The Demand For Self Driving Cars

Awhile ago I wasn’t too optimistic about self driving cars; out of fear of the unknown, I said out loud that I would never own one or even ride in one. Fast forward to living in Los Angeles for over 8 months – my perspective has changed dramatically. The demand exists here. With 23.8 million people living in SoCal, being on the road is the scariest thing on the planet (to me). Someone dies daily from a car accident here, the roads are congested, and there’s no such thing here as a relaxing ‘Sunday Drive.’

I’m keeping my eye on Waymo, Ford, Mercedes, Volvo, Nissan and GM. Notice that Tesla and Uber aren’t on this list? There’s clearly still a long way to go, but it’s exciting to watch the innovation and progress.

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10 months later

Hola internet world. 10 months later I’m still using Media Temple for my hosting services. Because who really wants to move around databases in their free time, right? It’s still just ok, still overpriced, still totally average, and that’s that.

Every year around this time I think about some tech goals for the following year, to keep my skills sharp and learn some new things. Lately it’s been on my mind that I’ve been using a Mac exclusively for so long that I don’t have sharp PC skills anymore. I’ve been learning more terminal commands in my free time but don’t know the PC cmd line equivalent. So I think 2019 is the year I’m finally going to build my own PC. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time – choose my own high quality components, cool little extras, etc.. It was between this or one of the Alienware machines, but I think I just really like the way Alienware looks on the outside. I’m so excited. I’ll probably order my parts online, but it will still be fun to go to a Micro Center, I haven’t been to one in ages.

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Your Startup Disk is Almost Full

Recently I’ve been getting the infamous Your Startup Disk Is Almost Full error popup whenever I try to open a program. My old fix of deleting a few stray files here and there wasn’t making it go away.

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(in a nutshell: if you get this message, you need to delete files or uninstall programs to make space)

My solution: I went through my desktop and deleted all unnecessary files. (I’m that person that saves every single little thing to my desktop.) I moved all photos/graphics/web files to DropBox (see below), deleted some extra software that I installed and don’t use, and what seemed to make the other biggest difference was I deleted all my downloads. On a Mac, you can view all your downloads at Finder > Downloads. I had some large DMG files, graphics, photos etc.. Clearing out most of the downloads probably made the biggest impact on my storage.

You can check your storage to see what is taking up space by going to Apple (icon) > About this Mac > Storage The downloads files will be in the yellow area referred to a Other.

I finally caved and upgraded my DropBox account to move photos and files off my desktop. Up until now, I used DropBox for client work and sharing only. I’m of the old school variety, I typically put all my extra files on external hard drives. Problem with that is, over time even the best hardware brands will break…and then you’re scrambling to find some hard drive expert who claims he or she can retrieve corrupted files, and trust me from my own experience, that’s a timely and expensive slippery slope that you don’t want to bother with.

Dropbox upgrade: 9.99/month, for 1TB of space. That should take awhile. I’ll write a follow up after I hit the 1TB mark and share what I will do then.

If you do get this message, the best fix is to delete all files you don’t need, delete your downloads, and uninstall the programs on your machine that you aren’t using. This message means you need to clear some space for your machine to run properly.

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Lava Lamps are making a comeback

I have no clue if interior designers would say lava lamps are making a comeback, they probably are not, but I’ve been seeing them quite a lot these days while out shopping. I hope they’re coming back, I’ve always wanted one.

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Ocean’s 8

I cannot cannot cannot wait to see Ocean’s 8 with my sister when it comes out.
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The first time I saw this photo I laughed so hard – their facial expressions walking out of the subway, the body language, the outfits, the hair, it all makes me miss my sister so bad.

Here’s the official trailer for Ocean’s 8:

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Resist Necklace

I love jewelry, and I love typography. Here’s a “RESIST” necklace for any smart, important, strong, nasty woman. If feminism was the official word of 2017 (according to Merriam-Webster), then resist might just be the word of 2018. I found this on etsy.com made by the shop HalffulLa, here’s the link.
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What I love about this particular necklace is that it’s made with gold vermeil and the chain is gold filled so it’s not likely to tarnish or cause allergies.

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Post A Tweet on WordPress

See a Tweet that you want to publish on your website? WordPress makes it super easy to publish a tweet into your page or post, no plugin required.

1. Click on the actual tweet that you like, and then copy the URL, it will look something like this: https://twitter.com/PhilCollinsFeed/status/943876830947405824 (Make sure you click on the actual tweet you want to post.)

2. Paste that link into your post (be on text view)

3. voila! It will look just like this ↓

{This will work for both Visual editor and Text editor view, I tried it both ways.}

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Wish List – Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard

Attention Santa, please bring me this keyboard! The other while browsing around Best Buy for a Christmas gift for my nephew, I spotted the Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard out of the corner of my eye. It’s so freaking cool (designed for gamers of course). It has a backlit keyboard that can be programmed to be any color you want down the the key, I personally like the rainbow default effect. Besides looking super cool, the keyboard has powerful anti-ghosting features and can handle up to 10 commands at once. There’s a version that’s sold with a wrist rest if you’re like me and get bruises and other injuries from being on your keyboard for long periods of time. The best price I’ve found is on Amazon (Prime!) and this version includes the wrist rest

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NYC typography: East Village edition

There’s so much interesting typography to be found in New York City, but my favorite area to spot some curious street signs, storefronts and logos is the East Village. This neighborhood has an urban, artistic “old New York” vibe, and the signage reflects that perfectly.

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Bye Bye Net Neutrality

This is heartbreaking (insert every sad/angry/infuriated emoji face).

Today the FCC plans to kill Net Neutrality despite a possible ethics issue in question.

Read it here. For the record I am disgusted. I hope the lawsuits start piling up immediately.

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