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Fine print

Men usually get dinged for not reading instructions or maps, but I’m just as guilty.

samsung galaxy s5When I recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S5 — from my beloved S3 — I didn’t even crack the manual cover.

Big mistake.

Just today I realized that I could increase the sensitivity of the touch screen so my phone works when I’m wearing winter gloves.

Does your fancy iPhone do that?

It’s a real question.

(I haven’t read those instructions, either.)

 

Up a tree

I got my first look at a Go Pro camera in an electronics store in the Cincinnati Airport over Halloween weekend. I had seen video footage from one before, but the clips they had on a loop at the store entrance sucked me right in.

So I completely understand why this squirrel felt the need to ‘grab and go.’

He’s a pretty good cameraman, yes?

Solutions for a small planet

Admit it — most of us don’t read the manual that comes with our new smart phones cover-to-cover.

Maybe not at all.

So it’s not surprising that articles like “21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do” literally amaze.

However, I would like to add a feature to that list that applies to any brand of mobile phone.  It crosses platforms, versions, price points — you name it.  And in New York City, it has proven extremely valuable on a daily basis.

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Sidewalk Ambassador Avoidance

Got a mobile phone at your ear?  Appear to be in a conversation?  They leave you alone.

World peace.  It’s what every beauty pageant contestant wants.

 

Up, please

Have you ever noticed that a hotel may have anywhere from  three to six elevators, but only one or two appears to be working?

It drives me crazy…especially at check-out when foot traffic is at its peak (and you stand there waiting).

My stay this weekend at the Swissotel in Chicago was completely different.

elevator padTheir elevator keypads do not have up or down arrows; instead, you input your room number.

A computer quickly determines which elevator car you will ride in (in this case, A through F) and indicates it in the blue field.

When that elevator’s door opens, you see your floor — and that of  other passengers — listed on the side panel.

And off you go.

During my overnight stay in Chicago, I rode the elevator several times between my room, the conference center and the lobby…and I was in at least four of the six available elevator cars.

No waiting.

 

 

 

Lost in translation

First of all, I want to clarify —

This is not a rant. Think of it more as a ‘huh.’

lost parcelYesterday a package arrived at my door.  It was addressed to a man who hasn’t lived here in almost six years.

I quickly deduced he had selected his old address by accident while shopping online, so I called the company to see if I could help correct his error.

(How nice am I?)

Turns out the company’s customer service just isn’t set up for this type of communication.  All their scripts are for customers, not people like me trying to assist another customer.  The representative I spoke with understood the situation and was definitely working with me to help correct it, but she refused — or maybe wasn’t allowed to? — say anything that was not in her script.

So nothing she said to me made any sense.

Even after we figured out how to resolve the shipment error, she thanked me for my order and hoped I would return again.

You know?  Probably not.

 

 

Stop and go

Now that the Oscars are behind us, we can turn our attention to movies that we’d never expect to see in contention…

But in some cases, might enjoy more.

liam non-stopThis week’s entry?

Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson as a washed up air marshal on an international flight that is taken hostage via text message moments after take-off .

(Apparently the writers are fans of Pretty Little Liars.)

Not surprisingly, the conceit works here as well, as Liam battles blindly — every passenger and crew member a potential ally and/or enemy.  And if you’re a frequent flier like me, the scenes of airline passengers in peril — well, they’ll have you twisting in your seat a bit.

While this movie may not be Oscar bait, the script certainly drew its fair share of award-winning actors.

corey stoll non-stopWatch House of Cards on Netflix?  Why look, there’s Representative Peter Russo, who did you-know-what in Season 1 with a little help from Francis Underwood.

Wonder what is he plotting with those two gentleman?  Gonna have to see the movie and find out.

Julieanne non-stop And look who decided to sit next to Liam in business class — Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore.

She’s wearing heavy, horn-rimmed glasses and a scary-looking scar, but she’s not fooling anybody.

Or is she?
michelle non-stopAnd is that Michelle Dockery — Lady Mary from Downton Abbey — playing the part of a working class flight attendant? You know it.

Watch her serve drinks! Follow orders! Be manhandled!

lupita-nyongo- non-stopEven Lupita Nyonga, who is probably still grasping her brand-spanking new Best Supporting Actress Oscar, pops up from time to time on-screen.

This, my friends, is entertainment at its best.

Sliding doors

klemens torggler evolution doorI want this door.

Now, there’s sentence I never thought I’d say.

But once you watch the video below, I’m pretty sure you’ll want this door, too.

Currently only a prototype, the Evolution Door by Austrian designer Klemens Torggler is sleek, modern and requires no floor track to make its way cool transition from side to side.  It also has rounded edges so you or anyone in your house don’t lose any fingers walking into a room.

Seriously, watch the video.  Then join the ranks of people, like me, who —

WANT THIS DOOR.