Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Join Me In The Fight For Space

I have been in love with space since I was a little kid. It started while watching episodes of the original Star Trek with my Dad. I knew we didn't have ships like the USS Enterprise and that we couldn't travel to other planets, but I always felt, always knew, that it was just a matter of time before it happened. My enthusiasm was shared by my Dad, who encouraged my curiosity and answered all my questions about what we would do someday. Not might, would.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fūl Powerbag Backpack: Carry Your Stuff, Charge All Your Gadgets

I'm always on the lookout for ways to keep my gadgets charged when I travel. That usually refers to my phone when I'm at conventions, where service is terrible and my trusty iPhone battery dies quickly -- but sometimes it's my kids' iPods or an iPad or even other phones. It can be a pain when you're on the move and don't want to stuff a charger and a bunch of cables and connectors into your bag. Which is where the Powerbag Backpack 3000 comes into play. It provides not only a sturdy backpack with plenty of pockets for all your stuff, but also a built in charger and connectors so you can charge no matter where you go.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brookstone's Big Blue Audio: Wireless Speakers With Punch

The problem with a lot of our snazzy devices is that, although they hold a ton of music and will play it, they don't sound all that good. You turn up the volume on your phone or your laptop and the sound gets tinny or distorted or just plain awful enough that you have to be hooked to your device with a pair of earbuds or it's just not worth it. Brookstone's new Big Blue Audio products provide an affordable solution to this problem with Big Blue Studio and its portable little sister Big Blue Live.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fall TV Hopes: Revolution, Do No Harm and Arrow

Last year, about this time, I was looking forward to the debuts of Terra Nova, Falling Skies and Pan Am. I know that last one doesn't quite fit in with the others, but I was on a Mad Men binge last summer and it seemed like a chance to get my fix of the era in between seasons. Pan Am made it all of 14 episodes, Terra Nova made it 11 and for reasons I can't fathom, Falling Skies is still on the air. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #26: Chevy's Mom Engineers Talk Cars, Encouraging Kids' Dreams

General Motors recognizes the importance of having women involved in the development of its cars and had a whole team of mom engineers working on the new Chevy Malibu. I talk with two members of that team and discuss what it's like being a woman in a predominantly male field as well as how to encourage kids to pursue their dreams in spite of stereotypes that might tell them otherwise. 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

World's Most Powerful Laser Needs World's Most Powerful Shark

Every now and then I see a headline and my brain switches so firmly into geek mode that I shock myself. That's what happened when I read "World's Most Powerful Laser Shot Ever Fired" while aimlessly surfing the internet and refusing to be productive. This is a very cool scientific event and the article included some very nifty science facts.

"The shot with the 192 laser beam system delivered more than 500 trillion watts of peak power and 1.85 megajoules of ultraviolet laser light to its target, measuring 2 millimeters in diameter. That’s 1,000 times more power than the United States uses at any instant in time and 100 times more energy than any other laser regularly produces today."

There are real world applications for this thing, like igniting hydrogen fusion fuel which would provide us with an environmentally friendly fuel source. Yes, this is very real, very important stuff. Still, all my mind can see is this...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nathan Fillion Plus Bacon Equals Win!

My inbox has been overflowing with useless email over the last few weeks. Even the useful ones turn into endless threads that have nothing to do with the topic in the subject line. Of course, there's at least one person still responding to the actual topic and for that reason I'm forced to read through every single message. Every. One. So, I decided that Nathan Fillion and bacon would save me.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why I Love Kickstarter

The first Kickstarter I contributed to was about two years ago. It was a project that sounded pretty cool and I wanted to help make it happen. I was so excited when it fully funded that I did little cartwheels in my living room. They were very little due to my lack of skill, not my lack of enthusiasm. It was exhilarating to see someone put an idea out there and then have enough people see the beauty of it to hand over their money.  It's so much better than buying stuff in a store.

Monday, July 9, 2012

House of Marley: Headphones and Earbuds With Exceptional Sound

The first set of headphones I owned came with a Walkman cassette player. They were flimsy with uncomfortable foam pads that covered my ears, a wire that was prone to making the sound crackle, and a thin metal band that went over my head and was bent in twenty places by the time I was done. The sound quality? Well, there was sound, so technically they functioned. The House of Marley audio products are infinitely superior to those old headphones, and even to the ones I've been using today.

Friday, July 6, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #25: First Lego League Global Innovation Award Interview

This week I’m joined by two members of the First Lego League team Moderately Confused which recently won the Global Innovation Award. Arjun Kumar and Jacob Hoylman talk about how they got involved in First Lego League and the process that led to their team winning the $250,000 award to bring the team’s product to market. Listen in as these guys share their enthusiasm and excitement for building, creating and solving problems that affect us all.

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Music: Rebecca Angel

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hone: A Kickstarter to Find Your Darn Keys

There's nothing quite as frustrating as getting ready to leave the house in the morning and not being able to find your keys. This is usually more likely to happen on a day when you're already running late or you overslept and can't see straight, or your kids are missing a shoe or a glove or their school bags. It's one of those moments of parenting hell that we've all endured. Lucky for all of us, the days of searching the house for our keys are soon to disappear thanks to the folks behind Hone.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Countdown to San Diego Comic-Con

If you have a bucket list, and you're a geek, then attending San Diego Comic-Con is likely on that list. It's probably somewhere at the top along with getting Stan Lee's autograph, building a sonic screwdriver and finding a DeLorean that really can travel through time. Although attending #SDCC is probably one of the less difficult items on the list, it's still a pricey overwhelming adventure that many people only get to do once. So, how do you do it all?