Amazon Dash Button for Mentos

If ever there was a frivolous device it’s the Amazon Dash Button. Unfortunately, they made one I couldn’t turn down. You all know that I’m obsessed with Mentos, so when I discovered there was a Dash Button that would send me Mentos at the touch of a button, I had to order it. It showed... Read more »

Posted on: 13 July 2016 | 9:15 pm

Making My House a Bit Smarter with SmartThings

I have been thinking about how to make my home smarter for a little while now, but never really had a truly compelling reason to make the investment. The most common use of smart home devices seemed to be turning on and off lights, which didn’t really appeal to me. I think a physical light... Read more »

Posted on: 18 April 2016 | 8:29 am

Present Wrapping of the Future

I was doing some shopping a few weeks ago at a local artists store and found an interesting item called a Japanese Furoshiki. It’s a colored cloth used to wrap presents in Japan (with no paper waste). There are a number of ways you an use it to wrap different shaped objects. The diagram to... Read more »

Posted on: 22 December 2015 | 8:16 am

2015 Holiday Geek Gift Guide

Black Friday 2015 has just come and gone, so it’s time for another Holiday Geek Gift Guide. I’ve been updating these gift guides for quite a few years to help with my own gift shopping for friends and family. I like  technology and gadgets (and general geekery) so I also like to give technology and... Read more »

Posted on: 28 November 2015 | 4:47 pm

Mentos Mentors

Well done, Mentos… well done. Kids giving adults live advice on making friends and meeting people. Mentos, the real-life equivalent of a friend request.

Posted on: 16 November 2015 | 6:46 pm

Business Card Video Game

Business cards = boring Business cards that play video games = AWESOME! A kickstarter project called Arduboy has taken an Arduino board and stripped it down to its core components, making it small enough to fit into a credit-card sized package. The entire thing is just 1.6mm thick! So while it’s probably not priced cheap... Read more »

Posted on: 27 October 2015 | 9:15 am

Makerbase

Anil Dash and Gina Trapani (the awesome people who created Thinkup – check it out if you haven’t heard of it) recently launched a new site called Makerbase. The new site is a big database of digital projects and the people who made them. It’s kind of an IMDb for makers and their projects. Just... Read more »

Posted on: 15 August 2015 | 11:33 pm

The 1980’s JC Penney Christmas Catalogs

A real hero named Wishbook on Flickr has taken the time to lovingly scan a large number of holiday catalogs from going back to the late 60’s through the early 90’s (including the big Sears and JC Penny Wish Books). I can remember scouring these catalogs as a child picking out what I wanted for... Read more »

Posted on: 21 March 2015 | 9:29 pm

Map the Zombie Attack

Ever wondered what would happen if you were patient zero in a zombie attack? Zombie-town USA uses: Gillespie dynamics on block-level census data from 2010 using 308 million people interacting across the continental US. Drop the first zombie in your town and see how it moves across the nation.

Posted on: 18 March 2015 | 9:06 pm

A Few New Mentos Videos

A couple new Mentos videos have made their way to my feeds lately. The first one has been making the rounds on the (odd) news sites lately. A kid scotch tapes Mentos to himself and jumps into a tub filled with Coke. Hilarity ensues… The second video is an official commercial from Mentos for their... Read more »

Posted on: 5 March 2015 | 4:23 pm