Geeky Tools to Help Keep Your Resolutions

2013oagdHappy New Year! I hope everyone had a great (and safe) New Year celebration. I stayed home and was in my PJs by 4:30. We did make steaks and twice baked potatoes, and stayed up til midnight, but that was the extent of our festivities. Just the way I like it. Did you make resolutions? I have a good friend who years ago resolved to not make resolutions. She also gave up giving up things for Lent. She’s kept to both of those. I admire her dedication. If you have made resolutions, getting a little help along the way is always good, so here’s some suggestions on tools and resources.

Lose Weight

This one is popular. So what’s a geek to do? Quite literally yesterday someone told me about Nerd Fitness. It’s quite literally a weight loss site for nerds. How awesome is that? They are also working on gamifing weight loss with Rising Heroes. Not sure how that’s going to work out, but I’ll be keeping my eye on it.

Get in Shape

This one sometimes goes along with losing weight and a lot of these resources can be used for either or both. Sites that can help you keep track of fitness (or calories) include My Fitness Pal and The Daily Plate. There’s also quite a few fitness trackers you can use. Popular ones include the Nike Fuelband and the Fitbit. There’s also quite a few smartphone apps out there that will do similar functions, depending on the features of your smartphone. I don’t have any, not sure if my smartphone would work with any of them, so I haven’t tested them out, but if you have, let me know!

Get Out of Debt

The classic computerized help for managing your finances is of course Quicken. It’s been around for years and has been very popular. Another popular option is which is pretty similar. Both have mobile apps, but Mint is free. Another free and somewhat new option is Manilla, which allows you to keep track of accounts and bills like utilities, credit cards, subscriptions, and loyalty programs. If you’re looking for help managing your healthcare bills, there are two options that I know of. Simplee and Cake Health which both work like Mint for your health care expenses.

Read More

In 2014 I’m hoping I’ll be able to participate in one of GoodReads challenges. Once I no longer have textbooks to read. If you don’t have that problem, check them out. LibraryThing is also a good book collection management site. If you’re interested in eReaders, I can’t recommend a Kindle enough. I have a 3rd generation, which came out the year before the popular Fire, but it’s still pretty cool. I love it. Another popular option is the Barnes & Noble Nook, but of course I’m partial to Amazon’s option.

Get Organized

This is something I’m constantly trying to do. Not even at new years. Like all the time. So maybe I’m not the best person to give you tips on this, but two things that I find that help me are to do lists and a note organizer. For these two tasks I use Astrid and EverNote. Astrid can sync up with your Google Tasks and Calendar and there’s an app you can download for your phone. Plus it gives you funny reminders to do things. For note taking, EverNote is awesome. I save blog ideas, recipes, sources for school papers, and everything else I can think of in it. They have web and mobile apps.

There are plenty other resolutions that people make, but these are some popular ones. I hope you find something that can help you. If you have any website, tools, or suggestions, please share, I’m always looking for helpful websites!

How Meta: Charity, Podcast, & Other

I hate blog posts about the blogs that the post is written on. Sadly, it is sometimes a necessary evil.

Extra Life Donation Drive

You may have noticed an Extra Life donation drive button on the right side of my blog. On October 20 at 8AM Central I’ll be starting a 24 hour video game marathon. I’m asking for folks to pledge to support me. All monies go to the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in my area. The default goal was $100, and since it was my first year doing this, I went with that not knowing if it was doable. I already surpassed that goal, but further donations are also appreciated. To donate please click on the widget or go to my fundraiser page here.

The Spline

I started a new podcast called The Spline. The topic is The Sims and SimCity, two games I really love. I couldn’t find an existing podcast about either of them, so I decided to start my own. Episode four was recorded this past weekend and is available for download. You can find it on iTunes and also Stitcher Radio. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Female Friendly Guilds

As always I’m always looking for female friendly MMO guilds to profile on the site. If you are a guild leader or officer of one, please contact me! It can be ANY game and your guild does not need to be female only.

Independent SciFi or Fantasy Authors

If you are an independent author writing in the SciFi or Fantasy genre, I would love to interview you here on Oh, A Girl Dragon. Please get in contact with me! The interview can be via email or IM, or if you’re interested, I can figure out how to do an audio interview!

Wanted: Guild Leaders & SciFi/Fantasy Authors

Guild Leaders
Looking for leaders of female friendly or female only MMORPG guilds. What game you play is unimportant. It doesn’t matter if you play something popular like World of Warcraft or some obscure browser game, if you can have a guild in it, and it fits the criteria, I would like to talk to you.

As for why, I’d like to highlight guilds across MMOs that are welcoming to women. Any gal who’s played an MMO knows how it can be a boys club and has likely been witness to or the victim of harassment of one kind or another. The guilds that don’t permit that, that’s the ones I’m looking for and would like to highlight here. The guild leader themselves do not need to be female to be highlighted.

Independent Science Fiction/Fantasy Authors
I’m also looking for Indie SFF Authors to spotlight here on Oh, A Girl Dragon. Tell me about your work, and spread the word about the stories you have to tell.

If you fall into either of these categories (or both) then please click on the Contact page at the top and send me a message. Interviews can be conducted either via email or IM.

Blog Debut… Because I’m The One That’s Cool

Welcome to the inaugural post of the Oh, A Girl Dragon blog! What is this all about? OAGD is about Sci Fi, Fantasy, Gaming, Science, and other geeky stuff but geared toward women. Don’t worry, guys, you are welcome here too. OAGD was initially slated to launch last fall, but things happened. Life got in the way. Woman plans, disc-bulge-in-your-neck laughs. Then Christmas hits. Crazy times all around. Now an opportunity to get things going again has presented itself, namely a class assignment to start a blog, and it is full steam ahead. Future posts might include upcoming movies, books, television shows, games, conventions, who knows.

And now for some content.

Oh, A Girl Dragon is not the only thing in the Geek-O-Sphere launching this week. Felicia Day’s new online network, Geek & Sundry hit the web as well. If you are unfamiliar with Day’s work, she is the creator of The Guild, a web series about an MMORPG guild staring Day herself as the lead character, Codex.

Joining The Guild under the Geek & Sundry production banner are a few new web series.

First off is The Flog where Day talks about some of her favorite things and explores a new hobby each week. Sounds a little Oprah-ish except Oprah never featured Gnome Zombies eating a lawn flamingo on her favorite things list. Her hobby this week is Blacksmithing. Day is a huge Skyrim fan and has upped her Blacksmithing skill to 100. So to appreciate the real art better, she goes to check out a real life Blacksmith. It’s all very Faile falling in love with Perrin. Well, no, it’s not but a girl can pretend.

Table Top is hosted by Wil Wheaton and introduces table top games and shows celebs (ce-webs?) playing the game. This week Wheaton is joined by Mythbuster’s Grant Imahara and Bloggers Jenna Busch and Sean Plott who all play a game called Small World. The video is not a review of the game, it’s a brief explanation of the rules followed by the foursome playing the game. It gives a good idea of how the game is played and whether or not a viewer would want to play the game. It’s an interesting take and the cleanest board game session in the history of board games. The table is clean without the usual pizza boxes and Mountain Dew bottles strewn about.

Also launching is Dark Horse Motion Comics, The Secret, an animated comic book, which is not a cartoon. The story is about some teens that pull some pranks and it backfires on them. The story is a horror comic and is certainly a different kind of medium. Worth checking out if you are into the horror genre.

Finally a new Guild music video, I’m the One That’s Cool, has been released as a follow up to their previous videos, (Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar and Game On. The song is fun tune about Geeks finally coming into their own and telling the cool kids where to go and how to get there.

Thanks for reading the first of what hopefully will be many blog posts here on Oh, A Girl Dragon!