Archive for January, 2010

Initial thoughts on Apple’s iPad

Initial thoughts on Apple’s iPad

Well, the wait is over. A long, long seventeen year wait if you had (or lusted after) an Apple Newton: Apple’s return to a hand-held, touch-sensitive computing device. The iPad was unveiled today and attempts to fill the niche between full-fledged laptop computer and a smartphone. Yes, you could say the iPod Touch or iPhone […]

Posted in: technology
Wireless USB Infrared PC Remote Control Mouse for PC by HDE Review

Wireless USB Infrared PC Remote Control Mouse for PC by HDE Review

I’ve spent the last two months migrating towards home theater personal computers (HTPCs) in my house. It’s an effort to simplify my home audio/visual system, play high definition content, and allow for some quick Internet access. Along the way I’ve learned some interesting things, like how important keyboards and on-screen zoom are when you try […]

Posted in: review, technology
Apocalypse Chow Book Review

Apocalypse Chow Book Review

One of the reasons I like zombie movies is that they are conversation starters for disaster preparedness. “What would you do if there was a zombie apocalypse” is a nice science-fiction way of saying, “what would you do if the world went crazy for awhile?” I credit Romero’s Night of the Living Dead for starting […]

Outdoor Products Ultimate Dry Sack Review

Outdoor Products Ultimate Dry Sack Review

I recently built two “bug-out” bags (BoB), and did some of my shopping at Wal-Mart. I had plenty of supplies here at the house, but I needed a few odds and ends. I happened to see a three-pack of dry sacks by Outdoor Products. They might come in handy, especially for things I really really […]

Posted in: preparedness, review
Casio WVM120J-1 Men’s Solar Atomic Watch First Impressions

Casio WVM120J-1 Men’s Solar Atomic Watch First Impressions

I review the Casio WVM120J-1 Men’s atomic solar powered wrist watch.

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Zipit Opener plastic clamshell package opener follow up

Zipit Opener plastic clamshell package opener follow up

About five months ago I wrote about the Zipit Opener, which is a battery-powered doodad that helps you open plastic packaging. I didn’t think too highly of the Zipit, but now that some time has gone by and I’ve used it more, I thought I’d do a follow up. Unfortunately the Zipit still isn’t very […]

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Upcoming Virginia firearm bills you may be interested in

Upcoming Virginia firearm bills you may be interested in

I’ve held a concealed carry permit in Virginia for over thirteen years. I believe that citizens are responsible for their own safety and that if you are legally able to own a firearm you should be able to legally carry it. To that end, some interesting bills are coming to Virginia this year. The Virginia […]

Posted in: guns
Random Motorcycling Tip #13: Prepare For the Worst

Random Motorcycling Tip #13: Prepare For the Worst

Let’s face it. Motorcycling is a dangerous activity. If you have training, gear, and experience motorcycling might be less dangerous than if you have none of these, but the fact of the matter is you never know when something unexpected is going to happen. A truck could run a red light and smash you to […]

P90 Basic (the second time): Day 25

P90 Basic (the second time): Day 25

The holiday always throws a monkey wrench in my workout plans, and last year was no exception. We’re back on the Tony Horton home workout wagon now, and here are my thoughts after session 25 of P90 Basic by Beachbody.com … the second time around. Tags: P90

Posted in: fitness & grooming
Zombie Fluxx Card Game Review

Zombie Fluxx Card Game Review

I received Zombie Fluxx as part of my 2009 Ars Technica Sekrit Santa gift. I had some limited, prior exposure to the original Fluxx game several years ago when I worked in Maryland and remember not liking it. I wasn’t entirely sure why I didn’t like it, and in fact I don’t remember if I […]

Posted in: games, review, zombies