A pet video phone

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Calculating time difference with sky colors

Sometimes you just want to know what color the sky has in Tokyo.

It seems there are two main reasons to use a timezone calculator. The first one is to find out if you can call them without waking them up in the middle of the night. The other one is to find the least devastating time for a meeting between two or more timezones.

In the first case, you probably don’t need the exact time, but more something like the color of the sky.

In the second case, you need some exact times for the meeting invite.

So Kenneth and I made a website that does that – and only that. You can check it out on local-time.in

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We also made a Chrome extension. In both versions, you can either type in the hour you want to try out, or just use the arrow buttons to cycle through the day.

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Ideas? Bugfixes? Github.

A remote control with one button

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I posted this idea to Medium a while back. The channels on your tv are currently ordered by their channel number, or, if you have cable, by which channel pays the most. But what if they were ordered by how interesting they are to you, right now

Thinking about it since then, and monitoring my own use of cable tv, I feel quite confident that flow tv will be of less and less importance. I took this position 10 years ago, and then slowly crept back to thinking that it might have a role after all. You’re hiring the TV to get relaxed and distracted. For that flow tv is great. Except it isn’t. There’s just too much junk, and you always come in somewhere the middle of a show. I still want a one-button remote, just without the flow channels. It should learn that I watch news around 10pm and the occasional talk show after that. Not at exactly that time, but in that order.

Medium: How a remote control with just one button could make your TV great again