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How I Programmed Philips Hue Lights to Notify Me of Baseball Scores for Icee Deals

Hacker Fun for Baseball Drink Deals: Want to take advantage of local deals based on your home team’s game scores? I’m a deal-hunter and life-hacker. So when I saw that Mobile on the Run Gas stations were running $.50 drink days based on my home baseball team’s score, I saw a fun challenge. The challenge…

2018 June and July Tunes

Look for me! I’m pretty excited about some upcoming musicianship here in St. Louis, both held at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Only 15 minutes away for me and got a buddy coming from WI, so you know it’s worthy. 😉 It’s tough finding great videos because many labels and artists haven’t all recognized the benefit of…

New iOS HEIC Photo Format Not Supported in Adobe Lightroom – What to Do

I’m a fan of anything shiny and new. New toys, new features, new fonts, new file system, Augmented Reality (AR) goodness, 64 bit only apps, and on and on… Unfortunately with this comes some headaches at times. iOS 11 uses a new photo format, (HEIC High Efficiency Image File Format) As I was preparing to migrate…
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Gain control of your growing photo library with flexibility and options to spare

Like most people with smartphones and digital devices, my wife and I take a ton of photos. And now, with an adorable baby, our photo library has absolutely exploded. Over 30,000 photos and growing every day. Tens of Thousands of Digital Photos. What to Do? As fun as it is to take photos, managing all…

I broke Dropbox

I’ve been using Dropbox for years for basic file syncing and sharing. However, when I was sharing a 47-minute video of my Grandma’s memorial service to out-of-town relatives, I discovered that Dropbox can be broken. What?! When testing this video file for playback, it got 2 minutes in and shut down for bandwidth issues. This…

Yummy Tunes

If there are any musicians out there, you missed some ridiculous chops a few weeks ago. I’m still recovering! 😉 I was very fortunate to catch Snarky Puppy at the Old Rock House in September. More a fan of the band than the venue. I learned to show up early which we did. I think…

Hilarious IKEA Catalog iPad Spoof

Bravo! This is an excellent example of Apple doing something right (enough for someone to copy them), and incredibly creative for IKEA and their team to develop such a humorous and accurate spoof. Love it and had to share…

Tasty JazzRock STL Tunes Summer/Fall 2014

Some worthwhile concerts have been making their way to St. Louis lately. I’m quite excited… 😉 Below are a few you’ll likely see me at – and super reasonable price too. If you appreciate musicianship at any level, consider one or ALL for sure. I tried to link to ticket info, then a video clip…
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Hilarious Truth About Conference Calls

Some things are just done right! This is one of them. And somehow we get a taste of this regularly.
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When You Need More Helvetica

This—Helvetica Perfume—shouldn’t surprise me that Helvetica could become a perfume when we see it in every other facet of our lives. This is almost as good as when I generated a promotional piece from a client that requested I use the typeface, “Hel-teef-a.” This is one gag gift item that I had to share as…

Manufacture Creativity with 3D Printing

As creators, we were fascinated by this video on 3D printer, Shapeways. 3D printing has almost become a buzzword, but this excellent web series, Small Empires on the Verge, shows us how it works and how an average person can use 3D printing. It made us want to start designing stuff!

Email, Organic Search Outperforms Social Media for Selling Online

A fascinating article on Wired revealed that organic search results and email trumped Twitter, Facebook and affiliate banner ads when it comes to attracting buying customers on online retail sites. The report, published by marketing data provider Custora, analyzed data from 72 million customers shopping on 86 different retail sites. The study tracked customers from their…
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Mailbox for iOS Has Great Potential

Being such a fan of UI and usability, I tend to always look for something better. Email is something we all I’m sure do quite a bit of. In my quest for nirvana, I came across a tool that says it works with email. I find that somewhat false, as it only works with gmail…

Is Technology Enabling Musical Artists to Change the Game by Going Direct?

It will be interesting to see how musicians attempt to re-invent the industry and try to cut out the middle men with the major labels that usually have all the control. $15 will get you the MP3s and $15,000 will get them to visit your home. If anyone has an extra $15k for some great entertainment,…

CSS Coolness

It’s fantastic when folks generate things just because they’re cool (color changes the RGB value for every digit). Nice! http://www.thecolourclock.co.uk/

Google Search Nirvana

I’m so pleased when others help to outline the most important tips to access fast, quality searches. Shoemoney.com recently outlined some quick ways to use Google search more effectively. OR word or “|” character  – enables you to search for variants Tilde (~) character – uses synonyms.  So like lets say your looking for a…

Google Chrome Speech Recognition

Crazy days when we can speak to our machines and have them actually understand us… Even more crazy when that dictation functionality is free. I wonder how Nuance/Dragon feels about this. http://ctrlq.org/dictation/ (with Chrome only) Update: Here’s the results from Sonia’s recipe reading… Original magazine recipe: Dictation results (using Chrome app):

Evernote Fail

It is a beautiful tool most of the time, allowing for notes for all the iOS devices and desktop machines, however when someones internet goes down, this was the last thing I expected. Consider this a warning. I suppose it has something to do with syncing notes and non-syncing notes. In the past I’m almost…