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This Week’s Tech Advice & Opinions – and R2-D2!

This Week’s Tech Advice & Opinions:

This Week’s Entrepreneur / Professional / Creator Advice:

R2-D2 Sphero Unboxing:

BB-9E Sphero Unboxing:

Live Force Friday Hasbro Mystery Case Unboxing:

My “New” Hot Wheels Toy Cars:

This Week’s Tech Video AMA: Best Gadget of the Year?

This Week’s Video Game AMA: Free App Download is DOA

Why I Don’t Accept Tech Mediocrity as Genius

Why I Don’t Accept Tech Mediocrity as Genius
https://www.patreon.com/posts/why-i-dont-tech-11697827

Why I Fell in Love with the iPhone
https://www.patreon.com/posts/why-i-fell-in-11767540

I Got a New iPad Pro – Why!?
https://www.patreon.com/posts/i-got-new-ipad-11720569

The Full iPad Pro 10.5″ Unboxing
https://www.patreon.com/posts/ipad-pro-10-5-11735477

Reasons the 10.5″ iPad Pro is Better
https://www.patreon.com/posts/initial-of-10-5-11731450

What iPad Pro 10.5″ Questions Do You Have?
https://www.patreon.com/posts/what-ipad-pro-10-11750643

Why I Didn’t Pre-Order that New iPad
https://www.patreon.com/posts/why-i-didnt-pre-11715373

The Life and (Pending) Death of Podcasting
https://www.patreon.com/posts/life-and-pending-11682487

The Patreon Campaign is the Only Way LockerGnome Will Survive
https://www.patreon.com/posts/im-being-forced-11666305

On WWDC and a Change That May Destroy Web Design

10 Things I’m Interested to See in iOS 11
https://www.patreon.com/posts/10-things-im-to-11648576

My Thoughts Leading up to WWDC 2017
https://www.patreon.com/posts/my-thoughts-up-11581465

Thoughts / Aftermath of the WWDC 2017 Keynote
https://www.patreon.com/posts/aftermath-of-11597392

Big Software Change: A Word of Warning
https://www.patreon.com/posts/word-of-warning-11630635

This is Going to Utterly Destroy the Web
https://www.patreon.com/posts/stick-fork-in-me-11612002

Pushing Myself to “Pen” for You
https://www.patreon.com/posts/pushing-myself-11618504

Putting the Power in Power User

Greetings, Programs!

Instead of reviewing the new Microsoft to-do app for you since the year is 2017, the idea isn’t new, apps are a dime a dozen, I honestly don’t care about it, and… sorry, where was I?

Oh, yes… instead of putting you to sleep, how about showing you a few things that are actually interesting, instead:

20% Off Science Art Posters
https://deals.lockergnome.com/sales/b-24-poster

Cinema Fantastique Magazines & Paramount Movie Press Kits
https://www.facebook.com/groups/galaxaar/permalink/183656945487607/

Star Wars Legacy Collection Millennium Falcon
https://www.facebook.com/groups/galaxaar/permalink/182995952220373/

DC “Kiss” Statues
https://www.facebook.com/groups/galaxaar/permalink/181740499012585/

Life-Size Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Figure
https://www.facebook.com/groups/galaxaar/permalink/179650972554871/

I Have the Power
https://www.facebook.com/groups/galaxaar/permalink/179435375909764/

Okay, I may not have the power, but I currently do have this Prince Adam figure that I don’t necessarily wish to keep. I only cared to collect a couple of He-Man / Masters of the Universe figures back in the day.

In fact, I think I still have my Grizzlor somewhere…

Doctors Still Make House Calls

This is a sponsored blog post on behalf of Providence / Swedish. All opinions and experiences are 100% my own.

Nobody likes being under the weather, and the proposition of driving in to visit a health care professional is not always in the cards – for one reason or another. Perhaps it’s just too far for you to travel while ill (with the almost-guaranteed prospect of having to wait even longer for attention once you’ve arrived).

When you have children, your own health often slips to the back burner – not because your own well being isn’t important, but that it ranks low on the list of things that should happen but probably won’t in the average day of keeping up with a toddler (or two) and their absolute demands.

Since Providence (also known as Swedish in the greater Seattle area) knows that 70% of parents already say that juggling family and work is a stressful task outright, visiting a doctor’s office is just one more thing to do. So, what do you do?

You do what I did: instantly connect with a health care provider (via an app) to request an immediate home visit instead of taking the traditional, time-and-travel-intensive route. You can get the app here!

I could write about my experience and reasons I needed what Providence provided, but I feel it would be better to actually have you listen to me and show you some of what happened. If you don’t cringe while seeing what I went through, you’re a stronger adult than me.

I’m grateful that Providence has taken their forward-thinking prowess and funneled it into an on-demand economy possibility. From app install to submitted visit request, I had spent (maybe) five minutes total. That’s unheard of and unmatched in terms of efficiency (at least, in my experience as someone living north of 40 years old). They promise that someone will be on-site for you within 90 minutes, but I believe my appointment had easily started and finished within that timeframe.

You don’t need insurance, but the visit may already be covered by your current provider – but, either way, it’s certainly a lot more affordable than an unnecessary trip to the ER or Urgent Care for help. The data may further connect to your overall health profile if you already belong within the Swedish or Providence systems.

I’m sure I could have come up with a better reason to set up a “house call” the first time around, but health issues sometimes just happen. It’s nice to know that, while the possibility of avoiding any kind of health issues is slim, the probability of Providence / Swedish being able to help you address yours from within the comfort and convenience of your own home is incredibly high.

The prices and options are transparent and up-front, taking even more hassle out of the entire process. When I mentioned this to a friend who had been holding off on getting medical attention for a nagging problem, he was quite grateful.

Now, if only we could get them to cure the common cold with an app! Maybe next year.

You Don’t Need to be in New Jersey for a New Jersey

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DICK'S Sporting Goods for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve been called a “fair weather fan” in the past, but only because I’m from Seattle and I consider rain to be more than fair. While I may not follow any team in particular throughout any given season, I do not feel terribly out of place when I choose to support any given regional team.

If that sounds terribly general, it’s because I’ve lived in a variety of places throughout my life. In fact, I grew up in a state that did not have a team in the NFL – so, that made it somewhat easier for me to adapt when the Seahawks became “my team.” I was happy that they made it all the way to the Super Bowl a couple of times in recent years, if only because such positive attention serves as a rather palpable morale booster.

I prefer seeing any kind of sporting event in-person, though that’s not always possible (or practical). For some reason, the same energy never translates on TV – no matter how large the screen happens to be. Of course, you’d expect to see fans decked out in gear in any stadium on game day, but there’s plenty of logo play well off the field as well.

Not only does DICK’S Sporting Goods sell the latest NFL jerseys, but they have a “Jersey Report” which tallies the sales in aggregate. You can see which player (and team, vicariously) is number one on any given week – and, of course, encourage everybody you know to help boost your favorite player at any time. At the moment, there is only one Seattle Seahawks player’s jersey that has cracked the top ten – but I won’t rest until we’ve dominated the entire list.

Not to deflate you, but the Seahawks are unequivocally the best. Quivocal all you want – what I have written is true. Everybody I talk to around here happens to agree with me as well, so the scientific data is there to back up my claim.

In all seriousness, DICK’s has perfectly combined the activity of showing your support for any given NFL player or team with the prospect of seeing how your choice stacks up against others who find themselves in your situation. You can sort by several data points: overall, offense, defense, rookie, and team rankings (by week, 30 days, or season starting on draft day).

I may never play for the NFL, but I can try to help “my” Seattle Seahawks move from fourth place (as currently seen on the “Jersey Report”) to where they should always be: number one. I found it quite interesting that they weren’t already! 

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Tech Gift Ideas for Dads & Grads

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

I’m not the best driver in the world, but I’m also not the worst. I’m okay with calling myself an average driver with average needs.

I stick to the posted speed limit, I yield to pedestrians, and I stay within the lines (not just in driving, but in coloring books as well).

There are certain features I wish my car carried with it – not the least of which is a warning light that would illuminate whenever I was about to obey the law and incite a fellow driver’s road rage. They’re probably working on that in a lab indirectly somewhere right now (along with edible turn signals since drivers don’t seem to use them for anything else).

Heading out with the family? Heading back to school? Dads (and grads) could use better tools to further enhance our driving experiences, but we’re not necessarily the kind who will pull over and ask for directions. Sometimes, you have to gift us with technology before we will accept it into our lives.

I was sent an Escort Max 360 radar detector, and my immediate thought was: “I’ve never felt like I needed one before, so how will this tool actually help me as a driving dad?” Then I saw the “Posted Speed Limit Data” feature and got very excited. Yes, this device knows the posted speed limit in your location and will warn you (unlike your car) when you’re going over.

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I’ve wanted something like that for the longest time, and I can’t tell you (as someone who respects the law) how genuinely excited I was to see this. Yes, it’s a system with dual front & rear detection, arrow indicators to point out the source of a radar, GPS-powered for rejecting false alerts, and lightning-fast data detection – but all of that intelligence means nothing if you’re playing fast and loose with the rules.

Yes, I’m a stickler – but that’s what keeps me (and others) safe on the road.

I also like planning ahead, so my trunk has a tiny kit with all sorts of emergency accessories in it. As soon as I saw the Cobra JumPack – Tiny but Mighty, I knew it would be a permanent part of my prevention pack. With it, you can not just rapid-charge your favorite mobile devices, but actually jump start your car multiple times (on a single JumPack charge). And it has a little LED flashlight built-in!

Okay, the smallest things often get me the most excited. Does your portable battery pack have an LED flashlight built-in? Didn’t think so. Oh, and it also comes with jumper cables – without any worry about needing another vehicle to help you start moving again.

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You don’t need to wait for a specific occasion to gift a dad or grad the right tech tools – they may not know that these experiences exist, so why wait another day to enable them to become a better-prepared driver?

I wouldn’t recommend waiting too much longer – because they probably needed these tech tools last week at some point.

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