Best Buy Audio Fest: JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker

*The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

March Audio Fest is taking place across all Best Buy stores from 3/2/14 – 4/4/14

  • Best Buy helps you enhance your home entertainment experience and upgrade your sound with additional components, speakers, and headphones.
  • Beginning 3/2/14 through 4/4/14 Best Buy will feature one month of sweet sounding deals, audio specials, events & more.
  • Best Buy is gathering the best offers on the best audio products throughout the entire month of March.
  • Visit a Best Buy store to test & try the latest & greatest in audio – from home theater solutions, to car audio, portable speakers, and headphones.
  • Best Buy has the best selection of audio products – come in and let Best Buy teach you how to upgrade your sound.

Visit your local Best Buy store to check these Audio products and more such as the JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker for Most Bluetooth-Enabled Devices. This JBL streams music wirelessly from your phone/tablet/laptop, its portable and has a speaker-phone, built-in microphone and call-answer button that lets you easily take phone calls.

 

It was really awesome how easily it connected to my phone and ipad. I feel like I can barely hear some of the videos I stream from Netflix and YouTube, especially when I’m cooking in the loud kitchen. The speaker battery life lasted for a very long time too! The first time I charged it was yesterday and it lasted for at least 5 hours Bluetooth connected, wirelessly. It is very light but durable.

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper

At work the other day, I was talking to my old manager who was struggling to think of great gifts for his grown up daughter who loves the outdoors. I’m dedicating this post to him. As someone who is not super outdoorsy, I struggled to think of any ideas on the spot but know a lot of people, especially as people shift away from everything technological and crave a closer relationship to nature, would be interested in. Creating this list almost makes me want to go camping! Almost…

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper list

Leave a comment for anything this newbie camper left off the list. What are some of your favorite tools when enjoying the great outdoors? Good luck shopping! For those last minute shoppers, I included the direct affiliate link to purchase each of these items on Amazon Prime for next day delivery. Until Amazon works out their drone situation, Prime is still the next best shipping option.

Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill

  • From Coleman, 36-inch collapsible propane grill for use at home or on the road
  • With 285 square inches cooking space, grill features porcelain-coated cast-iron grates for durability and cleaning ease
  • Meats cook over 2 10,000 BTU straight burners; requires separate purchase of a 16.4-ounce disposable propane cylinder
  • Additional features include towing handle, wheels, and detachable side tables; assembly required
  • The collapsed grill measures 36 by 22 by 13 inches with a shipping weight of 60 pounds; limited 5-year warranty

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Camelbak Classic 70 oz Hydration Pack

  • Nylon
  • Essentials pocket big enough for multitool or wallet
  • Stash pocket
  • Reflectivity accents for safety
  • Elastic cord system holds shed layers
  • Hydration Capacity: 70 ounces or 2 liters

 

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Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

  • Double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours
  • Premium grade 18/8 Stainless Steel BPA free Sports Bottle
  • High quality colorful powder-coated matte finish exterior that never sweats
  • A great way to give back Hydro Flask donates 5% back to a charity of your choice
  • The Lifetime Warranty makes Hydro Flasks the best water bottles

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Better Houseware Collapsible Tea Kettle

  • Silicone and stainless steel
  • 5-cup, 40-ounce capacity
  • For use on gas and electric stove tops
  • Collapses for storage
  • Expands for use/collapses for storage

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Gerber 30-000419 Steady Tripod Multi-Tool

  • Twelve components
  • Tripod functionally with camera and cell phone mount
  • Fine and serrated blade
  • Stand for your iPhone!
  • Micro flat. Square cross and medium flat screwdrivers
  • Bottle opener, needle nose pliers and wire cutters

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Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

  • The Sawyer Mini is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
  • High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand, weighs 2 ounces and filters up to 100,000 gallons (30 times more than comparable filters)
  • Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
  • Removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa
  • Sawyer’s certified 0.1 micron absolute filter removes bacteria and protozoa at a higher rate than accepted EPA guidelines

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AeroBed PakMat with Hand Pump

  • Hand pump included no batteries needed
  • 100-Percent phthalate-free, and puncture-resistant
  • Channel construction to keep you off the ground
  • Bed stores inside pump for compact storage
  • Measures 78-inch by 26-inch by 5-inch high when inflated

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Nite Ize Buglit LED Task Light

  • Available with a high visibility White LED
  • Fully bendable legs can be bent wrapped or twisted allowing the BugLit to sit stand stay or shine wherever you need it.
  • Gear Tie Technology – Tough rubber shell provides excellent grip anywhere but won’t scratch or mark
  • Be seen be safe
  • Innovation and fun all in one

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To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set in Avocado

Beautiful Bamboo Fork, Knife, Spoon and Chopstick Set Included Avocado Carrying Case Carrying Case

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Pass the Pigs

At the end of a long day hiking you might want to relax around the fireplace and play a game of “Pass the Pigs”!

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Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Light

  • Magnetic closure allows you to clip the Mini Hozuki anywhere or hang it from any stainless steel surface or hook to mini Hozuki lights together
  • Choose from 3 bright settings (low, medium, or high) so you can illuminate your whole campsite or just your tent
  • Runs on 3 AAA batteries (included) provides up to 70 hrs of operation on low and 40 hrs on high
  • Silicone rubber lantern shade diffuses light and withstands regular use while camping and traveling

 

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Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock

  • Breathable woven nylon microfiber for superior strength and wear resistance
  • High-quality aluminum wire gate carabineers and strength-tested nautical-grade line
  • Stuffs into attached compression sack, about the size of a softball

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Helinox Chair One Camp Chair

Featuring the same aluminum pole technology used by DAC in their Helinox trekking poles and tent poles, this camp chair is light, strong and comfortable.

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Best Buy and Misfit Shine

Recently Best Buy sent me the Shine Elegant Wearable Tracker for me to write my own opinions about in a blog post. Shine was designed to inspire people to become more active, and encourage people to set goals for how much they want to move in a day and complete them.

Shine is exclusively available in additional colors at Best Buy including Silver, Black, Champagne and Topaz.

 

As someone who has also owns the Jawbone Up, I really like the Shine because of the magnetic tab on the back that allows you to wear it on your belt loop, attach it to your purse, and not be constrained to always where it as a watch like other wearable fitness trackers! The device runs on a coin cell battery which lasts about 4 months. Shine is water-resistant for swimming.

 

Shine Features:

  • Activity Tracking
  • Steps
  • Activities: Swimming, Biking, Tennis, etc.
  • Sleep
  • Calories
  • Clock
  • Waterproof – forgot to take it off and it goes through the washer machine? It’ll keep shining!
  • Extra Accessories (includes Magnet clip)
    • Leather Bands
    • Sport band
    • Necklace

 

Shine is a gorgeous device that will empower people to be more proactive about their personal health.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Best Buy Jawbone Up

Live Better. Start Now. Jawbone UP. Track your sleep activity, steps, calorie intake and more with the Jawbone UP wrist sensor and free mobile app. UP gives you meaningful, personalized insights so you can make lasting improvements to your everyday life.

Though it might sound like a commercial, I am definitely a believer! Having received this UP by Jawbone in the mail a couple weeks ago, I have barely taken it off! I have learned all about my sleeping patterns, documented my moods and eating patterns (definitely eating enough!), and even let my daughter wear it so she could start learning from it too! I got the SMALL and as someone with a very petite wrist, it definitely fits without moving around too much. If you’re someone who might not want a secure fit, I would recommend getting one size larger than expected. I had no problem hooking it up to my phone within a couple minutes of opening the package though. Downloading the app, syncing through the headphone hole, and transferring my data was all pretty seamless!

 

Check it out at Best Buy!

 

Best Buy Jawbone Up
Photo Courtesy of Best Buy and Up by Jawbone

Comes in all these great colors including:

 

 

Did you know?

  • UP is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle.
  • The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background.
  • The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward.

 

Photo Courtesy of Best Buy and Up by Jawbone

 

Technical Info

  • Keeps your information within easy reach.
  • Allows long-lasting use, 10-day battery life (mine lasted this long without a single charge!)
  • Syncs with your iPhone/Android (plug it into the head phones hole, sync in a couple of seconds)
  • So you can organize your long-term data (requires app download, no more spreadsheets or disparate information!)
  • Water-resistant up to 3.3′

 

Up App

Click on the App Store or Google Play images below to download the app to your phone today!

Best Buy Jawbone Up

 

Something that will keep track of life…so you don’t have to!

 

  • Measures movement, sleep patterns and nutrition
    • To efficiently track your progress.
  • Vibrating alert
    • Helps remind you to move after inactivity.
  • Silent Smart alarm
    • Monitors your natural sleep cycle to wake you just before your desired wake time.
  • Food journal
    • Makes it easy to keep track of your meals.
  • Personal/social recommendations and challenges
    • Provide motivation to help you meet your goals.
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled handsets
    • For wide-ranging use.
  • Connects with a variety of iOS and Android apps
    • So you can track your weight, map your bike rides, access extensive food libraries and more.

 

Best Buy Jawbone Up
Photo Courtesy of Best Buy and Up by Jawbone

Walk.

Best Buy Jawbone Up
Photo Courtesy of Best Buy and Up by Jawbone

 

Sleep.

Best Buy Jawbone Up
Photo Courtesy of Best Buy and Up by Jawbone

Eat.

Best Buy Jawbone Up
Photo Courtesy of Best Buy and Up by Jawbone

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Geeky Pregnancy Announcements | Maternity Shirts

Geeky Maternity Shirts Pregnancy Announcements

As someone who majored in Computer Science and minored in Mathematics (and couldn’t get enough) one of my favorite sites for geekware, Café Press has been a site that I have lost many an hour on. Recently, I was looking for a gift for a friend and came across one cute geek maternity shirt after another! I felt like I HAD to do a post on this, imagine these as some of the CUTEST and GEEKIEST ways to share your great news with friends and family. Although I have no plans for more little geeks in my own home, this would definitely be how I’d announce it!  Here are the 16 cutest that I found.

 

Click on any of the images to purchase one of these adorable shirts from Café Press!

Leave me a comment and let me know which one you liked the most?! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on any of the images to purchase one of these adorable shirts from Café Press!

 

DIY Computer Parts Gifts

As Valentine’s Day rapidly approaches (next Thursday, February 14 y’all!!), I thought it would be cool to put together a blog post around sweet ways to say “I <3 You” to the geek in your life. As someone who grew up taking apart VCRs and majoring in Computer Science in College, I feel well equipped to write this post! I also have a tendency to hoard old computer parts from mice, keyboards, RAM, and cables. What are you ever going to do with it all? Well, I have scoured the web so you don’t have to and here’s some creative options.

 

*Make sure you subscribe for new Geekette Bits blog posts on the top right of this page! I am going to be going through this like and doing it myself to show you how really easy it is. I have found that a lot of these sites only linked to places you could buy them from…and what fun is that?

 

1. “his” and “her” rings

 

Thinking about proposing on Valentine’s Day? What says love nerdier than this?!

geek telephone rings

My friend had these “his” and “her” rings made for the wedding and I just could not get enough of them!

 

2. Circuit Sheet Wallet

 

Everyone your loved one reaches for their wallet they’ll think fondly of you!

keyboard circuit sheet wallet

Thanks www.zieak.com with credit to Ryan McFarland for this awesome idea!

3. Keys to Their Heart

Visit your local thrift store (like your local Goodwill’s computer section) and pick up a couple keyboards at a fraction of the cost! Gently take them apart (since you already did for the previous craft) and use the keys to make all kinds of unique, signature tokens of your love! There are ridiculous numbers of things you can do with these old keyboard keys, here are just a few:

  • Ornaments for your first Christmas tree together (of for their rear view mirror, desk lamp at work, etc.)

 

keyboard keys christmas ornament and keychain

  • Key Rings (make a statement with words that wow them)

 

keyboard key rings

  • Pen Holder 1 from a laptop keyboard (that is still all together – versus having to adhere individual keys)

 

keyboard keys pencil holder

  • Someone on Pinterest (who’s link no longer works) used the keys to make tacks for their cork board

 

keyboard key tacks

 

keyboard key picture frame

 

keyboard key bobby pings

 

How cute would it to be to have “<3” (the universal symbol for “love” in geek-speak…) hanging around your neck or on a key chain?

 

keyboard keys necklace

 

4. DYI Keyboard Renovations

 

Using washi tape (link takes you to an additional 55 ways to use this awesome tape), you can overlay the tape onto your original keyboard like the pinner on pinterest did below!

washi tape keyboard decorations

5. Key Wine Charms

 

    Looking for the perfect gift for a co-worker or geek friend? This takes the cake. Literally O-M-G! You’d never have to worry about people mixing up their glasses again!

 

keyboard keys wine charms

6. Nerdy Jewelry

 

I found a ton of ideas on this site including this nuggets (if I had pierced ears I’d be all over this!):

keyboard key earrings

keyboard key earrings

keyboard key earrings

 

7. Keyboard Hanger

 

Forget just using the keys, take the whole board and create a key holder to always enter your house in a geeky fashion (NOTE: need not use Microsoft keyboard…)

keyboard hangar mount

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Best 2013 Super Bowl XLVII Blackout Tweets

For 35 minutes, when half the stadium at the Super Dome sat in darkness (or at least basked in the glow from fans’ mobile devices…) there were tweets posted and retweeted around the world.  Here are the ones that stood out the most to me, mostly from the social media departments of companies that were online and ready to go:

Best 2013 Super Bowl XLVII Blackout Tweets
Picture from https://180communicationsinc.com/staying-connected-during-the-super-bowl/nfl-tweets

 

The Australian Football League (@AFL) empathizes with @NFL when the blackout occured to them in 1996:

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum remembers the blackout during the Apollo 12 launch:

Buffalo Wild Wings (who already filmed a ) said they only turned off the lights because they weren’t ready for the season to end:

Walgreens reminded us that they are ready with supplies in case of an emergency:

Best Buy offered technical support from the Geek Squad:

Lowe’s offered backup generators:

One of my favorites was a very “personal” dig from Audi to Mercedes (as in the Mercedes Super Dome) to send over LEDs (like the controversial copying of Audi’s original LED lights…):

Of course everyone is talking about Oreo’s immediate response:

New Best Buy Experience

UPDATED:
This weekend, San Antonio-area residents are invited to attend Best Buy’s grand re-opening celebrations in three locations including: San Antonio, Alamo Ranch and Legacy. The stores each have new features and designs which allow for a more interactive and accessible shopping experience. Festivities include the following:

Saturday, November 10:
· Family breakfast fare from Taco Cabana will be served at 8:30 a.m.
· Opening ceremonies including – Ribbon cutting ceremony, high school drum lines and check presentations to the following charity partners at 9:45 a.m.
o Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio at Alamo Ranch location
o Healy-Murphy Center at San Antonio location
o SA Youth at Legacy location
o George Gervin Youth Center Inc. to support the enhancement of local technology programs for teens
· First 300 customers (18 or older) will receive a gift bag that includes a mystery Best Buy gift card valued between $10 and $1,000
· First 25 kids (18 or under) will receive a Geek Squad T-shirt
· San Antonio’s own Sebastien De La Cruz and Mariachi Charros de Oro from America’s Got Talent appearance and photographs:
o Alamo Ranch location from 11:30 a.m.;
o Legacy location from 3:00 p.m.
· Top Chef Texas and San Antonio-Austin Chef Paul Qui appearance and demonstration at the San Antonio location from 11:00 a.m.
· James Beard semi-finalist and local restaurateur Jason Dady appearance and demonstration at the San Antonio location from 2:00 p.m.
· Text to win for exciting prizes – In-store prize winners announced at the top of every hour during store hours all day long

*For celebrity appearances, wristbands will be distributed 2 hours prior to the start time and are available on a first-come, first-served basis – maximum 1 wristband per person

Locations below!
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Best Buy is excited to offer their customers a whole new shopping experience!

  • An expanded Geek Squad precinct, which can help make understanding your gadgets easier
  • Eye-level displays creating more opportunities to play with and discover the technology you love
  • Digital registers located throughout the store to streamline the check-out process so you can get in and out faster than ever
  • New in-store digital displays that update as often as our products do so you can be in-the-know with the latest information on all your favorite brands

Learn about all the details here. In San Antonio, on Saturday, November 10th, 2012, you’ll be able to get this new shopping experience at any of the following locations from 10am to 10pm!

  • San Antonio – 125 Nw Loop 410 Ste 201, San Antonio, TX 78216
  • Legacy – 2003 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232
  • Alamo Ranch – 5419 W Loop 1604 N, San Antonio, TX 78253

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**Thank you to the folks at Best Buy for helping me host this contest by donating five $25 gift certificates!

2013 Infiniti JX

During the Gunn Infiniti launch party of the 2013 Infiniti JX, we had the pleasure of exploring the newest member of the Infiniti family, set to make it’s debut in the summer of this year!  Although we didn’t get a chance to test drive this sleek addition, we were wowed by the numerous features, roominess, and sexy styling:

  • Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
  • Completely custom seats, 3 row SUV! – The folding 2nd- and 3rd-row bench seats can arrange for any combination of up to seven passengers and cargo
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control – as a mom this is especially important, when everyone wants a different temperature!
  • Two panoramic moonroofs – becoming a common feature, adds uncompromised vision
  • Around View® Monitor – Four cameras positioned around the vehicle give you a virtual 360° bird’s eye view on your display
  • Infiniti Connection features include Automatic Collision Notification, Drive Zone monitoring, Google Calendar™, and Destination Assistance via your Infiniti Personal Assistant
  • Infiniti Intelligent – View Display
  • Blind Spot Intervention system – helps alert you to vehicles in the blind spot area when driving

Learn more about the sleek features here.  Also learn how you can pre-order your Infiniti JX from Gunn Infiniti here!

Make sure to keep track of all the latest news from Gunn Infiniti through their social media channels:

As well as Infiniti’s social channels:

2013 Infiniti JX

D-Box Movie Seats at Santikos Theatres

On a day off, a friend and I went to the Santikos Palladium to watch the second Sherlock Holmes movie. While were debating which show to see, we noticed that “D-box” seats were available for purchase.

D-box movie review santikos theaters

Right now Santikos Theatres have D-box seats in three San Antonio locations and 1 Houston location:

silverado houston dbox
San Antonio Silverado – $17.50
11505 W Loop 1604 N, San Antonio, TX 78250
Map & Directions

 


silverado san antonio d-box
Houston Silverado 19 IMAX – $17.75
24720 State Hwy 249, Tomball, TX 77375
Map & Directions

 


palladium san antonio theater d-box
San Antonio Palladium IMAX – $18.00
17703 W IH-10, San Antonio, TX 78257
Map & Directions

 


Mayan theater san antonio d-box
San Antonio Mayan 14 – $16.00
1918 SW Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78221
Map & Directions

 

You’ll know which movie has DBOX seating option in the showtimes section.

D-box movie review santikos theaters buy online

By clicking on the movie time (NOT movie name) you’ll be taken to another site to purchase the tickets online with a credit card.

D-box movie review santikos theaters best seats

During the online ticket checkout, we were able to select our own seats or best available.

D-box movie review santikos theaters

Selecting your own seats shows how many seats are still free and which ones are not.

FAVORITE SEATS: WE got F5 and F4 which had a bar in front of us to rest our feet on but did not obstruct the view in any way.

D-box movie review santikos theaters

*NOTE: If you do not purchase a ticket don’t think you can catch a free ride in an unoccupied seat. The seats that were not purchased before the movie sat as still as the old fashioned kind. No ticket, no ride!

Once we got to the Palladium we were able to swipe our card at the self-service kiosk (HINT!! There’s one inside the building by customer service that NEVER has a line…compared to the three outside the box office that are always 3 deep…each.)

D-box movie review santikos theaters

Then we made it to our seats after stopping for some light, yet incredibly expensive, concession stand snacks.

Actual Review and Thoughts

Once we got into the movie theater, we noticed right away how room and what a great view we had from our seats. In the first two rows of the elevated section, we found our seats and waited to have our worlds rocked. Reviews that I found said that even the previews came to life but none of the trailers we watched were synced with our chairs. A little bored and very curious we played with the buttons underneath the right side arm rest. I believe there were 4 or 5 levels of intensity that were customizable per chair. You even had the option to turn it completely off. Once the movie got going I didn’t remember to play with these.

Types of scenes that were animated:

  • Bumping along a road in a car
  • Scenic pans of train traveling scenes, as the camera rounded the bend, so did our chair, very subtly, probably the most welcome animation to me, my friend thought it was cheesy.
  • Explosion scenes – no surprises here, whenever something exploded on screen our chairs reiterated each crash and fire
  • Peering over something – there was a scene in Sherlock Holmes where we were leaned forward a bit in the chair

The chair completely movies, not just the back vibrating, physically moving. We were concerned about our drinks spilling around but it was never that drastic, especially after we had taken some quick gulps during the previews.

Would I do it again? Not for $18! BUT I have had other movie going friends who insist that it is the only way to experience a movie. I found it a little distracting, that instead of just getting caught up in the movie, I was paying attention to the movement of my chair. I think some movements were more subtle than others and I noticed it less…I would’ve preferred movie watching the old fashion way. That said…a scary movie would probably be 100 times more intense (to levels I’m not willing to experience.) I think anyone who considers them self a movie enthusiast should definitely give it a try.

During one review, a whopping 92% (or close to that number) of a test group surveyed responded favorably to the D-Box…so you don’t have to take my word for it.

D-box movie review santikos theaters

Additional review from the SA Current here.

Become a fan on Facebook and tweet your opinions to @dboxTech!

Pictures taken from the Santikos Palladium theatre in San Antonio, TX.

D-box movie review santikos theaters

D-box movie review santikos theaters

D-box movie review santikos theaters

So, a couple days before we saw this movie we saw this demo as we were leaving the movie theatre and I hurried us along, saying we didn’t need to sit in the seats. Had we, we would have experienced DBOX first hand without having to risk not liking the experience for an entire movie.

D-box movie review santikos theaters at palladium

Best Website to Upload Large Files

After coming back from an incredible vacation in San Diego and Las Angeles, California, I had a million pictures to share. Sure I immediately posted them on Facebook and Picasa but there’s not really easy to send a zip file of all the images. The file, too large for gmail, also exceeded the uploading limits of a favorite uploading site of mine, drop.io. (I like drop.io because of the easy, clean interface with advanced, customizing options.)

Here are some other sites that worked for me:

  • Another clean interface, no sign up required!
  • FREE members are able to upload at slightly faster times, only 25 seconds before start compared to 45 seconds for non-members
  • 200 GB online storage

Easy sign up here.

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Nine 9/9/09 Events

What are you doing on the 9th day of the 9th month of the 2009th year at 9am/pm?

Sure a lot of people will get married and babies will be born on September 9th, 2009.  Already appreciating September (the month of my birthday), I am excited to announce other ways people are choosing to celebrate this upcoming Wednesday:

1. One Million Random Acts of Kindness@yokoono has been tweeting in support of One Million Random Acts of Kindness being executed on 9/9.

  • Follow @BecomePeace2009 on Twitter (and help make #peace a trending topic!)
  • RAK (Random Act of Kindness) – but BBC Radio also help start a growing RAK trend…read the blog to find out more (and print your own flyers or cards)!

2. FTD Good Neighbor Day 2009The flower experts are celebrating the 15th annual FTD Good Neighbor Day holiday.

  • Since 1994, FTD has encouraged all neighbors to foster community by offering (through local florists) same-day deliveries of beautiful, FREE bouquets.
  • Customers are encouraged to keep one flower for themselves and offer the rest to their neighbors.
  • Find your local FTD florist here.

3. Monopoly City Streets Google (heard of them??) launches their Google Maps version of Monopoly!

  • Buy any street in the world!
  • Monopoly City Streets blog here.
  • Play against your friends and finally get into the real estate market like you always wanted to, become a property mogul.

4. Beatles Revolution 9 – the iconic Beatles have a lot going on, 9/9:

  • The Beatles Rockband – Comes out for Xbox 360, PS3, & Wii (check back for coupons – I’ll find them!)  Early review from CNET.
  • Digitally Remastered – after 22 years, the digitally remastered versions of the Beatles studio albums will be released, as confirmed by press release:

Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles for Sale
Help!
Rubber Soul
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (The White Album)
Abbey Road
Let It Be
Past Masters
Yellow Submarine

5. World Day of Interconnectedness“a shift from I llness to WE llness”…

  • Starting in New Zealand, take time at 9am, to participate in interconnectedness (or oneness) opportunities (formal to informal acts.)
  • Global Events – see what and when countries across the world are participating in.
  • Email a friend
  • Join the group.

6. @BarackObama Don’t just follow him on Twitter, listen to him address a joint session of Congress on health care reform in prime time!

  • Obama’s website highlights concisely.
  • Obama Mobile – somewhat unrelated, text “HOPE” to 62262 for updates from Obama’s camp.

7. Independence Daythe Republic of Tajikistan declared independence on this day from the Soviet Union in 1991.

8. Father Laval DayI’d be remiss to exclude Father Laval Day, the 9/9 national holiday for Mauritius, the island republic off the coast of Africa.

  • Father Laval – Roman Catholic priest and missionary to the local people.
  • Mauritius – famous for being the only home of the Dodo bird!
  • On this day, Mauritians (not Martians…) locals head to his tombs in hopes of benefitting from his post-mortem healing powers.

9. SA’s Bartender Bash w/ YVodkaYVodka who I first read about in @SavorSA’s blog, envisioned a vodka for the ’77-’97, you guessed it!!, Y-generation consisting of young professionals (and +21 college students) who appreciated a top-of-the-line bottle for a bottom-of-the-barrel price.

  • Free Y Vodka to 1st 300 club goers!
  • $2 YVodka all nite!
  • Club Newsletters – Not close to San Antonio?  I imagine this is a BIG after-hours night for a lot of venues…sign up for their email subscriptions NOW to get alerts and coupons for Wendesday (and on your birthday, etc…)
  • Follow @TheYVodka & @ClubRive on Twitter!

Technically it just another day…but make 9/9/09 memorable by taking the time and participating in several, if not all, of the events listed above.  (If you don’t make it to Martian, I’ll understand…)

Twitter 101: Friends and Follows III

3rd Main Way I find People to Follow:

  1. Brute Force – you’ll know it when you see it…(consider this the “browse” option.)
  2. Pattern Matching – You know who you want to follow, just need to find them…
  3. Backtracking – someone’s following me…should I follow them?

Geekette Alert: Did you know the three I listed are also common computer algorithms? An algorithm is a problem solving method with specific execution instructions. See their wikis here: Brute Force search, Pattern Matching search, and Backtracking
algorithm
.)

Backtracking

By definition, backtracking involves problems where you already have potential solutions, now you just have to figure out which one is the right one for you.  Similar to brute force, the first place to browse potential followings is your follower’s list.  In this case you go through your own list to see if there are tweets or profiles that catch your eye.  You can also this is on an individual basis, as you’re alerted to new tweeps following you (by default you receive an email per new follower, in real time.)

Before following them ask yourself:

  • Is this a real person? It’s very easy for programmers to script a “twitterbot” which goes out and randomly starts following everyone!  A good indicator is the number of people following them versus the number of people they’re following.  If he’s a 500 people and only 2 people are following him, there’s a good chance he’s not worth following.  Check out his profile if the username or first/last name are not intuitive.  (Another reason to take your time picking a name…)
  • Is it ok if this person sees the information I’m tweeting? (If your privacy is set to high, make sure you know who you’re letting follow you…)  Protect yourself, there are iPhone apps that give your exact GPS location…make sure you are comfortable with that information being sent out.

If everything checks out start following them.  If you don’t like their tweets you can always “unfollow” them (by click on the same button you clicked to follow them in the first place.)

Check out my next posts, I’ll go into details about specific Twitter tools I used for efficient delivery, calculating your Twitter grade (see how you’re doing…), and how to write your own Twitter program!

Twitter 101: Friends and Follows II

2nd Main Way I find People to Follow:

  1. Brute Force – you’ll know it when you see it…(consider this the “browse” option.)
  2. Pattern Matching – You know who you want to follow, just need to find them…
  3. Backtracking – someone’s following me…should I follow them?

Geekette Alert: Did you know the three I listed are also common computer algorithms? An algorithm is a problem solving method with specific execution instructions. See their wikis here: Brute Force search, Pattern Matching search, and Backtracking
algorithm
.)

Pattern Matching

You know exactly who you want to follow…you just don’t know their username, their official Twitter page (versus the other 300 that get returned), or how to start looking for them.

i.  Twitter’s “Find People – Twitter’s tab at the top right part of the page (search engine.)  I kind of hate it…I find it hard to quickly find anyone…however there are a couple mildly redeeming tabs:

  • Suggested Users – offers a list of probably 200ish tweeps to start following.  List ranges from celebrities to causes to companies.  Good way to get the blood going before you start brute force following.
  • Find on other Networks – check your Gmail, AOL, and Yahoo accounts for Twitter users registered with a particular email address you have stored.  (I was surprised to find my mom registered…it can be an interesting task that takes 2 seconds.)
  • Invite by email – paste in a comma separated list of emails you’d like to encourage to join and follow you on Twitter.
  • Find on Twitter – Twitter’s uber excellent search tool, allows you to search by “Username”, “First Name”, or “Last Name”
    • This goes back to the importance of picking a good username AND specific first and last name.  Practice finding yourself using names, logos, nicknames people looking for you might also try.  Should be intuitive.

ii.  Twitter’s Search box – when on the home page (where all the tweets are displayed) there’s a text box to the right where you can search Tweets for usernames and hashtags.

  • See Twitter’s advanced search here.
  • Notice you can search by “Place” – another reason why your location should match that to what user’s are most likely to search by.

iii.  Google – good ole’ Google.  I normally use this before I try Twitter’s search.  Normally I search for “twitter <whatever I’m looking for>” as concisely as possible.

  • Normally start search string with “Twitter” (don’t know if it always makes a difference but it has occasionally.)
  • Use this technique if I’m looking for a company, business, entity, person
  • If multiple results are shown there will be an indention in the search results that includes a link to “Show more results from twitter.com”…then you only see profiles (or content found in tweets) on twitter.com

Examples:

“Twitter half price books” found the correct @HalfPriceBooks

“twitter ruff ruff man” found my daughter’s favorite PBSKids show @RuffRuffman

“twitter sports illustrated” found @SI_24seven*

*Notice their username…even if the username is already taken (for example someone already has @sportsillustrated and @SI, I would’ve tried @SI24x7, @SI247, etc before picking something long with an underscore.)  I like their tweets and I’m already following though so I’m ok with it.  🙂  Just another consideration.

Twitter 101: Friends and Follows I

Listed below are 3 main ways I find people to follow:

  1. Brute Force – you’ll know it when you see it…(consider this the “browse” option.)
  2. Pattern Matching – You know who you want to follow, just need to find them…
  3. Backtracking – someone’s following me…should I follow them?

Geekette Alert: Did you know the three I listed are also common computer algorithms? An algorithm is a problem solving method with specific execution instructions. See their wikis here: Brute Force search, Pattern Matching search, and Backtracking
algorithm
.)

Today’s post will only cover the first, I have gone into detail and to combine all 3 would be a lot. I didn’t want to overwhelmed new Twitter users.

Brute Force

This option works well if you’ve done a preliminary sweep and are following those you wanted to. Also, this method works well when you’ve sat down at the computer for a no-brainer evening. Use the brute force method when you’re not in a rush and would like to browse potential tweeps.

Browse Following List: Be a copy cat and follow the people someone else is following. To browse their list, simply go to that person’s Twitter account and find the link underneath the number of people they’re following. If you know the name of the user you can go there directly by inserted the @USERNAME into the following URL:

http://twitter.com/USERNAME/following

i.e. http://twitter.com/MeeseMusic/following for @MeeseMusic

Click on the button to automatically start following anyone you’ve found interesting. Convenient because you don’t have to leave this page, and go to each Twitter profile to click follow. Quickly add several people instantly by going down this list.

The Twitter profiles are displayed in “Most Recently Added” order.

*The follow button is only available if you’re not already “Following” them. Since I’m following @JoeSingleFile in the second picture, I don’t have the option to follow him again.

Follow @geekettebits!!

*Check out who I’m following – I’ve kept it relatively clean and tended to added in groups (lot of food tweeps in a row, then sports, then beer blogs, etc.):

http://twitter.com/geekettebits/following

My list doesn’t have everything but there are a couple random ones you might enjoy…benefit from the time I took to go through a whole bunch of other people’s following list.

The brute force method is a great to use when you’d like to browse by a particular genre. For example, if someone is following significantly less people then they’re being followed by, see who they’re following. A lot of companies only follow local branches. Some bands only follow upcoming unknowns to help get the name out there.

Another good idea, while on their profile, check out who they starred in their favorites list. A chef might mark all the recipes he was particularly fond of, another person might mark a tweet with a special date.

Check back soon for the final two methods.

Twitter 101: Friends and Followers


Class Objective: Friends and Followers

  • Considerations when making friends on a new playground
  • Finding friends to follow

First Day of School – How to be a Follower

It’s hard to be the new kid in the cafeteria…while some people jump in head first, most like to dip a toe in first.

Q: How do I start following @MeeseMusic
on Twitter?

A: @MeeseMusic
can be followed doing the following:

Go to their page: http://twitter.com/MeeseMusic

If you are not already following them, you’ll get the option to “Follow” them. Click on the button.

Before: Option to follow

After: Confirmation you are now successfully following
@MeeseMusic.

Numbers don’t lie, so keep the numbers in mind. (I minored in math so I <3 any numerical).

@MeeseMusic has 789 people following them (at post time.) However they are only following 56 people:

Number of Followers >> Number of Following

I.e. 789 >> 56

Normally in this case (where the numbers are so significantly different), the people @MeeseMusic are following people are the only people they want to show they care about. This is a good indicator that these tweeps are well worth following and time has been invested to only follow a select subset.

Why do some tweeps not follow everyone following them? Possible (and perfectly valid) reasons:

  • They have 2 million+ followers and know they won’t be follow that much tweet traffic (remember twaffic) so they only follow pertinent tweeps they’re more likely to respond to.
  • They appreciate being followed but only want to see tweet messages they know about.
  • They are already a household name and don’t need to follow people to be followed. A lot of times, to get to the word out about your tweets, you’ll follow people to get them to follow you back. Your number of tweeps grows from this over time.
  • They want to promote specific tweeps. For example, @GoogleVoice has almost 17,000 followers but they’re only following 3. These three are part of the Google Voice team…anyone looking at their profile will instantly ask, “Hmmmm, why is @GoogleVoice only following 3 people?” You feel compelled to find out who are the 3 and why!? They were very specific about who they followed because they wanted to attract attention to other tweeps. Consider if it’s important for people to know who you’re following before you start following everyone under the sun to your timeline.

    Many restaurants only follow the local chains on Twitter; this is the case with many businesses. *Will you have multiple twitter accounts specific to location, etc.? Take the time to create a standard naming convention: twitter.com/MAINzip or MAIN<[4 char of street name, etc.]> That way, regardless of where you are, the user can find your business again in another area. (Keep it short and simple.)

    For example: Bello Pizza has restaurants all over America and each one will have a Twitter page.

    @BelloPizza will be the main head quarters/HR department…and @BelloPizzaSATX & @BelloPizzaLACA will be regional locations that can offer specific discounts or events.

Several ways to find people to follow:

I’ve only been actively been using Twitter for about a month now and a half so I’m not expert follower. (However, to instill confidence I HAVE already written a couple Perl programs with the Twitter API – details in a subsequent post…)

3 Main Ways I find People to Follow:

  1. Brute Force – you’ll know it when you see it…(consider this the “browse” option.)
  2. Pattern Matching – You know who you want to follow, just need to find them…
  3. Backtracking – someone’s following me…should I follow them?

Geekette Alert: Did you know the three I listed are also common computer algorithms? An algorithm is a problem solving method with specific execution instructions. See their wikis here: Brute Force search, Pattern Matching search, and Backtracking
algorithm
.)

Although I originally planned to keep all this information in 1 post, my next 3 posts will highlight these three methods, turned out to be just too long for 1 post!

Future Twitter posts will also include details about specific Twitter tools I used for efficient delivery, calculating your Twitter grade (see how you’re doing…), and how to write your own Twitter program!