Tip your Amazon driver $5 for free

Per this article today, be sure to say “Alexa, thank my driver” to your echo device and your driver will get a $5 tip.

The new thank you feature is part of a promotion that Amazon says it’s running to celebrate its impending milestone of 15 billion packages delivered. If a driver is one of the first one million to receive a thank you, they get $5. The five

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$295 DaVinci Resolve Studio with Speed Editor

This isn’t a sales pitch. This isn’t for an affiliate referral kickback. I have nothing to do with this company. I paid full price with my own dinero. This is to help the Internet. No strings. Want to save $100? Read on!

I recently decided to try to make the switch from FCPX to DaVinci Resolve and after some initial tests with the free version, I wanted to take it ... (more)

Switching from FCPX to DaVinci Resolve after 15+ years

I recently decided to try and make the switch from editing my video projects in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) to the very popular alternative, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio. I’ve used FCPX to edit over 100 episodes of my TV show, Motorz, plus over 40 episodes of Tool Talk and countless other projects over the past 15+ years.

I had high hopes that Apple’s Final Cut Pro X ... (more)

TrubliFit Extra Large Bottle Holders – A Peloton Bike Accessory Review

If you own a Peloton Bike or Bike+, you know that the standard water bottle holders are pretty flimsy and don’t accommodate large water bottles very well. Enter the TrubliFit Extra Large Bottle Holders – designed specifically to hold larger water bottles on the Peloton Bike. I bought one to hold my 40oz Hydroflask water battle, and here’s my review.

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iPhone 14 Emergency SOS Testing

I noticed the new iPhone 14 emergency SOS capability was enabled on my phone this morning. I went outside and tested it and it connected quickly. Very impressed! Now if I ever get lost in the woods (Samantha?) I can test it out for real! This is truly amazing and is going to be saving a lot of lives…

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Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off filming locations

This is incredible and is a must watch if you’re a huge fan of the movie like I am!

Happy Halloween from The Dark Side…


A few days ago Google introduced YouTube handles: “a new way for people to easily find and engage with creators and each other on YouTube.” If you have a YouTube channel, you can get yours by going to youtube.com/handle.

At the time, I wasn’t able to grab mine. Hoping that I would get my invitation soon to secure mine, I waited for the email–which arrived this morning. My ... (more)

I finally started watching Star Wars: Andor with my daughter. We’ve both been busy and now there are 5 episodes to watch! We just finished watching the first episode and we’re both confused as hell as to what’s going on. Hopefully it will come together. Pew-pew!

It’s Friday! Fritog! Yay! Just got a haircut… it’s amazing how good it feels to have my hair cut short. I would love to get it cut every 2 weeks but it’s more like every 3-5. A few more hours before the weekend. Looking forward to 2 days of no work and a few cervezas 🍻

How Max Mayfield is floating in Plainville

The Internet is losing their Stranger Things shit because of this Halloween display in Plainfield, Illinois. Dave & Aubrey Appel created a floating Max Mayfield in their front yard, paying homage to the 4th season of the Netflix hit. But nobody will say how it’s done. They aren’t saying… yet. So if you’re dying to know how I think they did it, read on.

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Tim Allen is back as Santa Nov 16

If you’re a fan of Tim Allen’s “The Santa Clause” movies like my family and I are, you’ll be looking forward to the upcoming “The Santa Clauses” coming November 16th on Disney+. For the record, of the first 3 movies, the first one (1994) is the absolute best. We watch it every year. The 2nd (2002) is decent and the 3rd one (2006) is skippable. Hopefully this 6-episode mini-series will ... (more)

Santa’s had enough…

Hopper as Santa. It’s time for some seasons beatings! 🎅🎄

The most impressive drone video EVER

Seriously, you should watch this even if you have zero interest in Wrigley Field and baseball. It’s mind-blowing… 🤯

Woke up at 5am to order an iPhone 14 Pro Max

For the past few years, Apple has been making its west coast customers wake up at 5am to pre-order their latest iPhone. I learned my lesson a few years back not to wait until I wake up later because then you can’t get the phone you want on launch day. Then you’re stuck monitoring inventory at your local stores, rushing down to a store in hopes to get the size ... (more)

My Sept 7 Apple Event Summary & Review

My quick takes on the Sept 7 “Far Out” Apple Event:

Apple Watch Series 8 (40 mins): No visual design changes and no reason to upgrade from S7. S8 improves by adding crash detection and a temperature sensor. It’s clear they spent little time on improving S8 and much more time on the new $799 titanium Ultra edition which is rugged and definitely not for most people. I also love ... (more)

Insta360 Link Webcam: Honest Review

I currently own the ONE X2 and GO 2 from Insta360. Their 360 cameras are top quality, as is their software. When they announced their first-ever webcam called the Insta360 Link on August 2nd, I excitedly ordered it immediately and it arrived 6 days later directly from China.

Ok, that’s a little bit of a white lie. I actually watched all the available “influencer” reviews on YouTube (all of them ... (more)

Home Automation: Pool Pump Notifications

I figured out a cheap and easy way to make my pool pump smart so I could monitor my outdoor swimming pool pump (on, off, no-start). It requires no wiring or other electrical work, no drilling, and will work for any pump for that matter. It works like a champ with Alexa, and cost me less than $25.

The Background

If you don’t care to hear my story, skim down ... (more)

How-To Weatherproof Wireless Sensors

Not all smart home sensors are made to be water-resistant for outdoor use. Sometimes weather-proof versions don’t exist at all, or if they do they are a lot more expensive.

Here are my suggestions (that I’ve personally tried) on how to waterproof your non-waterproof sensors.

A quick caveat: I live in SoCal where there tends to be a lot more sun than rain. If you live in a colder, wetter ... (more)

My zen pool garden

I took over pool service after 22 years of having someone else do it. After investing the time in figuring out the pool chemistry it’s actually really easy and I enjoy the breaks from work to rake the pool and test the water. It’s very zen at times. Plus it’s nice to get outside!