Breathlessly awaiting the return of LOST!

Charlie on LOSTLOST is coming back tomorrow night, and I can hardly wait! I hope ABC provides some kind of recap, because it’s been forever since the last episode. I read an interview with Matthew Fox (I think it was in Entertainment Weekly), and he said it’s going to be getting exciting again. We’re going to be finding out more about where (and when) this island is, and what is really going on. Who was in the casket? Do they really get off the island, and then go back?

Woo-hoo! You know where I’ll be on Thursday night at 8 pm!

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Make your own South Park cartoon avatar

GeekMom’s South Park Jedi avatarI’m not really a fan of South Park. (If you’ve never heard of it, it’s an animated television program with mature language and politically incorrect storylines.) However, I am a fan of cute cartoon avatars. And since I cannot draw anything myself, I love finding places online that will let me play around and create my own cartoons!

Planearium.de has a fun South Park avatar maker. You choose your skin tone, eyes, hairstyle, clothing, and facial expression. Plus, you can customize it quite a bit, by choosing various accessories, weapons, and a background color or scene. Do a screen capture to save your creation, and there you are! You have your very own South Park-ish cartoon avatar.

Here is one I made to represent myself. I decided to go with the Jedi look, complete with light saber, because I love Star Wars, and I’m about the same height as Yoda. “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

Calling all Gadgeteers: Here’s an idea for your next invention

womanusingcomputer.jpgI am addicted to my computer. And the Wii. And my kids are becoming total gamers too.

Think I’m just exaggerating? Well, how about this for proof that I spend too much time at the computer? My wrists are tired and my hands go numb. Also, my eyes barely focus on anything that’s not 24 inches away from my face, because that’s how far away my screen is.

And then when I’m done working at the computer, I love playing on the Wii. It is so much fun! And of course, it’s the kids’ favorite indoor activity, and it’s what they want to do as soon as their chores are finished. Between the Wii, and games on the PC, they will play for hours, if we let them.

Now before you blast me for allowing my kids to spend too much time in front of a screen, let me admit that I know it’s a problem. Isn’t that the first step toward recovery? I don’t know. I’ve never been in rehab. And it’s not like we live in a broken down shack full of rubbish and filth. Our home is fairly clean, the kids are well-fed, they make honor roll at school, and we read to them every day.

We do turn off the machines and interact as human beings, but sometimes it’s difficult to tear everyone away from the games. That’s where I need some help. Now you brilliant inventors out there, here is my idea. This is going to make someone very rich, and I’m giving it away for free!

I want a bank that I can attach to my gaming devices. For instance, I attach this bank to the Wii, the kids put in some coins, and it plays for however many minutes I decide each coin is worth. Then, I can open the bank, collect the coins, and recycle them into the allowance or reward system (or use as Mom’s Mad Money!). How brilliant is that?

The coin system makes the play time easier to regulate, because there’s no arguing with the machine’s timer. Also, I think it would be helpful in teaching the kids about work and rewards. They do chores to earn money, and then they can decide how much of the money to spend on gaming, or whether they would rather save it for something else.

So, does such a product already exist? Anyone out there going to make one for me? Please? 🙂

GeekMom Joins Posh Mama as a Weekly Contributor

Posh Mama graphicI’m excited to announce that I am joining the Posh Mama Online Magazine crew as a weekly contributor! Look for my posts on Cool Gadgets, every Saturday on the Posh Mama front page. If you’re not familiar with Posh Mama, please stop by and take a look at this friendly community for women. You don’t have to be a mother to be a Posh Mama!

And by the way, I’ll still be taking good care of GeekMomMashup.com. I appreciate you, dear readers! Thanks for your friendship and support!

Who Are You Calling “It?”

I was tagged by Peapod Squad Stuff, and although I don’t usually do these, I will this time. I’m a big fan of the aforementioned Squad, and I think this is a good way to share some early Valentine love with some of my bloggy friends.

Rule #1: Copy all the links below and replace a single link under the appropriate letter of the alphabet. If your domain name, or even the title of your blog, starts with an “A,” you’d replace the link under that letter and put the replaced link at the bottom. Also, don’t forget to credit the tagger, or where you got the list from, at the end of the list with a full URL of the post so that a pingback gets generated.

  1. acowboyswife.com
  2. bloggingcents.com
  3. caffeine-overload.com
  4. delusionsofgrandeur.org
  5. everythingandanythingblog.com
  6. forumfinder.net
  7. GeekMomMashup.com
  8. happykeg.com
  9. ipentimento.com
  10. juliesjournal.com
  11. kabalyero.com
  12. ladylike4.com
  13. michaelpark.net
  14. notjustmama.net
  15. originalmx5.net
  16. peapodsquadstuff.com
  17. qweddings.com
  18. rowdigrl.com
  19. shirleysdelight.com
  20. thesocalledme.net
  21. utada-online.net
  22. valmg.com
  23. wickedbabylon.com
  24. xaviermedia.com
  25. yimto.com
  26. zbudapest.com

Replaced link: gothic-peach.net
Previous tagger: http://www.peapodsquadstuff.com/2008/01/tag-im-it.html

Rule #2: You now have to “tag” at least five people and encourage them to participate so that this thing spreads like a virus. Remember, though, that not everyone’s into these kinds of things, so don’t be upset if they don’t participate. Just simply replace your tag. Remember to tag blogs only and no pornographic ones as we do want to keep the integrity as a blogging community. TIP: Tag your frequent EntreCard droppers via its messaging system.

As for me, I will tag the following:

Rule #3: Just like any other “meme” out there, ask a question for your taggees to answer along with your own answer to the previous question. This is optional.

Here’s my question: What do you listen to in the car?

My New Favorite USB Device

USB Sushi DrivesI love looking at new USB gadgets. It’s amazing the things you can get that run off of USB power right on your desk. You can get a vacuum cleaner, a lava lamp, a Christmas tree, even a robotic USB Stewie from Family Guy. (I’ve put together some of my favorites on this page at Squidoo, dedicated to great gadgets.) Seriously, who can live without this stuff? 🙂

But this is my new favorite! Look at how cute those USB sushi drives are! I love sushi, and I love gadgets. And who doesn’t need a portable memory stick? I bet these are much harder to lose than the plain old sticks.

These drives are available in a variety of flavors, including maguro, ebi, egg, maki, and more. Prices are $65 and up per piece, but they are calorie-free, and they never spoil! Awesome!

Here’s a New Geek Shirt for my Blogging Buddies

Ping Me shirtHere is the first in a series of designs I’m doing especially for bloggers. I’m inspired (and a little bit annoyed at times) by all the chiclets and buttons people have on their blogs. Well, here’s one humongous chiclet you can wear around town. This one says “Ping Me,” in the standard proportions (80 x 15, but gigantified), with that pixelly font that looks good in tiny sizes, on a two-color, divided background. Just don’t blame me if someone tries to click your chest. 😉 Get yours at my CafePress shop. Requests or suggestions for additional versions of the chiclet tee are welcome.

GeekMom Gets the Giggles

Here is a quick laugh I had to share. I’ve had this saved for years because it’s one of my favorite comics of all time. In case you don’t get it in your paper, it’s called Get Fuzzy. I’m sorry the image is kind of small, but it’s the best I have, and this is no longer available on the Get Fuzzy archives. I’ll put the text underneath it, in case you can’t quite read it. It’s hilarious!

Get Fuzzy comic

Cat (Bucky): Flea Factor, Paw and Odor, or Wheel of Vermin?
Dog (Satchel): Wheel! Wheel!
Cat: It’s Mexican Spiny Pocket Mouse, you idiot!
Dog: Buy a vole! Buy a vole!

Fact: EntreCard Credits are like Schrute Bucks

One Schrute BuckBefore I begin, let me say that I enjoy both Dwight Schrute and EntreCard. Now, let me explain my assertion. 🙂

On The Office (US version), Dwight Schrute creates Schrute Bucks as a way to motivate his coworkers to perform well. (If you’re not familiar with Dwight, you should know that he is an insufferable dweeb and suck-up, but he is also excellent at his job. That really has nothing to do with this analogy, but it is a big part of why The Office is so hilarious.) The Schrute Buck is a unit of currency in Dwight’s system, where he gets to decide what a person has to do to earn one.

EntreCard (EC) is a system of free internet advertising that rewards users with Credits, which they can use to purchase ad space on other users’ blogs. Credits are awarded for using the system by “card dropping,” or clicking on other people’s EC widgets.

A-ha! What else do Schrute Bucks and EC Credits have in common? Well, since I am a bit of an insufferable dweeb myself, here is a list …

  • Fact: Both Schrute Bucks and EC Credits are constructed units of currency.
  • Fact: Both Schrute Bucks and EC Credits can be earned only by exhibiting behaviors desired by their creators.
  • Fact: Neither Schrute Bucks nor EC Credits have any real value outside of their respective reward systems.*
  • Fact: Both Schrute Bucks and EC Credits have value only if there is demand for them among users.
  • Question: What is the exchange rate of Schrute Bucks to EC Credits?
  • Answer: It’s the same as the ratio of unicorns to leprechauns.

* I know there has been some talk of selling EC Credits for real money, so we’ll see where that ends up.

I hope you enjoyed this little exercise in silliness. If you’d like to add to the discussion, please do!