It’s been a couple of months now since I bought a new monitor. I ended up settling on a Dell P2418HT from B&H Photo B&H Photo is a great place to buy stuff online but that’s another topic for another day. I didn’t really need a new monitor but it was definitely something that would be helpful in many ways. The old Asus one had this odd ring thing in the back to keep it standing up so it was always titled.
I see the question asked often enough about what timer to get for WODS at home and it dawned upon me today that I’ve never posted my thoughts on our GymNext Flex timer on here. The timer it self is almost perfect. It has nice big and bright numbers and we don’t even have ours set to the maximum brightness. Even I can see them okay enough being visually impaired and all.
In this day and age where everything is basically designed to die the day after the 1 year warranty expires it’s nice to have a pleasant surprise where things just keep working. Printers in the past for us had been notoriously horrible with dying. The ink jet ones were shit. If you didn’t print often the full ink cartridge would be “empty” or it would dry out and print poorly. No matter the brand or the price they all seemed to be terrible.
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.
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 go to 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 60csx though The Nice thing with the newer ones its they can have the entire cache page on the device including some logs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She smiles like a child with flowers in her hair with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.