Additional Thoughts on iWatch and Android Wear

Ben Thompson makes some excellent points in this article about wearables. Consider this:

The potential problem with Android Wear I see is its focus on being a conduit for your phone – a more efficient distraction from the real world, as it were. I suspect the iWatch will go in the opposite direction: it will be a means of pulling the real world into your phone (think sensors) as well as a means of projecting your phone out (think payments, proximity, etc.)

My thoughts on wearables and the alleged iWatch are fairly in-line with this. Last night, I had a long conversation with someone wearing a Samusung watch-thingy. All through our discussion the device was flashing a sending notifications. This isn't entirely the devices fault, as those can be changed I assume, but beyond this purpose I don't see that Android Wear has great potential. And the same goes for Apple if they make a wearable that takes the same direction.

No Agenda Episode 631 - "Micro Propaganda"

This episode of the No Agenda podcast offers the best analysis on the Hobby Lobby ruling I've heard thus far.

In summary: the employees of corporations that opt for exemption under this ruling will still have access to the 4 forms of birth control that the Supreme Court deemed could against one's religious beliefs. The results of this ruling just mean that the insurance company's will be paying for this medical coverage and not the employer in cases of exemption. (Greatly simplified summery)

You and I can still form an opinion on whether this ruling was right or wrong. Lets just make sure we have our facts correct regarding the actual outcome first. As few see to have in this instance.

UI Design Comparison of To-Do Apps

I didn't realize just how many clunky To-do apps are out there. As an Omnifocus user, I do think that Clear app has made some really delightful design decisions.

Where have we come from, where are we going?

From The Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Politicians don't talk like that anymore.

I am not much one that really celebrates holidays. But I have been pondering some lately the founding of our nation, how far we've come, and how far we've drifted from that which the founders decreed. As tomorrow is the anniversary of when this document was penned, I find myself considering it even more.

Look Up

We are a generation of smart phones, and dumb people.

This video was pretty popular around the interwebs awhile back but I think it is worth sharing again.

How much do we miss in life by staring down at that little glass rectangle?