Archive for June, 2009

100 Pushup Challenge

100 Pushup Challenge

So, there’s a thread over in the Lounge forum at Ars Technica about the 100 Pushup Challenge. The program prepares you to do one hundred pushups in a row — starting with 0 at week one, and ending up with 100 on week six. I just finished my second tour of duty with Tony Horton’s […]

Posted in: fitness & grooming
Zeikos ZE-WRC5 Wireless Remote for Canon digital cameras review

Zeikos ZE-WRC5 Wireless Remote for Canon digital cameras review

Here’s the short story: the Zeikos wireless remote shutter release for Canon cameras is a piece of garbage.

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Power Half Hour (round two): Session 30

Power Half Hour (round two): Session 30

I am going to finish my second round of the Beachbody.com Power Half Hour home fitness series today. I completed the first thirty day session in April, and enjoyed it so much I did it again. The Power Half Hour program is made up of five different sessions: abs, thighs, ass, arms, and then a […]

Posted in: fitness & grooming
FZ6 rider Lucky Devil’s cross country challenge

FZ6 rider Lucky Devil’s cross country challenge

Just a quick mention about a really cool blog for a really cool endeavor: fellow FZ6 owner Lucky Devil is riding across the United States. She sold everything she possibly could, gave up her apartment, loaded up her FZ6, and headed east. It’s the kind of thing I’ve wanted to do for a long time […]

Posted in: motorcycling
How to clean the beater / brush bar on a Dyson DC14 vacuum

How to clean the beater / brush bar on a Dyson DC14 vacuum

Almost four years ago I reviewed the Dyson DC07 Animal vacuum cleaner. Since then I’ve moved on to a DC14 Full Kit model. What I have never done in those four years is properly remove the trim to clean the “beater” brush bar that sweeps dust and other stuff into the vacuum. Before I went […]

Posted in: gibberish
Verizon FiOS to increase upload and download speeds

Verizon FiOS to increase upload and download speeds

Verizon is boosting its FiOS fiber optic Internet service upload and download speeds today, according to this Ars Technica article. My plan, which is already 5Mbps up, 20Mbps down, will supposedly go to 15/25 … which is pretty damn awesome. I immediately went to Speedtest.net to see if my line was upgraded, and so far […]

Posted in: technology
Givi E55 Maxia hard motorcycle luggage review

Givi E55 Maxia hard motorcycle luggage review

I install the Givi E55 hard motorcycle luggage top case on my 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A. It’s a monster.

Posted in: motorcycling, review
Beep beep

Beep beep

Okay, I admit it. I’m a sucker for the Keyboard Cat Internet meme. The concept is simple: take a video on the Web that involves some sort of disaster, and mix in a cat playing a goofy tune on a keyboard. I have many Keyboard Cat favorites: the two people trying to wheelchair backwards down […]

Posted in: link and run
Proof I am a nerd born in the 1970s: Exhibit #32,415

Proof I am a nerd born in the 1970s: Exhibit #32,415

My new 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A motorcycle has an electric windshield with an adjustable height. It is too hot to really deploy the screen in any other position but “low,” as I need as much airflow as I can get. However, the screen makes a very nice barrier against rain when adjusted to its full height. […]

Posted in: gibberish, motorcycling
Installing a Givi top rack on a 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A

Installing a Givi top rack on a 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A

I’ve grown accustomed to having a lot of storage on my motorcycle. I try to ride as much as I can, and that includes trips to Target or the grocery store. Before I signed the paperwork for my FJR1300A I put in an order for the Givi SR357 top rack from Twisted Throttle. As usual, […]

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