Yo Sleepy, wus up homie!, everyone saying that Sleepy he like the Mexican wolverine
Interpol is back and everything is right in the world again!
^ U see what I did there? :-P
On Apple’s Latest
So Apple unveiled its latest iterations of the iPhone and iOS, plus their new smart watch product. Already I’m seeing all kinds of trolling from the haters about how the new features Apple added to its products were already available on Android and other platforms.
The thing about Apple is that it doesn’t necessarily lead its industry in innovation. It’s usually a few years behind competitors in adopting new technologies.
What it does do is make these technologies mainstream. NFC and smart watches have been around for a while now through competing products. But now that Apple is introducing them, third parties will now be much more likely to support them. In a matter of time, we will start seeing electronic payment options at grocery stores and other local shops.
I’m not sure what to think of the watch though. I already own three computers (my laptop, my tablet, and my phone). I have little use for my tablet. I’m not sure how useful a fourth one would be. One that would be particularly vulnerable to damage. And that’s what the Apple Watch is: a computer the size of a watch, a computer that tells time, among other things.
The Apple Watch might be the trigger that ushers in an era of wearable computing. Later on developers will start launching many more “smart” products that keep getting smaller and smaller. Just wait and see.
One of the most powerful TED talks you could ever watch. Check it out.
— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_)September 8, 2014
What a great photo tweeted today by Chicharito. All three of these guys found their way into Real Madrid, the most prestigious soccer club in the world, after their respective wold cup runs. James was the top scorer and breakout star. Navas was one of the best goalkeepers and his team was the surprise of the tournament. And Chicharito, well, look at that face, how can you not love him?
I’ve been getting into alt-J as of late. They’ve got some good stuff.
Source: SoundCloud / alt-J
On Chicharito’s Move to Real Madrid
I have a few thoughts about Chicharito’s recent move from Manchester United to Real Madrid. At first thought, you might think, Wow! He’s going to one of the absolute best soccer clubs in the world. Well, it is a big move for him, but there are implications that don’t paint such a rosy picture.
First, he should have followed the footsteps of his Mexico teammates, Vela and Dos Santos, who made the move from big clubs to smaller clubs. Vela started out at Arsenal, a big club where he didn’t make it. He then found his way to Real Sociedad, a smaller, less star-studded club where he was given a chance to play. He broke out of his shell and is now thriving.
It was similar for Gio Dos Santos too. He started out at Barcelona where he competed with Lionel Messi and Ronaldihno for a spot in the starting line-up. Needless to say he didn’t make it either. After a series of transfers, he wound up at Villarreal, where he realized his potential.
I think Chicharito’s circumstances are similar. He never established himself at ManUtd, so those of us who want to see him succeed all wanted to see him leave to a club where he can improve his form. But now, it might be harder for him because now he has to compete with guys like Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez. I think he will continue coming off the bench and getting few minutes of playing time.
We fans have to realize something though. Chicharito will not be the great player we were hoping for. He is already 26 and has not yet found a stable home in Europe. He has played in two world cups, neither of which he was a starter in. We might be better off betting on another youngster who recently moved to Madrid too, Raul Jimenez.
Jimenez, the 2012 Olympic gold medal winner, just joined Atletico Madrid and has the support of his manager, who has already let him loose in a couple of big games in this young season. Keep an eye on him. He might outshine Chicharito in the coming years.
Labor Day traditionally marks the end of the summer here in the U.S. of A. And summer is the best time to head to the theaters because of all the big-budget movies that premier at this time. The press says that this was the worst blockbuster season in recent memory in regards to ticket sales, but you could still catch some pretty good flicks.
Personally, I was delighted with The Edge of Tomorrow with Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise. I saw it in August after I had already seen everything I wanted to see so I chose this one. And boy was I surprised. It was the best movie of the summer IMHO and I think you will like it. Yeah, there’s a lot of BOOM in it but it’s smart, funny, entertaining, and just plain good.
Honorable mentions: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy
I’m Practically Cashless
No, I’m not broke. Although, sometimes I feel like I am. When I say I’m cashless, I mean that I hardly use or need physical money. I can get by with credit cards, checks, and now handy smart phone apps. I do use some paper money and coins, but I keep it to a minimum. It’s just so last century.
I began sometime in 2003 or 2004 when I opened up my first bank account. I thought that if I used a debit card I could keep track of how much I spent and on what using software. Plus, I wouldn’t have to deal with spare change and stuff. I haven’t looked back since.
Then with the advent of smart phones and mobile apps, I now have more alternatives to paper money and coins. I use my Bank of America app to deposit checks I receive without making trips to the bank. I use Square to accept credit card payments from my bookkeeping customers and other debtors. I use PayPal to make payments online and also to transfer money between other PayPal users and myself.
I recently discovered another app by the folks who developed Square called Cash. This is better than PayPal because it’s simpler to use and it’s absolutely free. All you have to do is link the app to your debit card give the app access to your contacts. As long as your contacts have the app themselves, you can use their cell phone number or email address to send or request money from them and the app will do the rest.
This is great for those times when you split a bill at a restaurant or you meet up with your friends who already bought a movie ticket for you, or when you just lost a $10 bet.
This app is another step towards a cashless society where you don’t have to deal with misplaced bills or running into rusty coins on the street. I’ve added it to my list of must-have, uninstallable apps. Try it out. I think you’ll like it.