Need help finding an awesome gift for the geeky lady in your life? Look no further, I happen to be an expert on the subject ;) Here are a few of my top picks with a wide range of price points. And best of all, you can pick up all these things online. Cause face it, that’s where all the cool kids are.
||Junk Food Clothing has great vintage style superhero and retro t-shirts, including one of my personal favourites, Wonder Woman. There’s also Star Wars, Little Miss and lots of other geeky characters. I also love that they have scoop neck shirts for many of their ladies Ts, as those super high necklines aren’t exactly universally flattering, KWIM? These Ts would be a great addition to any hip lady’s geek uniform.
||This officially licensed Etch A Sketch iPad Stand will make any geek feel like a kid again. It’s fully functional, with a kickstand for easy typing in landscape mode and it’s also a great price. They even make it in the same factory as the actual Etch A Sketch; impress all your friends with that tidbit of nerdy trivia.
||Luxury Lane Soap has a great selection of geek soaps, and they start at less than $5 USD. This makes it a great inexpensive gift for the geek in your life or a nice addition to a good girl’s stocking. Plus they’re made from pure ingredients and come in cool-sounding scents like Dragon’s Blood and Double Double coffee. What’s not to love?!
||Cute Tape Japanese Washi Tape comes in a variety of colours, patterns and textures and are a great way to add your personal flair to paper projects, outgoing mail or anything else you might want to stick. If there’s such thing as a Stationery Geek, I’m it; love this stuff!
||Cupcake Usagi makes cool and practical geek items such as zippered pouches and shoulder bags out of re-purposed vintage fabric. She has everything from Star Wars to Strawberry Shortcake, and I love that they’re made with reclaimed materials. Upcycling FTW!
||Canadian company Blend Creations designs fantastic modern jewelery, and I’m in love with this ‘handle’ pendent coming soon to their Charmer necklace line. This is just a sneak peek from their Facebook fan page, but they should be available in time for holiday gift giving. This is a great piece of every day contemporary jewelery that lets a grown up lady show off her geekyness in style. [I'm going to be one of their first customers for this item, can't wait to show off my @hotelqueen - ness in style!]
On Saturday we spent some time on the showroom floor, attending a live taping of The Totally Rad Show and The Bonus Round, saw Wil Wheaton’s panel and hung out with some amazing tweeps.
Can’t wait to hit the showroom floor for Day 3 and get some hands on time with Dragon Age, as well as checking out a few more panels. Can’t believe the show is almost done and on twelve hours we’ll be on an airplane. It’s been a great show so far, and so amazing to connect with everyone. We are among friends.
Microsoft’s annual “X” event was held in Toronto last week, and although I was unable to go this year (boo!) Jeff made it for the day and checked out some of the upcoming Xbox releases including the new Kinect peripheral. I stayed at home and kept in touch via Twitter and Skype, and although I was disappointed not to make it this year I know I’ll get a chance to check out all the games and more at PAX next week.
You can read Jeff’s impressions on all things Kinect – including Dance Central, w00t! – DJ Hero2 and Mortal Kombat here and Fable III, CoD Black Ops and Halo Reach here.
I’ll be catching up with some of the community and Toronto tweeps this weekend at FanExpo which I am most excited about. If you’re attending and we haven’t already been DMing, leave me a reply in the comments and let me know. I’ll only be at the show on Saturday, but I’m hoping to meet up with as many people as possible. And if you’re not attending, look for the highlights here next week. Anything in particular you want me to check out for you?
I was super excited to hear the twitterings this morning about Netflix coming to Canada. There wasn’t much actual news to report first thing, other than the Canadian site is live with a sign up option to stay in the loop.
Shacknews has offered us a few more details, including the we’re-not-announcing-anything-but-hint-hint official statements semi-confirming that streaming will be available via Xbox Live and that the service will be available in the fall. Interestingly, there will be no disc-by-mail option. While this is more than fine with me and my like minded geeky peers, it might deter users like my mom and certainly won’t be pulling older folks away from zip.ca.
However I am personally thrilled, we’re a digital house and have the maxed out hard drives to prove it. We currently purchase all our programing from iTunes and use our AppleTV to play tv and movies on our television. This is a pretty good option considering we don’t watch a lot of television, but the price per show is a steep $1.99-$2.50, regardless if it’s an hour long drama or half hour sitcom. That adds up in a hurry if you have family members watching multiple shows, and the big expense (as we’re finding out) is that now that we own this content we have to store it and back it up. I would love to be able to stream older shows and movies without owning them and storing them, and a subscription service is great for a larger family like ours (as the kids get old enough to watch tv).
As we have found out the hard way, the limited bandwidth included with most high speed internet packages in Canada gets eaten up fast when you’re downloading television, movies, music, games… even in seemingly small amounts. We hit our cap frequently and the overage charges of $1.50/GB add up fast. There are some unlimited packages available from some high speed re-sellers, but they also come with a significantly slower pipe. Just like with mobile phones, internet subscribers pay too much for too little compared to our US counterparts. Since our internet providers are also cable subscribers, I really can’t help but feel that it’s not a coincidence. It’s as if the providers think that if they can’t get your money for a cable bill, then they’ll get your money through your internet bill. They know you’re getting your entertainment somewhere else, and they want a piece of it. So it will be interesting to see if a service like Netflix can do well in Canada.
I’m certainly keen to try it out, presuming the pricing is reasonable and there is streaming to iPad and Xbox 360 (um, we might have three of those). Looking forward to hearing more details, and I’m certainly curious to see how the pricing compares to the US plans. If you want to be kept informed, go to www.netflix.ca and sign up for their updates.
image from apple.ca
Friday was the international iPad launch, and first thing Friday morning Jeff was at our local Best Buy, surprising me with one for the family. I’ve been really keen to get one, but we had planned on waiting a while… so I was super excited to get it!
It’s only been two days, but already all of us are enjoying it immensely. We’re an “Apple Family” and buy all our media through iTunes, so it’s great to have another device to play our tv, movies, podcasts, etc. on. Right now we have one tv with an Apple TV device, and the adults and two older kids have iPods. The iPad has a gorgeous screen for viewing, it’s really an ideal way to watch programming. All the iPhone apps work, and the little two have had fun with their flashcards and other kid apps. Disney also has great interactive story books for pre-schoolers, which Oliver is loving.
This morning, I took the iPad to Oliver’s gymnastics class and did almost all of tomorrow’s blog post while I was waiting. With no multi-tasking or pointing device, adding links is not easy so I’ll do that later on PC. However the keyboard is great, and I found it really easy to type my post up quite quickly. I’m using the WordPress iPad app, which is exactly the same as the iPhone app. I wish it had some additional functionality, like stat info, but it is a nice easy way to do up posts. Beats typing on the iPhone, which I routinely do!
This afternoon is my cooking time, and I’m really looking forward to being able to watch a movie or some podcasts while I’m making my meals for the week. I usually spend 1-3 hours making or prepping our meals on Sunday afternoon, and although I’m not a huge tv watcher, this is the time when I could really go for a Glee re-run or the umpteenth viewing of Fame or Hairspray. Today I’m actually looking forward to meal prep!
That being said, I think my lasagna noodles are done and I still have 1kg of cheese to grate… guess I’d better get to it :) Hope everyone is having a wonderful week-end. And if any Canadian friends out there got theirs on Friday, let me know what you think!
I may be the proudest geekmama on Earth. ”Star Wars” haiku by my 8 year old son [as part of a 2nd grade poetry anthology].
Hans Solo is tough
Jabba The Hutt is nasty
R2 hacks spaceships