Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Teaching at Riverbend

Riverbend RV resort was actually one of our very first teaching RV related jobs - even before we were Geeks on Tour. We were working for Coach Connect, the company that installed their WiFi. We were there to teach them how to use it. It didn't work great then, and 15 years later, they still have problems. WiFi just isn't meant to work in large outdoor areas like an RV park! We can't wait for 5G.

This time around we were invited by people who stay there and have seen our seminars at FMCA rallies. We are teaching:
  1. Smartphones: What Does This Button Do?
  2. Google Photos: What to do with all your pictures?
  3. Technology for Travelers
  4. Create your online Travelog


Here is the photo album from this visit to Riverbend.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review

What a year!

We call this being "semi-retired" and yet we did more this year than ever. By trading in our big RV for the little one, we acknowledged that we are no longer "fulltime" RVers. We do have a stick & Brick home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but as you can see from the map, we weren't there much.

You might notice that there's not much in this blog for the end of the year ... I'm tired! But, I still hope to go back and fill in some of the blanks. Meanwhile, if you click on the menu above for our Photo Albums, I have been keeping up with that. (because it's so easy with Google Photos :-)

And, here's the 3.5 minute movie I put together of the full year.



Happy New Year everyone! Let's see just how good we can make 2018.


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Friday, October 27, 2017

Victor and Penny Groupies

After their gig in Kansas City, Victor and Penny performed the next night in Nebraska then, they told us they would be at a small town called Fairfield, Iowa. We looked at a map and it was on our way to our next gig in Moline, Illinois.
Let's Go.

We splurged and booked a room in the same hotel where Victor and Penny were staying. I think that was first for all of our years in RVing, we never stayed at a hotel rather than the RV.  This is another benefit of the little van camper, that we can park in a hotel parking lot no problem. It was good timing too - it was COLD. And the hotel room had a large, jacuzzi bathtub as well as a fireplace. We enjoyed ourselves. Would you believe that Fairfield, Iowa is known as the home of Mahareshi University of Transcendental Meditation OOH!


They played music at another unique venue



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The Geeks go to Kansas City to see Victor and Penny

This is the way we travel. We book speaking engagements (gigs) and travel from one to the next. When we finish one gig, we look at the calendar, then we look at the map. If there's time, we find someplace in between this gig and the next where we can play a little. We were very excited about visiting Kansas City to see Victor and Penny, but we had no idea what other goodies lay in store.
Kansas City is cool!
First of all, we found a Casino parking lot that allowed overnight parking. It was right on the banks of the Missouri river and easy walking distance to downtown.




We walked a little ways to the City Market, then we caught the free city trolley up to the Union Station and the WWI Memorial. We had a gorgeous day!


View of Kansas City from the WWI Memorial park

Just by luck, we decided to step inside Union Station and we read the first billboard about "Living History." It's an app that adds Augmented Reality to your phone, you see people and things from history and you can even take a picture. One story was about how people danced the Charleston, and Jim even got in the action.

After all that fun, it got even better as we made our way to the Knuckleheads Saloon where Victor and Penny were playing that night.


In this video you can see the whole story, and hear them play!




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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Farm and Barn

Traveling thru the midwest, you see a lot of farmhouses and barns. Every one is an artist's dream. I can just imagine a painter setting up her easel and spending hours in the golden light capturing the faded glory of a rundown barn. All I have is a fleeting second speeding by on the highway, but my phone's camera is ready and I snap a hasty photo thru the bug-splattered windshield.

Looking at this mess, you wonder, "Was it even worth the effort of holding the phone and tapping the shutter button? Well, with the photo editing tools at our disposal now - I think you'll be surprised.
First, just using the basic tools of Google Photos, I can crop, color correct and enhance the photo I took.

That's a lot more attractive than the original picture I snapped. In fact, I kinda like it! I like it so much that I wonder what another app can do. It's called Prisma and it is pure magic. It uses different artists styles and somehow takes your photograph and converts it to artwork in various styles. Just one tap on my phone's screen creates each of these images.








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