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.
Geeks Take Over Calgary by Stormtroopers
Geek Culture

Geeks Are Taking Over Calgary By Stormtroopers

I’m so entirely excited for my upcoming #GeekTravel trip to Calgary, Alberta, I can hardly contain myself! Honestly, fit to burst. Next weekend (April 27th to 30th,) Calgary is hosting its 12th annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and I’ve got tickets to go, yeehaw! I hadn’t realized until I was invited to attend the Calgary Comic Expo by Tourism Calgary, just how enthusiastically GEEK Alberta is. So here are all the superbly geek things I’m going to want to see and do while visiting. Why Not Start with a Parade? THIS. So much fantastic to happen on Friday morning to

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Enactus Capital One Regional Exposition Hall
Opinion

Finding a Bright Financial Future with Enactus Entrepreneurs

Do you fondly remember those moments where you’ve been judged? Where you’ve bared your soul to an audience, in hopes of achieving greatness? Or, at least a B+? Growing up as a competitive figure skater, I had more than my fair share of eyes watching my every move, knowing they would knit-pick all that I’d do. So, when Capital One Canada asked earlier this month if I wanted to be a judgy McJudger who judges during the Enactus Regional Exposition, I didn’t take long to say, “YEAH, BABY!” “Let’s do this!” As part of the Capital One Financial Education Challenge,

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Carrot Rewards App - Free Scene Points
Entertainment

How to Get Cineplex Scene Points for Free

If you’re a science fiction/fantasy fan, 2017 is an awesome year for movies! It’s going to get expensive by visiting the movie theatre that much more to see all that Hollywood has to offer, such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, LIFE, and Thor: Ragnarok. If Cineplex is your go-to theatre, then chances are you’re using a Scene Card to offset the costs by earning points for free movies, and concessions.  Did you know there is a free way to collect Scene points? Let me introduce you to Carrot Rewards. The app that will give you Scene points for

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Babbel Language Love
Opinion

Gift Your Partner the Language of Love (+Giveaway)

¡Hola, Geeks! So, how are your language skills? There are days where I feel like I barely understand the intricacies of the English language at all. Two-year-old Henry is still well within the baby babble stage, but I find myself a bit envious, because whether he knows it or not, he’s in the process of learning two languages at such a young age. Both Jay and I are wanting to learn Spanish, and after a bit of trial and error, we’ve found the easiest app to help us is Babbel. And, as part of our Valentine’s Day celebration, we’re giving away

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BOGO Ramen Coupon Teriyaki Experience
Opinion

Budget Friendly Lifehack Tips to a Winter Warmer You

Is it just me, or do ramen noodles really hit the spot on those epic cold days? We’re in the middle of those epic cold days right now, so it’s time to lifehack our way to warmer selves without adding a second mortgage to pay our heating bills. Here are my top tips to keep you warmer this winter without hulk-smashing your budget. Lifehack Tips for Keeping Warm My first tip is all kinds of delicious. For a limited time, Teriyaki Experience has you covered with their Winter Warmers promotion (Feb 13 to Mar 12). Enjoy a heaping helping of

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Air Canada Reveals New Brand including Rondelle on Tail
Geek Travel

Air Canada's New Fleet Design, Inspired by Canada

Air Canada unveiled their revitalized, modern brand today. With both Canada’s 150th birthday, and Air Canada’s own 80th anniversary in mind, Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines led a small team of four highly creative, Canadian talent to redefine their customer experience on a global platform. This morning’s audience of media, executives and customers were asked by Smith to remember their first experience with Air Canada. My first memory was when I was four, traveling with my mom back home to Toronto from Edmonton after visiting her sister and kids. This trip home was particularly memorable as I distinctly recall my mother

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Nintendo Switch Console will release sometime in 2017
Geek Culture

Nintendo Switch: Bridging the Divide for All Gamers

Nintendo Switch may be leaving some gamers cautiously excited for a new console. Ever since the drastic departure of the mainstream gaming audience when Nintendo GameCube was released, the Nintendo franchise made a switch into family/group gaming and activities, beginning with the launch of the Wii. Is Nintendo attempting to lessen the divide of mainstream and family gaming? Or simply improving on the success of the Wii system? Tomorrow, we’re going to have our questions answered live by Nintendo in Japan. If you haven’t seen the Nintendo Switch introduction yet, take a look. Nintendo Switch Console: Introduction Just going by

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Makeup for the Holidays - Look Fab
Beauty Trends

Want to Look Refreshed All Season Long? Here's to Looking Flawless Always

Never fear, the right makeup and skincare products to look awesome always is here! Let’s face it, “The Holidays” is absolutely synonymous to “OMG, I need sleep,” and “Give me a Peppermint Chai Latte, skinny milk, one packet of honey, with ALL THE WHIPPED CREAM STAT.”  The busiest time of the year is an understatement, and it’s not even your busy that may drive you to the nearest chic wine bar this week. It’s everybody else’s busy. It’s while you reenact a bumper cars ride while you’re trying to find that one store that moved from the middle of the mall. It’s when you find yourself standing

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Holiday Gifts for the Geek in Your Life
Geek Culture

The BIG Holiday Gift Guide for the Geeks In Your Life

So in the past few days, I’ve shared a few holiday posts, including the Geek’s Guide to Spy Gifts, and STEM / STEAM gifting for the kids in your life. This is my one BIG post on a number of gifts that would be super appreciated by the all around Geek (or nerd. Yep, we’re inclusive.)  Geek is a relative term though, don’t you think? There are Food Geeks, Sci-Fi Geeks, Music Geeks, even Antique Geeks. So, with all these preferences in mind, here’s a collection of gifts that will paste a smile on the Geek on your list. The CASUAL Geek This

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STEM STEAM Holiday Gift Guide
Technology & IoT

A Geek’s Guide to STEM/STEAM Holiday Gifting

Are you a fan of STEM toys? Did your world right itself the moment you heard of STEAM? Maybe you haven’t heard of either yet? This gift guide is going to give you a heads up on some truly awesome, and affordable gifts that will help your child build more familiarity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Your child doesn’t suddenly need to be the next Tony Stark to survive their adulthood, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that these five subjects are going to play a major role for everyone. Not only as careers, but their entire livelihood. It

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Geek's Holiday Gift Guide for the Spy Who Loves You
Geek Culture

The Geek's Holiday Gift Guide for the Spy Who Loves You

Thanks to Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Jay and I got a chance to snuggle up on the couch, with an abundance of popcorn, and watch Jason Bourne give a serious beat down on some baddies. Serious beat down.  This guy has some moves, whoa. While watching the pre-release copy of the film, I was continually surprised at how much tech our favourite spy/assassin used that is widely available on the consumer market today. Tech that would also happen to make for great Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Awesome, right? Do you know someone who wants to be a spy?

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RBC Rewards Credit Card Holiday Promotions
Opinion

Live the RBC Rewards Lifestyle This Holiday Season, and Earn Points Faster

What is your favourite way to stretch your holiday budget? I’m always looking for the best ways to save as I’m entirely eager to take a vacation once January rolls around. November and December are epically busy months, simply to shop for gifts, prepare special dinners (9 birthdays, Christmas and NYE parties for this household,) glam up for office parities, deck the halls, write out Christmas cards, and at some point, get the nephews to visit Mall Santa. Whew. It sometimes takes a Master’s degree in shopping to save money, so here’s a little tip for you. Earn as many

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Giving back in Toronto on #GivingTuesday
Opinion

What #GivingTuesday Means, And Who Needs Help in Toronto

Giving Tuesday ( #GivingTuesday) started four years ago in 2012, according to Wikipedia, as a hashtag based promotion for giving back. It’s an American-based International day that follows some of the biggest spending days of the year, though only 18% of Americans have heard of it so far. Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, tied in with American Thanksgiving weekend, are all about shopping for oneself, and getting the best deals for Christmas presents. Since 2012, Giving Tuesday follows right afterward as a reminder that there are many out there who are in need, and while its awesome you got an

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Your Delicious Burger Becomes a Star at South St. Burger
Opinion

South St. Burger: Where Your Delicious Burger Becomes a Star

So South St. Burger has got a new fan in a 6 year boy, named Kit. And hey, his Chachi (auntie… that’s me!) has been a fan for a while now, but certainly has a new appreciation for this burger joint that aims to make your burgers better. Kit is absolutely mesmerized with the idea that he can make his own delicious burger just the way he wants it, without any say from his parents, nor Chachi nor Chacha. Want to add all the hot peppers in the world on your burger, Kit? Go right ahead. … He wouldn’t. His

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#GiftTheCode Hackathon - 40 hours to build apps for charity, sponsored by Capital One Canada.
Technology & IoT

#GiftTheCode Hackathon Tugs at Your Heartstrings

A few weeks ago, Capital One Canada hosted a hackathon in Toronto to support six local charities that are right in the thick of things. These charitable groups are on the front line of serious issues facing Torontonians today. But, they’ve found they too need a little help of their own to continue to raise the bar for the quality of life or our family, friends and thousands of neighbours. Participants quietly hard at work on Saturday afternoon. GiftTheCode Hackathon: T-Minus 40 Hours One hundred and forty-one truly inspiring strangers banded together and formed 24 teams for 40 consecutive hours,

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