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Gmail + Calendar+smarts = Inbox November 25, 2014

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I suck at remembering and finding ways to recall important emails that sink into the wild recesses of my inbox, and I don’t have a calendar app I’d rely on to get me a needed notification in my “natural, organic” current workflows.  Translation:  I forget, uh, “stuff”.  The problem is, I normally have a message in my inbox (or task in my calendar), but it has gotten lost in the jungles that are my inbox and calendar default views.  There is a lot of chatter in both. Obviously.

Enter Google’s new Inbox app (“church chimes play in the background”)!

g+inbox

Inbox does a bunch of stuff:  bundling, reminders, snoozing, etc., but the most important feature (to me) is how it puts priority messages at the top of your view and allows you to PIN them there, so they don’t fall out of view.  For me, this is fantastic (details below).  Bottom line, Inbox does what I need in this regard:  keep my important messages at the top of my default inbox view.  I probably check my inbox several times per hour during my normal work and home workflows, so it works great for me to be able to see pinned messages several times during the day. Works for me. Thank G-ness.

Details:  I got a message in my iPhone Gmail app’s inbox from a first-time sender that was really important containing a timed event that I wanted to attend.  I read the message moved it to my Primary tab and starred it.  I did not add it to my Calendar because it was less than 36 hours away from the event’s start time and I thought that might have been redundant. I know, I know – but work with me here, I’m trying to tell a story. 🙂  Well needless to say, I got a zillion Priority messages during those 36 hours and the valued message all but disappeared – and I missed the event’s start time. 😦

  • “Why not just have searched for your Starred mail item?”  I forgot I’d starred it, and I actually rarely ever use the Star search for timely stuff.
  • “Why not label it?”  I actually rarely ever use the label searches for timely stuff.
  • “Why not use %AppX% that allows you to forward messages to your own email addy and it creates a reminder for you?”  Shut up. 🙂
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Clippers need an Oakley(s) October 20, 2014

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Blake Griffin embarrasses others. Easily.  As a result, others stop playing bball and start playing tough. It’s all fake tough-ish and usually fake tough ish just enough to try to keep Blake from embarrassing the others and off his game.  The argument pro his not retaliating is always the same… “Take one for the team.”

“On one hand, everybody tells me to do something; on the other hand, people tell me to not complain and to play ball,” Griffin said.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2236295-blake-griffin-discusses-hard-fouls-possible-retaliation

Well, since the pro argument is controversial, how bout some con? How bout the team picking up one of those real dudes who will check you for your fake tough-ish nonsense? Blake is too valuable to lose? Find someone who nobody wants to receive 6 fouls from and assign him ‘Check that’ duty. Leaving Blake on an island makes the Clips look like all that nonsense is ok – and they matter way too much for nonsense to be even thinkable when playing against them. They are potential NBA champs for real. All nonsense aside. This is chess, not checkers. Y’all really can bball, and they ain’t really trying to bball.

Check that. Play bball. Please. I love this game way too much. Woohoo!

AI’s Retirement Taught Me The Truth I Already Knew About Coaching. The Answer. Forever. March 2, 2014

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I wasn’t always an AI fan. I had to be convinced that his tough, seemingly selfish style of play was actually making his team better. Tougher. Worthy of being contended with. Captivating. And while I was a rookie in the research & development department of a big company, it was a 50-something, white PHD who made the argument for AI. For real. When I’m focused as an NBA fan, I watch the game away from the ball – and I enjoy that part of the game more, sometimes more than the on-the-ball stuff. After beefing with the PHD at the water cooler over why the Sixers weren’t more competitive, the PHD told me to watch the other players when AI was doing his thing. He said…

“Watch them. Watch how they react to what he’s doing. Watch how they move with confidence around the ball. It’s syncopated. Isn’t it? Tilt your head, and watch it again. George Lynch was a beast in the Carolinas. McKie was a monster at Temple. E Snow ran the show in Seattle. How are they all on the same page and those repeated acts of syncopation not be calculated? Right? Believe me now?  Of course you do. Now if it’s syncopated, then it’s extremely likely – that someone is orchestrating that.”

“Oh”, says the rookie.  🙂

I’m paraphrasing, of course. PHD’s don’t talk like that. But you get the point:  teamwork, talent, coaching. It’s planning & execution. Brilliant. Beautiful. You got me, doc.  So I started watching the Sixers differently. On a new tilt. And I learned how to love how they danced. The whole squad. It was a dance. I saw it. I wasn’t alone. There were others.

I didn’t always enjoy the Sixers’ game, but I always rooted for the Sixers. Never not. Since Doc. Please. Nothing to talk about. But after taking that advice, I came to have a bigger respect for and became a bigger fan of AI after accepting his style and role on the team.  I became a fan of AI because of the adversity that seemed to seek him. I didn’t wear cornrows(rocked n a baldie). I have no tattoos(luv a tattoo story though). I don’t have a phat gold chain(me & my wallet are too subdued for that). I didn’t have that style that was sooooo prevalent for the times. But it wasn’t me. And I was cool with that and aware of my own personality. I was just as cool with AI doing his AI thing. I’m doing me. You do you. We have an understanding. But it seemed others didn’t. I didn’t want to understand that, but I did. So I became a fan of his. He was one carrying the NBA. I love the NBA. He was going through it. I became a fan of his. It was just that simple.

And I am sooooo glad that I did. Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PebOKdmOCM&feature=youtu.be&t=3m25s. Now recall how much adversity it seemed AI was going through at those time; then listen to his own words reflecting over those same moments:  “constructive criticism”. What the… What kind of banana in the tail pipe is this?! Amazing. It was his words that inspired me to post. He talks about those moments where fans of his (as I had become) would have gone against those going against him – as constructive times. Impossible. Real. AI. At times he seemed the embodiment of anti-establishment, a rebel. He was really just an exceptionally talented young dude learning the ropes in his own way from a seasoned, savvy veteran coach. He wasn’t going through it alone. They were going through it together. Teamwork. Dang. Sounds familiar.

Thank you, Sixers. Thank you, AI. Thank you for being a man. The man. Right in front of our faces. The right way.

Instagram for O… January 29, 2014

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Instagram for Office

Secure, enterprise cloud storage for business multimedia content.

Yeah, I said it. 🙂

‘Capital’: Cash Rules Everything Around Me November 3, 2013

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But not me? Me too? Never? Now?

Hmm.

Brilliant Charlie Rose interview of this filmmaker, Costa-Gavras (maker of ‘Z’ and more), which I caught the tail end of but enough to get inspired about this flick, ‘Capital’. It seems to be a movie about the inner turmoil CEO-wannabe’s will endure to get the almighty – whether they like it or not.

Interesting.

Must see. No diggity (that rhymed, just saying). Enjoy the show clip: http://www.bloomberg.com/video/costa-gavras-s-film-capital-charlie-rose-11-01-cfVun2mvQNWmXGaikz8sDQ.html

Good To See Inside Stuff with KG November 3, 2013

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(That rhymed, just saying)

I was a big fan of the Ahmad version and don’t expect  any less greatness from Kristen & Grant. She makes him look good. Real good. What a beautiful surprise. 😉

After this first interview of Grant’s with the intensely beloved KG (K-Boogie!) , it looks like they’re off to a great start: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2013/11/02/20131102-insidestuff-garnett.nba

Keep up the good work. Good stuff. 🙂

Just Keep Winning, Just Keep Winning November 3, 2013

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The tanking 76ers are 3-0. Who knew? Who cares. Just keep winning!  If that’s the tank, then these fish are OFF THE HOOK! Hats off to the fish! Fishtown, stand up!

Ok, ok – I’m back. 😉

WOOHOO!

City of undefeated basketballhttp://sports.yahoo.com/video/bulls-vs-sixers-031209345.html

JKidd Battled June 10, 2013

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http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2013/06/03/kidd-retires-as-one-of-the-all-time-greats/

J Kidd never bballed like a redbone. 🙂 As a CA Bear, he zoomed at hyper-speed down the court and could crossover & blow by a defender without a pause in his handle. Impossible. But I saw it. I saw that stuff. Kidd played like he was from the bucket, like East Oakland or something. His game was fly like a high-top fade or blonde-dyed do with black socks. But it wasn’t cute. Kidd regulated. Managed. But without a whole lot of rah-rah on the court. No one thought the NJ Nets then would go from the lottery to the playoffs, while making it look easy. But the NJ Nets went to the Finals – twice. Impossible. Overlooked. But you saw it. You saw that stuff. Kidd’s speed, floor generalship, and handles made naysayers talk junk about his shooting prowess. His response? Becoming the guy with the 3rd most 3-pointers in NBA history. Yes, NBA history. You saw it. Got himself, Dirk & Cuban a ring just by controlling the flow. Impossible. But you saw it. You saw that stuff.  Three cheers for battling it and battling it and battling it well. It’s a privilege to have seen it and to have been a fan.

geek-ish.com/F1 April 12, 2013

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Mifi Phone: Yup, still. +Connection tips. April 11, 2013

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I zipped down to southern VA, Kitty Hawk and Nags Head NC to see family & find some beaches between VA Beach & Myrtle Beach and was disappointed to learn my mifi didn’t have a signal for most of the trip. I needed it for GPS to make sure I had my directions straight as this was my very first time tackling these roads. Thank goodness for multiple Mickey D’s spots and their wifi at EVERY spot – woohoo! Anywho, I had originally assumed that my carrier just didn’t have coverage in those areas but thought I’d follow-up with their support folks after the trip to see if there wasn’t something I could do to ensure I had the best mifi connection possible – and woohoo x2! They gave me some great tips for optimizing signal strength and quality. Here is the reference [1]:

  1. Check for interference.  Place your device at least 3 feet away from any other electronic device, including microwaves, cordless phones,  wireless routers, stereo speakers, or anything that could cause frequency interference.  This might only be a temporary problem, but it is good to know just in case a nearby device is causing the interruption.

  2. Find an open area.  Relocate your device to an open area or a window to enhance access to the signal.  Turns out that double-pane glass is composed in a manner where the gap between the panes often interrupts signal transmission.

  3. Find the nearest tower and check coverage.   My carrier has a ‘Tower Finder’ utility to help locate the nearest tower. Reference the tower location as a guide to adjusting your device location and position in order to provide the best path to the tower’s signal. Try turning your device in the new location to improve the signal.

Although these tips didn’t apply to the travel circumstances I experienced, it just might help when I find I don’t have a signal in covered areas I frequent.  Thanks for making things a little more Clear. 🙂

1 – https://www.clear.com/my-account/connection-optimizer/test-my-signal