You’ve Been Rick-Rolled!

I have Rick-Rolled you, but I have a really good reason. Last week I wrote about the remastered version of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” was creepy. and that the song was mediocre And then the notes started coming in. From one of your UK based followers….just to let you know Rick is a national treasure here (still …

The Biggest Beth Z Giveaway Ever!

Have I told you lately that I love you? My nerdy community is the best. I’m giving away 45 prizes and services worth more than $2021 to thank you for your awesomeness. You read that right… 45 people will win something awesome! Three Awesome Nerdy Surprises from Amazon ($20×3=$60) A Super-Deluxe Nerdy Surprise from Amazon ($103) Five Copies of The …

Three Cool Gadgets

This week we finally installed the circuitry to enable my smart water faucet, so I thought it was a great time to walk around the house and share some of my favorite gadgets. Here are three techy gadgets that I love. One: Pix Backpack When I wear this backpack out and about, people follow me around because it’s animated! The …

Four Ways to Improve an Image

We snap thousands of images a year on our phones, but few of them go anywhere. And the ones that do could use some upgrades to make them more interesting. Here are five tech tools to change your boring image. One: Take out the background You take an Instagram-worthy family portrait in front of a pile of dirty dishes. Time …

A Virtual Trip to the Library

As a kid I spent hours and hours exploring the stacks of libraries, getting lost in the shelves and dragging my fingers along the spines. That’s why Open Library’s explore feature delights me so. They’ve arranged scanned-in books on virtual shelves that you can browse and lose yourself in. Check out my 98-second overview, then spend your afternoon in the …

All the Laughs from 2020

As we end this year, let’s focus on some of the giggles we had. Here is a compilation of a year’s worth of Laughs of the Week from NerdWords, our weekly newsletter. This embedded version is a little small, so you can click here to see the bigger version on your screen.

Family Time Technology

Although the holidays are going to look different this year for most of us, we still want to celebrate our families and be together however we can. These tools will help erase the miles between you and your loved ones until we can be together again. White Elephant Gift Exchange If you bring this Baby Yoda Chia Pet to your …

PhotoRoom App Sample

PhotoRoom App Review

I just love apps that do things instantly… and the new PhotoRoom app does just that. I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent trying to remove backgrounds from photos. Yes, I love remove.bg (photos) and unscreen.com (videos), for removing backgrounds online. But they require me to be in a browser, and sometimes I just want an app. PhotoRoom instantly …

Upgrade Your Zoom Backgrounds

By now you may have discovered the cool little Zoom feature that lets you add a virtual background. When you click on your video icon in Zoom, the option pops up to choose a video or image for your background. You don’t even have to have a real green screen… Zoom will superimpose the background even over your messy office, …

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Apps for Spring Discoveries: PlantSnap and Merlin Bird ID

Nerds like me don’t get out much (really not kidding about this one), but when I do enjoy the great outdoors, I take my tech with me. Here are some super-techy tools for outdoor activities. PlantSnap: AI Plant Identification App plantsnap.com Our home in Tennessee has about 2 acres, and when we first moved in, we had no idea what …