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Review: Warby Parker

One thing I did early in 2018 was get new glasses. My prescription was more than overdue, and I was definitely noticing the change, both in sharpness while trying to take pictures and eye fatigue while reading. I probably shouldn’t have waited that long, but for...
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William Neill, Photographer: A Retrospective

William Neill, Photographer Buy on Amazon I grew up visiting Yosemite National Park on a regular basis, and so that location is a favorite of mine, and as a landscape photographer, it's iconic scenery is of great interest to me. I've done my share of photography...
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

Grunt Buy on Amazon In Grunt, Mary Roach takes a different look at our modern military through an investigation through the kind of research being done on how to keep soldiers alive. The enemies they’re fighting aren’t the ones you’re thinking of, either: it’s heat...
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Storm Front (A Dresden Mystery) by Jim Butcher

Storm Front Buy on Amazon His name is Harry Dresden. He is a wizard. No, seriously. You can look him up in the phone book. He finds things. And people. And occasionally helps out the police on murders when certain things can’t be easily explained. No love potions,...
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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway Buy on Amazon In Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire wants you to imagine. Imagine that Alice in Wonderland wasn’t a children’s story, but actually happened. Imagine that the Egyptian Halls of the Dead weren’t a myth, but an actual place....
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My Birding Field Kit

This is the list of of gear I carry with me when I go out birding. What's the bare minimum you need to carry to go out birding? A good attitude and a comfortable pair of shoes. Just go out and walk, look around, and see what you see. As you get more interested in the...

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, sigh. And still is. The good news is that my Synology NAS supports a Plex server, so I...

Neverwinter

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 prefers RPG style games rather than fighting or driving games or platforms. The last...

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 the examination table, rubbed it in and then rubbed her hands together. This caught my...

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 it's charging, or is it done charging? Or is...

New geek toy: Studio Neat Dock

I've recently added new toy to the collection that I liked enough I wanted to share it with you: Studio Neat's Material Dock I saw an article about Studio Neat's new Material Dock and immediately decided I wanted it. The dock itself has a wood base with Cork bumpers...

The Netatmo Weather Station

We’ve had a Netatmo weather station on the house for a couple of years and we really like it. They finally started shipping their long-delayed wind measuring module, and so I got mine and needed to add it to the system configuration. Unfortunately, things went a...

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 plan their way away from the current high-carb processed food mentality. The bad news...

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, a Solitaire game, backgammon and I'm currently on a big jigsaw puzzle thing (I highly recommend Jigsaw Puzzle). Not...