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

To the top of Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower. 650 meters off the ground. And apparently a great opportunity for urban exploring. Do not try this. Also if you have vertigo you might not want to watch this…

 

 

Check out the photos from the adventure on their 500px page.

-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

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

The Future of Cars. Electric? Maybe. Maybe not…

Cars. I love em. I don’t have the nicest car around but I drive it to it’s limits (and often past) enjoying most of it. I’m not sure what my next car will be but I can tell you I doubt it will be an electric car or a hybrid. Why you ask? Well I’m a college student. My next car will be used. It might be unrealistic for me to still be looking at 2002 M5s (with that awesome big V8) with the way gas prices are going, but I also can’t afford to get an electric car. Regardless I still am very interested in the future of the car industry. Even if I won’t be buying the future for a while.

Edison with a prerelease version of the Tesla.

Edison with a prerelease version of the Tesla.

Electric cars aren’t anything new. They’ve been around for a while. I won’t go into a history lesson but seeing a picture with Edison and an electric car should tell you all you need to know.  I feel like things are changing now. Blame it on the gas prices going up or people talking about the end of the world. Either way most people will agree electric cars are in the public eye again. I think they have a ways to go before they are in every garage though. So here are my notes.
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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