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Weird Al 8 vids in 8 days, Eww. Clean your earbuds, Get to work on RocketSkates

6:15 Talked about my weekend, what's coming up on the show and what Danielle and I will be giving away. I was bleary eyed and couldn't think...sometimes that happens. But I suspect you probably understand it and live the same reality on some Mondays dontcha? :) Thanks for bearing with me.  --mwah, Ro.

6:45 I started to spiral by mentioning that Weird Al released 8 videos in 8 days last week. His parody of Blurred Lines is Word Crimes rawks. I have to admit, it has me much more self conscious about my use of exclamation points and quotation marks. "Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes - YouTube


Anyway, I finally got to the point that I wanted to talk your earbuds. I never thought about it until I read this on

You probably use your earbuds all day — during your commute to work, work itself, and your commute home. As many times as you pull them in and out of your bag, you probably don't think often enough about keeping them clean. Unsurprisingly, earbuds can transmit bacteria from person to person if they're shared, and in some cases can even cause ear infections. Clearly they need to be kept clean, but what's the best way?

Obviously you can't just toss your earbuds in the dishwasher to clean them. While doing some research, I came across a few suggestions of how to properly clean earbuds. Here's how:

  • Use a gentle cleaner, like soap and warm water. No need to go too heavy-duty here; try a mix of dishwashing detergent and water.

  • Use a gentle cloth with just a small amount of the soap mixture. Too much soap could leave a residue on your earbuds, and too much water, well that goes without saying.

  • If there's a lot of dirt or dust in the metal part of your earbuds, try brushing them with a dry toothbrush to dislodge the dust.

  • Some earbuds, like Apple's In-Ear Headphones, come with removable (and replaceable) silicone covers, so try removing them and cleaning those separately.

  • Never submerge them in water. You'll damage the wiring. Ditto for running them under the faucet, even for just a second.

  • Remember to only clean your earbuds when they're detached from your iPod or other device!




7:15 So could this be your new way to work? I would love this. ..if I didn't live 55 miles away one way. I'd be wiped (and probably lose 20 lbs in the first month).

Commute to Work on Electric Roller Skates  Electric cars are a big-ticket item, but a California start-up company has a less pricey option for folks who want to get from point A to point B in a greener way: electric roller skates.

ACTON Global announced a Kickstarter campaign for its RocketSkates at the Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. 

The dual-wheeled RocketSkates attach to your shoes and can reach a top speed of 12 miles per hour. 

The RocketSkates can run for up to 90 minutes on one charge, and recharge in about the same amount of time. 

Users lean forward to go faster and lean back to slow down. Brakes are positioned on the back of each skate.  Users track battery life by using an iOS app. 

The company reached its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 in 24 hours.

RocketSkates will be available in three versions with different size batteries. The $499 “Rocket Red” can cover six miles on a 45-minute battery.  The “Terminator Chrome” costs $599 and gives the rider eight miles of skating and 70 minutes of battery life. The “Deep Space Black” offers a ten-mile limit and a 90-minute battery at $699.

But wait, there's more.  Paging Doc Brown! Jennifer Choy, a transportation engineer at ACTON Global, says the company is also developing a hoverboard.


8:15 I tell ya, Google wants it AAAAALLLLLL!

Google not only wants to control what and how you search, your smartphone, how you look up maps, but now they want a piece of the action when it comes to your eyes and what you see. What am I talking about? They super tech giant Google has now teamed up with drug maker Novartis to make “smart” contact lenses which will detect glucose levels in your tears and can transmit the information to your smartphone. Which could help diabetics monitor their glucose levels. Wow. I shutter to think of what they'll think of next. Actually, this one is great because it can help people keep tabs on their health. For real, your contacts would be smarter than you. (I stole that last line and this story from the clever girls at The Skimm. If you've never read it, you should! Get the Google gets your contacts story here:

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