category: reviews

I Picked Up A New Kindle Oasis

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
I decided last week After trying to read my old kindle and it was dead again that maybe I should go a head and look into a new one. My old kindle voyage seemed to be going through that battery more quickly and unfortunately a non replaceable battery is normal in almost anything these days. The battery can technically be replaced but I don’t want to deal with that. It just so happens I have in the past few months done some research into whether any kindles have the ability to invert the colors.

I Got A Garmin Watch

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020
I had originally bought a fitbit quite a while ago to encourage the grand kids to move since they got them for Christmas. It turned out I found the insights if not useful at least they were interesting and helped me push more out of my comfort zone with different types of activities. The band that it came with broke so I ordered a new one on Amazon lover the summer but that one broke a few months later.

Carson Blackwave 10x50 Monocular Is Almost Good Enough For Me

I’m visually impaired and tend to need to use a monocular to see almost anything from items on the shelves in a store to menus in take out places. Basically I use it dozens of times a day every day. Sadly my old goto Vanguard telescopes seem to be no longer being manufactured. It’s a shame since other than the rubber thing that folds up and down around the eye piece wearing out those things have been awesome for me.

My Thoughts Garmin 66s

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
I was given a Garmin 66s GPSr for my birthday. My girlfriend thought the larger screen would help me be able to see it. Honestly that’s the only reason I was even looking at them in the first place since I was having no issues with my Garmin 64s. The larger screen is definitely helpful for me with poor vision. Probably seems odd that I enjoy geocaching and hiking with poor vision but I love it!

New headphones

Monday, Apr 15, 2019
So my old headphones that served me well for a couple of years but I got the cable caught under my chair and it made the one side flaky. I had really liked them other than the long cord though but in the grand scheme of things I guess too long would be better than too short.. I decided since I liked them I’d go with Sennheiser again and chose the Sennheiser HD 4.

Gorguts - Obscura

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019
I shall reborn as a faceless one Darkly splendid world confinement in rapture I remembered hearing about Gorguts in the 90s. I probably heard them on the local college radio station that had some metal shows that play all sorts of stuff. Between that and Napster that’s how I discovered most of what I listen to now. In the Napster days I couldn’t get into death metal as much. It was more doom back then.

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7"

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018
So after who knows how long my old Samsung tablet seemed to be acting up and Molly’s just went into a bootloop so I figured it was time to upgrade anyways. I would have liked another Samsung but I didn’t like the ones I could check out and they were pricier than I wanted it to be. I also didn’t need or want a pen. I don’t care about it having a camera either, my phone does a fine job at that and it’s much handier.

Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018
Lykathea Aflame’s Elvenefris is one that I’ve read about and from the little bit I could check it out online I knew I had to eventually find it. Death metal isn’t all that popular and a lot of times it’s not easy to find. I guess the best way to put it would be to call it progressive brutal death metal.

Garmin 64S

Monday, Sep 17, 2018
I had a Garmin 62s which I liked but it seemed to be a bit of a step down from the older 60csxs in regards to satellite reception and accuracy. It wasn’t old etrex bad but it wasn’t up there with the 60csx. The 64s seems to be close to if not on par with the 60scx though The Nice thing with the newer ones its they can have the entire cache page on the device including some logs.

Upgraded to Pixel 2 XL

Sunday, Sep 2, 2018
My note 5 seemed to be acting up a bit. It seemed like the battery life had gotten inconsistent and I’d rather have something that works ok as a backup so I started looking around swappa. Why would anyone buy a brand new phone? I decided to go with the pixel 2 xl because of the screen size and lack up a thousand unremovable apps like the Samsung had. I don’t want Facebook and all that other shit taking up space when I’m never going to use it.

Kettlebell Kings Kettle Bell

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018
I’ve been wanting to pick up a 32kg kettle to use at home for quite a while now. I just never got around to actually doing it due to a bunch of other stuff going on. We’ve had a few CFF kettle bells for a few years and they’ve been ice except the smooth coating get super slippery when your hands are sweaty. Chalk help a lot with that. The ones at the gym have chipped but they’re abused much more than ours will be and besides that it’s no big deal as long the handle is smooth.

Carson Magnifier

With my low vision, magnifiers are definitely one of those things I can never have too many of. I prefer small ones I can easily put in my pocket and take wherever I go whether it be in the house or out and about. I’ve used little cheap blue ones that Molly got me for years but over time I’ve lost some of them. I had 5 at one point but I can think of at least two times that one wound up laying in the woods while geocaching.

Vanguard DM-8250 Monocular Is Just About Perfect For Me

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018
My old trusty Vanguard DM 8250 telescope finally has the rubber eye cup thing tearing to a point that its becoming harder to see now. These are a mid priced monocular but have worked really well for me. The best one I ever had was the old specwell one I used throughout high school. Eventually it wore out after I’d say 8-10 years of daily use. After that I found another one online and ordered it.

Black Clouds And Silver Linings By Dream Theater

Monday, Apr 9, 2018
Recently on a whim I ordered Dream Theater’s Black Clouds And Silver Linings and couldn’t be happier with that decision to take a chance. I think it’s my favorite Dream Theater album of all. Due to various reasons for the past 10 years we haven’t been really keeping up with them or any other music for that matter. Some of their other recent albums I just couldn’t get into that much.

Acid Bath

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
She smiles like a child with flowers in her hair ith blood on her hands Into the sun she stares Acid Bath might be one of my favorite bands of all time. Dax Rigg’s Darkness makes the music and I think the heavier music suits his voice better than the stuff that he does now. His more recent stuff is really good but I think Acid Bath is better for his voice.

Dystopia

Monday, Jan 15, 2018
Falling, falling from my oppression God where are you now Last year I rediscovered Dystopia. I’d heard stuff from Human=Garbage it on college radio stations back in the mid 90s but never picked up on who it was to search for it. (The internet makes finding stuff you hear so much easier these days) I recently heard it again on a streaming metal station online. It actually got me to hunt down a few other sludgy things I heard back then.

Bausch & Lomb Magnifier

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017
The thing about being visually impaired like I am is magnifying glasses are one thing you can’t have too many of. I’m always on the lookout for new ones to try for a reasonable price. Sure I know they’re not the best quality but for my use that really isn’t all that important. I use them all the time and wind up loosing them or breaking them anyways. One day while searching Amazon I came across the Bausch & Lomb Coddington Magnifier.

Donegan Magnifier

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017
Magnifying glasses are for sure one of those items I cannot have enough of. I like little fold able ones I can keep in my pocket and have handy where ever I may be whether it be to look at my gps while geocaching or read a menu when we’re out to eat. While searching on amazon I came across the Donegan V341-T Triple Folding Pocket Magnifier. These had great magnification and size and were just what I was looking for.

Trying A Galaxy Note 5

Friday, Sep 2, 2016
I’ve had a Motorola Droid Max that I bought used on Swappa for a couple of years. It’s worked well enough for me but I’ve always wished it had a bit of a bigger Screen. Some of the text is just a tad too small for me to easily see. I saw the Notes with the bigger screen and my Note tablet has been great so far so I have been keeping eye out for a price I was willing to pay for on Swappa.

Trying Out Google Chrome

Thursday, Sep 11, 2008
I had read about Google chrome and just had to try it out. I would’ve tried it sooner but I kept forgetting to boot into windows. I always like to try different things. I first tried to use it under wine but that didn’t work out for me. I’ll try again another time. I was disappointed right from the beginning. No menus? No title bar? That really takes away from the usability for me and just isn’t how I prefer things to be.

My Creative Zen Vision W

Friday, Jul 13, 2007
Molly gave me a Creative Zen Vision W for my birthday this year. I am impressed with how well I can see the screen. It’s bright even at 50% back light and has good contrast. That’s important to me because with my old player I could hardly see it with it’s pretty bad contrast. The screen is huge too. I have the 60 GB version which I would’ve preferred anyways. I’ve put everything on there and still have over 10 GB to spare.

My Thoughts Garmin 60csx

Thursday, Feb 8, 2007
I know it’s not exactly new anymore but I thought I’d post my thoughts on it. I picked one up last August after my old Magellan Meridian Color was wearing out. After falling on some rocks near the Appalachian trail on NJ in a down pour the screen fogged up. I figured it was time for a new one. Molly needed a GPS because her etrex legend was falling apart and I decided it would be easier if we had the same ones.