Want Sunsets?

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I keep getting out of work after dark.  It is not fun.  At the latest, I should be catching the sunset.  So now, I am using Periscope to catch the rising or setting sun.  Like this person above who was Periscoping while driving in Russia.  Thanks for sharing your awesome sun event with the world!  The most recent Periscope feature adds a live, moving curve that defines the dark part of the world versus the light part of the world on the map view.  If only I could get out of work early enough to see the light side of things…

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Grease Live

I downloaded the FOX NOW app so I could watch Grease Live.  It was most awesome.  My favorites were Julianne Hough as Sandy, and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo.  If you are a fan of the original Grease, you will probably enjoy this version.  Check it out when you have the chance, or at least watch some of the clips on YouTube.

“My heart is saying, “Don’t let go.  Hold on till the end.”  And that’s what I intend to do.”

No Baggage

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Would you do this?  Clara Bensen from Austin met someone on OKCupid (a story in itself as this dude lived in a dumpster for a year) and then they decided to take a three week summer trip to Europe with the clothes on their back and a few necessities stuffed in pockets and a purse.  On the flight out, a flight attendant asked a great question – “What will you wear when you’re washing your clothes?”  Anyway, she survived and wrote a book about her adventures.  I think I know what I am reading next when I finish the one I am working on now.  If I get a chance to catch them in Austin, I will let you know what happens. For now, I am thinking about planning a trip somewhere.

Trigger Mortis

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This book was a pretty fast read.  It tells a James Bond story set in 1957 and includes adventures like Grand Prix racing in Germany and a space race rocket launch from the Virginia coastline.  As a bonus, Trigger Mortis contains previously unpublished material from Ian Fleming that Anthony Horowitz has been able to weave into this story.  If you are a James Bond fan, then go and find this novel.

Star Wars Uprising

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At the beginning of the year, I was checking out the typical lists for best Apps of 2015.  One game, Star Wars Uprising, was included on many of the lists.  I tried it out and got hooked.  If you are a fan of Star Wars, give this one a try.  It is free, simple in concept, playable on a mobile device, and seems to have a good storyline backing it up.  Enjoy!

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Local Guides II

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Hey y’all – it worked!  I just got the e-mail today.  I added a lot of cool content to Google Maps (and it was kind of fun) and they rewarded me with 1 TB of storage.  Now I can totally blow up my Google Photos account.  If you are interested, check out my previous blog post or check out the description of the benefits for Local Guides.  I hope they offer the program in your part of the world.  Like I said before, if you find yourself on the way to becoming an awesome Local Guide and getting rewards, you can thank me later.  🙂

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Mint

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Since the New Year is coming, I am looking for a good way to track my budget.  I am going to experiment with the Mint App and their budgeting tips, and so far I have found that just going to their website to set things up is better.  For example, I cannot create budgeting categories in the App, but must use the website to accomplish this.  The plus side of things is the easy way to get started.  The negative side of things (so far) is the volume of advertising.  I will experiment with the App and let you know how things work out.  🙂

Unbranded (on Netflix)

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Good news.  The documentary called “Unbranded” is available to watch on Netflix for now.  As per a description on their website, “Four young Cowboys hatch an outrageous plot to adopt, train, and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the wildest terrain of the American West.”  This is one of my favorite documentary movies I saw this year, so see it while you can if you have a Netflix account.  This is a good activity if you find yourself with some downtime over the Holidays, and I am totally enjoying the opportunity to view it again!

Periscope Skip Ahead

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I am still enjoying Periscope.  Lately they have improved the Map View to include options to see live video or recorded video.  For recorded video, there is a new option to Skip Ahead.  Just press and hold on your touchscreen, and you can fast forward to the spot you want to see in the recorded video.  It is chilly in Austin, and I am missing the beach, so I virtually travelled to Australia tonight to catch a sunrise.  I hope you enjoy the possibilities for travel on Periscope too.

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