Archive for February, 2011

Steelseries QcK StarCraft 2 Mouse Pad Review

Steelseries QcK StarCraft 2 Mouse Pad Review

I review the StarCraft 2 edition QcK mouse pad from SteelSeries. While a beautiful and consistent mousing surface, I am concerned about its long-term durability.

Posted in: games, review, technology
Hyatt Legal Plans and an Issue of Mis-Trust

Hyatt Legal Plans and an Issue of Mis-Trust

My new employer ran a promotion for Hyatt Legal Plans, a pre-paid law program where you pay $20 a month and get access to some legal assistance for a small deductible. On the surface, the program sounded like a good idea for me. I have a will and advanced medical directive that I drafted almost […]

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Eye Glasses from Zenni Optical: Spectacles for the Apocalypse?

Eye Glasses from Zenni Optical: Spectacles for the Apocalypse?

My vision sucks. I read a lot as a kid, especially in low-light conditions, and my mother’s side of the family has pretty bad eye-sight, too. It was a potent combination, and by twelve years old I was in glasses, and by fourteen I was wearing contact lenses almost full time. I’ve been considering eye […]

What to Look For In a Laptop If You Are a Normal Person

What to Look For In a Laptop If You Are a Normal Person

A friend of mine recently suffered a laptop failure and was looking for advice when buying a replacement. This has come up enough times that I thought I’d post something up. Please note that this advice assumes: the person using the laptop is interested in a Windows-based machine the person using the laptop will be […]

Posted in: technology
mCover Black Leather Folio Cover for Kindle Review

mCover Black Leather Folio Cover for Kindle Review

I review the black leather folding cover for the third generation Kindle made by mCover. It is an inexpensive, effective, no-frills cover. I like it despite a problematic elastic band that keeps the cover shut but is hard to manipulate.

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How to Clean a Black & Decker CBM210 Burr Coffee Grinder

How to Clean a Black & Decker CBM210 Burr Coffee Grinder

My workhorse Solis Maestro coffee grinder died last December. I was in a rush to replace it, and we were about ready to move, so I bought a cheap CBM210 coffee grinder from Black & Decker. The grinder has its plusses and minuses. On one hand, it was really inexpensive – $20 at Target – […]

Posted in: gibberish
First Trip to the Minnesota Zoo

First Trip to the Minnesota Zoo

One of the things I liked about living in Richmond was the zoo. I made fun of it for being low-rent and old school, but I really liked being able to get up close to the animals. I like taking pictures of the animals, so snuggling up is a big advantage. I recently went to […]

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Sad Day for Tea and Coffee Snobs: Upton Tea Imports Variable Temperature Kettle Out of Production

Sad Day for Tea and Coffee Snobs: Upton Tea Imports Variable Temperature Kettle Out of Production

I was talking about the AeroPress coffee maker to one of my co-workers yesterday. He asked me how I got the water as close to 200° F without boiling the water. I told him about my Upton Tea variable temperature electric water kettle, and scurried off to send him a link. I was aghast to […]

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