Thursday, August 9, 2018

Garage Mornings


A day that starts in the garage, because you want to be there, can't be all bad... Spent an hour this morning (like, 0500 this morning) in the company of the horses. I've said it before but I truly enjoy the peacefulness of the early, early morning... the quiet and the sleepy freshness as night transitions into morning. A time to reflect and to write.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

VFW Post 7402 Buchanan Has a Lake

As I move up thru the VFW Georgia chairs I'm going to visit every VFW in Georgia. This isn't the first one I've visited but it's the first picture I'm posting. More to come. This post has a lake, camp grounds, swimming area, lots of fun. But while lots of folks were soaking up the sun, I was rep'ing for the Department. Definitely coming back to relax!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Not a Gator Hater...


There's just something about this picture that makes me think it would be cool to hang out with this gator... you know, till he got all bitey, anyway... No idea who took the pic but it's amazing.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Easy Mosquito Control


Someone was passing this around on Facebook so I know it is totally true. Not sure who the attribution should go to.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thoughts on Picking My Face

I have a Samsung Gear watch that Mrs Shark got for me. When I first received it I loaded up a couple of different chronograph faces each with a multitude of complications. I'd keep one for a day or two and then switch to another - none of them ever felt quite right. Plus they all felt, to me, like pretentious knock-offs. I really wanted a 24-hour dial face but couldn't find many and none that I liked. I've always liked 24-hour watches - there are 24 hours in a day so it seems to me the watch should reflect that.

And while we're here, Let's face it, the only reason the 12-hour periods came to be was because people could only track time by monitoring the sun and the moon. So we are locked into an archaic system because "that's how we've always done it."

Anyway, I wanted a 24-hour watch face and couldn't find one I liked. And in thinking about it, I realized that my goal, when looking at a watch, is to know the time, and the most logical face for quickly knowing the time is digital. So I started looking at digital watch faces and I was mostly disappointed. So, so many of the faces try to recreate the LCD numbers of the 1970s, again capturing a limitation of the times. Are we really all that nostalgic? And then most of them still subscribed to the 12-hour mantra. I had to search to find a 24-hour face that wasn't a reproduction of my old Casio from 1980.

I finally found a beautiful watch face like the one pictured except that it was blue and orange. I like the two different colors as it gives the design interest and style. My only issue was that it was blue and orange and I'm really not a Florida Gator kind of guy. After a little more searching I found this red, gray and white face and it has stuck.

I like that this simple act of getting a new watch allowed me an opportunity for introspection and knowing myself a little better. And I think I have combined a pleasing form and incredible function.
Now I've got some ideas for some apps...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Upgrading the TV Guide - Hide Programs

TV guides have come a long way. I'm old enough to remember when we only had a couple of channels and a TV Guide to help us out. Now we have hundreds of channels to sift through to find something to watch. The search capability is nice but I think the next step is a filter capability. I can already turn off channels I don't want to see in my guide. (I do think it should be easier to hide/unhide channels, but at least the capability is there.)

The next step is to be able to hide particular shows. There are certain shows that I know I am never going to watch. The same is probably true for you. My guide should allow me to hide that show, and all future showings, from my everyday listing view. Maybe someone has this already but I haven't seen it. Let's face it, when I am reviewing the guide for my viewing choices, those shows are already off the table, whether it's a movie I've already seen or a show I don't care to see, let's go ahead and hide it so I can get down to my real choices. I like to explore for new shows but wading through a bunch of stuff I don't want to see just hinders my search. Of course this option should come with the ability to temporarily unhide shows and, of course, the ability to unhide a program permanently should I choose.

And the next step would be to have different views of the guide based on different members of the household. My wife has a different list of what to hide than I do. And hiding shows from underaged children sounds like a plus, too.

The technology is already there. I can tell my guide to record a particular instance of a show or the entire series. Seems like it would be the same logic to hide programs so that, instead of putting a red dot on it to show it is scheduled to record, it just doesn't show up. Since it is user controllable, I get to decide how little or much I want displayed in my guide.

Okay, who's going to make this happen?