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Welcome to my site. If you have been to my blog, GeekGirlFriends.com, this site might look familiar. That’s because I mirrored it. But I’m getting this site up and running, too. Stay tuned. I will tell tales from the trenches of modern magazine writing, share cool tech I see in my travels, offer advice on what to pitch me, or maybe…

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Groceries Without Going to the Store

I used to make lists. While making lists, I often fantasized – and sometimes tried to technically solve – a world where my lists could take action. My grocery list would communicate directly with the store and get the goods without so much effort at remembering, driving, and getting. I was frequently mocked – Nerd! Star Trek fan! Waster! —…

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Some Audio Books Worth Listening To

I love getting books as gifts. And I love to give them. I am blessed with children who enjoy this as much as I do. So Christmas, as always, included a pleasant exchange of literary discoveries. But what’s even better than books? Books and the time to read them! That’s what audio books are. And I didn’t get any of…

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Men, Explained. (Women too.)

Taschen (the publisher) sent me a great little book — Yang Liu. Man meets Woman— yesterday. With few words, and only simple, graphic images, it does a tidy job of explaining some of the differences — cultural and psychological — between the sexes. I won’t throw a lot of words at explaining a book that forgoes words almost entirely. (Missing the point, don’t…

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You Can Learn Anything

  I got a great email from Sal Khan this morning. I’m a big fan of the Khan Academy (of which he is the founder (that’s a link to how he got started; a story he tells well.) It has saved my kids in school — and made up for failures in their schools —  more times than I count. I tap…

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Roofie drugs, Justin Bieber, and my search for a new car

I’ve had a bit of a wild, vehicular summer. First, I moved from North Carolina to California, driving all the way across country with my husband, two quarrelsome teenagers and one strange, OCD dog in a loaner Buick Enclave. And since I’ve been here, I’ve driven an assortment of new vehicles. So, after living for years in a town where…

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Don’t Get Ripped Off While Getting Ripped Off

Today should be called, National Tax Procrastinators Day. It should be a day off. There should be a huge barbecue party at midnight. We should acknowledge that denial is a healthy way to cope with having to do accounting – instead of actual work for those of us who aren’t accountants — under the threat of fiscal punishment from our…

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Am I a Dork in these Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones? I Don’t Care.

I once considered over-ear headphones dorky. I couldn’t understand people who wore them around the city as if they had just fled jobs as air-traffic controllers and forgotten to take them off. Then, despite my fashion-slave prejudices and because my son always looks so happy in his Beats by Dr. Dre, I tried a good pair. It was like dimming…

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Printing from a Smart Phone is Easy

It’s one of the rules of modern life that the printer will run out of ink only when the thing you are printing is urgent and you don’t have time to get more ink. This just happened to me. As I was printing forms I needed to take to my daughter’s doctor’s appointment, my office printer coughed out its last…

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Too many Tablets?

Maybe more people than I thought can relate to my gadget-reviewers existence, where there are always several tablets or smart phones in easy reach.