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.

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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.