Memorial Day Thoughts – 7 photos

Memorial Day is an annual holiday in the USA, observed on the last Monday in May. It’s designated as the day we remember those men and women who died while serving in the military.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sometimes, we forget the original purpose of Memorial Day. I’ve put together a little collection of images from our war memorials, with thoughtful inscriptions and quotations. I found these meaningful and poignant, and wanted to share them with my kids to help them understand the value of service, the price of freedom, and to help us feel more gratitude for the good things we enjoy.

Enjoy your holiday, and take a moment to remember…

From the World War 2 Memorial:

“THEY FOUGHT TOGETHER AS
BROTHERS-IN-ARMS. THEY DIED
TOGETHER AND NOW THEY
SLEEP SIDE BY SIDE. TO THEM
WE HAVE A SOLEMN OBLIGATION.”
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

(photo by William Hartz)
from the World War 2 Memorial

“WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP
WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS
OF THE NATION, NOT AS WOMEN…
THIS WAS A PEOPLE’S WAR,
AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT.”

Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby

"WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS OF THE NATION,  NOT AS WOMEN…THIS WAS A PEOPLE’S WAR, AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT." Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby
“WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS OF THE NATION,
NOT AS WOMEN…THIS WAS A PEOPLE’S WAR, AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT.”
Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby
(photo by William Hartz)

From the Korean War Memorial:

“OUR NATION HONORS
HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS
WHO ANSWERED THE CALL
TO DEFEND A COUNTRY
THEY NEVER KNEW
AND A PEOPLE
THEY NEVER MET.”

"OUR NATION HONORS HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHO ANSWERED THE CALL TO DEFEND A COUNTRY THEY NEVER KNEW AND A PEOPLE THEY NEVER MET
“OUR NATION HONORS HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHO ANSWERED THE CALL TO DEFEND A COUNTRY THEY NEVER KNEW AND A PEOPLE THEY NEVER MET”

“FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.”

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE
“FREEDOM IS NOT FREE”
(photo by William Hartz)

From the Vietnam Memorial:

IT IS OUR DUTY TO REMEMBER…
THE GALLANT AMERICANS WHOSE NAMES
GRACE THIS MEMORIAL WALL SACRIFICED
THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF OUR
COUNTRY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR
1964-1975…

IT IS OUR DUTY TO REMEMBER... THE GALLANT AMERICANS WHOSE NAMES GRACE THIS MEMORIAL WALL SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR 1964-1975...
“IT IS OUR DUTY TO REMEMBER… THE GALLANT AMERICANS WHOSE NAMES GRACE THIS MEMORIAL WALL SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR 1964-1975…”
(photo by concep007)

From the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier:

“FREEDOM IS A LIGHT
FOR WHICH MANY MEN HAVE DIED IN DARKNESS.”

(photo by Matt McGee)
(photo by Matt McGee)

Free Phone Case Giveaway for Mother’s Day

Tech21 iPhone 6 case
My Tech21 iPhone 6 case

Geek Mom’s Review

Looking for an affordable accessory for Mother’s Day? I have three new Tech21 gadget cases to give away! I’ve just slipped a new Tech21 FlexShock™ case onto my iPhone 6, and here are my first impressions:

  1. It’s hard, but flexible. Easy to slip onto the phone, because it bends a little bit.
  2. Shiny and colorful. Reminds me a bit of those plastic “jelly shoes” from the 80s. Or a phone-shaped gummy candy. Very pretty!
  3. Interesting looking texture. I can see through the case to the Apple on the back, but there is a nice polka-dot texture overlay.
  4. Excellent fit on the phone. Fits like a plastic glove.
  5. Screen protector not included. The case covers the back, sides, and buttons, but leaves the screen and ports open.

So far, I’m enjoying my free phone case. I’m tempted to taste it, because it looks like candy! It’s shiny, but not slippery. It’s hard, but not rigid.

How to Win a Free Tech21 Case

Want one for yourself? Or to give to the woman who brought you into the world? Leave a comment to enter, and three people will win a free case (for any major mobile device), provided by Tech21.

Thanks to Tech21 for sponsoring this giveaway! Tech21 is the leader in impact protection for smartphones, tablets and laptops. Tech21 has a suite of protective cases featuring Tech21’s scientifically proven material, FlexShock, and are backed by a lifetime warranty. The new Tech21 EVO range featuring FlexShock delivers thinner (by nearly 30%), lighter and more stylish impact protection than ever before. Learn more at Tech21 or follow @Tech21_UK on Twitter.

Winners will be randomly selected, and will be contacted via e-mail, so be sure to use a functioning address when you submit your comment. Winner’s choice of case will be shipped directly from the sponsor.

WOOT! Pi Day Shirts and Stuff

woot pi day shirtsGeeks and number fans all over the world are getting excited for 2015’s epic Pi Day! That’s because the date and time on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 will coincide with the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant, pi: 3.141592653 …

To celebrate this fun and fantastic event, you might want to gear up with some Pi Day shirts and stuff. Besides being a great way to show your personal enthusiasm for pi, it’s a practical way to spread awareness of Pi Day, and show that math, science, geometry, and numbers are COOL! That’s a message I can get behind, any day of the year!

pi day shirtTo help you get geared up, WOOT is having a pre-Pi Day sale on lots of fun shirt designs (shirt.woot). Or, shop my own Pi Day design, which is simple and bold (Pi Day Shirts).

Do you have special plans for Pi Day activities or costumes? Please share your ideas in a comment!

Easter LEGO Creations

LEGO bricks are classic toys, and they’re truly perfect for kids of all ages! Recently, I met fellow grown-up LEGO enthusiast, Carlo Pandian. Carlo put together a collection of cool Easter LEGO creations, and he offered to let me share them here. Enjoy these amazing builds, and get inspired about your next LEGO project!

6 Unique Easter-Themed LEGO Sculptures

There are a few holidays that seem to have a bigger presence for LEGO creations than others. This is in part due to the fact that many of these holidays have to do with giving something to someone else. The winter holidays are probably the most obvious with all the presents that change hands. Halloween has its tricks and treats while Valentine’s Day has surprises for loved ones. If you subscribe to the Easter basket idea, you have a lot of room for creativity and, of course, more gifts.

Bunnies seem like an obvious choice at this point. As you will soon see, there is room for much more than floppy ears and bushy tails. The real question should be, “Where do you start?”

Some view Easter as an outdoor event. All the egg hunts and picnics are hard to resist. What happens when the weather is bad? You could always head inside and find something fun for the whole family to work on. Of course the builders here took this idea to a whole new level. They turned their passion for building and made it a festive event.

Easter Egg Hunt

First up is an Easter Egg Hunt made by Nathan Sawaya with help from the Lancaster Museum of Art. Sawaya built over 500 LEGO eggs. They were then hidden throughout the museum along with regular plastic eggs. Each egg could be taken apart by the kids that found them. The eggs were built in a variety of colors.

Easter bunny and basket
Easter bunny and basket

Easter Egg

easter-egg
LEGO Easter Egg

You may not have access to a famous builder at your museum to make special eggs. Thankfully, David Luders has come to the rescue. He gives fans step-by-step instructions on how to build your very own Easter egg. This project uses a very interesting layering method that creates an uncanny realism to every egg.

Flower Basket

Flower-Basket
LEGO Flower Basket

Easter means spring time and nothing says spring like a flower basket. Horhat Razvan has built an absolutely gorgeous model depicting a flower basket. From the elegant designs to the careful color selection, Horhat’s design is so much more impressive since it needs to look good from all angles. It also has the added bonus of being hypo-allergenic.

Mini Chick

mini-chicks
Mini LEGO Chicks

You don’t have to go big in your creations. Jen demonstrates this with the Mini Chick. This petite model not only shows a clever design, but clearly embraces the Easter spirit. All those eggs have to come and lead some where. This model not only connects to this, but can most likely fit in one of the eggs for a double special surprise.

Carrot and Egg

LEGO Easter egg and carrot
LEGO Easter egg and carrot

Sometimes all you need is a symbol, or maybe a sign that someone famous stopped by. The builder known as atotheh has created a spectacular couple of items that fit the bill perfectly. Not only do you have the iconic painted egg, but there is a carrot. It’s a good bet that the Easter Bunny has either stopped by and forgot his lunch or is possibly still in the area.

Easter Bunny

Easter-bunny
LEGO Bunny and Easter Eggs

It has been hinted at this entire blog and now he’s here. However, not just anyone can make an epic bunny. Therefore, you have to go to the Master Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas Forth Worth to find a model built to impress. This is truly the center piece of any Easter display.

potraitAuthor Carlo Pandian is an adult fan of LEGO and freelance writer, and has previously published on The Brick Blogger, Bricks of The Death, and Socialyzer. Follow him @carlopandian

Credits
Easter Egg Hunt | Easter Egg | Flower Basket | Mini Chick | Carrot and Egg | Easter Bunny

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Thanksgiving Tip: Remove Guts from Turkey Before Roasting

Remove giblets before cooking turkey! Click to read source article.
How to remove giblets before cooking turkey! Click to read source article.

Here’s a story that we tell every year… Enjoy!

We’d been married about six months by our first Thanksgiving together as a married couple. We lived in an apartment with a small electric oven. I was so excited! You know… “Look at me! I’m such a good little wife cooking for my new hubby…”

I roasted a turkey, fixed up the trimmings, complete with cranberries from a can and Stove Top stuffing. When it was finished, he carved up the bird, my manly husband, and discovered something strange inside the breast. What the heck?! Did we get a defective turkey?!

We examined the pale, wrinkled, alien membrane, and figured out that I had forgotten to remove the bag of neck and giblets before I cooked the turkey. Yes, the bag of turkey guts was still inside, like an unexpected prize inside a cereal box. But instead of a super secret spy decoder ring, it was a baked bag of neck, gizzard, liver, and heart. Now, I’m sure that lots of people love to eat those parts, but we are not those people. I was quite embarrassed, especially when he told his mother about it. Fortunately, I have an excellent sense of humor. 😉 We still laugh about it!

failed turkey roast
National Lampoon’s Turkey Disaster

The rest of the turkey was delicious, and we are still married 17 years later!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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5 Signs that you’re TOO OLD for trick-or-treating

Every year, I’m puzzled and annoyed by the near-grown “children” who show up on Halloween. I think some of these teenagers just race around the neighborhood, doing as many laps as they can, filling up their pillowcases with candy meant for the younger kids.

So if you’re wondering whether you or someone you know is too old for trick-or-treating, here is a helpful guide for you. Happy Halloween! 🙂

5. You’re old enough to drive.

If you can drive, go to the store and buy your own candy.
If you can drive, go to the store and buy your own candy.

4. Your costume has anything to do with Miley Cyrus twerking.

Miley Dynasty
You are not Miley Cyrus!  And whether you think you are, or you’re just making fun of her, you don’t belong around children in an outfit like that. (Photo credit: michaeljzealot)

3. You’re smoking and/or drinking.

from pipesmagazine.com
from pipesmagazine.com

Just stay home. Nobody wants to give free candy to someone blowing smoke and/or booze breath.

2. You don’t think this joke is funny.

Who was the most famous skeleton?
Q: Who was the most famous skeleton? A: Napoleon Bone-apart (Photo credit: msabcmom)

Trick-or-treating is for little children, who enjoy childish things like cute costumes and silly jokes. If you’re too mature to enjoy a joke like this, you’re too old for trick-or-treating.

1. Your costume is pot-related.

marijuana costumes
If you’re dressed as marijuana, you’re too old for trick-or-treating.

So, what do you think? Are there any other telltale signs of being too old for trick-or-treating?

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the super nerdy, geeky, quirky, fun-loving dads in the universe! And for all of the kids lucky enough to have a geeky dad, I hope you found the perfect Father’s Day card to express your love and appreciation. Looks like Luke and Leia found one suitable for their old man. Cheers!

Luke Leia Father's Day Card

via iamasupernerd