Posts Categorized: General

2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Another year has come and gone, and with it, comes another iteration of my holiday geek gift guide. The gift lists are chosen because they appeal to me, and the people I shop for. Feel free to let me know if I’ve missed any lists that you find helpful, and I’ll ad ’em to the… Read more »

A Tiny Lens for my Camera Phone

I got a present in the mail yesterday straight from China. The tiny little macro/wide angle lens I purchased had finally arrived (apparently free shipping from China takes a while). Yes, you read that correctly. I purchased a lens for the crappy camera on my phone. I figured this was a $10 experiment to see… Read more »

MapCrunch (random teleportation)

Do you want to take random trips around the world (via Google Street View)? MapCrunch allows you to teleport around the word to some pretty beautiful places on Google Street View. It also looks like you can submit you own cool places via Twitter (@mapcrunch) to be the “View of the Day” on MapCrunch. I… Read more »

Old Smartphones

I ran across an article yesterday that took me for a little trip down smartphone memory lane: From Brick to Tile: We Look Back at a Decade of Smartphone Evolution The article walks through a brief history of smarphones, starting around the year 2000 and moving to recent phones dominated by Android and the iPhone…. Read more »

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass

OK Go sure knows how to make a cool music video. You may remember some of their other great videos: A Million Ways Here it Goes Again

Christmas Tree Rocket

It’s a shame I didn’t see this before taking our Christmas tree to the treecycle pile on Sunday… I think this would have been a lot more fun.

Guitar Hero Christmas Lights

Now these are some Christmas lights! This is another one of my favorites in the Christmas light department (be sure to dig into the making-of videos).

2009 Holiday Gift Guide

What started a few years ago as a collection of helpful gift guides for my own gift giving has turned into a yearly endeavor. Here is the 2009 list. Most of these are geared more towards geeks and gadgets, but there are several for more general gift giving. If I run across more, I’ll keep… Read more »

USPS Virtual Box Simulator

I recently made a sale on ebay, and needed to figure out shipping charges when I ran across a cool new app from the good ole United States Postal Service. It’s called Virtual Box Simulator, and will help you determine which priority mail box is the best size for your items. All you have to… Read more »


How well does the Internet know you? I’m sure we’ve all googled ourselves at one time or another. The results from search engines can be a bit messy. If you want a more elegant depiction of how you’re represented on the Interwebs, give Personas a try. Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently… Read more »

College Mindset List

The new school year is just about upon us -classes start here on Monday. With the influx of new students (and the departure of good parking places), your mind starts to drift back to the time when you were a scared freshman, out in the world for the first time. Beloit College has been putting… Read more »

Unnecessary Re-branding

Last week, word hit the Internets that Radio Shack was rumored to be re-branding themselves simply as “The Shack.” Since that rumor first hit, they have confirmed that it’s not just a rumor, and they will, in fact be changing their name to”The Shack” in the coming months. That doesn’t really make much sense to… Read more »

Redesign #3 for

You may have noticed that things have changed a bit around here. I’ve been working on a new design off and on for a couple months now, and have finally gotten to a point where it is “done enough” to implement. As these things go, it will probably never be “done.” In this new design,… Read more »