Brian Banmiller's blog

A Three Day Weekend

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Want to start your weekend a little earlier? Start managing your week a little better.

Everyone with a five day week wishes it was a little shorter and the weekend a little longer. Turns out even if you can't convince your boss to give you a four day work week, you can make it feel like one. According to the blog fastcompany.com there are ways to manage your time so efficiently that Friday can be taken a lot more loosely. Then you can use it to prepare for the coming week or take care of anything you've been keeping on the back burner.  read more »

Self-Driving Taxi

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Dubai is testing out a new cab service and you're gonna need a strong stomach to hail a ride.

High above the city streets a one man self-driving hover taxi is preparing for an official launch this July. The Ehang 184 four can travel on a programmed course at 60 miles per hour at an altitude of 1,000 feet. Passengers just need to select a destination for the taxi to take off, fly the route and touch down again in the chosen spot.  read more »

Cashing In On Your Voice

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Do you have a voice that makes people sit up and pay attention? Why not cash in on those vocal cords?

“We have people who a little bit of it is luck right but we also have some very talented people who've been able to land some big national radio campaigns for significant clients and can make six figures pretty easily.”

Kevin Rasted is the director of on camera and voice over division at San Francisco based MDT talent agency. He says the Silicon Valley boom has created a lot of work for voice over talent, and for most people all they need is a couple of classes and an at home microphone.  read more »

Free College

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College is getting a lot more affordable for some qualified students in San Francisco.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has announced that the City College of San Francisco will begin offering free tuition to city residents. The cost of the experiment is $5.4 million and will cover current students, and allow the school to expand by 20%. In addition to that, low income students who qualify will also see the cost of their books covered.

The money is coming from a ballot approved tax that is expected to be made available at the start of the next school year. People who have been living in the city for at least one year are eligible for the free education; and San Francisco isn't the only city to test these waters.  read more »

Orangutan Dating

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Scientists are looking for ways to increase the population of certain species; and they're turning to online dating to help the odds.

Orangutans in a Dutch zoo are getting a little help in finding a mate thanks to a new research projects that is drawing comparisons to Tinder. For humans, the dating site works by popping up a picture of a person that matches your criteria and you can swipe left or right based on your first impression. For the Orangutans biologists investigate their emotional responses when looking at images of the same species on a touch screen.  read more »

Jobs for 2017

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It's a brand new year and as the world continues to move forward so does your nine to five.

The job market is changing with new technology adding and removing opportunity. So what will 2017 bring us when it comes to advancing your resume? To help you figure out what gig you might be qualified for MSN Money has a list of the eight jobs that the New Year is putting on the radar.

For example, a simulated astronaut. You have to meet the basic requirements of the NASA astronaut program and it only brings in 18 grand a year but you can say you helped put people on the red planet by simulating life on Mars.  read more »

Hologram Technology

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Technology is evolving and now the impossible might not be so far out of reach.

Flying cars, hover boards and shoes that lace themselves are no longer part of Hollywood fiction; instead they are items people can own. And now, thanks to the advances we have made it's possible for someone to be in two places at once.

French presidential candidate Jean Luc Melenchon is trying as hard as he can to spread his message along the campaign trail; and he's using technology to do it. At a rally last week a hologram of him giving his campaign speech was projected by satellite to the crowd. While supporters call it an example of his forward thinking, critics say it's nothing more than a gimmick designed to distract the voters. And he isn't the only one using holograms to boost business.  read more »

Voice Over Technology

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Technology might be changing the world, but for one industry it's opening a few doors.

For almost 30 years the San Francisco based talent agency MDT has been linking clients with people who provide on camera and voice over work. And now advances in the equipment available has made that job just a little bit easier.

“With the advent of less expensive more quality microphones voice over talent are now able to record from the comfort of their own home instead of having to go into a studio and buy studio time to audition. Now they can record in their pajamas at home and shoot over an audition, we give that to the client right away.”  read more »

Hoots

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Hooters is bringing in some male servers; but the new eye candy has a catch.

Hooters, the restaurant chain known for its wings and scantily clad female wait staff is jumping into the world of fast food. Earlier this week the management team behind Hooters announced it was opening a new restaurant to be called “Hoots.”

It will feature a one page menu with some of the fan favorite items from Hooters and a full bar. But there will be male and female servers and they will take your order behind a counter. Then you pick up your food and head to your table. A style, similar to how things work at companies such as McDonald’s Burger King and Chick-Fil-A.  read more »

Tweeting Your Dreams True

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Twitter is in the business of keeping the world connected; and one man is using that to his advantage.

Right now there are more than 317 million active Twitter accounts. Some people use it to stay informed, others for networking and some to reach people they would normally have no chance of talking to. Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia found that out when he became the subject of a relentless Twitter campaign from one of his fans.  read more »