From drone racing to aerial photography, remote control (RC) flying is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States. According to The Flight Safety Foundation, one million drones (878,000 operated by hobbyists and 122,000 used for commercial and government use) have been registered with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). If you are one of the lucky people that owns a drone and if you want to get the most out of your flights, it is very important you consider a few important points as you start flying.
Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia is the final resting spot for many notable Georgia residents. Founded in 1850, this hallowed place is literally filled with history. Recently, my wife and I attended an event at Oakland Cemetery called Tunes from the Tombs, and as we walked around, we happened upon three monuments in Oakland’s African American Grounds that piqued our interest. Looking at the headstones, my wife and I figured these three people may have been somehow related, but initially, we were not sure how.
A while ago I watched an intriguing documentary about the anonymous patron and the strange, cryptic message of the Georgia Guidestones. It was a beautiful day, so on a whim, we decided to take a ride up to Elbert County, Georgia and see the Guidestones for ourselves. Continue reading “Our Visit to the Georgia Guidestones”
On May 25, 2018, the world marked another historical internet milestone as the European Union (EU) launched a sweeping set of data privacy laws known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR gives consumers protections and rights for how their personal data is collected and used, and it comes with serious penalties for businesses that violate those rights. GDPR is not just limited to businesses operating within the EU. Any company that reaches customers in the EU is subject to these laws – which means almost all e-commerce businesses and services will need to be GDPR compliant now that the laws are in effect. In this post we will cover providing informed website consent which is one the of most visible user experience aspects of GDPR. Continue reading “User Experience for GDPR Compliant Website Consent”
I am unapologetically obsessed with smart home devices. Right now, my home’s ecosystem contains Amazon Echoes, Phillips Hue Lights, August Locks, Ecobee Thermostats and a Riley robot. I also have integrated home security and monitoring along with some custom data collection applications. I have found a lot of room for customization with my smart home products, but until now I have never been able to build my own hardware and software components from scratch. I am still experimenting, but the Google Voice Kit that I recently stumbled upon maybe a game changer for me. Continue reading “DIY Artificial Intelligence: Google Voice Kit Hardware Build”
My wife and I recently got to visit the Champs Élysées and the MontaigneLouis Vuitton stores in Paris. Both of us are fans of the LV brand, so this was a trip we looked forward to for months. We did a good bit of research to prepare for our trip. My wife went in knowing what kind of items she wanted, and I went in being forewarned by travel reviews about the long lines to get in the stores, the pushy shoppers jostling for position, and the condescending Client Advisors who act like they are doing you a favor by helping you complete a sale. What I happily found was none of my preconceived notions turned out to be true. Continue reading “The UX of Louis Vuitton Paris”
There was a point in medical history when doctors and health professionals almost universally believed in a strong connection between human psychology and moon phases. Full moons have been associated with anomalies like sleepwalking, mania, and even illegal activity. The term lunar effect refers to the relationship between the moon’s cycle and our behavior. I wanted to explore whether the lunar effect has any merit when its pertains to crime, so I downloaded the last 33 months of crime data from the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to see if I could find a data correlation between full moons and reported crimes.Continue reading “Correlating Crime Data with Full Moons”
I care about you my dear readers, so here is some free Digital Marketing advice: always be very mindful what you post online because the internet never forgets. You can delete a post that you wish you’d never written, but you can never undo the impression that you make on the people that read it. You can also never get rid of the screenshots people will take of your ill advised rant. Continue reading “The Internet Never Forgets”
I have lived in the Deep South most of my life, and I know first hand how when reports of impending bad weather start, people invade the grocery stores. It was no surprise then that in late August and early September, the threat of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused widespread panic throughout the southern half of the United States. I have no idea why, but convention has always dictated that we buy eggs, milk and bread before a storm. Seriously. For a long as I can remember, bad weather coming meant that we needed to go out and buy the ingredients for French toast.Continue reading “About Harvey, Irma, and Bottled Water”