Preparing for Distance Learning – Episode 337

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This week Melissa is focused on retrofitting her home in preparation for distance learning. She has many thoughts and questions about what to expect when entire households are all online all at the same time.

Elisa can be found at http://twitter.com/senseidai or www.threegeekyladies.com
Melissa can be found at http://twitter.com/themacmommy or www.themacmommy.com  (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases from links on this site.)

QuaranTV – Episode 336

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This episode we discuss the shows we’ve been watching to escape the challenges of being stuck at home. Out in Arizona, Melissa feels like she’s living in a Hobbit movie where things are on fire. Mike is excited for another celebrity spotting in South Dakota. In New York, Elisa has been knitting her way through a TV watchlist like none other, so tune in and make a checklist along with us. We are all just waiting around to Upload anyhow. 😉

Reelgood – Streaming Guide app for iOS and tvOS, for Amazon Fire TV, and for Android

Elisa’s Watchlist:

Amazon Prime
Hunters
Just Mercy
Modern Love
Hulu
Mrs. America
Little Fires Everywhere
Apple TV+
Dads
Defending Jacob
Dear …
Netflix
Spaceforce
Extraction
Hollywood
Uncut Gems
Schitt’s Creek
Ozark
Elisa’s pick: Ancestry All Access Plan 6 months

Melissa’s Watchlist:

Community Netflix
The Great Hulu
Upload Amazon Prime
Melissa’s pick:
Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro Carpet Cleaner

Mike’s Watchlist:

Bless This Mess  Hulu
God Friended Me  CBS
Letterkenny  Hulu
Marvel’s Runaways Hulu
Mike’s pick: Fire TV Cube

WWDC20 Reactions – Episode 335

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Apple Special Event June 2020
After watching and listening to WWDC20 demonstrations and announcements, Elisa thinks the new App Clip will be really useful. Melissa is excited for macOS and iOS to finally have some UI consistency. Mike is looking forward to kicking the tires on the new Apple CarPlay.

Here are the links we followed for our discussion:
iOS 14 Preview
iPadOS 14 Preview
watchOS 7 Preview
macOS 11 Big Sur Preview


Melissa is happy to eat her rant about the lack of adding metadata using the native Photos app in iOS 14. Though there wasn’t time to demonstrate everything in the Keynote, this would have been an amazing thing to see!! From Apple’s iOS 14 All New Features, scroll to the Photos section and you will see:

“Add context to photos and videos with captions

View and edit captions to add context to your photos and videos, and easily find captions you’ve added in the Search tab. With iCloud Photos enabled, captions sync seamlessly across all your devices.”

Mike can be found at http://twitter.com/dscchipman or mike-mcpeek.com
Elisa can be found at http://twitter.com/senseidai or www.threegeekyladies.com
Melissa can be found at http://twitter.com/themacmommy or www.themacmommy.com  (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases from links on this site.)

Simply The Worst – Episode 334

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

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Last episode we discussed what makes a great design and what we liked most or felt was life-changing. This time, we’re flipping it to talk about the Terrible Product Designs We Love to Hate. How could these product designs be improved to make the world a happier place? Dealing with waste and bad design takes some thinking outside the box.

13 horribly designed everyday products that need to be reinvented” — Business Insider, May 1, 2017
10 exasperating design flaws in everyday objects” — Creative Bloq, July 06, 2018
7 Bad Designs Of Everyday Objects You’ve Become Used To” — Ed Times, June 2, 2018
Examples of Bad Design in the Real World” — Site Builder Report, July 8 2015
The guy who invented USB finally admits it’s annoying to plug in” — Digital Trends, June 24, 2019
The Pros and Cons of Switching to a Shampoo Bar” — Mind Body Mastered, February 11, 2020

Our Picks
Elisa:

Melissa:

Mike:

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Elisa can be found at http://twitter.com/senseidai or www.threegeekyladies.com
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Design of the Times – Episode 333

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What is a product or service you believe is so well-designed that it makes life easier to navigate? We share our gratitude for design by discussing our top-of-the-list, favorite products inspired by an article Elisa found in Fortune Magazine The 100 Greatest Designs of Modern Times.

Tip: in Safari browser on iOS or macOS, you can use Reader View to cut out distractions from ads.

Our picks for what we most look forward to doing again once it’s safe outside of stay-at-home practices:
Elisa: going to concerts and hitting the beach.
Melissa: family entertainment parks such as her local Funtasticks Family Fun Park.
Mike: going out to eat.

Mike can be found at http://twitter.com/dscchipman or mike-mcpeek.com
Elisa can be found at http://twitter.com/senseidai or www.threegeekyladies.com
Melissa can be found at http://twitter.com/themacmommy or www.themacmommy.com (As an Amazon Associate, I may earn from qualifying purchases linked in our show notes.)

You can look for and listen to Melissa in an upcoming episode of Foodie Flashback with Patrice.

 

All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go – Episode 332

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We’re still sheltering at home, which gave Melissa time to set up her new TP-Link Deco Whole Home Mesh WiFi System. We think the quarantine has overwhelmed Skype because we had a few recording issues that became comical. If you listen carefully to the bloopers at the top of the show, you’ll hear Mike turn in to a chipmunk!

Mike and Melissa are missing going out to restaurants, while Elisa is happy with takeout. Mike’s pick is Dempsey’s Brewery in Watertown and The Corner Diner in Clark. Melissa has a hankering for Mexican food at Guadalajara Original Grill in Tucson.

Here are the products Melissa reviewed in this episode:
TP-Link-Deco-Whole-Home-SystemMelissa got the 3-pack pictured above, but if you have a smaller home, you could probably get away with the 2-pack set then add on a single later on if you think you’ll need it.

Mike can be found at http://twitter.com/dscchipman or mike-mcpeek.com
Elisa can be found at http://twitter.com/senseidai or www.threegeekyladies.com
Melissa can be found at http://twitter.com/themacmommy or www.themacmommy.com (As an Amazon Associate, I may earn from qualifying purchases linked in our show notes.)

 

Geekiest Show Ever Episode 331 – Scream Sharing

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Coronavirus is still the major news around the world, and more people are working from home and using video services to keep in touch with family and friends. We talk about the pros and cons of Zoom and FaceTime. And of course, because we’re, well, *us*, we veer off into other topics.

Mike’s pick this week is Just Dance 2000 to help keep us active and have fun. Melissa wanted a nice backdrop for her video conferencing, so she chose the Emart Photo Backdrop Stand. Since salons and barbershops are closed, many people are cutting their own hair. Elisa recommends the Professional Hair Cutting Kit.

Mike can be found at http://twitter.com/dscchipman or mike-mcpeek.com
Elisa can be found at http://twitter.com/senseidai or www.threegeekyladies.com
Melissa can be found at http://twitter.com/themacmommy or www.themacmommy.com
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Geekiest Show Ever 330 – Here Come Teletubbies

 

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As we all hunker down hiding from the Covid virus we discuss what we are doing to cope with this epidemic.

First Mike talks about paying more attention to his health and watching his weight. Then they all talk about ordering food with apps, the future of bill paying, entertainment options for all you shut ins and teleworking.

For our picks Elisa  is thinking about exercise while social distancing with Peloton Bike.  Melissa want to be comfortable while working so she went with the Altwork Station. Mike just wants to forget what going so he going to play games on his Commercial Grade Cocktail Arcade Machine.

My Corona-Chris Mann parody video

Hello (from the inside)-Chris Mann parody video

Take Control of Working From Home

Mike can be found at http://twitter.com/dscchipman or mike-mcpeek.com
Elisa can be found at http://twitter.com/senseidai or www.threegeekyladies.com
Melissa can be found at http://twitter.com/themacmommy or www.themacmommy.com
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Geekiest Show Ever 329 – Don’t Panic

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DON’T PANIC!!! It’s just Mike & Melissa this week. Elisa is fine, she’s just away for this show. With the Coronavirus starting to ramp up we talk about measures and precautions to deal with the possible pandemic. And one of the best things you can do in a situation such as this is to laugh or the stress will kill you. First we start by talking about the Spotify playlist we created called “Quarantine“. We also discuss a little about making playlists and scrobbling.

Next we talk about some of the Tv shows we want to watch while we wait for the plague to pass. First we discuss The Good Place  then we talk about Mike’s favorites Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist   and God Friended Me.

For our picks Melissa finds a way to deal with the toilet paper shortage by using a bidet. Mike decides to pass his time in isolation by have a chair side table.

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Scrobblelt

COVID 19 info

Mike can be found at http://twitter.com/dscchipman or mike-mcpeek.com
Elisa can be found at http://twitter.com/senseidai or www.threegeekyladies.com
Melissa can be found at http://twitter.com/themacmommy or www.themacmommy.com
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Geekiest Show Ever 328 – Wherever I May Roam

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With spring just around the corner (hopefully) everyone’s attentions turn to travel and vacations. First Elisa offers some advice on cruises and has a website to compare different cruise companies. Next Melissa is planning a school trip for her son and has tips on getting things ready and help for money handling.  Finally Mike want to traverse this great land and has a trip planner  and a booking app to offer.

For our picks Melissa has a water proof phone pouch to protect the phone. Elisa picked passport holder to carry your passport, phone and a few cards. Mike has headlamp flashlight that would be useful for camping or having a hands free light for working in the dark.

Mike can be found at http://twitter.com/dscchipman or mike-mcpeek.com
Elisa can be found at http://twitter.com/senseidai or www.threegeekyladies.com
Melissa can be found at http://twitter.com/themacmommy or www.themacmommy.com
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.