Making Freaking Meetings Fun & Productive – Podcast

[29:55] Many people avoid meetings at all costs – they feel they’re unproductive, a waste of time and simply a bandaid for bad communication in an organization. In this episode Greg speaks with return guest Matt Abrahams, educator and coach whose extensive exploration, research and experience has led him to discover a collaborative approach to keep meetings fun and exciting. More importantly they be can productive in achieving the goals of the organization and add value to the teams. And you might even be thanked for running a meeting.

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Trouble hearing voices on TV? Try ZVOX AccuVoice

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually decipher and properly hear the dialogue in on TV and in movies? Yes, it’s baffling. As technology advances and the advent of immersive technologies like surround sound and Dolby Atmos, to enjoy as show, we still might have to crank up the volume, which may help marginally or turn on close captioning. Sometimes we may even have to “rewind” and go back to make out what’s actually being said. Of course, adding long term exposure to noisy environments, a little too much loud music and perhaps a little aging doesn’t help the cause either.

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Uber Canada offering 50% off round trips to vote

Discounts of up to $5 off each trip 

If getting to the polls is a reason not to get out and vote, Uber Canada is reaching out to help. As part of the company’s commitment to get people out to the polls, they’re offering discounts to riders. The discounts apply to on roundtrips to and from their local voting stations of up to 50%, up to five dollars off per trip, not including tips.

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MEATER: No more guessing to grill your meat to perfection

Whether you’re tracking the time or simply gauging by touch, some people just have the knack for knowing exactly when their meat has been cooked to perfection. For others like me, it’s always been about constantly hovering over the hot stove or grill poking your chicken, steak or fish with a thermometer or cutting into it to make sure it’s cooked right.

Dual Sensor Waterproof Wireless Probe

MEATER by Apption Labs, a gadget and companion app is one solution that can change all that. It’s a dual-sensor thermometer probe only 130mm long and 6mm diameter you leave in your protein. It’s also fully wireless as all the electronics are embedded and should last for up to 24-hour continuous use on a single charge. It’s waterproof and rustproof and made from highly durable stainless steel with a ceramic top. It’s also dishwasher safe so it’s easy to clean.

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Thermapen ONE instantly perfects your grilling

Perfect for checking for doneness

Even after years of preparing steak, fish or even chicken, do you still find yourself having to cut into your protein to make sure it’s cooked just right or well enough? Personally, even though I’ve used a typical thermometer, I think it’s due to a combination of its inaccuracy and perhaps some of my ineptness as a grillmaster.

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Locked out of your own WordPress site?

After being alerted to so many failed attempts for scoundrels to hack into my WordPress website, I thought it was high time I limit the number of attempts that can come from a particular IP address. I used a a plug-in that allowed me to configure a secondary authentication with limited log in attempts for added for an added level of security. So when I attempt to log in to my site to create a new post, it send me a 6-digit code to enter in order to login.

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11 highlights for Windows 11 coming October 5

Looks like 2021 will be known as the year of Windows 11, will begin being phased in starting October 5th, 2021. This comes a little over six years after the unveiling of Windows 10.

The newest iteration of Windows, the company says, “is designed to bring you closer to what you love,” and get ready to power your productivity and creativity.

Windows lovers will be happy to know that the upgrade is free.

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Netflix & Podcasts: Video is Loving the Radio Star

                    

Netflix Podcast: Strong Black Leads – Tracy Clayton(L) interviews Hollywood celeb Jason Weaver

The phrase, “Video Killed the Radio Star” is often cited as a metaphor with respect to the domination of video over audio.  It’s also a song by a British New-Wave band and one-hit wonder, Buggles and the first selection played by MTV 40 years ago this month, August 1, 1981 to be exact, that sparked the birth of the music video revolution.

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Math Makers kid’s game teaches math without parent’s supervision

Math Makers Screenshot

It has to be fun to learn math, unless you’re one who doesn’t like to have fun. That’s where Math Makers a new title by Montreal-based Ululab comes in. Like hiding turnips within the mash potatoes like Mom used to do, math lessons are seamlessly hidden within the gameplay of this app so kids will enjoy making their way through physics-based puzzles, not realizing they are learning lessons along the way. They’ll have fun and stay engaged as they encounter wacky and wonderful creatures, collect pets without feeling like they’re studying in school.

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Smart photo frame makes for a smart gift choice

Think of the plethora of pictures you snapped on your smartphone; chances are you haven’t printed one in eons but more likely shared them to the dark depths of Instagram and Facebook. But try to have that one particular memory at your fingertips to share at home or with family and friends without hovering around your phone or having to sign up for social media. 

It’s not such an easy task without a smart digital photo frame.

Today’s frames are smart and no longer simply grainy passive display mechanisms sitting off in a corner on some desk rotating through a bunch of grainy pictures. Many models from innovative companies like Nixplay and Photospring produce crisp images. 

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