Archive for January, 2014

Trailer for the Sequel to “Her”

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

If you haven’t seen “Her”, you should definitely check it out. It’s thought provoking and I identified with a lot of it. It’s not like I have deep conversations with my computer or anything. But I have had a lot of conversations with people on the computer, which has a lot of the same sense of connection without physicality that the film explores.

This is kind of a different topic altogether, but technology has had a profound effect on the way I interact with people. I have a number of friends that I don’t get to see much, but I still keep in touch through chat or email. That’s great, but it’s also strange to think that some of my relationships have become almost entirely virtual. I have lots more to say on that topic, but this was supposed to be a post about a silly video inspired by an interesting movie.

I liked “Her” a lot and I found Scarlett Johansson to be particularly effective in that role. But I’m a heterosexual male and the film sort of caters to that. So I started thinking about what it’d be like with a different “voice”. Hence, the silly video.

Also, a funny bit of trivia: my dad actually went to high school with George Takei.

Ginger for Motion Sickness

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Gari_gingerDuring the week, I spend about 3 to 4 hours a day on a bus and I used to feel pretty queasy by the end of it. I tried a few different things like making sure I don’t have an empty or full stomach, sitting on the bottom deck, looking out the window, etc. But the most effective thing for me was ginger.

There are probably a bunch of different ways to use it but I just opted for buying a big jar of the pickled version that they usually have with sushi. Somehow, the tangy sharpness of it really settles my stomach. I suck on on a piece or two for a while and then just bite down on it when I start to feel a bit queasy and that usually takes care of it.

So if you’re prone to motion sickness like I am (apparently, motion sickness is more common among Asians), give it a try!

MacConaughey Tech Support

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Every once in a while, I get a brilliant idea for a video. Something transcendent that will alter the very way people will — ok, maybe not. Mostly, I get really dumb ideas like this.

What’s Going on at Google?

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Ever since it was announced that Google was buying robotics companies, some people have been freaking out with the comparisons to Terminator 2. I wanted to lay those fears to rest so I made this totally reassuring video.

A couple of notes:

  • Intentionally blinking while talking is really hard.
  • I hope this doesn’t get me fired…

Scattered Correspondance

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

BlogVsSalesMy web host recently migrated the server my blog was hosted on and as a result, my blog wasn’t available for a couple days. Fortunately, I don’t think anyone but me noticed.

Anyways, it got me thinking about the infrequency of my blog posts as of late. Then I was curious to see how much of an impact it makes on viewership and iPhone app sales so I made a graph. Some observations:

  • Blog viewership seems uncorrelated to iPhone app sales.
  • Blogs should probably have at least a post or two a week to maintain an audience.
  • If you want to do either a blog or iPhone apps, try to do it before you have a kid!