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2013 Urtaru Chronicles (WordPress summary of my activity)

In Random on December 31, 2013 at 5:06 am

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

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The 2013 Wind Down…

In career, College, Literature, Random, Science Fiction, technology on December 31, 2013 at 3:49 am

With about 26 hours to go in the year 2013, I’m doing what I’ve done every year since 2008 and write about what this year meant to me.  This year started with massive snowstorms.   ImageOn February 9th, I went out there for 4 hours cleaning up the snow.  My Facebook update said it best:

“Spent 4 hrs. with the snow blower that’s just a tad small for 30 inches. First cleared our driveway. Helped clean up a neighbors driveway who was away. Then I cleared a path all the way around the house to expose all the exits Samuel had opened up. The path to the oil is cleared with a small path over the grass. My arms are killing me; my right hand, which held down the augur control, is stuck in that position and my toes are refusing to warm up. So I made myself a meatloaf and Muenster Panini and some Peets coffee.”

Being stuck at home I also did some attic cleanup.  I emptied some boxes of books right above the kitchen whose renovation was about to start.  This proved to be a less than cathartic event.  At the beginning it was fun to see what I had accomplished 25 years ago at RIT.  As I got deeper into the electrical engineering classes homework, I saw some of my toughest classes, the weed-out ones.  It evoked that same emptiness in the pit of the stomach that I had back then.  While none of it was abject failure, B- and C+ were tough to relive.  However there were successes in other places, like anyplace where I had to build a circuit and drive its function from an assembly language.  And the liberal arts classes…well I aced them.  Which in an era of Big Bang Theory nerdiness would sound inverted of course.  ImageHow could an engineer do well in a concentration in Literature? European drama, English Literature, Poetry and even my Seminar class in Constitutional studies?

I also found my status reports as a co-op at Digital Equipment.  It was really funny reading how I solved problems in which I had no clue what I was doing.  I’m about as clueless now as I was then about what I read.

Contemporaneously to this attic clean out, I was enrolled in my final MBA class at Bentley.  I was taking a global business strategy class in which many of the case studies were about, get this, Digital, Xerox, Kodak, Sam Adams, et cetera.  Beer and failed technology companies.  I sent an email to the professor at one point that this class was making me relive the whole early part of my career all over again, evoking the same responses about the failed tech companies.  How to waste patents and miss the movement beneath you…

Anyway, at the same time as I was doing my homework, my younger son was going through his own transitions.  He was a senior in High School, finalizing his choice of College to attend in the fall.

ImageI finally got to my graduation in May.  This coincided with finishing the demo and reconstruction on our 50-year-old kitchen.  We were so excited.  During the week preceding graduation, my wife, a former Bentley grad, had the fun of being escorted by me to several events for the graduates including a reception at the President’s home at Bentley.  That was a great time and when I got my diploma I was floating about 3 inches off the ground.

During this May timeframe my older son was out of the country.  This was a phenomenal opportunity for him.  He was in Rome taking classes just after the new Pope had been installed.   He came back all gaga about what Italy was like and pretty much demanded that my wife and I go there on a vacation at some point.  We’ll see how that goes.

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It was now the point where my younger son had to finish up his schooling.  He was also finishing 15 years of Armenian Saturday School and 16 years of Sunday school.  Yeah we’re tough parents.

He gave a phenomenal speech at his Armenian school graduation in early June.  Teachers who remember him when he was in 2nd or 3rd grade were crying at his words.

A few years before his older brother had the same opportunity to recount his days in Saturday School and for us, Armenian parents first generation on one side and second on the other we did something that few had expected we could do, have both our kids more functional in our ancient tongue than ourselves.

His high school graduation was last on our list of events and was the day after his Saturday school graduation.  What a weekend.

We had a big blow-out party for him and a group of his childhood friends on the grounds of their summer camp.  We waited a little bit to have a party for me near the beginning of August so that we wouldn’t take anything away from my son’s huge accomplishment.  My party was fun, got to drink a lot of good scotch and play the guitar with a group of friends and colleagues from over the years.0

Things then calmed down until it was time to send off the younger one to Brandeis.  Now you may say, that’s 2 towns over, what’s the big deal? Well that also coincided with my older son going back to Northeastern and moving into the dorms to continue his Senior RA duties.  It was a crazy week of back and forth.

capWe knew it was going to be nuts and we had planned a trip for just after we knew we had settled them both into their places.  We took a short hop to the cape and stayed in Falmouth at the Sea Crest.  It was good to unwind and prepare for the fall.  One thing I didn’t have to deal with this year was that after 14 years of teaching Sunday School, I “retired” in May.  That meant that in September I wasn’t rushing around to prepare my lesson plans et cetera.  But there is no lack of busy-ness, in November I was elected to the board of trustees of our church.  I think I officially start to serve in January…back to busy again!

From a career POV this was a tough but good year.  Lots of transitions there also, personnel changes that were tough including the departure of valued colleagues.  I was asked to take on some challenges that were not in my wheelhouse nor necessarily on my finely scripted plan for world domination.  From challenges one becomes philosophical.  In the end you do what needs to be done and learn from every experience.  2014 is going to be a huge year for my current employer and I’m glad that I’ve been a part of the special sauce we provide for small businesses.

IMG_0983As the year wound down my biggest dilemma was the extra 6-8 pounds I couldn’t seem to lose.  I attribute this to my new found interest in scotch which I have blogged about once or twice.   Went to a couple of Glenlivet tastings this year.  Those are fun.

In the fall I tried yoga.  I was getting good and limber, and then one day, I had a back spasm in class on an otherwise simple move.  Funny how you can twist like a pretzel one minute and then do a simple toe touch and things torque.  Better now of course, but it sucked driving a car for about 2 weeks.  Walking around was fine, but driving was a bear.

988796_10152125959423706_583409644_nFrom a technology POV this was also a great year.  Did a couple of trade shows and lots of tweeting and blogging about new technologies I was trying including Google Glass, 5S, AppleTV, Several different bluetooth styli, iPad air, iRobot Looj.  One regret is that I haven’t been able to get back to my Science fiction writing.  I’ve added several chapters to book 2 of my trilogy but it’s only happened on planes. I’ll fix that soon enough.

IMG_1147In the end there’s nothing like family gatherings at the end of the year.  In  November we were honored to take part in our new nephew’s christening in LA.    We did a bunch of very quick site seeing including the Chinese Theater and Hollywood walk of fame.  We had our family from both sides over for Thanksgiving and then did our rounds this week both local and in Connecticut.

I wrote a lot in my 49th  birthday update this year, so I’m not going to go through things again.  I’ve very proud of my sons for their accomplishments and I want to take the opportunity to highlight how much I depend on my wife.  I could not have done this without her.  Not much else I can ask for in the New Year except good health for us and you and world peace for everyone.

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One last thing for tonight…merging iPhoto libraries

In Random on December 28, 2013 at 4:18 am

I had a dilemma.  I was running out of space on my Macbook Air.  I also had stuff on my old 15″ MacBook Pro that I never moved over because the flash memory on the MBAir was less than that the hard disk on the old machine.  and I did a lot of video editing on the old machine that I couldn’t get at unless I powered it up.  I bought a small 1 TB disk and moved all my photos, edited movies and music to free up some space on the MBA flash memory.  Then I moved all the stuff from the MBP onto the same disk.  Now I had a problem.  Multiple iPhoto libraries and no way from iPhoto to merge the libraries.

So i had to poke around the net to find some advice because I knew that I’d lose a lot of metadata if I exported the photos and reimported them.  I found that all answers on the net seemed to lead to one $30 utility: iPhoto Library Manager.  Short Money.

All I have to say is that it took FOREVER, but it worked and I now have a single iPhoto library encompassing several years of my digital photo taking and scans and all the edits and all the slideshows and albums are perfect.  And all the metadata and dates were preserved so that the newly merged library has everything in the right place.

I’m sure you are asking “Why didn’t you use migration assistant”.  Well, the migration assistant didn’t seem to give me that choice of migrating the old photo library alone.  it was trying to move all kinds of stuff.  If it was supposed to be able to let me do that, it was not apparent (and I’m pretty used to the various mental models of migrating from machine to machine over the years).  

Anyway, if you run into this problem, I recommend iPhoto Library Manager and patience.

Xmas Product Review #3 – Fitbit Force

In Random on December 28, 2013 at 4:05 am

Ok folks, I’m back on the bandwagon again.  I’m monitoring my health constantly, including in my sleep.Photo on 12-27-13 at 10.53 PM I don’t have much to report at the moment except that I don’t walk enough but I seem to walk up and down the stairs in my house a lot. I slept 4:44 last night and only was restless for 1 minute at 3:48am about 1 hour after I went to sleep. I don’t normally go to sleep that late, but there was a lot of electronic activity last night getting various pieces of equipment and iPhone apps all hooked up and settled. I will follow this review up in several weeks with an update on whether it has changed my life, but the mere fact that I am now measuring my activity and calorie burn, I can no longer claim ignorance of how much exercise I am getting. Already in one day, I was adding in the food that I was eating and looking at the calorie burn. I’m scientific enough to do the simple math. You’re burning 100 calories an hour just sitting there. You ate 2200 calories by 6 o’clock. Darn that Panera Bread 99 cent chocolate chip cookie and the glass of scotch…you didn’t count those.

 

Xmas Product Review #2

In Random on December 28, 2013 at 3:54 am

I received a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 15 earphones. Image Actually both my wife and I “received” them from the gentleman in the photo to the left.  His reasoning was that after their recent trip to California in coach, that any subsequent trips they take, that they ought to have the decent airplane engine noise cancelling audio.  These things are amazing, as you probably guess.  I have them on as I am typing this and for a bit I was playing some iTunes music through it.  Between the noise cancellation and the music I was able to almost completely drown out the din in the house. When the music stopped, the ambient noise of the house (refrigerators, dishwashers, the furnace and water in the baseboard heat were pretty much gone still.  I could hear voices in the distance (even a few feet away) and could rightly claim that I hadn’t heard a thing.  I am enjoying this immensely and I think I have found the perfect prop to isolate my thoughts as a try to write book 2 (yes I’ve been talking about this for years and it seem the only time I write a chapter now is on a plane when I have nothing else to distract me).  Now I have less and less of an excuse.  BTW shameless self-promotion alert, book one is available on the kindle for a measly $2.99.  And if you pay attention to this blog, every once in a while it goes on sale for even less (and ever so often for absolutely nuttin’… further if you are an amazon prime customer, you can borrow it for free anytime you want).

Back to the Bose earphones. They are awesome. And if you are wondering what’s in my glass given my recent post is a simple, excellent and affordable Glenmorangie. with a one piece of ice 🙂

Xmas Product Review

In Random on December 28, 2013 at 3:38 am

This is a first in a series of new technology stuff I’ve gotten during the Holiday period. Of course I could go on and on about Google Glass, but there are other things in life and that was the day after Thanksgiving.

I won a door prize at our department party at work. It was a logitech UE Mobile Boombox. I just have to say it sounds AWESOME. It has an amazing sound for such a little device. Photo on 12-27-13 at 10.31 PMBeing bluetooth is very convenient if I just want to project a song even in a relatively noise environment. Winning it is nice, but you can get this thing for a 80 to 100 greenbacks. If you need a small speaker with a lot of power, get it.

More on Costco and Fine Scotch

In Random, wine and whiskey, wow on December 28, 2013 at 3:19 am

In a previous post I mentioned that it appeared the Costco had discovered scotch. Not the blended junk, not just the ubiquitous Johnnie Walkers but also the Platinum in addition to the Blue, not just Glenlivet an MacAllan 12’s, but all kinds of 12’s and 15’s and 16 single malts and an occasional 18.  ImageAbout 2 weeks ago I noticed that they had added the Glenlivet 21 and XXV.  The 21 was about 140 bucks which is a great price, and it came with a fancy box with a carved wood front et cetera.  The XXV was $329 and seemed like a great price if I thought I was buying one bottle for my retirement or something.  Of course the Blue and Platinum sniffed at them unceremoniously from the other side of the shelf.    One thing that I didn’t notice at the time was that the shelf on the right seemed to have some new metal framing on it. Take a look at the right of the picture here. You can see the framing but you can’t see the contents of the shelf. That day, December 11, they had a variety of Brut and Prosecco and other sparkling wines on that shelf. About a week after picture was taken this I went back and looked up at the scotch shelf shown and it appeared that someone had purchased the $329 Glenlivet XXV and all the JW Platinums were gone. The Blue and the Glenlivet 18 were still available…almost looking commoditized.

Today I went in and I saw the result of the new framing and the missing bottles.  A new case had appeared where I had noticed the metal framing on the previous picture.  Okay folks if you want to sign away your first born or your left nut for scotch, Costco has a new locked glass case.  Take a look at this. Scotch2 If you can imagine, Glenlivet 18 and the simple JW Blue (without the extra glasses and stuff) is still on the shelf where you seem them in the previous picture.  However, in the new glass case you have the…

…let me digress a little here for a second….

Back in the 80s I remember there was a a high end fidelity store somewhere in the Framingham area.  Back then, if you were a serious audiophile, you’d pass by Lechmere and Tweeter and turn your nose up and away in disapproval until you reached it.  In there in the main area (and I’m talking in the 80s) the main area had a bunch of stuff that was at the high end of what you’d see in the pedestrian audio stores.  But off to one side was the entrance to a room with the really high end stuff.  you know $10000 single block Krell tube amplifiers and stuff.  The sign over the door said something (to my distant recollection) “Divorce Room”.  Okay I think it was Natural Sound, and I think it was Krell, but that was 30 years ago.  Natural Sound is still open and more power to them (I think that’s an amplifier pun, but please let it go).

So why do I bring this up?  I now see that Costco is getting eerily close to having its own “Divorce Case” There’s a 40 year old Kirkland branded Glenlivet for several hundred dollars, the XXV is now in the case for 329 and there’s a 25 year Macallan for $659.  Now I have to bring myself to reality.  I can see how something can be pretty rare, maybe a bottle of Claret from a cellar that collapsed during the French and Indian war or was in a basement of a Church in St. Augustine or something.  But almost 700 for a fifth of scotch?   Forget the markup you’d have at a bar selling that, just imagine this:  A fifth is 1/5 of a gallon or 128/5 = 25.6oz.  a shot is 1.5 oz roughly.  25.6/1.5 =17 shots in a fifth.  that means that at home, not counting tax, that each shot in that bottle is 659/17 = $38 at home.  that’s (as a guess 300% markup at a bar) = $114 a shot.  It is almost to the point of  silly.

Of course, if someone offered me a shot of that 25 year MacAllan, uhm, I’d be silly for a brief moment, consume it slowly and not regret it a damn bit.  🙂

 

Merry Glass-mas Shopping

In technology, wow on December 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I still have yet to run into someone from eastern Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire wearing Google Glass.  Given that reality, when I go out shopping I am invariably looked at as an oddity (ok so I am even without google glass…it just makes me a conspicuous oddity.  People once in a while would comment on my black fedora, “Nice Hat”.  Now they look at me funny and then say, “What is that on your face?”

Yesterday, we did a round of stores and malls mostly trying to round out the gifts as most of our real shopping was done about a week ago.  Oddly enough the stores themselves weren’t overcrowded and given the awful traffic getting the Costco in New Hampshire it was no wonder.  Most people were in traffic and not in the stores themselves.  This is a different Costco than the two that I normally go to, so I was expecting at least the first pattern of strange looks that I would normally get.  The people in the Costco in Waltham, MA are kinda used to me at this point.
After leaving Costco with only a couple of small glass sharing incidents (one guy said I look like Bono with my glass and hat), we proceeded to the Pheasant Lane Mall.
 We were actually only going to Target, but I did take a quick stroll through the mall looking for a Starbucks.  The next thing that piqued me was that most of the stores had some customers, but it wasn’t out of control.  But Starbucks?  The line was out the door and wrapping around the side. I stood there for a while and the line was just not moving.  Starbucks to me is a thing that you wait a short time for so you can sit and enjoy the coffee slowly.

I could see the frantic pace of the baristas and looked at the long line for a while and then gave up.    The only thing of interest that I saw was the Verizon Droid just behind me. This was not enough to satiate either my morbid interest nor my caffeine need, so I got out of line and walked back across the mall.
This week I didn’t tempt fate by actually going into the apple store. I did sneak a picture as I walked by though. Except for Starbucks it seemed to be the busiest place in the mall. In the intervening time, the temperature outside had warmed and as we made our way back to the car, it was the first time I noticed that even in New Hampshire, the snows from last week’s storms were receding. Later on that day we made our way to the Merrimack outlets, going slightly deeper into New Hampshire. I had been to the outlets my first weekend with glass and I was still figuring it out then. This week though I was at full tilt.  I had my personal hotspot on and I was able I snapped off a couple of shots and posted them to Facebook. The Merrimack outlets have a Ski Lodge and Lift motif going, and it is pretty cute from that point of view.

We did stop to eat finally and I had a meal that I think was a mistake at a Sbarro’s knockoff in their main food court. Why did I do it? I was hungry and there was a 20% AAA discount. It came to $7 and change but I think it is still in me 🙂

Once we left the food court we made out way through a bunch of stores. and there was enough of a buzz in one particular store that I had to take a video clip.

We went into a couple of other stores after that and in the Swarovski store, somebody finally asked me what that glass object was on my face.

I’m sure that I was eliciting some strange looks because I was practicing the “wink” feature as I went around the store. Between the head tilts and winking I probably looked like I had some sort of condition. The sales person was eager to try on the glass and was able to snap off a picture of me which I will not post 🙂

On the way out of the outlets, there is a Starbucks and I wanted my coffee.I’d have gone to a Dunkin Donuts too if there was one there, it didn’t matter to me.

All I knew was that I wanted coffee. One person kept looking at me over and over and finally asked me if that was an “Apple thing”. I said WOW inside, since that was the first time someone associated an odd piece of electronics with Apple in any of my trips with Glass on my face.  He of course was afraid to try them on 🙂

By the time I got home my glass and I were both out of energy.

A little bit of Xmas geek humor

In Random on December 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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A small bit of progress…

In Random, technology, web 2.0 on December 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm

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More days with Google Glass

In Random, Social Media, technology on December 15, 2013 at 2:40 am

20131207-132501.jpgIt’s been about a week since I did my last usage update.  During that time  I went to a christmas party at a family friends’ home and fascinated people there (but I purposely waited for a little bit to pull it out to have other things to talk about).  

I wore glass to a company event that took place on the “Spirit of Boston”.  As the ship toured Boston Harbor, I was snapping off pictures which I privately shared with the members of our team.  Everybody found glass fascinating or weird (honestly, they found it fascinating and me weird for wearing it).  Anyway, my social experiment the rest of the week was to try to wear it at work to see what people would do.  For the most part since I’m the only glass user, and I’m not taking photos and the building’s public access wi-fi is all I can use (not the company enterprise wi-fi) it sort of limits the usefulness during the day.  I’ll probably stop wearing it at work at this point as there are also some reasonable security considerations that make me think that this isn’t something that you can really use “at work” depending on what that work is.  The most important consideration is that any pictures I would have taken or video are auto-backed up to google (I can turn that off, but downloading from the device to as private store seem difficult or an afterthought like Evernote)…Not forgetting to mention any concerns over bluetooth security or the wi-fi vulnerabilities.  Plus it is still this honking huge thing hanging over your right eyebrow and the human interface is just, well, awkward.   I find that when I get into an extended conversation with another person, I have to pull the thing off.  It’s just in the way.

Starbucks

This all being said, when I’m not at work, its less awkward and more a point of fascination.  Today I went out with my wife doing a day of Christmas and have to shopping.  I did visit a Starbucks where some of the patrons looked at me quizzically as I consumed my blueberry scone and coffee waiting for my wife who was running an errand in one of the town shops across the street.

After leaving Winchester center we went to BJ’s.  I continued to wear the glass while I was there.  At one of the sample stations, an employee who was doling out tiramisu and rum cake worked up the courage to ask me if that was google glass I was wearing.  I offered it to her and she took this video:

BJs Employee taking a video accidentally from voice control

One of the side effects of offering google glass to the curious is that you end up with all kinds of photos and videos of yourself (this was notable at the company event the other day also).

We continued our shopping and the utility of glass was apparent as I walked around and quickly snapped off pictures of retail items that I might later look into.  I’m sure google has already processed those photos to determine the items, any text and of course the location metadata.  Yes folks, everything that happens on glass is observed and “processed”.  I’m sure the NSA knows my shopping habits too.

Later, we went to the Burlington Mall.  Because I wear a black fedora from November to Late March, most people didn’t really see the glass under the brim.  Most I say, not none.  As I was trying to be businesslike and trying to not make direct eye contact as we walked through the mall, I did see people looking at me funny…as if to say “What the heck is that thin on his face” and a few mouthed “google glass”.

At Brookstone, I became more interesting than all the gadgets in the place.  Well actually, the glass was more interesting as I allowed it to be passed around the employees.  They had all kinds of questions for me and there were lots of “Oh Wow…WOW” reactions as they tried it.

Food Court photo taken by a somebody trying google glass

Later on we went to the food court and as I waited for our order in front of one of hamburger places, a couple of people tried it on and asked me some questions.

Vignette, facing Sears in one direction and Macy’s in the other

At one point I played with the vignette features which showed how the mall was decked out  for Christmas.  it was interesting to have both directions of the length of the mall in one photo.

Finally, I got my courage up to go to the Apple Store.  I needed to know what would happen as I’ve read several stories in the community about how employees seem to have orders to ignore Glass.  First off I’m deep into the Apple product set and have a boneyard of iMacs, Powerbooks, MacBooks Pro’s and Airs, iPod classics and even two different generations of AppleTV.  So knowing this, I pulled my iPad air out in its nice leather cover as I walked into the store.  We went to the back of the store where all the Nests and Headphones and other add-ons were located and started a discussion over products.  Of course you could see that the apple employees were tense…was I recording them?  NO I WASN’T.

I mentioned to my wife that they had done a good job of not calling attention to my electronic appendage and she said that she noticed them in the distance mouthing “google glass” to each other…of course not confronting me directly.  Don’t worry folks you did a good job.  Now tell Tim to come out with the wrist device and blunt this soon because quirky electronics are in the hands of early adopters like me and we are walking billboards for other people’s ideas (people like me who bought the original palm pilot, the first droid phones, apple TV, and iPod Photos, Livescribe pens and notebooks and listened podcasts before iTunes handled them).  And that means that the masses see us with our wearable computing like the people who had the first bag cell phones….Weird but wishing they had one too.

Anyway, at that point we made our way out and it had started snowing.  As I was cleaning the car I snapped off the start of the storm  that has everyone in a tizzy.

snow…google processes these photos and adds the falling snow…it wasn’t really coming down like that

I finally reached my car and it was covered and had to start brushing it off.  This was real snow, not google snow 😉  Have a safe and warm night.

Ahh New England Winters…

Glass and IOS7/iPhone 5S

In Random on December 7, 2013 at 3:49 am

Apparently the limitation that I read, that IOS7 that disallows google glass from accessing services via bluetooth on it is not true.  At least according to this video.  If what this videoblogger says is true, google would not give up the opportunity of gathering data off of IOS device by connecting glass with it.  So I am anticipating that there’ll be a an IOS7 “MyGlass” app in the near future.  

Jot script Evernote edition

In iPad, Random, Social Media, technology on December 5, 2013 at 1:30 am

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And 6 hours later with Glass…

In Random, Social Media, technology on December 1, 2013 at 3:01 am

In my earlier post today, it was before I went out with glass on my face. My wife and I did a quick trip to Costco at about 5pm today and I went in wearing Glass with the little mono ear bud dongle. For the most part people were politely trying not to stare at me (although I could tell that there were trying to figure out what that was on my head). I was wearing my typical winter getup, leather jacket and black fedora so it was only slightly disconcerting to the people. I walked around the store and did a few “OK Glass, Take a picture” of items and their prices. At a certain point, my wife and I had to back track to an end cap near the entrance to look at something on sale. When I turned around I noticed that the young guy trying to get customers to sign up for Amex was looking at me funny. Kinda had a smile on his face. He said, “Is that..” and I interrupted, “Google Glass”

He said, “That’s so cool, how is it working for you.” I gave the explanation above about the simple utility of taking a picture here and there, although I’d be seen as talking to myself. He chuckled. “I’ve never seen one.” I mentioned that one limitation was that although it was bt tethered to my iPhone, w/o internet access it was basically just a bt earpiece and camera and no more. He said that when he first saw me he was wondering if it was some weird earpiece (because of the dongle of course). A co-worker of his heard our conversation and tried to tell me to go and talk to the phone stand there because I could get a wi-fi hotspot from Verizon. I mentioned I could do that with my phone as is so getting another device wasn’t worth it at the moment.

Anyway, I continued to shop and snap off pictures of potential items we might buy. Then I had an “Avoid being a Glasshole moment. I had to visit the facilities, and immediately took Glass off and put it in its pouch and then into my pocket. It started to hit me that general walking around might be ok, but there are certain places where it wouldn’t be acceptable.

When I was done, I put it back on. of course on the drive to and back I did not have it on also, having something obscuring my 49-year-old eyesight at nightfall (even off) is like having a blind spot on your face.

Finally I came home. I’m coming to the conclusion that the glass is very similar to my Livescribe pen. As you know the Livescribe pens have audio recording capability that synchronizes with what you’re writing for later playback. both the glass and the Livescribe are great when doing research or listening to a public lecture, as a couple of examples. However because they are taking on a normal operation (looking or in the case of a Livescribe pen, taking notes) that are culturally perceived as mostly non-threatening, and then adding the ability to record a secondary track that may or may not be detectable to the people in the environment, you have an ethical privacy situation that you are creating.

Here’s the dilemma that both devices create. people see you doing one thing…and assume that there is an imperfect recording (in the observers brain…or even on paper) of the scene. However, with these devices, there is the possibility of a secondary recording (in this case video or pictures, in the case of the Livescribe an audio recording) that would necessarily need someone’s else’s approval to do (at least tacit).

The difference with holding up a phone and snapping off a picture is that the gesture of lifting the camera and addressing your target is very obvious and someone can ask you to stop. in the case of these extension of the human recording operation devices, one might not know that that is what you are doing.

I also went into the Costco wine/liquor shop for a moment and when I had gathered my purchase and went to the counter the rep was looking at me funny as I handed him my credit card. I said, “Yes, it’s a google glass.” His response was “Way cool, I’ve never seen one, how does it work for you?”

This is turning out to be the common question now 🙂