The weather has finally been good enough to get the drone back in the sky.
I’ve been pretty busy lately with my professional blog so I haven’t had time to write much on Adam Honig Dot Com. But that hasn’t stopped me from flying my drone in the snow in Boston, or in San Francisco and New York while traveling:
It was 20 degrees outside, so my brother Nol and I kept it pretty short, but still got some cool footage.
Here’s the video:
It’s been an interesting year in music for me. So much great stuff tumbling out of Spotify, it’s been hard to keep up! (I did pull together mixes based on my favorite tracks from the spring, summer and fall.) With all of these great songs, there really haven’t been many albums that have kept my attention.
But the one that did were great! Here were my favorites:
Ex Hex – Rips
I love the meta description from their website: “Ex Hex is what your older brother’s friends listened to. It’s what your babysitters listened to.” My description (to my brother): the Ramones crossed with Sleater-Kinney. (His response, “isn’t that what Sleater-Kinney is?”)
St Vincent – St Vincent
As discussed before, it’s an electronic, rock, vocal mix of songs that really catch me.
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Great album from one of the all time great bands. If you haven’t read the New York Times Magazine article on them, I suggest you check it out.
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Loungy (loungey?), moody and strange. Caused my assistant to come into my office and say “what is that you’re playing.” But captivating at the same time.
Real Estate – Atlas
These ‘surf rock’ dudes fill an important ecological niche in my household: great sounding music that isn’t too ‘hard’ for the kids and Veronica. Managed to push Jack Johnson off the radio.
I took a quick gander at Metacritic and it seems that some top albums are represented on their Best of 2014 list: St Vincent was #2 and Ex Hex was #18. Well, at least I didn’t like A.K.A. by Jennifer Lopez, their lowest rated album of the year!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,000 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
Had a chance to get out early this morning and catch the early sun over Boston University. Many of my architect friends love the Law Tower, so I tried to get some close-up shots of it.
After receiving my replacement drone from DJI, I was every excited to get it into the air and shake off any rust that had developed by not flying it for about six weeks.
The latest version of the Phantom Vision 2+ had a few nice features like a scroll wheel attached to the remote controller to adjust the angle of the camera. And I found this in the newly redesigned user manual:
That image would have been helpful back in October when the drone went into the San Francisco Bay.
Anyhow, here’s the video of this weekend’s flights:
File this under ‘yeah, duh’, like when I blogged that I thought Facebook might be something worth looking into, but I used Waze for the first time this morning to give me advice on how to drive to work, and it was awesome.
I’ve used Google and Apple maps for driving directions, even looked at the traffic features on them, but they don’t compare to Waze. Waze was like a seasoned Boston driver taking me down shortcuts that I knew where there but probably wouldn’t have though to use. It always took me down the hypotenuse, and avoided tangly Boston traffic zones like Harvard Ave in Brighton.
The graphics and the ‘gamification’ don’t do much for me, not to mention the ‘chat to other drivers’ feature! But as a kick ass personal driving assistant, it rules.