I tend to live on the edge of technology. I’m a tech geek. From time to time I see a new app that does something cool. I might event find a new gadget that is actually useful. So, when that happens, I thought I would share with the group.
So, let’s start this new tech section out with something simple. I mean, c’mon we don’t want to pull a hammy here or anything. My first bit of tech is a little app that is currently free (but only for this weekend, so jump on it). I like to get apps when the company gives it away as part of special. Lots of companies give their app away on the apps anniversary or because a site is offering a one day special. I subscribe to several blogs that keep track of these kinds of deals, so I usually download them, even if I don’t think I will use it, but you never know.
Well, the story with this app is that I saw they were giving away 3 free apps (from AppyFriday). I looked at what this does, which is simply to let you type to your phone using your computers keyboard. After I downloaded it and hooked it up to my iPhone, I tried it and realized that this may be the most worthless app ever. So, I closed it out and then proceeded upon my day.
About 10 minutes later, I got a text from my beautiful wife. (Let me pause there to share how I have my office work set up. I have an iMac that is my primary work computer and on that same desk, I have a JBL OnBeat Dock that I keep my phone on at work. Its a good little speaker and I am usually listening to Slacker Radio or Pandora, all the while keeping my phone charging.) Well, I always jump to answer any text from my wife and when I do, I have to take the phone off the dock which stops the music. Then, after I send my text, I have to scroll back to Slacker or Pandora and fire it back up to resume my music. Then usually the conversation is not over and I have to repeat the process once again. (By the way, typing this story, I keep saying “First World problem”, but I digress.)
I said, “Wait a minute here” and fired back up the Type2Phone app I was so quick to dismiss. I touched the text area on my phone WITHOUT interrupting my music and typed my message using my iMac’s keyboard. The big difference between your phone and a full keyboard is speed. So, I whip off my message to Mrs. Souza and hit send. Genius.
I have had a computer work weekend and so I have had my phone by my side for most of the weekend and have replied to a dozen or so texts using my new free app. Pretty cool solution to a problem that I didn’t even know I had.
You guys should know the story by now. Every year I reset the song count on my iTunes, and share with you the top 25 songs that I listened to last year.
I almost cut and pasted 2011’s list and write up. Rather than just Guster & Dispatch making the list, I added a little Jason Mraz and Mac Miller. Wait, who? Mac Miller?
I told you my Guster & Dispatch stories last year, so let’s give you some insight to the others on the list: Jason Mraz, Mac Miller & Christina Perri. I was also very pleased to find that Guster and Jason Mraz appeared on “Live at Daryl’s House” with Daryl Hall.
Jason is one of the most talented artists that I know. For me, he’s got one of the best outlooks on life and that’s reflected in his songs. He made the comment one time that he writes songs about people in his life that he loves and are special to him. That way when he’s performing those songs, he gets to have those people with him when he’s on the road. I went to see him again this year in Indy. (Christina Perri made the list as she was the opening act in Indy.) If you doubt that he’s got some powerful songs, check out his appearance on VH1’s Storytellers.
How did this song get on the list. Well, let me tell you. Last year the HBO had the 24/7 Show “Road to the Winter Classic” featuring the Washington Capitals & the Philadelphia Flyers. This song was the Flyers victory song and they played it on a few episodes and it stuck in my head. So, I bought it and somewhere along the way it became a song for Truce & I. It fell to #16 by year end, but it was number 1 for most of the year.
See you next year.
|1||Never or Now||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|2||We Hold a Gun||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|3||Josaphine||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|4||Circles Around the Sun||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|6||Flag||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|7||Feels So Good||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|8||You Fckn Did It (Live)||Jason Mraz||Live Is a Four Letter Word – EP|
|9||One Man Wrecking Machine||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun|
|10||Keep It Together||Guster||Keep It Together|
|11||Rise & Shine||Guster||Satellite|
|12||The Woman I Love (Live)||Jason Mraz||Live Is a Four Letter Word – EP|
|13||I Never Knew You (Live)||Jason Mraz||Live Is a Four Letter Word – EP|
|14||Come to Me||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|15||Lightning Rod||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun|
|16||Knock Knock||Mac Miller||Knock Knock – Single|
|17||Get Ready Boy||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|18||Sign of the Times||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|21||What Mama Say (Live)||Jason Mraz||Life is Good – EP|
|22||Satellite (The Astronauts Remix)||Guster||Satellite|
|23||Two Of Us (Live At KCRW)||Guster||Satellite|
|24||Satellite||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun|
|25||Distance (w/Jason Mraz)||Christina Perri||Lovestrong|
I have always loved the Twilight Zone. Rod Serling is a television writing icon. This morning, I read this article from Brain Pickings. I love new ideas. Be it in television, books, marketing campaigns, whatever. I like the fact that he says it all in 1:05. Great inspiration for the day.
“Ideas come from the Earth. They come from every human experience that you’ve either witnessed or have heard about, translated into your brain in your own sense of dialogue, in your own language form. Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized. Ideas are probably in the air, like little tiny items of ozone. That’s the easiest thing on earth, to come up with an idea. The second thing is, the harding thing on earth is to put it down.”