Archive for November, 2009

Philips Prestigo SRU 8015 universal remote review

Philips Prestigo SRU 8015 universal remote review

My living room entertainment center is a device nightmare. I have a Toshiba television, a Sony receiver, a digital cable set top box with DVR functionality, an original Xbox running XMBC, and an Xbox 360. That’s five remotes, and that’s after I got rid of the Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube. For example, if […]

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Rock Island Armory 1911 Government and Officer model wear and tear update

Rock Island Armory 1911 Government and Officer model wear and tear update

I like getting the most bang for my buck — and as such really like my 1911 handguns from Rock Island Armory. I own both the 5″ barreled Government model (my review), and the 3.5″ barreled Officer’s model (my review). I like the Officer’s model so much that it replaced my trusty Glock 27 as […]

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Beard update: week two

Beard update: week two

Week two of growing my beard (and participating in the Ars Technica beard growing event). It’s still filling in, but I’ve passed two important milestones: 1) My face is warmer inside of my motorcycle helmet. The beard is definitely blocking some of the wind that bounces off of my chest and up into my helmet. […]

Random Motorcycling Tip #09: Dealing With “The Braker”

Random Motorcycling Tip #09: Dealing With “The Braker”

If you ride street a lot, you may have encountered this type of driver before: someone who rides their brake pedal as if their life depended on it. Accelerate, brake. Go downhill, brake. Go uphill, brake. On-ramp, brake. Brake, brake. It’s frustrating and dangerous at the same time. Motorcyclists need every bit of advanced warning […]

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Tripod Pearl

Tripod Pearl

My youngest dog Pearl has always been a bit of a klutz. I think part of it has to due with her mixed breeds (Akita and Border Collie), and part of it has to be due to her odd position within the house pack. Both sides of her heritage tend to be super-active, which leads […]

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Colgate Wisp review

Colgate Wisp review

When I saw the Colgate Wisp for sale at my local Target, I thought to myself, “this is a Gibberish review waiting to happen.” The Colgate Wisp is a mini toothbrush that does not require water, and does not require you to spit. I bought it thinking that it might be nice to use at […]

Get off my lawn: my disappointment with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Get off my lawn: my disappointment with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

I guess I’m officially old. When the sequel to Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare video game launched yesterday I was super excited. I took yesterday off in order to play online as late as I wanted to Tuesday and Wednesday. I played the original Modern Warfare a ton online, mostly “free-for-all,” which pits […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #08: Surviving a highway off-ramp

Random Motorcycling Tip #08: Surviving a highway off-ramp

I wrote about how I merge onto the highway on my motorcycle last month. Now that you’re on the horse, we’re going to discuss the dismount. Here’s how you can stay safer when exiting the highway. You really have to look out for two things when leaving the highway: cars also trying to exit and […]

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 releases today

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 releases today

Hopefully by the time you read this, Amazon.com will have delivered my copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the Xbox 360. This is the first game I’ve purchased on launch day in recent memory. I think Everquest was the last game I bought at launch, which would have been in 1999. Modern […]

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Fun by the Torchlight

Fun by the Torchlight

Torchlight by Runic Games is an isometric game for the PC that keeps in the tradition of Diablo, Diablo II, and Titan Quest, among others. The premise is simple: control your character as they fight their way down a very deep dungeon below a besieged town. When most video games are trying to cram in […]

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