As I had related before I was having problems with getting voice recognition beyond the “ok glass” prompt. The next menu was useless without using the hand controls. After a few emails back and forth with Glass Support (where they were making sure I wasn’t a total moron) they made a weird suggestion.
It wasn’t explained, but I was asked if I had installed “Strava Cycling” which is something I had not installed. My first thought being that app might have a tendency to fuck up the voice recognition. However… they WANTED me to install it. I wasn’t sure why, still am not sure. So I created a “Strava Cycling” account and installed it as instructed. Of course I was thinking this seemed like a peculiar ‘fix’ or more of a work-around.
Alas, it worked. I am floored. Also happy to be able to get out and use Google Glass while out at Mardi Gras festivities. More updates as I continue to work through this thing.
Well, I received my Google Glass today… and while it seems to do an okay job of recognizing the ‘Ok Glass’ wake up command, anything beyond that seems to be a bit difficult. Now I do have a very low voice, but I have tried changing pitch, cadence, tempo, you name it to very little success. At this point I have the ability to use my voice commands about twice.
The wink activated photo taking seems to work fairly well and the resolution on the camera does a fine job. Otherwise most of my success have involved using the touch commands that you can use on the larger side of the frame of the glasses.
The resolution on the camera does well for photos and video, although like with most cameras (particularly digital ones) avoid back-lighting at all costs. If you don’t avoid it, you will end up with a blown out image… without a doubt. Oddly enough the speech recognition for Google searches and the like seem to pick up my voice very well.
So goes my first few hours with my new Google Glass.
The Miami Dolphins is a team that is undeniably a remarkable franchise that has a storied history. Makes you wonder what Don Shula must be thinking, doesn’t it? Or does it?
The fact is that we really know very few things at this point about this mess in south Florida. Here is what I seem to have gathered as this afternoon:
- Rowan, I mean Incognito has been suspended indefinitely from his job.
- Martin quit the team.
- Incognito has made one public statement, saying more or less that it will work out.
- Martin is getting mental healthcare.
- Incognito has a history of being thrown off both university and professional football teams due to his behavioral issues.
- Martin’s attorney released a transcript of a seemingly threatening voice-mail… that multiple sources have said did not include Incognito saying something to the effect of ‘call me back, ok?”
- Incognito and Martin were “besties”, taking pictures with fans while they were in New Orleans (#NOLA) for a game, as well a carriage ride.
The Dolphins’ players have overwhelmingly come out backing the presumed “bad guy” Incognito.
There is something big missing here. It is kind of the way that astronomers determine where black holes are out there in space. They see things like light, planets, comets, etc moving in a way that indicates the intense gravity of the black hole.
So what is the black hole around which all these people are moving? It seems to be bigger than just protecting the ‘sanctity’ of the locker room. This feels far bigger than that.
I think this involves something more personal. Something neither side wants revealed to the world. Maybe they were involved in more than a football relationship? Think of the thrusting of something like maybe a homosexual relationship gone bad between two #NFL football players, particularly offensive linemen.
This is pure supposition on my part but, there seems to be a big elephant in the room… a pink one.
Our country has endured more trying time than these, even when seeming as divided as we appear to be at this point. It is we as parents, as believers in the dream, the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I think though that most importantly the sincere belief that another US President, John F. Kennedy, eloquently put that we should not think of what our country should do for us but that we should do for our country. In my opinion that includes ourselves and our fellow Americans. We must work hard to teach those who are being corrupted by entitlement and a shameful disrespect for the rights of others and what it means to be a proud American, not an egotistical one nor egalitarian.
Our country is divided, and we are allowing it to be done by people whom we do not know and who if we met in person would be more likely to punch than discuss things over a beer or cocktail. There is an elitist element that is undermining our faith in one another and our belief in America as a country, and as a country. We have ideals, we have so much to offer as individuals, imagine if we could come together as one large community, citizens, to make things right.
I will not make any attempt to find any words to describe the events of April 15th, 2013 that have not already been overused, since even the best wordsmiths of our time are unable to come up with them. So I apologize in advance for words like cowardice, terrorism, pointless, horrific, evil, and others.
What happened was fairly simple. Right? Two bombs exploded. At the most basic level, that is what happened. Now add the next layer, that these bombs were exploded in a crowd of civilians in the United States. There were two bombs that exploded in a crowd of civilians in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States who were attending a sporting event that didn’t just involve professional athletes but average people from all over the world.
With that being said, what could the point be? Some believe it was the US Federal Government. I won’t mention them specifically, but if you want to find them you can search the internet and find them quickly. Others say it must be some radical Muslim group who hates ‘America’ for what they feel we stand for or in some cases things for which we don’t stand. Then there is the ‘Lone Wolf’ concept, someone pissed at the world, just a sociopath, mentally ill or a combination of those. Then there is the domestic terrorism concept, where some American/s wanted to make a point. Actually that was my gut reaction oddly enough. I hate the idea that it was the first thing I thought of, but it is the state of our unhealthy Union.
Another thought I had was “wouldn’t this be an interesting time for North Korea to launch one or both of those missiles.” Followed shortly by, would they do this? April 15th is a serious holiday there and they even had a marathon in Pyongyang on the 15th. (remember they are ahead of us time-wise.)
The domestic terror point… Tax Day 2013… Boston (home of one of the most famous tax protests ever (Boston Tea Party)… The War Ship “The Constitution” (named by George Washington) has Boston as its home port. Some misguided, disgruntled soul trying to make a point?
Do I have a point?
Intentionally so. Because that is what this bombing was, pointless.