Nintendo’s Super Popular Mario Run comes to Android

Nintendo’s Super Popular Mario Run comes to Android

We knew it was coming but it still feels good for Android fans out there to finally have Nintendo’s Mario Run. The game aside from being highly addictive is the first mobile Mario game on Android. Super Mario Run is available to download now from the Google Play Store. Just like the iOS version you can only play the first three levels for free before it will cost you. You’ll have to pay a one-time $10 fee to unlock the whole game.

If you have somehow been living under a rock. The game Super Mario Run is a platforming game where Mario runs on his own. It’s a pretty easy game to play. Mario jumps over obstacles automatically without any interaction from the player. Players simply tap on the screen to collect coins and of course jump on the heads of Koopas. When Super Mario Run originally debuted on iOS in December it was an instant hit. It jumped to the top of the download and grossing charts right away. The only thing people didn’t like about the Nintendo’s Super Mario Run was the $10 price it forced you to pay to play. Many people would have prefered microtransactions.… Read the rest

Are You a Realist or a Dreamer? And Were You Always That Way?

Are You a Realist or a Dreamer? And Were You Always That Way?

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I spent a few days with most of my nieces and nephews.  They range in age from 2 to 22.  The toddler is obviously full of joy and laughter.  Everything in the world is new to him.  He explores with genuine wonder.  He is trying to make sense of his world.  The next kids are 6 and 9.  They seem to have a good understanding of the world around them, but are still trying to make sense of it.  They ask a lot of questions, which leads to more questions.  And the teenagers/adults are in the growing up stage.  Becoming independent.  Moving out of the house and they too are trying to make sense of their world.  Maybe we all are in some way.

This got me thinking though, about growing up. And maybe how I’ve changed.  So I pose the question – do all kids start out as dreamers, and is it life that turns us into realists?  Or once a dreamer, always a dreamer? And vice versa.  As I looked around the room yesterday, I could see our differences as siblings.  I could see the ones who are like our mother, and those who are like our father.  In looks and in mannerisms.  I could see how they have changed over the years, and those things that remain the same.

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The males in my family all seem to be very linear.  They excel in math and science, and most are already engineers or on the path way there.  … Read the rest

Are Smart Jackets “The Next Big Thing” in Wearables?

Are Smart Jackets “The Next Big Thing” in Wearables?

Levi’s teamed up with Google to develop a “commuter jacket”.  What is a commuter jacket you ask?  Very good question.  The goal of the jacket is to be like any other wearable, and essentially make life easier for the person wearing the jacket.  But how does this differ from a smart watch?  Is it simply providing you with an alternative reason for wearing it?  The jacket itself is connected to a bluetooth device.  From this, the wearer is able to find out the time and advance or pause music.  Are those enough features to warrant this type of purchase?

The jacket itself has been around for at least a year now, but it seems to be making some waves in the media.  But, is it any better than say, a smart watch?  I purchased an Apple Watch sometime before Christmas.  But I wasn’t convinced that it was going to benefit me, or that I even needed it.  I was simply wanting to replace an old Fitbit, but I’m finding it invaluable.  And I’m not sure what I would do without it now.  Is the smart jacket the next big wearable?

What other wearables exist?  Google tried the Google Glass, but discontinued it in 2015.  Garmin made the Varia Vision, and Oakley the Radar Pace, or the Smart Rope pictured below, but none of these seem to be as popular as a watch.  My theory is that a watch is more discreet.  … Read the rest

Are “Tech Tattoos” the New Way to Monitor Your Health?

Are “Tech Tattoos” the New Way to Monitor Your Health?

I always say how I love technology when it has a clear benefit to people.  So what has caught my eye now?  A company out of Austin, Texas is trying to make it easier for you to monitor your health.  Well, maybe “easier” isn’t the right word for the current stage of this technology, but it will make it easier eventually.  They essentially are creating circuits (yes, electrical ones) on your skin by using conductive ink.  The end goal is to provide an easier way to send data to your doctor to help monitor your health.  They state that instead of going to the doctor once a year for a physical, this technology will send all that information for you.  Or it could, in theory.  Could it also send information to your doctor in the event that you were sick, and maybe didn’t know?

What an incredible idea.  Think about it.  You’ve come down with a sore throat.  You’re not sure if it’s a cold, the flu or strep throat.  All contagious and all unpleasant.  Instead of running to the doctor, you wait it out.  Giving it a few days, hoping it will go away on your own.  Why?  Because no one wants to sit in a waiting room with a bunch of other people only to find out “it’s just a cold”.  (Can you tell I have experience with this?) Instead, you’re wearing a “tech tattoo” and the information is automatically provided to your doctor’s office.… Read the rest

Should More Celebrities Run for Political Office? Or Leave it to the Professionals?

Should More Celebrities Run for Political Office? Or Leave it to the Professionals?

Donald Trump

Celebrities can have a significant influence on politics.  But does that mean they should run for office? We often see celebrities endorsing political candidates, but that’s an attempt to help them win.  So would it make sense for the celebrities to run themselves, or is there more to it than meets the eye?  There have been several who have been successful including Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and even Sony Bono. So my question is whether or not this is a good thing or a bad thing?  With the election of Donald Trump, it seems that more and more celebrities are thinking about throwing their hat in the ring.

While maybe not true, both Oprah and Mark Cuban have been questioned in the media recently about a run.  And both did not confirm or deny.  Is this something that we should see more of, or should we leave the politicking to politicians?  I’m honestly on the fence about this as I don’t think we should categorize someone in any sort of way based on their profession.  Being a celebrity doesn’t automatically disqualify you from being a good politician.  But it also doesn’t mean that you can’t be either.  Just to clarify here, when I say “celebrity”, I essentially mean anyone famous.  I don’t care if you are famous because you’re a businessman, or an heiress, you are still famous.
Being famous just means that people know who you are.  They have seen you on TV or in a movie.  … Read the rest

Is Automated Transportation the New Way to Get Around?

Is Automated Transportation the New Way to Get Around?

I can’t decide how I feel about this.  Nor can I decide if this is a scene out of the Jetson’s, or if Walt Disney’s “Tomorrowland” has come to life.  Either way, the future is here.  Officially, in the form of flying cars.  Ok, maybe not flying cars necessarily, but definitely flying transportation for short trips.  Airbus announced a few months ago that they are planning to make flying taxis a reality by the end of 2017.  2017 friends!  Literally by the end of this year.  Does this technology even exist?  Is this even possible?  I have many questions about this.  Most of which can’t likely be answered.  Airbus released a video demonstrating how this technology would be used:

Like I said, so many questions.  I love this idea as I am a huge fan of using technology to make our lives better or easier.  But what cities would support or be behind a flying taxi?  And would it actually help with traffic congestion or just re-route where the traffic is going?  Can these taxis hold more than one person?  And if not, is carpooling a better option when it comes to traffic congestion? Is this even safe?

I like the concept in the video.  A “car” picks you up from your house, like a taxi and then transports you to a launch pad of sorts.  From there, you are transported in the flying portion of the taxi and taken to your final destination.  … Read the rest

Are We Missing the Mark with Diversity? Let’s Try Inclusion Instead. Wait; Let me explain.

Are We Missing the Mark with Diversity? Let’s Try Inclusion Instead. Wait; Let me explain.

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What does the word “diversity” mean to you?  When you hear that word do you automatically think differences?  Or do you see a group of people who might look different working together and supporting each other?  If your answer is the first response, then you’re on the right track.  Diversity is about being different.  But I think we use it interchangeably with the idea of inclusion.  One is a system, the other is people.  There are many diversity initiatives in workplaces now. And in some cases it can be very apparent and awkward.  But to me, these initiatives highlight our differences.  Which is different than celebrating the differences.  See where I’m going with this?

In the case of employment, I think it’s important to hire the best person for the job.  The person with the most experience, or knowledge in that particular field.  Regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs etc.  But in my industry, we see employers hiring for “fit”.  How does your personality “fit” in with the workplace culture?  And is that fair? I could have less experience, but generally be more easy going and get the job.  Someone who has worked harder than me is automatically cut out of an opportunity because they weren’t funny enough.  Or they didn’t laugh at the right jokes.  And in some cases that could be as a result of cultural differences.  So I think this idea of “fit” is how people are discriminated against.… Read the rest