Category Archives: Reviews


Summer Reading Recommendations

I recently had a friend ask me for summer reading suggestions, and we went back and forth for a bit on interests and what they’d already read. Out of that came a list of things […]


New Toy: Synology DS216Play

About a year ago I finally took the dive and started using Plex to host and play my videos. This happened about the time I write about how iTunes was a dumpster fire, because, well, […]



I’m someone who tends to find a game to go really deep into, and play it extensively until I get bored. Once I do, I seem to never go back. I’m also someone who really […]


Feliway Cat Pheromones

We got to take Manon in for her checkup and vaccines, which is always a fun adventure. When the vet came in this visit, she brought in a small spray bottle, sprayed a bit on […]


Hate your battery charger? Switch to USB.

I have long hated the battery chargers that come with most cameras. They’re big, bulky, expensive to replace, usually quite slow, and their user interfaces are inconsistent and inscrutable — does that flashing LED mean […]


Two new geek toys

I’ve recently added a couple of new toys to the collection here and I like them enough I wanted to share them with you. Mophie Power Capsule I keep a go bag set up for […]


P3 Portable Protein Packs

One thing that I’m starting to see are experiments in higher protein snacks. This is a good thing in its way, since I think it’s a hint that the fast food companies are starting to […]


Firewatch, Fallout 4, and Video Gaming

Let me admit up front that I’m not much of a gamer, and when I do game, it tends to be more casual and very old school; on my iPad I keep a Sudoku game, […]


Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Salt Sugar Fat Buy on Amazon One of the background tasks in my life since I was diagnosed with diabetes is to continually find ways to improve my lifestyle habits and eating. A bit part […]


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs Buy on Amazon I’ve finally finished Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs. Having worked at Apple through much of the time covered in the book, I was curious how my view of the […]


City of Ruins by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

City of Ruins by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Buy on Amazon City of Ruins is Kris Rusch’s sequel to Diving Into the Wreck, which I reviewed back in June. It carries forward the story of from […]

Two Bay Area Restaurants

This week I wanted to give a quick shout out to two local restaurants I’ve really taken a liking to. A friend of mine has a sort of hobby — he likes to discover the […]


Diving Into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Diving Into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Buy on Amazon This week I’m reviewing Kristine Kathryn Rusch‘s Diving into the Wreck, the first book in a new SF series. This is high energy space […]


Old Friends

Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind Buy on Amazon I think most of us go through periods were we do relatively little reading, and so you fall behind on books and authors you like. As […]


John Scalzi

There aren’t many authors in the SF field where I can claim both of these statements are true: I have read every one of their published novels. I make sure I grab and read their […]