My adventures in home brewing and other fermentation projects along with other usually related thoughts.
Thoughts On The LG G Watch
I admit it, I'm a geek. I love tech stuff for the sake of the tech stuff. In spite of that I've drawn a line at the smart watches. Not wearables, but specifically the smart watches. Why? I just can't see the value in the damn things. Do I really need a device on my wrist that rids me of the need to pull my phone all the way out of my pocket? No, not really...my phone probably isn't in my pocket. More likely it's already in my hand with me playing sudoku or checking email or watching a movie or something. If it does happen to be in my pocket, well, I'm just not so lazy that I can't reach in to my pocket and pull it out. I'm pretty damn lazy, but I'm not quite that bad. To take it a little further, the watch functionality just doesn't quite cut it. Yes, yes, the LG G Watch is really a very nice looking watch. Nice enough to get my attention, and this G Watch Urbane? Really, it's damn pretty. The problem is that reading about these things I'm told that I can get a full day out of one on a single charge. Really? Full day on a single charge. One more time, full day on a single charge. I'm required to charge my watch? Worse, I have to do that daily? No, I mean it. This is a real hang up for me. I've been wearing a Citizen Calibre 9000 for somewhere around 10 years. Not once have I ever had to charge it. Not once. Not even kinda. I haven't had to charge it, wind it, change its batteries, nothing. Nada. Zilch. 10 years and my watch hasn't asked me for even a little sip of power. It's got that part of things all figured out. In fact, the only thing I have to do besides read it is reset it for daylight savings time twice a year. That's it. Granted, it doesn't tell me about any alerts on my phone, but, well, I do have my phone for that.
Now, if we're being honest, if someone wants to send me one of these things I'll review it, I'll use it, and I'll show it off to every person I see. Will I buy one? No.
Got a new jacket
To get right to the point, I took a big step when I got myself a textile motorcycle jacket. I love my leather, it's treated me well. It's comfortable, it's warm, it has reasonable venting for the hot season
(I've worn it in 110°+ weather and lived to tell the tale, and the Thinsulate liner and neck warmer carry me through 32° weather with no problem at all (I don't ride colder, I'm afraid of ice and I'm not ashamed to admit it).
Then, one day last month (stop me if you've heard the story before) I was out shopping for helmets and my wife convinced me to try on an extremely brightly colored yellow jacket. It was light, it was comfy, she liked it, and I decided to go for it. I figured I'd like it well enough, but I didn't expect liking it quite so much. I'm completely hooked on this thing, and I'm missing my black leather a little less by the day.
Cutting The Cord
For quite a while now, we've been using the free version of Plex. If you haven't heard of it, it's a media library/server that you install on your home computer. It organizes your media library, and Chromecast you can access any of your shows/music/pictures from anywhere you like. Really cool, really simple to use, and it runs free on top of your existing infrastructure. They also have a paid service (subscription based, or a one time lifetime purchase) that gives you access to a few cooler features. One of those features is an over the air DVR and live TV program manager. This, naturally, requires that you buy a few more tools, so I haven't really been interested in trying it out.
using a phone client or a device like a
Recently, however, we stumbled across an all-in-one kit that seemed like it was worth trying. Cordcutter Bundle: HAUPPAUGE WinTV-dualHD TV Tuner + Mohu Leaf 50 Antenna + Plex Live TV & DVR – model 1662
The Hauppauge Cordcutter Bu…
Finally - Audiobooks on Google Play
I've bought into the Google ecosystem. I'm all in, paying for the family plan to get Play Music All Access, YouTube Red (I admit I'd never pay for this on it's own, but whatever), Google Homes, Pixelbook, I'm all in. One major feature that has been missing for me is Audiobooks. Google Play Music is not an acceptable alternative. Yes, it will store your track position...Only on one computer, and only until you listen to another track or playlist. It won't differentiate between books and music, so if you've got a shuffle of your collection going on you might go from Iron Maiden's Powerslave right into chapter 18 of Stephen King's The Stand. So imagine my excitement when I start seeing the headlines: Audiobooks coming to Google Play! Finally, the day arrived, and I got to check it out. I went out, used some Google Play credits, and bought me a book. Since then, I haven't seen all that much in the media about it.…