Goodbye Google Glass

Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 10.39.15 PMIt was March 27, 2013 that I got an @ mention on Twitter from, at the time, @ProjectGlass that I was chosen as one of the select eight thousand people out of hundreds of thousands who applied to become a Glass Explorer. This meant I got to pay $1,500 + $135 tax and pay for a flight to LA (or SF or NYC) to be able to pick up my own Google Glass. It felt like Christmas and a birthday wrapped together. I was EXCITED!

A few months later I got the DM from Google that I could finally pay for my Glass and book my appointment to pick it up. See at this stage the only way to get Google Glass if you won an invite with their #IfIHadGlass campaign was to visit one of their basecamps and pick it up. That same day flight cost me $328.80. So I was already in for $1964.80 and I hadn’t even gotten to touch the device yet.

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June 19th I fly to LAX, take a Lyft to the basecamp, get a hands on tutorial on how to use Glass by a Glass Guide, meet up with a friend in LA for drinks, and fly back that night. I couldn’t stop using it. The battery wasn’t as good as it is now, and I would burn through it using it all the time. I love the thing.

You’d never see me without it… well except for at work. Day 1 Hour 2 wearing it to work and my boss pulled me in for a meeting that someone complained I was live streaming everything from the company to the internet. I wasn’t.

But none of that has impacted my still wearing it daily, and while I wear it daily I almost never use it anymore.

I bought the prescription frames ($246.38), the stereo earbuds ($93.08), and even a custom skin ($10.98) for it during Pride in SF. I’ve invested $2,315.24 into a device I almost never even use anymore.

android-wear-moto-360-close-up-1200-80Now why don’t I use it? Well enter Android Wear. A smartwatch which you can talk to, get Google Now answers to, use to send and receive texts and emails, set alarms, get my heart rate, count my steps, give me turn by turn directions, and extend the functionality with hundreds of other apps. Hell I can even order a Lyft right from my wrist without ever touching my phone, and rate the driver afterwards. This smartwatch does a large majority of what Google Glass can do, however with my Moto 360 I get compliments on it on a near daily basis and no social stigma from those around me. I can’t say the same for Glass.

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I’ve also had to return my Glass unit 5 times for what I call #Foilgate. There is a foil like mirror at the end of the prism which gets delaminated and crinkled. Often this happens in sudden environmental climate changes, like stepping outside a warm office building to the muggy drizzly cold Seattle. I’m just got mine back from Google after shipping them for replacement 3 weeks ago. However, my warranty is expiring in December. Will they cover future delamination issues, or will I be stuck with a $2315.24 brick? I’m actually scared to even take it out of the box and as such it is sitting in a closet “New in box.”


I did say that I almost never use it. It is super handy when you want a picture quickly. Say a poster of an event you might want to remember or you are hit by a car and need to be sure you get their license plate  (which happened 2 weeks ag0), or you spot something in the store and want to text it to your partner asking if we should buy it. These are all times where I *could* reach in my pocket, wake my phone, unlock it, open the camera app, and take a picture, but I rarely do. It’s just so much simpler with Glass. *Wink* Done.

So my putting up Google Glass for now isn’t about the awkward social situations I’ve found myself in, its more because I just don’t use it enough to risk it breaking, delaminating, or worse before a commercial version is out and we can possibly switch to that or sell our current model for some money off the retail version.

I’ve been a part of the Glass conversation, environment, ecosphere since I knew about it. I run the largest Facebook group on Google Glass. I am often referred to as “Glasshole” or “glass” or “glass guy” when people think they are trying to be coy and refer to me without naming me directly. I feel like me giving up on something I’ve been SO passionate and vigilant about being able to use is in some part echos the sentiments of many of my fellow Glass Explorers. We just don’t use this thing anymore. I wish there were more (useful) apps. I wish a lot of things for the product, but it could end up like many Google beta programs and ride the wave into the sunet.

Goodbye Google Glass … at least for now.

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I heard that Nick Starr…

I heard that Nick Starr this, and that, and the other, and oh yeah he was kicked out of San Francisco. HA!

I’ve heard countless rumors about myself for years now, and most of them aren’t true. I moved away from San Francisco to in part move away from a bunch of these people with preconceived notions about me which were unfounded, but once someone puts something out there, it is often hard to dispute it, especially if you didn’t have anything to do with it at all, but more on that towards the bottom.

When I first moved to Seattle from San Francisco there were some people who gave me a hard time. People like André Gerspach who would tell every person he met horrific rumors and lies about me, starting as early as my 3rd day here. He even messaged Brian the day he moved to Seattle to “warn” him about me. He is now gone from Seattle and I’m still here standing… I see how far his lies and deceit got him.

The main point of this post though is about Andrew (Drew) …I actually had to look up his last name because that is how far out of my mind he is… Steele. Andrew Steele first contacted me via Twitter after another SF resident texted me this below:

Andrew apparently had experienced his own personal grievances with this person and when I took to Twitter to air out mine, he jumped on board as an ally, or so I thought. This lead to us having further discussions and eventually meeting up for a few, regretful now, dates. What I didn’t know is that Andrew Steele had been following me for a long time online. He is, in my opinion, the stalker who cyber stalked my family and posted on numerous sites personal information about me.

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After I could see that it wasn’t going to work out, he became hostile and violent in tweets and texts. He would post personal and private information about me often, creating tumblr pages, fake twitter profiles, etc all with his special blend of half truths and mostly lies.

His activity continued after I left San Francisco. He would often converse with André Gerspach on twitter as well as Dave Condie, William Diaz, Steven Peterson, and others posting horrific things such as some of the ones below. This is just a quick example of some of the things I could find…

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Anyway … Since being gone he, Andrew Steele, has slowly toned down the time between his obsession with inserting himself in my life in order to create chaos and spread more lies and hatred. Until a year ago when he started texted from a fake Google Voice account, as he had done previously. This time he was making up lies about my boyfriend / partner Brian. Saying he was having sex with him at his work, etc. None of which is true.

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Finally we come to present day, when Andrew Steele started tweeting to drag queens, using his drag username @theMeganPixel, that I have something to do with an anonymous twitter account. Just when I thought my life was perfectly calm and without any outside forces trying to break down my happiness and attack my life.

I began this stating that it is very difficult to disprove something which isn’t true. I can’t prove that I’m not running some anonymous twitter account just as no one else reading this can prove they aren’t the ones doing it. The best thing I can think to do though is discredit my accuser. I’m pretty sure that given the mountain of evidence and experiences I’ve had with Andrew Steele, it is hard to believe anything this man has to say, most especially when it comes to me. Please don’t believe the lies of someone who has nothing but time and built up hatred.

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So as I told a long time friend today, I don’t live my life in the public spotlight anymore. I tweet, and Facebook about our cats and how amazing my life is with Brian Street. I love him and wouldn’t do anything to screw up what we have. I don’t need negative people in my life, so I live a calm normal life with him. We don’t go out very often, we just enjoy each other’s company and the life we are building together.

Please respect that and leave me out of your grandiose and wild accusations and unless you have something kind to say towards me, leave my name off your lips and tweets.

Namaste,

Nick Starr

P.S. This isn’t the wild west. You can’t “kick someone out of a city” most especially one of the largest in the US, San Francisco. I’ve been back there numerous times since moving away for both work and personal trips. Don’t people realize how absurd that statement is? 

Jeremie Wallis – Dangerous, Kidnapper, Bitter, Undermining, and Jealous

Jeremie WallisI’ve been in the national news cycle a few times in the past year, that’s no secret. There are always people who come out of the woodwork with comments both negative and positive. I want to focus on my particular person, Jeremie Wallis. From what I’m told my boyfriend/partner/lover Brian is friends with Jeremie and picked him up from the airport when Brian moved from Alaska in March of 2012. Every time that I’ve been in the news Jeremie comes out to post comments to Facebook on how he wishes he could save Brian from me and undermines our relationship. It’s disgusting that someone who doesn’t even know me other than what he reads online undermines the love I have for Brian. It’s disgusting and I’m sick of being silent about it.

Here is where Jeremie Wallis again suggests that he should had kidnapped Brian by drugging him until Brian loved him.

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Here Jeremie Wallis is stating how I am a terrible waste of existence and how it breaks his heart that Brian is with me (and not him)

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Here he suggests that I should kill myself by jumping off a bridge …

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This man is dangerous, a potential kidnapper, bitter, undermining, and jealous. How dare you try to undermine what I have built with Brian, a person you call your friend. You are one who needs to be saved from. No one should have a friend who treats their friend’s partnership with such disgust. Adrian_Ryan_-__addidasisnotspanx__glasshole___DIAF

 

I suggest that Brian file a restraining order against this scary person who has expressed kidnapping and drugging thoughts towards Brian. Jeremie Wallis is dangerous! Be warned!

 

Here is a live version of Facebook where his comment is still up! These are not photoshop as this demented person is trying to claim. 

Live video showing I didn't photoshop Jeremiah Wallis' comments.

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The Daily Show with Nick Starr

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[Update: Here’s the video and Behind The Scenes Photos] Okay that title might sound a bit presumptuous, but you have to say something to shock people into clicking on the link on Facebook or Twitter to read this… I mean blogs aren’t what they used to be. No one reads these long paragraphs anymore.

As some of you might’ve noticed, my partner Brian and I went to San Francisco back in May for a day. Flew in on a Wednesday night, were put up in a hotel, and flown back the next evening. My ticket was paid for by Viacom, the parent company of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Brian was able to go because a friend helped us out with a buddy ticket.

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Why was TDS flying me out to SF? Well turns out my public incidents with Google Glass caught their attention and the day that Google Glass was publicly available they started thinking about a segment gathering people who have had public incidents with Google Glass.

I spoke with them every day or so via email and phone till eventually  they said here’s your plane ticket and hotel. See you in 2 days.

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I wasn’t sure who else was going to be there or even who was going to interview us. Turns out they gathered a great cast of Glass Explorers.

 

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We all met, some or most of us for the first time in a hotel conference room where there were large lights, cameras, and a panel of 6 chairs. Some makeup and mic checks and we were ready to go. They sat me front row center and in walked Jason Jones from TDS. He sat in front of us and asked us questions for 3 1/2 hours. We all answered honestly and seriously, but this is The Daily Show. They are bound to turn it around and make us look funny, but we all knew that going into it. Everyone had a different reason for being there. Some to get their story out, some to help educate, and some because how many times in your life is The Daily Show going to seek you out? As in most of the interactions I have with others about Google Glass, I wanted to help educate what the device can and can’t do and explain the limitations and future for the device. Trying to show others why it is so amazing and how it will fit into their lives.

Well I can’t say if a few of these moments will make it in, but at one point Jason and I did a speed test to see who could Google him first. Him with his iPhone and me with Google Glass. At this point, I totally spaced his name and said, “Ok Glass, Google John.” He claims that he narrowly beat me, but also that, “He actually Googled the right person.” I also offered my Google Glass to him to try on and use, which he did and the producer seemed to really like that idea, BUT there was no cell signal nor WiFi where we were so he couldn’t actually do anything online with it.

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At one point he was stating that they are ugly as fuck and unfashionable. I tried to rebut by saying that they have been in Vogue and on various runways. He says, “yeah but you all still look like unfashionable douchey fucks.” I replied that, “Fashion is subjective” and he looks over at the camera and does an eye roll. I actually hope that part makes it, especially since I wear the same thing every single day it is a bit odd for me to be talking about fashion.

All in all it was a great trip and experience. We crammed in as many visits with SF friends as we could and tonight the episode airs. Set your DVRs, check Hulu.com tomorrow or The Daily Show’s website. No matter how the editing comes out, I had a great once in a lifetime experience and wouldn’t had changed a thing.

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I say all of this BEFORE I’ve actually seen the episode TONIGHT. I might have have a different opinion once it airs.

Seattle Weekly – Portrait of a Glasshole

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On January 2nd I received a Facebook message from Vernal Coleman a reporter for the Seattle Weekly. After all the horrific things posted about me on various blogs and articles as it related to the Lost Lake incident, I was hesitant to speak with him. He referenced the Lost Lake incident, but it seemed as if he had a different angle on the entire story and wanted to know my story, and how I felt it played out in the media.

I ended up meeting with him at Starbucks and spoke for a few hours. We would meet twice more, both times an hour or more to discuss various items as they related to Google Glass, my work life, my home life, social media, past events in my life, and many more topics. He eventually asked to meet with Brian Street, my partner of two years.

So much time had passed since our initial meeting that I wasn’t sure if the story would ever be told, but after some fact checking and a photoshoot, on April 8th my story came out in the Seattle Weekly. I read the entire thing online, then ran to the newsstand to pick up copies for family and myself.

The story told very well. It took up 5 pages of the Seattle Weekly. Brian said that he was glad that finally people are able to see the Nick that he knows. Not the person that people warned him about when he first moved to Seattle.

So if you haven’t read it yet, check it out here!

Turning Your Lights on with Google Glass

HA779_AV2 (1)Last Christmas I asked my parents for one thing, the Philips Hue lighting system to which they replied, “$200 for 3 bulbs?!?! We’ll give you a gift card to Apple instead.” Fortunately the Apple store was the exclusive retailer for this new lighting system. 8 months later and we now have 7 bulbs, a LightStrips, and Bloom light all which tie into our Philips Hue system. Oh we also have an iPod touch mounted to the wall running the iOS app 24/7 for easy access to the various light recipes. Needless to say we love the system and the ability to control our lights from anyway, and even have our own light recipe which turns on automatically when we come home, when it rains, and at sundown. Cool stuff!

How to get your @TweetHue lights to turn on using @IFTTT and @GoogleGlass

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Enter Google Glass. Now there isn’t an official app for Philips Hue yet for Glass, but both systems can speak to IFTTT, a service where one event triggers another on different services. In this case, a text message to IFTTT triggers the Philips Hue lights to turn on/off or start a new light recipe.

To set this all up on IFTTT activate the SMS channel and the Philips Hue channel. This would also work with the Belkin WeMo channel as well if you have those light switches. Now add IFTTT as a contact on MyGlass with the sms number provided from IFTTT. Now simply say, “Ok Glass… Send a message to IFTTT… ” and then based on which IFTTT recipe you activated say the action. Here are a few great examples of texts to say to Glass and what actions occur (note you must say the word hashtag which Glass will resolve to #) :

https://ifttt.com/recipes/97572 – “… #HueOn” or specifically say, “hashtag hueon” to turn the lights  you chooseor all lights on.

https://ifttt.com/recipes/99316 – “…#off” to turn off all lights.

https://ifttt.com/recipes/111843 – “…#movie” to dim all lights to 20% for movie time.

https://ifttt.com/recipes/109384 – “…#hue <color>” where the color is whatever color you want all the lights to change to.

https://ifttt.com/recipes/93711 – “…#DanceParty” (my personal favorite) to start a color loop with all the lights.

There are a lot more recipes which exist and even more that you can create for yourself. So have fun… We might not have flying cars or self lacing shoes, but you can start a dance party at home with your heads up display!

*As a note this guide relies on SMS which Google Glass currently only supports through MyGlass Android app. You could follow all the same instructions with an email channel on IFTTT for use with an iOS device or Glass on Wifi instead of SMS & Android. 

So Glass Walks Into An Apple Store…

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I saw that my local Seattle Apple store had the new Philips Hue LightStrips but only 2 so I rushed over there and walked in with a purpose. Straight to the back of the store, grabbed the box and decided against self checkout with their Apple Store app and that I’d check out with a blue shirt’d employee because I was wearing Glass and the LightStrips just came in today…maybe they’d ask me about one or both of them…..WELLLLLL……

I overhear an older blue shirt employee say to another, “We just had our first customer with Google Glass come in… How do we handle this?

I am within earshot so I step over and jokingly say, “What ever shall we do…..?” and prop my hands under my chin in childlike wonderment.

I ask if he’ll check me out and he says no until I take off Google Glass. He says, “No not until you take off Google Glass.

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The older employee says that he has no way of knowing if I’m recording him or not and I assure him by activating the screen then turning it off that you can tell if the device is on or not. He tells me that this functionality can be hacked and that Apple has a policy against recording their employees. I had my iPhone in my hand and turn it over and say, “Well I could be holding this down here casually but have it recording and you’d never know.” He says, “Well Glass is more obvious.” (Worst comeback / excuse but unfortunately it isn’t the first time I’ve heard this)

Well the demo of me showing him it was off was enough, for now, for him to finish the transaction. He did talk to me about it a bit and even knew that if you cut off part of the LightStrips LED strip that this part would no longer be functional. He asked if I knew how to use the Apple Store self checkout feature and I told him I did but every time I try to I get a messaging saying there was an error and to see a specialist. He insists to see this error and I show him, but doesn’t offer any help in fixing this for me for future trips. He rings me up, asks for my zipcode and tells me my receipt is emailed.

Finally he asks if I want a bag. I decline and rush back to my Car2Go which is sitting there charging me 38 cents per minute for this whole ordeal.

Strange because I’ve been to a different Seattle area Apple Store a number of times without issue and even had employees ask to and try on Glass.

The Real Michael Ross Yates

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I on occasion reference the vile, evil things that people say or send to me. Here is an example of some of an unprovoked attack I received last night from someone I haven’t spoken to in all of 2013 and hasn’t been a blip on my radar since I had to bribe him $400 to move off my couch where he established residency after stating he would only be on my couch for a few weeks at most.

Oh and here’s the takeaway line from the entire email he sent me regarding Michael’s character:

you (Nick Starr) are … the only person I know who deserve to die a horrible, slow death”

Here is a synopsis of the email I received from Michael Ross Yates yesterday. His statements are in italics.

“you are a horrible piece of shit little bitch.” 

I’m actually a human and not excrement nor a female dog.

“You … prey on young guys, going around and sleeping with them unprotected to purposefully infect them with YOUR disease.”

Michael lived on my couch for 2 months. In that time I only slept with 1 person, my current boyfriend / partner. We’ve never had unprotected sex.  I have a huge stockpile of condoms in a nightstand next my bed, on the window next to my old bed, and even a stash in the living room under the couch just in case anything happens. I don’t have unprotected sex. I also have never nor would ever have sex with anyone under the age of 18.

This statement from Michael Ross Yates is under Washington Law defamation and libel and holds no merit.

In Washington State, when someone makes a false statement to another person and this causes harm to that person’s reputation and good name, the law calls this “defamation.” There are two types of defamation, slander (spoken) and libel (written).

Michael on the other hand when he lived with me in early 2012 would bring home a different young boy on multiple days of the week. I saw him skyping with young MINOR boys under the age of 18, an action which he bragged about. He also bragged to myself and others in my presence about a relationship with a 16 year old MINOR he previously had when he was legally an adult. He would even take screen shots of his Skype sessions with minors on my iPad, but I choose not to post them at this time to protect the identity of the minors which he potentially victimized. The photos are clothed, but show his pattern of predatory behavior.

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“Brian (my boyfriend) is only with you because of your money. … there is no person on this earth that would want such a … little whining bitch as their boyfriend, or even to associate with you.”

While I am doing better than I ever have financially  there are millions of people who make more than I do. I don’t own a car, I don’t own a house, I don’t even have my student loans paid off. So what money? The second part of Michael Ross Yates statement is obviously proven false … I mean look at my relationship status on Facebook.

“You … are just a sad little husk of a man, who in a few years will die and not be missed. No one … will come to your funeral, and the world, in my opinion, will be a much better place without a scar like you to infect it. So, enjoy the shitty life … that you have left. Because out of all of the people with HIV, you are … the only person I know who deserve to die a horrible, slow death from it.”

I think that last statement stands on its own showing his character, his true nature, and what type of vile, despicable, human he is.

2 notes: The items omitted by ellipsis primarily are Michael repeatedly writing “in my opinion” in some apparent desire to avoid a lawsuit. Secondly, my statements all are solely in my opinion based on this email from Michael Ross Yates and experiences with this person.

Oh here is a post on Facebook he made about me as well:

“…Nick Star is a piece of shit little bitch. He’s a snooty, stuck up ugly cop calling little pussy. Any stupid rumor you hear is a load of crock from him. He’s rude, inconsiderate, ugly, selfish and completely self centered. If you say his name 3 times he’ll appear, and you don’t need that blairwitch bitch showing up, trust me. He needs to get a life, and stop spreading crap about other people. He’s two faced and not worth anyone’s time. “

Oh … one last thing. The first night Michael Ross Yates stayed at my place back in early 2012 he came home late in the night and threw up all over my living room. Classy!

Update: WOW. You should also do a name search on the Washington Courts website. Michael Ross Yates is in there a LOT!!!

Short url: http://starr.es/MichaelRossYates

Tim McFarlane – Gay Suicide Advocate

Was sent this comment today by Tim McFarlane on a thread which was discussing me on Facebook. Given my past history with mental illness and suicidal ideation, this person Tim McFarlane is advocating that I commit suicide. Just another reason why it doesn’t ever get better… Evil people like this are reasons why it only gets worse.

Later on after being told that his comment was reported (to me) he felt the need to reiterate his hate filled comments:

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Why There Won’t Be An iPad Mini

Last week Apple released their entire new line up of iPhones and iPods. They have an iPod at every price point from $49 – $399. The new  iPod touch 5th Generation (4″ model) won’t be out till next month and STARTS at $299. The 4th generation model is still $199.

A Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD start at $199. This is the same price as the OLDER iPod touch. Apple wouldn’t dare cannibalize the sales of their “most popular iPod ever”, the iPod touch, by coming in the market with a product bigger, faster, better, and cheaper or the same price. It just doesn’t make smart business sense to sell a product with a 7″ or 7.9″ display size (two of the rumored screen sizes) for the same price as their 3.5″ or 4″ devices.

What about a $399 iPad Mini? That is only$100 less than the full sized, fully functional iPad, and if you get a refurbished iPad from Apple with the same 1 year warranty, it would cut the difference in price by only $50.

Therefore for those holding their breath for October or later for an iPad mini, I hope you don’t end up looking blue in the face like Violet Beauregarde. Not saying that in the future we won’t see an iPad mini, but I just don’t see it in the foreseeable future.

 

Update: Oops guess I was wrong.