Geek Life: A Toronto Lifestyle Blog for Tech, Travel & Sci-Fi Geeks​

Nerding it up over all things Geek Lifestyle, unapologetic oversharing on gadget and smart-home technology, pop-culture, and travel.

Life of a Geek

A Geek Girl Exploring a Geek World

Living in Toronto, ON Canada, eager to explore my hometown for its nerdy atmosphere, and on the hunt for more during my travels.

I grew up learning to hide my inner-geek.

I was afraid to give anyone a reason proving that I didn’t belong.

It was just as hard earning my geek-cred the few times I had tried. If I didn’t know all the characters of a random, imported anime, well, that just meant I was pretending to be something I wasn’t.

Now? It’s exciting times to be nerdy. It’s freeing. Geek Lifestyle is a thing!

Celebrate your strengths. Enjoy every moment. 100% refuse to live with one arm tied behind your back.

In your travels, in your day to day, live long, and prosper.

XOXO,

Aeryn Lynne

* Complex Female Character tee available at JORDANDENÉ

Awe-inspiring Mother Serpent at Calgary's Beakerhead STEM / STEAM festival.

Beakerhead: Calgary’s STEM / STEAM Festival

Calgary’s citywide Beakerhead STEM / STEAM festival is a must-see all-ages event, celebrating the need for creativity, engineering and science combined. If you’re in the area September 19 to 23, make sure you plan to take in as many of the free installations as you can, and budget for tickets to a few of the wild and exciting STEM events happening around town. Jump To: Last Year’s Favourites – 2018 Beakerhead Must Sees & Dos – Calgary Food Tour A Look Back at Beakerhead 2017 Last year’s Beakerhead was chock full of awe-worthy installations and events. Here are some of

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Could not sleep on old mattress.

Epic Smart Home & Decor Technology Finds: The Bedroom Edition

When was the last time you made a trip to Best Buy to browse the epic smart home technology that is available on the market right now? It’s exciting how fast the “internet of things” market is exploding to interconnect every aspect of our life digitally into a near fluid method of living. Do you ever think back to grandma’s house, or perhaps the home you knew as a child, and suddenly stop to realize how truly insane technology advancements are these days? I still remember the day that dad brought home our very first VCR and my not fully

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Is Your Android TV as Secure as You Think It Is? Here’s a Super Simple Fix!

Having Android OS available on your TV is amazing right? So simple to access your favourite apps, games, movies, and music from the Google Play store on your big screen for epic entertainment. But are you safe?  Is your TV safe from viruses, and abuse?  Chances are, you may be part of the 90% of Android TV users that haven’t protected their TV from fraud. Luckily ESET’s FREE & PREMIUM TV security software can fix this in a matter of minutes. It’s the first app fully dedicated towards protecting your Android TV, cognizant of your TV’s controls and user interface.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day by Learning to Code and WIN with Booking.com

Did you know International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th?  Booking.com is all over International Women’s Day this year. In fact, they’ve chosen to celebrate barrier-breaking women in the technology industry throughout the month of March, instead of merely the one day. Details on how you can WIN a $500 Booking.com credit by learning to code in HTML & CSS are found below! #BookingFEMpowers Booking.com kicked off their celebration on the evening of March 1st with a panel on Women in Tech. The #BookingFEMpowers panel was a night filled with experiencing the life of four fantastic role-models that are making waves in

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Avengers Endgame Survival Guide

Are you all set to see Avengers Endgame? Marvel continues to send out teaser trailers on Twitter, ramping up the excitement, the anxiety of what will happen to a whole slew of superheroes that we’ve

Joker 2019 Spotlight Feature

Finally, The Joker Will Have His Spotlight

With incredibly big clown shoes to fill, Joaquin Phoenix is front and centre this fall in a portrayal that explores exactly how Gotham becomes home to one of the creepiest villains in comic book history. While many still mourn for Heath Ledger and his awe-inspiring portrayal of the Joker in Batman’s The Dark Knight (2008), we’ll be treated to a movie focusing solely on the clown, answering a question that Batman fans have been wondering for 75+ years. Who is the Joker? Joaquin Phoenix has adamantly refused to don a superhero cape, but, perhaps fittingly for his wheel-house, Phoenix is

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Ty Templeton and Leonard Kirk Sketch Duel at Toronto Comicon

Best Kept Secret of Toronto ComiCon – Sketch Duel Panels

Okay guys, I have discovered the best kept secret of Toronto ComiCon — the sketch duel panels. Back in 2018, I attended Toronto ComiCon for the first time. I had come into town mainly for Breakout Con (a super fun, super welcoming, tabletop gaming convention), but also wanted to spend time with my friend Aeryn (you know, the Aeryn, the one who runs Geek Life) and since she was going to ComiCon so was I. Though to be honest, she didn’t have to twist my arm too hard to get me to buy a pass to ComiCon, as I’ve been a comic collecting geek

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Yorkville Village Banksy Exhibition Toronto Featuring Local Street Artists

Banksy’s Haight Street Rat is Here in Toronto for a Limited Time

The Saving Banksy Toronto Exhibit, featuring the Haight Street Rat, along with inspiring works from local street art talent, and Los Angeles’ graffiti icon RISK, will be open to the public from June 6th to 11th, at Yorkville Village Lane. When I heard that Banksy’s Haight Street Rat would be making an appearance here in Toronto, one of the most controversial and sought-after contemporary art pieces in the world, I may have got a little overly excited. I haven’t even seen Saving Banksy on Netflix yet to get the full story, but… I love graffiti. I would tour the world

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We Can Fly! A Wrinkle in Time & Peter Pan Blu-Ray DVD Giveaway

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and Peter Pan are being released to Blu-Ray/DVD combo packs this week. Two fantastical movies about time that are sure to inspire the creative minds in your family. 65th Anniversary of Disney’s Peter Pan Walt Disney Studios opened their vault to release a 65th Anniversary Edition of Peter Pan! This new edition, part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection, is packaged with two hours of never-before-seen bonus features, including: Stories from Walt’s Office (a study of Walt’s love of flying, and a look at Disney’s company planes), a nostalgic reunion interview with Wendy and John

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Go Explore The Heart of Boldt Castle

Are you familiar with Boldt Castle? It lives amongst the 1000 islands running along and on top of the US/Canadian border in the east of Ontario, within the St. Lawrence River. This castle has everything any castle-enthusiast could hope to explore. Massive structures, underground tunnels, its own island, a tragic love story, and likely a couple of ghosts. The Making of Boldt Castle Imagine this… You’ve fallen in love with the most awesome, fabulous, intriguing, beautiful person in the world. You happen to have banked a boatload of cash and want to use it for that grand gesture. The one that will show

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7 Exciting Things to Do in the Quebec Maritime

If you find yourself road tripping across the Quebec maritime region (which you totally should do), here are seven fun things to do while you’re in the area.   Things to Do While Road Tripping Through the Quebec Maritime Region Whale Watching To be honest, I didn’t have a clue that whale watching was a thing to be done in Quebec, and yet there is a major whale population to be found throughout the year in Quebec’s maritime region, along the Saint Lawrence River. Beluga whale pods, which are unfortunately now on the endangered species list, frequent the area. As

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Unique Places to Stay in Maritime Quebec

8 Unique Places to Stay While Visiting Maritime Quebec

Looking for unique and unusual places to stay while visiting the maritime area of Quebec? Here are eight adventurous places where the fun begins the moment you unload your bags. The highly forested areas of the Quebec maritime and Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean is simply gorgeous. Take a deep breath of clean, fresh, woodsy air. Get your adventure on by kayaking along the fjords of the Saguenay River, become BFFs with a wolf or two, watch whales, or simply enjoy hiking the rugged terrain. And, if you happen to live in an area where the weather forecast frequently includes the humidex, you’ll

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Luna - Artic Wolf at Ferme 5 Etoiles Cote Nord Quebec Maritime

Adventure Awaits: That Time a Wolf Ate My Boot in Quebec

If you’re looking for an adventurous kind of experience for your next vacation, I wholeheartedly recommend visiting the maritime area of Quebec. Embrace the rugged terrain, epic places to camp out, hike, kayak, and don’t forget the fjords. Didn’t know Quebec had a maritime? Yeah, me neither!  Who knew? The answer is Europeans. Apparently the tourist demographic for this area of the Quebec region is 80+% Europe, largely from France. I can’t wait to go back out north-east with Jay as soon as possible! Living in the city that invented the Humidex (a measurement of humidity), going to an area

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Five Signs That Your Web Developer Knows What They’re Doing, and Has Your Best Interests at Heart

Does your web developer truly know what they’re doing? Did they study their craft, or are they relying on tech support themselves? It’s true that even a “full stack” web developer can’t know everything there is to know about coding websites. There’s just so much involved in the WWW (world wide web, or wild wild west, your choice,) that it’s almost impossible to know absolutely everything. Like people, servers come in all shapes and sizes, and software, like WordPress, doesn’t fit exactly the same for every website. So your developer might come across an issue that they haven’t seen before

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10 Ways to Improve Your WordPress Blog In 30 Minutes

Our websites are ever-changing virtual extensions of ourselves. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the ways you can make your blog easier to find through Google Search, or we might forget how to make it easy for our users to navigate to our latest list of posts. With those basic needs in mind, here is a list of 10 simple ways to improve your WordPress blog in 30 minutes. 10 Easy and Quick Ways to Improve Your WordPress Blog Unintentionally, a good portion of these improvements requires the Yoast SEO plugin.  I would suggest installing Yoast if you

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Improve Pageviews with Google Search Console

Increasing Pageviews, Here’s How to Get Better At It

“If you build it, they will come.” What a load of horse manure, right? You’ve built it, and built it again with probably better colour theory, and three years later you’re staring at your web page views that tell you something smells as bad as that quote on your site. At this point, it looks like you’re the proud owner of a Winchester House, and no one is willing to come. It’s time to put down the Febreeze, and actually figure out where the stink is stuck, and maybe even fix the front porch light, so that people know you’re

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How to Actually Improve WordPress Site Speed

How to Actually Improve Your WordPress Speed

Everyone wants a faster website. Whether it’s due to their own impatience and need for perfection, or wanting to keep the Google gods happy, we’re all looking for those secrets to improving page load time. If you’re just beginning your quest in faster website speed, I’ll forewarn you right now, that you will go absolutely nuts trying to appease the score keepers. Even the strongest of will have been known to break. They’re harsh, and every millisecond counts. Alternatively, if you’ve been researching faster site speeds for a while now? I might not actually tell you anything new. I can

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Help food get a second life with Second Harvest. Let’s not waste food that easily can go to those in need.
Send a well thought gift to a woman living in a shelter. Remind her that there is hope and respect, when she needs it most.
Sometimes, all a person needs to get their right foot onto the path of a promising career is proper business attire. Donate your gently used clothing to someone who needs a bit of help to a better future.

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