So Yeah

Here I sit, waiting for my dinner to arrive, playing with the beta post editor in my recently-reinstalled WordPress Mobile app. Looks promising. A simplified interface, free of distracting rich text format controls, yet still intuitive enough to get the job of moblogging done with a minimal learning curve.

Garmin Fēnix 5X vs Strava (Smartphone)

I’ve seen a handful of discussions on popular cycling forums weighing the pros and cons of using a smartphone and apps like Strava, Map My Ride, or Runtastic vs. a dedicated Bike Computer or activity tracking wearable. I think, as far as the data accuracy are concerned, the jury is still out. At least, that’s the impression I got from my latest ride, as I will argue below.

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Adventures in Dash-Cam’ery

Well, it didn’t take long at all for dashboard cameras to shrivel up into all-in-one appliances, small enough to fit behind your rear-view mirror (or integrate into it). And in predictable fashion, the market is already saturated with more options than you can shake a stick at. I’m not going to even attempt to provide a comparison here, because any array of options I choose will invariably be obsolete by the time I click “publish”. Rather, I’ll just tell you about the option I selected, and what I learned during the install, and from that, offer some suggestions for what you might want to look for in a dashboard camera.

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Here We Go Again

Moblogging from my Samsung Galaxy S7. There are many ways to publish something to my website, the easiest being to load the WP-Admin dashboard in a web browser. But this is 2017, and information seldom waits for a comfy desk chair and a judicious collection of browser tabs. These days, what is needed most often, is the ability to publish from a smartphone, or a tablet.

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Bowmore 12-YO

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Single Malt Whisky… Mostly because I’ve been drinking the same five or six over and over again, and (at least where I live) there aren’t many available in stores that I haven’t had at least once.  Well, it seems that without even really wanting to, I’ve become something of a peat purist, and locked myself into a pattern of Talisker, LaPhroaig, Lagavulin, LaPhroaig, Ardbeg, Talsiker, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, etc.  I think you get the picture.

So go ahead and slap me for skipping Bowmore until now, because I clearly deserve it.

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How DARE You Have Fun!

Here’s something new: An innocuous game app goes viral and takes the mobile world by storm, and overnight, scores of embittered Andy Rooney impersonators scramble to their keyboards to decry it as a frivolous and irritating distraction.

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GuiTARDIS Custom Strat Build (Part 1)

Earlier this summer, I had the exquisite pleasure of meeting the Twelfth Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, and his costar, Jenna Coleman, at D.C.’s AwesomCon.

I spent the entire third day of the convention waiting in various lines for autographs and photo-ops, and it was totally worth it. Not only did I have a chance to rub elbows with two of my favorite TV personalities, I also got to hang out with hundreds upon hundreds of fellow Whovians and pop culture nerds. It was my first time attending a Con, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

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Headphones – Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro+

Do you believe that headphones should sound amazing no matter what genre you’re playing in them? Do you think an inline remote and a microphone are convenient? Would you like to be able to get killer sound even though you don’t feel like buying or lugging around a headphone amp? Do you like to modify and personalize your gear? Do you like the sound profile of the Audio Technica ATH-M50, but wish the ear cups were deeper? Do you want superb passive noise isolation with either pleather or velour earpads? Do you think it’s a good idea to let users modulate the amount of bass a headphone produces? Would you believe me if I said you could have all of this from one of the most respected names in personal audio for less than $200?

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Pro-Ject Phono Box MM

Leave it to Audio Technica to try and improve on the simple function of a turntable preamp. In the case of their pro series AT-LP120 direct drive turntable, they thought it would be cute to include a gating circuit that mutes the line output completely at a volume they presume to be satisfactory for everyone. This results in the signal cutting out in between tracks, often before the end of a fade-out. Hey, AT, no one was asking for this “improvement”. I know you claim it was a motor noise countermeasure, but there is no appreciable motor noise in the AT-LP120.

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