I’ve drank soda since the earliest days of my memory. It’s just something everyone in my family has done. I think it’s time for me to stop. For my friends – you’ll all laugh because there’s probably never been a moment you have seen me that I didn’t have a bottle of my trusty drink of choice in hand, Mountain Dew. Why do I now think I should stop?
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When I drove home yesterday I realized I didn’t have my computer so I couldn’t publish my post. It was actually about the freedom of no technology, ironic because I needed my technology to get my point across. I wrote it on paper instead.
I was instantly brought back to my childhood.
While I was in Tennessee my dad took us to a flea market. Basically, for those of you who don’t already know, a flea market is where you can buy and sell just about anything. We saw food, animals, firearms, and everything in-between for sale. One thing I wasn’t expecting to be for sale that I was able to get my hands on was a Nintendo 64 and a copy of Super Smash Bros. I finally got to hook it up today and play through the single player mode. I was instantly brought back to my childhood.
we’re basically the same guy just thirty years apart.
For the fourth of July I spent my evening with family. I’ve never spent a fourth of July with my family (outside of the immediate of course), and it was really interesting to see just how similar to them I really am. My cousins, who are about my father’s age, are without-a-doubt two of the coolest, best friends I’ve ever made. I spent a hour or more speaking with one of them and her boyfriend about everything from smoking weed to dissecting the beliefs of Adolf Hitler. The other, well, we’re basically the same guy just thirty years apart and with two different political views (but as I learned, who the hell cares?).
He made that idea.
I’m the grand-nephew of the founder of a successful Illinois based limousine service. In the businesses prime it had a stronghold on the local industry for 25 years. It’s no surprise that Uber has reached out to both of us in our lives, but never at the same time, and I never put two and two together – they wanted my uncle’s ideas. He was one of the most successful people in the industry decades before the computer exists. You know Uber’s method of undercutting people? He made that idea when he beat out the rental car industry for rides from the airport and back. How can Uber be so successful at ride sharing yet be so frowned upon by their industry competitors? They weren’t following the best business models. They’re not my uncle.
I had virtually no way of posting this
Last night I wanted to post this post but had no way to do it. During the trip to Tennessee we hit a dead zone the size of a metropolis through Ohio, so much so that I didn’t even have enough of a signal to navigate let alone post a blog post. My aunt’s house is so far outside of the city of Greeneville I barely had a reception enough to get a phone call from a potential new business opportunity or my mom. It’s safe to say that I had virtually no way of posting this. Especially when you factor in how hard I make it to sign into my blog to post, my website was having none of these strange IP addresses and insecure connections.
You get to smell the fresh air from state to state
Car rides tell you a lot about a person. They test your patience, give you time to think, and provide an experience beyond that of a airplane. You get to smell the fresh air from state to state and hear the gradual change in accent as you get closer and closer to your destination.
It’s family reunion season!
My family and I will be traveling to Tennessee to visit my dad’s side of the family. It’s family reunion season! We don’t usually go out of our way to see anyone, but family is different. These people all live within a close proximity to each other and even though we live so far away they still treat us like one of their own. I’m always so nervous to go see them because I’m so much younger than everyone on that side of the family, but I always have to remember something: that doesn’t really matter.
What happened was tragic.
Tonight my roommates and I watched 13 Hours, the movie that depicts what happened in Benghazi. The film is really well made and I almost didn’t have enough time to write this post because I was too busy watching it. What happened was tragic. It really puts in perspective how lucky we are to live in a stable country and how tumultuous the politics are in the Middle East.
I found one thing he constantly did with everyone he was close to in life
Earlier today I finished reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the stand alone biography about the man who made Apple Computers. Yes the tale was riveting, it sends an enlightening power through your soul whenever you turn the page and find the next chapter in Steve’s life is just a good as the last. The tale follows a man starting from the time he’s barely twenty years old, smelly, with an untrimmed beard, no shoes, fiery temper, and lofty expectations for this idea that everyone can have a personal computer. He transitions into a humbled father, of both children and some of the most innovative products in the world, wearing an iconic black turtle neck, classic New Balance kicks, still with a fiery temper, and lofty expectations for the future of personal computing.
Infinitely vast fields policed only by the population density of deer
When I was growing up I always had one foot out the door. I wanted to get out of that small rural farm town smack dab in the middle of the no where as quickly as possible. To get there you have to drive about thirty miles south of the halfway point between Chicago and Detroit down a strip of I-69 bounded by infinitely vast fields policed only by the population density of deer. To my ears, that just meant you were thirty miles south of being half way to anywhere that mattered.
How to differentiate between a full-stack engineer, full-stack developer, and someone who isn’t full-stack.#100DaysOfBlogging, business, technology
He finally felt like he could say he was a full-stack developer
Last week I talked one of my closest friends from college, and before we ever had the chance to see each other in person he proudly proclaimed he finally felt like he could say he was a full-stack developer. We haven’t seen each other in years, but I was aware he had moved away a bit from being on the marketing/financial side of startups to the technology side based on the changes in his vernacular. Heck, he practically has the same title as me at the new startup he works for and I made my own title because I own the business!
My stance on gun control has always been stone cold.
I posted this video on my Facebook profile today and really only shared it because I thought it was hilarious. My stance on gun control has always been stone cold. I didn’t see what all the fuss was about over little things like background checks, restrictions seemed obvious, and I’ve always thought that guns were just kinda… pointless? I mean, a couple of years ago I wrote a piece that ends with a depiction of gun owners as unsympathetic and questioned their ethics. So I obviously have never understood the theory behind the right to bear arms.
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All I could hear was generic bschool-kid garbage
I hadn’t seen my friend Joe in four, maybe five years when we randomly ran into each other last winter. We began hanging out regularly and he would always bring up this one friend from his fraternity who he believed would be a great author for The Sexy Politico (TSP). The Sexy Politico is a client of Argo Labs, the business I confounded last July, but we’re not apart of the new author process; so we told him to have his friend email the Editor or Publisher at TSP to get started. Joe didn’t want that. Joe insisted either Marikha or I have direct contact via phone, video, email, or whatever.
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Thank you, Justice Kennedy, you shall indeed be eternalized as a gay rights icon. After his heroic “aye” this morning, Justice Kennedy was the lone conservative vote needed to end the long struggle for Marriage Equality in all 50 states. As soon as the news broke, celebrations began right outside the Supreme Court entrance. The rest of the nation swiftly followed suit. Here in Michigan, they began in the blink of an eye and couples wasted no time getting to their local courthouses.
In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, images of confessed gunman Dylann Wolf pictured with the Confederated flag draped around him have caused a national outcry. Many South Carolinians immediately called for the flag’s removal from the capitol grounds. On Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley pleaded for the same.
Steve Jobs proudly holding what is arguably his most innovative “one more thing,” the iPod. Jobs is the best representative of “variable success,” failing and succeeding more in one lifetime than anyone thought imaginable.
Mark Caine, author of the 1962 novel The S-Man, once said, “The first step towards success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” This alludes to the idea that success is purely situational, and the factors that affect it must be situational in nature
Earlier today a friend of mine invited me to join Vivino, a wine app. From first use I understood it, liked it, and would use it again. The apps easy to use UI is really what gets me excited. A simple, almost Twitter like, feed on the front page and only four options of what to do. You can browse this feed and see wines the people you follow have ranked, you can check what wines you’ve already ranked, check out recommendations and wines across all of Vivino’s platform, and (the best part) get locations for places that have wine near you.
Everyone has been buzzing about Facebook’s great accomplishment, today marks it’s ten year anniversary! You can check out their “Look Back” feature as a celebratory creep on your life over the past ten years. The feature goes through a highlight of all your events on Facebook since you created it. This can be fun, exciting, scary, depressing, and every emotion in-between; all dependent on how you’ve acted over the years.
I made the switch from all Apple products at the beginning of this year, and switched from the iPhone 4s to the Galaxy S4. At first I was overly excited. I love the Android Operating system, and do believe it is the future of mobile. Still in love with it, the problem the operating system has is the phones made for it (Google’s Nexus Line) are all middle of the road. So in-order to be on the “cutting edge” I decided to go with either the HTC One of the Galaxy S4. One of my colleagues had just gotten an S4 around the time I purchased mine and I like the features, so I got one.
This piece is entirely satirical.
Last week, I upgraded from my historically reliable 2008 Macbook that was on it’s death bed and to the surprise of myself and all of my friends I decided to switch from Mac to PC. I fell in love with Windows operating system after playing with my friends Surface a while back. However, I wanted to use a Sony product, so I decided to get a Sony Vaio Duo. I want to focus more on my experience in the switch to the operating system rather than the actual product I got, but I have to say, this is a stellar machine.
Stand in an open field and notice the dim lit night sky,
You’re all alone with the corn brushing your back,
The moon is out tonight, full with all it’s might.
What are you thinking about?
Who are you thinking about?
Look up again, tomorrow is upon us.
Dear sweet time, where have you gone?
These days, months, and years don’t add up,
At least not how I want them to,
Yet here I sit in awe of your humble shadow,
Ever creeping – slowly taking the soul each night.
Yet here I am to hear you tick away.
Swallowed by the mundane days and unwanted voices,
Wasted by unconscious thoughts and untrustworthy events,
Playing tricks on those who created you,
Through an act they can’t help but give their faith,
Sleep well little angel, time will pass morning will come.
Posted by brandon jp scott on October 11th, 2013
When I got my new Samsung Galaxy S4 I quickly realized it’s potential in new curation. I had all my news and updates flashing before me, and a lot of which I want to read but am not able to at the moment. I like Evernote, but I stumbled upon Pocket (@Pocket) when browsing for article curators, and this is bar none the best.
Donald Draper, the madmen game is strong in this one. (photo: philippeperzi.com)
There is a lot to learn as an entrepreneur. Coming from a computer science background it’s easiest to say the start of the curve is entering business, however this part passes quicker for those who surround themselves with people who have a entrepreneurial business background. The second, more important, part is acceptance. You spent days, weeks, months, sometimes years on your startup and you KNOW it is going to revolutionize the industry, but so many people forget – you’re the only one who knows.
Waze banner (photo: wikipedia.org)
Before we left for our entrepreneurial adventure to Dallas, Marikha (@marikhacabel) and I needed to find a new mapping application for me to use. I have an iPhone 4S, and at the time we were leaving Ann Arbor for Dallas the 2nd beta for iOS came out. When you used the mapping application it had a problem with overheating the phone and a problem crashing often, so I wanted something more reliable. We stumbled upon Waze (@Waze) who had recently been bought by Google for 1.1 billion dollars, so we were interested. We downloaded the app and hit the road and saw an immediate difference in the beauty of Waze over any other mapping system.
Google is like the Borg, but then again – so are all the others.
The Internet as a whole is a very breath-taking idea for any one person to really comprehend. Yet it is abused by the average person every single second of every single minute of every single hour of every single day. Since the first satellite went into the sky in 1957 with the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik during the Cold War, the world has been craving connectivity on an easier level.
Police in front of Sandy Hook Elementary (photo: wikipedia.org)
Early today @WolfBlitzer interviewed a member of People Magazine that was a part of the team that went to Newtown, Connecticut and did an amazing piece about all the intiment stories of the people that tragically lost their loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The article tells the story of how the many people affected by this shooting deal with their loss and how they try and reach out to communities. They spoke of one thing that they all want to be remembered and that is kindness.
Dr. Sheldon Cooper himself.
Earlier today I was sitting in my girlfriend’s apartment watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory in which Dr. Sheldon Cooper (portrayed by Jim Parsons) is asked by Penny (portrayed by Kaley Cuoco) to give him advice on her current relationship status with his roommate Dr. Leonard Hofstadter (portrayed by Johnny Galecki). This was the seventeenth and final episode of the first season. At this point in the show, for the first time in the series, Penny accepts Leonard’s invitation to go out on a date with him following a bad break up she had with a “bad guy” named Mike. Penny believes that it will be a good change of pace to try dating a nerd instead of the classic “asshole” she usually dates.
Kim Jong-Un addressing his military forces
Updated for thesexypolitico.com on April 30th, 2015
When isn’t North Korea in the news? Whether it’s cutting it’s military hotline to South Korea in 2013, hacking Sony’s network in 2014, or just today when we found out Kim Jong-un is executing his own people by the dozens, North Korea is everywhere. Yet, while we all watch it, we are all mostly unsure if North Korea is a true threat to the American people.
Former President Bill Clinton signing a bill during office. (Photo: wired.com)
In 1996, acting President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law which defined marriage, under federal law, as the union between one man and one woman. This is undoubtedly now a concept that has been a topic of hot debate in recent years and especially recent months. People are already waiting for their tickets to the Supreme Court hearings to take place. It’s not at all surprising that President Clinton came out in support, especially since the Democratic party went pro-gay in their platform.
Everyone here has probably seen the new movie, or heard about it, called “The Social Network” which depicts the life of Mark Zuckerberg, Edwardo Saverin, and Sean Parker, who were the original “faces” of Facebook. In the movie it shows betrayal, scheming, and irony. However, there are some things that they missed out on that are somewhat humorous. So here is a short list, intriguing, of the fun things the movie left out.
Wireshark’s slogan is only two words: Go Deep. With Wireshark that’s exactly what you do, go deep into the information around you. It can be very deadly, like a shark (hence the name?). Originally wrote by the creator of Wireshark, Gerald Combs, to analyze the data offline and online of the traffic coming through your computer and the server you are a part of if you are an administrator. So in essence, it was a good tool in order to for Network Administrators to know what’s happening in their networks. However, the intelligence of those who create things are usually matched and out done by others, and that’s exactly what the over 600 contributors did, now Wireshark, with a little bit of ability to code and manipulate, can be a weapon of personal information infringement.
“We are aiming to cut down distractions in cars…removal of the cellphone.”Obama Administration
For the past few months people have seen and heard about a new item that came out with the iTunes 10 update called Ping. However, most people couldn’t tell someone exactly what Ping is because they never took the time to look into the finer details of what it is and what it has done for the music industry. However, I have taken the time to show exactly what Ping is with a little bit of something for you. So here, it is.
Introducing the newest Mac OS X: Lion
1. App Store
2. Launch Pad
3. Full Screen Applications
4. Mission Control