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    Here's info you might be looking for, or photos or videos, stuff that I found interesting, and you might find it interesting too.

    Friday
    Aug022019

    Giz Wiz Meet Up #9! Sunday, September 29th 2pm to 4:30 pm. NYC

    We've moved our annual meetup by a few weeks hopefully so the weather is a bit more predictable. It should be warmer in NYC late September than mid-to-late October. This year's meetup is at Gizneyland with most of activities taking place in our own Gizneyland backyard!

    As in past years they'll be games, prizes, beer, soda & things in bowls. Free of course.

    And OMGchad will be here 'live & in person"!! (I've always wanted to meet him in person.)

    This year we need a better count of who is coming so we can buy the proper amount of refreshments. So if you're planning on attending, email us at mail@gizwiz.tv. In the subject line just tell us you're coming & if you're bringing a guest(s).

    If you can't make it don't worry, we'll 'live stream' somet of the event so you can watch it no matter where you are. (Assuming you have Internet & something to watch it on.)

    Gizneyland backyard. Will you be here on September 29th?

     

     

    Friday
    Nov302018

    Who helps find all those gadgets for The Giz Wiz Show & World News Now?

    YepYes, Dennis Wunderlin. The number of products he's found and the number of videos he's shot for the Giz Wiz Show, our YouTube Channel and even World News Now have passed the 500 mark. Dennis not only designed the Giz Wiz logo, but he also roams the aisles at trade shows looking for gadgets for The Giz Wiz to use on his ABC News spots, the Giz Wiz Show, The Tech Guy Radio spots, and Computer America. He's done a couple of reviews of his own, but he prefer to remain behind the camera. 

    The Giz Wiz video channel:

    www.gizwizvideos.com

    In addition to shooting great videos, Dennis is a commercial artist for Metro Creative Graphics. He also does other freelance art. You can sample of his work at this website.

    Dennis Wunderlin's Website:

    www.wunderlinart.com

    Wednesday
    Nov282018

    Gadgets I talked about on the Nick Digilio Show, WGN, November 29, 2018

    Some how I got suckered into doing Nick's show once again.

    They operate their guest procurement the way scams operate. They call you on the phone and say are you "Dick DeBartolo". You automatically say 'yes' and then they insist they have you on record as saying "yes" to being on the show!

    Anyway, it's usually fun (mostly). Here's a quick list of what I talked about mostly. And remember, Amazon prices can change at any time!!! These were the prices I found online at 10 PM 11/28/18. (You can also use the search feature on this website - middle column - to find more info about most of these gadgets.

    Reindeer Ringtoss --- $11.00 for two sets. Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TYnNll

     

    Smash Mute Button--- Giant button to mute & unmute your TV sound in seconds!

    Under $20.00 https://amzn.to/2P81VzW

     

    Button Lamp - 6-pack for under $10. I don't recommend the 3-pack for $7.99. Adhesive disc for quick installation. Ultra-small13 Lumen LED for tiny dark places. Inside drawers, tool box, etc. Company says battery life is over 17 Hours.

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DZWHFq

     

    Kalorik Easy Pour Waffle Maker. $39.99 Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2P6gBQd

     

    Perfect Drink 2.0 Smart Scale and Interactive Recipe App,Wireless (Bluetooth 4.0) Includes: a wireless smart scale, app, 750 ml stainless steel shaker, and phone/tablet stand. Scale capacity: 0.5 grams to 5 kg $20 Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Q1aZw8

     

    BRILLIANT PAD - WORLD'S FIRST SELF-CLEANING PUPPY PAD & DOG POTTY

    $129.99 Amazon: https://amzn.to/2P6i8Wt

     

    Chow Crown- silly spinning food crown. Catch the food as it spins past your face. --- FOOD NOT INCLUDED. MSRP $19.99. About $15 on Amazon https://amzn.to/2TW8VDG

     

    Organize all that junk you have jumbled in the kitchen drawers with the Junk Drawer Organizer. This looks like a silverware tray, but it's designed to help you keep all of your miscellaneous objects organized. A few of the 23-compartments  $12 https://amzn.to/2zreW2I

    ExcelMark Rolling Identity Theft Guard Stamp (Identity Theft Roller Stamp with Refill Ink Set) $8 Stamp alone --- about $13 with 3 refills. Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TTlVtX

     

    Cauldryn, which could be called ‘the Swiss army knife of travel mugs’. Different versions are here on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2E4vgKy

     

    Gorilla Gadgets Portable Wireless ChargerWith Qi Technology, External Battery Pack, Power Bank, LED light. Charges via cable & wirelessly & can itself be charged wirelessly – $22.00

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/2rbxSOE

    Hovershoes X1 'are easier to learn and safer than hoverboards' says INMOTION. Well, I think they have to add  “assuming you're young, agile and well coordinated. $499.99 http://www.hover.shoes/

    Most of these are Giz Wiz links. You pay exactly the same as everyone else, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a tiny credit to buy more stuff. (We spent over $2,000 buying gadgets on Amazon last year.) Thank you.

    Thursday
    Aug022018

    8th Annual Giz Wiz Meet-Up - Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 2 to 4:30 PM. -- Live! at the Gizneyland Studio

    Friends, Fun, Match Game questions, lots of cheap, crappy prizes too! Maybe some expensive ones too.

    Since so many people asked to see the revamped Gizneyland studio, we thought we'd just have the meet-up there this year. Chad will be in his Giz Wiz Studio in Dallas, Texas and we'll do part of the meet-up 'live' via YouTube & GizWiz.TV for all those who can't make it in person! We'll post the time of the virtual party when we get closer to the meet-up date! Our chatroom will also be open so you can watch and comment. We hope to have at least one person at the party monitoring the chatroom at all during the show.

    If the weather is good, we'll also use the backyard where you can see the Gizneyland Railroad running. And meet Charlie and Dennis in person too!

    Of course it's all free, but we'd like to know if you're coming so we can save the proper amount of space. Just send an email to gizwizshow@gmail.com and put "Meet-Up" in the subject line. If you're bringing guests, "Meet-Up +1, 2" or whatever number of guests. Hope to see you there.

    So live or in-person, we hope to "see" you on October 21st, 2018!

    Here's a photo (via Joe Bolanos) of last year's meet-up. Now you can see why we want to move it out of the sight of other people.

    Part of the new Gizneyland studio! You'll also see Dick's

    Wall Of Fame, Dick's Gadget Warehouse Shelves & more! 

    Monday
    Nov132017

    MAD Magazine leaves New York City.

    To ease the sadness of MAD leaving NY, Dennis is helping me build a MAD memories wall at Gizneyland studio. It's a great background for Podcasts too. Still some work to be done, but What Me Worry? (Yes, MAD is moving to Burbank, California, and they'll be a whole new staff out there. However, Bill Morrison, the new MAD executive editor wants me to continue my 51 year streak of being in every issue of MAD, so I will. And I'll be doing it here from my Gizneyland studio, also home of the Giz Wiz Show. (www.gizwiz.tv)