How to Turn Your Apple Watch Gold – Casey Neistat

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A lot has happened in the month I’ve been quiet. I have a few longer posts I’m working on (one specifically talking about the Apple Watch) but in the meantime I thought I would share a video. Casey Neistat makes some awesome videos. I think a lot of it has to do with his nontraditional style. The videos feel different because they are different.

I’ll leave my ranting about the watch for another post. Till then, enjoy.

 

-Martin

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TEDxPSU – Bruce Schneier – Reconceptualizing Security

“If it’s in the news, don’t worry about it. Because by definition, news is something that almost never happens.” – Bruce Schneier

Security is a very important thing. In a world where we hear about IS/ISIS/ISIL and cyber threats constantly, we want to be secure. We often judge how secure we are by how we feel. As you will find in this fantastic (but somewhat longer) TEDx talk, Bruce Schneier talks about the illusion of security vs real security. Well worth a watch! 

-Martin

MKBHD – The New Macbook Impressions!

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MKBHD also known as Marques Brownlee is a YouTube tech reviewer. That being said, he has grown to a level of YouTube stardom usually reserved for funny cat videos and music videos (do people not know about Spotify?) making his videos something mainstream people actually watch. This is half of the reason I’m publishing it here. The other reason is that I haven’t finished my hands off write-up/thoughts. He always seems to produce quality work. I’ll have a later post talking about his videos and make sure to get my own write up done soon.

But without further ado, MKBHD’s initial impressions of the new MacBook. Enjoy.

-Martin

Speed and Politics

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Fair warning this is a longer YouTube video (15 minutes) but it is so insightful it’s worth it. Set in Canada (but should resinate with American’s as well) it talks about something we are all familiar with. Speeding. But more than that, it talks about the absurdity of many speed limits and touches on the fact that sometimes the police don’t even know the law.

-Martin

BMW M2

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Remember when I said that the Classic Car Club had an M2? Well the M2 is a special breed of M cars. It’s a breed never actually made by BMW. It takes the body of a 2002 or 2002tii (a fantastic BMW. Some call it the best BMW ever made.) and takes the power train of an E30 M3 (another cult classic, the E30 was the first M3). This is a fantastic car. I think I’ll start by trying to buy a E30 325i and work my way up to an M2. In the meantime enjoy the video!

-Martin

How To Drive Classic Cars Every Day — JALOPNIK ON DRIVE

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Yes I’ve been on a bit of a car kick lately. This is most likely due to the fact that it is currently snowing outside (welcome to April in Minnesota).

I have never been to New York City. I’m sure I’ll get there soon and if I ever find myself inside the Classic Car Club I’m sure I’ll be buying a cheap Brooklyn apartment and spending $8,000/year to drive these cars. In the mean time I’ll just keep on watching this video. For those of you around Manhattan here is their website: classiccarclubmanhattan.com

I think I might have to book a flight to New York. Oh and they also have a BMW M2. I’ll post a video about what an M2 is later. I’ll give you a hint. It involves a classic M car and 2002… and I’m not talking about the year.

One Car to Do it All – Petrolicious

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I love cars. I love cars that are fast, more than that I love cars that emotionally move you. I have always liked the look of a Porsche 911… Kind of. Less so the looks of the late 90’s  early 2000s models. But other than that I’ve liked them. This 911 is one I would definitely love to own. Or rather build for myself. Enjoy!

-Martin

Every Third Thursday – Glass Snowboard

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So today I woke up to a ton of snow (joys of living in MN). That reminded me of ETT (every third thursday). So while I’m waiting for spring to come back enjoy the video. I’m working on a few articles right now, I’ve just been super busy.

-Martin

Coding. 01000011011011110110010001100101. Watch this!

Code. Code is what makes all of this possible. From the HTML that is the foundation of this webpage to Objective-C that is the foundation of the OS on my Mac. (Yes. I am a Mac guy) It’s important. And when done right the user should never know what code looks like.

But users aren’t the people making money. They are the one spending it. Young kids are growing up with this technology and they are absorbing it like a sponge. I am 21 and wrote my first lines of code during Easter on a family vacation. I’m sure I still have the Javascript file somewhere. It was a Hello World pop up. Then I made it ask questions. And like any 13 or 14 year old I had it make jokes about peoples ages. Things like “WOW! You’re old!” and stuff like that.

Coding is an important thing for people to learn. Just like those teachers in high school telling you that advance calculus class is super important.  Coding is similar. Some people taking those calculus classes will use it later in life but a lot of them won’t. However it will still help them. It will help to expand the way their mind work. Give them a different way to look at problems that aren’t about math.

So regardless if you learn Python, Java, HTML, Lua, BASIC, VB, or C++. Learn a language.

Oh and watch this video first.

-Martin

Connecticut Shooting. Victoria Soto. Hero.

If you have been on the internet, or seen a paper or tv you know what happened on friday. There was an act of evil. An act which shock our nation at its core. And unfortunately that was most likely the goal of this attack. I would like to remind you of the flip side. The side that houses the victims, their families and the heroes. Ask yourself facing the barrel of a loaded gun, would you be able to stand your ground knowing you are in your final moments on this earth. I asked myself this question and I know I would like to say yes no problem, however I believe its something you will never truly know until you are there. I pray that I will never be in that situation, and that if I am God will give me the strength to stand tall. I would like to tell you about someone who has become a hero of mine.

Teachers already hold a special place in my heart, I respect them. They are to thank for every basement born millionaire, president, doctor, and parent. If you live in this country you almost certainly have some form of education.

Victoria Soto

This is a woman who was faced with that impossible situation and made a choice. Her choice saved the lives of those children. And in my book that makes her a hero. The media focuses too often on those who spread fear and chaos. Lets instead remember those who put a stop to it. Those who hid their students and showed an immense amount of courage. Those are the heroes, they are the ones who should be remembered. Please take a moment to watch these videos. Look up Miss Soto. Hug your wife, husband, daughter, son, brother, sister, mother, father, your friend, and your enemy. Call up that person you haven’t talked to in ages. Share the love. Because as infectious as fear can be, I pray that love is even stronger and spreads even quicker.

Please take a moment to read the names of the victims. These are the names that we should be remembering. These are the names that should be in our prayers.

Children

Charlotte Bacon (age 6)

Daniel Barden (age 7)

Olivia Engel (age 6)

Josephine Gay (age 7)

Ana M. Marquez-Greene (age 6)

Dylan Hockley (age 6)

Madeleine F. Hsu (age 6)

Catherine V. Hubbard (age 6)

Chase Kowalski (age 7)

Jesse Lewis (age 6)

James Mattioli (age 6)

Grace McDonnell (age 7)

Emilie Parker (age 6)

Jack Pinto (age 6)

Noah Pozner (age 6)

Caroline Previdi (age 6)

Jessica Rekos (age 6)

Avielle Richman (age 6)

Benjamin Wheeler (age 6)

Allison N. Wyatt (age 6)

Adults

Rachel Davino (age 29)

Dawn Hochsprung (age 47)

Anne Marie Murphy (age 52)

Lauren Russeau (age 29)

Mary Sherlach (age 56)

Victoria Soto (age 27)

May their souls rest in Heaven.

-Martin