The Evening Post: Mean Tweets Read By College Coaches


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ESPN did something interesting for their first College Gameday on Saturday.  They copied something from Jimmy Kimmel and had some head coaches read some mean tweets.  In the video below, enjoy the reactions from the mean tweets being read by Nick Saban, Brady Hoke, Will Muschamp and Dan Mullen!

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Crowdsourcing Weekends: Bleep Cable, GX Everyone Games, Sets Sunglasses


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This is Crowdsourcing Weekends!  This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Bleep Smart Cable

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Smart charging cable that backs up your phone data. Lost your phone?  All your data is in the cable!  Bleep is a smart charging cable that’s easy to use (plug n’ play), with built-in storage available in different sizes (16–64 GB).  Bleep communicates through their application, allowing you to sleep at night knowing all your data is safely stored.  Triggered by connecting your smartphone to the cable, bleep automatically syncs your new daily data from your contacts, WhatsApp, history, pictures, videos and other media freshly stored on your phone. The full backup is saved the minute you charge your phone.

If you lose or break your smartphone, all it takes to recover your data is connecting your personal bleep cable to any other smartphone. You can choose the data you want to restore with an intuitive, easy-to-use application interface.  Simply type your password, and in ONE click you’re back in business!  Bleep syncs with your smartphone using “On-The-Go” technology and supports Android and iOS platforms. This technology allows quick and easy-to-use data transfer between external devices.  In addition, the cable works as a memory stick which can be used both with a computer and with a smartphone for viewing, editing or transferring files.

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As of August 31st, this project has raised around $23,600 of their $20,000 goal. This project only has 55 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $40, you will get one 16 GB Bleep Cable.  For a pledge of $55, you will get one 32 GB Bleep Cable.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bleep-smart-charging-cable-that-backs-up-your-data

GX: Everyone Games

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No longer GaymerX, they are officially calling the convention GX: Everyone Games.  They’ve become more and more aware that not all of their attendees identify with the ‘gaymer’ label.  And while we love all their gay dude friends, they realize there are more people than that who want an awesome space to hang with their friends in a safe and diverse environment.  They want to make sure they represent everyone who feels like they’ve been left out of mainstream gamer culture.  The location and exact dates will be decided after this campaign based on the funds raised, but it will be either in November or December 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Their first year, they didn’t really know what they were doing and had to try to figure it out on the fly. Because of this, they hit a lot of unexpected roadblocks, expenses, and last minutes issues.  With GaymerX2, they had a plan and knew what they wanted to do, but went with a venue that was extremely costly and overestimated attendance.  By doing this Kickstarter first before they sign any contracts, they can make sure they produce GX3 within their means on a sustainable level. They’re also doing the event in the late part of the year, when it’s off peak for the Bay Area and room rates are far lower.

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As of August 31st, this project has raised around $57,000 of their $80,000 goal. This project only has 18 days left to raise the $80,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get your name listed on their website.  For a pledge of $35, you will get the Gaming In Color and Read Only Memories downloads.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gaymercon/gx3-everyone-games

Sets Sunglasses

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Sets are custom sunglasses with interchangeable side arms and are guaranteed for life. The unique design of their frames allow you to quickly and easily change color combinations to customize your sunglasses however you want, whenever you want.  Their classic frame style comes with polarized lenses and is offered at a special Indiegogo campaign price of $45 with free U.S. shipping.  Their quick release, stainless steel hinge design allows you to change color combinations in a matter of seconds to customize your sunglasses for any situation.  No tools required – changing side arms is done with the push of a button.

They designed Sets with everyone in mind: Want to own the perfect pair of sunglasses to match any outfit? Want to show support for your favorite sports team through a great pair of sunglasses? Simply want to have the freedom to create the perfect pair of sunglasses without having to spend a fortune? Sets has you covered with just one pair and your choice of side arm colors.  They spent more than one year sourcing materials from around the world until they found the perfect combination to create a durable, reliable pair of sunglasses with the versatility to customize them again and again.  Simply put, Sets are built to last and designed to go wherever you may take them.  And the best part, every pair of Sets comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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As of August 31st, this project has raised around $10,000 of their $15,000 goal. This project only has 42 days left to raise the $15,000 or it might not be funded!  For a pledge of $45, you will get 1 pair of Sets with polarized lenses and 1 additional pair of sides in the color of your choice.  For a pledge of $75, you will get 1 pair of Sets with polarized lenses and 5 additional pair of sides in the colors of your choice, making 6 completely different looks with a single frame.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sets-sunglasses-you-can-customize-for-life

Sunday Discussion: A Robot Hitchhiked Across Canada


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Did you know that a robot just hitchhiked across the country of Canada?  This Summer, HitchBOT hitchhiked from Nova Scotia to British Canada.  HitchBOT was conceived in Port Credit, Ontario by Dr. David Smith and Dr. Frauke Zelle.  HitchBOT left Halifax in late July, and traveled more than 6,000 kilometers until it arrived in Victoria.  GPS technology tracked its progress on the robot’s website and social media accounts, which has thousands of followers.  Over the trip, HitchBOT got rides by 18 different people.  And HitchBOT did like every other hitchhiker does when they want a ride, they stood on the side of the road, and waited for a ride.

If you were lucky enough to have HitchBOT in your car, the robot is programmed with mobile technology and outfitted with a GPS system and speech recognition software. It can carry out conversations in person as well as on social media.  Yes the robot has speech recognition software!  And the robot is designed on the outside to look pretty so people would want to stop and pick him up on the side of the road!  The only requirement is to plug in the robot to a cigarette lighter so it can recharge.

HitchBOT has a bucket for a torso, blue swimming-pool noodles for arms and legs and a LED panel for a face, protected by a cake saver.  It wears yellow gloves on its hands, and rubber boots on its feet.  Inside is a simple tablet PC and some components from Arduino. All the parts cost about $1,000, not bad for a robot who hitchhiked across Canada.  Yes, I think you will soon see robots who can walk and talk like HitchBot can.  Many people who love technology and who are geeks/nerds found this story has very fun to watch and to follow!

So, if you want to learn more about HitchBOT and see pictures from his hitchhiking adventure, go to: http://www.hitchbot.me/

The Evening Post: What Is A Tweet Worth


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So, you are on social media and sending out updates, but do you stop and think about how much that tweet or Facebook post is worth to you?  In this latest video from the YouTube channel PBS Idea Channel, Mike Rugnetta talks about the Ice Bucket Challenge, and what value our social media posts has, enjoy!

Video Roundup: How To Plan A Wedding, Taser Photoshoot, Three Years Of Sun


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It’s time for Video Roundup, my top 16 videos of the week!

How To Plan A Wedding

Yep!

How to Eat Sushi

Yummy!

Is This The New iPhone 6

I hope not!

Jimmy Kimmel Friends Reunion

Very funny!

The Taser Photoshoot

What?

Emmys 2014: Robin Williams Tribute

Very good!

If Geek Girls Acted Like Geek Guys

Funny!

Homer Simpsons Ice Bucket Challenge

Bart makes it cool!

Three Years Of Sun

Cool stuff!

Matt Damon Ice Bucket Challenge

He uses toilet water!

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Good video!

Hive Five From A Whale

Cool animal video!

Your Brain On Coffee

You learn something!

Elders React To Oculus Rift

Cool!

High-Speed Canyon Jet Ski

Wow!

7 Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks

This is for photographers!