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Tracking

All these internet things and devices, they track me in so many different ways, check it out:

– I use Google Latitude’s location history so I can see where I was at any given day or time for the past few years (“On Oct 16th, you were at Barcade at 11pm”),
– I track all my card expenses on Mint to figure out what I spend the most on (“You spent $50 on Twinkies this month, you are over budget”),
– I use RescueTime to track what applications and websites I use and figure out my productivity levels throughout the day (“Your productivity dropped from 78% to 25% after lunch”),
– I record most of my bike rides and get cool stats (“You’ve ridden 150 miles the last two weeks at an average speed of 11 mph”),
– I tried recording what I ate everyday, my weight and my exercise for some more stats about my physical body.
– I’ve managed to archive most of my files and pictures for the past decade or so (“My Documents\My Pictures\2002” lol windows) and I’ve been slowly moving all this to the cloud.
– For a while I programmed my phone to record in which room of the house I was in during the day (“You sat on your ass 90% of the day, congratulations.”).

I don’t really care that all this info about me is out there on the internet as long as I can access it and keep it private (facebook just barely makes the cut). The tools and the benefits for me far outweigh any privacy concerns. What’s the worst that can happen? they target ads on me? oh boy… I’d say the more data I can extract, record and graph about my life, the better (or the cooler?). What if one day we’d be able to upload electrical activity of our brain 24/7, then algorithms could do their thing, correlate that shit and get stats about our thoughts? (“Last week you were 45% sad, 24% lonely, 60% horny, and 30% of a dumbass.”). Obviously I already know these things from personal experience and a journal would do just fine, but effortless recording of the variables of life always seems so damn cool, like a memory extension for your brain and the accompanying thought process to analyze it (on a website/app). Actually what I’m really waiting for is the ability to upload my complete mind and consciousness to the internet of tomorrow, when it evolves into our hive-mind’s neural network. Or maybe

…or maybe I’ve been spending too much time on the computer lately. blah. too much work, too much internet, not enough real life. yea this is going to be a long winter… I remember a time not too long ago when I didn’t track a damn thing except for the sun in the sky, where I was going to sleep that night and provisions for the next day. No phone or computer, just people. life was good, I didn’t need to track down and analyze stats on how to be happy. I already was.

But hey it’s not a complete bummer. I do like to work and make things on the computer. I just get sucked in it way too much sometimes and kinda forget I’m a human being. No but really, aren’t we all just data? Our thought processes, experiences, brain wiring, everything can be represented as data, we just haven’t figured out how to read it all. OMG I’M JUST DATA. ok back to computerland.

…Second post and a little about me

So I kinda vowed to myself not to fall in the trap of making a blog, doing a first post-post, and that be my only post for months. I don’t think I have much to say, so filling up a blog with constant mind vomits might not come natural to me yet, but I’ll try.

I’ll start off by expanding on where I left off in my ever so inspiring first post, overview style:

Programming stuff:

By programming stuff, I mean I’m going to talk about whatever little code snippets or topics I find interesting. My background has been in the web and unix world; PHP / MySQL and then Ruby on Rails. Now I’m jumping into mobile, mostly with Cocoa stuff on the iPhone/iPad. I’m currently Lead Developer at Social Mobility Inc.

I’m still recovering from the shock of having a whole computer in my pocket, that is always connected, and that I can easily program. Did we have any of this even 5 years ago? I’m especially thrilled about the fact that there are gazillions of these things out there, and how mobile is quickly changing our society. I’ve always tried to stay away from fanboi-isms, but right now Apple is pretty much plowing right through the restrictive mobile space and making room for us developers. We then get great competition, and move mobile even further.

I’ve been learning Objective-C for almost a year now, and the amount of fun I’ve had along the way has been well worth it. Little did I know I was actually gonna enjoy the hell out of a CS degree. (I’m pessimistic like that). The language itself seemed kinda terse at the beginning, but the whole cocoa API is pretty rich and stable; considering that A: it’s a f-ing phone, and B: it’s been only 3 years on the iOS platform. Still, Haters be hatin’.

I’ve been interested in location based services lately, doing some things with the SimpleGeo API. I’m having tons of fun in this area, mostly because nobody even knows what works yet in location. But whatever we come up with, it’s probably going to need a heavy-duty platform tailored for geo stuff. What simplegeo is doing is pretty amazing, and a lot of the tools are actually open source on github. They have clients for ruby, Java, Python, PHP, Objective-C, .NET, etc so I’ve been covered from project to project.

I’m also very eager to see what people come up with for Augmented Reality. We are still in a kinda clunky phase right now in AR, but you just know that mobile computers are going to keep avalanching and be more and more ubiquitous. I’m waiting for wearable computers to be considered cool. Just as location, I find it interesting because nobody knows what’s next.

Nintendo did some AR things with the new 3DS, as it has two front cameras and a 3D screen. Also, some of the iPhone 4’s biggest upgrades were tailored specifically for AR. Things like better location, the gyroscope, the raw camera access. I’m expecting to see some pretty immersive things coming soon.

So anyways, I’m just glad I’ve found a shitload of interest in something and hope to share it with this blog, so stay tuned.

Photography stuff

Like every other programmer out there, I do some photography as well. I mostly do things like HDR, light graffiti and panoramic pictures to overcompensate my total lack of photography skills. The results sometimes end up not sucking so much, so I might share those things, like this little planet in South Africa:

Travel stuff

Ok, I’m adding too many topics to this blog already. Let’s go back to programming. YAGNI -fu.

Random stuff

There may be some random things I would like to share. Probably not, but you have been forewarned.

First post

This be my first post of my blog. What shall a random encounter with my site provide you with? Well let’s see:

  • Programming stuff
  • Photography stuff
  • Music stuff
  • Travel stuff
  • Random stuff

Just stuff in general. We all like stuff don’t we? Let’s do this.