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November 5, 2014
by BookGoddess
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#giveaways – Christmas is Coming!

Giveaway Brought to you by GeekyMoms blogging friends.

They are everywhere! 

Disclaimer:One or more products below were provided for free. However the review is my honest opinion. This post may include affiliate links.

Christmas Is Coming

Mom Are We There Yet has come together to bring you this awesome giveaway. Lots of random items, perfect for your house and family. Four items to win. One person wins them all!

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Beauty Store Depot

Perfect for holiday travel. Having travel-sized products for your hair and skin is essential. Total value of Bioelements Travel Light Kit is $35.

Crinkled Nose

Great for Christmas Cards, birthday parties and announcements. Winner will have choice of any flat invitations or announcements 25 card set. Crinkled Nose has upgrade to magnetpaper available. RV: $28.95.

Curtain and Bath Outlet

I love my new kitchen curtains! Great way to spiff up house and start decorating for Christmas.
Add a new touch to your room with this easy to enter giveaway.
Winner gets $25 to use at Curtain and Bath Outlet site.

YourNovel

Awesome company. YourNovel takes romance books to a whole new level. Add names, nicknames, places, etc. Winner gets a $50 Gift Card code for their site. These are highly customized books that make wonderful gifts to someone who likes to read and is into romance! Take your relationship to a whole new level you never dreamed of in these hot stories of love.
Winner must be of the age 18-years-old, or older and live in the Continental U.S.

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October 17, 2014
by LittleGeeky
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I Started With Nothing

“I STARTED WITH NOTHING”

 

A bumper sticker. Seen along with a few others that quite admirably extol the virtues of public service and domestic purchase… and could not be more out of place.

 

If you were born in America, you have not started with nothing … period.

The least, most oppressed among us start with something much of the rest of the world does not have … the presence of opportunity. Granted, not all are equally and fairly provided access to said opportunity, but it exists.

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In many places of the world, the greatest and purest ambition, is constrained by a simple lack of opportunity. Only those who rise in such circumstances can rightfully claim that they started with nothing; yet even they rest upon the successes of their predecessors.

 

America is crisscrossed with public infrastructure. All manner of vehicles are available to take us and our products anywhere we want, as well as the requisite structures to facilitate high-speed, comfortable, even environmentally conditioned transport. Educational institutions, while lacking in quality direction these days, are generally ubiquitous; and barring that, internet access is ever expanding; and where there isn’t internet, there’s usually something resembling a library.

PowerGrid

Food is everywhere, healthy or otherwise. The only real long-term threat to 24/7 electricity and every single luxury built upon that service is whether or not you pay your bill. Even our neglected roads are superior to the nothing existent in some places. Life-sustaining water is made readily available here, while elsewhere people are literally warring over it. All this and a world-class military to protect it all too.

Transportation

From the moment you are born in this country, you inherit a globally dominant public advantage; even today when that very advantage, built upon the tireless labor of generations before, is being rapidly eroded by careless, selfish, and abusive utility followed by the disgusting refusal to return the favor by investing in the naturally required repair of systems put to heavy use.

 

Should the wealthy be more heavily taxed than everybody else? Anyone who truly understands economy in a closed system need not even ask this question. It’s basic math. The only honest road to wealth is in production and service. Gambling, in any form, is not an honest means of claiming for oneself a significant portion of the national bloodstream; for this is the only true worth of money, not its possession, but its movement.

The scale at which these activities amass wealth carries a somewhat proportionally greater use of the public infrastructure, of the public advantage. So yes, maybe you made a bigger organization, but you also used more resources and placed a much larger burden on the general public works than I did; and you also polluted a hell of a lot more you dirty bastard… creating further ripples of impact in otherwise unrelated sectors of public activity such as health care and sanitation services. Your difficulty in understanding second and third order affects, at least publicly if not strategically, has no bearing on the actual extent of your responsibility.

 

And no, you do not have a right to keep what you have acquired dishonestly.Militance

The continued weaponization of rights in the country serves no real purpose other than to destroy the very foundation of community that built it in the first place. Public works are done by public citizens, a people who understand service for balanced mutual gain, not service for personal profit… which is not truly service at all but a form of economic subversion; pressuring in imbalanced exchange under threat of complete denial. The American Constitution is meant to support the building of a social fabric, not to provide an arsenal of social weaponry with which to cut it up; especially while that very fabric is what underwrote your personal success in the first place.

 

No sir. You did not start with nothing. You started with everything. All you did was take advantage of the work of your peers and predecessors, and drink from the delusional fountain of self-worth sold to you by others of similar one-sided ambition. You may have amassed some significance of wealth, but unless your ambition involves returning the favor, your net worth is actually less than nothing; in fact you are naught but a blood clot imminently threatening the national health in a very real manner.

The absence you feel in your beginnings in not of resource, but of humanity.

 

October 3, 2014
by BookGoddess
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#Giveaway – Beast Quest Books – Ends 10/12

Beast Quest Giveaway

This giveaway is not being run by littlegeeky.com but rather by a blogging friend. Please check out her blog and her review below!

LittleGeeky.com will be sharing or own amazing geeky giveaways with our readers soon. Remember are still small, but mighty! 

One luck person will win three books in the Beast Quest series from Adam Blade. You can see the review HERE. These are great chapter books to dive into! Adam Blade has a huge selection in this series.

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One winner will receive: 

  • Amictus vs Tagus.
  • Ferno vs Epos.
  • The Dark Cauldron. (This one is also a ‘choose your own path book).

 

 

Winner must be of the age 18-years-old or older and live in the Continental U.S.

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October 2, 2014
by BookGoddess
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#Giveaway – Zim’s Max-Freeze Spray – Ends 10/7

Zim’s Max-Freeze Spray Giveaway

Thank you for checking out this new little geeky blog! We are glad to present this giveaway to those who wonder this way. It is not our giveaway, done by littlegeeky.com but rather us helping to cross promote a giveaway by a blogging friends. This just gets more people a chance to see it and enter it. 

Littlegeeky.com will soon be bringing you our own geeky giveaways so please do check back! 

 

Having sore muscles from working out, twisting something or sleeping wrong is never fun. Zim’s Max-Freeze is an awesome spray that helps alleviate muscle and join pain. It is grease-less and has a vanishing scent. It comes in a spray, roll-on, gel formula and clear-pump.

Right now one lucky person can win their own Zim’s Max-Freeze. brought to you by Mom Are We There Yet.

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September 23, 2014
by Geeky Daddy
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The Battle to Limit Data Use With Kids! – Part 1

 The Data War

Geeky Mommy Speaking First

The comcast gods being ever so greedy have decreed that we may only use 300GB a month of data before they start charging us an arm and a leg. Of course they have no plan offered that is larger for a geeky family of 6 who use about a terabyte a month of Data. Before you go judging us though, remember have geek needs and we do homeschool our children online! So what are we to do in this data war? It feels like we are being punished twice… once for being a large family and again for being geeks! We can’t switch service providers given where we live. We must cut back and so the first choice is of course the streaming videos. I admit, I might be one of the worst offenders. I work online and I love listening to shows in the background and I devour documentary shows about just about everything.

I will try to do better!

The next biggest data eater we think is our 4 year old. She loves the 2 kindle fires we have and the iPad. She watches a lot of kid shows and will often leave one kindle playing a show to go off and play a game on another one. (Lets not point fingers at any one adult who may demonstrate the inability to do just one task at a time….)

So what can be done? First, what program are they using to stream the most? For us, we believe it is netflix!

 

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 How to limit netflix data usage!

  Geeky Daddy Speaking now

Do this for each Netflix account for which you intend to inflict … shrinkage.  (Yes we have two accounts, we are moving the kids to their very own!)

Step 1: Log into Netflix

Step 2: For each profile you have defined in the account:

In the upper-right there is a drop-down carrot, select a profile whose data you wish to restrict

Step 3: Click the carrot again and select “Your Account”. Yes, Netflix keeps different account settings per profile

Step 4: Under the “Profile” section, click the “Playback Settings” link

Step 5: Select your chosen level of shrinkage. Here’s my personal criteria for the screen-sucking media devourers:

Auto=Helllllls No, we can’t be letting either the children or the box make decisions like this on their own!

Low (Basic Video)=Bingo, at .3 (that’s 1/3) GB/Hr

Med (Standard)=Maybe someday, if we end up saving enough to keep the lights on. This one is .7 (1/7) GB/Hr

High (HD)=Only if you’re very very good. Once. Maybe. HD (and Ultra HD … what … is … that?!) take up to 3 GB/Hr (that’s 3/1) and 7! GB/Hr respectively; a quick calculation 7GB/Hr * 24 Hrs/Day * 30 Days/Month = something like a bajillion GB of data or roughly seven and one half sacrificed souls per month.

Step 6: (For the extra mean), uncheck the “Play Next Episode Automatically” box; make them earn that next episode by actually clicking on it!

Step 7: Click save, move on to the next profile until each profile is satisfactorily shrunken, and attack other accounts you may have … you endless digital media vortex you.

Step 8: Sit back, enjoy a few vampires, a zombie or two, and compare next month’s internet bill to your most recent ISP-inflicted punch in the gut.

Good luck, and may the bits be ever in your favor! And bacon.

September 22, 2014
by Geeky Daddy
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Who is LittleGeeky.com you ask?

 

A little Geeky is a new blog with the mission of helping other geeky parents not feel so alone! Lets face it, we are a bit weird and our kids tend to be way cooler than we are! Even if we are blessed with little geeklings, there is a world of issues that can come up. Like how do you deal with having 6 gamers and the new Wii U MarioKart 8 only plays 4 at a time? Do your kids get all the new tech making you appear to be some consumerist prick with no sense of social responsibility? (Leave it to friends to come up with smart ass judgements just because their special snowflakes have never seen a TV in their own house!) So as you can see, we face some interesting challenges. We though do not have to face them alone. Let us use the force for good and a little bit of smartassery as well!

 

Who Are We?

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5029_100300147108_194427_nGeeky Dad – A 30 something year old Warrant Officer in the Army. More a philosopher than a point and shoot kind of guy. He likes wars of intelligence and has found the world lacks enough super hero jobs.  (Written by Geeky Mommy!)

582071_10151730157482109_2103133891_nGeeky Mom – Books, Video Games, Board Games, Documentaries, and more than a little Doctor Who and Firefly and I am a happy girl! Ok, so very fast internet is a requirement, and I might live off dark chocolate. Very happily married all these years. Ran away with my knight and got married at 18 and started our very own gaming party soon after.

1452093_10151673883737109_185669345_nGeeky Teen — She is almost 15 and amazing. She has better fashion sense than her parents. Flinches when we call her a geek, and she likes all the best kinds of vampires. She is funny and helpful, except when she is competitive, and then she just is funny as she speeds past you!

10253812_10152032860782109_1438745908717633377_nGeekling Son — All things Minecraft! Sweet boy who is also nicknamed Mr. Handsome and Mr. Obvious. He loves to tell everyone what they already know, he strives to be helpful and it is adorable. He loves technology and is quick at learning it too. He is very grounded in reality and science and yet still tries to believe in Santa simply because he wants to believe everything his parents tell him.

10363501_10152038201047109_6161306116268374135_nGeekling Daughter — She is the mighty killer of Laptops. She is 6 and while quiet, she is like a little forest creature. Sweet and beautiful one minute and fangs and pouncing the next. She has little patience with technology that doesn’t respond as it should. We are teaching her to be gentle with things but we might have better luck with we wrap her laptop and tech in fur. She has a way with animals that is very special.

1618305_10151838625987109_453255794_oGeekling Over Lord — This is the 4 year old daughter who is as small as toadette but seems to be a spawn of godzilla. Nothing gets in her way and everyone sees and hears her coming! She started reading when she was 3 due in no part to great parenting what so ever. We blame the iPad! Keeping up with her will be an adventure! Do not let the cute fool you!

September 22, 2014
by Geeky Daddy
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The Writ of Verity

It is by experience, imagined or perceived, that we are capable of recognition; for recognition is the experience of resonance, a mirroring of something without and something within.

 

Thus it is that the value of dramatic works to a society is that they move us to feel, that we may then recognize and treat with honor, integrity, and dignity; that we may show love, compassion, and acceptance; the only truly effective tools of success in a world of disparate enterprise.

 

For it is only in variance that a world can exist at all, as the utterly uniform threatens to spread an emptiness across the ages; a functional blanking of canvas which effectively erases the deviance that separates object from ground.

 

Without this ability to relate, we are weak and foolish, incapable of rising above ourselves, forever trapped by our own presumption and arrogant judgement; plagued eternally by the unquenchable self-defeating drive to declare the world around us instead of listening to its own account of being.

 

Further, this inability blinds us to the true nature of things, as the page is blind to subject until the pen applies deviation in the etch of creation.

August 25, 2014
by BookGoddess
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What is a Godless Mother?

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One problem that some Geeky families have that not everyone has is that they tend to believe in Science. Of course some also are religious and if this is you, you may not want to continue reading. Your geektastic I am sure but alas, there is a lot of support out in the world for your beliefs, not so much for Atheist beliefs. This post is for the non-believers!

Post Written By Geeky Mom (as Geeky Dad doesn’t use labels and is more universal in philosophy from my perspective!) 

So having a teenager I am oh so well aware of human nature, and our tendency to become sheeple…. following along with what those around us are doing, specially if we like them. We see it all the time don’t we? Boy meets girl, boy falls in love, and suddenly boy is listening to her music and going to her church, and just about doing back flips! I say “boy” here because my teenager is a girl and I just can’t accept my own special snowflake might just do that some day. It is though a concern. I have seen her fall into the pattern with friends, adapting to what they like and all of a sudden she changes right before my eyes. Thankfully it has all be harmless enough and thankfully she is rather solid in who she is but the day might come where she falls down that rabbits hole and truly losses sense with reality. I would freak if she become say a climate denier!

I though know that I will not always be here for all my children, death will come and I highly doubt I will be able to haunt them and given them words of wisdom. So what I need to a Godless Mother, or Father! Really I am open to both genders. Of course being a Geek would be a plus. I need someone who can help guide my children in the ways of science and reality if I can’t be there to do it. (or if I need back up?)

June 23, 2014
by BookGoddess
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If you get chickens you should get a security camera too!

Post by the GeekyMommy

   I really think this blog needs a “Geeks in the Country” page to hold all the comedy gold that I am sure there will be in this endeavor!

So the military did the thing they often do, they told us to move. We ended up in Georgia and we figured rather than live on a military post again, we might as well live out in the country and work a bit on a dream of ours, to live more sustainable.  Of course we are city geeks and know nothing about farm animals and gardening. Course that will not stop us. Being geeks with so many great creative inspirational movies and books behind, we have this idea that we are smart enough to do anything right?

So one of the things we did was get chicks! We purchased a small pre-fab coop that came in two heavy boxes and needed to be put together. That was easier than than purchasing wood and tools we thought. Why make things harder than they need to be. So we managed to raise 6 chicks to eight weeks in our garage brooder pen. Then we moved them out to the coop and we started to free-range them. That is after all the eggs we pay for, organic free-range, why not raise them like that?

Oh the things we learn the hard way!

So around 12 weeks old we accidentally didn’t close the birds up in their coop for the night.  By noon the next day, three where gone. The only signs of them where a few small piles of feathers in the yard.

Why we got a security camera for our chicken yard.

With no sure sign of what got to our chickens we of course went right to the backyardchicken forums and found some other geek chicken lovers who said we should set up a webcam. The redneck hunters suggested trail cams. Bother good options but we went with the wireless security camera as it e-mails you when something sets off it’s motion sensor. This way if something is out there by the chickens we will know within minutes and can get out there. We could go running out there with what? We don’t and won’t own guns as long as we have children in the house. So I guess I would run out there with one of my husbands samurai swords? Those are locked up so I am betting it would be me and a broom! Against what though? What took the chickens?

First let me tell you about the set up. I used a cheap wireless security camera that had great reviews from most. The bad reviews where from muggles who couldn’t figure out the networking set up. No big deal I swear it!

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It is not rated for the outdoors but that didn’t stop us. We ran and extension cord, wrapped the connection with duct tape, and put the camera on a high pole with a rain umbrella over it. Yes, it looks ridiculous but it serves the purpose! Maybe we are channeling some unknown redneck heritage? As long as we do not put a sofa in the front yard I think we will be ok right?

So did it work?

It did so far!

Capture Predators on Video

Our first predator shot:

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Yes, that is a neighbors big black dog around our chicken fence.

The fence was an after effect of our failed free range plan. It is the next step, a cheap, movable fence that we move around the yard with the coop and give the chickens the feel of free ranging with a bit more protection. That dog though could go right through it or over it or under it with little effort. Thankfully he just did a round about and left. No harm done. We don’t know if that dog took our birds, but we at least now have proof to show his owners if he is ever a problem. This matters as many owners who have problem dogs will try to deny it is their dogs killing others chickens.

After a few weeks with the cam we have not seen anything else, yet! I think we need another one or two around the property. We have learned that we have 3 pairs of golden eagles in the neighborhood. Black Bears, and of course the normal fox, coyotes, possums, and raccoon. It could have been anything that got our birds before and we need to keep on the look out. If we can learn what took them, we can better protect our birds in the future. We don’t have any interest in hurting anything to protect our chickens, but knowing is half the battle right?

If you get chickens I highly recommend getting security cameras as well as everything likes to eat them! You need to know what your dealing with in your neighborhood!

Next chicken post will have to be about chicken math! It takes a genius to figure it out!

June 11, 2014
by BookGoddess
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Review: Geek Squad Live Chat Lacks Geek Super Powers

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While we are a little Geeky, our family is not at all little. Geek Dad and I both have laptops, 3 of our kids each have laptops, we have a spare, and we have 2 desk tops. Along with an iPad and 2 Kindles. Things around here with 4 kids break all the time. We don’t need help with software, but we do get the accidental damage on everything because we have 4 minions! There is not a month that goes by these days when something isn’t being taken in for repair. Laptops get kicked off bunk beds when little ones fall asleep with them. The iPad gets stepped on. A laptop gets baptized with milk and goldfish crumbs. You name it, it happens here! So another laptop bit the dust last month and it has been an adventure just getting an update on it’s repair. The cool little tracking number that normally tells us to be patient worked the first week but as the due date for it to be shipped back to us fixed came closer it suddenly stopped working with no real explanation from the company. So it has been a week since the last time I talked to anyone about it, time to settle in and deal with those who make geeks look bad! Dun Dun Dun…. que scary music here!

Geek Squad Live Chat

Kimberly [11:14 PM] :
I need an update on a repair please. It does not come up on your site for me anymore.
Kimberly [11:14 PM] :
 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  <—– service repair number
Agent Brandon J [11:15 PM] :
Was it for an item that’s been shipped off for repair?
Kimberly [11:15 PM] :
Yes a few weeks ago
Kimberly [11:15 PM] :
On the 21st of last month

    Yes, it was sent out almost 3 weeks ago!

Agent Brandon J [11:17 PM] :
Unfortunately for details on any devices shipped for repair you’ll need to contact our general service line at 1-800-433-5778 to inquire about the status of those items. We’re mostly PC tech support here in chat so I won’t be able to pull up in depth information on it for you.
Kimberly [11:19 PM] :
Really? The last agent I talked to a week ago this way must have had super powers.
Kimberly [11:19 PM] :
What are the hours of the 1800?
Agent Brandon J [11:20 PM] :
It’s 24/7 just like the chat services.
Kimberly [11:20 PM] :
I am sorry to read your super powers are lacking. Please go to super hero school. Geek school has clearly failed you! May the force be with you!
Kimberly [11:21 PM] :
Or rather, with me, as you guys take forever these days with repairs!
Agent Brandon J [11:23 PM] :

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to assist you further with this situation at this time. We’ve had some system updates this week that’s truncated a bit of our database access while they’re being fully upgraded. But I’ll definitely be sure to brush up on my courses and be able to help you fully next time. Is there anything else I can assist with at the moment?
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……
    Sigh, I guess I better call.   :(
  Ring Ring
  Please reply with one of the following so we can direct your call. Say Computers, TVs, ect….
  Me: Computers
  Mr. Voice: I am sorry I didn’t get that please say Computers or TVs or..
 Me: Computers
Mr. Voice:  I am sorry I didn’t get that please say Computers or TVs or..
Me: Taking a big breath and trying not to cuss. COMPUTERS
Mr. Voice:  I am sorry I didn’t get that please hold while I transfer you.
  Nice lady then asks how she can help, I mention I need to check on the status of a repair.
 Another automated voice.
 Thank You for calling Geek Squad repair, current wait time is 18 minutes.

 18 Minutes

 

voicemail-hell

 

Lucky me! It was only 15 minutes. Nice lady basically told me nothing has been done with the laptop since they ordered parts for it on the 23rd of last month and that she can do nothing and that I need to call the store I turned it into tomorrow morning.

  -sigh- 

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So I am pleading with the Geek gods here. If anyone knows of a better protections plan for tech please let me know at blogging@littlegeeky.com

 

Update: Finally got the computer back after a few more calls. It seems like for three weeks they did nothing… alas, got it back on the 20th of June. Good job with it though!