Monday, December 5, 2016

Facebook & Google Safety Check

Facebook has a safety check to let your friends and family know that you're safe in an emergency situation. After a Tsunami and the Earthquake in Italy this came into the eye of the public and helped us realize how great of a tool Facebook is for protecting the world in times of crisis. The most recent one that popped up today was for the Oakland Warehouse Fire:  https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/?crisis_id=1761642987430823

Today Google has announced something called Trusted Contacts (read more here https://blog.google/products/maps/let-your-loved-ones-know-youre-safe-our-new-personal-safety-app/) this uses your cell phone to let trusted contacts know your last known whereabouts.

For example: "Invite a trusted friend to virtually walk you home if you feel unsafe
Elliot stayed at the office later than normal and notices it’s awfully dark out. He opens Trusted Contacts and shares his location with Thelma. Now Thelma can walk him home — virtually. When Elliot gets home, he simply taps the banner at the top of the screen or from the lockscreen and stops sharing his location."

Sharing Location
It's great to see technology improving our lives and having two of the top tech companies compete by bringing innovative ideas and products to this world.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two Uplifting Songs to Round out the year

Meteorites by Lights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQkQqOXiwqA from the 3 minute and 40 second mark.

Ruth B. Lost Boys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3m_V1XNPxA This is the Peter Pan song about being one of the lost boys.

Happy Listening.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Upset over the political situation heres the solution

Barry Ritholtz said it perfectly. A lot of people are really really mad about the current political situation. As I continue to stay as far away as possible from politics and the issues that can quickly arise with the smallest commentary about politics I will say just this from an economists stand point.

There may be social progress setbacks compared to the overall improvements we have endured over the last 8 years. If this is possibly the case then think about the financial benefits you may endure with the new political situation thanks to tax breaks and use that financial windfall to "follow your conscience in promoting" social progress issues and relations that you care deeply about.

Promote and be enthusiastic to help the causes you care about and make a difference in any way you can. Thats how we can grow as a country and as one.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Letter Seinfeld Episode Full Quote

The full quote of the Neil Simon Part 2 letter that Jerry receives is as follows:

""I don't know what you expect to find out there, Jerry, you know what you want better than me. But there's one thing I do know. I know I can stand here watching you destroy everything I've ever wanted in my life, wanting to smash your face with my fists, because you won't make even the slightest effort to offer happiness and still know that I love you. You mean so much to me that I'm will-ing to take all your abuse and insults and insensitivity cause that's what you need to do to prove I'm not going to leave you. I'm sick and tired of running from places and people and relationships. You want me, that fight for me, because I'm sure as hell fighting for you!"

Monday, October 24, 2016

Advice Measure to Better Understand Yourself


Reach more goals by measuring the things that you want to achieve. Whether its weight loss, charitable work, or in business you measure to discover and find out where and how you can improve. The more you find out the better you can begin to understand and see where you're at and from there you can improve.

When you measure you start to see what you are spending time on and if it's improving or declining. Ignore the things that don't matter. Imagine if we all measured ourselves to do at least 3 hours of charitable work a week or we measured to each give an extra $50.00 a week to a charitable cause to make the world a better place. Imagine if we did that? We would become more accountable to ourselves.

For a more in depth non TLDR version please Read James Clear's advice on Focus here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Said it Best about Yom Kippur

"Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, asks us to reflect on the past year.
For those whom I have hurt, I ask forgiveness. For those whom I could have helped more, I ask for understanding. For all the ways I could have served the world better, I ask for the strength to be better this coming year.

May you all be inscribed in the book of life. May we all be better this coming year than the last."

Happy Holidays to all who celebrate. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Google Noto - No Tofu

An amazing project from Google named Noto. The name Noto stands for No Tofu and is named as such because of those little boxes you are used to seeing on foreign language websites because your browsers can't decipher what it is.

So now after 5 years of hard work Google has launched Noto. In the video the engineers discuss the
scope of a project so big that you have to let the whole process play itself out knowing that it won't be done tomorrow or next year but years from now. A long term play to make a difference similar to Jamie Dimons vision on building sustainable banking systems in Africa that I blogged about and similar to the Chan Zuckerberg initiative to solve all current diseases in our childrens lifetime.

Languages that they had to ask for help with from internal staff was Malayalam and Telugu and Cherokee was a language that they could not find in house experts to help review the fonts for so they had to find friends of friends to solve the issues.

The idea was to have a unified set of scripts and then multiple weights (3300 characters per weight and then it grew geometrically from there). This project was a huge investment of time and was open source for all products that want to use these fonts. Currently the Sans Serif family is just now about done and the quality and design is something that was always kept in mind during the project. Nobody else has done this before with over 100 writing systems and more than 100 languages in place.

For more information check out #googlenoto or watch this Vimeo video: https://vimeo.com/185700918
 
Official website