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...

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?

Is This Your Next Pet?

No shedding, no pooping, no scratching the furniture, and it can easily travel with you... just saying... Thank-you, Japan...

Challenging Baltimore

Great time in Maryland for a friend's wedding. Alamo took care of us with this bright orange Challenger. Anything you think you might have seen did not happen... #challengeraccepted #itwasntme

Supporting History in Newnan

Newnan is blessed with some amazing people and amazing programs. Newnan High School's history department is one of those programs run by some of those people. And we enjoyed the Redneck Gourmet downtown as part of their Spirit Day. Support your schools and your local businesses.

Coweta Veterans Club Charity Golf Tournament

14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

10:00 AM
Monday, October 16, 2017
Newnan Country Club
4-Person Scramble, 20 Team Limit

Cost is $75.00 per player
Includes 18 holes, cart, and beverage. Prizes & trophies presented at the award luncheon, immediately after the tournament at the Coweta Veterans Club, 130 Veterans Club Dr, off Hwy 29 South of Newnan Country Club.
Mulligans are $5.00

Entry fees are due no later than September 29, 2017
Make checks payable to "Coweta Veterans Club”
at: P.O. Box 71066  Newnan, Ga.  30271

Questions? Contact:
Billy Alford at 770-253-8531 / or
John Skinner at 770-301-4074 /

NOTE: Registration begins at 9:00 am. In case of rain out, the tournament will not be rescheduled.

Happy 70th US Air Force

A few of us got together to celebrate the Air Force's 70th birthday... where were the rest of you? Next year we want a room full!