Category Archives: Life

Would You Spend Your Life Savings to Stay Young?

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.

Would You Spend Your Life Savings to Stay Young?

Do You Have Any Fears as a Parent?

Peter Friess asked:

What is the biggest fear that you have for baby Pirillo?

I fear the unknown.

There are so many variables are at play, and so many things could go “wrong.”

I fear that my child will not find happiness, or that others will woefully attempt take it from him/her.

Diana and I will both do everything in our power to make sure our child is happy, healthy and well-adjusted. S/He will be loved beyond belief, and will be secure in that every day of his/her life.

At the end of the day, we will have to hope that’s enough… just like all of you do.

What about everyone else? What is your biggest fear as a parent?

What is Your Biggest Fear as a Parent?

What is Your Ideal Holiday Destination?

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What is your ideal holiday destination and why?

I don’t take vacations easily.

I mean, my body may be somewhere physically, but my mind is always somewhere else.

I have to force myself to disconnect from myself, so… if I really needed to go on holiday, I’d likely find a way to entertain my brain.

And, for that, the destination could be my bedroom where I’d be able to watch some kind of video programming.

Sign me up for usable virtual reality, already!

What is Your Ideal Holiday Destination?

What is Your Favorite Time of Day?

Elizabeth Bradshaw – who is helping us prepare for VloggerFair – asked me:

What is your favourite time of day and why is that the best?

At this point, it’s that moment when I throw myself into bed at the end of a day because I’ve resigned to not moving until morning. Mentally, I’ve checked out.

I’m sure that pleasure will be rendered elusive once Baby Pirillo is born, eh?

Well, even if I have to physically get out of bed again, at least nobody can keep me from checking out at a mental level.

What is Your Favorite Time of Day?

Who Has Been the Biggest Influence on Your Life?

YamazaruNinja asked me:

Who has been the biggest influence on your life, and why?

To this point, I’d say that the person who has had the biggest influence on my life has been… my child. Mind you, I’m talking about a child who hasn’t even been born yet.

That’s why I was put here, after all – biologically speaking. I’m alive to reproduce and put other living things not his plane of existence!

I know, you were hoping for something a bit more deep – but it really doesn’t get deeper than that. Perpetuation of the species is what we’re about, so… I’m fulfilling my destiny to be a protective father, and my life must soon revolve around that creature which will soon spring from the loins of my wife, Diana.

If that’s not the biggest influence, I don’t know what is.

And, no… we’re not going to be public with the sex of the baby until s/he is born (the only exception will be if we reach 1,000 patrons, we’ll share the sex of the child with those supporters).

How Does Technology Help You Be a Better Parent?

Melissa Davis asked:

What is parenting in the digital age going to be like in your opinion? How will technology you have at your fingertips help you be a better parent?

I think our lifestyle is somewhat different (but not too far apart) from what other families experience.

For example, social media is now a given for people of all ages – right? You tweet a selfie, and it’s probably not going to be seen by too many people outside of your circle of friends.

Baby Pirillo will have more attention than average, and with that comes undue judgment. People think they have the right to tell others how to live simply because they have the right to speak – and while I defend someone’s ability to say what they want to say, I think it’s extremely rude to judge someone else based on your own conceptions (or misconceptions).

At least I can be there for Baby Pirillo the very moment morons sweep in and try to tell us how to live our lives, eh?

I’d fear for those judgmental morons, really.

Oh, wait… am I judging someone who is judging me? Is that too weird?

How Does Technology Help You Be a Better Parent?

What is The Meaning of Life?

Harmen van Mourik asked:

What is the meaning of life in your mind/eyes?

42!

Now that we have that out of the way…

I really feel that the meaning of my life is family. I love my work. I love our community. I love LEGO and Star Wars and my dogs and all kinds of things. But at the end of the day, none of that really means anything to me in the sense of “life.” It’s my family who is everything.

Diana, the baby, my parents and brothers and nephews and niece… aunts and uncles and cousins. There are a lot of us and a whole lot of love and laughter going around. Everything I do these days is carefully calculated to have a great impact on all of you, yes, but also to have a lasting positive impact on the future for my little family. I have a beautiful wife and will soon have a baby to care for.

What is the meaning of life for all of you? I’m sure many of you will answer the same as me. But… I also bet that a lot of you have other interpretations. Let’s hear them!

What is the Meaning of Life?

How Do You Manage Your Time?

WickedZen asked:

I am a full time student, and aspiring writer, with a family. For some time now I have used Sunbird to keep track of my schedule, specifically my tasks (assignments, tests, projects, etc) as a student. I review and update this schedule dozens of times during a day. Recently my main laptop died, cause unknown and is on its way to be checked out. I had to switch to using my old, backup laptop. I was able to pull out my hard drive and get the data, including my schedule, onto my backup. If I had been unable to do so, I would have been in serious trouble rebuilding my schedule and keeping up with everything.

Any suggestions for task/schedule management software that I can sync between different computer(s) and a tablet, as well as online but with an offline feature if I ever cant access online?

Honestly? Google’s calendar may be your best option. Once you fill out your calendar, you can easily sync it to a number of different places, including to your computer. Having this easily available via your phone or other mobile device is great – along with the fact that you can have it open right on your desktop while working and set it to give you reminder notifications.

I do know some people that use their phone’s built-in task reminder/scheduler to handle things such as appointments for them, as well.

What about everyone out there? What would you suggest? What are you using to keep track of everything in your busy life?

How Do You Manage Your Time?

Do Online Relationships Really Work?

Kevin asked:

Do online relationships actually work? I met a girl online and we’ve been talking for months. I think I love her, but how can I know this is real? Can you actually love someone you’ve only “met” online? Can a relationship become “real-life” after only being online?

I know many people who met their significant other online. There have been a few relationships which started after people met each other through one of our LockerGnome sites or chats! I’m not kidding… Melanie and Mike, for instance, have now been married for quite some time! There are others, as well.

To more fully answer this question, I turned to my Social Media Manager, Kat. She just got married in March (on her birthday!) to a man she met three years ago while playing an MMORPG. She’s pretty happy, so I guess it’s safe to say things are working out for her.

Kat and David met in their guild on their (at the time) favorite game. They talked for hours every day for several weeks in private chats and on instant messenger. Then one day, she gave him her number and he called. Six hours later, they hung up. This continued for a few months, and even branched into video chats.

That summer, she bit the bullet and flew from Indiana to Oklahoma to meet him. A few weeks later when she headed home, he went with her to meet the family and spend more time together. Three years (almost to the day at the time of this writing) later, he’s still there with her and they’re now happily married.

Yes, online relationships can work. I’m not sure how I feel about two people who fall in love online and then spend years in that relationship without ever having hope to actually meet in person. I can’t imagine how difficult that would be, you know?

But if you feel a real connection with someone – I say you should go for it. I mean seriously – you never know where love will find you, right? Be smart and be safe. Don’t give out personal information two days into your “love” affair. Meet for the first time in public. You know all of those rules. Just be REAL – and see where it takes you.

What do all of you think? Have you met a love online?

Do Online Relationships Really Work?

How Do You Waste Time at Your Desk?

TechieDude once asked:

When you are working at your computer, what is the “best” (or worst?) way to suck your time? What types of things catch your attention and make you lose track of what you were trying to accomplish?

An Internet connection is awesome to have… unless you don’t need it to get your work done.

I’m often pulled to my email inbox more than anything else. If I don’t want to do something, I’ll find any distraction (like a social stream) to further forestall any amount of “meh” feelings that might spring up.

I know many people tend to play games, watch YouTube videos or get sucked into online chats via some platform or another.

And, of course, there’s always adorable cat pictures. Or something.

How about everyone else? What sucks you in and wastes your time?

How Do You Waste Time at Your Desk?