Labor Day weekend is when people across the United States enjoy the last few days of Summer. While Fall doesn’t start until September 22, most people go back to work or school after the holiday weekend. Celebrations usually involve backyard barbecues or long days at the beach. But with Hurricane Hermine looming up the East Coast, it’s looking like a wet and windy mess for much of the break. So, I decided to turn it into a super-nerdy weekend. I decided this was the perfect moment to work on B.R.O.O.M.
This is why I should stay out of politics. After a fairly good Republican convention, and the chaos from the Democratic convention, Donald Trump was in great shape. All he had to do was stay on message. Just stay focused. Instead, he had a bad week. He was down in the polls. Maybe the press was showing signs of bias, as they were attacking him non-stop. Maybe the polls were a bit slanted, as certain demographics were being favored more than others. Benefit of the doubt wanes after another blunder from Trump.
If you’re an avid follower of this website, it’s probably not too hard to guess which way I lean politically. I’m in NYC – Staten Island to be precise. It’s like Trump-land over here. I see plenty of Trump signs on the island. What people once viewed as a joke is now reaching inevitability. Donald Trump could be the 45th president of the United States. So, what does that mean for technology? Specifically, what does that mean for Net Neutrality?
At the local mall, there’s a kiosk for “As Seen on TV” items. In a bright yellow and triangular shaped package stood the Wallet Ninja. It reminds me of an old photography saying. “The best camera is the one that you have with you.” It’s the same with tools. My mobile phone has replaced so many tools. It’s a camera, but it’s also a flashlight, GPS, compass, music player and more. What if the Wallet Ninja (a credit card shaped multitool) worked the same way? Since it was only $10, I thought that it would be cool to try it.
After watching my lettuce slowly decay, it took me a while to regain the motivation necessary to continue with this project. When I started this project, I thought hydroponics would be easier and less stressful than app or web development. Perhaps, for those with experience, it is. But for me, it’s been quite frustrating. Yet, I decided to try a do-over. I did learn some important lessons during my first attempt at hydroponics. Perhaps a mulligan — with tomato seeds instead of lettuce seeds – would yield better results.