May the Force Be With Joe

What do Star Wars, The Lion King, The Matrix, the Batman movie series, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the Indiana Jones movies have in common?  Joseph Campbell’s work was the inspiration for all of them. Actually, Joseph Campbell influenced many more great artists, musicians, and authors. J.K. Rowling (the Harry Potter series) and Christopher Paolini (the Inheritance… Read More


Collect Micrometeors During Double Meteor Showers This Week

The Delta Aquarids and Perseids meteor showers overlap in the coming days, providing several great meteor shower viewing opportunities.  The National Geographic website has some great tips on viewing the showers. Beyond viewing, we are planning to physically capture some meteorites.  Well, actually we are setting-up to capture micrometeors.  We can’t wait to see what star… Read More

Buzzing About

While everyone else is busy comparing Google+ to Facebook, I have been checking out a different cool social media application called is a free online application that connects to your Twitter stream and harvests the most popular links being shared by those you follow on Twitter.  Therefore, it removes the “chatter” from your… Read More

Five Useful Computations With Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram|Alpha is best known as a free online computation tool for math and science. It can solve calculus problems while showing you the steps and it can show you how much a teaspoon of salt weighs. Wolfram|Alpha is to knowledge what Google is to information, but it isn’t a search engine – it’s a computation… Read More

Ten Geeky Facts About Shamrocks

We grow a beautiful patch of white clover in our yard, and enjoy searching for the lucky four leaf specimens. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, my family is hosting a four-leaf clover hunt in our backyard clover patch. We won’t be picking them, but we’ll mark them with little flags. The family member who finds the… Read More

Hip, Versatile Little Speakers are Perfect for Kids

The Chill Pill speakers sound pretty good, especially for their size, but that is not their biggest asset. These diminutive little marvels are packed with clever engineering touches that stir the inner geeklet. For starters, these pint-sized speakers are cool looking. A striking blue LED light gleams when you switch on the power, and the… Read More

Geeking Out With the Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is a geek’s car. Nissan only produced 20,000 Leafs to sell in the U.S. this year and they’re all sold. However, my family was lucky enough to catch the Nissan Leaf tour when it came to town recently and we got to test drive one! The Leaf is a 100% electric-powered family… Read More