Posts Tagged ‘technology’

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 […]


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 […]


OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

A few months ago, I wrote about a new food delivery service in St. Louis called Postmates. It’s Uber for restaurant food–you can order from any restaurant, and Postmates will pick it up and deliver it to you for a fee. I continue to use Postmates from time to time, but the delivery fee usually makes the […]


Do You Like Facebook’s New Reactions?

Do You Like Facebook's New Reactions?

Today Facebook unveiled a new way to “like” anything and everything with their new Reactions buttons. When your mouse hovers over the like button, 6 different options appear. You can press “like” as normal, or you can select one of the other reactions as well: love, haha, yay, wow, sad, and angry. So far I’ve […]


Okay, Maybe Smart Light Bulbs Are Cool After All

Okay, Maybe Smart Light Bulbs Are Cool After All

Until today, I haven’t been all that impressed by light bulbs. To be fair, I understand that light bulbs are a miracle of science. They’re the closest thing to real magic that exists in the world (other than sunsets and Amy Adams). But I take them for granted, and whenever I read about the next […]


The Apartment Dilemma for Electric Cars

The Apartment Dilemma for Electric Cars

I just finished reading a fascinating article on Wired about the new Chevy Bolt, a car they laud as an electric car for the masses. It’s no Tesla, but that’s kind of the point: At $30k, it’s affordable, and it gets 200 miles on a single charge. Pretty cool. Every now and then I read […]


Pet Please #124: YouTube’s Accelerate Feature

Pet Please #124: YouTube's Accelerate Feature

Last Friday, I was getting ready to leave my condo for dinner (more ramen, of course). I realized, though, that I was actually a little early. I had about 6 minutes to spare, even if traffic was bad. What could I do in 6 minutes? My inbox was clear, and I didn’t have anything to […]


Would You Transfer Your Consciousness into a Robot to Live Forever?

Would You Transfer Your Consciousness into a Robot to Live Forever?

A company called Humai is seeking a way to transfer your capacity to think a non-biological equivalent. It’s the stuff of science fiction, but they’re really trying to do this, and I think it’s pretty cool. This isn’t the first time a person or company has tried to retain their consciousness post-death, but all of them […]


What I Say in My Sleep

What I Say in My Sleep

Three months ago, I learned about and started using an app called Sleep Talk. Every night, I activate the app and place my phone on my headrest. When I wake up in the morning, I can look at any point in the night when I made any sound and play it back. Usually the sounds […]


The Opposite of the Standing Desk

The Opposite of the Standing Desk

Recently I’ve blogged several times about my standing desk, which has been a huge asset for my Kickstarter campaign, which entails 14-16 hours of computer work a day. However, today I saw a post on Facebook from my friend Adam about something that’s even more amazing than a standing desk–a lying-down desk! Check it out: The […]


The Joy of Food Delivered to My Mouth

The Joy of Food Delivered to My Mouth

Recently, a company called Postmates established itself in St. Louis. Like every other startup these day, it can be explained using the phrase, “Uber for ____.” Postmates is Uber for restaurant food. The service is really simple. You select a restaurant on the Postmates app and choose the food that you want to order. In […]


Do You Talk in Your Sleep?

Do You Talk in Your Sleep?

When I was a freshman in college, I woke up one morning to find my roommate tapping away at his computer. “Morning,” I mumbled from my upper bunk. He nodded and said, “Do you remember what you said last night?” After a solid night’s sleep, I had no idea what he was talking about, so […]


The Future of Electric Roads

The Future of Electric Roads

For a while now I’ve been excited about electric cars, but dubious that the technology could catch on. There are so many limitations: They have limited range, they’re slow to charge for long road trips (if you can even find a recharging station), and if you live in an apartment, you don’t have easy access […]


Self-Driving Cars: Even Better Than I Thought

Self-Driving Cars: Even Better Than I Thought

One of the things I most look forward to about the future is the idea of self-driving cars. Like, the kind of car you get into, tell it where to go, and then sit back and relax while it takes you there. Up until a few days ago, my desire for an autonomous car was […]