Looking for the perfect gift for the geek in your life this holiday season? Check out this list…we’ve got a gift for every sense.
As has been the case for the past three years, I was on 207, the evening news program that appears on NBC’s Maine affiliates, talking about what gifts you can get your favorite geeks.
Because I had been doing it for the past few years, I decided to mix it up a little, and find a geeky gift for each of the six senses.
“Six?” you say. “But Rich, there’s only five senses.”
Read on, dear reader. Or, more accurately, watch…either down below or at the 207 website.
And here are those gifts for those who can’t see the video:
Hearing: Bluetooth speakers. (After much research, I personally went with the JBL Charge.)
Sight: Google Glass. At this point, you’re probably going to miss Xmas since it’s by invite only.
Taste: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who, I give you the Dr. Who Cook Book.
Smell: Have you ever wondered what your favorite RPG character smells like? Wonder no more, thanks to The Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Who wouldn’t want to smell like a Bard (“a ridiculously charismatic blend of bay rum, honey, and white musk mingling with the scent of harp wood and lute strings and the twang of horn brass”) or a Cleric (“rose amber, frankincense, myrrh, champaca flower, Peru balsam, cistus, palisander, cananga, hyssop, and narcissus absolute?”)
Touch: This winter we bought my parents those gloves that allow you to use your smart phone with your gloves still on. While that’s cool, it’s nothing compared to a pair of bluetooth enabled gloves that allow you to answer and make phone calls. Wear these and be the coolest kid stuffed into a locker this holiday season.
Spidey: Of course Spidey-Sense is a real sense, true believer. For this, I choose the Marvel-branded Monopoly. While there are actually several Spider-Man branded Monopoly sets available, the art and replacements for the Monopoly railroads–Quinjet, Fantasticar, etc.–make this my personal favorite.
How creative can you be in six seconds or less? New video apps give you the opportunity to find out.
Last night I donned my “tech guru” tiara and did a short segment on 207, Maine’s evening news program.
Of course, it wasn’t as short as some of the video that is appearing on a website or mobile device near you. Thanks to mobile video apps like Vine, Lightt & SnapChat, people are creating incredibly short stories to share with friends, colleagues and even customers.
We take a look at these apps and talk about how they can be used. You can watch it at the 207 website or down below. (more…)
Failing at keeping those New Year’s resolutions? These apps can help.
The other night I was back on 207, talking about those pesky New Year’s resolutions, and difficult they are to keep.
Thankfully, there’s an app for that.
In fact, there are a few. In the segment, I talk about apps that help you quit smoking, lose weight and eat healthy, get in shape (with a zombie twist, ‘natch), and finally wrap it up with a website that helps you get things done more efficiently.
Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Or just want to cash in that gift card you got? Here are some gifts for the geek on your list.
The other day I put aside my inner Grinch for a few minutes to come up with some “gifts for geeks” for a segment on 207, the evening news program here in Maine.
Video game geeks, music geeks, comic geeks and technology geeks.
There are some cool stuff in here (hint, hint) which you can watch below or watch the segment at the 207 website.
Far Cry 3: For Xbox, PS3 and PC, this has been one of the most well reviewed games all year. It’s rated M for Mature, so it’s not for everyone.
Wii U: It’s being pitched as the next great gaming console. Basically, it’s a mashup between a table and a traditional Nintendo game console. Games can flow from the TV to the console, or for certain games you can play with both.
Sonos: “Stream all the music on earth in every room.” That’s their tagline and it’s not too far from the truth. You can purchase different sized speakers for different rooms, or buy a stereo or speaker connector, or buy a bridge to create a wifi enabled sound all over your home. What’s great is you can control every speaker individually or in sync from your iPhone or Android device.
Powers: While I still love my Marvel Digital Comics which I mentioned last year, my favorite read this year has been Powers by Brian Michael Bendis. A buddy cop story set in a world with superheroes and the cops that have to deal with powers-related homicides.
The Walking Dead: Go back to the source material with the trade paperbacks of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead Series.
It’s the season of the mini-tablet. The two hottest are probably the iPad mini or the Nexus 7 tablet.
Anything on your geek wish list this year? Let us know!
Social media is a critical tool for most businesses and non-profits. Here in Maine we have the Social Media FTW conference each fall and this is a clip from 207 where we talk about who should go and what to expect.
Leading up to the 3rd annual Social Media FTW (For the Win) Fall Conference, I had an opportunity to put on my “tech guru” hat one more time and go on 207, the evening news program that runs on our local NBC affiliates here in Maine, and talk about the upcoming conference.
Kathleen Shannon interviewed me about the history of FTW, who was speaking, and who should go.
Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, ProFounder and Quirky can help you get your business, art show or music tour off the ground.
Let’s say you’ve got a brilliant business idea but the bank doesn’t agree with you. (Or you lack the collateral.) And your family and friends are all tapped out. Does that mean that you should give up and get back to your cubicle?
Thankfully, no. There are plenty of online resources for crowd funding; getting lots of little payments from your community, friends, colleagues and even strangers who like your idea.
In a recent segment I taped for 207, we looked at a number of sites like KickStarter, ProFounder and Quirky where creatives and entrepreneurs could turn to for seed money for their business ideas, music CDs, causes and more.
You can watch the segment below or over at the 207 website. Enjoy!
All of these services allow you to upload a certain amount of your music to the “cloud” so that you can access it from other computers and mobile devices. You can purchase additional space a gig at a time on most of these services.
To be honest, I don’t see the appeal. I can carry about 50G of music on my iPhone or 120G of music on my iPod and never have to worry about whether I’m near a wifi hot spot or whether AT&T is going to deliver my music back to me. Even that’s only a fraction of my music collection, so the idea of spending hundreds of dollars a year to access music I’ve already purchased just doesn’t work for me, and the iPod/iPhone option fits in my pocket.
One service that I really did like was rdio. Besides being able to upload your music you can access their music ($5/mo for web, $10 for web & mobile access). I’ve already discovered a bunch of great music. The interface and product search needs some serious work (genres? release dates?) but everything else is pretty solid. I’ve never been a fan of “renting” music, but I think that after my 7 day trial is up I’ll spend the $10 a month for access to a wide variety of music I wouldn’t have otherwise given a chance.
You can watch the segment over at the 207 website or down below.