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How Cardboard Can Bring You $10,000 in Tech

This sponsored post was brought to you by LG.

Cardboard

The UltraWide Festival 2015 – “Dream Setup” is an online competition wherein participants introduce their computer setup ideas on YouTube (and throughout social).

Unless you dare not dream of a dream setup?

The finalists are getting a chance to build their dream PC Setup with a prize of US$10,000. That’s a lot of dough (and more valuable than real dough, unless you had US$10,000 worth of actual dough). 

The contest started in September, so (as you can imagine) this festival has attracted a good deal of interest from tech enthusiasts and those who love playing video games.

Though this specific competition is now closed, there are still a lot of interesting events in store for those who found out about the event too little too late. One such event is the “Cardboard Dream Setup.”

Instead of showing off your tech, feel free to demo your creativity by building your dream setup in cardboard. Ya know, that stuff which usually gets discarded and recycled? Three lucky ducks will be chosen and they will be given LG’s latest Ultralight laptop “gram” (along with a 34UC87C LG UltraWide Monitor).

Cardboard Dream Setup

And if you’re not a duck, you’re in luck – since ducks can’t qualify. Again, I was just being liberal with the lingo. No real dough, no real ducks – just you and an immense pile of value. 

LG will select the 20 semi-finalists based on the engagement around your original post (so, don’t try to take someone else’s idea). I sure hope you have a 

Even if you don’t consider yourself a geek, that’s okay – you can still qualify. Just don’t let the nerds know that it doesn’t take any amount of tech proficiency to appreciate what tech can do for anybody. Even if you’ve already applied to the Dream Setup competition, you can still take a shot. 

That New Operating System Smell

Hello, My Gnomies!

We are on the eve of a new operating system! It's very exciting for me, but I don't get out much.

Yes, I've already reviewed Windows 10 for you for free (what I like and what I don't like, and some people have seen fit to disagree with what I do and do not like - even though that's a lot like saying you disagree with me for having chicken sausage at dinner because you don't like chicken sausage even though you weren't the person who ate it).

But, hey... it's not like I'm charging you every year for a full version of solitaire, right? Or, better yet, it's not like I'm complaining about getting charged for a full version of solitaire even though the operating system update was free, right?

I'm not looking forward to upgrading to Windows 10 because I already have. No, instead, I'm looking forward to updating all of my iOS devices to iOS 9.1 soon. Not iOS 9.0, mind you - iOS 9.1. If only for a single emoji.

I'll let you guess which iOS 9.1 emoji I'm most looking forward to (and who I'm most looking forward to using it on).

Chris "I Didn't Listen to You, But You're Wrong" Pirillo


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Isn't the T-Rex Terrific?
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We're Still Doing a Tech Toy Sphero BB-8 Giveaway:
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You can get Pac-Man for .25c (instead of $6.99) in http://featu.re/PIRILLO right now. Or "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit" for .50c instead of $4.99.

FREE TLDR Highlight: Will We Stick With Apple Music?
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Today's Gotta Get: The Geekiest Calendar of the Year
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Today's Geek Vlog: Kinda Going Back to School
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Windows 10: 7 Things I Like
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Windows 10 Review: 7 Things I Don't Like
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Another One of Today's Tweets: Saving Money on Great Video Games
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I’ve Officially Been a Geek Father for One Year

Hello, My Gnomies!

If you missed the live periscope video stream earlier (or you've been asleep all day), you likely missed the part where we've been celebrating my daughter's first birthday since she woke up.

Granted, Jedi really doesn't know what's going on yet - but that was half the fun. Right now, she's babbling incoherently in the other room (which could very well be my wife, who ate most of the cake this evening).

But it wasn't all boring baby clothes today. She also received a star map that was illustrated based on her location and time of birth a year ago today: http://greaterskies.com/jedi.html - that's pretty awesome if you ask me (and I realize that you probably didn't or wouldn't ask me). Who wants to hang a generic poster when you can have a personalized print of a relevant event?

Oh, and... Jedi asked if we could give something back to our faithful community today as well. I don't think she was planning on re-gifting anything, though? You'll have to settle for a possible Sphero BB-8 tech toy (which is probably going to go on record as the most popular item this year - apart from anything that Apple might release).

To learn how to get one, watch this: https://youtu.be/74XtsefVc4E

Then watch what a fan did: https://youtu.be/tbUgiSVDNKQ

And then, watch this: https://youtu.be/1ybdoRGoDSo

Chris "But There's Still More to Watch" Pirillo


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My Collection Today on eBay: T-Rex!
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FREE TLDR Highlight: Is The New Apple TV Worth Getting?
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Today's Geek Vlog: Coffee, Headaches, & Top Tech
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Windows 10: 7 Things I Like
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Today's Tweet: This Was a Wild Guess
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Staying Up to Order a New iPhone

Hello, My Gnomies!

Look, I'm gonna be honest with you (because, honestly, I'm usually not honest with you): I've gotta stay up until Midnight to get my new iPhone ordered. Yeah, this is like Christmas for me - for the second week in a row.

Plus, on Monday, Jedi turns a year old! We'll be uploading a very special video to celebrate the occasion, too. She's been with us for the most wonderful 365 days of my life, and definitely more important than the iPhone. She's the real reason I'm staying up until Midnight (or whenever she decides to fall asleep for longer than 20 seconds).

And I'm surrounded by tons of Star Wars toys that I can't wait to open and showcase. Seriously, I don't wanna open them all at once. Half the fun is to plan the plan. Yeah, I've been listening to Sweeney Todd again.

September is officially my favorite month this year.

Chris "Giggity Giggity Gigabyte" Pirillo


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FREE TLDR Highlight: Will You Upgrade Your IPhone 6? (Only 12 Minutes)
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Today's Geeky Deal: 50% Off FosPower International AC & USB Charger
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Another Geeky Deal:  14% Off Revogi 'Smart Meter' Bluetooth Outlet
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Today's Geek Vlog: Journey to Force Friday at Lucasfilm
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Today's Tweet: Specs Are Irrelevant
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Many Tech Journalists are Comedians

Hello, My Gnomies!

There's nothing wrong with your screen (unless, of course, there truly is something wrong with your screen - at which point, I must explain that I was trying to come up with a clever way of suggesting that I haven't been posting these roundups as frequently as I'd like to share them).

Many people wonder how I've been able to lose some excess poundage over the past few weeks, and it's been largely due to guffawing at "tech journalists" trying to reason their way through a myopic, outmoded, and/or ignorant viewpoint in relation to how Apple is doing business.

When I read (or listen to) half-baked consumer tech analysis, I literally laugh out loud. Not figuratively, mind you. When I use the word "literally," I honestly mean LITERALLY (and I can no longer claim that I'm staying true to the definition of the word, given that the definition has inexplicably evolved to accept its cultural misuse as a synonym for "figuratively").

Those of you who have been following me for longer than three hours likely know that I've struggled with my weight throughout most of my adult life (which, admittedly, has been slightly longer than four days). Science dictates that my fat reduction has been largely due to an overall decrease in daily calorie intake, but I think we all know it's really in relation to a near-exponential increase in giggling.

Thank you, "tech journalists," for helping me on my journey to better physical health.

Chris "Dreaming of Sleep" Pirillo


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Today's Geeky Deal: 30% Off Bastron Glass Smart Keyboard
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Today's Gotta Get: My 60W 10-Port USB Charging Hub
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Today's Geek Vlog: Do You Have a Geekier Pair of Shoes?
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Today's Tweet: The Voice Used His Eyes
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Today's Least Popular Share: Live Video Streaming on Facebook Now
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Join Me for Live Apple Announcements Commentary

Hello, My Gnomies!

This is going to be a very short update, but that's intentional. It's not that I don't want to keep writing my heart out, it's just that I've got to get some sleep before the big announcements from Apple.

At least, I expect the announcements are going to be big. Maybe bigger?

If you want to tune in to Apple's official stream, that's totally cool - because that's exactly what I'll be doing (with headphones on). You can also simultaneously stream me into one of your systems to hear what I have to say as the event unfolds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-uh1w3hjYI

That's where you should look (before, during, and after Apple's keynote presentation). I'm not licensed to re-broadcast anything, but I have permission to speak freely with the world.

My patrons can get priority attention during the broadcast:

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So, if you want a bit more interaction, that'd be the way to get it (and support me monthly in the process). I'm offering something to everyone. It's kinda like Christmas.

Yours Digitally,

Chris "Be There or Be Somewhere Else" Pirillo


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Everybody Wants a BB-8 Now

Hello, My Gnomies!

I still can't believe I was involved with a Star Wars production last week.

It's been difficult to readjust my life after the experience, if only because it was something that I'd love to do again. If you watch the daily vlog, then I'm sure you're sitting there thinking: "Chris, you do something like that every day." You're right.

Tomorrow morning, I'll be live streaming my commentary behind Apple announcements - as I tend to do for every one of Apple's announcements. I've done the same for Google & Microsoft announcements - but,  in my experience, those tend to fall flat in comparison (not that I'm suggesting that there's a contest over which company makes a better series of announcements).

If you'd care to tune in, I'll be doing my best to answer questions from the community that I've not yet answered. And, of course, you'll hear my thoughts as they come streaming from my mouth. You never know what I'll say next. Refried beans shampoo.

Chris "Points of Articulation" Pirillo


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TLDR Highlight: Will Apple Watch Be Supported On Android?
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Today's Geeky Deal: 60% Off BK Sport Bluetooth Earbuds
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Today's Gotta Get: This Year's Hottest Tech
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Today's Geek Vlog: BB-8 Sphero Unboxing & Playtime
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Today's Tweet: Why You Should Never Marry a Geek
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Today's Least Popular Share: I Got to Hold It Before You Did
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Tech Versus Toys

Hello, My Gnomies!

We're inching closer to the event that every geek has been waiting for all year. At least, every geek that I happen to communicate with on a regular basis.

Of course, I'm referring to Force Friday - what event did you think I was talking about? September 9th for the next set of Apple announcements? No, that's pretty routine - and we all know that consumer tech loses value very quickly, no matter who is making it.

So, then, why would Force Friday be more important than anything (ANYTHING) that Apple might be sending out to the world soon?

I have an emotional attachment to Star Wars (and, specifically, my Star Wars figures). That's a positive emotional attachment, mind you. The typical emotional attachment I have with tech these days is "frustration" - and that's not positive, is it?

Tech tools are just that - tools (a means to an end). Non-electronic toys, on the other hand, are often pieces of plastic that just are there to admire, play with, or showcase indefinitely without ever having to worry about them going out of style.

To put it to you another way: if you're still impressed (by current standards) with the smartphone you used 5 years ago today, I don't think you understand just how fast the tech industry moves.

Chris "Laying Down the Indisputable Truth" Pirillo


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TLDR Highlight - Will Apple Watch Be Supported On Android?
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TLDR Highlight: Google Turning Off Flash?
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Today's Geeky Deal: 23% Off Doxie Go Wi-Fi Scanner
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Today's Gotta Get: iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit
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Today's Geek Vlog: Baby's First Crawl & A Sibling (#GeekFather 0012)
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Today's Tweet: The Good Kind of Insomnia
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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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Today's FREE Podcast: Three-Ring Zoo, Best New Mac, Smart Tech
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My Geek Parenting Tips:
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Today's Geek Vlog: MY BIG STAR WARS NEWS!
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Today's Tweet: If You Listen, You'll Learn
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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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A Recent Vlog: Jedi Knows the Word Clap! [Day 1205] 👏 👍
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The First GeekFather (0001): Welcome to Family Style Dinner
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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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Today's Vlog: She's Got the Looks and the Books [Day 1201] 👍
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Today's Tweet: Stop Ruining It for Me
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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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Today's Vlog: Trying Mukbang with ASMR [Day 1200] 👍
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Today's Tweet: How to Change Someone's Life
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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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Today's Vlog: Whistle Pickle Pee-Pee Wars [Day 1198] 👍
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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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Today's Vlog: Of All the Canadian Things, eh? [Day 1197] 🇨🇦👍
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Yesterday's Vlog: Carpets, Cups, and Cabinets [Day 1196] 👍
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Friday's Vlog: Mystery of the Black Orbs Solved [Day 1195] 👍
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Today's Tweet: Tech Helped Me Lose 10 Pounds
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Today's Least Popular Share: My Paper Never Crashes
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