We saw the new Avengers movie last weekend. While I get that it is really hard to make a movie with that many main characters and not get muddled, this one was really a step down from the first. More galling was the fact that it struck me as the exact same movie as the first one, just more vague.
In both movies:
- Apparently, fighting bad guys is not enough, so for some reason, 2-3 of the Avengers fight amongst themselves
- After that, everyone goes to a home place to hang out and talk amongst themselves, for some reason. Some boring “character development”/exposition happens
- The Avengers start arguing amongst themselves
- One of the big strong guys just leaves/disappears
- The bad guy who wants to conquer/destroy the world, for some vague unspecified reason, starts his plan which ends in an invasion
- The big strong guy who ran away earlier, reappears just in time
- All the Avengers fight an army
- Iron man makes a grand gesture, seemingly sacrificing himself but doesn’t, proving he is not a self absorbed, narcissistic asshole, even tho he spends the entire movie showing that he is
In the late ’90s, in the heady days of the dot-com boom, there was one service which promised to be lifechanging. Kozmo.com promised to deliver anything in 1 hour (well anything they stocked). No more having to go out and brave bad weather, no more being stuck at the last minute when you need something. Laziness and sloth could prevail in a way never previously possible.
Have some decent time under my belt with this… some more thoughts:
- The GPS navigation implementation is utterly and completely terrible. It is seriously a hazard and will definitely get someone killed. There is no good way to look at the small display on your wrist while driving safely. I pretty much rely on the spoken instructions from my phone. The vibration on my wrist is somewhat useful tho.
- This leads me directly to my next observation about Android Wear in general… Continue reading
We saw this store the last time we were in Houston.
I am very amused by this. This to me is the definition of irony – you have to go inside to experience Outdoor World. This looks like a ride you would see at Disney World or maybe Las Vegas or even Dubai.
I don’t know why I even bother to use the GPS in my car anymore. The maps are out of date, the directions are just terrible and it generally behaves like an idiot.
Case in point:
“Quick” is not the quickest route. I guess it is just a relative statement. And what value does the “Alt” route have?? “Hmmm, let me show you 2 routes which get you to your destination and a third which just takes your wandering.”
Finally, why wouldn’t they have just spelled out Alternative instead of abbreviating it? Seems like there is plenty of space on the button for it and this is a fixed environment.
I can’t wait for proper Android Auto or Apple CarPlay implementations because the auto manufacturers have proven themselves incapable of properly implementing electronics.
Notification Hell redux
Now the damn thing is starting to show me travel times to random places. And I can only dismiss them… at least on the phone I can tell it to “not give me directions to that place.”
Ok, I definitely slept through the alarm. The vibrate is really weak! So much so that this almost feels like a show stopper for me. The Pebble had an alarm which could wake the dead. I liked being able to set an alarm that wouldn’t bother the wife or 2 year old.
It’s interesting how the watch is able to maintain the claim of “all day battery” and “always on display”. While there are many good looking, slick and shiny watch faces, it goes into a simplified (largely) black and white version of said face most of the time. Only when you touch the face (or supposedly lift it up to look at it – this worked marginally well and was slow when it did) did it give you the full color version. So the net effect is, most of the time you are looking at a monochrome display. While the resolution of the display is obviously better than the Pebble, the overall effect is actually not that much better.
It does charge quickly tho, I can go from 0 to 75% in maybe half an hour.
Ok, these notifications are getting really annoying. Google Now on the phone works really well because you can easily scan many cards quickly and zero in on the important one with relatively little effort. It is a very cool effect delivering you very important/relevant information quickly. Not so much on the watch. There is no easy scanning of multiple notifications quickly, you have to scroll through and swipe away each one separately. This is damn annoying. One of the the key things I liked about my Pebble was that it was strategic to not overwhelm and only show notifications which were actually important (not sure if this was intentional or unintentional due to limited app/OS support – in any case, it was good).
Despite my best efforts, the posting robot who has infiltrated my blogger account continues to make posts from hot chicks asking me out on dates, links to “private photos” and this persistent chick who has “got big boobs, and big butt… and know how to use them” (she does think i am cute tho… I think I may have a shot!). That combined with the fact that in the 3 years that SalimsWorld.com has been down, blogger doesn’t seem to have changed/evolved at all. There are no new features or site capabilities and the templates are largely still ugly as sin.
Since I am pretty much starting over, I am going to move the site to WordPress. Once the DNS changes percolate, the next time you will see this is at our new hosting home!
Ok this is annoying, I was *sure* that I set an alarm for this morning on the watch but not sure if i did it wrong or just slept through it. Will need to play with this.
Not sure what the issue was yesterday, but I finally got it connected to my phone (just had to “forget” the connection then reconnect).
As I mentioned previously, I love getting my phone’s notifications on my watch… but let me tell you, man there are a *lot* of notifications showing up here. Should be better after I cull the useless ones.
The battery seems to last about a day and a half to two days. The funny thing is, I wish it was a little longer (obviously) or (more realistically) am ok if it was a little shorter. After a day’s use, I have ~75% life left, which makes me think that I can let it go another day before charging. This is not correct, after the night and the next day i am dead by noon. It definitely can’t go 2 days even though it seems like it should (initially).