The GeekChurch Tip for Surviving Black Friday: Think Zombie Apocalypse

Black FridayDo I need to describe what Black Friday is? I have no idea when Black Friday starts, as it seems to be starting on Thanksgiving these days. Personally, why do we call it “Black Friday”? Are African-Americans offended by this term? I suppose that all the terrifying stories of people rushing to buy cheap deals on the day after Thanksgiving just love to get more and more press each each. We at The Geek Church would like to give some advice on surviving this day.

It can be summarized as follows: Zombie Apocalypse. If The Walking Dead ever actually occurred, you would survive World War Z with these techniques I will give you for surviving Black Friday, but you’ll have to dial it down a bit.

First, headshots are out of the question when dealing with other Black Friday shoppers. In all honesty, I don’t know why a headshot kills a creature whose heart ventricles are leaking out, but hey, we have to assume there is logic in not shooting other living people in the head. My advice is just to shoot Black Friday shoppers in the leg. Once the hostile shopper stumbles, they will be trampled by other shoppers, and you will not technically be guilty of killing them. Also, lego-shots will in turn stop the other shoppers so you can grab what items that you need. So just remember: zombies get headshots and shoppers get legshots. It’s simple.

Second, use everything around you. You know how in zombie films characters just grab stuff right off the shelf and use it to stop the undead? Well, on Black Friday, you have to pay for your improvised weapons. My advice is to grab the items near the door and quickly scan them at the counter before you use them. Now, you will have to arrive early and peak at the window to see just what you can use. I would advise you to find the door nearest the chainsaws. Then run in, grab, scan, and use. Make certain that you can pay for what you weaponize, or it could really choke up the checkout line.

Third, grab only what you need. You know the guy in the zombie film that gets distracted and soon gets swarmed? Don’t let that be you. Just because something is 50 percent off doesn’t mean you just have to buy it. My advise is just what can fit on the cart, and nothing more. Travel light on that cart, too. Don’t over pack that thing, or you will never be able to make turns.

So, that is my Black Friday survival tips. Have a great holiday season, everyone. Hit the jump in case you actually assume that I am serious and cannot discern the difference between actual sincere advice and satire.

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Okay, I don’t like the new Yahoo Mail

yahoo email-saidaonlineThe other day I opened up my email on Yahoo and discovered that it had changed. Some times, change is good, but I believe that it is bad in this case. Since I have this blog, I am going to use it to say how much I detest the changes.

First, the tab portion is gone. It used to be that I could look at emails that I had written in the past by doing a search, and I could view several emails at once as they would appear on tabs. I can still do the search, but the tabs are gone. Those tabs were really helpful to me when I needed to look up information from previous emails that were sent and/or sent to me. I really miss them, and want them back.

Second, the interface is really weird for a reply. It used to be the “Send” button was on the top, but now it is on the bottom. When I hit “Send”, I know that my message has been sent, I guess. It used to be that if I wanted to do a Search while writing an email, I could do the search and come back to the email. In this new version, if I do a search, I lose whatever I wrote before. Is there a way to save a draft? I haven’t quite figured that out just yet.

Third, is there a problem with new emails. Yahoo will tell me that I have new emails, but sometimes, they don’t show up. What is up with that?

Right now, the new Yahoo Mail seems as bad a change as when Coke changed their formula back in the mid-eighties. The problem is, I don’t need Coke for my business.

We are Giving Away two AF33M Earbuds from Audiofly!

AF33-BlackCat4Some of you might remember our review of the AF56 from Audiofly, and we are proud to say that we have two pairs, the AF33.

Yes, I am giving them away, and if you want to know what makes them interesting, it is the 4 sets of silicon ear tips that mold to your ears. The custom voiced 9mm dynamic driver also helps as well. Then there is the Clear-Talk split the mic from the button.

Okay, that is what is going on, so you should definitely enter. o here is how you enter. Just leave a comment, but here’s the catch. On your comment, you need to enter a name, e-mail address, and show a link to a place where you mentioned The Geek Church somewhere. This can be to a blog, Facebook page, I don’t care. Also, mention what item you want. And if you want them all, put them there! At the end of this post will be the comments section and you should see something like:

(Number) (Name) Says:

(Date) (Edit)

I love The Geek Church. I would totally go to it if it were an actual church. I mentioned it on my blog at (URL). I want to win all the items, but if I had to pick one, it would be the AF33 from Audiofly.

Your comment should look like that, but the parentheticals are filled in. Be sure to have a working URL with a mention of The Geek Church on it, or it won’t count. Spammers, and I know you don’t know who you are, you don’t count either. When you do your comment, it will have a place for e-mail, which is how I will notify you if you win.

This contest ends on Tuesday, September 10th at noon, Pacific Standard Time.

Here’s hoping you win!

We are giving away Three iPhone cases and Two Galaxy S4 Cases….and a Calculator from Casio

Okay, we are going to do a contest here. We are giving away not one thing, but five things. We are giving away two Element Cases, the Atom S4 and the Eclipse S4. You can read about them here.

Of course you might be one of those Apple iPhone 5. We got you covered, too. We have some fresh cases from Cellairis. You can get the Rapture Elite, Aero, and Ekon cases, which you can read about here.

Still not satisfied? Maybe you want a Calculator from Casio. Yep, we have one of those to give away. You can read about that product here.

So here is how you enter. Just leave a comment, but here’s the catch. On your comment, you need to enter a name, e-mail address, and show a link to a place where you mentioned The Geek Church somewhere. This can be to a blog, Facebook page, I don’t care. Also, mention what item you want. And if you want them all, put them there! At the end of this post will be the comments section and you should see something like:

(Number) (Name) Says:

(Date) (Edit)

I love The Geek Church. I would totally go to it if it were an actual church. I mentioned it on my blog at (URL). I want to win all the items, but if I had to pick one, it would be the Element Case Atom Galaxy S4

Your comment should look like that, but the parentheticals are filled in. Be sure to have a working URL with a mention of The Geek Church on it, or it won’t count. Spammers, and I know you don’t know who you are, you don’t count either. When you do your comment, it will have a place for e-mail, which is how I will notify you if you win.

This contest ends on Tuesday, September 10th at noon, Pacific Standard Time.

Here’s hoping you win!

Our interview with Kkat, writer/creator of Fallout Equestria!

Fallout_Equestria_cover_artI am not certain where you would have to be living to know that My Little Pony made a comeback in a serious way with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Unlike other shows that are targeted for pre-teen girls, this new My Little Pony has gained a following amongst older men. I’m not certain who came up with the term “Bronies”, but it is probably the best description of this new generation of My Little Pony fans.

As someone who has children of my own, I find that My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is one of the only shows that I can watch with my children that does not feel dumbed down. In fact, I am often amazed at the intelligent levels that Friendship is Magic goes, and the characters are also pretty well done. There are a few episodes that I find to be kind of “girly”, and this includes the recent Equestria Girls movie where the pony characters become human. However, there are some episodes that are downright epic in scale, and can be compared to great fantasy literature, which is currently not a genre that regularly appears on television except for Once Upon a Time and A Game of Thrones.

My Little Pony can be found almost everywhere on the Internet today thanks to viral videos, fan forums, and fan fiction. One of the most popular fan fiction is Fallout: Equestria, which is a mix of the popular Bethesda Fallout 3 video game and My Little Pony. Perhaps you never would have thought to mix those two, but the story has gained quite a following online.

I had an opportunity to talk with the author, who is simply known as Kkhat to see what the creator had to say about it. You can read the full interview after the jump.

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The Business of Android Apps Development, 2nd Edition, is out!

9781430250081_p0_v1_s260x420Well, since this is my fifth book, I need to do my job to promote it. Actually, this would be the 2nd Edition of my first book, so can I count it as a new book?

This was the first time I have worked with another author, and I will have to say that Roy Sandberg was very good at what he does. I will be honest and say that I knew little about marketing Android apps when I wrote the first edition of The Business of Android Apps Development. Roy Sandberg really helped me write this, and I had to give him some kudos.

The book is about how to use cost-effective marketing in order to get an application on Google Play as well as other Android markets, which I didn’t really cover in my first edition. In my first book, I focused more on Android programming, because I honestly didn’t know much about it and was learning so much as I was writing. With this book, Roy helped me write about what it really takes to market an Android app, including ads, stores within the app, as well as design and user testing. There is also a whole chapter on legal issues, something that I barely covered in my first edition.

Nothing I like more than getting a positive review, and we actually have one on Amazon. You can check it out here, and hey, buy it for a normal list price for $29.99. I’m sure you can get it for a cheaper price, though.

We have branched out on Social Networks!

Of course, we are a website, which means that we are always wanting as many hits as possible. The more hits I can generate, the more money we can make with ad revenue, and so on. I am doing my best to get as many hits as possible, and the easiest way is with social media.

So, thanks to HootSuite, all my posts on my WordPress blog will be posted to Facebook. Just go to https://www.facebook.com/TheGeekChurch and see it for yourself. While you are there, you should subscribe and Like as much as possible.

Of course, I am also on Twitter, and I can be found on https://twitter.com/TheGeekChurch. Be sure to follow me, and re-tweet all my posts.

I am working on Google Plus and LinkedIn as well, which means that we are going to be even more connected in the future.

Okay, I realize this is a stupid way to try and get more hits, but hey, I want to spread the word.

Lego Technic Robotics and other Lego advancements with a PS3

51LyqJCe6iL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_I believe that I have discussed my first Technic Lego book, and the fun that I had creating very cool vehicles made from Technic parts. While I was writing that book, I wanted to have a section on robots. Actually, it was about two chapters, and as it turned out, I was able to turn those two chapters into an entire book.

Relax, there is no redundancy factor. I found that trying to write about a robot body, arms, legs, face, and other things took the space of a whole book.

Now, Lego has these Mindstorms creations that are quite cool, and you can make a robot easily with those. However, it is like learning calculus without first learning basic addition. I say start from scratch, and Lego Technic is essentially the bare basics, and yet you can still take control quite easily.

In fact, I have just heard that there is a project known as Toy Alive, which is a joint venture between Sony and Lego that will allow Lego users to take control of their creations with a PS3 controller. You can watch a video of this project after the jump, but don’t forget to buy my latest book here on Amazon.

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We are at CTIA Wireless all week!

CTIA 2013-580-75Right now, I am waiting at an airport terminal for a flight that will take me to Vegas. Now, why am I heading to Sin City? There is another conference there, of course! You don’t think I’m going to gamble and…do other things, do you?

Anyway, CTIA is a big mobile convention that happens twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. I have a lot of meetings set up with some big companies, and some that I have never heard of. I intend to go from booth to booth and attempt to get more input than Johnny 5 from Short Circuit, and report my findings back to you. A lot of companies will be putting their best foot forward as well as their products, and we at The Geek Church want to make certain that we cover the latest and the greatest.

Tonight is a big party known as Showstoppers, and I look forward to a little food, fun, and maybe some relaxation when I can get it. Stay alert all this week for updates.