Thursday, September 24, 2015

Captain, the dilithium crystals, she can't take any more!

Not too long ago, I saw a rechargeable battery go on sale. It was around 10 bucks and I figured if it was bad I won't lose too much. It turns out it's AWESOME! It's easy to plugin and throw in a bag,  It has two USB ports that make it really easy to share with someone else on the couch. I like this item a lot and I wouldn't recommend it unless I used it.
I ended up buying two of these.
As we enter hurricane season, I remember all the blackouts from the last hurricane and think these will make a nice addition to the preparedness kit.

Click the photo to get one.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Do your duty!

For many years I have been ambivalent about getting a flu shot. I would if it was convenient but otherwise I never thought much about it. A recently read article changed my mind. It was off of the Huffington Post, and the title read There's no good reason not to get a flu shot. About half way through I saw this line, A FLU SHOT IS A CIVIC ACT. This really got me thinking. Of course a vaccination protects more than just you. It helps “young children, with older people, with people with cancer, people with serious lung disease -- we are walking around, we are the transmitters in our community." Where we can, we should protect others is an idea that resonates with me, and so I did my duty and got a free shot. Took a few seconds and now I got a warm glow.
Why not do the same?
Don't be a transmitter.

The time to jump on Amazon Prime is now

I use Amazon a lot, too much actually. The reason is that Prime has made it very simple to not have to think about shipping and getting some money off items. Normally, the price for this is $99 but on Friday it drops to $67. I do really like the service and it even comes with a bunch of streaming videos. If you've been on the fence about this, it might be time to decide.
Read more here

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Debates are my World Series

If you'd like to watch the presidential debate tonight you have to be a cable subscriber. I am not but I am a political junkie and I do have a lot of time to search for alternative streams. So far, I found one that allows you to watch without a subscription. It may take a while for it to load, so I would do that well before 9 PM (the start of the debate).
So get out your popcorn and watch the Republican debate!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I see right through you

That moment in Star Wars, where R2 plays back a Princess Leia's message in hologram form was awesome to me. The idea of watching shows, movies, a floating format is beyond cool. We are fast approaching these times. There is a ton of work being done on better visual holograms, also ones that encompass touch as well.
To get a very primitive feel for the beginning of this trend, try this project.
I'll be making this soon.

I like money back

I am testing a new service called Paribus,that basically goes through your Amazon purchases, finds any items that have fallen in price since you bought, and tries to refund you the difference. If you're interested register through this link and you will get a better refund percentage.

Don't feel obligated to try it. It is free but they do need a lot of info and if you're skeeved out about that sort of thing, then skip it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I need this!

Who wouldn't want a KITT controlled center in the middle of their car? Did I mention it even comes with voice clips from the Knightrider show? Oh Yeah, it's also something useful, a car USB charger.

Grab one here!

I so hope the power booster works!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Darn kids and their texting language

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As we age, we romanticize our youth and our history, We forget what is was really like and gloss over imperfections. People were nicer back then and blah blah blah. The thing is, humans are basically the same creatures as we always were. Here is a great article showing the speech/writing habits for telegraph operators in 1902. They seem awful close to other shortened language forms.
I wonder how Text speak will be viewed in 2102.

Below is a sample with translations.
Check the site for more info

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A modern fairytale

I love the guys at EverythihngIsTerrible. They comb through old video tapes to find strange gems. This video is a perfect captured moment in time showing the frustration and terror of most people of computers at this time.
My favorite moment is when she makes a copy of the floppy using the Xerox machine.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Amazing Bethesda!

I have always loved the Fallout games. They blend a sandbox world with a 40's/50's aesthetic. Even though there are glitches with their games, the games are always worth powering through. In all of the editions, our hero is equipped with a Pip Boy. Basically, a do-all database bracelet for the apocalyptic set.
The latest game is set in Boston and comes with a preorder goodie that is a shell of the pip boy, that a smart phone fits inside. It has playable connectivity with the game, which is incredible.

I am over the moon excited about this.
Check the site and description here.