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Don’t Get Ripped Off While Getting Ripped Off

Today should be called, National Tax Procrastinators Day. It should be a day off. There should be a huge barbecue party at midnight. We should acknowledge that denial is a healthy way to cope with having to do accounting – instead of actual work for those of us who aren’t accountants — under the threat of fiscal punishment from our…

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Don’t take your office to the car wash

Here is another goofy field test videos from the folks at Toshiba. Matt & Jamie create a cheesy office in a coin-op car wash and have a blast with high-speed water, a laptop, and some office supplies. There are casualties. But that’s my idea of a fun day at work.

photo taken with a DSLR camera and sent to my smart phone with the Eye-Fi Mobi

The Shopping Mall of the Future

This post, and a portion of my trip to the Consumer Electronics show, was sponsored by Eye-Fi, the makers of an awesome memory card that transforms the camera you love – like that DSLR you will never part with – into a connected machine so you u can post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or wherever you live in the cloud….

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What I’d Like to Do with that Elf on the Shelf

This Elf on the Shelf thing — where you move an elf doll around the house so it can better spy on the kids — is one trend I’m glad I can take a pass on. I put a lot of effort into convincing my kids that Santa possesses the surveillance capabilities of a covert government agency. (Electronic surveillance, face-recognition…

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Why Don’t Schools Teach Coding?

When my son was 10, he started downloading Java script code to teach himself how to write and mod it. This was adorable. But being his mother, I thought I could help him find an easier way. I tried to find someone in his school who could help him with this and was met with blank looks and even anger….

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Charming Gamification Guy

I was just watching this Ted Talk by the charming Gabe Zichermann on the potential for learning in video games. Worried about your kids playing video games? Watch it. But I would just like to insert a moment of whining. I have been asking video game designers for years why they don’t embed some math, philosophy, history, coding, or science…

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App Design Competition for Middle and High School Students

Know a geeky student — or just one with a good idea for an app — or even a classroom full of them? The Verizon Foundation, with the Technology Student Association, is launching the second annual Innovative App Challenge. The mobile app design competition aims to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and empower them to create…

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Powering the Homework Table

  I love homework season. I know homework has it fans and opponents. And I’m not choosing sides there from an education point of view. I just love it that my two teens have to sit down in the homework room I set up for them and do productive(ish) work. Sure, I almost always wish the homework was more meaningful….

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Tell Your Story to Moo

I get all my business cards from In fact, I love it when I run out of cards so I can go make some more. The cards, that you can add your own photos, and the process of designing them all combine to make it a fun way to tell your own story on a bit of paper that’s easy…

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Foursquare and Back-to-School Shopping

I am about to take my kids shopping for school. I am super excited — giddy really — that they are headed back to school. But I’m not happy about the shopping part. I’ve seen estimates that say parents spend (I’m rounding) $450 to $650 on this shopping spree. So. That’s a drag. But the folks at Foursquare sent me…

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