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Top 10 Sitcoms of All Time

  1. Seinfeld
  2. NewsRadio
  3. Cosby Show
  4. Parks and Recreation
  5. Arrested Development
  6. Frasier
  7. Night Court
  8. I Love Lucy (early pre-farm years)
  9. Growing Pains
  10. The Golden Girls

Screenshop - My Team's Comedy Hack Day App

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Comedy Hack Day was a pretty freaking cool experience all around and made better by the following:

  1. With my background in both tech and comedy (writing), I’ve been dying to do Comedy Hack Day for a while now and just couldn’t make it work with my schedule.

  2. My team (the three of us just randomly formed in the chaos) worked our asses off to get a demo and an iOS app (I had to learn Objective C on the fly) just in time.

  3. We made the finals to do our little demo shtick at the big SF Sketch Fest!

  4. Got to be on stage performing with Scott Aukerman (comedian), Natash Leggero (comedian), Jonah Ray (comedian) and Veronica Belmont (tech personality)!

  5. We won runner up (second place)!

Here’s the demo video:

Check out more about Comedy Hack Day SF 2015.

Android Wear and an Update on My First Android App

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Over the Christmas holiday I dove in head first with Android Wear, and by that I mean I both bought a watch and developed an app (which of course, means it’s a stupid silly app as that is all that I make in my free time). So now, two months later, I figured it would be a good point to step back and see if it was a good move or just a project for my time off of work.

Android Wear

Android Wear on the whole has been…OK…fine. It’s useful to see notifications when my phone is buried or somewhere else in the house, but there isn’t that killer app. For example, if I’m 5 minutes down the road to work and I forgot my phone, I’m going back. When I realize I forgot my watch, I just keep going. After I heard that Android Wear sales are sluggish at best, with only about 720k watches shipped last year, my reaction must be pretty average. My hope is that Android Wear will have new life once the world gets a real look at the Apple Watch, but it will take a while for Google and the developer community to react to the new ideas presented with Apple Watch. The biggest issue for Wear though, and one that any cool Apple Watch ideas can’t fix, is the fact you have to run at least Android 4.4 to use Wear and that’s still a fairly small amount of devices. Until that number gets bigger, I fear that Android Wear will continue to be a add-on feature rather than a platform that will get specific app love.

My App

App sales have been pretty weak, but if the deck was already stacked against me making an Android Wear-focused app, I made it worse by charging for my app (which…I mean, damn the app economy is messed up). It was fun to make an Android app and good experience to get an app in an App Store somewhere, but if the plan was to even make enough to pay for my Sony Smart Watch 3, then…um…I’ve got a while to go still.

Going Forward

For a few years now I’ve gone back and forth from Android to iOS every other year and I expect that schedule to continue, meaning my Moto X (2014), my Sony Smartwatch 3 and I will continue our relationship until at least this fall. I’m excited to see what Google has in store for Android Wear at Google IO later this year, and, while I have no plans to buy one, I’m excited to see what the release of the Apple Watch brings. I’ll let someone else try their hand at making a digital whoopee cushion with a watch-operated trigger for iOS.

I Got a 3D Printer

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I’m one of those 3D printer guys now. It happened a few weeks ago when my Solidoodle Press finally arrived only after a quick 3 - 4 month delay. Since then I’ve printed something right after plugging it in that looked awesome…but then I learned that it looked “OK”…then I learned how to calibrate it…then I learned how to switch to better software…then I learned how frustrating 5 or 6 failed prints in a row are…then I learned how to install Windows on a Mac so I can install different 3D printing software…then I learned that Windows wasn’t so bad if it helped me to stop making weird plastic things I throw in the trash…then I learned that looking for the next thing to print is exhausting.

It’s been a busy few weeks, but now I can do all the things that 3D printer guys do! For instance I can talk to other 3D printer guys about how that thing that looks good is actually a little bit shitty because you can see how it delaminated from the bed a little bit in the corner (Should have used a brim!). I can also walk up to non-3D printer people and interject things like, “Oh I can just 3D print that for you if you want!” (I won’t though because I’m terrible at CAD and so is most everyone else). Lastly, when people ask me about what I print after I tell them that the “Future is here!” I can shrug and say “I don’t know…mostly stuff for my kid.” I think that’s the key. I’m not saying having a kid makes any one better or some bullshit about how you truly know the value of life or blah blah blah, but having a kid does make 3D printing a little better because cranking out toys or costume jewelery to a genuinely grateful 2 year old is better than posting your prints online to be critiqued. That and I feel like single people with 3D printers are just killing time with coat hooks until that lonely weekend arrives and you try to print a sex toy. It’s the reason why they make flexible filament for stuff like…hands? Please.

Of course there are also lots of really interesting projects I’d like to use the 3D printer for and none of them will be designed to go up anyone’s butt: Quadcopters! (Yes, I’m a quadcopter guy too.) Giant Lego People! Hexapods! In fact, this 3D printer has sparked an interest in making real (read: non-digital) things that I really haven’t experienced before, which is pretty cool. It’s the future! …wanna see the bracelet I made for my daughter?

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I’m on Thingiverse.

A Few Selected Tweets From the New Year

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