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Review: The Cult of LEGO

There have been a few books about LEGO and its adult community, and even a TED Talk about it. The problem with each of them is that they are not written by Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs), but by outsiders who are looking in. Some have received praise, but they just come across as exploitive of a community that is not very mainstream. The Cult of LEGO is the first book written by an AFOL for adults.

Road To The NY Marathon: Jingle Bell Jog

Over the course of the year, I have been running assorted races under the New York Road Runners in order to gain automatic entry into the 2012 ING NYC Marathon. My ninth and final race for 2011 to gain entry into the marathon was the Jingle Bell Jog around Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY.

Road To The NY Marathon: Join the Voices

As the year starts to wind down, so do the number of races I have left to qualify for the 2012 ING MYC Marathon. Having procrastinated with the races during the year, I run up to December needing to complete my 9+1 for automatic entry into the marathon. The Join the Voices race to benefit brain cancer research was my latest race, and one I knew I wouldn’t do well from the start.

2011 Geek, Tech and Social Media Book Gift Guide

Last year, I had so many books that I thought would make good holiday gifts for those who were so inclined that I decided to make a separate list of books that would make good gifts. Books ranging from technology to social media to graphic novels that expand the mind and/or entertain. These books may […]

2011 Geek and Tech Gift Guide

Every year, we look out and try to figure out to get for that special person in our lives, but aren’t quite sure what to get for one reason or another. If that person in your life is a techie or a geek, here is a list of potential gifts that may help you decide.

Doctor Who Character Building Tardis Mini Set

As a LEGO aficionado, as well as a Doctor Who fan, it’s obvious I would be interested in any TARDIS building set. Having build my own LEGO TARDIS that lit up and played the Doctor Who theme, I was intrigued when I heard there was a company releasing official Doctor Who building sets and picked up the Character Builder TARDIS mini set.

Road To The NY Marathon: Race To Deliver

With the 2011 ING NYC Marathon behind me, I still needed to run three more races to get my automatic entry into the 2012 NYC Marathon. This past Sunday, I ran the Race to Deliver, a four mile race around Central Park to support Gods Love We Deliver.

Review: Samsung Focus Windows Phone

I was recently invited to the Windows Mobile event in New York City. In addition to a performance by Matt and Kim at the event, I was sent a Samsung Focus phone thanks to Klout Perks. I have been able to use the phone for over a week now and have first hand experience with […]

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In a few decades from now, the world’s fossil fuels have become near extinct, poverty has increased to the point where trailer parks tower higher than they are wide, and people prefer to spend their time living in a virtual online world known as OASIS. When the founder of OASIS dies, it sets off a chain of retro culture in the populace who wish to solve the riddles to win all of OASIS creator James Halliday’s wealth and property in a Willy Wonka-esque adventure. This is the world of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

Recap: 2011 ING NYC Marathon

When I sat down at brunch in February 2009, I expected to have dumplings. What I got instead was so much more. As friends are wont to do, they challenged me to start doing Couch to 5K and preparing to run the Bronx Zoo Run for the Wild 5K. Not only did I run it (and besting their times), I continued running. Bigger and longer races until I reached the pinnacle, the New York Marathon.