Fishing Teaches Kids Perserverance

As my family gets set to head out on another camping trip to the Eastern Sierras, it’s time to take inventory of my fishing gear. My kids love to shop for new bait as we recall what worked last year and what we’ve been reading is working well this year. This year we decided to…

Aukey 3 in 1 Clip-on Lens Kit

I’ve always wanted to experiment with clip on lenses on my smartphone, but I’ve never really jumped in to it. Then I found this Aukey 3 in 1 Lens Kit on Amazon for a great price so I thought, “Let’s give these a try” The lens system uses these very simple plastic clips with a rubber…

What is the Hario v60 Iced Coffee Maker?

Over the last two years I have accumulated plenty of coffee making hardware. One of the latest additions is the Hario v60 Iced Coffee Maker. I already owned a Toddy for cold brewing coffee. It makes great coffee, but the one big downfall is that it takes 12 to 24 hours to brew. I still…

Mpow Magneto: Bargain Bluetooth Headphones

I received a pair of Mpow Magneto headphones for Christmas. To be honest they were on my list. Until this point I hadn’t owned a pair of wireless headphones. I was curious, but didn’t want to invest serious cash if the sound quality and fit were lacking. I listen to all kinds of music, in…

The Fossil Q Founder: A Smartwatch With Style

I’ve been reluctant to jump into wearables. One reason: I already have so many things to charge before bed, do I really want another? As much as I love technology collecting all these gadgets can really add up, so I try to slow play myself by focusing on why I don’t need one for awhile….

Specialty Coffee: A year of discovery

Recently I celebrated a birthday and in doing so I also celebrated my first year of manual brewing specialty coffee from home. It was an awesome learning experience. I feel like I’ve learned so much, yet a recent conversation with my friend Bobby (owner of Recreational Coffee) helped me see that I still have so…

What is Google Now On Tap?

Google Now On Tap is the latest iteration of Google Now, Google’s search service on Android and iOS devices. It was mentioned as significant new feature when the latest version of Android was announced, Marshmallow 6.0. I have had it on my Nexus 9 for a few months already but it seemed like nothing more…

Amazon Fire TV Has A Lot To Offer

Amazon was kind enough to invite me to their Press Play to Party event that was hosted at E3. I really didn’t know much about the event or the Amazon Fire TV going into it, but I walked away extremely impressed with the device as a result of seeing it in action firsthand. I’m a…

Wage Hope: The Pancreatic Cancer Battle Cry

Pancreatic cancer is a lethal disease, largely because it goes undetected until it is too late. My grandfather lost his battle with the disease a few years back and ever since we have participated in an annual 5k to raise funds for research and to bring awareness to the cause. It was at that time…

The Aukey USB Turbo Car Charger: Great Value On The Go

Smartphones just keep getting better and better. They can do more things than ever. Just the other day I needed a pitch counter for the game I was coaching. Let me download one real quick. The convenience of problem solving on the fly like that is priceless. But smartphone makers still struggle with building a…

Why Should I Start A Coffee Subscription?

Specialty coffee is such a growing and bustling marketplace. It can get a bit overwhelming in a hurry. Until recently I had only tried coffee direct from the roaster or whatever I found in store at local coffee shops. I wanted to step out and try new roasters but one big thing kept getting in…

The Anker A7726: A Bluetooth Keyboard That Just Works

I love bargain tech finds for their low cost to high satisfaction ratio. When I picked up my Nexus 9 tablet, I was anxious to get it covered with a case. But my second concern was making it a productive powerhouse by adding a keyboard or keyboard case.  The problem was most cases were not…