbo talking to them for 3 min till dawn. Oh well, there wasn’t too much of this re-writing.
p.s. Oh yes, of course Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman were fantastic.
Okay, that’s my take for what it’s worth. :) -cheers
When cleaning a pile or messy area of the house, the first 80% of stuff takes about 20% of the time. I’m talking drawers, cabinets, stacks of papers, toys, gizmos, any of that stuff we have to manage in our lives. The last 20% is the hardest to triage (trash, put away, make decisions about, etc), and can take like 80% of the total cleaning time. So I say, just clean the 80%, take that last 20% and put it back or stick it in a box to sort later. Move on to another area to clean. Sure it won’t be 100%, but more often than not, next time you clean that area that 20% will be far easier to deal with since it either (1) won’t matter anymore or (2) your mind has thought about it in the background and now knows what to do with it.
Actually, Steve believed that A players hire A players—that is people who are as good as they are. I refined this slightly—my theory is that A players hire people even better than themselves. It’s clear, though, that B players hire C players so they can feel superior to them, and C players hire D players. If you start hiring B players, expect what Steve called “the bozo explosion” to happen in your organization.