Adventures in traveling

Today was a day of false starts and a lot less adventure than planned. I got pulled into something that totally slowed down my plan to spend the entire morning digging into those Coursera classes on architecting in Kubernetes on GCP. My flight from Denver to New York City did not have a very stable internet connection.

Recently, my experiences with internet while flying have been getting worse than before. I remember this technology working a lot better. All I really do is read papers and push things forward in terms of surfing till the end of the internet. Today would have been a great opportunity to really dig in and catch up on some news and read some papers during the flight. Turbulence was bad enough that reading anything with a tiny font was going to be a problem during the flight.

It seems like the amount of turbulence has been increasing over the last few yes. I do not have any direct evidence to prove that assentation, but I’m pretty sure that it is true. Somebody somewhere probably collects that type of data. If I had a good internet collection, then I would be able to read about it and confirm or deny that hypothesis. Right now, instead, I’m writing on my Pixelbook Go in a Google Doc and watching, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shah.”


Giving up on Google Hangouts

This is a recording of my blog from December 9, 2019

Today for the first time in a long time, I removed Google Hangouts from my Google Pixel 4 XL smartphone. After removing Hangouts, I switched to using Messages as my default application. I’ll still have Google Hangouts on my desktop Gmail tab, but it won’t be right on my phone for direct communication.

I did have to make sure an update to my Google Hangouts. The steps were pretty easy: 1) open  settings from the website, 2) find the Google Fi settings, and 3) remove the check mark from the “Receive SMS and voicemail in Hangouts” option. That made Message work swimming well.

Overall, I have always been really happy with Google Hangouts and having to move away from it to Messages is not very exciting. I’m going to have to get the Messages for the Web setup on my Chromebook and desktop to allow me to have the same type of functionality from before. One of the things I really like to have is the ability to see messages without having to turn on my phone. It is easier to handle incoming messages on the computer with a full keyboard when I’m working at a real computer vs. having to pick up my smartphone.

Football and Santa

This is a recording of my blog from December 8, 2019

Well we do actually get the Kansas City Chiefs game today on CBS via over the air broadcast. That was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, the start of the game was not all that pleasant. We will see if things will stabilize here as the first quarter continues. Earlier today we made it over to the only Bass Pro Shop in Denver to see Santa’s Wonderland. Surprisingly, the entire event happened without any disruptions or really any long lines. They did have a rather large selection of flannel shirts out today and some of them seemed a little bit distressed or worn. Maybe that is the style right now and I’m not up to speed.

Wandering the internet

This is a recording of my blog from December 7, 2019

Today, I booted up this morning with two shots of espresso and a little bit of wandering (I really wanted to type wonder here, but landed on wander) around the internet. After over a week, I am logging into Twitter today. At the start of that login, the folks over at Twitter wanted me to follow some topics. I assume this is to help cross pollinate user experiences to get more conversations going. Initially, I decided to follow Guitar, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science. I almost followed Space and Astronomy, but decided maybe I would circle back to that one later on down the road after more wandering around the internet. 

The reason I got back on Twitter today was to share a Tweet about watching, “When GANs Go Wrong – This Week in Google 537.” My hiadius from Twitter lasted from November 27 to December 6. My primary use case for Twitter is to just keep track of the online content I consume in terms of papers, articles, podcasts, and videos. That will be starting up again today I guess probably without any fanfare or anything relatively interesting beyond a little bit of wonder (it took me 194 words to finally work into the correct usage of that word). This next cup of coffee is going to help get things going today toward a positive purpose.

My big plans for the day include trying to finish up one of those Architecting with Google Kubernetes Engine courses, hanging up some lights outside, and setting up a Google Nest camera outside. Those things should be pretty fun to work on throughout the day. This cup of coffee is helping nudge me toward a few Coursera videos and maybe a lab sessions this morning. The one part of the experience that I really like and I think it is the part that keeps me coming back to learn on the platform are those course sessions with a lab.

Working on coursework

This is a recording of my blog from December 6, 2019

Last night I spent some time working on the week 1 coursework from the “Architecting with Google Kubernetes Engine: Foundations” course. That involved actually pairing my Bose headphones to my Pixelbook Go for the first time. It worked out pretty well. I was able to sit down and watch a bunch of the week 1 content.