I have always wanted to try a SCOTTeVEST article of clothing for myself. Julie has reviewed many of their creations over the years. Jackets, vests, pants, etc…all designed to inconspicuously carry your gear with you, giving each article its own space to ride along in. I finally get my chance, SCOTTeVEST sent me their SeV Revolution Plus jacket to give it a try. It will be interesting to see how well it does against a wet, damp, windy winter and spring here in the Pacific Northwest. Read More →
I swear my wife and her friends are in search of the perfect bottle of wine (think of it as looking for the end of the internet), and they will be on this never-ending crusade to their dying days ;). Over the years, the conversation of aeration has come up many, many times. Our various circles have tried the classic methods of oxygenating: letting the bottle stand with the cork out, using a decanter, swirling the wine/liquor in the glass, etc. The Aermate Aerator is a device designed to aerate your bottle of wine or glass of spirits much more quickly and effectively. Read More →
Pleygo is a LEGO version of Netflix. At Pleygo you create a queue of desired LEGO sets that you want to build. They then send you one at a time, so you can enjoy building each set without the cost of purchasing them. Once you are done, you ship the set back, and they send you the next in your wishlist. According to Pleygo “every set is cleaned with an eco- and kid-friendly sterilization solution”, you are not charged for a missing piece or two, and each shipment includes a “Spare Piece Bag” of the 10 most-used pieces in the set. Pleygo has three monthly service tiers $15 for medium, $25 for large, and $39 for huge LEGO sets, all include unlimited LEGO rentals per month and free shipping each way.
I love things that help me organize and/or simplify my crazy, hectic life. I am typically overbooked and multitasking 90% of my day. So, a clutter-free world helps me be more efficient, which theoretically enables me to get more accomplished on any given day. So, when Julie offered up the simpleDock from the folks at Kanex, I volunteered to see if it would help me with my cable/device management. This 3-port, USB 3.0 USB hub with Ethernet and device charging should help me keep my desk a bit more organized and my many cables under better control. Read More →
Anyone??? I am so not the gamer… But I use to love playing X-Wing vs TIE Fighter for hours on end, back in the day, when the only HD you had was real life, hard drives were in single digit megabytes and connectivity was two modems barely holding onto each other over phone lines. For years, I have been hoping for a modern day follow up to what I consider one of THE SciFi dogfighting games of all time. Well, it seems that Lucas Arts and Disney are doing just that; they are releasing Star Wars: Attack Squadrons in the coming year. The game is a multiplayer dogfight/battle set in the Star Wars universe and features 3 PVP modes (free for all, team dogfight, and base defense) plus ship customization. You can sign up to be part of their beta program on the website’s main page – I have. Here is the trailer… Read More →
Growing up, my friends and I would hope for the perfect winter storm, 6 inches of snow followed by compaction by cars and temperatures cold enough to freeze it into ice…something that rarely happens in Seattle where rain reigns supreme. Those were ideal conditions for sledding. Not the relatively safe flat bottomed kind of sledding but the metal railed kind that can be way too fast/fun. The engineers at Snolo have taken sledding to the next level, creating every kid’s (or adult’s) dream snow machine; the Snolo Stealth-X carbon fiber sled that looks crazy fast. According to Snolo:
The Stealth-X has a seating position that makes you feel like you are sitting in a race car, it has steering ability, and it has speed. Early test runs on an average gradient slope showed it was capable of in excess of 65 km/hr (approximately 40 miles an hour), but uniquely for a sled it can also maneuver and stop in much the same manner as a snowboard using your feet and your body positioning.
Sadly in the same breath, they also said it is not for kids but is “built for serious adult fun.” I am certain if one was available back in the day, that my friends and I would have given it a go. But this high-tech crazy fun comes with an equally crazy price tag of $2549.
Several years ago, I reviewed Saddleback Leather Company’s Waterbag, an excellent piece of hardy luggage I use to this day. While I do not use it everyday, my wife and I often use it when going on weekend or overnight trips together. It is perfectly sized for a couple of days worth of clothes for the two of us or for just myself for a week. It is big, some might say huge, and not for most folks to drag around daily. To accommodate those who are traveling solo or needing to carry less gear/clothes, Saddleback Leather Company has created a smaller, lighter sibling: the Dry Bag. Read More →