GeoPalz Pedometer Makes Exercise More Fun

GeoPalz are pedometers designed for kids. Recently, I bought a pedometer for myself, and I was looking for one that would be suitable for my children. I was thrilled when I found out about GeoPalz!

The kid appeal goes beyond the fun designs (ladybugs, basketballs, pirates, oh my!), and extends to the online tracking of steps. My son has been very enthusiastic about entering the number of steps he’s taken each day, so he can see his progress in the online tracker. GeoPalz online not only tracks his steps, but it also shows his progress toward nearby cities. He also earns badges for his GeoPalz profile, when he achieves big milestones.

The thing he likes most about GeoPalz is the reward system. Every step counts as a point toward rewards. Once enough points are earned, he can redeem them for real rewards, such as frisbees, water bottles, sports equipment, and more. The combination of game elements, the cute gadget, and real-world activity and rewards, is perfect for this geek family.

Here’s a great video introduction on the GeoPalz system:

I received one GeoPalz activity tracker for free, to review for this post. My other kids want their own, so I think I’ll be buying a couple more. They’re so cute, I might get myself one, too! 🙂

Today is a Woot-Off!

Woot is a super-deal site, which features just one deal per day, in categories including kids, home, shirts, tech, wine, etc. Every now and then, Woot offers more than one deal per day — it’s called a Woot-Off! It’s a great opportunity to cash in on more than one great deal.

The most popular items sell out quickly, so don’t delay! Check out all of the Woot sites to find one that appeals to you.

Woot: One Day, One Deal.

One of my favorite Woot shirts: I LOVE Science!
I Love Science

Who Wants to Win Free Bananas?

So, my family goes through a bunch of bananas every week. We eat them plain, put them on top of cereal or ice cream, and when they’re over-ripe and freckled, I make the most delicious banana bread!

Well, Del Monte is holding a contest to name its new mascot. It’s a cute little monkey, and you can help name him! The details and entry form are on Del Monte’s Facebook page, but here’s the basic information:

  • One (1) randomly selected winner will WIN A YEAR SUPPLY of DEL MONTE BANANAS® (52 banana coupons valued at $2.00 per coupon) and a Del Monte plush toy monkey.
  • One Hundred (100) randomly selected winners will win a Del Monte plush toy monkey.
  • Sweepstakes Ends: October 08, 2012 23:59

Enter here, and good luck!

The Square Root of Three

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an entire “Harold and Kumar” movie, but I’ve been lucky enough to see this scene a few times. Every time, I fall in love with this poem all over again.

The poem is entitled, “The Square Root of Three,” and is attributed to David Feinberg.

This is the nerdiest, most romantic bit of geek wordsmithery I’ve ever heard. If you know of any other nerd/geek love verses, please let me know!

I fear that I will always be
A lonely number like root three.

A three is all that’s good and right.
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath a vicious square root sign?

I wish instead I were a nine,
For nine could thwart this evil trick
with just some quick arithmetic.

I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321.
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality.

When, arc! Just what is this I see?
Another square root of a three
Has quietly come waltzing by.

Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer.

We break free from our mortal bonds.
And with a wave of magic wands,
Our square root signs become unglued,
And love for me has been renewed.