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The Ride of Our Lives Is Coming Soon

Ready. Set. Come with me

Released today by Warner Bros. Pictures, this newest look into the virtual mega world of the forthcoming Steven Spielberg film (based on the book of the same title by fellow Ohioan Ernest Cline) Ready Player One is being set-up as a spectacularly fun (and prescient?) experience at the movies starting March 29.

While I’ve explored this story’s prescient virtual reality dynamic more extensively in past blog posts, it’s important to be ever-cognizant of pop-culture’s impact and strange acumen at foretelling the future. These cinematic visions can seem surreal in the moment. And yet, when one of these occasional visions comes true, the everlasting magic of cinematic storytelling gets stronger. As seen above, it appears that a healthy combination of strength and imagination are necessities in the places portrayed in Ready Player One.

Where our virtual world and real-life collide for a transformative impact.

P.S. “Pure Imagination” as the background song? Absolute perfection.  


Electric Cars Are Barely Making Noise on the Road

In the US, electric cars still make up less than 1 percent of new car sales. The path to 100 percent will be a long one, and the engine won’t cede such ground without a fight.
–As Electric Cars Surge, the Gas Engine Keeps Getting Better, Jack Stewart, WIRED Online

More people today likely know the name Elon Musk than Nikolaus August Otto. While Mr. Musk is believed by some to be the tech and pop-culture heir of sorts to the late Steve Jobs, Mr. Otto paved the way for what is known today as the internal combustion engine way back in the 19th century.

As Tesla’s are being bought and seen on the road, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s journey of an electric future is still in the crawling phase in many ways. Admittedly, that “1% of new car sales” statistic is surprising. Arguably, Tesla’s car line is evolving as the leader in the promising development of electric cars. Make no mistake that the pursuit of an emissions-free transportation future is admirable and intriguing. Combining a positive environmental impact with a dynamic and exciting product in the free market is a win-win scenario. The all-electric car is an impressive invention that should and will improve in the coming years and decades, along with its necessary and developing infrastructure. And yet, let’s not ignore the realities of society-altering innovations as technology continues to expand into every aspect of our lives, both professionally and personally.

As strange as it may read, we are facing a sophisticated, consequential dilemma with Tesla and its part in an electric transportation future. Will it be as promising and as beneficial as we want it to be? Wherever there’s electricity, there’s a grid that’s inevitably accompanied by a power struggle. Remember that. And in every situation, there are costs and benefits to seriously consider. With that in mind, as Tesla continues to sell and improve its various models one-by-one, let’s take the time to reflect on what the future would be if and when that 99%-1% statistic is one day flipped.

Random question: What are your thoughts on dealing with tech support?

Riding in a Tesla, according to reports, is a smooth and mostly noiseless ride. This is one of the bonuses of an electric engine that doesn’t roar like a Mustang. That is until you hit bumps in the road because there are always bumps in the road. But if we take the time to plan, we can avoid the greatest damage before it’s too late.

We should be equally excited and cautious concerning innovation. Moreover, we should be ready to not just ask when something new will happen, but what happens when it does.

Innovation has a long arc, so we best prepare for that long ride when that new road finally arrives and is here for the long, quiet haul.

Mario’s Kart Will Reach a New Gear

Kids, teenagers, college kids, adults Everybody rejoice!

“An app called Mario Kart Tour is set to be released in the next financial year, meaning anywhere between April 2018 and March 2019.”
-“Nintendo is bringing Mario Kart to smartphones,” Sam Byford (The Verge)

The eternal gaming favorite Mario Kart that knows no age limit is finally expanding into the mobile space. Given Nintendo’s delayed entry into the smartphone sector for users around the world with this specific game, it begs an important question:

Will the Mario Kart experience seamlessly translate on an iPhone and/or Android phone?

That’s really the pivotal inquiry Nintendo should be concerned with answering pre-launch. Can Mario Kart be played successfully on a mobile device without gaming hiccups? Certainly, the cloud-based gaming prospects are exciting. Yes. However, again, will the quality transfer and/or even improve on our handheld supercomputers that are occasionally used as phones? What about the lack of physical buttons on smartphones? Will the size of a phone screen correctly scale the Mario Kart experience in a satisfying manner?

As a lifelong Mario Kart fan, I hope the answer to these questions is yes. Either way, I know my nephew is already planning my gaming demise in our next round of Mario Kart races and challenges.

He’s no Luigi…he’s a Mario.

A Baskets Case with Emails

It’s Day 2 of the workweek and you may still be stressed-out and relentlessly catching-up on projects or emails. And while expediency can be a massive benefit through the use of technology (particularly mobile tech), it has also proven to be a massive burden in some cases. We need/have to be able to disconnect from time-to-time. For some, however, the connection between expediency and expectation is linear and non-negotiable. In other words, if you can respond in the moment, some people expect you to respond at that exact second. No excuses.

Enter one of the problems with technology’s increasing speed: Lack of time and understanding to think, reflect or acknowledge reality.

Yes, the following is an interview with a comedian. Yes, you may, therefore, be tempted to write-off what he has to say about an isolated societal problem that seems like a reasonable fix in many (obviously not all) situations.

Yes, the interview is also funny.

(Interview is from last year, which is why it’s announced that Baskets airs on Thursdays in the video)

And yes, the no-work-emails after 5 p.m. sounds like a good idea to try to navigate the increasingly blurred line between our work and non-work life, fueled by the pressured expectation of instantaneous communication via technology.

And yes, season 3 of Baskets starring Zach Galifianakis starts airing tonight at 10 p.m. on FX.