Open REST API for Trivia Questions

Just finished the first draft of a new open API I’ve been working on for access to trivia questions. If you want to signup for an account (all free and open, remember) you can then make calls to retrieve questions, tags, and categories. You can also post your own questions if you’ve got ’em.

Here’s a sample call to retrieve 20 Jeopardy style questions at an offset (basically pages) of 2:

GET http://trivia.propernerd.com/api/questions?limit=2&offset=2&style=jeopardy

Here’s the response (all responses are JSON):

[ { "id":"106", "user_key":"1", "style":"standard", "difficulty":"0", "category":"Firefly", "question":"From what facility did the ship's doctor Simon rescue his sister River from?", 
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The Best Tough Camera Gets Better

What can survive 50 feet underwater, 220 pounds of crushing pressure, 7 foot drops, and 14° F? Not just any camera, that’s what Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4. The previous camera in the Tough series was among the best of the waterproof, rugged, point-and-shoot category of cameras. The new TG-4 ups the game with a bunch of improvements, including RAW shooting, WiFi and GPS built-in, Compass, 10 frame burst mode, and more. With the WiFi you can quickly transfer your photos directly to your smartphone. This would be a great addition to your toolbox for taking some great before and after … Read more

From Idea to App in One Week

I recently had an idea for an app. Something to help keep score while playing basketball. Great, not really a big deal, should be able to do this in a day or so. So, it took about a week once all was said and done, after which it sat in the Apple App Store queue for longer than it took to actually create.

The first thing I did was put together some rough designs in Photoshop. Initially I was thinking it would just be an iPad app, but after talking to some other people I decided to add the iPhone … Read more

The Most Advanced Water Hose Ever

The RoboReel Water Hose is the absolute coolest water hose I’ve ever seen. It’s apparently so great and in such demand the company can’t currently keep up with demand, even at the hefty price of $700.

So, what makes this water hose so great? It’s not just a water hose, it’s more of a “hosebot” [patent pending]. The core of this waterproof sphere houses a micro computer for  managing everything the unit does. A smart reel system ensures the hose never whips back too fast and stops if interrupted to protect it from damage. Not only does the brain … Read more

Big Update to my Game Buzzer iPhone App

I’ve been working hard on adding new features to my connected game buzzer app for iPhone. It’s been on the app store for a little over a year now and I really haven’t done much with it. Once I started the update process, it quickly became much more of a complete overhaul.

There were so many things I wanted to do that just adding them felt like just as much work as redesigning completely, so, that’s what I did. It may have taken me a bit longer than I wanted it to, but I think it’s totally worth it now … Read more

Everything you ever wanted in a toolbox and more

Whether it’s tech solutions like bluetooth speakers, LED lights, and USB device charging, or traditional things like a dry-erase white board, this toolbox packs it all. This is what you get from the CoolBox.

The tools we use have changed…so why not change what we carry them in? It is everything you’d expect…and more.

 

Here’s a list of the CoolBox features:

  • Bluetooth Speakers
  • USB Charging (2x ports)
  • LED lighting
  • Whiteboard
  • Dual handles (both sides and top)
  • Wheels
  • Tablet stand
  • Digital clock
  • Internal 20v rechargeable battery
  • Retractable power cord for passthrough power
  • 3-way power strip

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Leatherman Wearable Multitool

Forget fitness trackers and “smart” watches, this tool is the perfect blend of style and substance. The Leatherman Tread is a wearable multitool with more between 20 and 25 tools, depending on which configuration you choose. This convenience doesn’t come cheap though, going from $150-200 for the Tread and bumped up to $500-600 for the Tread QM1 (adds a quartz watch into the mix). Both versions come in either Stainless Steel and Black DLC (diamond-like carbon).

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Milwaukee M12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker

If you’re already a Milwaukee 12v user, this is a great addition to your toolbox. The wireless, bluetooth speaker is powered by all the same M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Batteries you already have. It’s durable and made to withstand drops, water and debris from around the jobsite. With the included 2.1A USB charger port you can charge while you listen to pretty much all phones and tablets.

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Worx SD SemiAutomatic Driver

Whether or not it’s something you need on the jobsite, it’s a very innovative and fun driver for around the house. Keep all your bits together inside the revolver-like barrel, it’s a six shooter. To change bits, just pull back the top slide.

Here’s a few bullet points from the Worx specs:

  • Rapid Reloadable Cartridge allows you to store 6 bits in the tool, eliminating lost bits and time spent looking for them
  • Advance the correct bit with a simple slide-action – no more fumbling around with small bits
  • Front-mounted LED light means no more working in the dark
  • Powerful
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