Jumping Into January – What I’m Missing & What I’m Not and Why It’s Relevant

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Who would have believed what a busy month January 2013 would be. As is customary for me, I can barely see the end of my nose, the end of the day or the end of an article. How the heck can I look through a month and plan ahead? Honestly, I wish that I had actually planned ahead a bit more as January is looking to be one of those really important months. But “focus” is a key word for me in 2013 so planning will be crucial. I have to make choices, just like everyone else. While I wish …

Klutz Teaches Kids About Basic Electronics While Setting Up Booby Traps Around the House

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As part of my ongoing effort to remain as much like a child as possible, I was intrigued to set up  some “Gotcha Gadgets” that would allow me to play 20 tricks on my kids. I wanted to set up trip alarms and motion sensors that would fart when someone opened a door, or set up a push-button applause machine to give myself an ego boost when my kids didn’t laugh at my jokes. The Klutz book “Gotcha Gadgets – Build Electronic Gizmos to Play 20  Tricks” actually turned out to be a fun little morning project for me and …

Want to Fold Some Crazy Paper Airplanes? Get Some Klutz Help!

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I would like to call myself almost an expert at making paper airplanes. As a kid, I made hundreds of them, but they were always one of two types, either a glider or a stunt plane. When my kids were younger, I tried to teach them the art of folding the perfect plane. I had their attention for a few minutes but when they got a bit frustrated folding, the activity quickly died off.  I tried to introduce them to origami and that piqued their interest. So, I waited a few years, hoping that creative folding passion would come back, …

How to Be a Kid Again – An Adult’s Primer with Some Help from Klutz!

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I will bet you that I can read your mind…even via a blog post. Quick, think of a country (English name only) that starts with the letter “D.” Now take the last letter of that country and think of an animal that starts with that letter. Ok, now take the last letter of that animal, and think of a fruit that starts with that letter. Are you thinking of an… Interestingly, on every adult that I tested this out on, they had the same answer. And I appeared to be a mind reader! This is just one trick that is …

Old Fashioned Content Delivery About New Fashioned Technology – Scholastic Discover More “Technology” Book

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I usually write about technology and gadgets. Anything bright and shiny really gets my attention, so much so, that I have little to no time to read books as most of my reading is confined to trade publications and articles. My children, however, especially my youngest daughter seem to LOVE reading, which is exciting. However, I just got my hands on an advanced copy of new book coming out soon by Scholastic as part of a new series called “Scholastic Discover More.” The book that caught my attention in particular was one called “Technology – How today’s technology really works” …