Wondering what it would take?

What would it take to get GPS Navigation apps to say “Make a right at the next light” instead of “Make a right in .1 miles”?

Another random thought brought to you by the letter L for Lost.

Things we already know: How to fasten an airplane seat belt

Do you really need to tell us to “insert the metal fittings one into the other, and tighten by pulling on the loose end of the strap. To release your seat belt, lift the upper portion of the buckle.

If you can’t figure out how to work the seat belt, you shouldn’t be leaving the house.

Thanks for telling us something we already know…

Seat Belt

I enjoy a nice "Under Maintenance" page

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference.  I was in the middle of adjusting my monthly budgets on my favorite financial management site, mint.com, when all of the sudden the site went into “maintenance mode”.  All the changes I made to my budgets were probably not saved and I have to go back and do it all again.  This would annoy most customers but for some reason (I’m attributing my lack of annoyance to the pretty maintenance page) I’m ok with it.

Since I work in software, I understand that peak hour maintenance modes are sometimes a necessary evil – although we do everything possible to avoid.  It’s refreshing when a company goes that tiny little bit further and pretties up their maintenance page.

I took a screen shot just because.


Idea: Most Stressful Disney Ride EVER

I’m halfway through the 4th season of West Wing.  I know it’s overly dramatized but could you imagine spending a day in the president’s shoes?  In fact, that’s a great idea for a new ride at Disney.  Be President for an hour and get broadsided with all kinds of crazy situations where your decision can mean life or death for something.  Then, after the hour, everything resets and you get a tee shirt with a clever saying on the front like “I survived the situation room…” and on the back “but xyz didn’t”.

New found respect for people who have to make tough decisions.

Great Show.  Team Tobi.

Cloudy with a Chance of Overkill

Do I really need  this many “clouds”?  I now have 3 “cloud drives” running on my mac (Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive, and Dropbox).  Not to mention I back up my important stuff with Norton Online Backup, my notes are available anywhere with Evernote, and my photos are on Flickr & Facebook.

I will be taking an introspective look at the strengths & weaknesses of all these and [hopefully] optimizing my life in the clouds.


Do I really need all these?


How should I consolidate?


Who will win this battle?