Sick

🤧 finally caught a cold after a couple years(?). My daughter was sick last week with a head cold (tested neg for the ‘19) and now I’ve got it. Make the sneezing stop!


Instaduke

I mentioned calling this Instaduke.com in my “Pausing Social Media” blog article. Last week I registered that domain and it redirects to my activity page. I updated most of my social media bio links to point there as well. So I guess it’s official. As you can probably already see, there’s no one consistent topic… I’ll be posting about whatever I feel like at the moment, which is fun. My ... (more)


EV Acronyms

A lot of new acronyms surrounding electric vehicles have seen the light over recent years. Here’s your cheat-sheet breakdown for ICEV, EV, BEV, HEV, PHEV, EREV:

ICEV – Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle (gas or diesel)

EV – The general classification for any type of electric vehicle

BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle

HEV – Hybrid Electric Vehicle (no plug)

PHEV – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

EREV – Extended Range Electric Vehicle ... (more)


I’m the VO man for a Turkish commercial

Back in October I was hired by an agency to do the English voice over dub for 2 Turkish food commercials. They recently contacted me about royalties for airing it in the UK! We agreed to a price and soon it will be on TV in London and the rest of the UK. Here’s one of them (I voiced both characters):


Home Alone High!

Did you know the inside of the “Home Alone” house was filmed entirely inside a high school? I didn’t until I watched Netflix’s “The Movies That Made Us”. I watched a few episodes tonight and it’s well worth your time.


Creepy Keith

I love watching Keith Morrison on Dateline. He’s so eerily creepy it’s beyond entertaining to me. Bill Hader does an even more (intentionally) creepy parody of Keith on SNL (plenty of videos on YouTube if you haven’t seen them). Check this out–it’s the first time Hader met Morrison, captured on video.

 


Ewan’s otters

My daughter sent me this a few days ago. I can’t stop watching Ewan McGregor talking about sea otters in Alaska…

“We’re looking at sea otters… six of them here… they’re beautiful… pop pop pop… it’s cool isn’t it?” 😂


Bosch S07

Finished watching the final (7th) season of “Bosch” on Prime Video. Like previous sessions, it was awesome. Great cast. If you’re into cop dramas, you’ll love this show. It’s about a homicide detective, Harry Bosch (played by Titus Welliver), in Los Angeles. The first half of each season builds and can seem slow moving at times, so hang in there because the 2nd half (and definitely the last few episodes ... (more)


Creators ditching Instagram?

I posted this as a comment to a YouTube video, but thought I’d share my thoughts here too. This is in response to Chris Hau’s YouTube video titled “Creators are ditching INSTAGRAM…why YOU should be worried”. I predicted this would happen to the IG platform back in 2012 when FB bought IG, and further confirmed in 2018 when IG founders Systrom and Krieger left the company. It’s the same reason ... (more)


The purge

For the first time in about 15 years I decided to spend some time on my day off yesterday to purge old contacts from my phone. There was so much junk I couldn’t believe it… and people I couldn’t even recognize anymore. In the end I whittled it down to under 180 after deleting more than 200. I’m posting this to encourage you to do the same… give your contacts ... (more)


Where’d I go?

Why haven’t I been posting on social media lately? Pausing Social Media is an article I posted to my blog to explain. Check it out!


Something new

Hey there! I decided to try something new… my own personal mini blog. It’s like having my own personal Twitter.

I love the idea of Twitter, but I haven’t been a big fan of the social network in years… or many other social networks these days. They own all my content and it’s not indexed very well to help others.

So I’m pulling things back to my own website and ... (more)


Pausing Social Media

At the beginning of 2021 I took a break from social media, as I have several times in the past. But in the past, I only paused for a couple of weeks. It’s now early June and I haven’t returned. Why’s that you ask? There are a few reasons. My apologies in advance for the lengthy post. It’s a brain dump of my current state of mind when it comes ... (more)


Places The Apple Card Does Not Work

I’ve had the Goldman Sachs titanium Apple Card now for a few months and I love it. It’s easy to manage everything with the Apple Wallet app, it’s secure, but it also doesn’t work at some places.

For one, it’s a MasterCard (not Visa) so it’s not accepted at some major retailers… the main one being CostCo, where we do a lot of shopping. Even paying with Apple Pay using ... (more)


Review: Skyward Fun Supply Toys & Collectibles

The pandemic affected us all in some way–good and bad. Mostly bad. This post is about a good way. In the excess downtime my daughter and I went all-in on Star Wars. This is a franchise that I appreciated and respected, but avoided for the most part getting into for lack of time. The gateway drug for me was The Mandalorian. After that, we decided to watch all the original ... (more)


Samsung Odyssey G9 Mac M1 5120×1440

This is how to get 5120×1440 on Samsung Odyssey G9 on Mac M1.

I have a 16GB 2020 Mac mini M1 with the Samsung Odyssey G9 ultra-wide 49″ monitor. I bought this USB-C to DisplayPort cable to get the max resolution of 5120×1440 but I had to jump through a few hoops to get there. Here’s how to do it.

These are the simple steps with macOS Big Sur 11.1:... (more)


Hiboy S2R Electric Scooter Review

This is my in-depth review of the Hiboy S2R Electric Scooter, which gives you 17 mile range at a max speed of 19 MPH with its single front-wheel drive 350W brushless motor. It’s packed with a ton of features, but is it any good? Watch to find out

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S2R (This video review)

S2 Pro (High end)

S2 (Low end)

 

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Royal Brew Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review

Why spend $5 for a Starbucks nitro cold brew coffee when you can make it at home for far less? Watch this for everything you need to know about making nitro cold brew coffee at home, and my review of the Royal Brew Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker Home Keg Kit System.

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Royal Brew Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker Kit

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Tape Measures 101

Why is the end of a tape measure loose, and what’s with the black diamonds on the tape? These curious questions and more answered in this video… it’s everything you ever wanted to know about tape measures!


FIXD Car Diagnostic OBD2 Code Reader Tool Review

Considering getting an OBD2 diagnostic code reader tool for your car? The popular FIXD Sensor is worth checking out, and for good reason. This is my overview and review of this low cost, feature-packed OBD-II sensor for your vehicle.

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