tag:elgan.com,2013:/posts elgan.com 2024-02-27T22:29:24Z Mike Elgan tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2093191 2024-02-27T22:29:04Z 2024-02-27T22:29:24Z When travel becomes time travel

We travel the world in search of the most incredible food, wine, human connection and other joys of the table. Along the way, we find ourselves transported — spiritually, emotionally and even transported in time.

Our Gastronomad Experiences always bring us to a thrilling state of mind, a feeling of being cast back into centuries past. Sometimes the modern world, with its technology and stress and industrialism is suddenly…. nowhere to be found. We can’t see it. And we can’t even feel it. And we ask ourselves: What century is this?

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2092919 2024-02-26T22:51:26Z 2024-02-27T15:36:31Z Enjoying an idyllic picnic at Tasmania's stunning Bay of Fires

Our friends Dylan and Jessica, plus Amira and I, had a great weekend in Tasmania's upper east side. The Bay of Fires has incredible beaches and famous orange rocks. We stopped off at a gourmet shop and picked up some cheese, bread, wine and other goodies. Jessica also found a really nice picnic basket. The friends, scenery, shade and food made this an absolutely perfect picnic. 

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2092913 2024-02-26T22:16:07Z 2024-02-26T22:16:31Z Why everyone is talking about smart rings

From Mike's List: "We know from its history of patent applications that Apple thinks different about smart rings. In addition to all the health tracking applications, Apple also sees smart rings as a gesture-controller for TVs, iPhones, iPads and Apple Vision Pro."

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2092756 2024-02-26T06:32:37Z 2024-02-26T06:32:38Z I'm on This Week in Tech: "Don't Tell the Moon!"

I'm on TWiT with host Leo Laporte and fellow guests Janko Roettgers and Alex Kantrowitz! 

We cover recent events from Nvidia, Google, AT&T, Walmart, Wyze, Reddit, Microsoft, SpaceX and more! 

Watch here now!

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2092398 2024-02-24T07:52:12Z 2024-02-24T07:54:11Z I ate a wallaby pie today in Tasmania

A wallaby looks like a small kangaroo. They're everywhere here in Tasmania, which does not have kangaroos. 

The place was a super nice organic bakery called Summer Kitchen in Ranelagh, Tasmania.  


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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2092053 2024-02-22T22:37:30Z 2024-02-22T22:37:30Z I encountered this chunky wallaby on a hike yesterday near the southern tip of Tasmania

He stood there looking at me and chewing for a minute before hopping off.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2091368 2024-02-21T03:11:00Z 2024-02-21T03:11:12Z Google Photos wanted to check to see if various people in my pile of pictures was actually me

I selected "Not sure."

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2091301 2024-02-21T00:19:09Z 2024-02-21T00:20:29Z The hidden high cost of return-to-office mandates

We all know by now that many business leaders want their employees to work in the office instead of at home. But most don’t understand why.

And we know that many employees want to work from home instead of the office. And most don’t understand why, either.

As a result, we have a standoff at many companies where corporate leadership is imposing return-to-office (RTO) mandates, and employees are resisting.

It’s time for everyone to really understand what’s driving the standoff.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2091299 2024-02-21T00:15:23Z 2024-02-21T00:15:24Z New AI glasses — better than Ray-Bans?

The newest entry into the AI glasses category comes from Brilliant Labs, the company that brought us that funky “Monocle” product I told you about last year. (I told you about it because someone customized it by adding ChatGPT functionality.) The product, called Frames, weigh 39 grams, which is an average weight even for ordinary prescription glasses.

Like Ray-Ban Meta glasses, Frames cost less than $400 — in this case, $349 — and also support prescription lenses. But unlike Ray-Ban Metas, these have a see-through screen interface visible to the wearer in the right frame only. Unlike Apple Vision Pro, where visual objects appear to be anchored in the real world, Frame glasses are heads-up displays like Google Glass, where the visual objects move with the head.

Augmented reality glasses like Xreal Air 2 can act as a screen for TV, video games and smartphones. This is different.

Frames show you AI content — specifically enabling interaction with the Perplexity genAI product I told you about in the last issue of Mike’s List. They give you “AI superpowers,” according to the company.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2091296 2024-02-21T00:10:59Z 2024-02-21T00:10:59Z Shopping for groceries in Tasmania

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2091295 2024-02-21T00:10:02Z 2024-02-21T00:10:20Z Following Google Maps directions in rural Tasmania and encountered this sign

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2091294 2024-02-21T00:05:01Z 2024-02-21T00:05:09Z Australia puts the "fun" in "fungus."

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2091292 2024-02-21T00:03:25Z 2024-02-21T00:03:25Z Meetings are about to get weird

No matter what, the meetings you attend are about to get… weird. In the short term, some of the people you meet with will become cartoon characters. In the long term, people will look like they’re streaming video, but will in fact be synthetic media avatars, and the person behind the avatar will be optional.

And, of course, if you’re willing to wear a headset, you’ll be meeting with holograms.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2084247 2024-02-03T03:12:42Z 2024-02-03T03:12:42Z Ghost sign on top of another ghost sign in Sydney
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2075290 2024-01-14T20:38:55Z 2024-01-14T20:38:56Z Pro tip: When taking pictures with Ray-Ban Meta Glasses, make sure your hat isn't in the frame

Doh!

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2075230 2024-01-14T18:07:43Z 2024-01-14T18:07:43Z Traffic jam caused by a cattle drive in Eastern El Salvador

One of the cows even hit the car. (Video via Ray-Ban Meta glasses)

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2074892 2024-01-14T00:00:00Z 2024-01-14T00:00:08Z Why return-to-office mandates fail

The question over whether to allow employees to work from home has been settled. Here’s the new normal.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2071029 2024-01-05T14:30:54Z 2024-01-10T15:53:45Z 2024 will be ‘The year of AI glasses’

Apple's pricey Vision Pro augmented reality platform is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2024. But by the end of the year, I predict the platform of the year will be — drum roll, please — AI glasses!

Wait, what?

That's right. Glasses that let you interact with artificial intelligence (AI) from the comfort of your own face will be the sleeper hit of the year. In fact, the buzz around market leader Meta has already begun.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2069852 2024-01-02T20:25:38Z 2024-01-02T20:25:51Z The main temple at Tulum in the mid 19th Century and more recently

The Tulum site was "discovered" in 1843 by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood in 1843, and this sketch was drawn by Frederick Catherwood a year later.

When Amira and I visited, you could pay extra to use the beach and site after closing, and we were the only ones visiting. The security guard, who's job is to keep people off the ruins, insisted that I sit on the ruins for a photo. So I pretended to use my laptop for the picture.  

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2069423 2024-01-01T19:56:02Z 2024-01-01T20:02:33Z Big workplace changes are coming in 2024. Are you ready?

Technologies and trends that have been developing for years will go mainstream in the new year, changing how, when, and where we work. Read my column in Computerworld.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2063465 2023-12-16T21:05:01Z 2023-12-16T21:05:34Z Silicon Valley boys and their toys


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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2061485 2023-12-12T03:09:59Z 2023-12-12T03:11:02Z Dispatch from The Oaxaca Gastronomad Experience: An epic, all-day epicurean gathering in a remote Oaxacan town


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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2061142 2023-12-11T15:22:37Z 2023-12-11T15:22:38Z You gotta have balls to ride around Oaxaca like this

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2057297 2023-12-01T18:09:52Z 2023-12-01T18:10:54Z The fast pace of AI change is an illusion

AI doesn’t advance with big breakthroughs that instantly change everything. OpenAI changed everything because it made generative AI tools available to the public and to developers. It was the public access to AI that changed everything, not a sudden set of breakthroughs specific to OpenAI.

Read my Computerworld column debunking hyperbolic rumors about OpenAI's Q* and setting the context for the actual slow pace of change in the AI field

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2055874 2023-11-28T00:04:36Z 2023-11-28T00:05:53Z Hybrid work trend of the moment: "coffee-badging"

"Coffee badging" is the practice of hybrid workers to show up to the office just to show their face and "make an appearance" to create the false impression that they're spending more time in the office than they really are. Some 58% of hybrid workers admit to "coffee badging," according to a June survey by Owl Labs

Some see it as a passive-aggressive protest against back-to-office mandates. But "Coffee badging" may be driving high levels of employee engagement. But it could reveal other cultural problems within the organization

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2054656 2023-11-23T21:32:42Z 2023-11-24T20:25:50Z Thanksgiving!


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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2054231 2023-11-23T07:26:09Z 2023-11-23T07:26:09Z My Thanksgiving rolls are done. Cause that’s how I roll.
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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2054174 2023-11-23T00:50:41Z 2023-11-23T07:41:30Z My sourdough Thanksgiving rolls are already done. Cause that’s how I roll.

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2054099 2023-11-22T16:19:13Z 2023-11-22T16:29:23Z Check out the Day of the Dead Ofrenda at Frida Kahlo's house in Mexico City

They do a different one every year, but this year's is pretty great. 

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tag:elgan.com,2013:Post/2053859 2023-11-22T01:56:38Z 2023-11-22T01:56:38Z Follow this guy. He's headed to one hell of a party.

(Spotted in Mexico City.) 

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