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.
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.…
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Keeping things alive on the blog with some things, until I get back around to actually writing my backlog of posts. Enjoy :)
Equilibrium ArmageddonSo, here I am, minding my own business and getting ready to do a little kitchen cleaning. I pop open Google Play Music, and I'm informed that Equilibrium has a new album. If you know them, you know them. Technical, oddly upbeat German folk death metal. So far, the album is pretty damn good. I'll have to give it a few more rounds, though, to really get a feel for what's going on here. Check it out.
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