There and back again (aka the Geek Knight returns)

So umm, yea. I’m back to the blogging thing again. This time in my own space. If you’ve read my post on the old site you know that already, but I thought I’d mention it here just the same. Now that I’m kinda back on the scene, I realize a couple of things: 1) I have a lot to catch up on and 2) I’ve been blogging (off and on) for FIVE YEARS(next month, in fact)! I honestly didn’t think I have much to say let alone for that long, but as I’ve said here, I can’t leave it alone apparently. It’s been more that I’ve been lazy than anything else. There’s always some gadget, movie, music, etc. for me to be hopped up about. And so here I am. I would get into why I disappeared for so long, but at the moment, it’s not important. if things were meant to come together that much to talk about them, then I’ll let you all know. until then…

I have to say that i’m pretty sure that the next few dozen or so posts are probably going to be old news. In trying to get back into things, I kinda want to bring up stuff that I hadn’t taken the chance to talk about. Coincidently, in a kind of a masochistic move on my part, I’m thinking of participating in National Blog Posting Month (Nablopomo) which is going on as we speak. Yes, i know it’s 7 days in. Masochistic, remember? We will see. At any rate, I hope you enjoy what I am bringing and let me know about stuff you want my opinion on. Oh, and don’t mind the mess on the site. I’m still trying to get it like I want it. Not even sure if i’m married to the theme or not.. We will see.

Oh, and if you’ve stuck with me for how long from the past five years, thank you. I still hope I am what you expected.

Can’t leave blogging alone, the game needs me

Okay, that’s pretty much not all true, but the first part is. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here and have kind of missed it. I’ve definitely had plenty of things to talk about even if I didn’t post. Chances are, I will probably get around to putting them up especially since most if not all have to do with something geeky, techy, and thereby relevant. Incidentally, The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going on as I’m writing this. There will not doubt be 2010 version of the Want List, for sure. I have been quite lazy about a lot of things, this being but one, but I am in the midst of finding my flow again. . Not really a new year’s thing, just a thing in general. Oh, I’m also considering moving this blog since I now have another blog that’s being hosted somewhere. So for those one or two of you that still check for me in your RSS readers after all this time, thank you. I hope I am what you expected. 🙂

And now, on the the geekery…!

The toy Gods, they love me!

(Via @taswell on Twitter)

No words need to be spoken on how awesome this is! A USB flash drive that transforms into the Decepticon, Ravage. If you know what that last sentence means, you are already trying to click a buy button somewhere. Well sadly, there isn’t one because it comes out in September, but there is a preorder button here:

 Transforming USB Flash Memory (2 GB) – Ravage – Transformers Device Label Device Label at BigBadToyStore

Now, do I care that this thing only has 2GB of memory & that it’s $42.99? Hell Frakking no! As a matter of fact, check out these other transforming USB devices while you’re there. That Blaster transforming USB hub might also be on my list. Go, go now!

(You know, I now wish I hadn’t given away all of my Transformers when I was younger)

Remember the ways of the Geek, young padawan

I found out about this article from my twin, Lizmoney. Thanks Sug!

So this article from (which is a good resource to bookmark) has been in circulation for weeks now. Reading it got me to thinking. There is a lot of these that I don’t even know or have down pat(Yep, I heard the sound of Geek cred fall just by saying that). Don’t get me wrong, I can at least say that I have a good solid double digits of info in my cranium from this list, but clearly, I’ve been slippin’. HARD! And so here we are and here you go if you hadn’t seen this before. Use it to test your geek, or the geek of someone you know. Even better, if you’re not a geek, check it out anyway. Knowledge is power, and this stuff could save you life…ok maybe your computer, but they are a part of life so there!

Go in, go hard, and get to geeking.

64 Things Every Geek Should Know –

Oh, and before I forget, there’s one more thing that all geeks that all geeks should know. Theme music: Every good geek should have one:

How’s about that, it seems that it’s that time again

In the 365 days a year we have, there is only one set aside for love. I’m not here to debate how wrong that is(because it is), but what I am hear to tell you about is that during this time of joy, there is an event of monumental proportions happening. What is this event I’m speaking of? It is the annual Cupid Hunt Podcast Event sired by Mr. TGrundy aka “Mr. Brilliant”. Recall, if you will, my mentioning of it(pause for dream sequence). Done? Good, well now it’s that time again, and guess who’s joined in the fun? ME! Kind of makes sense, I speak on music occasionally. I’ve posted playlists in a couple of places on the net. Natural fit, right? Of course it is.

So I know you’re asking the question: “Roddy, where can these mixes be found?” Well, younglings, I will tell you. The Great List of mixes and also information on the Cupid Hunt can be found at TGrundy’s site, Rhythms In Black Satin.  I recommend you go there & have at all of the mixes available. You will NOT be disappointed! Now, if you are possibly saying to yourself, “Didn’t he just mention that he did a mix? Where is that?” Well, that was nice of you to notice. In addition to a link to my mix being found at TGrundy’s site, you can go directly there from here:

Cupid Hunt 2009: Lights, Camera, Slow Jams [Music inspired by the music inspired by Motion Picture love]*

More on that particular site next post. For now, enjoy the music. 🙂

* I almost went with this as the title of my mix. Almost.

My first job: landscaping

Well, if you're not going to count being born in a time when there were no child labor laws…

It was a summer job. I was an "assistant" groundskeeper for the community I lived in. Assistant meaning that I, and one other person, did the work while our supervisor rode around in an air conditioned truck. Mostly painting hot, concrete tunnels on paths, raking, & a little lawn mowing. May have lost 10-15 pounds that summer. Ahh, memories.

More goodies!(want list, part 2)

Keeping this one short, folks. Just follow the linky goodness & everything will be ok. There is a lot to keep up with from CES. The main things are: thinner, internet connected TV’s. That said, here are some of the other things:

Pogoplug – Make any external hard drive accessible from the web. I LIKE IT!

Acoustic Research Harmony Remote killers – If you ever used the multi device controlling goodness of a Logitech Harmony Remote, you will love these. Nuff Said.

Dish Network Terabyte HD-DVR – A DVR(think Tivo) is already Heaven on Earth. So how about adding a honking big hard drive & the ability to watch all of you DVR’d goodness when you are on the road Slingbox style. Your dreams (and mine) have now been fulfilled. Please buy me one when they are available this Spring. I will love you FOREVER!

Realview 3-D desktop scanner – Ok, I have no real use for this, but it is cool. A 3-D scanner, what can be cooler than that, outside of the stuff mentioned above?

Samsung MBP200 Pico Projector – I’ve mentioned a projector similar to this in the last post. I would love one of these to take on trips. It would fit right in with my Geek travel kit(a post for another time).

Samsung HT-BD1250 Home Theater Systems
– Yes, Home Theater Systems are nothing new, or are they. These babies are taking it to the next level by adding support for Internet connected services like Blu-ray DVD’s BD-Live, Netflix streaming video, & my personal favorite, Pandora Internet Radio(you all know how much I LOVE Pandora).

Wowwee’s 2009 product line – From the home of the sometimes lifelike, possibly potential killer animatronic toy makers, comes a bunch of goodies that you will have to check out for yourself. The ipod projector might be cool. The Koala is cute, but I wouldn’t turn my back on that summa beach for a millisecond. Yes, I love robotics as much as the next guys, but I am also on Ropocalypse watch. Zombie watch too, but that doesn’t fit for this post.

There you have it for now. Will bring you more later. I told you all this is a good one this year!

Geek Christmas comes again (want list starts now)

Happy New Year, all!

You all know what time it is. It’s a new year which means CES is here. The Consumer Electronics Show that happens every year around this time(this year Jan. 8th-11th). This also means that it’s time for Geek Christmas. And this year proposes not to suck like last year did, I’m happy to say. If fact, I have some picks of the show already, thanks to Engadget. The want list for this year is looking to be pretty good. Now if only the “can get” funds would work with me. Anyway, check these out & I’ll be back later with more.

Asus EEE PC T91 Tablet

Ok, I’ve been looking into Netbooks(more on that later) for months now. The only other thing I’ve been looking into are Tablet PC’s. Asus read my mind…Ok, it was a natural progression, but work with me. You basically have a laptop roughly the size of the Amazon Kindle. HELL YES! That’s exactly what i’ve been looking for. I think I’m in love…depending on price, memory, & battery issues, that is. Still love.

LG GD910 wrist phone

Not much to say. Get your Dick Tracy on with this watch. Yea you’ll look stupid talking to a watch, but compared to walking around with an earpiece talking to yourself like a fool(confession: I’ve done it. Don’t act like I’m the only one). And it’s not ugly, either.

Just about anything from BUG Labs

I’ve not talked about these folks before, I don’t think. The BUG Labs folks make mini modular kits that you can mix & match to do what ever is offered. It’s pretty cool. They now have a projector based on Texas Instruments’ Pico technology. May have talked about having projectors in cellphones before, the same tech is here. I need to look into this stuff even more.

That’s it for now. More later.

As always, i’m following these places:

Gearlog/PC Mag
(new this year) thegadget411 (Shout out to my girl, Lizmoney)
also (new this year) expecting a podcast from

for coverage because I am not in Vegas, where this is held. I think that is on my list, though.