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Practical Advice For Buying Stuff

23 Jun
2013

Dyson DC44 Animal Cordless Vacuum Review

This is the second time I’ve given a Dyson vacuum a try, and the second time I’ve been let down. I was so excited to move into the world of lithium ion cordless vacuums and, for $300 on sale, I expected this thing to deliver, big time. I knew what I was getting into in […]

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11 Jun
2013

NSD Power Spinner Gyrosopic Exerciser Review

The hand and wrist exerciser market should certainly be considered “niche”, and trying to break it into sub-categories is an exercise in futility. In turn, that makes reviewing it difficult because if you’re already considering a gyroscopic hand exerciser this may not be particularly informative. Really, then, this is more of an educational walk-through of […]

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1 Jun
2013

Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Cookware Review (MCP-12N)

After replacing many pieces of cookware that were either warped or had a non-stick interior that was flaking off, I decided it was time to make the switch to stainless. I read a bunch of forums and reviews and watched a lot of YouTube videos regarding this choice, and was well aware that my cooking […]

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2 Jun
2012

P90X Home Workout Program Review

It’s hard to keep the fact that you did P90X a secret. You devote so much time and effort into the program for 13 weeks of your life that it’s hard not to discuss it with people you know, offer up advice to people who notice you’re changing, and, frankly, feel a pretty good sense […]

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22 Jun
2011

Filco Majestouch and XArmor U9BL-S Review and Comparison

If you don’t know what a mechanical keyboard is, stop reading now; surely you won’t understand why anyone would spend upwards of $150 on something you can get at any local Wal-Mart for $9.99. Google “mechanical keyboard” and you’ll find a plethora of information to help you better understand the advantages. The truth is, there’s […]

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22 May
2011

Griffin Reveal for iPad / Incase Convertible Magazine Jacket Review

I probably would not have spent my own money on an iPad, but I certainly didn’t mind getting one as a gift for Christmas. Once I did, one of the things I wanted to do right away was get a case on it that protected (at least) the back and edges. That aluminum finish is […]

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22 Jun
2010

Powerblock Sport 5.* Stage II Kit

The Powerblock Sport 5.0 (or 5.5) Stage II Kit is a little bit of a unicorn. Look for it on the Powerblock site and you won’t find it. Call Powerblock and — so I am told — they will tell you the only upgrade available for these blocks is the heavier core for $150. Well […]

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18 Jun
2010

Gobblet Classic Edition Board Game Review

I’d never played Gobblet before, but the “Deluxe Limited Edition” looked “classy” in pictures and the game itself sounded interesting. I figured I could leave it out on a coffee table, since it’s easy for two people to pick up and play — much more accessible than Chess. Now that I own it, I wouldn’t […]

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12 Jun
2010

PowerBlock Sport 5.5 Review

About a month into the P90X fitness program I realized that even though I’d been using a nice set of bands, they were no substitute for proper adjustable dumbbells. Why adjustable dumbbells? Because frankly, I don’t have room for an entire rack of weights in my living room, and I don’t have a dedicated workout […]

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