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Nerding it up over all things Geek Lifestyle, unapologetic oversharing on gadget and smart-home technology, pop-culture, and travel.
VR Game - Jumanji Reverse the Curse at The VOID
Virtual & Augmented Reality

VR Game Review: Jumanji at the VOID

The evil Haka’ar has stolen the Scepter of Se’payu containing the Red Jewel of Jumanji! You and your companions must enter the game, take on the form of its heroes and stop Haka’ar from remaking the world into his own! Only you can save Jumanji! Thanks to The Rec Room, Jay and I got to play Jumanji along with my sister and our cousin during their media preview. A few years ago, when I played the first VOID game, Ghostbusters, along with Deanna of Maple Leaf Mommy, I emphatically called it a religious experience. With five VOID VR games under

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The Dragon's Song Escape Room at Casa Loma in Toronto
Gaming

Escape Room Review: Save the Dragons!

Toronto is home to countless escape room adventures, but there is one group that stands out from the rest: Secret City Adventures. Thanks to a local Travel Massive Toronto event, I was given the chance to try out Secret City Adventures’ newest escape room before it went live to the public, and I can confidently say it’s absolutely worth the price of admission. Escape Room: The Dragon’s Song The Escape is Real Playing the Dragon’s Song Escape Room A Helping Hand in Your Escape Accessibility at Casa Loma Did Team #DragonChasers Win? Celebrate Your Win (or Loss) at CIBO Wine

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Technology & IoT

Smart Home Review: Trust Schlage to Protect Your Doors with Encode Digital Locks

What’s a smart home if you’re still struggling to get through the front door with merely a key? One of the best ways to upgrade your house to smart-home standards is with a smart digital lock for your doors. The right digital lock will keep you and your loved-ones safe, while improving the ease of entry when you need it most. Table of Contents Top 10 Reasons Why it’s Time to Switch to a WiFi-Enabled Digital Lock for Your Front Door Doors Open Toronto 2019 at City Hall with Schlage Why Choose Schlage For Your Smart Home? Easy to Install

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GLASS 2019 - Box Art English
Movies

GLASS Movie Review & DVD Giveaway

GLASS, the culmination of M. Night Shyamalan’s comic book superhero thriller was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD today! The final note to Shyamalan’s Unbreakable series that debuted nearly twenty years ago. Find out what happens when a genius mind sees life as if it played out as a comic book. Who are your supervillains? And who are your superheroes? And is the world ready for either? GLASS DVD Review Comic book lovers will truly rejoice with this third installment of the superhero-thriller series that began in 2000 with Unbreakable. Here’s the thing about comic book movies in

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LEGO Spider-Man Stark Jet and Drone Attack
Pop Culture

Sneak Peek: LEGO Spider-Man: Far From Home Sets Revealed

In anticipation of the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home movie, in theatres July 2019, LEGO has released a sneak peek of three epic kits that will be much loved by any Spider-Man fan! It’s hard to talk about this movie without possibly spoiling tidbits of both Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, so keep in mind that this post will reveal some aspects of the MCU. If nothing else, you’ll find out the main characters and villains for the upcoming Spidey movie. Check out the cool kits LEGO has designed to celebrate favourite moments of the next installation

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LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary
Pop Culture

LEGO Star Wars Releases 20th Anniversary Editions

The past 20 years have seen some epic construction kits for Star Wars and LEGO fans. LEGO was undoubtedly inspired by the Star Wars franchise, as it would be this collective edition that would see a lot of record-breaking moments for their much loved construction kits. Minifigure collectors likely had hearts in their eyes when they saw the very first LEGO figure to not have the iconic rounded head, when it was released in February 1999 as part of the brand new LEGO Star Wars collection. Quite a few of the largest consumer builds available on the market are part

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Pop Culture

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 grown to admire over the past 10 years. The MCU could be your longest relationship. We’re a mere few weeks away from when it all comes to an end with a 3 hour long finale. Are you ready for the Endgame? Here are what some Avengers fans are expressing on Twitter: Avengers Endgame Survival Kit It looks like we just might need to kit ourselves

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Joker 2019 Spotlight Feature
Pop Culture

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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Technology & IoT

Check Out The Four NEW VR Experiences at the VOID Toronto

Enter the VOID at various locations across North America, including The Rec Room in downtown Toronto (just south of the Rogers Centre.) Walk through all four virtual reality games now available at the VOID, that will absolutely take your breath away, in joy, breathless wonder, and even in fear. When The Rec Room first opened its doors in June, 2017, the VOID VR experience had one game available, Ghostbusters Dimensions.  I had the chance to go bust up some ghosts a couple of times during this launch.  What makes these virtual reality (hyper-reality) games so incredible, is that it’s a fully immersive

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Best Gifts to Buy Geeks Holiday Gift Guide
Geek Culture

The Geek's Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway

It’s that time of year again, where we need to put our thinking caps on and figure out what the perfect gifts will be for those special someones in our lives. The choices are many, and the browsing can be scary. What are you going to do? Check out The Geek’s Holiday Gift Guide! Here you will find a carefully curated list of gifts that will fit your person and your budget. For him, for her, for them, these gifts will work for all the geeks in your life. STEM / STEAM Travel Tech & Accessories Smart Home Pop Culture

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

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. Table of Contents A Look Back at Beakerhead 2017 Serpent Mother Calgary Municipal Space Station Must-See Beakerhead 2018 Events Calgary Food Tour A Look Back at Beakerhead 2017 Last year’s Beakerhead was chock full of awe-worthy installations

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Geek Culture

Avengers Infinity War's Easter Eggs and Things You Might Have Missed That Will Make You Want to Watch It Again

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War was released on Blu-Ray DVD earlier this week, and with that in mind, here are some points you might have missed through the first (or third) watch of the movie. Be aware, if you’re one of the few who have yet to see Avengers: Infinity War, there are A WHOLE BUNCH OF SPOILERS in the post below. It’s the perfect time to order your copy on Amazon and watch it at home tonight. Then come back here to read about the tidbits that you might have missed. Avengers: Infinity War Easter Eggs and Things You Might

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WebDev Tuts

Five Ways the WordPress Gutenberg Editor Will Make Your Blogging Business Life Easier

If you’ve updated your WordPress blog to 4.9.8 recently, you will find a new option that, for better or worse, will absolutely change the way you manage your blog post structure.  Depending on what newsletters, Flipboards and/or Twitter accounts you subscribe to, you might have heard lately that WordPress is doing a serious update to the WordPress post/page editor, that will be coming to your website really soon. Like, any time now. Welcome to Gutenberg Where WordPress.org took the classic post/page editor… And gave it one heck of a makeover… If you hate change, you are going to have a rough

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Does Your Web Developer Know What They Are Doing
WebDev Tuts

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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Buy Reusable or Recyclable Straws for Travel
Geek Travel

Say No to Single Use Plastic: Time to Get Reusable Travel Straws

Plastic straws are becoming a thing of the past. That straw that you threw away yesterday? It will be in a landfill for up to 200 years! Considering how many straws you can easily go through in a day (all those iced-coffees, movie sodas, and Slurpees add up, yo,) taking up to 200 years to decompose all those bits of plastic is distressing. Some businesses are dropping the need for straws altogether, like these new sippy cup lids from Starbucks. Other restaurants, especially with their to-go menu, haven’t caught up on the issue at all. But some, like Swiss Chalet at least, simply won’t

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