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Beauty and the Geek Video

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I don’t watch much TV, but I occasionally get drawn into a Reality series. This is very true of Beauty and the Geek. I can’t help it. I’m a Geek! Did you know that they wanted me to appear on the show… twice?

A couple of years ago, I got a phone call from someone who worked for the show, asking me if I’d like to appear as a contestant. Apparently, the person had seen some of the videos I had done, and thought I’d be good on the show. I thanked them, but let them know I was indeed married. It was a cool offer, though!

Fast forward to now. I received an email from a Producer of the show, saying he had seen my videos on YouTube, and again thought I’d be a great candidate for the show! It’s a different person than before, and a couple of years later. I was flattered, but couldn’t help laughing. I had to explain that I am now married to Ponzi, who is the epitome of “hot wife”. I live Beauty and the Geek on a daily basis, and even stream it live. The Producer laughed as well, then asked if I know of anyone else who may be interested in auditioning…

Hmmmmm the light bulb inside my brain went off! What about all of you out there? Have you considered auditioning? Here are the basic requirements for auditioning and/or being on the show:

  • You must be at least 21 years of age (I know I said 18 in the video, as I was writing this up, I found the correct information on their site)
  • You must be a US Citizen or permanent resident
  • You must not be a candidate for public office and must agree not to become one until at least one (1) year after the initial broadcast of the Program.
  • Neither you nor any member of your immediate family or anyone living in your household may be or may have been within the past two (2) years an employee, officer, director or agent of any show producers, networks that may air the program, sponsors of the program, or involved in show prodcution in any way.
  • You will need to be available to the production for approximately four weeks or possibly longer, and you must be willing to reside in a location to be designated by Producers.
  • If selected as a semi-finalist, you must be willing to submit medical information to the production and submit to a medical examination, psychological examination, and background checks.

So, if you feel you meet the above requirements, and are interested in being a contestant… leave me a follow-up VIDEO comment on the YouTube channel. I just may email the Producer back and recommend you!

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Want a WiFi T-shirt?

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Jeff was streaming live for me this morning, and I happened to notice a very cool T-shirt he was wearing. It’s definitely the geekiest T-shirt on the planet. I had to get him on a video to show it off.

This T-shirt is just the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Unfortunately, I don’t think Ponzi will let me wear one out in public. But a guy can dream, right?

The Wi-Fi Detector Shirt from ThinkGeek is a hot new commodity. In their own words:

Here at ThinkGeek we’re pretty lazy when it comes to technology. We expect our gadgets to do all the busywork while we focus on the high level important tasks like reading blogs. That’s why we hate to have to crack open our laptops just to see if there is any wi-fi internet access about… and keychain wi-fi detectors, we would have to actually remove them from our pockets to look at them. But now thanks to the ingenious ThinkGeek robot monkeys you can display the current wi-fi signal strength to yourself and everyone around you with this stylish Wi-Fi Detector Shirt. The glowing bars on the front of the shirt dynamically change as the surrounding wi-fi signal strength fluctuates. Finally you can get the attention you deserve as others bow to you as their reverential wi-fi god, while geeky chicks swoon at your presence. You can thank us later.

According to Jeff, Mandy’s mom saw the T-shirt on the television news. She showed it to Mandy, who then ordered one for herself and one for Jeff. Jeff put his on as soon as it arrived in the mail to show it off. If you see in the video, he has five bars lit up on either side of the shirt. That means he is near a very strong wireless signal. He said when he went to his kitchen for a snack, the number of bars on the shirt decreased.

The shirt takes three AAA batteries, and velcro’s to the shirt. You simply take it off in order to wash the shirt. While it’s not the most comfortable thing you’ll ever wear, it’s quite possibly the coolest.

I wonder what other geeky things I could velcro to a T-shirt?

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Geek Illustrated Profile


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Geek Illustrated is a new Web site dedicated to presenting interesting, dynamic individuals involved in technology in such a way that the non-geek can appreciate their smarts and appeal. GI is dedicated to the fact that smart is sexy. And they want to interview… me?!

I’m not even going to attempt to write out all of the questions that Vanessa from Geek Illustrated sent me… and my answers. They’re all in the video! This was a fun experience, and of course flattering. Who wouldn’t like to be called sexy, simply because they are smart?!

What did you want to be when you grew up? Believe it or not, I started out wanting to be a farmer. After that, I was set on being a doctor, until I realized that Math and I do not get along so well. For awhile during my Sophmore year, I felt destined to become a Priest. I knew I had hear the calling… but found out it was a wrong number.

What is your first memory of technology? That would be my Grandfather’s Commodore VIC-20. We used it with a little black and white tv in the back room at his house. My first memory with the Internet was in college. I think it was in the Fall of 1992, I signed up for a free Email account. A friend and I sat in the computer lab, and emailed each other back and forth. I remember how amazed I was, and how excited. I knew that this was the start of something huge, and couldn’t wait to be a part of it.

What gets you going in the morning? Eh, sometimes it’s an alarm clock. I’m a night owl, so I usually sleep later in the day than most people. Seriously, checking my Email is what gets me up and moving. That is my way of communication with most people. Doing what I do every day is humbling and thrilling at the same time. Knowing that I can and do make a difference and really help people is a gift to me. That’s my legacy.

What is your favorite music to Geek out to? I have a very eclectic taste. There isn’t much that I won’t listen to, we’ll put it that way. At any given time, my playlist will have folk music on there… jazz… classical… rock… R&B… pop. You get the idea.

What is your favorite Geek food and beverage? HAH! One answer, and everyone in the chat room is now shouting it out. Peet’s Coffee. No food, just Peet’s.

What is your personal definition of innovation? Personally, I feel that innovation is like a puzzle. Putting together one piece with another is where the puzzle comes together. All the different things the Internet can do are all small pieces of a puzzle.

Is smart sexy? Absolutely! Why? There are people all over the world who are sexy, but when they open their mouths… yikes! For me, the brain comes first. I’ve always been attracted to someone if they are intelligent. Being able to carry on a conversation on the same intellectual level is sexy. Being in tune with someone’s mind is just as sexy as their looks.

If you were a gadget, what would you be? Hmm. I’ve never really thought of this one. I would have to say…………………. I have to be something fun, since I’m a bit crazy. So I’d say I’d want to be a PSP. It’s constantly updated, interchangeable, fun to use… and of course, small. Good things come in small packages.

And that’s that. I hope this was enough information for Vanessa. This was a lot of fun, and definitely join us some time in our chat room! Thanks for having me!

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Signs That I'm a Geek

  • Two minutes ago, I put away a USB cable – thinking I didn’t need it there anymore. However, as it turned out, I still required it for charging a device. Without thinking, I was mentally searching for an Undo button.
  • Earlier this evening, Sean and I were discussing a plugin for better del.icio.us blog integration. In an instant message, he keyed in “re:del.icio.us” and I read it as “re.dic.ulo.us.”
  • I had a dream last night that Ponzi got me a handful of USB grommets for my new home office.

Windows Explorer ToolTips

I don’t know how it happened, but I somehow lost ToolTip functionality in Windows the other day. I’d hover over an icon and NOTHING would show up. Needless to say, I was more than a little perturbed. I did a quick look around the ‘Net and discovered The Elder Geek had an answer that might work. It involves a bit of Registry diving, which is no problem from a seasoned power user like myself. To Enable or Disable Tool Tip Displays, fire up your Registry editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced. Look for “ShowInfoTip” and make sure its value is set to 1. That’s it. Shouldn’t even need a reboot in XP to see ‘er work again.

Phil Torrone

Confirmed Gnomedex Discussion Leader: Phil Torrone. Last year, “pt” was a smash hit. With his inter-presentation hacks, he quickly became the most popular geek at Gnomedex 5. More people went home talking about the hardware mods he demonstrated than we would have anticipated. With Gnomedex 6.0 being “a higher resolution,” we’re resolved to giving him a bit more time to explore his geekier side. If a physical product can be hacked, pt can hack it. If a physical product can’t be hacked, pt will find a way – and then share his knowledge with the rest of the world.