On your end-of-Fall camping list is camera, flask, and . . . camera flask? For geeks who like to enjoy a drink now and then, we've rounded up some playful, practical flasks with techie flair. Whether you're planning some outdoor time or planning for a quirky holiday gift, these tech and gaming-inspired flasks are sure to add a fun touch to the occasion.
College may be a blast, but it certainly doesn't come without its stressors. Whether you're anxious about money matters, cafeteria food, or a heavy workload, we've rounded up the best apps to help you manage it all. From cooking to note-taking, these downloads are sure to make your life a bit easier. Click through to see the 10 apps every college student should download.
Every August for about the last 2,000 years, the meteor shower Perseids has passed through the sky. The spectacle is linked to the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years. Here's how it works: as Earth passes through the comet's debris, the pieces burn in our planet's atmosphere to create a meteor shower. This year, the Perseid meteor shower will peak on the night of Aug. 11 and run through the morning of Aug. 12 — with Perseid rates that can get as high as 100 per hour.
Hoping to learn more about the Perseid meteor shower? Visit the NASA website for a live "Up All Night" chat with astronomer Bill Cooke and his team. The experts will be available to answer questions about the meteor shower from Aug. 10 at 11 p.m. to Aug. 11 at 3 a.m. EDT.
In the meantime, get more background on the Perseids from NASA's Science Cast below.
Thanks to the gorgeous rustic backdrops, camping trips provide great photo opportunities — well, except for that complicated campfire issue. Strange lighting, tricky exposure settings, and unavoidable weather conditions can make it difficult to take frame-worthy photographs around a campfire. Hoping to snap some pictures during your next outdoor adventure? Here, five essentials points to consider as you click:
- Time of day — First, decide what kind of mood you'd like to create. One of the most optimal times for shooting? Just after sunset. Still, photos taken in a bit of daylight can make for better lighting conditions and interesting background details. That way, you're not stuck with a pictures of floating faces beside the fire.
- Setup — Before you begin, focus on your subjects' faces to judge the exposure. Ideally, you'd like their faces to be lit evenly by the fire so that you can avoid awkward shadows. Easy tip: for additional lighting, place lanterns in strategic positions outside the frame.
- Flash — For a moodier effect and a flame-centered focus, you'll want to turn off the flash. However, if you do use a flash, then you'll be bringing extra light to your subject so that the exposure levels for the faces and the fire are more balanced.
- Composition — Consider the placement of people, the inclusion of surrounding objects, and the distance between your subjects and the fire. If your subjects are too close to the fire, then the exposure may be off, but if they're too far away, then their faces may turn out as silhouettes.
- Shutter speed — Don't be afraid to toy around with your ISO, aperture, and shutter-speed settings. A slower shutter speed will help to blur the campfire, while a quicker speed can give a crisp, clearer look to the flames.
Tell us: do you have any tips for shooting around a campfire?
It's time to download all the apps you need for a fun Fourth of July bash. Whether you want to create your own fireworks show, find the nearest beach, or dive into some new recipes for a backyard BBQ, we've rounded up the best apps to help you celebrate. Hoping to snap some awesome fireworks photos? Worried about your grill skills? Check out these seven apps to guarantee a festive, stress-free celebration.
Summer is the season for seeing stars — whether it's in your backyard or at a museum. From Chicago's Adler Planetarium to the Samuel Oschin Planetarium at the Griffith Observatory in LA, we're taking a look at some of the best planetariums to visit across the country. Revolutionary technology, high-tech dome theaters, and entertaining IMAX movies make these museums a must for anyone who's into astronomy.
Whether you're on the go or kicking back poolside, you should know that the best way to keep your tablet or ereader safe is to invest in a waterproof case. Scratches, dirt, water damage — you won't have to worry about any of it. Sounds too good to be true? From iPad sleeves to Kindle cases, these smart waterproof options protect all kinds of tablets.
- Email an ecard — Whether it's a quirky, sarcastic pick from Someecards.com or a more heartfelt note from an online greeting card provider, there are plenty of fun, free options across the web. Even better? The card appears instantly in his email, not in several days like with snail mail.
- Create a gif — Get in on the gif craze and make your own to share with your dad. Use the Gif Shop iOS App to create one right on your iPhone, then send it with some funny or thoughtful text to make it extra meaningful.
- Record an audio file — Can't make it home to celebrate? Sing a song, tell a joke, or say a sweet message, then send it to Dad as an mp3 file. That way he can hear your voice even if you're far from home.
- Make a Photoshop design — Create a funny magazine cover or a scrapbook-style collage in Photoshop. Another idea: go old-school with Microsoft Paint and draw a silly picture that's sure to make him laugh.
You go, GIF! The World Wide Web may not be able to agree on the pronunciation of the Internet's most indispensable moving image, but we're excited to celebrate its 26th year of existence.
To celebrate the endless entertainment GIFs provide, why not play around and design your own? Whether you're a hard-core techie or a beginner who prefers to keep things simple, we've rounded up a variety of apps and websites to help you make a creative GIF.
When it comes to fun, playful wedding ideas, a superhero theme is every comic fan's dream come true. Whether you're hoping for simple, subtle touches or all-out comic book mania, we've rounded up creative ideas to help you channel your favorite characters. From real wedding inspiration to affordable Etsy finds, here are 20 festive ways to channel your favorite superheroes on the big day.
For a fun, unique Father's Day card, look no further than Etsy; there are plenty of creative options there to suit your dad's geeky style. Whether he's a pop-culture nerd or an enthusiastic comic collector, we've found original, playful options for all types of geeky fathers. Looking for a way to say "I love you" before June 16? Choose from one of these great Father's Day card picks.
Guest lists, invitations, seating charts, decorations — planning a wedding forces you to manage countless details. Luckily, there are apps for that. Whether you're hunting for the perfect dress or trying to keep track of your expenses, these easy-to-use apps make the planning process much, much easier. From in-depth checklists to creative inspiration boards, here are nine must-have apps to help you organize your big day.
In celebration of Father's Day, we're taking a look at some of the most memorable geeky dads from film and television. Whether they were science nerds or die-hard dinosaur fanatics, these fathers had plenty of dorky quirks. From Danny Tanner to Darth Vader, here are 12 of our favorite geeky fathers in pop culture.
The next time you crave a movie night, skip the local cinema and step into your backyard instead. With minimal supplies and a simple, straightforward setup, you can create an outdoor theater for you and your friends. Hoping to soak up the warm evenings this season? Pop some popcorn, grab a few blankets, and follow these tips to watch your favorite flick right in your own backyard.
Choose the Space
- You can't have a movie without power, so be sure to find a spot outdoors with access to outlets.
- Design your setup with lighting in mind. Make sure that nearby house lights, street lights, or passing car headlights won't reflect against your movie screen.
Build a Screen
- Can't afford a retractable projector screen? Not to worry: there are plenty of DIY options. Opt for a plain, white wall or crisp, white sheets, either tautly taped or sewn together, to act as the display.
- For a clear, crisp image, create a makeshift blackout cloth by attaching dark fabric to the back of your white screen.
- If you're worried that your sheet will wrinkle or shift in the wind, then you can secure it with a thin frame made of wood or lightweight piping.
Set Up the Technology
- The gist: connect the video signal from your DVD player into the projector, then connect the audio signal from your DVD player into the speakers.
- Sure, you can go all out with surround sound, but a pair of basic computer speakers are a perfectly fine, easy-to-set-up alternative.
- Adjusting the size of your projection is as simple as moving the projector itself either closer to or farther from the screen.
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Let's face it, parties are awesome, but party planning can be more than a little stressful. Luckily, these apps will help you streamline your to-do lists and manage all aspects of the event, just in time for the kickoff of Summer. Whether you need a customized menu, drink recipes, or easy party games, we've found apps that are sure to simplify the planning process. Download these seven apps to make your next event the season's best.
Spending some time in the Summer sun is a blast — until you start to burn. In honor of Don't Fry Day, the sun protection awareness day that takes place each Friday before Memorial Day, we've found a few apps to help keep your skin out of burn-and-peel territory. From local UV index forecasts to personalized product suggestions, these apps are sure to turn your beach days into smooth sailing. Hoping to avoid a postvacation sunburn nightmare? Download these apps to make smart sun protection a breeze.
Technology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your wedding registry, but the gifting possibilities go beyond traditional fine china, fancy flatware, and bedding. If you depend on geeky gadgets on a day-to-day basis, feel free to add a few to your list. This isn't to say that you should go nuts at Best Buy scanning each and every dream gift, but it's important to include items that you genuinely want and need.
A good place to start: learn the proper registry protocol. Etiquette experts at Emily Post offer smart wedding registry rules to help you navigate the formalities. Anna Post confirms that it's perfectly OK to create a more unconventional registry with camping or tech items, but you should also provide guests with a more traditional list, too. Hoping to include some technology, but not sure where to start? Here are a few basic items to consider:
- DSLR camera, like the Nikon D800
- Flatscreen TV
- Record player, like this affordable Wood Turntable
- iPod speakers
- Blu-Ray player
- Gaming system
- Stereo system with surround sound
- The Nest Thermostat
- High-tech washer/dryer
Current and former brides-to-be: Did you include any technology on your registry? If so, which items? Share your suggestions in the comments below!
For a geeky bride's bachelorette bash, skip the standard Sin City routine and head for a nerd-friendly spots instead. Whether she's a hardcore Harry Potter nerd or a science enthusiast with a passion for astronomy, we've picked a variety of party destinations to suit her style. Check out these six cities to get inspired for a creative weekend where the bride and crew can let their geek flags fly.
Some of our all-time favorite geeks come from classic '90s television shows. Whether it was their supersize specs or their strange, silly mannerisms, these nerds managed to win our hearts with their quirky, lovable personalities. From Steve Urkel to Screech Powers, here are 10 TV geeks we couldn't help but adore.
How much do you know about the world's most famous geeks? Get a glimpse into their personal and professional lives with one of these fascinating books. We've rounded up nine must-read biographies to help you learn about the smartest, savviest nerds.