iPhoneography. Yes, it's a "thing" I'm into now.

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Well, it's been a while since I've posted anything, but I'll tell you, it's been a wild ride the last few months. I went from being a nearly out-of-work photographer to working a digital sales job, then back to being extremely busy taking and editing photo sessions. I also picked up a great part time teaching gig at one of our colleges in the visual arts arena; I've been teaching Photoshop, lighting in photography and portrait photography, and it's been a blast.


Next semester I'll be fairly busy as well. I'm picking up at least three additional classes, and come Spring, I hope to be in some classes myself. I see next Spring being chock-full of surprises, fun, stress and overall not-having-time-for-much-ness.

But, one thing I've picked up lately that I've been very dedicated to has been iPhoneography. Yes, it's an actual "thing" now. There are so many great apps for the iPhone in the Photography category, it's actually hard to keep them all straight. I've begun posting pictures on both iPhoneArt.com and Instagram, with some great social aspects being a result.

If you have an iPhone and love photography, it's definitely something you should look into. I recommend the applications Hipstamatic, Instagram, Adobe Photoshop Express, Pic Grunger, Vintage Scene and TiltShiftGen amongst others. Take a look, take 'em for a spin and have fun! Also, visit me at my iPhoneArt page!


nook eReader: Will I Buy a Real Book Again?

My beautiful wife and my wonderful (and beautiful) mom stopped by work last night and unleashed Father's Day upon me: they bought a Barnes & Noble nook eReader from me. Yes, they were buying it FOR me, but thought that it would be fun to also buy the unit from me while I was manning the nook counter at work. Let me tell you, they lit up the little techno-geeky reader in me!

I picked out the pleasantly antique-looking Chesterton Quote cover, and rung the whole shebang up at the register. My immediate first thought centered around which book I'd buy first (I'm actually still trying to decide that one...I also got a $50 gift card as part of the purchase) . My second thought? How often would I buy actual books anymore? Barring those books which I cannot get as eBooks yet (as it's up to the publisher to actually release any given book in that format...and some don't), I began thinking just how liberating the nook could turn out to be.

You see, I'm a hard core reader. I love books. I've read hundreds of books in my lifetime, and I don't see that trend stopping any time soon. My job at Barnes & Noble is perfect for me: I get to mix tech AND books every day. But, will I become heartsick for the feel of a good leather-bound classic? Will the thought of turning paper pages create a hole in my experience? Will my senses long for the smell of freshly-printed works? Actually, I don't think it will be as bad as it might sound.

Why, you ask? Well, I've been throwing around the pluses and minuses for a good, long while now, and I've come to the conclusion that it's all a matter of simple practicality, space management, and some good old love of tech. I realized that, in the old days, I used to carry around an entire bag full of books and magazines when I traveled. Nowadays, you can't take a flight with books like that without incurring a nice, fat fee. Plus, who would want to carry around an entire load of books when we're usually carrying around so much more in the first place?

I also have to consider my dwelling and its ability to house a library...I just don't have the bookshelf space I'd like to have. Sure, I'd love to have a "Library of Congress" sized space to put all the books I could, but the fact is that a lot of my books end up in rubbermaid tubs in our garage. That's no way for a good book to hang out, in my opinion.

It's no secret that I love the look, feel and smell of books. It reminds me of childhood when I stared at the bookshelves of my father and marveled at how one person could read so many books. I was raised reading and appreciating literature, and I still do to this day. But, having an eReader like nook makes my reading life just a little less cluttered and cumbersome.

Now, I can carry thousands of books on one device and they don't take up any more space or weight than the 11.2 ounce device itself. I can download books, newspapers and magazines over WiFi or 3G connections (which means virtually everywhere nowadays), and I'm usually paying less for each book than I would to own a physical copy. But, if a book I want to read isn't available in the eBook format, I CAN always purchase the real deal anyway. Options, options...

To me, the positives outweigh my innate need to hold or smell a real book. Practicality overrides simple tactile sense. I'll still buy real books when and if the need arises. But, my tech-crazy tendencies definitely win out in this situation, which happily coincide with my alter ego, The Geek Source...

-Posted from my iPad.


Facebook Security and Skankiness.

The question was recently posed as to whether or not I was going to ditch Facebook as the result of all the privacy (or lack thereof) issues. As the matter of fact, I can't check my Twitter account without seeing at least one reference to Facebook's horrid privacy model or someone asking if quitting is in order. Someone also pointed out Facebook's "skankiness" as a possible reason to ditch. So, what is my opinion on this pressing global matter?

Well, I'd pretty much say that "Mark Zuckerberg is an asshat." It's really that simple. Am I afraid that, by having a Facebook account, I'm going to reveal all of my deepest, darkest secrets? Am I terrified that my family and i are going to be taken in the middle of the night by a black-clad paramilitary force because of my Facebook wall posts? Not at all. I don't put anything online that I wouldn't tell someone myself. Why would I care if somehow the photo of me eating messily out of a can of cake frosting made it out past my "friends only" list? I don't have paparazzi following my every move (yet), and I don't have any photos of me in a miniskirt without panties getting out of a limo. The fact is, any of my more private pictures aren't on there to begin with (such as the limo pics).

The truth is, I DO think Zuckerberg is a dick and that his head is probably too big to fit through most doorways or into small vehicles. But, I keep in touch with family members and friends through Facebook and I'm just not sure there's an easier way to do so right now that is as prolific and widespread. Twitter is great for blips, but it is a different and less "family/friend casual" animal. Facebook's tools for posting photos, links and sharing information (no matter how ridiculously buggy and shitty they may be) are a good thing for friends and family who might not otherwise be able to easily keep in touch, i.e. overseas service members.

I suppose that, if Facebook continues its meteoric rise in popularity and privacy isn't either taken more seriously or forced by regulation, I wouldn't have any issue with leaving it altogether. I am not, by any means, locked into Facebook for the rest of my life. As the matter of fact, I sure as hell hope an enterprising young entrepreneur creates something more along the lines of Tumblr as a rival to FB, only with privacy as a focal point. I'd switch to it in a heartbeat, and I'd recommend all my contacts do the same. Right now, however, I'm on the fence...a small and relatively rickety fence. It might not take much for me to fall to the Facebook-free side.


Accessory of the Week, May 3rd: Frickin' Light Sabers!

For this edition of "Accessory of the Week," I thought I'd pay tribute to Star Wars Day (the 4th of May) by posting what all good Jedi should have: a light saber!

Think Geek has Force FX light sabers in their arsenal, and they are pretty kick-ass! There are nine sabers total, from Darth Vader's to Asajj Ventress', and each one is $119.99. The sabers light up via battery power, and make the classic Star Wars sound when you swish it through the air!

Order yours today at the following page: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/collectibles/b72c/

These are great for impromptu duels:

Pages for iPad: Preliminary thoughts

I was sitting at the house yesterday, pondering whether to update my resume and make it more concise (it was 3 pages in length, and I had been in the mood for a 1 page resume for quite some time), when it occurred to me that I could just open up my fresh, new copy of Pages on my iPad and do it right where I sat.

I had a chance to take Apple's new Pages for iPad application for a spin, and I can honestly say that I'm just that much closer to leaving my MacBook Pro at home for all but the most rigorous photo editing. If portability is what Apple had in mind (at least in part) when creating the iPad, Pages gives you a huge advantage towards that goal. My first document? The aforementioned resume.

Pages for iPad gives you a few template options when you fire it up, but not nearly as many as on a full-fledged machine (16 on the iPad), including resumes, general letters, flyers, proposals and party invites amongst others. Once I had chosen my "photographer" resume template, I was off and running.

Without delving into the minutiae of writing a resume, let me generally tell you what worked well and what didn't. First off, the good: I was able to create a quick, easy resume that would be suitable in most situations using my own pictures (small, in the top-left corner) and by simply tapping each field type, I was able to fill in my personal details very quickly using the virtual keyboard. It just felt natural to choose one of my pictures and to use my fingers to resize, rotate and move it around. My first thought when doing so? Star Trek or Minority Report. Yup, it's very fluid to be able to use your fingers on a touchscreen like the actors in those shows do. Pinching, zooming, tapping and placing objects into your document with your fingers is pretty freaking cool!

What also worked? Well, everything flowed wonderfully while moving around objects and text. The text moves around in response to your movement of objects, and alignment grids would show up as needed to keep things tidy. Something also of note, different "zones" could be configured from the document setup button at the top of the toolbar that would allow different sections of text to be manipulated independently.

The overall presentation of text and images is very rich. You can zoom in and out with ease, making it a pleasure visually. If you have poor vision, you're not limited to tiny, unreadable text...just zoom it in and you're good to go! Images, as well as text, can be manipulated in a variety of ways to suit a wide swath of personalities and preferences. I would venture to say that it is about as close as you're going to come to actually placing real, printed images onto a real piece of paper. Also, mistakes are only an "undo" away!

The font selection is very nice, but that actually brings us into the territory of things that certainly need improvement. While many fonts are available for use, I found that some of the default fonts in my document on the iPad were not available on my MacBook. The "Helvetica Light" font wasn't on my MacBook, therefore prompting me to change the font to something else when I imported the document. A little research showed that it seems most everybody is complaining about this. Font synchronization between the iPad and our computers, whether they're Mac or Windows, seems like a no-brainer.

Something else that seemed a little goofy was that, while in landscape orientation, there is no way to access the toolbar to perform tasks such as text alignment, tabbing or font fine-tuning. You are pretty much stuck with the virtual keyboard on the bottom, and a small, no-frills text area at the top. No tools can be accessed until you place the iPad back into portrait orientation. I am able to thumb-type fairly fast, so keeping the iPad in portrait mode wasn't a huge deal-breaker.

Probably one of the most confusing things about Pages for iPad is how documents are handled when you export them. Once I was happy with my revised resume, I wanted to export it to PDF. So I tapped back on "My Documents" to see them all, made sure the resume was the active choice, hit the little "forward" button (for those familiar with the iPhone's onscreen button), and chose export-->PDF. After that, nothing. No indication of where the document actually ended up. After a bit more research, I discovered that the document ends up in a sort of "no man's land" on the device until you synchronize it with iTunes. Once hooked up, the document I saved as a PDF on my iPad showed up under the applications section of my device in iTunes. I have the choice to save it to my Mac from there. VERY ambiguous, if you ask me. I'm a seasoned Mac/Apple/technology veteran, and it took a trip to google to find out that little, undocumented gem. Once again, too, was Adobe Acrobat's message once I opened the PDF about missing fonts, and a choice to change them to something else. Ugh.

Overall, making or editing documents in Pages on the iPad is a simple, straightforward procedure as long as you can deal with the couple of niggles I mentioned above. I still have yet to import a document from my Mac (which also requires a trip to iTunes sync-land), but I've read that there are the same font issues present as there are with exporting documents. I still think, however, that it will still be a great way to stay highly mobile, while having a solid document creation solution literally at your fingertips.


iPad Blogging: My Experiences

I've been blogging for a few years now, and I've been writing tech news and reviews for longer than that. The one thing I can honestly say I'm always on the lookout for is a way to streamline my workflow, especially when I'm on the go and I want to travel light.

I've owned an iPhone since the day it was released in 2007, and it's only gotten better over the years with really solid firmware and hardware updates. I can tweet and Facebook all day long on my iPhone, but I just can't get on board with full-bore blogging on it. That's where my trusty MacBook Pro has stepped in while doubling as my Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop/World of Warcraft workstation. The issue there, however, is the increase in weight and size of carried items if I was mobile.

Well, I've discovered a new way to feel less burdened on the go and still remain productive with my blogging and social networking infatuation: Apple's iPad.

It's no secret that I'm an Apple fan. We have four Macs, two iPhones and now an iPad in the house, and I'm working on schematics for an Apple-branded neural implant for each family member (don't tell them, it's a surprise). The one thing I've always loved my Apple products for is that they mesh with the creative gene very well. Now, it looks like I've finally managed to strike that perfect balance of capability, creativity and mobility with the iPad. Without further adieu, I give you my unabridged opinion of the iPad as a creative writing and blogging tool...

I began this assignment like most others, except that I had to figure out how to blog on a device I'd scarcely used before. I had downloaded the official Wordpress app onto my iPhone, but had decided that thumb-typing an entire post on a 3" screen would require far too much patience and possibly large amounts of alcohol to accomplish on a regular basis. Ok, so this iPad has a MUCH larger virtual keyboard than the iPhone, along with a very beautiful and crisp LCD screen...so let's use it!

As I fired up the Wordpress app on the iPad (there's an optimized version for the larger screen), I began penning a post. I quickly realized that I couldn't post pictures easily with Wordpress (it puts all pictures at the bottom of the post, and there are no formatting options), which is pretty much a deal-breaker. I went on the hunt for another iPad-optimized blogging app, and one of the candidates that kept cropping up was BlogPress. I paid the $2.99 asking price and downloaded it because photo-formatting was one of it's strong points in all the reviews I read. But since this isn't an app review proper, let's just skip ahead by saying that Wordpress needs some improvements (and caused the most frustration of anything blogging-related so far) but BlogPress setup and operation was quick, easy and painless, and photo placement and manipulation is straightforward.

So, how is it to play professional blogger on the iPad? Well, it's wonderful, interesting, frustrating and fun all at the same time. While it has a very spacious virtual keyboard (especially when the iPad is turned to landscape mode), I still have difficulty "assuming the typing position" and burning away at 66wpm like on a normal keyboard. I find that I'm still using just a couple fingers at a time instead of using a normal typing posture due to mis-taps from errant fingers or palms. I know this is something I'll overcome, but it's just a learning curve to be sure. I'm already getting better, but with no tactile feedback from a physical keyboard, it's a bit frustrating to not be able to just put a flurry of words down like normal. Again, I'm already getting better, and with words being corrected automatically as I go, it helps quite a bit.

So, how about the screen? Well, it is simply a joy to use. I still have good eyesight, so I find absolutely NO issue with the iPad's 9.7" screen, particularly in landscape mode (there is a lock-switch on the side of the iPad that allows you to lock the screen orientation to portrait or landscape while you're working). The screen is crisp, bright and can be brightened or darkened to fit most lighting conditions. The viewing angle allows me to see the screen while tilted in almost any direction except completely away from me, which is also a good feature since it will most likely be used in a lap or in non-traditionally-sitting postures.

The case design works well ergonomically, and the device is light enough to be held for long periods of time without causing fatigue. As well, it certainly won't be burdensome on your lap if you choose to lay it there while you type (which is how I've got it positioned while writing this). The aluminum back isn't too slick, so I don't feel like it's going to slip out of my hand while changing from seated to lying down, for example. Also, I'd say most adult hands would be able to thumb-type if you were lying supine and wanted to hold the device up with both arms, although typing speed might suffer.

How about battery life? Well, let's just say that's one area the iPad shines. I haven't tested it fully yet, but Apple's claim is that it will last 10 hours on a charge. So far, I've charged this unit once and have gotten a solid four hours of intensive use and I've still got 61% battery left, and that's over two full days. I'd say that I'm going to get some serious writing time in off of a single charge on this baby! That's huge as compared to most notebook computers.

I'm sure I'll have more to say in the coming weeks and months but preliminarily, I think I've got a great, efficient and highly mobile way to stay socially connected now.


Boobquake: Promiscuous Women the Cause for Tectonic Calamity?

I couldn't help but post about this. My wife recently found a blogger by the name of Jennifer McCreight who, amongst other cool and nerdy things, found out that scantily clad, promiscuous women are the cause of the world's earthquakes, according to Iranian Cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi (say THAT five times fast). Sedighi's quote goes something like this:
Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.

Really? So, one of my favorite things on earth is one of the sole causes for devastating tectonic upheaval? Hmmm. This warrants some research.


MC Frontalot: Nerdcore for the Masses

I like music. I've never been shy about my musical tastes at any point either when I was in or out of a band. I can basically listen to anything under the sun, with the exception of country/western music. For some reason, that music just rubs me like broken glass in an open wound, but I digress. I would venture to guess that music is the number one unifying factor for humans on this planet. It has been so since the dawn of time beginning with crude percussion instruments and has continued through today with all of the crazy technology we currently have.

One thing that has always amazed me musically is for an artist to break the mold. Sure, there's the rock, hip-hop, alternative and classical genres (amongst many others), but what about when an artist creates a new sub-genre altogether? Such is the case with an artist self-named MC Frontalot and his brand of music, dubbed "nerdcore" hip-hop.


Like a Good Book? Might Want to Grab a nook™...

With all the media focus on Apple's iPad tablet computer over the past few days, I thought I'd give a shout out to an equally impressive piece of technology that was, no doubt, one of the inspirations for the design of the iPad. I'm talking about a Barnes & Noble nook™ eReader. I was recently able to spend some quality time with one, which is my way of saying I got to "paw" a new piece of tech equipment and take it for a spin. Let me tell you this: I liked what I saw.

The Barnes & Noble nook™ eReader is something you might not think about in your daily routine. What is it? Well, in the simplest of terms, it's a digital device that allows you to read books, newspapers and magazines without having the actual printed media in front of you. It has an "e-ink" display, which means that it is digital, but visually mimics the pages of printed material such as your favorite Harlequin Romance novel or newspaper. One thing that Barnes & Noble did differently with the nook™ as compared to other eReaders out there today, is that they included a full-color digital touchscreen display below the main reading display that acts as a virtual "bookshelf" so that you can flip through your library and choose what you're going to read, among other functions.


Accessory of the Week, March 17th, 2010: Obi Juan Kenobi

I really didn't want to showcase another t-shirt this week if for no other reason than I wanted to post about the Rubik's TouchCube. But, this shirt is one of my favorites. It combines two of my favorite things: Star Wars and t-shirts. The day that I can wear nothing on my topside but t-shirts (vs. button-up shirts, ties, holiday sweaters or leather Village People vests) will be a day to be relished.

3D Flyby of Mars: As Close As We'll Get

Can't afford to pay Sir Richard Branson to shoot your ass to Mars? That's ok, I don't think the guy really exists anyway. I mean just LOOK at that hair! Who has hair like that?! I wish I did.


Universal Destruction Averted, for Now: LHC to Shut Down for 12 Months...

The Large Hadron Collider. What can I say about it? It's large. It collides hadrons.

Basically, it collides particles at an extremely insane amount of velocity so that scientists will hopefully be able to provide new theories on the principles of matter. Proponents of the project (which takes place over several miles near Swiss and French borders on the outskirts of Geneva) say that the LHC (also lovingly called "The Big Banger," "Masta Blasta" and "Colossitron") is the means by which we'll be able to better understand the universe around us and our interrelationship with it.

Jogger Killed by Errant Aircraft: iPod Partially to Blame

This story sucks no matter how you slice it. A 38 year old husband and father of two is dead, which is the entirely shitty part. The completely unbelievable, horribly uncanny and freakishly unsettling part? He was killed by a FREAKING AIRPLANE which was making an emergency landing because it had lost a propeller, which spewed engine oil onto its windshield.

Periodic Table of Sci-Fi: A Chart for Geeks

I caught this over at TopatoCo.com, and had to share. Remember the Periodic Table of the Elements we all know and love as geeks of the world? Well, this Sci-Fi version trumps the extremely old, craptastically sordid one.


Accessory of the Week, March 9th, 2010: The Caffeine Molecule Shirt

I have decided that it would be appropriate to showcase a new geek accessory every week. So, without further ado, here is this weeks entry...

Fresh from the Think Geek headquarters, this t-shirt has the juice you need. Everybody loves caffeine, right? How else would we stay up all night doing homework, coding for that killer iPhone app or fragging people into oblivion while playing our favorite video game? The caffeine molecule t-shirt is the perfect accessory to show off your love of the substance!

Available in various sizes, this shirt sells for $15.99-$19.99 USD depending on which size you choose. The official link to Think Geek's page is http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/unisex/generic/2891/


Bring Back Jack!

If you've never heard of the Cartoon Network masterpiece series Samurai Jack (voiced by actor Phil LaMarr), then you need to travel to a deep, dark cave and sit in solitary confinement for a few weeks to rethink your existence.

Samurai Jack (YouTube link) was the beautifully stylized animated series from Genndy Tartakovsky, which chronicled the life of a Samurai warrior from the past who is thrust into the future to fight his nemesis, a demon named Aku (voiced by brilliant performer Mako) and his robot minions. Jack's main focus aside from his battles with Aku is, fittingly, to find a way back to his own time. The series ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network, and abruptly ceased production but was never officially "canceled." As a fan of bold and colorfully artistic animation, this series pulled me in and still refuses to let go.

Hangovers Beware: Oxygenated Alcohol Is Your Bane.

Raise your hand if you've ever had enough alcohol to induce a hangover. Ok, the one guy who didn't raise his hand, leave the room.

Alright, now that we're all on the same page, I have a revelation. Soon, the syndrome which causes your night on the town to quickly become a spinning, nausea-laden puke-fest could be no more. Hangovers, your days are numbered. Researchers in South Korea are performing trials of a new alcohol to study its effects which, so far, combat the human body's tendency to become hung over. The substance being tested is oxygenated alcohol, which is basically the same as the fire water you're used to with oxygen bubbles added to the concoction (and it is, apparently, very popular in their native South Korea). The effect? Well, tests indicate you might not have to hug the toilet as often after a night of pretending you're sexier than you actually are.


Crazy Science: Airborne Frickin' Lasers...

While most of the U.S. was sleeping on February 11th of this year, the Air Force was using a frickin' laser to shoot down a missile. In midair. While both craft were flying. Badass.

The Airborne Laser Testbed Team mounted a "high-energy Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (PDF link)" (COIL) to the nose of a modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft, and successfully destroyed a missile in it's initial launch phase that night. The air crew then headed home for a fourthmeal of Taco Bell, complete with empanadas and cinnamon twists.


Stealth Helicopters in Development? My Blue Thunder Fantasy Just Kicked Into Overdrive...

Blue Thunder, the 1983 Roy Scheider epic about a police helicopter pilot who gets the opportunity to test-drive an experimental bad-guy catching aircraft, captivated me at a young age. Already smitten with aircraft and air travel of all sorts (having been ferried around the U.S. in passenger jets by myself already), I saw the movie as a spanning epic of explosions, cold steel and, yes, industrially kick-ass air travel.


Lost Your Chromatic Tuner? Well, There's An App For That...

Guitar powerhouse Gibson and software developer Legacy Learning Systems quietly released their iPhone application "Gibson Learn & Master Guitar Application" on March 1st, promising that this is a "must have" application for guitarists. Being a guitarist myself, I decided to give the app a quick rundown.

The Force Unleashed: Lego Style

I thought this was too good to pass up. "xxxfancypantsxxx" on YouTube has cooked up a great stop-motion video with a couple of my favorite things: Star Wars and Lego bricks. This is, without a doubt, something I would do if I had the ability. Now, I'm going to have to go to my mom's house and see if that huge box of my Legos from my childhood is still around somewhere...


Powering Through: Chevelle

I've followed the band Chevelle for quite a few years, beginning with their CD Wonder What's Next (iTunes link). During the years since, I've come to expect a certain feel from Chevelle's music, and their latest effort, Sci Fi Crimes, doesn't disappoint. One thing you can count on with the boys from Grayslake, Ill. is a straightforward, hard-hitting and melodic hard-rock album.

World of Warcraft Players Rejoice: You Now Have An Official Headset

Creative Labs, the folks behind some of the best PC and Mac audio processing hardware on the planet, are gearing up to release their officially licensed World of Warcraft Headset Series. If you haven't ever heard of World of Warcraft (created by Blizzard Entertainment), then I'd simply ask you "What planet have you been on for the last five years?"

It Was Bound To Happen: The iMaxi

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It was bound to happen.

Hot on the heels of my Apple iPad mini-review | Opinion post, I find this. A clever group of ladies has come up with the ultimate case for our iPads: the iMaxi. Here's the description from their site:


80's Meme: Tron

As an All-American boy growing up in the late 1970's and early 1980's, it was mandatory to like certain things. Of course bicycles, playing catch and pretending to be a soldier were all among the things that rallied for most of my time, but there were other things. Things that, above all else, had time spent on them nearly every day.

I'm talking about being a science-fiction hero.


TBIF: How'd You Meet Your Significant Other?

I belong to a local blogging group, and the question has been asked, "How'd you meet your significant other?" I thought that I'd detour from my normal geeky ramblings to answer this question if for no other reason than I think the answer is actually a good story. Here's how the whole thing went down...

Question for the day: When would you let your children use social networking?

My wife and I were just discussing this same question while mulling over a Facebook account that was, apparently, opened for our oldest daughter (now 15 1/2) by a friend three years ago and now rarely used. We were trying to figure out when it is appropriate for your child to indulge in social networking, and can't seem to come up with a good hard and fast rule.

Ctrl+Alt+Del Online: Seriously Funny Comics

Just thought I'd share a link to one of my favorite online comics. Hell, it's one of my favorite comics in ANY media format! Check out Ctrl+Alt+Del Online for some great comics, updated three times a week.CAD Comic


Apple's Newest Brainchild: The..."iPad"? Wait. What?

Apple iPadSeriously? "iPad?" I'm really going to save you all from the obvious puns, jokes and skullduggery that could be written about the name itself. I won't mention anything about feminine hygiene products at all. Not even once.


Dammit. I couldn't stop myself. The truth is, the name is extremely, um, "not at all 'well thought out,'" but I'm honestly VERY excited for this piece of Apple technology to drop into my sweaty little palms when it hits shelves in late March. If you have never heard of the iPad, or think that it IS some sort of new female product, read on. I will do my best to dispel some myths and shove some tech specs down your throat.


The Geek Source. Yeah, it's like that.

My name is Nigel, and I was raised by wolves in the Siberian Tundra.

Ok, that's not true. Well, my name IS Nigel, but the rest isn't true. I wasn't raised by wolves. I was actually raised in a Tibetan monastery by my parents who were Mormon missionaries back in the 1970's. They were subsequently converted to Buddhism and given high-ranking privileges within the temple community. From what I understand, it was really a banner moment for those folks in the mountains. You know, a real "living the word" kind of time.