Pride: I Wish I Never Came Out

I came out on my blog publicly on my blog May 19, 2008. I wish I never came out.

This past weekend was the yearly Pride celebration around most parts of the world. It’s a time where the LGBT community is supposed to come together to celebrate; celebrate our fellow members, the rights we’ve won, the bonds we share, and love. This is a sham! No one in the LGBT community has love in their hearts, but rather are fueled by hatred and live to tear the community apart.

Before I came out I would meet fellow LGBT members by driving 100 miles each way from Tampa Bay over to Orlando, Florida on the weekends. I thought that I was safe there and around people who shared my thoughts and values. Little did I know that it seemed greener on the other side, but that’s the sales technique they use to draw you in so that they can chew you up and spit you out.

I can’t even begin to write out every single horrific thing that members of the LGBT community have done to me since I decided to live my life out and in public. Coming out was the worse decision I have ever made. I’ve had death threats, been physically assaulted, spit on, mocked, laughed at, been lied, been the target of an organization whose sole purpose was to get me out of Seattle, had my family’s private information (address, names, phone numbers) published, been stalked, almost filed a few different restraining orders, and physically been manhandled by mobs of my fellow LGBT members and thrown out onto the street. I don’t want to be a part of a community with so much hatred. There is no love. It doesn’t get better. The LGBT community is filled and fueled by hatred.

I came out while living in San Francisco, CA. I remember that not too terribly long into living there and making what I thought were friends, I let a friend in on what was one of the biggest things to ever happen to me. I let him in and told him because I felt I could trust him and that he had gone thru the same experience. I told him in the strictest of confidences only to find out the next day that everyone I knew had been told by him and people would use that against me for the rest of my life.

When I moved to Seattle from San Francisco, I was told by several people that there were Craigslist posts warning the residents about me. When I came here, I was instantly greeted by others who had been told by their friends half truths and flat out lies about me and my past. Within the first week being here there was already people messaging every single person I befriended or tagged on Facebook attempting to warn them against being my friend. Almost a year after living here, Brian moved to Seattle and people were still messaging the new people in my life about me. They warned Brian and thank God he was one of the only people who decided to make up his own mind and get to know the real me. We got married last month and he’s made me happier than I ever expected I could be.

This past weekend was the yearly Pride celebration. When I moved to SF I didn’t even know what it was or anything about it, but I wanted to be a part of it. I thought I wanted to be a part of this community, so I started to try to fit in. I began by dropping weight. A little over 40 pounds between January and June 2008. I did have what I thought at the time was a good time, but a year later was stricken with depression so bad that I ended up in the hospital the day before Pride 2009. It was members of my community who drove me to feel so badly about myself. The worst part of it all is that nearly every single time someone has formed an opinion of me is because of something I’ve said on social media.

Last time I went to R Place, a gay club in Seattle, was June 22, 2012 to see Latrice Royale, Jujubee, and Jessica Wild, 3 drag queens who had appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race. We bought VIP tickets, sat and had a great time. Gave some money to the drag queens as they paraded up and down the isle. Minded our business and had a great time. Never have I had an issue there, caused a scene, been out of line, or violated any rule or law therein. The next time Brian and I went we were told we weren’t allowed. No reason was given. We came back 2 years later assuming that time had passed and there was no reason that we had given in the past at the venue to not be allowed in. We went in and within moments were rushed by security and thrown out. Came back the next day to speak with the owner and he told us that he had no reason as to not allow us in, he just didn’t want us at his establishment. Love is love. LGBT inclusive. No hate allowed the sign says at R Place, yet for no reason we aren’t allowed to celebrate with our LGBT brothers and sisters.

Neighbours Nightclub in Seattle, another LGBT club was one of the places that I would frequent nearly nightly when I first moved to Seattle. Unfortunately one of the people who worked there, Chris Beisenherz, started what he called Project GNOOS aka Project Get Nick Out Of Seattle. I went to go to Neighbours for a friend’s wedding reception which was being hosted there and turned away at the door, to this private event I was invited to, by the general manager who refused to give me any reason as to why, only that it was his right as a private business. There had not been an incident involving myself which would ever justify this.

The past few weeks I made a joke online, it didn’t go over well. It was a joke that was the entire purpose of it. Not malice, not hate, just to make people laugh. Some people did and messaged me that they were able to see thru and find the humor. A lot more didn’t.

It was 108 characters. This past week because of those 108 characters, I wasn’t allowed at @Purr Cocktail Lounge. A bar where on my first day moving to Seattle I sat with friends (from SF) and watched President Obama announce they had killed Bin Laden. A bar where I had been to and spent upwards of $4k a year at at one point. A bar where Brian and I signed our marriage certificate on our wedding night. A bar where I was supposed to be part of the community members the bar was meant to be there and serve. All because some people can’t take a joke.

Shortly after I move to Seattle I met Michael Sean John Jouver and his drag persona DonnaTelle Howe. We saw each other a few times and I spent the night a few times at his place. Nothing further came of it, but ever since then he’s come out against me both online and in person. This past weekend we, Brian and I, went to a Pride event. We were quiet and sat by ourselves keeping quite and peaceful. Brian went up to get us a drink and the manager came over and asked us to leave. DonnaTelle began inciting the crowd shouting about not wanting me there, shouting lies and misinformation about me. She riled the crowd up so much so that they literally backed me into a corner and began assaulting me. Stealing my phone, and eventually picking me up and throwing me out onto the street.

This is my community right? The one I so loudly and at the time proudly came out and stated I was a part of. The same community which has now left me lying on the street and moments ago were about to punch the life out of me. Why would anyone want to be part of this sort of mob?

The manager said that, “Wherever you go, Nick, that an incident happens and I don’t want one here.” There was no incident which I would had caused. I was there for an event and to enjoy myself with my husband. We were quiet and didn’t cause a scene. The manager and DonnaTelle are the ones who riled the crowd up, who most didn’t know anything about me. They were the ones who caused a mob scene and forced me into a corner, literally, where I was about to be beaten to a pulp. Don’t blame me for the incident which you started. I was there for a good time and to quietly enjoy the night.

I noticed as well as others that the local LGBT bars don’t march in the parades. They charge huge cover charges all weekend long for the same service they provide year round, but they don’t participate in any of the Pride day official events themselves. In a world post Pulse Orlando, LGBT nightclub, incident you would think that other clubs and bars would be out with a visible message that they stand with us and celebrate LGBT Pride. Nope, they are busy counting how much extra money they made in the past 72 hours. These venues are not what we should want as part of our LGBT community. They exclude the members of the community on a whim and don’t ever give reasons why. How can you exclude the people who WANT to spend money at your venue and have never done a single thing to justify non-admittance?

I remember a time in San Francisco where there was a video screen where you could tweet messages that would show up on the screen. People began tweeting hateful, hurtful, things about me. The things were available on the company’s website as well. Fortunately I was able to get them removed by messaging the management, but the damage was done and I ran out and home. My night was ruined and the damage was done.

I’ve been bombard with people saying how they want to curb stomp me, deck me, hit me, punch me in the glasses, and even kill me for YEARS. Every single one of these messages has come with within the LGBT community which I am supposed to call my family.




Mr. Starr-Street Goes to Washington

I moved to Seattle, Washington from San Francisco 5 years, 4 months, 13 days ago. When I moved here I had the intention of staying here 10 years and building up a career and buying a house. Well I received an offer to be relocated with the company I’ve been working for almost a year now to Washington DC and I accepted it. Tomorrow will be my last day in Seattle as my husband and I are driving from Seattle to Missoula, to Mount Rushmore, seeing friends in Wisconsin, family in Ohio and finally making it in my car to Washington DC next Sunday. We couldn’t be more excited for the opportunities, new adventures, and the next phase of the journey of our lives together.


While I appreciate some of the great things which happened while living in Seattle, it never felt like “home.” There were some horrific people who formed organizations with the specific intention of making my life miserable here. There were also nice people and friends made along the way. I just felt that the negativity never outweighed the good in people here.

Thus begins a new chapter. We are moving from Washington to Washington, most likely leaving the former Washington behind for good. I don’t see any redeeming qualities in the people or places I met along the way and have no reason to ever want to come back to a community with so much compensatory hatred and need to tear down those they don’t like, often without ever getting to know the person first.

This of course is meant for the people in my personal life, I obviously wouldn’t be relocating with the company if I felt this way towards coworkers.

Here’s to a fresh start and new experiences every day.

Goodbye Seattle, wish I never knew you.

Google Glass Says Goodbye

Just under 2 months ago I wrote a post about how I was stopping using Google Glass from my daily life and putting it up on the shelf. Today Google has said that it’s putting the Explorers which helped show the world Glass on the shelf with the end of their Explorer Program.

2015/01/img_0074.jpgI’ve been reassured a by a few Glass employees that the warranty will still be applicable for the duration originally listed, and they subtly stated that issues such as #Foilgate will most likely be repaired in the future even out of warranty.

I’ve moved far away from Google though … I am now back on an iPhone (6 plus). I gave up the iPhone in favor of an Android phone when I got Google Glass because it tethered for free on Android, SMS was fully functional and two way on Android, and it just worked better if you had an Android phone. The One Plus One was by far the best Android phone I’ve ever had btw.

So now that I’m back on the Apple side of things, using Glass would entail a blue tethering bar on my phone all the time and not being able to send texts which eliminates a lot of the functionality I originally used Glass for.

I even gave up my Moto 360 (Android Wear) device and went back to a Pebble. It’s funny how the Pebble which was the original mainstream smart watch is now the dumbest in the bunch. There is no color screen, you can’t talk to it, nor touch it’s screen. I miss a lot of that functionality, but am anxious to get it all back and more with the Apple Watch.

For Glass though it is sad to see them giving up on the people who spend thousandS on the device, travel to buy the device, accessories, etc. They have stated that the hardware will continue to function and that the apps will still work, just no new development on this current hardware or apps. Also Nest’s creator Tony Fadell is overseeing Google Glass now as well as his Nest CEO responsibilities.

Google has stated that Glass is graduating from the Google X labs and into a real division of the company. So then why does it feel like they’ve given up. I guess closing the Explorer program is a clean way for them to separate from old form-factor and start fresh. It also leaves us hoping that they would let us exchange our Explorer Edition for a Consumer Edition out in the cold. It looks like we won’t be getting a free shiny upgrade. All of the feedback, phone calls, messages, talking about the product made us glorified beta testers who had to pay for the privilege to be. We are now left all alone with nothing but a 2 year old piece of hardware which still can’t even make it a whole day without a charge or 3 along the way.

Sales of the Explorer Edition end soon, and maybe that will drive up the price on sites like eBay and Swappa, but knowing that the hardware is end of life who would pay a premium for something that is nostalgia now?

My Glass still sits in the box. Unopened. Unused.

It’s nice to know that the looks I get from strangers now are because of how I look as opposed to the $1500 computer on my face.

It’s funny how far things have come in how I feel about the product, but if you search the more recent articles on Glass it seems as if I’m not the only one who has felt fatigue.

Will I buy the Consumer Edition of Google Glass? Let’s just say they really need to wow me on features, use cases, inter-OS-operability, and most of all battery life before I can even commit to a semi-firm yes to that question.

I’ve even begun to change my opinion on venues which don’t allow Glass. For example Purr Cocktail Lounge banned Glass one year ago this week and I haven’t been back since. However it was my favorite place to go for drinks. With more venues like The Lobby closing on Capitol Hill, and my use down to zero of Glass, I’d honestly like to go back … even though they don’t support or allow a product which I once was passionate about. I haven’t yet, but I’m open to the idea of it. Lost Lake however, fuck Dave Meinert who is an asshole for asshole sake and nothing more than a media and money hungry disgusting man.

I guess today’s announcement today about the Google Glass Explorer Program helps renew some hope for the product. However, there is a lot of work to be done, and maybe just maybe Google is amping up it’s efforts and really working to address these. I wish the team all the best and continue to talk about Glass on nearly a daily basis with those around me, I just hope that it can truly become the moonshot that they once promised us and that the social stigma against wearables of this type are won-over by widespread adoption.

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.


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.


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.

528675_10200155400511462_1214369940_nAfter 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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Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 8.46.50 PMScreen Shot 2014-09-21 at 8.46.38 PMFinally 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. He also tweets libelous statements about me using his personal twitter account @aweskr.

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.

10584459_869501401896_740193535_oSo 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.


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.


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)


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


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.

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.


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.


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 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.


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!

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 #) : – “… #HueOn” or specifically say, “hashtag hueon” to turn the lights  you chooseor all lights on. – “…#off” to turn off all lights. – “…#movie” to dim all lights to 20% for movie time. – “…#hue <color>” where the color is whatever color you want all the lights to change to. – “…#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.