Freelance Week 09

I'm going to start this week with a rant. Ready? --- begin rant ---

The xbox live experience, as a whole, is something I've come to live with. It's not perfect by any means, but really what is? Apple TV? Roku? I think any new piece of hard/software has just as many pros/cons as its competitor. I think it all boils down to what you're used to. We are creature of habit, we don't like change. And this is where my rant begins. The new Hulu experience on Xbox live is terrible. Same goes for Netflix. I don't know who told them they should mimic the xbox UI but they should be fired. That's not innovating, that's just being lazy. And to top it all off, the navigation within both the hulu and netflix apps are so bad I mostly end up cursing my tv and then turning it off because it's not worth my time.

Enough ranting. Here's an idea. Someone needs to develop an open source video streaming service with a painless user experience and simple user interface. Something that can pull in all your favorite services, free or subscription based, with none of the social media fluff. Just good streaming video. Is that too much to ask?

--- end rant ---

Now that's out of my system here are some meaningful things I learned this week:

1. Don't be too shy/prideful to ask advice from your peers

2. Stop waiting for things to happen and make them happen

3. My verdict is still out on SXSWi this year

I feel like more of my friends are traveling to Austin this week than in years past. And that's really weighing on me. First, because I'd like to see them all in one place. Second, because I'm over all the hype that surrounds that city for one week out of the year. The me two years ago is vastly different than the me today.

Moving on, I have a pile of receipts on my desk that I've still yet to sort through and record as expenses. Even thought Harvest makes it super easy to track and record expenses, the larger the pile gets the further away it gets. There is a pattern in my life I've noticed that goes like this: First, get really excited about something. Next, go full steam ahead. Then somewhere in the middle I realize it's like the hare and the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race. Whereas I start out like the hare, I eventually realize I must transform in to the tortoise if I'm ever going to finish what I started.

There's a lot buzzing around in my head today. Probably just the coffee talking. But I'm also excited about life. Just the other night, and this is gonna sound so stupid, but as I drove to the grocery store it just hit me that I'm alive. Like, this is my life and I'm in the middle of it. I became very aware of where I was at, in my car, on the road, and I just felt like a spec of dust. In the grand scheme of things this blog, this computer, these words won't matter. All that will remain is us, God's most priceless creation. Hope you have an awesome week.