Wiring The Technology Generation Gap

Technology isn’t easy. We all know that. But technology is extra difficult for those who didn’t grow up with it. My parents are no different than anyone else in their age group. They don’t like change, and technological change is an even harder pill to swallow. Grandma and her iPad by Iain Farrell via FlickrMy parents have never had a passion for technology....more
@Darcie My husband writes software but everyone in my family thinks that means that he can help ...more

What is NFC and Why Do I Need It?

NFC makes just about anything smarter. Imagine flipping on music when you walk into a room with just a wave, or see a new recipe from a grocery store ad with just a tap. Wouldn’t it be nice to start up your workstation and access your email just by setting your phone on the desk?...more

Public toilets – the modern version of trial by fire.

Public toilets are the bane of my life. Truth is I’m afraid of them and I have just cause.As a child, parental reminders to, “cover the seat and don’t touch anything,” when in questionable places became, “BEWARE! Danger lurks around every rim!” Since sitting on public toilets was the equivalent of taking a dip in plague-infested swamp water, I didn’t. Sit. Or crouch. Or anything. Not even at school....more
@Darcie I shudder every time I think of it.more

Preparing for Childbirth in the Digital Age

To start off with, let me make this perfectly clear: I am NOT going to take a video of myself in labor and post it for the world to see on YouTube. The world does NOT want to see that kind of crazy, trust me. THAT kind of crazy is reserved for the people I really love and really want to scar for life (i.e, my husband). Nor am I going to Skype with you between contractions....more
@Laine Griffin Thanks for helping alleviate some of the guilt I feel about being so "connected" ...more

Users as Co-Creators: On Tech, Art, and Meaning

Have you ever seen an interview with an artist - a writer, say - where they're asked about the meaning of their work, and they say something like, "It is whatever you say it is?"It can come off as elusive, flippant, or falsely innocent. But those artists have discerned an important truth about their vocation: Art cannot exist without an audience....more
Two current examples on my mind:   I know this isn't about tech, but I just became aware of it ...more

Where Will I See Contactless Technology in My Everyday Life?

As contactless technology embeds itself into the fabric of everyday transactions all over the world, numerous industries are fine-tuning integration of this latest payment technology into their operations.Employee Badges: Organizations all over the world are using contactless technology to verify individuals’ authenticity before granting access to a restricted facility, computer system, or electronic device....more

Hooked on Technology Like a Lab Rat

I realize this is the pot calling the kettle blog, but I’m worried that technology is sucking the life out of me. Can you relate? I feel chained, yet addicted, to electronic communications. Maybe it’s because I’m a stay-at-home mom, and those little pings from my phone remind me of a larger universe that I can’t quite see right now through the haze of Cheddar Bunnies, but my need for real-time updates is getting out of hand. ...more
Great article enjoyed reading it, I read a good book and focus on things that need done in real ...more

20 All-Time Greatest Food Inventions

Electrolux Refrigerator Ad, 1931   ...more
 @TheSpicedLife I'm thinking that pots weren't quite as critical as some other entries because ...more

Harvard Stores Data in DNA, Next Hollywood Thriller Writes Itself

Harvard scientists have figured out how to use DNA as a storage device, putting 5.5 petabits of data into one gram of DNA. I had to read a handful of articles before one finally answered the burning question: HOW DOES IT WORK? How do you take bits and put them into human genetic material? It's such an abstract concept I just couldn't wrap my head around it. ...more
So CAN the data  be implanted into humans? If so, how does that work? It's just stored in us and ...more

5 Apps that could save your life (1)

Because you never know what will happen in the next corner of the life, it’s always better to prevent – your phone can save your life! Here I selected for you 5 important apps you should have into your phone.1 – Red Panic ButtonIs now an universal app, when you are in trouble press the Red Pani Button. You just have to set a panic number or mail address and the phone will send a message which contains your address and location, determined using the fine GPS & GSM based coordinates....more