Austin Central Library Picked By TIME As One of the World’s Greatest Places

We’re all proud of Austin Central Library. It’s an impressive structure right by Town Lake in the heart of downtown, with a lot of great books, an event space, a rooftop butterfly garden, a “tech petting zoo” where visitors can try out new gadgets, and even a world-class collection of self-published lit with a focus […]

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Cheap Batteries? Are The Best Rechargeable Batteries In Your Trash?

I Found An Unlimited Supply of Cheap Batteries at the Library Rechargeable batteries aren’t cheap. And buying and trashing batteries ain’t cheap either. But I think I’ve found a limitless supply of cheap batteries and I bet you can too. The key is that most battery chargers don’t charge alkaline batteries, the most common kind […]

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How to Harvest LR41 Watch Batteries from Junk Mail

In the Geek Skills category of Game Writer Central, I’m happy to announce this new lifehack: converting junk mail into value…! LR41 Watch Batteries in Your Mailbox If you’re in the right neighborhood, you’ve been getting an occasional giant postcard with a little plastic “sweepstakes” gadget attached, like this one. Mine comes from my local […]

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Chrome Doesn’t Trust Google

A few days ago I tried an innocent Google search in Chrome — “master lock 141q” — and Chrome told me that www.google.com presented a certificate issued by an mysterious entity (the Elder Gods, I assume) that is not trusted by my operating system, aka Android. Essentially, Chrome doesn’t trust Google.com. Chrome, please help me […]

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Hilton Hhonors Royally Botches Password Security

How Not to Handle Password Security Recently Hilton’s Hhonors loyalty program asked me to reset my password in their attempt to increase security. Makes sense, after high-profile security breaches at several online websites like Target.com. They dangled a 1000-point reward for early action so of course I hopped over and reset my password. Today I […]

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I For One Welcome Our New Tolkien-Savvy Late Night Overlord, Stephen Colbert

All Hail Stephen Colbert, Tolkien Overlord Stephen Colbert is a walking, talking Tolkien robo-freak? Who knew? I mean, he is the epitome of the talented, charming uber-nerd, but I for one had no idea his credentials were quite so authentic. Colbert turns out to have major Tolkien cred, although sadly his secret supergeek origin story is […]

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Bing Wants You To Eat a Motsu Pod

As some of you know, I do a fair amount of work in the world of Local SEO or “LSO”. That is, I help clients optimize their data so that they appear in map search engines for phrases like “Detroit florist.” Today I was greatly amused by some of the categories Bing provided for businesses […]

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Back Up Wordpress to Google Drive? Careful!

Just a quick little rant about backing up your Wordpress blog to Google Drive. I love this idea, but at the moment it’s an example of why you can’t always trust what you read in a quick Google search. Dig deeper, my geeks. There are two Wordpress plugins that you’ll see scattered around in the top […]

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Newsflash: The Earth Isn’t Round

Hey, Somebody Sat On My Planet! Kids, today we’ll talk about things astronomical, because videogame writers are such geeks. First up, take a look at this lumpy dumpy planet we live on! I mean, I never expected Earth to be a perfect sphere, but this is an abomination. Newsflash: the earth isn’t round or square. […]

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