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The ones that don’t land

I have an Early Bird Special story. When I was working corporate in the States, there was a shopping center next door that had various eateries and office supply stores. That kind of thing. It had a restaurant popular with the Early Bird Special crowd and we were accustomed to see it lit up with wrinklies first thing in the morning.

I’d gone over for…staples or some shit before work and I was walking back across this very parking lot. Wearing my novelty CORONER t-shirt.

Oh, dear. I was approached by a small group of tiny nervous grandmas and asked if there was a problem. TBH, I felt genuinely shit about it and never wore that shirt again. The things you think are funny when you’re 25.

I’m sure there’s AI that will be able to identify this parking lot in the next six months. I had a real Google Maps adventure finding it myself. Dumber than AI, me.

It seems as though my old company has sold off quite a lot of what used to be a big campus. I know they’re not hurting for money so it must be a strategic financial decision.

Another evening lost exploring Google Maps. It’s even more fun in VR!

Oh, yeah – our internet is fixed.


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: April 23, 2024, 8:13 pm

“Fixed”? What is it?

There has to be an Airplane! (Flying High) (1980) joke in there somewhere…

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 23, 2024, 11:43 pm

I’m glad to hear you’re back on the net, Mme. Ermine!

You mention Google Maps in VR. I wonder if you or anyone else listening in has any experience checking out the related newer AR/XR glasses such as those from Rokid and Viture? What I’m contemplating is a time when my back deteriorates to the point where I’m most comfortable lying flat and looking straight up, and that’s hardly a position for looking at a screen or reading printed material. Maintaining at least a partial view of the real world seems like a good idea, and those VR goggles don’t seem likely to allow that. Any comments, observations, suggestions? TIA

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 24, 2024, 7:13 pm

Uncle Al, I don’t have any experience of other headsets than Zuck’s lot, but I can definitely recommend the Quest 3. It has 12 color pass-through cameras, so you can see your surroundings – albeit slightly distorted. It’s probably heavier than those super expensive ones, but at around $500, it’s a pip.

It might be a thing to get you started.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 24, 2024, 9:08 pm

Thank you, I’ll give it a look

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