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…

Rick’s Sports Center: A Mammoth Treasure

My family just got back from another great camping trip in the Eastern Sierras. We love camping because it’s an escape from our constantly moving world. There’s only two ways to tell time for us, light and dark. As long as there is light we can fish, hike, and explore. As darkness fell it is…

Summer Fun On A Budget In Southern California

I’m blessed with a ton of time over the summer with my kids. I love driving them around Los Angeles and Orange Counties exploring the sights, but it sure can get expensive in a hurry. So over the years I’ve rounded up a some solid spots that don’t break the bank and quite honestly, the…

Stay In The Moment With The RE Camera

I am a social media fanatic. I love posting photos and updates, but I hate being taken out of the moment and getting a look from my wife and kids. Enter the RE camera by HTC. This is such a fun device it just brings a smile to my face thinking about it. At first…

Unplug And Go Camping

My family is looking forward to our third trip to the Eastern Sierras this summer. We gave camping a shot just two years ago and now it feels like I can’t imagine life without it. I’m as guilty as they come when it comes to screen time, yet I can’t wait to get away from…

How to: Inverted Method Using the Aeropress

The Aeropress is one of the highest rated coffee makers in the Amazon Marketplace. Almost everyone I have discussed it with has raved about the cup of coffee the Aeropress makes. What’s even crazier is that they all said throw away the instructions that come with the Aeropress…yes, throw them away. The inverted method instructions…

The HTC Vive Is Virtual Reality Done Right

HTC invited us to an event last week, they promised a surprise and they didn’t disappoint. HTC decided to show off its new virtual reality device called the Vive. At first we thought we were just going to get to hear about the device and play with the dummy units, but then they informed us…

Make Manual Settings Work For You

That M on you camera or smartphone can be an intimidating option. Most of us never even bother to leave the auto mode and at the same time are wasting opportunities to take some experimental,  if not beautiful shots. OK,  I’ll admit it.  I rarely touch the M,  for manual,  settings on my standard camera, …

Crafting a Cup of Coffee

Saturday was a milestone day.  I made my 100th v60 pourover and I learned a lot along the way.  I was first introduced to specialty coffee some time last year thanks to my friend,  Steffen Sommers of Lift Coffee Roasters in Riverside.  Lift and specialty coffee roasters like them offer coffee that is roasted in…