When a New Version Doesn’t Matter

Hello, My Gnomies!

Today, Google rolled out a new version of Google+ for the masses who have been clamoring for it ever since they can’t remember signing up for an account in the first place. The new focus is on communities and collections – features we haven’t been able to create or manage anywhere else until now.

If you sense a bit of sarcasm in my tone, you’re probably paying attention.

Google has never understood social media dynamics, and they never hired the right people to help them figure it out, either. What do you expect from the group that continues to believe a “Dislike” button should continue to exist? You don’t keep something around simply because it’s always been there, and you certainly don’t hand over a gesture of destruction to “people” who can’t even be trusted to use a spell checker.

I had hope for Google+ at one point, but that optimism was eventually steamrolled by the absolute worst of Google’s community outright. If you don’t use Google for everything, you don’t belong there, you never belonged there, and you won’t ever be fully welcomed there.

I still have to use Google+ regularly (as it’s the only way to block people from continuing to drag down YouTube comment threads with their boorish behavior).

And, even if I didn’t think they might eventually kill the “social layer” like they have so many other promising projects, they expect me to trust them with building a community on their turf?

Chris “I Don’t Think So” Pirillo


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Today’s FREE TLDR Highlight: What’s Your Budget For Tech, Tools and Toys?
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Phone 6s Review
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iPad Pro Unboxing  (Initial Impressions and Q&A)
https://youtu.be/nGUc-odRZTc

How’s Android Marshmallow on Your Android Tablet?
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Today’s Geeky Deal: ‘Build 20 Games’ iOS Game Developer Bundle
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Today’s Twitch Let’s Play: Trying to Beat My Time to Get More Stars
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Today’s Blast from the Past: My FAVORITE Beer!
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Today’s Geek Vlog: Conversing About Conversations (0091)
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Today’s Tweet: Unboxing Snacks
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Today’s Least Popular Share: Vevo App Thoughts
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Today’s Photo Fun: This Mouse Is Most Impressive!
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Today’s Gotta Get: Winter is Coming, So Get This Sweater!
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All Quiet on the Battlefront

Hello, My Gnomies!

Hours before I happen to unbox my Darth Vader Limited Edition Battlefront PS4, I was playing Battlefront with early access on my Xbox One. If you haven’t heard enough about Battlefront already, just wait until the game is officially released tomorrow.

You might not think it’s a big deal, but my feeling is that it’ll be one of the larger video game releases this year – Star Wars theme notwithstanding. Certainly, I’ve been enjoying playing as some of my favorite classic characters lately. But before you go thinking that I’m abandoning my inner kidult, I’m also sitting in front of a fresh stack of figures from Hasbro (which I unboxed live on Facebook this evening).

I’m still not much of a fan of first person shooters (or weaponry, vehicles in general).

Though I could find myself getting lost in a series of mazes and maps, it seems that I can’t weather more than an hour at a time (which is when fatigue seems to set in without warning). I’ve been good at broadcasting most of my adventures, though – just in case I do something that’s worth remembering.

Which is everything, right?

Chris “And Now for Something Completely Same” Pirillo


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Today’s Geeky Deal: 92% off Interactive Coding Bootcamp
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Another Gotta Get: LEGO Star Wars Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle 75104 – Save 17%
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Initial iPad Pro Impressions
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Today’s Twitch Let’s Play: Star Wars Battlefront
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Today’s Blast from the Past: Darth Vader Toaster Unboxing
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Today’s Geek Vlog: BABY LOVES BROCCOLI! (0090)
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Today’s Tweet: Win a Star Wars Battlefront PS4 & Watch my Unboxing!
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Today’s Least Popular Share: Crocs… for kids!
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Today’s Photo Fun: Please RSVP
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Initial iPad Pro Impressions

Hello, My Gnomies!

I’ve been spending a lot of time working with the iPad Pro that I unboxed live last night:

http://youtu.be/nGUc-odRZTc

I have some thoughts for you to see, but those thoughts are better placed elsewhere (due to the way publishing works these days, the only way for my words to be seen by the masses is by posting them on someone else’s platform and hoping that people will share the link with others):

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Chris “Still Wowed by the Screen Size” Pirillo


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Out with the Old, in with the OLED

Hello, My Gnomies!

I’ve been living with the same set of HDTVs for almost a decade now – each one of them driven by plasma, each one of them topping out at a paltry 720p. That was the best we could do at the time, and I never felt the need to rush out and get a 1080p set when they first became available.

New home TV hardware doesn’t do you much good unless you have a regular array of content that might take advantage of it, too. Of course, now that I’m up to my ears in 1080p video, the world is starting to push 4K down the pike.

Recently, LG reached out to me and asked if I’d like to watch Star Wars on one of their new OLED screens. It wasn’t a trick question either – they were serious. Would I be willing to watch Star Wars again – this time, with the blacks being truly black? I didn’t hesitate to agree to the terms of a review unit. So, now I have to watch Star Wars again. Life is tough.

It arrived this morning, and Erich (who helps process a lot of the media we push out these days) came over to help me get things set up – after we dismantled the old mount that had been in place from near the beginning of the old TV’s initial illumination. Six hours later, we were experiencing one of the more breathtaking screens our eyes had ever seen.

I suppose if we were going to upgrade a perfectly-operating plasma HDTV, it would be to this kind of OLED technology – quite a leap (720p to 4K, 2D to possible 3D, 42 to 55 inches, thick to thin, power hungry to higher energy savings, et al).

The only thing we weren’t able to do is get the wiring into the wall – due to a short, attached power cable and difficulty in predicting distance before affixing the mount onto the studs. I should say the “beams” in this case, so that you don’t confuse my use of “studs” (not referring to Erich and myself).

Chris “And Then I Streamed Video Games to Twitch” Pirillo


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Reaction to Playing Star Wars Battlefront on Xbox One for the First Time
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Today’s FREE TLDR Highlight: Order iPad Pro Online or In-Store?
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Unboxing a “Hoverboard”
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Today’s Geeky Deal: Pay What You Want: Android eLearning Bundle
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Another Gotta Get: Star Wars R2-D2 Light Set 32% Off!
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Frighteningly Fun Friday the 13th
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Today’s Twitch: Pac-Man (Championship Edition)
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Today’s Blast from the Past: Glowing Gizmos for Geeks
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Today’s Geek Vlog: It’s Raining Unopened Boxes to Unbox (0085)
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Christmas Sweatering Outside the Lines (0086)
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Today’s Tweet: Daddy-Daughter AT-AT Time
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Today’s Least Popular Share: A Deathstar in Your Kitchen?
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Today’s Photo Fun: LG Sent Me a TV to Watch Star Wars
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Today’s Chance: Free Comic Books of Google Play
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Streaming the Dream

Hello, My Gnomies!

I’ve had a Twitch account for a while, never really knowing how it would fit into the grander scheme of a day.

Then, late last night, I finally got around to fully connecting that Xbox One and getting the early access of Battlefront downloaded & installed. You’ve probably already watched my reaction video to initial gameplay (spoiler alert: that moment of awe is linked elsewhere in this update).

Seeing just how simple it was to get going with a game broadcast, I finally decided to make use of that Twitch account for the first time: http://twitch.com/chrispirillo – and where it goes from here is really not up to me so much as it’s up to seeing if the community would watch and interact there with regularity.

A platform with great engagement tools (outright) is benign; if nobody’s spending time making use of that tool, it’s pointless to keep it polished.

I’d imagine a new dream would be to wake up in the morning, roll into a studio, and begin to stream some kind of Star Wars (or “retro”) game. So many experiences could turn idea into a nightmare, however – and I plan on treading cautiously.

As soon as I take a shower tonight, because… well, I was too busy playing video games to worry about personal hygiene. You should be grateful that smell cannot be transmitted over the Internet. Yet.

Chris “If Only I Could Play to Work” Pirillo


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Reaction to Playing Star Wars Battlefront on Xbox One for the First Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNsn2K9HFw4

Streaming Star Wars Battlefront on the Xbox One (from Twitch)
http://youtu.be/7PO7zgxYyAA?a

Today’s FREE TLDR Highlight: Is YouTube Red Awesome For Viewers?
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What’s Your Budget for Tech, Tools, and Toys?
http://youtu.be/vpaPuRG5dI0

Unboxing the Star Wars Special Edition Notebook from HP
https://youtu.be/rd1My7Ubxbc

Unboxing a “Hoverboard”
https://youtu.be/cQVpBoitC58

Today’s Geeky Deal: Birch Wood Deer Head
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Another Gotta Get: Black Lightning Cable 57% Off
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7 Lights to Brighten Any Geek’s Day
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Today’s Twitch: My Very First Stream – Star Wars Battlefront
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Today’s Blast from the Past: Diana’s Fall Favorites
https://youtu.be/Di2lur3v_uc

Today’s Geek Vlog: Serial Cereal Toy Material (0085)
https://youtu.be/_fsKnCToWX0

Today’s Tweet: Who Won the Internet Today?
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Today’s Least Popular Share: This is the Time of Year to Snag Sets on Sale
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Today’s Photo Fun: I’m Twitching
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Today’s Game of Chance: Your Own Star Wars Battlefront PS4
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Interacting Should Be Its Own Reward

Hello, My Gnomies!

Thanks to Aaron at Xbox, I’m finally going to be able to play Star Wars Battlefront tomorrow… on the Xbox One. And, thanks again to Aaron at Xbox, ten of you who were paying attention and following directions that I shared on Twitter earlier today will be able to join me with a free redeem code for access as well.

So, don’t sit there and be jealous – because everybody has had an equal chance (and perhaps I’ll still have a few more codes to hand out before you finish reading today’s update in full and loading all the links to see what you probably also missed from me).

Oh, and it gets even better (yes, better than early access to a video game).

I’ll be getting the Darth Vader PS4 in a few more days as well (where I’ll likely be playing the game “in full” – assuming I don’t have to buy into a monthly or annual subscription to play). You have a chance to get one of these, too… if you listen to TLDR, if you’ve been reading my tweetstream, or if you actually do read these daily updates from beginning to end.

Feel free to ask Mikel what it’s like to engage with me on Twitter today. Without any prompting, and without any indication that there was a value in participating, I worked out an arrangement by which today’s Sideshow Collectables R2-D2 giveaway (worth hundreds of Republic Credits) could be doubled and a separate one granted to an individual who retweeted my retweet of their giveaway tweet. Mikel will be receiving that bonus Sideshow Collectables R2-D2.

Effectively, when you take the time to interact with me (with or without a giveaway involved), life could get better for you.

Chris “Like Counts are Tied to My Self-Esteem” Pirillo


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Unboxing the Star Wars Special Edition Notebook from HP
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Today’s Geeky Deal: Keyboard Waffle Iron
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Another Gotta Get: Making Wookiee
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Winter is Coming: Star Wars Style
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Today’s Blast from the Past: How to Make the Best Coffee – AeroPress Inverted Method
https://youtu.be/njTOSv99pm4

Today’s Geek Vlog: Climbing Stairs with Chocolate Phones (0084)
https://youtu.be/42Ni0b7VTos

Today’s Tweet: I’m in the Wall Street Journal!
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Today’s Least Popular Share: I am giving things away!
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Today’s Photo Fun: Decking the Hauls
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Comic Book Stuff Isn’t Just for Nerds

Hello, My Gnomies!

When I first tried to start watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a few years back, I only made it through a couple of episodes before giving up. Then a friend (Michelle, who you might remember from the video I recorded eating a chocolate-covered grasshopper with me so many years ago) suggested I give it a shot one more time.

I did, and I’m glad I did.

Just when I think the show get any better, each week it does.

And “comic book” entertainment isn’t just for nerds, either.

Budgets for films might be higher, production value for them may be amped up, and the stories told from beginning-to-end are certainly tighter – but that doesn’t necessarily make them any better than their serialized counterparts. I truly consider the AoS effort one of the best parts of the MCU (“Marvel Cinematic Universe”), and it gives me hope for something similar in the Star Wars galaxy at some point in the future.

I’ve never been on the edge of my seat with Iron Man, Captain America, or The Avengers – but I’m quite involved at a substantially deeper level with characters who (and arcs that) seem to get second billing in comparison to their cinematic brethren & sistren.

I would rather see a long-form show last for several seasons, offering a hundred entertainment hours, than a big budget blockbuster once a year.

Chris “” Pirillo


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Another Gotta Get: Best Tool to Prepare You for This Winter
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Is YouTube Red Good For Creators?
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Today’s Blast from the Past: LEGO Star Wars – Building The Ghost
https://youtu.be/C4Yu0bF0_yE

Today’s Geek Vlog: Bath Opera Face Off (0083)
https://youtu.be/0B8K0mWrDvE

Today’s Tweet: Inside Out
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Today’s Least Popular Share: The Best Team Jacket
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Today’s Photo Fun: This Vader Got His Hand Stuck in the Cookie Jar
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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.

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Today's Geeky Deal: 65% Off Code Black Drone with HD Camera
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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
https://youtu.be/j4fPbLsl7r8

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 Gotta Get: RetiCAM Smartphone Tripod Mount with Stabilizer Hand Grip
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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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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 Gotta Get: Build Your Own Wall-E Robot!
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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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Today's Question: Why won't Windows 10 stay sleeping?
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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 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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