I have two Echo Dots, and I talk to them many times a day - to play news, podcasts, and audiobooks, get weather reports, control our security system and wifi power switches, set timers and alarms, and learn if old celebrities are still alive. If you're concerned about your privacy, don't get one of these and keep your phone in the refrigerator when you aren't using it. If you are as reckless as I am, now's your chance to get an Echo Dot for just [amazon_link asins='B07XJ7VL3T' template='PriceLink' store='boingboing' marketplace='US' link_id='16dc32fd-61a3-42e7-83b5-850890b599f2']. This includes a one-month auto-renew subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited (which you can cancel before it auto-renews).
What is Arduino? It’s a credit card size electronics prototyping platform that lets artists, designers, and others add interactivity to their projects. (My book Maker Dad, has a useful Arduino tutorial.) This Arduino UNO clone starter kit is very inexpensive and has the following components:
Toothbrushes might seem like a good idea for scrubbing small areas, but they are not angled properly for the job and they wear out fast. The OXO good grips deep clean brush set has two brushes and a wiper blade designed for cleaning tile grout and other hard to reach areas.
A screw with a stripped head can be difficult to remove. There are a number of ways to remove screws with stripped heads. Lifehacker has a nice article on this subject. My favorite method of removing a stuck/stripped screw is with a pair of screw removal pliers. They bite into the exposed sides of the […]
With all due respect to our vegetarian friends, there might be nothing more intrinsically linked to the 4th of July holiday than a big ole cookout. Sure, fireworks and celebrating the birth of a constitutional republic are great too, but showing off your cooking prowess with a brilliantly seared, mouth-watering slab of grade-A American beef […]
We’re at the midway point of 2020. So…how’s the year going for you so far? Yeah…we can guess. But while there’s a lot about 2020 we can’t directly control, maybe a little retail therapy can help make you feel better. Sure, the 39 items we gathered together can absolutely bring a smile to your face. […]
When revved-up kids used to dribble a basketball through the kitchen or practice their footwork with a soccer ball in front of the television, exasperated parents would often just send ‘em outside to play. But these days, sending kids out might not be the best course of action. Despite all the changes, many budding young […]