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Here's something even posters here may find hard to believe: when I was in junior high school (predecessor to middle school) around 1970 there were girls who walked around the hallways carrying battery-powered portable record players -- the kind that played LPs and 45s.  If you think a Walkman is a lot to lug, try balancing a tone arm on a revolving record while you walk to your next class.
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Don't know why I'm surprised -- I shouldn't be.  But this acquisition makes it official: the smart home is The Next Big Thing.
We'll be honest: if you told us a big company was going to buy Nest Labs, we wouldn't have guessed Google. After all, the home automation company was
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A staggering amount of work.  An even more staggering amount of planning.  Incredible results.  Thoroughly enjoyed watching the original video and this "making of" video.  Congratulations, young man!
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Calling all Facebookers: vote for Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese in its race to qualify for a $250,000 @ChaseSmallBiz grant. Voting ends this Friday, 11/15.  Please help!  Thank you.
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Google Maps may be miles ahead of Apple's iOS 6 Maps, but it's still a work in progress that needs all the human help it can get.  As a human myself, I speak from experience ...
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Thanks.  It was a bear to put together, especially since I started writing it when it happened and then got distracted and, when I finally came back to it, had to sort of reconstruct everything that happened based on the screen caps I'd done and the mail I'd sent to Google.  I've actually tweaked it a bit since you read it -- not that it's terribly different.  I just had to figure out how to integrate Nick Bilton into it a bit better.  Bilton's idiotic blog piece was published not long after my 6 Bond Street episode and made it that much more infuriating.  Not to mention that I have people of all ages ask me for directions all the time when I'm walking the dogs, and most don't have smartphones out -- though some do.  Just as there are people who can't read maps there are people who can't read Google Maps, even when it's giving them the correct location for wherever they're going.
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Didn't see Spike Jonze's "Her", but I thought he cheated by using real live Scarlett Johansson as the voice of the OS.  My retort: this low-tech version of the first "Her" trailer.
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Home movies aren't supposed to be this accomplished.  When I see these baubles you put up on YouTube, Casey, I'm reminded of that moment in "Singin' in the Rain" when one of two young women glumly watching the latest Lockwood/Lamont swashbuckler romance eyes the gorgeous Lamont and says, mordantly, "She's so refined.  I think I'll kill myself."  That's the way I feel about these videos you do: "They're so refined.  (I'll never come close to making anything like them.) I think I'll kill myself."
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Gotta say, for a movie I've never heard of that is a pretty damned good car chase.  (And Coleman's driving one of those dreadful K cars Chrysler put out in the early '80s.  Amazing it stayed together long enough to shoot this sequence.)
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+Vidiot1955  Well should be pointed out that this was originally the volare and the aspen which the k cars were built to replace. But these body on frame cars were so durable that fixing the aspens and volares mistakes kept them around until 1989.
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Vote for Ruth!

Even if you don't know her, my friend (and, truth in advertising, client) Ruth Walter is a worthy applicant to a competition sponsored by Chase to win a $250,000 grant to grow her small business, Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese (dobbsandbishop.com).  To be considered she needs 250 votes from Facebook users and, with the voting window closing this Friday, 11/15, time is of the essence to get her over the top.

So if you'd be so kind as to head over to https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/58794 and cast your vote for Ruth, she and I would be most grateful.  Thank you!
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Spotted my first Tesla S-100 in the wild yesterday on Spring St.  No, I didn't study it or peek inside -- I was with my daughter to get dinner from Chipotle and she was irked enough that I even stopped to take this mobile phone shot.  As annoyed as I get when I see Maseratis, Ferraris, and other high-end cars in my neighborhood driven by the 1%, I still think it's cool to see an electric car ... even if it's one I can't afford.
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An independent copywriter and creative consultant by trade, I follow consumer technology and in my spare time post to my blog, Mind The Rant, about the promises tech makes and, often as not, fails to keep.
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