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The weight of words: Why I hope bookstores stick around

I was taking video of my baby’s small, assisted zig-zag steps between the shelves at Ravenna’s Third Place Books when I looked at him and said something surprising. “I hope bookstores still exist when you’re old enough to read.” Immediately I checked myself. Did I mean that? Yeah. Apparently I did. This was interesting. For… Read More

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A night without power

We were making our dinner last Tuesday when the kitchen light went out. A second later, I realized the new Bruno Mars album had stopped playing. “Jason.” He was moving plates to the outdoor table. “I think the power just went out.” I opened the fridge. Dark. OK, no more opening the fridge. Oops, did… Read More

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5 steps to prepare your geek child for college

As caps and gowns are returned for deposits while freshmen are readying to be deposited this fall in the college of their parents’ choice, it’s time to do some preparation. Not just for any new college student. For the geek college student. When I was preparing to send my geek son to college, I didn’t… Read More

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My VloggerFair vlog: How everyday online stars are changing the face of fandom

VloggerFair, the come-one, come-all festival of vlogs and vlogging, kicked off its inaugural run at the enormous Terminal 5 building in West Seattle this weekend. Could anyone across the bridge hear the screaming teens? “He signed my iPad,” one middle schooler said after she met one of the day’s biggest draws, vlogger Joey Graceffa. “I… Read More

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The Geek’s Guide to International Travel

On my recent vacation to Europe, I traveled without folded maps, paper guidebooks and journals, or physical backup copies of my passport, rail pass and other critical documents. Instead, I relied only on my smartphone – even though it was disconnected from cellular voice and data service for the full ten days. Think of it as the… Read More

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Bill Gates at SXSWedu: The future of education is data

If there was a single nerdy subtext that Bill Gates brought to his closing keynote at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, it was the importance of data. Useful data. Education data. Gates, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was the headliner to a standing-room only crowd of roughly 2,500 at SXSWedu, the… Read More

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What can you learn from your Twitter archive?

Twitter and I go way back, which is funny to say. If there’s anything the fast talking social network has never handled well, it’s history. Twitter is caught in the moment. A million takes on a moment, sure. But when the moment moves on, so does Twitter. Until now. Twitter last week gave all its users… Read More