Sunday, August 05, 2018

Another New Website - willengland.com

In the never-ending quest to learn platforms, build my personal brand and such, I've stood up a premium Wix account to host https://www.willengland.com/.  Go take a look - I've just gotten the basics started there; a video page, a blog, and even a favicon!

Nice layout and look and feel; relatively easy to build on if you're used to contextual menus.  Their new Blog tool reminds me of the LinkedIN article editor.

Next steps could be an eCommerce shop to sell something; link to a photo sales site for photo shoots etc.  Who knows?  More of a test bed for bigger accounts like the Shawnee Mission West Band and W&N Photography, and get my hands around using it for what the kids call a 'side hustle' these days (and back in the day too).

Post your feedback in the comments - always looking for constructive feedback!

 - Will England

LG G7 ThinQ Swipe to Search Personal Content - Sprint Product Ambassadors

LG had deeply integrated Google into the G7 ThinQ, and one of the great features they've done is given you a search engine for all of your personal content!  Now, this is only visible to you and only you can search your personal content, but it's far nicer than swiping back through emails just to remember the thing you were looking for was in a text.  It's easier to show than type about watch this brief video:


I hope this helps you enjoy your LG G7 ThinQ even more!
- Will England, Sprint Product Ambassador

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Using Google Lens on the LG G7 ThinQ - Sprint Product Ambassadors

LG had heavily integrated into the Google environment, using their AI and many other features rather than developing their own proprietary in-house solutions.  One very useful feature is the Google Lens.  Check out a video of how it works and how to use the Google Lens on the LG G7 ThinQ!


Thanks for watching and I hope this helped you learn a bit more about the powerful features on the LG G7 ThinQ!
-- Will England

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Managing Storage Space on the LG G7 ThinQ - Sprint Product Ambassadors

While your phone comes with a ton of onboard storage, with the high res video camera and today's apps and games it's easy to fill that up.  Check out this brief video on how to manage your storage space!


The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Friday, July 06, 2018

Unboxing the LG G7 ThinQ - Sprint Product Ambassadors

The newest LG G7 ThinQ is a powerhouse of a phone - let's check out the unboxing!



Really looking forward to using this phone more!

 - Will England


The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Configuring the LG G7 ThinQ Side Buttons - Sprint Product Ambassadors

The LG G7 ThinQ continues to surprise me with nice features.  Instead of hard-coded shortcuts for the side buttons (volume, etc) the ThinQ offers several different options to configure what the side buttons do!



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-- Will England

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cleaning up the Moto E5 - Sprint Product Ambassadors

Sprint, like all carriers, offers a wide selection of pre-installed apps for your enjoyment and use.  Many you'll find useful and helpful -- others, not so much.  Fortunately, Sprint has made it very customer friendly to remove un-used preinstalled apps from your Moto E5!  Watch the video for more information on removing pre-installed apps from your Moto E5 Plus.


-- Will England

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Moto E5 Plus Moto Actions and Display Tips - Sprint Product Ambassadors

Motorola has brought their flagship Moto Actions and more to the E series phones. Check out the video for some tips on using Moto Actions on your Moto E5 Plus!


-  Will England

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Hands Free Activation of the Moto E5 Plus - Sprint Product Ambassadors

The fastest, simplest activation of your Sprint Handset - no computer, store visit or call needed  - all the activation for a swap or new line of service needed!  See how easy it is to get your new Moto E5 Plus online and working.


 -- Will England

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Moto E5 Plus Unboxing Video - Sprint Product Ambassadors

The new midrange Moto E5 Plus comes with a 6" screen and a 5,000 mAh battery, along with super fast charging capability.  Take a look at what comes in the box and what the phone looks like!



- Will England, Sprint Product Ambassador


The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Moto E5 Plus Photo Comparison - Sprint Product Ambassadors

A couple of posts ago we saw a photo comparison where the photos from the E5 looked dull and washed out compared to a premium phone.  So I had to try it -- I shot photos from my Samsung Galaxy S8, the Moto E5 (both automatically set to HDR) and my long in the tooth Canon T3i DSLR. All photos were processed through Adobe Photoshop Elements to resize them to 1800px wide and add the text; no other corrections were done.


First, the 'Reference Shot' from the Canon T3i - washed out.  Evaluative metering couldn't handle the bright sun on the tree and the dark shadows in the back corner.  But I wanted to keep the composition the same - for a better shot, you'd eliminate some of the contrast.



Next up, the Samsung Galaxy S8.  Much better job with the auto HDR - shot with no changes to the settings, just point and shoot, keeping the composition the same.



Finally, the Moto E5 Plus.  A bit darker in the dark areas, but the brightly lit tree has better definition.  All in all, the Moto E5 Plus will shoot.  I have no complaints about the 12 MP camera outdoors.



- Will England, Sprint Product Ambassador  #sprintemployee

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Typewriter Fonts

Found this brilliant site with dozens of old typewriter fonts - they truly look like old, worn down, thin ribbon typewriter typing (minus the whiteout - although you can almost smell the whiteout when you read it on the printed page).

http://www.1001fonts.com/typewriter-fonts.html

Seems to work well on the Mac!

- Will England

Monday, June 11, 2018

2000 June Blues Fest at Grant Park

Back in the day we'd roadtrip up to Chicago every June for the Chicago Blues Fest and sit on the lawn at Grant Park, enjoying the day go by.  Here's a short clip of (I believe) the last Blues Fest held in Grant Park.



Saturday, June 09, 2018

Overdone

9 years ago I worked a full day; went to happy hour, then to Westport for Crystal Method.  I'm not 25 anymore.  Quick livestream from the couch.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

How to remove the Radio from Subaru Forrester

Too long, didn't watch: The climate control cables have to be removed by crawling on your back upside-down and popping out the cables.  Even more cables to handle on the Automatic Climate Control models.  Also known as 'why to take it to the pro shop for a new radio'.  $200 is worth not bending this 45 year old back upside down in the floorwell of the car.  It sucked when I was 21, it will most definitely suck now.



Subaru Symmetrical AWD vs. Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagen

Great information on buying used cars with AWD; too long didn't watch: Subaru with their all wheel drive walked right up the 'ice' as did the VW 4Motion system.  Toyota and Honda were unable to make it up without traction on the front wheels. 



There's a reason I own a Subaru!



2006 Subaru Forester wind noise solution

Too long, didn't watch: Use screen spline, about 4' under the top gasket of the window seal. Ensure the screen spline is fully under the top gasket.



Saturday, May 26, 2018

Places to go in Nebraska

A very special treat is the Agate Fossil Beds NM in NW Nebraska. One of the finest Indian relic museums along with the fossils of an ancient savanna water hole. And if you run Hwy 2 in Nebraska, stop in at the Old Spade Ranch Store in Ellsworth, NE. Lots of cool history and the ranch used to be over 500k acres!

Courtesy Randy Collins, ST-Owners group.

- Will England

Friday, April 13, 2018

Tour of Honor 2018 - Iowa

As of 13-April, all three trophies are still open for Iowa.  Nice day (and a half?) ride to vacuum them up if the weather would cooperate.


2018 Tour of Honor In-State SS1K

Tour of Honor for Kansas 2018:

Unfortunately, all the trophies are taken for this  year.

 

Monday, April 09, 2018

First College Visit for Alec

Took Alec to K-State today for his first real college visit. My, how time files. I still remember picking him up from Canterbury preschool and hustling to Cub Scout meetings or the Karate dojo.

Now we're at K-State. Alec got nervous the second he stepped out of the Honda. After a bit of a wander we found our group. I got some good notes and poked them into Google Keep to share with him. He shot photos of the key slides and contacts.

Per the previous blog post, I will have to have a sit down and catch up with him on the big three Questions from the session. Campout coming up at the end of the month; should be a good time...

Toured the architecture and Design center - all brand new, 20,000 square feet of workshop space from lathes to laser engraving; from table saws to 3D printers. I was geeked especially compared to the dusty garage at KU.  Alec was just overwhelmed.

Toured the wrong dorm complex - all suites, felt like a nursing home from the first step. Nope. Aiming to find a better solution for him - with the anticipated 78 hours a week for class and project work, plus 6 hours (and all day on game day) for marching band, he's going to have to live in the dorms all 5 years. No way to have time to shop, clean, cook and run a 100 hour a week schedule.

But, for his 4th year he can head to Milan, Prague or London among other destination design centers for an international experience in architecture and design. Brilliant!

Great campus with a real quad, excellent library and superb support staff. Very friendly and welcoming from all of the students. Very comfortable sending him there.

- will england

Three Questions

What is your interest / passion / what do like to do?

What are you good at? Are you willing to become great? Significant at it? What are you willing to do to get better at? 

What do you value? What is non-negotiable to you? 

These were the things that were brought up during the Junior tour day at K-State by the Vice President of Admissions.


Monday, February 26, 2018

How I Packed for Philmont

Hey all - getting ready to send my wife and middle son off to Philmont, so I thought I'd give an idea of how I packed my pack for Philmont.

I used a Deuter 65+10 backpack; not the best choice for heavy loads, but cheap and light.

In the backpack I had 5 dry bags (sea to summit)

  • Clean clothes. About 8-10 liters.  Can also be used to wash clothes in
    • 3 pair wool socks
    • 3 moisture wicking t-shirts
    • 3 pair Underamour mesh compression underwear
    • 1 pair spare shorts
  • 'Stank Bag' - dirty clothes that cannot be reworn.  This goes up in the bear bag at night.
  • First Aid - red bag at the top of the pack
  • Jetboil stove for morning coffee
  • 8" plastic platter, TI long handled spoon and 8oz plastic cup for coffee.
  • Personal care bag - toothpaste, toothbrush, body wipes, diaper pins, Starbucks via packs, etc.  This goes up the bear bag at night.
  • Night bag - very small, one cotton t-shirt and a pair of basketball shorts to sleep in.
I carried 5 liters of water plus 2 spare collapsible 1-liter bottles for heading into dry camps.  Two nalgenes on the side pockets of the bag, plus an Osprey 3 liter bladder in the pack.

I put my North Face Dri-Down 16 degree sleeping bag (a bit overkill) plus Klymit air mattress and Thermarest inflator in the bottom compartment of the bag in my day pack (JanSport, 8oz).

Under the sleeping bag I put one pair Keens shoes for water crossings and camp shoes.

On the outside of the pack I wrapped my REI clone of a Helinox camp chair in my hardshell fleece. 
On the outside of the pack I carabinered the Frog Toggs $20 rain suit.
In the left hip-belt pocket I carried my leatherman Wave multi-tool.
In the right hip-belt pocket I carried my Canon waterproof camera.

On me was one pair Cabelas zip off pants; one pair Costco wool socks,  one pair Underarmour, one moisture wicking t-shirt, one PFG long sleeve shirt from Columbia for sun protection, one pair fingerless gloves, and one Tru-Spec cotton boonie hat, one pair Lowa Renegade GTX mid height boots.

All clothing was treated with a soak in 5% Permethrin bug treatment before leaving.

Just a touch heavier than needed but very effective. 

In the 'brain' or top of the pack were all three Philmont section maps, a spare compass, lighter with duck tape wrapped around it, pack cover and a journal and pencil, along with my headlamp.

In my chest pockets were second breakfast, 'elevensises', tea, high tea, and snacks.  I ate constantly.  Left cargo was spare snacks.  Right cargo was cell phone. 



Sunday, February 18, 2018

1989 WHS Europe Trip

29 years ago I was wandering around Europe for 21 days with a VHS camcorder.  Found the original master tape this weekend, so I digitized it and re-edited it, cleaning up some color fade and adding some transitional music to the silent bits.  Tried to keep the feel of the '16 year old with a camcorder' look...



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Managing space on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active - Sprint Product Ambassadors

While your phone has 64gb of memory, it's always useful to use the tools on board to make the most of your memory. Watch and see how you can clear up large files, empty files and unnecessary files.

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Fun Camera Tricks on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

With the incredible video camera on the Samsung Galaxy S8, you can do an amazing array of tricks with your photos and videos - one being a great slow-motion capture!  Click to watch!


The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Comparing the Samsung S8 Active - Sprint Product Ambassadors

So how does the Samsung Galaxy S8 compare to the rest of the premium phones on the market?  Click through to watch!

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active SIM and SD Card - Sprint Product Ambassadors

The Galaxy S8 Active comes with a weather sealed compartment to change your SIM card or add a Micro SD card - click to watch how to access it!



The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Samsung Galaxy S8 Unboxing - Sprint Product Ambassadors

Spring is coming, and with that the chance to get out and adventure in the wilderness - but is your phone up to the task?  While many new phones are water resistant and shock resistant, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is seriously built for the outdoors and all your adventures.  What does it look like coming out of the box?  


The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Timelapse

A 2000x compressed timelapse of my fixing dinner.  Shot on the Canon T3i as a test video for duration vs file size. 480p gives you full length video, while 720p and 1080p cut off at 12 minutes / 4GB file size.



Tuesday, January 09, 2018

SM West Band on Twitter

Alec and the Shawnee Mission West Band made a cameo on the SM West Sports Twitter account:

Monday, January 01, 2018

Shawnee Mission West at London New Years Day Parade - 2018

That was fun - up at 5 AM to be sure to catch the 6AM parade start here at GMT -6.  YouTube livestream is down; a random commenter mentioned that Reuters was streaming it live.  Tuned in just in time on the phone to catch the band!  Screencap via AZ Screen Recorder; audio via ambient audio.



But - hey - it's a memory!  Alec is in there at about 41 seconds for a half a second or so; he's playing a sax and has earmuffs on. Left center of the screen.







Enjoy!



Happy 2018 - Will England