July 27, 2015

Buy This If You Want To Piss Off Your Wife

DaddyTips readers know that we like to post DaddyDeals when we find them. Good prices on, you know, stuff. (By the way, we heard the portable DVD player deal sold out almost as soon as we posted it. Although we take no actual responsibility, we feel bad that you weren’t able to get the deal. We have to say “we take no actual responsibility” for legal reasons. At least that’s what we’ve been told.)

This deal we don’t actually expect anyone to buy, unless they happen to be in the market for such a thing. When we saw it, we thought, “wow, how funny would it be if a guy bought this for his wife?” Why? Because the item in question is a Neoprene Waist Trimmer Belt.

Nothing says “I want to sleep on the couch tonight” like buying your wife a Neoprene Waist Trimmer Belt.

If that’s how you roll, it is currently, as of this writing, on sale for under 10 dollars.

Amazon.com: Ohuhu® Neoprene Waist Trimmer Belt, Black: Sports & Outdoors

Source: Amazon.com: Ohuhu® Neoprene Waist Trimmer Belt, Black: Sports & Outdoors


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July 27, 2015

Don’t Read This Until After You See Ant-Man

But DO read it AFTER you see Ant-Man because it’s a fun article.

There are also a bunch of Related Articles below that probably contain spoilers. If you care about such things, don’t read those either until after you’ve seen the movie. Which I did, and it’s fun.

Scott Lang Ant-Man Trade Paperback

 

Director Peyton Reed talks about that fight scene and the movie’s hell yes! mid-credits scene.

Source: Spoiler: Ant-Man’s Twists and Cameos Explained — Vulture



July 24, 2015

Amazon Portable DVD Player Deal

Nice deal from Amazon on this portable DVD player that also has an SD card reader. Plus it’s purple. Limited time offer, caveat buyor, etc. As I write this it’s $39.99, regular price is $69.99. Good for the kids on a long car trip.

Check it out. Link below. And here.

Amazon.com: Sylvania SDVD7027 7-Inch Portable DVD Player with Car Bag/Kit, Swivel Screen, USB/SD Card Reader (Purple): Electronics

Source: Amazon.com: Sylvania SDVD7027 7-Inch Portable DVD Player with Car Bag/Kit, Swivel Screen, USB/SD Card Reader (Purple): Electronics



July 23, 2015

Earth-Like Planet Found by NASA

This is so cool. NASA has found an Earth-like planet, described as “Earth’s bigger, older cousin.”

Captain Video And His Video Rangers

This isn’t a picture of real space travel.

Read the full story at CNN.com.


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July 20, 2015

Tip: Update Windows Now

From ZDNet, a tip: update Windows now.

Upgrade paths from Windows XP to Windows Vista...

Upgrade paths from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Dotted lines indicate that a “clean install” is required; otherwise, an in-place upgrade is possible. Black lines indicate upgrade paths between Vista versions. Windows XP Professional x64 and Windows 2000 both require clean installs for every Vista edition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seriously. I don’t use Windows anymore (see the image above), but apparently this is one of those really bad things that has the potential to screw up your computer.

The flaw, which also affects Windows 10, allows a hacker to take over a machine.

Does that sound fun to you? It’s doesn’t to me. “All versions,” according to ZDNet, means “Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1″ and based on the quote above, Windows 10.

I haven’t used Windows regularly since XP Pro. That was a fine OS. It helped that I bought a Thinkpad, one of the last models made by IBM before they sold that part of their business to Lenovo, and the computer came with very little pre-installed crapware. Crapware, for those of you unfamiliar with the term, is stupid software that comes installed on many Windows computers. Usually all the stuff does is cause your OS to slow to a crawl and make you want to throw your computer out the window. (No pun intended.) I have spent… let’s see… carry the 1… a boat-load of hours uninstalling crapware from the PCs of friends and family.

Anyway, this isn’t a crapware problem, at least not as far as I can tell. Assuming Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10 still work somewhat similarly to Windows XP, updating your OS should be fairly easy. As Nike used to say, just do it.

Source: Microsoft releases emergency patch for all versions of Windows | ZDNet



July 14, 2015

Oh Snap, Pictures of Pluto

Guess what? Earth people (or at least devices built by Earth people, specifically people at NASA) have finally gotten close to Pluto. And they took pictures!

 

From BusinessInsider:

“People didn’t think it could be done … but it’s worked essentially flawlessly for the last nine years,” Alan Stern, principal investigator of New Horizons, said about the spacecraft and its mission on Tuesday at a NASA briefing.
For decades, the Plutonian system was the only one of the original nine planetary systems in the solar system unexplored by the space agency.
Now, NASA has become the first organization to reach the dwarf planet and its moons, and it can finally tick off that empty check box marked “Pluto.”

Usually I hope for the discovery of alien beings on other worlds. In this case, though, I kinda hope there aren’t any Plutonians. If there are, I hope they don’t mind that we demoted their world to “dwarf planet” status awhile back.

This of course assumes that the Plutonians are capable of aggressive action, and if so, are interested in attacking us. Which is not a given. The planet could be populated by super-intelligent shades of the color blue, for example. (Apologies to Douglas Adams.)

No matter what, I say GO NASA GO! YAY SPACE TRAVEL! (Remember when we said it was time to get more excited about space travel? We meant it. Yay outer space!)

Source: Humankind visits Pluto for first time – Business Insider



July 9, 2015

Oh My, It’s Comic Con Time

To borrow the words of the ever-wonderful George Takei: Oh my, it’s comic con time.

George Takei Oh My

What are we talking about? Why, the San Diego Comic-Con of course. It happens every year.

(Here’s a video of George saying “Oh My” in case you need to hear that. There’s never a bad time to hear George.)

Anyway, San Diego Comic-Con has been around for awhile, but in the past decade, it has become big news. Geekery, as we all know, is no longer a hidden pleasure for many. It’s become a billion-dollar business. Amazon recently introduced their Geek Boutique, which about as mainstream as it gets.

One could debate when this all started, the explosion of so-called geek culture into the real world. I’ve been a Geek Gold Card member for my entire life, but suddenly people actually want to know who the hell Ant-Man is. (If you are one of those people, just ask. I’m nice that way. For example, here’s the latest “Ant-Manmovie trailer, complete with a reference to The Avengers.)

The links below give you more information about the big event than I ever could, and not only because I won’t be there. I’ve actually never attended the San Diego Comic-Con, just the New York Comic Con. But there will be lots of announcements about nerdy stuff (or perhaps I should say formerly nerdy — is something still nerdy if it’s immensely popular?) like movies, TV shows, video games, and yes, even comic books.

Here’s how to follow io9’s coverage of Comic Con. (We like io9.) The Mary Sue is also a good source. For example, here’s Betty White as Wolverine.

And then there’s this, via Polygon.com. Watch it at your own risk.