The Latest (Annoying) Obsession: Pokemon Go

There’s a lot about technology that I love, not the least of which is that it lets me earn a living without having to be chained to a cubicle for work or tethered to my couch to watch a favorite movie or TV show. Heck, I’m a gamer too, though my tastes have always run more to board games and interactive social gaming than the typically solo occupation of video or computer gaming. Of course, if I’d…Read More

It’s Lonely to Hang Out with Smartphone Addicts

I’m a huge fan of technology and have been writing about and a part of the consumer electronics industry since way before even the crudest of cellphones were on the scene. The rise of cellular data networks and wifi everywhere is phenomenal and enables some marvelous things. Heck, I have an Apple Watch on my wrist and an iPhone in my pocket just about all the time. But that’s the thing. It’s in my pocket….Read More

Everyday Carry Pocket Knives: A Father’s Day Gift Guide

I’ve carried a humble little pocket knife for a long time and when my Dad gave me his no-name blade, I then carried that one for many years until I recently lost it. A sad day, actually, but life happens. The good news is that it opened me up to considering what I’d want in a replacement blade and after much research, I identified what I believe are the essential features of what the industry calls…Read More

Prime Techie Car Accessories: Escort Max 360 + JumPack

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Escort Radar for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I can remember the station wagon we had when I was a kid, with its bench seats and not much else. Pop open the hood and there was an engine. Just an engine. Nowadays cars have a dozen computers and so much tech that the engine compartment is solid and you can’t even see the…Read More

Cool New Shades: my Native Crestone Sunglasses…

I’m always on the lookout for great sunglasses because I spend so much time outdoors. And Colorado is blessed with a lotta sunshine. In fact, one of the marketing bullet points of my home town of Boulder, Colorado is that we have “over 300 days of sunshine per year” and it’s true, we really do have a lot of bright, sunny days! Which means that having good eye protection is not only smart from a…Read More

Real Friends, Virtual Hanging Out with FaceTime

It’s fascinating to see how the digital generation is embracing technology and integrating it into their lives in a way that sometimes is illogical to me. But to someone who has grown up with wi-fi, handheld devices, and a very different sense of privacy than my generation, children are all too willing to have their devices and network access become ubiquitous, with nary a concern about the down side or a sense of loss over what…Read More

Sportin’ some cool new shades from Aspire…

Lacking a proper office and 9-5 job, I’m a guy who is always on the move, whether it’s driving to meetings, heading to the gym, or just enjoying the beautiful outdoor setting of my home town of Boulder, Colorado. With our trademark 300 days of sunshine a year, one of the most critical ingredients to success in Colorado are good sunglasses, without which you’re destined to suffer from eyestrain, headaches, and general crankiness. It’s not…Read More

My review of the Crane 27″ Slate Ceramic Tower Heater

My 12yo daughter K- generally falls asleep in a cold room and there’s not much I can do about it since she’s the very furthest room from the furnace, up at the top of the house while HVAC system is neatly tucked into a room in the basement. It’s a pretty common architectural design and a common problem that the kids rooms end up furthest away and least able to be warmed up in the winter (or cooled down…Read More

Unlimited Data + Movies: Walmart Family Mobile Plus

Heads up: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine and mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias My 12yo daughter has been lobbying for her own smartphone since before she was born, as far as I can recall. Maybe that’s not quite accurate, but it’s a sure bet that with siblings 4 and 7 years older than her, K- has been surrounded by older kids with cool tech since…Read More

Pushless Robo-Stroller? Meet the Smartbe!

It’s been rather a while since I had to push a stroller with my youngest just rolling over on her odometer to 12 years old, and we tended to carry our babies more than we pushed them in strollers (you know, that whole attachment parenting thing of baby wearing) but still, while strollers are helpful for storing things and when the little one’s asleep, there are definitely times when pushing is, well, work and a…Read More

Hello Barbie And the Internet of Things

Few toys produced as much controversy last month as the new Hello Barbie from Mattel, released just a few months ago for the Christmas buying season. Since I’m a tech person and a dad, I pay close attention to the intersection of technology and play, both in my own life and for children. And the hullabaloo over Hello Barbie is really fascinating to watch as it comes more from fear and distrust of tech than from…Read More

A Few Thousand Text Messages Later…

My 19yo daughter and I have somewhat of a running argument about cellphone usage. She’s in a long-term and long-distance relationship with a boy who’s across the country, so of course they rely on modern communication to stay in touch. But just like most children of her generation, she’s rarely without her ubiquitous iPhone in her hand, texting and using the device seemingly at every turn. We discuss it, we talk about healthy boundaries, we…Read More

Children sleep poorly with cellphones present

As a parent, sometimes you bump into research about children, childhood or parenting that’s so incredibly obvious that it’s hard to imagine that the research group was able to even obtain funding. You know, like research that shows the link between sugar and hyperactivity, or research about how a toxic environment has a toll on the emotional development of a child. The latest in this line is a research study from the journal Pediatrics entitled…Read More

Teen Girls Still Prefer Beauty over Smarts

I’ve been playing around with the slick mobile voting application Wishbone on my iPhone ever since my 11yo turned me on to it. It’s incredibly simple: users are presented with A/B choices and tap to vote on which they prefer. Every 7-8 votes, you’re forced to watch a banal streaming video advertisement, almost always a mobile app aimed at teen girls and related to fashion, hairstyles or virtual high school experiences. Still, advertising aside, it’s…Read More

Who do teen girls prefer, mom or dad?

Ah the harsh voice of the populace. While writing an article about the popular teen voting app Wishbone, I couldn’t help but be curious about the results of a user-submitted question mom or dad? Here are the results: Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised since the user population for Wishbone are primarily teen girls. Maybe I should be impressed that almost 30% of the respondents picked dad at all. But I’m disappointed. We dads are fighting…Read More

Project Runway Jr? My daughter starts reinventing clothes…

My youngest has the craft bug, just like my sister does. Her school can take a lot of the credit since they do lots of hands-on crafts, including sewing, knitting, crochet and more, but K- has definitely continued down the road to a level of proficiency beyond what her peers in class have attained. Ever since Singer kindly sent her a terrific Stylist sewing machine, her projects have slowly become more complicated as her confidence…Read More

Devices and Summer Vacation, 2015 Edition

As a kid, I loved summer vacation. A break from school, who wouldn’t enjoy the chance to lay around, hang out with friends, hustle up some money making enterprise (door-to-door car waxing or bike repair, anyone?) and find ways to fill the time. Catch up on favorite authors? Yeah, that too. Modern children fill up all their available time with electronics, however, and not only is there a lot of data to show that’s not…Read More

Online Safety and Cell Phones

I’ve written about online safety plenty of times, posted videos of me talking about this subject at a local high school, and even led discussions at parenting groups on the subject. There are a couple of problems with the topic, though, one of which is that each parent has a different perspective on how safe or unsafe the online world is for their children. The bigger problem, though, is that our devices keep becoming more…Read More

Fun at the SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition

It’s been a busy weekend, but I made sure to find time to pop by the headquarters of robotics startup and tinker headquarters SparkFun in Niwot, Colorado for the seventh annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition, or AVC. The main attraction is a competition open to the public to create autonomous model cars that can successfully navigate the company’s parking lot and make it to the finish line. This is nowhere near as easy as it sounds…Read More

Save on your cellphone and phone plan at Safeway

When you think of going to Safeway or another supermarket, you probably think about a quart of milk, some eggs and maybe a watermelon or some apples. But modern supermarkets are, well, super markets, and my local Safeway has a rather amazing range of products, far more than just produce and groceries. Today we popped in and got batteries, boutique iced coffee from a local company, a hot chai from the in-store Starbucks, and nail…Read More

My daughter’s Singer Stylist sewing machine

My children have all gone to Waldorf-inspired schools which has been overall a really good thing and helped them all be into crafts and projects, though less so as they’ve grown older. Painting, felting, knitting, crocheting, sculpting, if it’s a craft project, they’ve probably done it at school and have been mostly eager to continue at home. Which means that, yes, we have a lot of paints, pens, brushes, yarn, fabric, and much more. It’s…Read More