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  • Monkey 12:30 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: child-proof, childproof, doorslam, equipment, geek, wire, wires   

    Baby-proofing your geek equipment… 

    There comes a time, for every geek Dad, when he has to face the inevitable. No more can he proudly display his collection of rare Tripods DVDs and Blu-Rays, his gadget collection and trailing wires for maximum network efficiency. It is time to put away these things, so that his precious equipment – as far as possible – can be protected from the hands of his meddling offspring.

    But where can you get this fabled stuff? I’ve managed to get safety socket covers in Ikea and child-proof cupboard latches in Boots, but where can one find:

    • things that will cover and combine wires without leaving them trailing all over the floor
    • soft gel-like corners for coffee tables
    • retrofitted glass doors for bookshelves/display units to stop kids walking into them
    • door-slam stoppers

    and more importantly, what have I forgotten?

    This was prompted by an article I found in a supermarket magazine which, rather unhelpfully, doesn’t say where these items can be purchased…

    • Imran 1:13 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ikea has many kids-friendly equipment – I got cable tidies, door stops, and table corner guards from there.

    • David Peacock 4:58 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Please do not use socket covers, they are completely unnecessary in the UK and reduce the safety of our sockets!

      See http://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk to learn more.

    • Jennifer Jain 7:15 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We have the rather attractive Lindam Safe and Secure playpen which opens out as a room divider. Currently, instead of housing small children the playpen houses the television and assorted gadgetry and cables. It has worked though!

  • HyperHam 1:05 pm on May 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: amazon. ebay, comic books, geek, moving   

    When Geeks Move 

    I’m at my ancestral home for the rest of this week, and have been furiously scrambling to downsize the amount of crap in the house (rather my amount of crap, I’m not in charge of these crazy people’s stuff).  The biggest argument thus far between Monkey and I is over my slash and burn approach to my stuff – 80% of everything I touch is donated to Goodwill, 15% is being sold of Amazon, and 5% I will actually keep.  Some things are easy to decide – old cards from friends are ripped up, family cards are kept.  Old college theatre programs are gone, one copy of each HS one are kept.  If it has a UPC code, I am selling it; if it doesn’t, I am going to try to eBay it.  The tough part comes when I encounter my geek stuff.  I have 3 first edition waterglobes from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Two I bought, but the first (and most valuable) was a gift – do I dare sell it, or do I keep it here, knowing it will probably never make it to the UK in one piece?  My comic books are all bagged and boarded, and will cost a fortune to ship, but are practically worthless in the resale market.  Can I justify holding onto them for another 50 years and going for a sale then?  I’m lucky, as a comic nerd I embraced the digital medium pretty enthusiastically (read:  Underground pirated copies, scanned and traded via FTP).  If I wasn’t, I would be wading through literally thousands of titles, deciding what stays and what goes.  I’ve decided to leave them all here for the time being – I don’t have the energy to price each individually, and frankly, I don’t have the time to read each one again, which I would invariably do the second I plopped myself in front of the boxes.


    Geek life, yo.  This shit just got real.

    • almost witty 1:34 pm on May 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      If it's something you want to read again, take it home and keep it, I say!

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