If you follow the vlogs that my lovely wife (the artist currently known as Diana) and I do every bleepin’ day, you already know that we’ve got a baby on the way — and due very soon! So she’s going to be a first-time mom, and I’m going to be a first-time dad; sure, this kind of thing happens every day across the world — multiple times for many families — but for us, it’s new and exciting! After that first week of no sleep once Baby Pirillo arrives, I suspect that certain aspects of the novelty will wear off. But the local hospital has a strict “no returns” policy, so we’re kind of stuck no matter what. Kind of a shoddy deal if you ask me, but whatever. Since this is our first foray into parenthood, we’ve got lots of questions. Luckily, we’ve got lots of friends and family who have been on this path before (our own parents included) to ask for help. Here are a few of mine… [$5+ patrons can read the rest of What Tech Will I Use as a New Dad? here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
Our story never ends… and there’s no telling what we’ll be sleeping with in the next episode! What intrigue and wickedness will transpire in Pirillo Vlog 824? It’s just like one big soap opera over here.
What will it take for Nintendo to survive — other than saying a few Hail Marys? Thanks to our patrons for believing in us! Learn more about how to become a patron here! TLDR – Are Tablet Sales Crashing? Pirillo Vlog 824 – This is Your Favorite Soap Opera Batman Flip Flops Could Be the Best Summertime Gadgets Ever Is Facebook Helping or Hurting Us? Have a Nice Day Mug Flips for Secret Message The Ultimate Box Set: Guide to Google Apps Administration (Free) Icon Bluetooth Speaker (80% Off)
Using social networks like Facebook can be a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family around the world who might otherwise be lost to the ravages of time and distance in a less connected era. But it’s important to remember that, though usually free, such social networks exist to generate revenue for those who create them. What we’re trying to understand here is if they give more than they take, or is it the other way around? Or is there a perfect, 50/50 balance of reciprocity between social networking sites and the people who use them? I’m going to bring my marshmallows over to the camp that says “nope.” This isn’t saying that we should immediately stop using all social networks and go back to smoke signals or coconut thumping or whatever we used to do to keep in touch with one another; I just think it’s important to be aware of the imbalance. [$5+ patrons can read the rest of Is Facebook Helping or Hurting Us? here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
Are there any scents that you just cannot tolerate? Can you make any sense of Pirillo Vlog 823? A humble salt lump lamp (that we love) raises at least one important concern about our parental adventures ahead.
Do you feel it’s okay for companies — like Facebook and OK Cupid, for instance — to manipulate users the way they have? Thoughts? Thanks to our patrons for facilitating the dialogue! Patrons are neato! How would you like to also be neato? Or, at least, neato-er? Here’s how! TLDR – Is There an App for That? Pirillo Vlog 823 – Our Real Adventure Hasn’t Started Yet A Pair of Freudian Slippers Beats Parapraxis Any Day When It’s Totally Stupid to Back Tech Crowdfunding Projects Pulp Fiction Meets Doctor Who in This Clever Mashup A Guide to Microsoft’s Cloud Productivity Suite – Office 365 (Free E-Book Expires 8/5) The Productive Design Mac Bundle (95% Off)
Collaborating on an investment that has real-world consequences isn’t just for high-rolling venture capitalists, anymore. Crowdfunding services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow all of us to pitch in to projects that we’d like to see realized in the same way that we’d pitch in for a pizza when having a few friends over for Battlestar Galactica night. Different tiers of investment generally earn you different rewards when the goal is reached (or the pizza arrives — more breadsticks, anyone?). On a conceptual level, crowdfunding is a great idea that’s been responsible for the completion of a variety of projects that may have otherwise never seen the light of day. There are new games, new albums, new movies, new comic books, new breweries, new clothing lines, and even new potato salads in the world thanks to successful crowdfunding drives. And as much as a successfully crowdfunded project is appreciated by the project creators who directly benefit from the influx of cash that allows them to do their thing, there’s a certain feeling of satisfaction that comes with being on the investor side of it, too… [$5+ patrons can read the rest of When It's Totally Stupid to Back Tech Crowdfunding Projects […]
How should content creators get themselves over the walls that companies (such as YouTube) throw up in their faces? Thanks to our patrons for helping us keep the show going! Curious about what becoming a patron means for you? Details here! TLDR – Are You Ready to Buy 3D Printed Products? Pirillo Vlog 822 – You Made My Birthday Happy! Godzilla Wall Decal Chooses Decoration over Destruction How to Build a Smarter Smart Home Chillow Plus Lets Cooler Heads Prevail Windows 7: Tips & Tricks (Free) Flip PDF for Mac
When 20th century astronaut (television’s 1979–1981 Gil Gerard version of) Buck Rogers was discovered in accidental cryogenic slumber, frozen to the control panel of his spaceship and defrosted in the 25th century, he had over 500 years’ worth of catching up to do. Sure, some of that time shouldn’t really count because humanity was spending it rebuilding civilization after a devastating nuclear war, but the tech achieved was still pretty mind boggling by the standards of a 20th century guy like Captain Rogers. Every day was an adjustment — even when it came to dealing with “conveniences” that were designed to make life for humans easier. If your 80-year-old grandmother has trouble corresponding with you through email, imagine the difficulties faced by a pre-Internet adult propelled into space in the ’80s and reintroduced to Earth half a millennium in the future… [$5+ patrons can read the rest of How to Build a Smarter Smart Home here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
Do you think that any one browser is more secure than another? Is there a “best” anti-virus for Mac OS X? Does your bologna have a first name? Let’s talk about all this stuff and more, yes? Thanks to our patrons for making it all possible! TLDR – Is There a “Best” Anti-Virus for Mac OS X? Pirillo Vlog 819 – 41st Birthday Home Tour 2014 Pirillo Vlog 820 – There and Back Again Which Technologies Are Being Destroyed by Technology? Take the Fight to Space with Your Own Galaga Pillow Your Guide to Pinterest (Free) Motion Artist: Make Insanely Awesome Digital Comics
It used to be fairly commonplace to see a person toting around a boombox the size of a doghouse if they wanted to listen to their tunes on the go. But then Sony invented the Walkman and showed us that we didn’t have to risk hernias or permanent shoulder injury (or even Vulcan nerve pinches) just to enjoy music while mobile. Now, the boombox is a fairly rare sight to see in the urban landscape unless you happen upon an elusive pack of retro-savvy breakdancers spinning the boogaloo electric or a lone hipster with a back as strong as his or her sense of irony. The capacity of our technology gets bigger as its form factors get smaller, and the hybridization of various gadgets into all-in-one devices makes this technology more mobile than ever. While devices have gotten smaller over time, I’ll bet you don’t even carry around as many as you did five or 10 years ago. Electronics that you probably once considered as important to have along for the ride as water on a trip through the desert are probably now gathering dust in a closet full of discarded tech that resembles the inside of a Jawa sandcrawler… […]