I have a new hobby and I have to admit I’m a little obsessed with it. The idea that you can fly a toy RC around using a video feed from a little camera fixed to the quad itself is amazing to me. I had no idea that something like this existed and the reality of how much there is to know and learn make it even more exciting. The picture above is the H8 Mini a $17 quad that can be modified to be a great micro/nano flyer. Add a custom module into your Devo 7e remote and you have a unbelievable flyer that can be flown in Acro/Rate mode and be a ton of fun. Add a $40 all in one FPV camera and some Goggles and you’re really in for a treat!
I can’t get enough of sunglasses. I have glasses that range from $250 to $5 and each of them have their time and place in my wardrobe. Knockaround is a cool and fun sunglass company out of sunny California that has just about any color combination that you could want in the classic “Ray Ban” style sunglasses. They also sell aviators for those of you who don’t care for the Ray Ban style. Their glasses range from $7 to $34 allowing you to purchase several and not have to worry about loosing them or beating them up hence the name “knockaround”.
Their most expensive is a custom shade that allows you to choose the color of the left arm, right arm, front, and lenses, from a list of about 25 different colors. These glasses are awesome and a great addition to anyone’s sunglass collection. Check them out and like them on Facebook they run deals from their fan page that can save you some money.
I have to say that I have been very impressed with 21st Amendment’s beers. I have yet to drink a brew of theirs that I didn’t like. So far I have had the opportunity to have their Monk’s Blood, Hell or High Watermelon, Back in Black, and Fireside Chat. All of which or unique and set themselves apart from other beers of the same style. They brew with some interesting ingredients which include things like dates, like in the Allies win the war, and figs, like that in the Monk’s Blood which also has vanilla bean, cinnamon, and is aged in oak.
21st Amendment is a 12 year old brewery out of San Francisco that gets it’s name from the Amendment that repealed Prohibition something founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan find they connect with. According to their website there use to be 40 breweries operating in the city limits in the early 1900’s, but because of prohibition there are currently only 8 with a population that has more than doubled. The 21st Amendment stands for the right and freedom to brew beer and with that all the creativity and community that comes with it.
So I sort of refuse to jailbreak my iPhone. It’s just against the whole console archetype that I love so much about the iphone. So when Chrome for iPhone came out I was really tempted to jailbreak my iphone just so I could make it the default web browser which you can’t do with the standard iOS.
There is a simple work around however that can give you an easy way to open links in Chrome with two taps, which isn’t too bad for not jailbreaking your iphone.
Okay I stole these steps from here so big props to them.
Copy the line of code below:
- Create a new Bookmark of any page
- Open the Safari bookmarks, click “Edit”, and edit the new bookmark.
- Rename it to “Open in Chrome” or something like that.
- Delete the URL that’s there and paste in the above code.
- Then tap on the Done button, followed by “Done” buttons again.
This will get you a bookmark that will capture the URL and open it in Chrome. Not as good as making Chrome your default browser but it works and makes short work of it.
Not every Mashup tshirt on the web now-a-days is a hit, but this one is pretty awesome. Two things I love Conan and the IT Crowed. It’s sad that the IT Crowed is officially canceled but you can remember the good old time with this shirt from Ript. The guy that did the design is also selling it on his site so if you didn’t get to see this post today 8/1 then you will have to go see him for the goods.
So I went to Dormont Lanes last night to get a little practice in before the “Bowl for Kids” event we are doing at American Eagle. In looking for information on the location it’s amazing that this place doesn’t have a website. Makes you wonder how a place can be in business without a website in this day and age.
Anyway the place is pretty cool. Even though it’s super retro and dirty/getto, but it’s BYOB and pretty cheap. Monday nights they do a bring a friend night where you can get games for $4 bucks. Their hours are a little weird so here is pic of the hours for your connivence. I believe close is around 11PM most nights.
Grooveshark is one of the best free on-demand music streaming services. Unlike all the other services of it’s kind, Grooveshark subscribes to the no music studio contract but stream anything anyway while allowing content holders to remove their copyrighted content. It’s a miracle that they are still up and running, and that’s why they can afford to be free.
Anyway one of the premium features of Grooveshark is a desktop application that allows you to pull the music player onto your desktop and use the media buttons to control playback which always comes in handy. This unofficial Grooveshark desktop application accomplishes that same effect with some pretty cool features.
For starters the application simply loads the Grooveshark website so the familiar player interface remains the same, but because the code is based on SSB software Fluid you can change the appearance including opacity, Window style, and font face and style.
The app also has Growl support which can give you notifications on what’s currently playing among other things. The player also has a handy miniplayer thanks to open source software Bowtie. Take that and combine it with built in Last.fm support among other niceties and you have yourself a very cool Grooveshark app.
The Commercial Kings is a TV show that features film makers Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal. Their special brand of comedy and background in advertising makes their home grown TV commercials especially funny. This is one for Chuck Testa Ojai Valley Taxidermy is pretty outrageous. I love how dry Chuck Testa is and how perfectly Rhett and Link worked that into the commercial. If you go to Chuck Testa’s Youtube channel and watch his gross taxidermy tips you can tell how dry he is in real life.
I’m sure all of you have seem your fair share of bad local commercials. I think car dealerships are the worse, they are always yelling at you while trying to convince you to shop for a car at their lot when you know they have the same thing as any other dealer. Rhett and Link do a great job of harnessing the the cheesy and lameness from these type of commercials and turning it into something hilarious. Many of these videos never see any airtime at all because they don’t have to. They get so many views online that the business owners don’t even have to buy airtime. Chuck Testa’ Ojai Valley Taxidermy TV Commercial had over 1.8 Million views at the time of this article. I’d say that’s a successful commercial.
Conan gave the 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement speech and it was pretty awesome so I thought I would share. It’s over 23 minutes long but funny all the way through. Dartmouth did give Conan a honorary degree which Conan says to the students “to get over it.” He talks about getting ousted at NBC and his triumph over it. It’s an awesome speech so check it out.
Portal 2 has seen unusual price cuts after only a couple of weeks after it’s release. The game started at the usual $60 price tags with most stores selling it for $55 at release. Now after only a couple of weeks after release stores have cut the price to $39.99 with Amazon taking it a step further selling it for $34.99! The game is a little short for a $60 video game, but at no point did I think it was a waste of my money. Why would valve cut the price so soon especially since they have already announced the first DLC will be free for both console and PC versions?
Some are speculating that Valve is trying to curve the used sales of the game by making the resale value of the game less. Perhaps making it worth it to hold on to the game rather than selling it. This also cuts the video game stores profit on the game as well. It’s an interesting strategy to say the least. We will have to see how it pans out, but it’s good news for gamers because portal is an awesome game. Go pick it up over at Amazon for $34.99.