technology

Did You Know You Can Customize Your Ad Settings?

Did You Know You Can Customize Your Ad Settings?

I actually don’t mind unobtrusive advertising, especially if it’s targeted towards me. When Google knows I’ve been looking at a specific game and that game starts to appear in ads, I’m happy to see it. But I also see ads all the time that have nothing to do with me. I’ve put up with them […]


Pet Please #151: When You Figure Out a Voice Actor Without IMDB

Pet Please #151: When You Figure Out a Voice Actor Without IMDB

Recently my TiVo managed to capture seasons 1 and 2 of Rick and Morty, which is great, because I only got into it during the third season. It continues to amaze me by how good it is. I realized today, though, that one of my favorite things about watching Rick and Morty are the wide […]


The Future of Lab Testing

The Future of Lab Testing

I watch Shark Tank every week, and I learn a lot from the questions asked by the investors and the innovative approaches taken by entrepreneurs. But it’s exceptionally rare that I actually buy something I learn about on the show. Today was an exception to that rule. I love products and services that save me […]


What’s Your Fanciest Home Appliance?

When I was visiting my family for Thanksgiving, I stayed at my sister’s house. She and her husband have a big house, enough space for their 2 kids and some guest bedrooms. While I was there, I discovered a feature to an appliance that I had never noticed before. I soon became somewhat obsessed with […]


What Would You Do If You Were a Self-Replicating Computer?

What Would You Do If You Were a Self-Replicating Computer?

Imagine this: One day you get hit by a truck and, sadly, you die. However, your brain wakes up inside a computer. All of your memories and knowledge are there, but your body is gone. You can think at much faster rate than before, even dividing your brainpower to accomplish complex tasks. To top it […]


If Replicants Existed, How Would You Treat Them?

If Replicants Existed, How Would You Treat Them?

In both Blade Runner movies, we’re presented with the concept of “replicants”: Humanoid entities that look, sound, feel, think, and act like humans…except that they’re artificially made (I’m not quite sure how they’re made. They’re so close to humans that they’re essentially “born”). If replicants existed, would you treat them any differently than humans? When […]


What’s Your Favorite Chrome Extension?

What's Your Favorite Chrome Extension?

Have you ever spent an hour crafting a beautiful comment on a blog, a Facebook post, or even an e-mail on a web app like gmail…and then you misclick and lose the whole thing? It’s the worst. Well, my friends, I have a solution for you that I should have shared years ago, but I’ve […]


Why on Earth Would We Go to Mars?

Why on Earth Would We Go to Mars?

I’ve wondered this for a while, and I now have an answer. Yesterday I watched a fascinating TED discussion featuring Elon Musk. In it he discusses his vision for the future of a lot of stuff: cars (both in terms of their fuel and their autonomous capabilities), highways, long-distance travel, roofs, the power grid, and […]


Ok, Google: Order Me a Burger

To end the week, I have something clever and something funny to share, both stemming from the same ad campaign. Yesterday, Burger King launched this 15-second ad: In case you can’t watch it, it’s a Burger King employee saying that he doesn’t have time to explain what makes the Whopper great, so he says, “Ok […]


If It Became Commonplace, Which Part of Your Body Would You Enhance with Cybernetics?

If It Became Commonplace, Which Part of Your Body Would You Enhance with Cybernetics?

Pretend for a moment that we’re in the future. A future when getting some sort of cybernetic implant or enhancement is just as common as having earrings, tattoos, Fitbits, or jewelry. If you could only afford one piece of tech, which would it be? I have no idea how it came up in conversation, but I […]


Goodbye, TiVo; Hello, TiVo

Goodbye, TiVo; Hello, TiVo

On October 9, 2005, I invested in a TiVo. At the time, there were no DVRs. As far as I know, TiVo was the first digital recording device for television, and it actually worked really well. I decided to take the plunge and purchase a lifetime subscription. Boy did I milk that subscription! I broke even […]


Is This the Future of Taxis?

Is This the Future of Taxis?

For some reason I’ve never been excited by drones. I have nothing against them, but they seem like the kind of thing you give someone as a present and they maybe use it once. That said, I do think drone racing is pretty awesome, and Amazon drone deliveries are fascinating. But it wasn’t until recently […]


Black Mirror and SNL

Black Mirror and SNL

I recently steamrolled through the 6 episodes of the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix. In case you’re not familiar with the show, each episode is its own story in its own alternate universe that is very similar to the real world, except with an interesting/disturbing twist on how people interact with technology. There […]


What Is Your Most Used/Useful Mobile App?

What Is Your Most Used/Useful Mobile App?

As much as I enjoy the assurance of having my iPhone in my pocket, I’m not much of a mobile user. I’m at my desk most hours of the day, and when I’m with friends, I avoid looking at my phone at all costs. I don’t like texting or writing e-mails on my phone. There […]


Is This What the Future of TV Looks Like?

Is This What the Future of TV Looks Like?

How long is an episode of a TV show? If you’re like me, your mental image of a TV show is 30-60 minutes (or 21-42 minutes if you have a TiVo). That’s just the way it is, and how it has been for a long time as the result of network and cable programming. Because […]


Will You Go with Amazon Go?

Will You Go with Amazon Go?

Yesterday, Amazon revealed a staggering innovation: At stores equipped with Amazon Go technology, you’ll essentially be able to walk into the store, pick up what you want, and walk out. Granted, was going through checkout lines really ever that big of a hassle? It’s actually a rather helpful service–I don’t know about you, but I […]


Do You Ever Treat Your Car to Premium Gas?

Do You Ever Treat Your Car to Premium Gas?

A while ago, my parents recommended that I fill up the tank of my 2003 Camry with premium gas every now and then to extend the longevity of the car. With gas prices as low as they’ve been, and considering that I work from home and only have to go to the gas station once […]


What’s the One Thing You Wish Your Car Could Do?

What's the One Thing You Wish Your Car Could Do?

Since this week has turned out to be mostly car focused, we’re going to end with one more car post. I’ll say up front that there are LOTS of things I wish my car could do. Like, if we’re specifically talking about my 2003 Camry, I wish the steering wheel would not squeak all the time. I […]


Silvercar: The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had Getting Lost

Silvercar: The Most Fun I've Ever Had Getting Lost

A little over a year ago, I wrote about a car rental service called Silvercar. I’ve wanted to try it ever since, and I had that chance while I was in Texas. The premise is brilliant: It’s a company that rents exactly one car, a silver Audi A4. $59 a day, streamlined check-in. As you’ll […]


Pet Please #133: The Grocery Cart

Pet Please #133: The Grocery Cart

Today I’m going to write about something I never thought I’d devote an entire blog entry to: The best grocery cart I’ve ever used. I went to Schnuck’s (a St. Louis chain of grocery stores) to find that they’d replaced all of the old metal grocery cards with these new plastic ones. Anything new is […]


Would You Buy Self-Lacing Shoes?

Would You Buy Self-Lacing Shoes?

I was shocked and delighted multiple times today over a pair of shoes, which is possibly the least likely category of things to shock or delight me. It’s right up there with “apricots” and “Crossfit. A while ago, Nike announced that they had created a few pairs of the self-lacing shoes from Back to the […]


Can this App Save the Internet?

Can this App Save the Internet?

Have you ever said something online (text, e-mail, social media, etc) that you’ve immediately or soon after regretted? Something uncharacteristically harsh, mean, cruel, or ignorant? I definitely have. Sometimes I’ve realized my mistake right away, whereas other times it took me a few hours or the prompting of someone else to realize that I wasn’t […]


Pet Please #129: Discovering a New Computer Shortcut by Accident

Pet Please #129: Discovering a New Computer Shortcut by Accident

I pretend to be tech savvy. Sure, I’m comfortable on my computer. It’s where I spend most of my time, after all. I can install blog plugins, I know a few keyboard shortcuts, and I’m pretty good at Googling answers to my questions. But really, I’m just pretending to know what I’m doing. I can’t […]


Dr. Google: Can a Search Engine Diagnose Cancer?

Okay, to be fair, this blog entry should actually be about “Dr. Bing”. But who uses Bing? Well, maybe I should be using Bing. Maybe we all should. Because Microsoft scientists reported today that they’ve been able to use Bing search engine queries to identify users who have pancreatic cancer. The data seems to be […]