Getting Back into the Vinyl Groove

Hello, My Gnomies!

Yes, I actually own vinyl - does that surprise you? Two record albums came as a bonus for supporting one of my favorite bands of all time. Of course, I don't yet have an actual record player. Then again, I can't remember a time in my life when I'd ever purchased any kind of record player for myself (or for anybody else).

I wasn't trying to be sly by suggesting that one should always go over-the-top to support their favorite creators so much as I was trying to excuse my recent non-incommunicadoness. Yes, I just made up that word because it fits the situation perfectlish.

I've been quite active on social, and - of course - regular with the #GeekFather vlogs. If you haven't heard from me, it's not that I haven't been busy busting my virtual hump. The third VloggerFair event has now come and gone over the weekend, and I'm steadily getting back to doing what I regularly do. Even though I think that what I regularly do seems to shift every six months due to industry changes well beyond my control.

I was producing an event and still bending over backwards (metaphorically) for my patrons - giving them insight that I haven't really shared with anybody else because... sometimes, what I say is worth more than free.

Sometimes.

Chris "Friday Feels Like a Monday" Pirillo


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The Extreme Nature of Poison Ivy Rashes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tec Labs. All opinions are 100% mine.

Now that I’m a father, I have found myself freaking out about things that I’ve never freaked out about before. Like, I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and wonder if we need to stock up on toothpaste just in case she starts brushing her teeth before morning (which isn’t likely to happen, but since when were all parental impulses rational).

There are times, however, that having the right supplies on hand could very well make a traumatic situation far less stressful.

I believe in preparing for the worst and expecting the best. I’ll take it a step further: I expect to find the best products that will help attenuate the worst possible issues.

It’s only fitting that I bathed in a tub filled with poison ivy (and poison oak) to test the Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub that was sent my way to try. However, since I was not sent a lifetime supply of it, I decided to try the homeopathic remedy without actually touching the poisonous plants first.

I mean, there’s only so much I’m going to do for this blog – and I had to draw the line somewhere. Mind you, this is the type of solution that is going to be at the ready anytime our family ventures into the great outdoors. Our daughter’s curious nature is likely going to land her in a patch of poison plants sooner or later. 

Summer is prime time for poison oak, ivy, or sumac – but even in autumn, you can prepare yourself for the next summer season before it’s too late and someone finds themselves itching for an ointment that will receive itching and burning. If you were looking for Poison Ivy Information, don’t ask the plant. 

How fast does Tecnu Extreme work? I know you’re thinking that five minutes is plenty fast, but it’s not very extreme. What about one minute? No, still not extreme enough.

15 seconds.

That’s how quickly this will work to start removing the poison oils.

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It’s the first all-in-one product that can be used before a rash starts (or after the rash has started). And, again, it also stops the itching. There’s no way you can mess this up, really – unless you try to eat it (which is not recommended). The scrub can be put on the whole body after wetting the skin first (with water).

Fast fact: “A rash is created when a resin-like substance from the plants gets on a person’s skin. That substance, if not removed, will create a rash in nearly everyone within about eight hours. Some people take a day or two to break out with the rash.” Breakout is a great video game, but a break out is never fun to experience.

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Tecnu Extreme removes the rash-causing substance called urushiol (pronounced: oo-roo-she-all) from the skin. It does not remove your wife’s “I told you so” after you’ve trotted through a patch of poison ivy, however.

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When using Tecnu Extreme before a rash breaks out, it should be applied within eight hours after exposure to the plants (the sooner, the better). So, don’t stop to watch reruns of Frasier – or, watch the show while you apply the treatment.

You can get this at all major drug store chains (like Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, and Target), but I have two $100 gift cards and one $300 gift card to Target – ready to give away to y’all. To enter, just send me a tweet (or post a comment in the corresponding Facebook thread for this post) talking about a time you had poison ivy (or talk about what Tec Labs Inc. products you like using).

You can’t just spend the rest of your life indoors (despite wanting to do just that). When you go into unknown territories, know that you have something like Tecnu Extreme to mitigate a potential skin rash from poisonous plants.

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It’s a Three-Ring Zoo in Seattle Now

Hello, My Gnomies!

Did you miss me? Did you even know I was to be missed, but not really missing (because I'm really still here and have been far from silent in social over the past few days)?

Well, you should be seeing me on Friday's Nightline show (on the ABC network). Yes, I'm coming back to television ever-so-briefly to speak to my particular area of interest. They asked if I would be able to talk to them about the business of social video. Of course!

And today, of all days, is the day that we're rebooting the vlog. What was once known as the "Pirillo Vlogs" is now going to be seen as #GeekFather - which is a hashtag that anybody can use. I'm not the only geek father out there, after all. I figured: why not start something special that more people could participate in?

Oh, yes - and tomorrow's Vlogger Day (leading into the weekend of VloggerFair here in Seattle). This would explain why I've not had a ton of spare cycles to post updates beyond what

Chris "Passion is a Fashion" Pirillo


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Tapping the Mic Again

Hello, My Gnomies!

While "Smaller is Bigger" has been my mantra for at least a year and a half now, the rest of the galaxy appears to be stuck in the opposite lane. I'm still far more inclined to produce an event that brings together 1,000 passionate creators than an event that brings together 10,000 people who are ambivalent (at best).

That's what's happening with VloggerFair this year, by the way - in Seattle next weekend. You're still invited, too. I tried to produce another tech-specific event, but the community for that idea has seemingly moved on.

They say you are what you eat, but are you also what you do?

If this is true, my future endeavors should be honed to support my fellow content producers - because there are still a few of us left to serve those who look forward to seeing what we share on a daily basis.

The tech content? Obviously, that's happening every weekday (currently, through most of my Patreon links) - but isn't it more interesting to have discussions around how tech influences our lives rather than tech for tech's sake?

Chris "Passion is a Fashion" Pirillo


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Does Tech Make You Lazy?

Hello, My Gnomies!

It's nice to have goals, but it's difficult to be in the position of wanting to achieve a goal after you've achieved it before. Such is the situation I find myself in wanting to shed a few bits of fat. I've done it before, but am in the process of doing it again.

Thanks to the Apple Watch, a free health monitoring app, daily activity, and adjusted caloric intake, I've gone (again) from 165 to 153 in a month and a half. I thank the Apple Watch not for being amazing, but for giving me the impetus to do something again. I thank Periscope for helping the workout time fly.

But owning the tech outright didn't do anything for me. That's like buying a screwdriver and expecting that your house is going to repair itself. In fact, I went from 156 in April (when I got the Apple Watch) to around 165 near the end of June when I decided to do something about it.

My goal is to go lower and maintain - but to do that, I'll be focusing on the daily interaction with you via the daily live video streams (which are largely used to gather tech questions for me to address in the day's TLDR).

Why do we do this to ourselves, really? Why do we reach our full potential, only to fall back to where we were when we realized we needed to be in a different place?

Chris "I'm Such a Sisyphus" Pirillo


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Isn’t Tech Supposed to be a Time Saver?

Hello, My Gnomies!

Okay, so Monday has now come and gone (and I'm closer to getting myself back on schedule). This includes a few bouts of insomnia, an extra cup of coffee, and last-minute preparations for our upcoming event next week in Seattle.

I assume you're joining me at VloggerFair THIS year, since you haven't been at earlier events? Well, even if you can't make it - we're working on a way to do it again (and again).

I spent the greater part of this morning on various phone calls, meetings, and doing other boring / routine things - like updating apps, drinking an extra cup of coffee, and... did I already mention the coffee thing already?

Oh, yes - and my daughter Jedi is still calling me "Bah."

Chris "Joker of All Trades" Pirillo


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¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Hello, My Gnomies!

I honestly don't know what it is - but for the third week in a row, I failed to post a newsletter of sorts on Friday. Actually, I went totally dark on Friday (choosing not to do any live streams), but I can't get into 'why' right now - you'll have to wait for the corresponding vlog to be published.

If only every week could lead into a three-day weekend.

In a couple of weekends, VloggerFair will be upon us - and I'll be spending most of my time with fellow content creators. Mind you, the event started out as a way for you and I to connect with one another in person, but most of my community apparently doesn't like to get out of the house much. ;)

I was getting ready to send out updates to Gnomies & Super Gnomies again today and then this happened:

https://twitter.com/ChrisPirillo/status/630573422255325185

Chris "Living in the Great Indoors" Pirillo


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What’s It Like to Be the Geekfather?

Hello, My Gnomies!

I know I’m not the only person to have used the label “Geekfather.” Still, it’s suitable - given that I’d rather watch reruns of The Golden Girls than new episodes of Battlebots.

Becoming a parent didn’t change me, though.

This is one of the better sponsored campaigns we participated in this year - it's so personal, so honest, and so telling: http://bit.ly/1McKmeu

Here, I thought the tech community was petty and judgmental - but you ain't seen nothin' until you've become a parent and are bombarded with a never-ending stream of "you're doing it wrong.”

There may never be peace in the realm of technology because too many people treat it like a religion, like a political position, and not for what it truly is. When technology is used as a weapon against others, I worry about the world that my daughter is growing up within.

Now, if we were still in St. Olaf...

Chris "Honesty Isn't Always Truth" Pirillo


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Are Tech Questions Answerable? We’ll Tell You Tonight.

Hello, My Gnomies!

Once again, I find myself at the mercy of a never-ending Twitter feed. If anything has replaced television in my life, that's it. There's nothing quite as interesting as a parade of serendipity. I've tuned the experience to be exactly what I need it to be so that every time I look, I'm not dissuaded by what I'd consider uninteresting updates.

And I still see the local news saying things like: "Will we see rain this week? We'll tell you at 11."

Why would I wait an hour for anybody to tell me the same thing I could discover immediately through any given app or weather-aware service? Why would ANYBODY wait? Moreover, why are some people pretending like the Internet doesn't exist - and using the Internet like it doesn't exist? Perhaps there's an insane amount of people who are too lazy to execute a straightforward weather query?

This is why I've all but stopped responding to overtly-pedestrian tech questions. I'm not Google. Now, if you want to ask for my perspective, about my experience, or for guidance - pose the question such that any random search engine wouldn't know how to handle it as effectively as I could.

Chris "AMA Every Day" Pirillo


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Crawl Before You Tech Talk

Hello, My Gnomies!

If you’re paying attention (which, by the way, usually doesn’t cost anything - unless you’re supporting my endeavors by becoming a patron and getting 60 exclusive tech videos every month)… anyway, if you’re STILL paying attention, you may have noticed that we showcased our daughter crawling for the first time in both the vlog channel and on my Facebook page yesterday.

I also linked you to the video in yesterday’s newsletter - so, if you scrolled past that link, you should train your finger not to be so active. Take a look at what I’m sharing with you - there’s usually a good reason I take the time to do this near-daily.

Scroll slower, crawl faster, and think forward.

That last part was covered during my evening meal at a local pub tonight with a fellow geek; without much planning, I babbled my way through describing a cogent game plan for the future of LockerGnome (covering both our online and relatively-disconnected event efforts, tying them together in a way that I hadn’t considered before).

My cohesive approach will be in continuing to deliver value to those who support it, as well as enabling and empowering other content creators and tech-challenged entrepreneurs.

Chris “I Forgot to Play by the Rules" Pirillo


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Today's Vlog: Black Orbs are Haunting Us [Day 1192]
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Today's Tweet: Giving Credit Where It’s Due
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[LockerGnome] Tech Creates More Problems Than It Solves

Hello, My Gnomies!

I've been told that you have to stay true to yourself (and your passions, interests) in order to succeed. I suppose at one point I believed that - but the maxim doesn't tell you how long it'll take before you'll see any degree of traction. We're all playing from a different deck of cards, with some hands stacked better than others - yet, we're playing on the same table together.

What worked no longer does, and what needs to work doesn't.

Just when I begin to solve one problem with technology, two more problems crop up in its place. Is that how tech is supposed to work? Creating more problems than it solves? I suppose that all depends on how skilled you are with the tools at your disposal.

Chris "Win, Lose, or Draw" Pirillo


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Today's Vlog: It's Hard to Stay Silent for So Long [Day 1191] 👍
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Today's Tweet: Nobody Ever Listens to Me
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Who Wants a Geeky Weekend?

Hello, My Gnomies!

There must be something about Friday which keeps me from sending out this free newsletter to everybody. Trust me, I want you to know about everything I did yesterday – but by the time I was ready to tell you in a convenient format, I fell asleep.

And as much as I appreciate when you tap or click the specific links I pass along, sleep has become a luxury for me (since insomnia has become “normal” for me in recent months). I have a lot on my mind, not the least of which is trying to figure out my place in this world where content is a commodity.

I woke up this morning and decided to make ice cubes (https://instagram.com/p/52abKLo_x0/). Then, I got struck by lightning (https://instagram.com/p/527cwJo_5p/). After that, I was attacked by a toy (https://instagram.com/p/53BuVNI_2e/). Oh, yes – and I ate some soft pretzel-crust pepperoni pizza (https://instagram.com/p/523-90I_y6/) to make sure I had enough energy to post this for you.

Well, so much for this snoozeletter.

Chris “Don’t Even Look at the PirilloVlogs Snapchat” Pirillo


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Windows 10 Potential Gotchas:
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When My Dad Tried an Early Build of Windows 10
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7 Cavalier Card Games to Create Craziness
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Today’s Vlog: Understanding the Entrepreneur [Day 1189] 👍
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Today’s Tweet: Favorited by Microsoft Windows
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When Technology Attacks

Hello, My Gnomies!

I probably gave the performance of a lifetime in today’s live video streams – speaking about various aspects to a wide array of technology choices. Nothing that I wouldn’t normally do on the average day, really. However, I soon learned that the recordings did not capture with a clean audio feed.

I hate when technology gets in the way of me wanting to talk about technology.

Chris “I’ll Talk Again Tomorrow” Pirillo


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TLDR: Online Schools, OS Exclusivity, Windows 10 Wrongs
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Windows 10 Potential Gotchas:
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This Week’s Tech Video: MacBook Pro 15″ Review (7 Likes):
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Today’s FREE Podcast: Galaxy S3 To S5 Or S6 Upgrade, Never Giving Up
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Today’s Vlog: You’re Looking at it Right Now [Day 1187] 👍
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Two Years Ago Today: Building Jabba’s Entertainment Shelf
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Last Year Today: Our Real Adventure Hasn’t Started Yet
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Today’s Tweet: Computers These Days
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[LockerGnome] Who Got Windows 10 for Free Today?

Hello, My Gnomies!

Like millions of Insiders, I've been playing with beta builds of Windows 10 for several months - but only recently did they start to get good / interesting. From here on in, I'd expect nothing but polish and enhancements coming out of Redmond (that's where Microsoft is headquartered - right around the corner from where I used to get coffee on the weekends).

I shot my first review of the "final" Windows 10 build yesterday, and that'll be edited and turned around for patrons to see before it goes public for all in a few weeks. If you can't wait, then you should just download Windows 10 for yourself and come up with your own review. It's free, it's fast, and it's probably better than the version of Windows you're using now (unless you really, really, REALLY hate change).

And today, of all days, is the day that my MacBook Pro 15" review went public. I swear, we didn't plan that - but you can still watch it now. Or later.

Chris "Right Click" Pirillo


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Today's Vlog: Onus On One Onion [Day 1186] 👍
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Two Years Ago Today: Vintage Tech
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Today's Tweet: Tech Makes People Stupid
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The Android Before the Storm

Hello, My Gnomies!

While most nerds were staying up late to watch the launch of a new Android phone last night - and up again early this morning, awaiting the release of another new Android phone from a completely different manufacturer - I was prepping for the most important moment of my life.

Ordering a limited edition First Order Stormtrooper from the online store (although there was no telling when the store would officially open, so I found myself hitting refresh in my browser every five seconds).

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the MOST important moment of my life, but it was right up there with “scoring the last undented can of refried beans on Saturday” and “ejecting the removable disk properly so that Windows didn’t complain."

Yours Digitally,

Chris “I Got Two Stormtroopers" Pirillo


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Today's Question: How to Recover Corrupted Database File?
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Today's Gotta Get: New Dr. Seuss Book Released
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Today's Vlog: Aaah Oooh Pbbt Uuuh [Day 1184] 👍
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A Year Ago Today: Pirillo Vlog 821 - You've Got the Power 👍
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Today's Tweet: Some People Hate When I’m Right
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Today's Most Popular Share: Box Hieroglyphic Interpretations
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Today's Vader Fun: Drawing Darth Vader on a Computer 👍
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