Facebook’s Grateful Challenge – My Edition

The internet has been a buzz for quite some time with challenges well before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Challenges made to other parties via social media networks honing in on specific targets and forcing them or peer pressuring them into doing something or revealing something with the underlying fear of being called out on the same networks as failing to fulfill said challenge.

I am not one to just roll over and go “Ok, you want me to do something because everyone else is…sure and I can post it for likes…ok…” However, there is one person out there that can get me to do anything with little to no arm twisting and that is my beautiful wife. She was recently called out to post for 5 days on Facebook sharing 3 things each time on what you are grateful for. Of course she nominates me… Continue reading

Top 10 List of Geek/Nerd Things To Do This Year

One of my goals for 2012 from a previous post was to learn obtain some sort of new geek/nerd skill, trait or as I’ll add; notch to my geek utility belt. I’ve been pondering what that item should be and was torn. I’ve decided first of all to add this as a constant annual goal. This came clear to me as I ended up with a list of possible items for this year. I ended up broadening it to ten items. Some might be a little lamer or easier than the other, but this is the first year and it might advance over the years. I’m also open to suggestions from readers…if there are any out there.

I’m open to geek/nerd activities that allow me to involve my two younger sons Quattro and Mace.

Here is the list.

  1. Build something with a solar panel.  I always wanted to build something that uses renewable energy. May it be a Lego robot that travels across the picnic table or get a solar power kit from Harbour Frieght and wire up all the external house lights.
  2. Learn how to splice fiber cable. This one would be tough since we don’t carry the necessary tools at work and could be an expensive project to make mistakes in. Playing with small strands of glass sounds like too much fun though. My skills at crimping Cat5e and Cat6 cables as sped up this year and comes in handy when you want to make clean precise cable runs. Continue reading