Monday, April 25, 2016

Time to think #2 - Spring Cleaning

I usually like April. I tend to use the new days of sunshine to get enough energy to clean up the clutter that winter always brings in my life. Most of the time, that means cleaning out closets and trying to get my wife to throw stuff away. This year, she finally sided with me and we have cleaned out a lot of things that we never used since we moved in together (almost 20 years!).

I'm starting to do the same thing with my digital life, but in reverse. Since I have finally graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, I feel like I can devote more time to projects, but I don't have a firm plan. So here's what I'm looking at doing with my schedule:

Sunday Evening: Family time, then gaming or 3D printing, 1 hour blogging
Monday Evening: Spend 1 hour working on coding for Windows 10, then joining the ExpertZone Community livestream for Star Wars Battlefront (Here is the Twitch channel)
Tuesday Evening: 3D printing and design, and watching Night Attack <>
Wednesday: Streaming LEGO Dimensions on Twitch and working on household projects, 1 hour blogging
Thursday: 1 hour of coding (I usually close on Thursday)
Friday: I am planning on doing a late-night Twitch stream involving 3D printing, and video projects
Saturday: Family and random

This schedule will give me an idea of what kinds of stuff to invest my time and balance my passions and my life.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Passions - Virtual Reality

I have a few things in life that I have a real passion about. I've decided to start a new series involving an overall look at each one of my passions, and one thing that I have to be passionate about. DISCLAIMER: I do work for a wireless carrier that does sell these products. These posts are my own opinions and thoughts, just like I'm encouraged to give my customers.

First of all, today's post is about the burgeoning world of virtual reality. I have been a big fan of the components that make up VR: 3D interactivity, 360 degree photos and videos, and new ways to supplement tactile interaction. For most consumers, 360 degree photo and video is the WOW factor. There is a new world in 3D interactivity with several apps taking worlds immersive experiences to a new level. The section is still in infancy, with companies like Samsung, Facebook, HTC, and LG trying to figure out what will stick.

I decided to take the plunge by getting the Samsung Gear VR. This headset is powered by the same engine and software that runs the Oculus Rift, but is housed and driven by the Samsung phone that might be in your pocket right now. The commercial headset is available for $99 retail as of April 2016, and requires a Samsung Note 5, or a S6 series (S6, Edge, Edge+) or S7/S7 Edge. The S7 series is preferred due to the upgraded processor and RAM, and does not seem to overheat as fast as the Note or S6 devices.

The other options that are getting huge press in tech circles are the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. Both of these devices are over $700 US and require a pretty powerful PC to work. They have way more features and abilities than the Gear VR, but for what most people would consider a mind-blowing experience, the Gear VR is the easy way to get into this.

My plans are to review the different applications and hardware needed for this to work. I'll mention what devices particular services work on, but I do not foresee myself getting a Vive or Rift anytime soon.

Upcoming topics will include:
  • How to make and share 360 pictures
  • How to take 360 video
  • Virtual 3D experiences
  • Games
  • How to do normal tasks in VR environments (like e-mail and web)

Don't forget to let me know what you want! I'm pretty much krisguy anywhere. I'm also on Line, BBM, and Skype. Please let me know.
For those that do have a VR headset, I'm krisguy on altvr.com


Monday, April 18, 2016

Time to Think = Number 1

After a 6 hour nap today, I'm awake for a while. In between writing sentences, I'm cleaning up my desk and colored drawers so I can simplify things. Whenever I clean up my desk, it is a reset of my mind.

I heard something on an episode of Legends with JBL on WWE Network featuring Brian James, known professionally as WWE's Road Dogg (link to the episode here). He made several statements about how his mind works, how creative people tend to self-destruct, and how he "thinks 100 miles per hour, but the rest of the world goes 50". That last line has stuck with me for the last week.

I am one of those people that either cannot or do not have the ability to shut down their thought process. Right now, I am setting up multiple collections in Google+, re-watching this episode for a fresh perspective about what I'm saying, and cleaning up my desk. At 12:30am.

I need to learn how to be dumb. I need to learn how to think like people that I help in my store; people who don't know how to think like I do. I think I would stop using food as a drug and get better quality output instead of being the guy who can't not know everything.

Thank you, for saying something that made me realize there is still more work to do on myself, Brian James. Thank you.