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Gordon Meyer
Home automation and instructional design expert.
Interests: conjuring, sociology, technology as applied to everyday life.
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This year, I’ve driven back-and-forth across much of the United States multiple times. Resulting in at least 6000 miles of travel, and several weeks of being on the road. As a fan of Blue Highways, stopping in small-town America is... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Gordon Meyer
I wish I had read What I Learned About Interruption from Talk Radio when it was published in 2017. Back then, I was still spending several hours a day on conference calls, and sometimes struggling to get a word in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Gordon Meyer
The other day, my Sonos Playbase speaker stopped responding to the volume control buttons on my Apple TV Siri Remote Control. Here’s how I eventually resolved the problem. The source of the issue proved difficult to diagnose because infrared is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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It’s election season in Nevada, and I was surprised to see how many candidate signs were placed in empty lots around Las Vegas. They were all lined up, like rows of corn plants in the Midwest. But after seeing so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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I needed to drive eight outdoor speakers, and clearly, I wanted remote control of their operation, and the ability to stream from Apple Music. I could have utilized something like an Echo Link, or a Sonos Amp. But I rejected... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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This book by Tom Ferrell and Lee Eisenberg is subtitled “The Art of Showing Off and 49 New Ways to Do It.” Published in 1976, the audience is clearly teenage boys, which I still consider myself to be. There are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
As the co-author of Las Vegas: Underfoot, a photo book about Sin City’s terra magica, I was thrilled to find a thoughtful appreciation for casino carpeting at Casino.org. A kindred spirit, indeed! Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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The Linksys Velop MX4200 mesh Wi-Fi router supports wired backhaul between nodes. However, the information you’ll find online about how to set it up is either outdated, or confusing, or both. When you use Google to find info about it,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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This charming and inspirational book by Ayun Halliday is subtitled “The Small Potato Manifesto.” That’s because it’s about pursuing creative endeavors for joy and personal edification, not for mainstream success. This book is inspiring, insightful, and clever. It’s filled with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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Subtitled “Getting to know the world’s most misunderstood bird,” this book will forever change your perspective on your city’s “flying rats” — and hopefully strike that insult from your vocabulary. Cleverly written and charmingly illustrated by Rosemary Mosco, this finely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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This book caught my eye because, as a youth, I enjoyed learning LOGO (specifically, SmartLOGO) and Scratch is a modern equivalent of that fundamental gateway drug. Scratch seems like an ideal way to introduce OO concepts, and the built-in sprites... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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This book is a Victorian-era “miscellany” — a household manual of useful information and processes. This particular edition is a reprint of the 100th version, which was originally published in 1903. The publishers have cleverly subtitled this edition “The Victorian’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
I know, it's so strange. For details see the "legal" section of the Wikipedia entry for Trap Street: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trap_street
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2022 on Book Review: How to Lie with Maps at Gordon Meyer
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I read this book as part of my research for a forthcoming edition of my Bizarre Fact Files series. The book is a well-written, deep exploration into the techniques and politics of cartography. By the time I finished this technical... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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A friend of mine sent me a pointer to the website for the Hikers Suspenders Company because he had read my review of trucker suspenders from a few weeks ago. I’m fairly certain he sent the link in jest because,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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This is a book about cursive handwriting. It was a gift from dear friends, which encouraged me to finish it, even though the middle going was rough, as I’ll discuss below. Philip Hensher, the author, is clearly a geek for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
Since 2007, I’ve written several times about using home automation technology to support aging in place. And over the years I’ve heard from many folks about the peace of mind such techniques can bring to families with seniors who remain... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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This book is: Unique Clever Succinct Astonishing At first glance, this book is just what the title says — a collection of unordered lists. (Or, as regular people say, “bulleted lists.”) But, what exactly are these lists? When you ask... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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Which came first? The age-old practice of testing someone who is remaining stern in the face of whacky humor, or the board game that escalates the challenge with wacky voices and sound effects? Well, let’s just say I was playing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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This is an anthology of “Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder.” If you enjoy either of those, and flash fiction, this is the book for you. (Although, personally, I’d have preferred more “mystery” and less “murder.”) This is a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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xkcd (sic) is an ultra-geeky, minimalist web comic that all the cool kids love. (Especially the Cory Doctorow fan club.) I’m not a regular reader, but I have seen a handful of popular strips that have caught on as memes.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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I was faced with an annoying situation that was inconvenient to solve. The problem was an outdoor Ring Stick-Up Cam, which was permanently mounted to a wall, needed to be recharged. The solar panel that was supposed to keep it... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
Fan Fiction, by actor Brent Spiner, is a very unusual novel. It blends day-to-day actor life with L.A. noir, overlayed with an insider’s perspective of early Star Trek: Next Generation. It’s simultaneously true and clearly not true. It’s ambitious, funny,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
Oh, eero, you disappoint me. I’ve been a customer since before you were assimilated into the Amazon. I even upgraded my original system to your “6 Pro” models. And, I’m an eero Secure subscriber, despite the hassles it causes with... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2022 at Gordon Meyer
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My 1600th dice tale. For more, follow me on Instagram. #milestone #storycubes #dicetales #flashfiction #30words Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2022 at Gordon Meyer