Because this is the real world in 2017, this picture says “Here’s Joey, who spoke at last night’s GDG Sun Coast Meetup about Android and Augmented Reality, with John, who attended and won the draw for the new Kotlin in Action book.”
(Thanks for attending my presentation, John, and enjoy the book! Kotlin’s a pretty nice programming language.)
If this were the TV world in 1977, this picture would say “We just started our own detective agency…in Hawaii!”
Once you’ve equipped your truck with extra roll bar lights and winch, and need extra power plugs to charge your phone and your vape device (a.k.a. “mouth mullet”), you could with a basic vanilla set of switches, but where would be the fun in that? If you’ve asked yourself this very question, here’s the answer: the Iztoss blue led 3 gang rocker switch panel with power socket, available right now at Amazon for $26.99.
I’m pretty sure that the market research on this product was limited to a gut check and maybe a show of hands at a bar, but I can see this thing selling reasonably well. I can also imagine the guy in the Chinese factory taking a look at the purchase order to produce these things, “Damn, Americans are weird, man,” but shrugging his shoulders and assigning the lines to manufacture these panels.
This panel needs a single change to make it truly “Florida” — “Sasquatch” needs to be changed to the local term for “Bigfoot”: “Skunk Ape”:
I may have to get one of these for my Rogue. It doesn’t have a winch, but maybe I could use the “Wench Power” switch to open a special trunk containing a ready-to-deploy accordion.
Thanks to Becca Collins for the find!
I spent today — and will be spending tomorrow — at one of my favorite places in St. Pete: The Dali Museum. I’m participating in a workshop to help a local business come up with new ideas. It’s a wonderful opportunity to:
- work with Nathan Schwagler, founding co-director of the Dali Museum’s Innovation Labs (which is an incredibly cool job),
- stretch my creative muscles outside the realm of tech,
- catch up with Mark Sharpe, director of Tampa Innovation Alliance, and
- get to know more Tampa Bay area creative thinkers.
There were posters featuring inspiring quotes about imagination and creativity at the workshop, and they were too good to not share. Enjoy — I hope they inspire you!
There are physics and philosophical arguments pointing to why we might be living in some kind of simulation, but let me present the gamer’s argument.
Have you ever hit that point in a game when you’re not getting anywhere, and in a fit of boredom, do something that causes all sorts of mayhem and destruction in that game’s world? I’ve done this in Grand Theft Auto, by unleashing hell in the busiest part of the city with a grenade launcher or starting a firefight inside a police station or military base. There are enough people who do this with The Sims that there are online guides and articles for this sort of thing.
Looking at the news, you could argue that the people running our simulation got bored and said “Hey, let’s turn some of the controls for crazy up to maximum and see what happens.”