Smart Shopping Carts

I just read this awesome post over at CrunchGear about smart shopping carts:

Shopping carts rigged up with a touch screens and barcode scanners might find their way into London supermarkets soon, according to Reuters. You'd simply scan an item and get a readout of how many calories, fat, and whatnot it contains. It'd be similar to looking at the back of item with your eyes except with a few more steps involved.

Cumbersome? Yes! But pretty nifty ;)

Interview in Second Life

I was just handed an article in today’s Wall Street Journal titled “A Job Interview You Don’t Have to Show Up For.” Apparently some big companies are experimenting with holding interviews in Second Life!! Personally, I think it’s a bit silly – but I guess I can see the merits if the job is for a programmer or tech savvy person.

But on Second Life, job seekers who are less tech-savvy are finding they can wind up shooting themselves in their virtual feet. When they start, some people have a hard time designing and controlling their avatars. Stephan Dowler, 37, a chef in Frederick, Md., went through an online training course offered by TMP before the recruitment event.

“I spent six hours working on the character and figuring out how to get around,” says Mr. Dowler, who applied for a job as an executive chef at Sodexho.

He named his avatar Estephan Dollinger. “I gave him a big nose and brown eyes like me,” he says. But he couldn’t figure out how to dress the avatar in a suit for the interview, so Estephan showed up wearing jeans and a pullover.

Mr. Dowler didn’t have any major technical problems, although during the job interview, he couldn’t figure out how to manipulate the avatar to sit in the chair — so he sat it on top instead. (Others at the event began floating in the air while doing their interviews.) It sometimes became confusing when different Sodexho employees asked him questions at the same time, he says.

I guess if you’re interviewing for Google and you can’t get your avatar to stay on the ground you might not be cut out for the job … but I still think you should see and talk to people in person – even if it is just for their second interview :)

8 Random Things

I have to be honest – I didn’t want to be tagged in this one :) I don’t know if I can come up with 8 things – anyway Rachel tagged me.

  1. I was in the color guard in high school
  2. I moved every 3 years as a kid cause my dad got bored – now, after I’ve lived somewhere 3 years I start to get the itch!
  3. My favorite comfort food is grilled cheese and tomato soup
  4. My most favorite place in the world is Venice, Italy
  5. I have twin sisters
  6. In college I used to play 3D pinball all the time – I had the highest score in our dorm!! (I think I still have the screenshot somewhere on a backup disk)
  7. My husband is throwing a temper tantrum cause he didn’t get 300,000 points in his peggle level
  8. It has taken me 20 minutes to come up with 8 things!!

8 Random People I’m Tagging

Chris Schwartz, RayAna Park, Brian Engard, Jennifer Lang, Darlene Fichter, David Lee King, Michael Sauers, Cliff Landis

Where do you fit?

PEW has a quick quiz to help you figure out where you fit in with other Internet users. Thanks Steve for pointing it out for me.

My results are not surprising. I’m an Omnivore!

Omnivores make up 8% of the American public.

Basic Description
Members of this group use their extensive suite of technology tools to do an enormous range of things online, on the go, and with their cell phones. Omnivores are highly engaged with video online and digital content. Between blogging, maintaining their Web pages, remixing digital content, or posting their creations to their websites, they are creative participants in cyberspace.

Defining Characteristics
You might see them watching video on an iPod. They might talk about their video games or their participation in virtual worlds the way their parents talked about their favorite TV episode a generation ago. Much of this chatter will take place via instant messages, texting on a cell phone, or on personal blogs. Omnivores are particularly active in dealing with video content. Most have video or digital cameras, and most have tried watching TV on a non-television device, such as a laptop or a cell phone.

Omnivores embrace all this connectivity, feeling confident in how they manage information and their many devices. This puts information technology at the center of how they express themselves, do their jobs, and connect to their friends.

Who They Are
They are young, ethnically diverse, and mostly male (70%). The median age is 28; just more than half of them are under age 30, versus one in five in the general population. Over half are white (64%) and 11% are black (compared to 12% in the general population). English-speaking Hispanics make up 18% of this group. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many (42% versus the 13% average) of Omnivores are students.

What are you?

It’s Finally Coming!!

Okay, here’s a little bit about me that you probably didn’t know. I am not a big gamer – I never was. In fact, until college my favorite games were Sim City (the original) and Oregon Trail (also the original). In college I met my husband and, gamer that he is, he introduced me to StarCraft – my all time favorite game!

Now, he has just informed me that after 9 years of waiting, StarCraft 2 is finally in development and it won’t be an MMOG (which I was worried about)!

I’m almost as excited about this as I am about the new Harry Potter :)