Android: Google Currents vs. Pulse

When Google Currents first came out, I was really excited. I had never read news a lot on my phone, but I thought Currents would change that. In a way, it did. I do read more news on my phone now, but I’ve abandoned Currents for Pulse. Here’s why.

1. Updating Articles

I completely understand that it takes time to update all the articles from all the sources that I’ve added to Currents, but why does Currents update on its own? I know that Android kills off background tasks to save memory, but I wouldn’t mind if Currents kept a small task that checked every 30 minutes or so for new articles. When I open currents, it doesn’t even update on its own anyway! I always need to hit the refresh button. Then I put away my phone and come back 10 minutes later to see what’s new. It’s ridiculous. Pulse at least keeps posts updated for you. Continue reading

Burger Bar in Lincoln Park, Chicago

In early November I had a chance to attend a talk by Vincent Laforet  at the Lincoln Park Apple store  about Motion in Photography and Cinematography. It was a great talk by Vincent, and afterward we all headed across the street to a restaurant called Burger Bar (http://burgerbarchicago.com).

As the name suggests, the restaurant’s primary menu item is burgers. You can get anything from a simple cheeseburger to a custom creation. If you’re feeling adventurous, but not too creative, you can try some of their signature burgers. Check out their full menu here.

As it was my first time, but still feeling adventurous (and egged on by everyone else there), I went for the elk burger with andouille sausage, pepper-onion relish, smoked gouda, and chili aioli. And instead of regular fries, I opted for the sweet potato fries. What arrived looked like quite a mess:

After biting into it, though, all I could think was, “DELICIOUS!” It was actually similar to the caribou burger from Frite Alors! in Montreal (blog post here), but with a little extra kick from the chili aioli. And the sweet potato fries had the perfect amount of crunch.

Overall, Burger Bar has a great atmosphere (a bar area and a more traditional dining area), good service, and amazing burgers (I hear their milk shakes are fantastic as well). Next time I’m in Lincoln Park for dinner, I’ll definitely be stopping by.

Delays in Posts

I’m still trying to catch up on posts from my 3 day haitus. I’ll be posting as quickly as I can, but I don’t want to post things just for the sake of posting. I’ll make sure to put out some quality posts, but those do take some time. More posts will come later today. Hopefully I’ll be back on schedule by the end of the day.

Please be patient!

Paul

Hotel Review – Hotel Zero 1 in Montreal, Canada

Continuing my review of my time in Montreal (I started the posts in May here), I thought it would be good to write up a review of the hotel I stayed at, Hotel Zero 1.

As mentioned in my previous post, I was in Montreal for a conference. I didn’t book my hotel until a few days before I was leaving (that wasn’t my fault, I swear). Naturally, all the budget hotels in the area around the conference center were full. The only hotel I could find for a reasonable price was Hotel Zero 1. There weren’t many reviews of the hotel at the time on the various travel sites, but their website (http://zero1-mtl.com/?lang=en) had a lot of pictures of amazing looking rooms. So I took the plunge and booked a room for the nights of the conference.

One thing to note is that the hotel was still being remodeled during my stay. I never heard any of the construction, but there were still portions of the lobby and some floors that hadn’t been finished. I assume that the hotel is now completely remodeled. Continue reading

Belated Music Monday – Peer Gynt and Op.77 3rd Movement

Instead of two separate posts about music, I’ll simply do one with two videos.

For this week I bring you two orchestral pieces. One is very relaxing and light while the other is, as my friend put it, “winner music.”

Peer Gynt – Morning by Edvard Grieg

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4 Little Known Tricks to Teach Your Body

Based on some health tricks posted on Lifehacker and Men’s Health, I’ve compiled the 4 most surprising tips and tips that I may find useful.

1. Dilate your pupils on command:

Try tensing your stomach in a variety of ways and see if it increases your pupil size. Some people can dilate their pupils in this way, although the underlying mechanism is unidentified. – via Lifehacker

2. Delay the urge to go:

If you scratch or rub the back of your calf for a few moments, really vigorously, you may interrupt the message from your bladder to your brain just long enough for you to make it to the toilet – via Lifehacker

3. Avoid a brain freeze:

Press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. – via Men’s Health

4. Improve hearing:

If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones. – via Men’s Health

 

Twitter Users Similar to Colonial Americans

A federal judge has ruled this year on a 2006 case that a man cannot be prosecuted for tweeting harassing phrases as it violates his First Amendment rights. This is great news that will serve as a precedent for future cases. Let it be known that you cannot be prosecuted for harassement on Twitter. But this can apply to more than just harrasement. Just like you have a right to protest, you have the right to say anything you want on Twitter. And in a time of SOPA and the NDAA, it’s good to know that some things work out in the end.

The judge on this case made a great statement regarding this right. And just like Gizmodo posted an excerpt of his statement, I will too, because there’s no way I can paraphrase it: Continue reading