Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Disney and Shuttle Launch Trip Data!

Some fun trip data! On this trip we:

  • Drove the car 1865 miles total
    • Had we biked the trip would have taken 7 days and 11 hours and would have been 2,082 miles
    • Had we walked it would have taken 25 days 11 hours but would have only been 1,902 miles
  • Spent roughly 37 hours in the car out of the 93 hours total (roughly 40% of the trip).
  • Stopped in five cities: 
    • Savannah, GA (Huey's)
    • Titusville, FL
    • Christmas, FL (Swampy!) 
    • Orlando, FL
    • Buena Vista, FL (part of Disney);
    • Lumberton, NC (Shoney's)
  • Took over 1000 pictures (assumption, as Kenny and mine alone are 600+ and those on facebook from CM and Allison are another few hundred)
  • Saw one 2030 Ton shuttle launch four astronauts into space
    • It took 8.5 minutes to get to space
      • Each solid rocket booster contains 1.1 million pounds of fuel and burn for 125 seconds = 8800 lbs/sec
        • Super Cool Fact: the fuel in the SRBs (the white boosters o neither side of the tank) is rubbery. They mold it in such a way as to produce an 11-point starred figure exposing the maximum possible surface area of fuel during ignition to maximize efficiency.
      • The external fuel tank contains fuel for the shuttles three rear engines. The liquid oxygen and hydrogen are kept separate in the tank and pumped to the engines at 1,035 gallons fuel per second where they burn (at 99% efficiency - most efficient engines ever built) for 522 seconds.
  • Spent 54 hours on the Disney Property (according to foursquare checkins/checkouts)
  • Visited four Disney parks, two resorts, one swimming pool, two boats and enjoyed over 30 rides, shows and fun places.
  • Lost one jumper.

Here's a link to our map:

View Florida Shuttle & Disney Adventure in a larger map

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Look Back at 2010

Being productive while traveling sans iPad can be a bit of a challenge, but thanks to Google's partnership with GoGoInFlight Internet we're all able to share a little bit of bandwidth while airborne. How did I use mine? Looking at the news of the day, exploring the iTunes store and creating this very post.

Gazing out into the night at the orange highway lights snaking across the dark landscape I realized 2010 is about to end and I haven't created my 2010's Favorite Music list. I hear you faithful readers (I think I might have one) and I've responded in force. This year – as every year – it's an eclectic mix of tunes. While not every track on the list dropped in 2010, they will forever be entrenched as the Soundtrack of 2010.

What does the last year mean to me? It was the end of graduate school, and the splitting of friendships with some of my favorite classmates. Some of those were maintained, while others are still sadly absent, however life continues. A plethora of internships from the J-Lab to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the end of an intense two-month search for employment that balanced my new education and my old excitement for media culminating in my employment at Discovery.  As my professional life blossomed , my social life did as well, with new and old friends growing and creating families of their own, marriages started and babies popped out. I even became a bit of a dancer at the clubs of DC. We can't forget the long distance relationship which became a close-quarters relationship as I stepped into the new frontier in living with a significant other. While the year was hard, everything I worked for made everything I won that much better. Now with out further ado, the 2010 Soundtrack!

Ke$ha – Tik Tok iTunes link
Weezer – I Want You To iTunes link
Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried iTunes link
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody iTunes link
Bear McCreary – Battlestar Sonatica iTunes link
Lade Gaga – Telephone (feat. Beyonce) iTunes link
The Strange Boys – Be Brave iTunes link
Jay-Z – Run This Town (feat. Kanye West & Rihanna) iTunes link
Girls – Lust for Life iTunes link
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass iTunes link
LMFAO – I'm In Miami Bitch iTunes link
The Magnetic Fields – The Book of Love iTunes link
The Fratellis – For the Girl iTunes link
Brandtson – Earthquakes and Sharks iTunes link
Sex Bob-omb – We Are Sex Bob-omb iTunes link
Katy Perry – California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) iTunes link
Cee Lo Green – Fuck You iTunes link
The Black Keys – Girl Is On My Mind
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma iTunes link
Naughty by Nature – Feel Me Flow iTunes link
Daft Punk – Robot Rock iTunes link

Thanks for reading my blog, for some of you it's been since 2005 and for others there's lots of archives! See you in 2011!!

Auld Lang Syne,


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Airline Humor: In-Flight to Michigan Edition

No items or high heels permitted in the twisty slide! This guy knows that with those kickin corduroys on he's gonna fly down this thing, thus the parachute he's obtrusively hidden under his sweater. Notice the boxiness at the shoulders.

Attn: Hipsters please grab your iPads before using the side door to "peace." ... Assholes... Stupid skinny jeans and white boat shoes...

And finally, don't jump out of the airplane when there is 1988 video game debris a.k.a. "Watch For Asteroids."

This has been a little airline in flight humor. Thank you.

I'm on my mobile, apologies for brevity.

Don't Ask Don't Tell, Don't Stop!

It'll be hard to fight against gay rights now.

America's open and free armed forces fight for our freedoms, are we not going to fight for theirs?

These men an women will die abroad for you. Try telling these brave souls they cant marry their love when they get home!

Huzzah for the Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I tweeted it! I didn't tell anyone!

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Not long ago, a friend of my finally graduated from college and got her bachelors degree (congrats!), but the thing is, while we are close friends she neglected to mention it to me. Instead, I found out via Twitter. Now, finding information via Twitter is nothing new for someone as Tweeted out as myself, however this was one of those funny times when she'd been so excited she had actually forgot to tell me!

Later in the day, I sent her an IM and she spilled the news. I congratulated her and jokingly asked why I'd read it on Twitter hours before and she said, "I just tweeted it! I didn't tell anyone!"

That comment gave me pause right away. Is that really what she meant? Later she realized her mistake and said, not that I didn't tell anyone, but I didn't tell anyone.

Has our sharing become so autonomous that this girl didn't think twice in telling her Tweeps about her recent successes, yet didn't actually think of it as exclaiming to a public feed? Are wires crossed in our heads? Isn't Twitter a digital equivalent of shouting in a crowded square?

According to a Scientific American from 2008, we might have something crossed. "Public sharing of private lives has led to a rethinking of our current conceptions of privacy." We don't really think about privacy in the way that we used to. I sat with my Grandma recently, she was asking me what I was going to do now that I've got my MA in Public Communication and what that meant. I went on to talk about social media, new media, and how the world of information is growing and becoming more personalized. She shuddered and said, "It all sounds so narcissistic and petty to me. I'm glad I'm not involved in any of that... What happened to people's sense of privacy?"

Grandma's got it right. What did happen to our sense of privacy? YouTube is America's Funniest Home Video's run amok, Facebook and Twitter and Foursquare (of FB Places if you prefer) all want us to share all of our information with each other constantly... It's a barrage of personal data that we used to keep to our chests and now we're throwing into cyberspace (yep, remember that word?) on a daily, hourly, or minutely(?) basis! It's a little crazy if you think about it too much.

How can we not think of sharing as... well sharing? I'm not sure, maybe I'll tweet about it and see if I can get any responses...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Break Out Adventure

The Problem

I, like many of my fellows, love my iPhone, but sometimes I just wish it was a bit more convenient to use. For example, when in New York City or DC there are 10 million* WiFi networks. When walking around, my iPhone pops up with a little notification every time I use an app that accesses the Internet:

Stop! I don't want to join your network!

To turn off these pop-ups I can either disable WiFi or Disable the Notifications in the WiFi menu... However, either option requires me to go to Page 2 of my Home screen, tap Settings, scroll to and tap WiFi, then tap to toggle Notifications to Off or toggle WiFi to Off.

The whole process is simply arduous. Especially when an Android phone can put a toggle right on the home screen. This is just one example of the hoop-jumping iPhone users subjected to proprietary software. There are other examples, but I think we all get the point.

A Solution

JAILBREAK! Get that iPhone out of Apple's exclusive grip: now without legal ramifications (instead only violates Apple's terms and conditions).

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Wayback Machine

As a kid, I watched Peabody and Sherman go back in time and check out twisted history, it was always entertaining, and while silly, the idea of twisted history similar to how we look at the Internet.

In the Internet sea there are few rocks. Have you ever been exploring the Internet in search of a page that you absolutely know exists and you just can't seem to find it?

The internet is constantly changing. It's in the Internet's DNA. Everything is updating and re-evaluating, deleting and adding. Google or Bing are really amazing resources to show you what the internet has now, but what about what the internet had back then? Do you even know how to look back in to Interwebs' past?

This week, I was auditing Bloom Grocery's social media and website, however, near the end of the week-long project, Bloom updated their outreach. This update, aside from adding exactly what I was recommending, changed their website. What does one do? How do we go back? This is where Archive.org's Wayback Machine is useful.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Is Twitter A Step Back?

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As social media becomes more and more accepted as "just plain media," there are more and more tools and platforms to use this new social mediascape. In July 2006, Twitter launched to lukewarm fanfare, and gradually increased in popularity. As Twitter becomes the half-brother of Facebook – often mentioned as an aside – we start to study it for societal influence and opinion formulation. I love Twitter, I use it every day, every hour even, but isn't Twitter a step backward?

What is Twitter about? It's kind of like conversing on a train. It's about sending information out into the public timeline and sharing that information with whomever wants to listen. You can talk to me, but random people chose to listen in, or shut you out, listening and creating their own conversation.

In comparison...

What is Facebook about? Facebook is like being invited to a private party. It's about connecting a real person who has added interests, information, photos, purchasing decisions and using this as a digital representation of their personality. It's like a suburban backyard BBQ, next to a shopping mall. I don't even see the next party over unless I'm out looking for it, networking style.