Let’s face it: our home offices and workshops tend to smell a bit stale at times. A lot of hardcore geeks don’t spend as much time on personal grooming as polite society deems… polite. We have better things to do with our time than to worry about how pleasing our surroundings smell, right? Wrong! Imagine how much happier you would be at work if your surroundings didn’t smell quite so rank! What happens if you meet someone who could turn out to be your significant other were it not for the odd stench that clings to you from spending so much time in a sanctuary of stink? Even if you’ve succeeded in shedding the telltale wake of foul odors, maybe you’d like to invite this possible romantic interest over. Do you really want your office to smell like an old shoe — or worse? It only takes a few minutes to help freshen things up, beyond opening up the windows, that is. Here are a few quick ways to make your home office (or workshop) smell better… [$5+ patrons can read the rest of Ways to Make Your Home Office Smell Better here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
A while back, mutley had discussed his lack of fitness and his poor lifestyle choices as a young geek. I stumbled across his old post today, and thought it was quite relevant even now: I would consider myself as living somewhat of a ‘geek lifestyle’ in that I’m indoors a lot and on the computer or on the console. It is something I want to change, however. I want to get a bit healthier, so I’m improving my diet by eating healthier and trying to cut my calorie intake. It isn’t easy to do with this lifestyle. I’ve bought a treadmill and I’m doing a short amount on it each day on an incline to burn some extra calories and to ease my way into exercising. What I want to know is how you stay healthy and in shape when living a lifestyle that largely revolves around physical inactivity? Are there any tips you can share on how to shed some weight or maintain your weight without having to sacrifice the lifestyle you enjoy, at least to a point? I get you. Boy, oh, boy do I get where you’re coming from. Most of my time is spent being sedentary, […]
Paul Sheriff writes: If we could stop the aging process or reverse it, at what age would you choose to stay? Also, if your newborn daughter caught up to the same age as you and you only had the means for one of you to stay young (say the pills were $50,000 a year), would you keep her younger or yourself? I don’t think of myself as an age, so any given number is completely irrelevant. I never long for the days when I was younger, and I don’t ever long for the days when I’m older. That, and I probably wouldn’t buy pills at $50,000 a year. I wouldn’t pay for anybody to be younger, either, though I would probably pay for someone to live twice as long if they so wished.
Patron Aaron Linson has a bit of a morbid curiosity. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! What would you do if you suddenly went blind or started to go blind due to cataracts? How would you change what you do for work? I believe I explained this in an earlier WWYD for patrons, but I do believe I’d double down on my other senses – using every one of them to my advantage. Imagine me talking about how I experienced the latest piece of “life-altering” technology without the ability to see anything. I’d spend more time talking about how it actually feels in my hands, how it responds to the commands I give it, how I’m able to navigate it. I’d modify how I approach this industry, but my perspectives would be just as strong (coming from a strong-willed individual such as myself).
Ben Watkins asked: How do you deal with computer vision syndrome? Computer Vision Syndrome is nothing to ignore, for sure. Even staring at a screen for only a couple of hours per day can strain our eyes, and let’s face it: we all stare at our monitors and devices longer than that day in and day out. The most common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) are: eyestrain headaches blurred vision dry eyes neck and shoulder pain Having poor lighting in the room, glare from the computer screen, improper viewing distances, poor seated posture and uncorrected vision problems can all contribute to the development of CVS. The good news is that most of these are quite easily corrected, thus getting rid of your eye issues when looking at your screen. Lighting: – Make sure you have proper lighting in the room you’re in. Natural light is, of course, best. Failing that, be sure to NEVER ever NEVER stare at your screen in the dark – and have either a ceiling light on or a lamp or two near the desk. Distance: – According to the American Optometric Association: “Most people find it more comfortable to view a computer when […]
George Baker asked a very timely question. You can become a Patron like George and receive priority answers to the things you ask me! How do you deal with stress? Everyone has different coping mechanism. The last thing you want to do is “more” of what’s stressing you out. So, identify what’s most stressful… and start peeling back the layers. Don’t do something that doesn’t take your mind to a place it doesn’t normally go. For me? Putting together LEGO sets. Spending time with my wife and dogs. Sipping a glass of wine while catching up on episodes of my favorite shows. See a pattern here? Work can stress me out at times, so I simply walk away for a while to unwind – and I know most of you do, as well. What about everyone else? What are your stress-busters?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AeroLife™ for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. The future was supposed to bring us instant meals; with the press of a button, we were supposed to have culinary delights spring out of something as small as the average pill in seconds. Instead, we wound up with microwavable meals and a question of whether or not all of that processed foodstuff was good for us (or mostly filler with more preservatives than nutrition). Have we exchanged complexity for simplicity at the cost of something greater? When I was offered to take a look at the AeroLife system of nutrition delivery, I was intrigued. "Could this be better than our current array of options?" Certainly, it looked like something out of a sci-fi movie. I'm very careful about what I choose to ingest on a daily basis, and have been looking for a better way to lower my caloric intake without eliminating what my body might require to function at peak efficiency. On a recent (very intensive) engagement on location, we were pushing into the wee hours of the morning. A member of the crew offered one of those quick-boost energy drinks for […]
June 11, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Community, Health, Life7 commentstags: accident, car-wreck, gavin-roskamp, hill-hopping, teen-death
Taking risks and doing crazy things are part and parcel of being a teenager. I pulled my fair share of idiotic stunts at that age, that’s for sure. All teens are going to test the limits and do things they know are risky at some point. I truly wish more of them would stop and ask themselves if the possible outcomes are worth it. I remember all too well, though, that at that age you believe you are invincible. Bad things happen to other people, right? Unfortunately, no one is super-human and bad things sometimes happen. Our community has suffered a great loss this week due to the risks teens sometimes take. Gavin Roskamp has been an extremely active and vocal part of our community for quite a long time. He was a technology enthusiast and smart as hell. He stayed busy beyond reason with extra-curricular activities, helping people with computer issues online and yet still managed to pull a perfect grade point average in high school. He was a good friend to so many – both online and in “real” life. He always had a shoulder to lean on available, and words of wisdom that would make you believe […]
June 07, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Community, Education, Health, Life13 commentstags: college-food, crock-pot, geek-food, how-to-cook, ramen, slow-cooker
Many of the single geek guys I know are not very handy in the kitchen. They tend to live on pizza, ramen and things eaten straight out of the can. I know that I’ve been guilty of these same habits for far too long. I’m beginning to learn that cooking isn’t all that difficult – even for those of you whose brain is wrapped around some piece of code. Have you heard of a slow cooker? Who knew these things could literally save lives? It takes about five minutes to throw something in there and turn it on. You can then go back to your work (or games!) for 6-8 hours. Pull yourself away, dump the food onto a plate and its time for noms! I’m not kidding, guys. This is pure genius. Are you a fan of cheese? Take a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (yes, you can use the frozen kind) and put them in the crock pot. Dump in two cans of nacho cheese soup and two cans of cream of chicken soup. Mix it all up and let it cook for about six hours on low settings. You don’t need to add any seasonings or […]
May 14, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Health, Life0 comments
You have an important date coming up within the hour, and you lost track of time. You may even have an important meeting across town that you are rushing to get ready for. The problem is, you feel and look like you’ve been lounging around in your pajamas for two days. You don’t have time to take a shower, iron your shirt, and still manage all the other various things you need to do to look your best. How do you handle this situation? Here are five ways to quickly improve your appearance: Shower If there is one thing you absolutely should do, especially if you haven’t done it already that day, it’s shower. No amount of charming good looks or hilarious jokes will make up for being smelly on your date. In addition to getting the smell off, your hair will be clean and easier to style as you rush out the door. If you absolutely don’t have time to wash your hair, you can use a waterless shampoo to remove oils and odor from your hair which will help give the appearance that you’ve taken the time to do so. This can shave a few minutes off your […]
May 13, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Business, Health, Life, News10 commentstags: bees, pesticide, phone-bees
The article title may make you shrug your shoulders and not much care if a few bees are dying because you are using your cellular device more than ever. However, if you enjoy eating then you might want to pay attention. Swiss researcher Daniel Favre has concluded a study, and has noted that the worldwide bee population decline is directly related to our phone usage. Remember that whole eating thing? Bees are responsible for pollinating approximately 70% of the crops grown here on Earth – which provide about 90% of the food we consume. That’s one heck of a lot of food, y’all. If bee populations decline enough, we could face very real food shortages. Back in 2008, a study showed that bees will not return to their hives if there is a cell phone placed nearby. This is only one hint that your handset is disrupting the bee’s orientation and lifestyle. According to Favre, the phone signals may confuse the bees so much that they not only become disoriented – they also drop dead. Favre and his team of researchers performed a total of 83 experiments which recorded the reaction of the bees to phones near them. The phones […]
May 12, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Communication, Community, Health, Life, News, Social Media5 commentstags: cancer, death, derek-miller, digital-death, end-of-life, grief, penmachine
This is a guest post written by my Community Manager Kat. Derek was a friend of mine for about six years, and his loss leaves a large hole in my heart and within the Gnomedex community. On the morning of May 4th, 2011, I read fourteen words that stopped me in my tracks. Though I had been expecting them for weeks, I still felt this huge surge of denial. My friend of more than four years, Derek Miller, is now gone from this world. He wrote what was to be his final blog post not long before he died, and a family friend published it the morning after he left us. It was several hours before I could bring myself to read beyond those fourteen words. “Here it is. I’m dead, and this is my last post to my blog.” It’s not as though I’m new to this whole dying thing. Being forty years old, I have dealt with a lot of death in my lifetime: grandparents, two best friends, various relatives – and my hero… my big brother Jimmy. Though we shared a love of music, blogging and all things geeky, it was the story of my brother’s cancer […]
May 12, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Communication, Community, Computer, Health, Internet, Life, Social Media2 commentstags: facebook-addiction, gaming-addiction, internet-addiction, online-addiction
A few hours ago, Duodave posted an an interesting discussion on our LockerGnome Q&A site. He wonders if online addictions are real or something made up by professionals. I’m here to tell you that Internet addiction is very real. It can cause your health, relationships and work performance to deteriorate if you don’t realize you have a problem and work to overcome it. An Internet (or Facebook!) addiction becomes evident when you begin to neglect the people and things in life which demand your attention. You spend much less time with your family. Work project may go undone or be turned in late. Sleep deprivation becomes the norm. Activities which used to give you pleasure are dumped in favor of staring at the computer screen longer. For some people, losing themselves in online forums, blogs and social networks is a way to escape harsh circumstances in life. Does this sound familiar? It’s the same reason that many turn to drugs and alcohol. Life can be difficult to deal with sometimes, eh? Unfortunately, there are those who cannot find a way to cope. Instead, they find ways to mask the pain or anger. Internet addictions are much cheaper than using illegal […]