Smart Home Part Two: Smartthings, Amazon Echo, and Harmony Remote

Check out my last smart home post, Making My House a Bit Smarter with SmartThings, to see how things got started. I’ve been slowly making additions to make my home smarter over the past year. I received an Amazon Echo for my birthday this year (thanks Jess!). Out of the box, it has the ability... Read more »

Posted on: 30 January 2017 | 7:47 am

The Robots are Writing Christmas Songs

I’m pretty sure this is one of the indicators of the upcoming robot rebellion. Apparently the University of Toronto pointing some artificial intelligence at a photo of a Christmas tree, and it came up with a (very odd) Christmas song. This “neural karaoke” program can look at an image and make it into a creepy... Read more »

Posted on: 10 December 2016 | 11:34 am

2016 Holiday Geek Gift Guide

Another Black Friday has passed us by. It’s now Cyber Monday and the beginning of cyber week (is that new? how long have we called it cyber week?) so that means it’s time for another Holiday Geek Gift Guide. This is the 13th year I’ve created a gift guide. It started as a way for... Read more »

Posted on: 28 November 2016 | 5:55 pm

Doom 2 Seinfeld Edition

A brilliant developer (and Seinfeld fan) Doug Keener has created a Seinfeld version of Doom 2… and it’s awesome! You can download and play the game too.

Posted on: 29 September 2016 | 9:37 pm

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 likeĀ  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