Podcast #8 – Keith Mulvin on CoHoots Phoenix

DesertStandard Podcast 8 Keith Mulvin CoHoots PhoenixThe eighth podcast is with Keith Mulvin the Community Manager of CoHoots. We talk about growing up in the Phoenix Valley,how he ended up working at CoHoots, what drives him to stay in Phoenix, and a few places to get some food or drinks downtown.

In the last 10 years the growth of coworking spaces in the US has had a lot of buzz. Instead of a traditional office or executive suite, where everyone is with the same organization and working by themselves, a coworking space basically removes the walls and lets people from various companies and groups work side by side. In Phoenix there are a number of coworking spaces but there has been one in the Downtown area that has grown quickly and established itself as a great place to get work done and meet interesting individuals.

Check out their website at Cohootsphx.com

Podcast #7 – the BitPanther interview

Podcast Chris Pena and Bit PantherSat down with Chris Pena’s new band Bit Panther and am pretty sure its the first interview they have ever done which is rad. I ran into these guys a few weeks ago when they were playing at Lost Leaf and they killed it so I had to get them on the Podcast.

We get all over the map with this interview from where the guys are from to their thoughts on the Phoenix music scene to the future of the music industry. I tried recording their session but have no idea how to do that so instead here is The System:

Bit Panther is:
Chris Pena – Vocals, Piano, Synth
Bransom Nijam – Synth Bass
Paul Defay – Piano
Jordan Thompkins – Drums
Bit Panther Website
Bit Panther on Facebook
Bit Panther on Twitter
Bit Panther on Soundcloud

Bit Panther upcoming shows:
Rogue Bar on the Aug. 30th
The Trunk Space On Sep. 7th.

Other bands BitPanther recommends:
Hasty Escape
Stella Cutta
Vial Of Sound
The Hill in Mind
The Stakes
The Sugar Thieves
Robots with Ray Guns

Podcast #5 – Zoe Von Diether – Vegan Bake Sale in Phoenix

DS-Podcast5-Image-300Moving along into the 5th episode of the DesertStandard podcast we have an interview with the one and only Zoe Von Diether. She joins us to discuss growing two events that she is hosting in October. Have a listen to learn more about Zoe, growing up in Phoenix, why she loves working out in the gym, and her passion for vegan bake sales, saving pigs, working with Autism Speaks, and being awesome.

Show Notes:
Vegan Bake Sale in Phoenix for Autism Speaks
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/154774608060747/
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time-11:00am until 5:00pm
Hosted at 11th Monk3y Apparel and Designs
1022 W Grand Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Zoe needs Vegan Bakers. So if you can bake something tasty that is also vegan then you should go to the event Facebook page and contact her.

Also if you have a band that can play to the G level then she wants you to play for as long as you want.

Grand Avenue Festival happening on Oct 19th
-They need a website update for 2013 event
-Here is 2012 webpage http://grandavephoenix.com/grand-avenue-festival/

IronWood Pig Sanctuary Pumpkin and Blanket Drive – Pigs in a Blanket
-Pumpkin and Blanket Drive – Oct 19th at 11th Monkey
-Looking for employees, need to live in the area, or be down with camping in area and want you to be vegetarian
-Hard work, working on the farm
-Looking for bands

Autism Speaks Walk
Looking for bands

Jawbone UP and IFTTT: Getting them connected

getting UP and IFTTT to play niceI wrote out a long post on this because its Saturday and I like to talk, even through text. If you want the solution that I found to connecting Jawbone UP to IFTTT click here or scroll to the bottom of this post. If you have nothing better to do go ahead and read the whole post, see if I care (hint: I do, please read my words, pretty please).

Getting more and more cyborg

Recently I participated in a study conducted by ASU on the Jawbone UP wristband. As a result of doing a variety of tasks from: taking a survey, to folding towels, to walking in a hallway, to running, and a few other things; I was given an UP wristband. Thus began my entry into a movement loosely known as the Quantified Self. I will go into way more detail as I use the device more, but suffice it to say I am hooked and it is helping me move around more and track what I am eating.

Sharing your Steps

One of the neatest features I learned about the wristband, and its iPhone app also called UP, is that Jawbone has an API that allows other services to interact with it. So if you already use an app to track your running you can have it synchronize with UP. The really cool part about this is that you can connect UP with a web service called If This Then That or IFTTT.

IFTTT allows you to connect a wide variety of web services to do a variety of things automatically for you with Recipes. For example you can connect Facebook to Dropbox, and anytime someone uploads a photo and tags you in it IFTTT will send a copy of that photo to your Dropbox.

With UP and IFTTT you can set it up so that when you hit your steps goal for the day. Or you can have a Google Spreadsheet created that gets updated with your nutritional information for each new day to give a tally of how you have been eating.

Setting up the Connection between IFTTT and UP

To setup IFTTT and UP you should just go to the IFTTT website or iPhone app and connect them in the Channel section.

However there is a possibility that you will try to set up the connection from within the UP iPhone app in the App Gallery section. If you do this the services will not connect for some reason that is beyond my purview of knowledge, but trust me when I say that it will not work and further cause you pain and agony to resolve. Unless you read this post first and learn from my mistake and pain, and in the end find joy!

How not to connect UP and IFTTT and how to fix that mistake

As you can guess by now I went into the UP iPhone app went to the App Gallery, clicked on the IFTTT option, entered my IFTTT login data, and accepted the connection. Then I went to the IFTTT iPhone app to start creating some Recipes, but when I selected the UP option it was still greyed out. No problem I thought I will just give it my UP login info, and we will be off to the races. After I clicked on the Accept button the IFTTT app replied that they could not Connect the app to UP.

So I called Jawbone to make sure everything was cool with my account. They answered the phone quickly, and had be delete and reinstall both apps. No change to my situation and no additional help from Jawbone.

So I hit up IFTTT on twitter and they gave me the support@ifttt.com email which took a day to respond only to ask me to reinstall both apps. If you recall this is not a working solution.

So I was already in Dante’s fifth circle and now headed straight to the seventh.

I went onto the Jawbone message boards and got some great encouragement but no solutions.

Finally I walked myself back through the setup process and realized that in the UP iPhone app the IFTTT app still had a green checkmark next to its name in the App Gallery. My suspicion was that I needed to remove this connection but no one could give me an answer on how to do this. After doing a Google search I found this page https://jawbone.com/kb/articles/432.html which near the bottom lists how to remove an app from the UP app.

So without further ado I give you my solution to getting UP and IFTTT to play nice with each other. Enjoy.

Resolving connection issue with UP and IFTTT

  1. On your iPhone go into the UP app.
  2. Click on the three bar button in the upper left corner
  3. Click on Settings
  4. Click on Privacy & Sharing
  5. At the bottom of this page will be all Apps you have added in the UP gallery. To remove click on the minus (-) sign on the left side of the App name that you want to remove, in this case IFTTT.
  6. A delete button will appear to the right of the App name. Click on that to remove the App from the UP app.
  7. The App should now be removed but I did find that I had to exit the UP app a few times and redo this process to get it to completely remove itself from the UP app.
  8. Once this has been removed you need to go to the IFTTT app or website and connect to UP via the channel section. Once you do this UP and IFTTT will be connected and you can rock on.

This was a pretty long winded article for just a short and simple resolution but I wanted to point out how difficult this was to complete. If Jawbone setup the UP app properly there would be a Delete option from within the app in the App Gallery. Simple fix.

Linkpost: Motley Fool rips Sprouts IPO after stock’s red-hot debut – Phoenix Business Journal

Interesting article:

Motley Fool rips Sprouts IPO after stock’s red-hot debut – Phoenix Business Journal

I would say that the motley fool analyst is the fool here. Compared to whole paycheck Sprouts is a pleasure to shop at and keeps a very down to earth feel while providing excellent products at a good price. I guess I should pick some stock up.
via Motley Fool rips Sprouts IPO after stock’s red-hot debut – Phoenix Business Journal http://m.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/business/2013/08/motley-fool-rips-sprouts-ipo-after.html?ana=RSS

Podcast Episode 4 – Jump the Arizona Politician

Desertstandard podcast Jumping the Arizona Politician

Lets do it. Lets talk politics in Arizona.

My stance: business owner, liberal, conservationist, vegan, and dog lover

I think society exists to help people cooperate with each other and government should be a tool that we use to make this happen. I don’t want government to tell me everything about my life but I do like having roads and helping people is the least fortunate positions with food and shelter. Greed is not good and a lassiez-faire approach to governing leads to situations where a few abuse the many. I don’t assume to have all of the answers but I know that not speaking up is the same as agreeing even when I disagree. I hope to discuss the real issues of the day and not fall into petty discussions of the day, lets see how long that lasts.

Many people ask me: Why even bother voting in a Republican dominated state?

I look at the newtonian principle that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So every time I vote against the ruling party I create some amount of effort that goes against the prevailing attitude of the day. I also hope to influence others to at least vote and perhaps change their mind about who they choose to elect to represent them.

On a propositional level Arizona did legalize medical marijuana with Prom203 in 2010. Thats a pretty liberal action for a republican state to make. Sure the republicans in office are making a good show of fighting the implementation of the law but its happening nonetheless.

Other view is that if I am going to effect more change then I should be where people have a difference of opinion from me rather than only with like minded people. We can be civil and have a conversation about our differences and at the end be adults and agree to disagree. Yes emotions are going to play a part inherently in these conversations since we are dealing with how we choose to live together. What’s important is that we educate ourselves about the issues with as much information as we can and not rely on one source of information.

Interesting blogs on Arizona politics with a left of center view:

Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion – http://www.rumromanismrebellion.net/
Interesting opinions from Tucson, Phoenix’s southern slightly more liberal city. Hosted by ‘Tedksi’ who has worked in some capacity on a number of Democratic campaigns and even served as the vice chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. His posting schedule over the last 60 days is sporadic but substantial with most posts going well over 500 words.
Ramdom Musings – http://cpmazrandommusings.blogspot.com/
Craig McDermott posts a lot on this Blogspot hosted politics blog. He focused on Arizona politics but spent some time talking about the George Zimmerman trial last month. He gets really in depth about the mechanics of politics with a lengthily article on politicians facing term limits back on July 4th this year.
Politics Uncuffed – http://politicsuncuffed.com/
Julie Erfle started Politics Uncuffed after her husband and Phoenix police officer Nick Erfle was shot and killed by an illegal alien with a felony record. When politicians and pundits began spinning the story Julie felt the need to speak up and started writing on the issues on March of 2011. She has posted a lot but seems to be slowing in the last 60 days with only one post in July. She also appears to be chair of the Protect Your Vote Committee though that is not pointed out on her website.
Blog for Arizona – http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/
The Huffington Post of Arizona politics with a multitude of writer supplying a lot of content.
Democratic Diva – http://www.democraticdiva.com/
WIth a number of contributors listed on the site as :Krista, Donna, Katie, Naomi, and Tiffany” the Diva blog stays pretty busy with 21 posts in the last 60 days. it seems most posts are from Donna Gratehouse who has run for office in the Arizona State Senate and been a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Arizona Eagletarian – http://stevemuratore.blogspot.com/
With a nice play on words for his title bringing the virtues of egalitarianism together with the symbol of the bald eagle Steve Muratore creates a Arizona politics blog worth reading.

Current News and Issues:

City of Phoenix City Council Elections for even numbered districts – 2, 4, 6, and 8

Learn about the candidates in your district: http://phoenix.gov/cityclerk/services/electinfo/clist.html
Election Day is August 27th but you will be able to vote at centers on Saturday Aug 24th and Monday Aug 26th. Early voting started Aug 1st with mail in ballots appearing in mailboxes last Thursday.
The City Council members are elected to four year terms and may serve for three consecutive four year terms. They receive a salary of $61,610 and seem to spend a lot of time focused on the salary and benefits programs of city employees. It would be cool if they got rid of the suicide lanes on 7th St and 7th Ave, and added more bike lanes as well, just saying.

House Bill 2305
  • Making it more difficult to start citizen initiatives
  • Kicking people off the early voter rolls
  • Keeping third parties off the ballot
  • And making it a felony for volunteer groups to help elderly, homebound, disabled and economically disadvantaged voters get their early voting ballots to the polls.
  • You can go to protectyourvoteaz.org to learn more and take action.

    Happy 20th Tent City!

    On August 3rd 1993 Sheriff Joe created what will be one of the mainstays of his legacy in Arizona: Tent City. Rather than build a real jail to house his inmates Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio saved some money and just put up some tents in the middle of the desert. The 1.8 Million he saved has since been well spent and them some on the various lawsuits his office has incurred over the last 2 decades. Happy anniversary indeed.