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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Headphones – AKG K702

Let me state up front that it took me far too long to get around to trying the AKG K-series. The sad fact is, none of the retail outlets in my area carry AKGs or have them out where you can demo them, so you either have to commit to an on-line purchase (and potential return if you’re not satisfied), or find someone else who owns a pair and try theirs.

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