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2016: A Reminder to Live

2016 was a rough year as far as celebrity deaths go. We started in January with David Bowie’s death right after his latest album Blackstar. And most recently we lost Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds this week. Not only did 2016 seem like it took more of our stars, it also seemed

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Why I Love the Library

The internet is full of people who get mad over the silliest of things. The most mind-boggling one I’ve seen recently is someone complaining about libraries of all things. A librarian friend posted the cartoon to the right, and he just went off. He started with the typical “who needs a library

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3D Printer Update

Back in April I told you about my new 3D printing hobby. I figure some of you might be considering giving a 3D printer as a gift this holiday, so an update might be helpful. Spoiler alert: I still love it. Modifications I’ve modified my printer since you’ve seen it last. The

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Why I Love the Bullet Journal

If you spend any time on Pinterest or Instagram, at some point you’ll come across bullet journals. These beautiful, elaborate, artsy journals that people have obviously spent a ton of time on. And while they were something I wished I could do, they never seemed like a thing for me. But the

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Join Me At TechPoint’s League of Xtraordinary Programmers!

One of my favorite things about Gen Con is how much the entire city of Indianapolis gets into the spirit. Restaurants transform into geeky havens. There are game tables wherever you look. And local companies run events that might be of interest to Gen Con attendees. One event that I’m particularly looking forward to

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Defending the Man of Steel

  I recently re-watched Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel because it was New Year’s Eve, my wife was asleep, and I wanted to see if my opinion of it shortly after it came out (in which I rather liked it) held up. It did. Oh, sure, a few of the Marvel-verse movies

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Press Release: Zeitgaiss Releases New Star Wars Mark of the Empire Series

Artist MW Gaiss also know just as Zeitgaiss, has collection of new Star Wars Prints, magnets, and stickers just in time for holiday stocking stuffers. This 2015 series, Mark of the Empire, features 3 new prints as well as 6 new stickers and magnets. They feature characters set into UPC barcodes as

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Home Automation: 1 Year Later

A year ago I posted about how my husband and I were going to start automating our home using the SmartThings platform. At that time, we just had two lights automated. We honestly didn’t do much with it most of the year (which is good, since Samsung didn’t provide the best upgrade

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I love my ridiculous remote.

Update 12/20/2018: Logitech has disabled local APIs for their Harmony remote. I can no longer recommend this product. In the recent past, I scoffed at expensive remotes. I remember about five years ago, scoffing at my husband when he bought at $90 smart remote during a Woot Off (to be fair, it was

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Product Review: Jerry the Bear

From re-enacting their favourite characters to learning how to do a cartwheel (a skill I never mastered), kids figure out their world and their problems through play. Often using their their dolls, action figures, and stuffed animals, kids explore the positive aspects of their lives (relationships with friends, scientific principles, and the world outside),