One of the few commercials that stuck with me after the Super Bowl was this one by SodaStream, if only because it tweaked my WTF meter:
Apparently they had an even more in-your-face ad prepared that CBS did not allow them to run (you might need to click through to see it):
I have to give them credit for throwing down that gauntlet hard. But, as an engineer, an interesting concept [...]
Alright, someone who reads this site either knows the answer to this question, or knows someone who knows the answer:
Why are there no prepaid cell phone SIMs/cards that do not have an expiration date? Or, at least, a yearly expiration date, rather than the longest I ever found, which was 90 days?
Or, to put it another way, how does the lease between these prepaid mobile virtual network operators and their host [...]
If one were looking for a three-dimensional printer with a minimum resolution of at most 100 microns (0.1mm) and a vertical build envelope of at least 7.5 inches (191mm) and that required a minimum of construction/assembly (specifically, no soldering), what would folks recommend?
That monstrosity I found on the interwebs is still for sale (the listing expired, but I am sure it will be back up). Color me not-at-all surprised… I still kind of want it, though.
I could really live with this, though:
Yup, that is a fully-functional, street-legal (at least in once-Great Britain) Warthog, built off a 1982 Land Rover Defender 110 with the 2.5L Diesel, for sale for any "reasonable offer" around [...]
Well this news gives me a rather impressive sad:
“Old” bundles containing books that have already been published will no longer be available for bundle-priced purchase. (Already-purchased ones should still be available for download, though it is possible some books may need to be removed. Some books may need to be removed from the Baen Free Library as well; Toni hopes to get advance notice when such removals are necessary, but recommends backing them [...]
So Better Half and I are looking into possibly changing our cell phone service provider, as well as upgrading our phones. The former is actually the easy part these days… the latter is a bit more complicated.
Since we are looking at pre-paid plans, we generally cannot get subsidized phones, which leaves us with the “unlocked” phone market. Amazon carries more than a few of those, of course, but you will end up paying [...]
Spent all day at a gun show. Do not have much content to show for it (might have something in the near future), but I did finally break even on my Russian Origami t-shirts… so, what do you all think of this:
This coloration (a good suggestion from MAJ Mike) is only available in not-made-in-the-USA t-shirts, but it does not seem as though that particular feature was as big a selling point as [...]
It is back from the cleaners.
I might need one. For certain definitions of "need".
They talk a good talk and the science seems sound, but there is just no way I am trusting my life to an inflatable pillow. Sorry.
Of course, mine is a hopefully unique perspective on such things. I had to buy bicycle helmets quite frequently as a child, not because I outgrew them, but because I damaged/destroyed them. I still remember the most egregious example – mostly because it was possibly the only time [...]
If you were not playing computer games around the middle of the ’90s, this will mean nothing to you, but I literally cannot count the number of times I went through this exact flow chart:
My only real complaint is that the key is wrong in a few spots.
(Found thanks to Pithy Title Goes Here. Original graphic property of FMV Magazine, who explains the backstory of this particular chart if you [...]
Dragon Leatherworks makes some classy sporrans – I do not think anyone can dispute that – but this, ladies and gentlepeople, is a proper tactical sporran:
That is a Maxpedition Mil-Spec Monkey Admin Pouch with some very appropriate patches on it. In fact, the only patches it is missing are one I have not made yet, and one I have not earned yet. Gotta love the storage capabilities of modern “tactical” kilts…
And that, dear readers, is how a robotic vacuum is supposed to work; none of this “random path” gos-se.
It has its flaws, and it is nowhere near perfect, but the Neato XV-21 is tentatively recommended if you are shopping for such a device. Really, though, its biggest drawback is that its all-seeing-eye prevents kittens from riding on it…
(Of interesting note, one cannot see those red bars on its charge station [...]
Lord knows I do not need any further distractions in my life, but in case you do, the ad-free version of Angry Birds is Amazon’s App of the Day today, which means "free". Given that it seems the newer levels are specifically designed to put the ads in the way of your seeing what is going on, I went ahead and snagged a copy myself.
Thanks to either my nonexistent abilities at smooth talking or my apparent abilities at creating and maintaining a halfway decent firearm-related weblog, I will be having the opportunity to test and review an Inforce WML weapon-mounted light in the near future.
This particular flashlight caught my attention when I went to mount my TLR-2 on my Saiga, and realized that since my natural non-dominant hand gripping position was something like this picture from Inforce [...]
Right now, the "prepper" side of my brain is currently leaning towards the "buy more ammunition" side of the spectrum (if only because ammo is something I can use right now), but one must not neglect the other aspects of keeping one’s family and one’s self safe and comfortable during times of emergency (though ammo can always be used as currency as well), and Jason helpfully pointed out that the Biolite stove he pointed me [...]
A few years back, I wrote a somewhat negative review of Mantis Knives’ products, which even managed to attract the attention of the president of that particular company (who never emailed me, I would point out).
Well, a few days ago, I discovered the B-3 Necessikey sucks almost as hard as the MT-1 Sliver. The Necessikey has a grand total of three tools to its name – a flashlight that is barely enough to [...]
I do not know a darned thing about the book, not having had a chance to read it yet, but I at least know of the author, Rob Robideau, and, if nothing else, "free is free": today only, his new book, Tactical Bible Stories: Personal Security Tips from the Bible, is a free digital download from Amazon, and the paperback is offered "at cost" (though I think he might have included an extra zero in [...]
Of all the random things, it looks like Better Half and I will be reviewing some of eFoods Direct‘s offerings.
Even better (at least for my ego), they contacted me!
Anywise, not being familiar with the company (and there seem to be so many long-term-storage food companies these days), I did a little digging into them, as I am wont to do. To begin with, they are BBB accredited and carry a rating of [...]
Dear LEGO executives,
Seriously. Explain to me exactly how the Firefly/Serenity ‘verse "contain[s] content that is not appropriate for our core target audience of children ages 6-11", but a movie franchise that features face-melting Nazis and cannibals who kidnap, brainwash, and enslave children and then eventually rip out their hearts does not? Or how about another universe where millions (billions?) of sentient creatures die and a world gets [...]