Jan 16

JQstar Portable Portable Garden Stool

JQstar Portable Portable Garden Stool With EVA Kneeling Pad, Handles, and Bonus Tool Pouch

The JQstar garden kneeler is much bigger and sturdier than I expected it to be. It definitely has heft, no doubt about that. I was surprised by how high it sat off the ground. It’s a little too high to do gardening, but I can use it for resting or as a stool. In kneeling mode, the bars provide a good source of support and stability. (As I age, I need more help getting off the ground.) One advantage over regular kneeling cushions is the cushion on this kneeler doesn’t ever rest directly on the ground, so no mud dirties up the seat when I flip it over.

This product was provided by JQstar.

Jan 15

George Lucas: A Life

George Lucas: A Life

by Brian Jay Jones

I have read other biographies of George Lucas, but nothing quite as incredible as George Lucas: A Life. I blazed through the 560 pages–such easy reading, so full of detail, yet didn’t bog me down. Every page was a page turner, starting from Lucas’s teenage years to after the sale of his empire. We learn about his relationships, his movies, and of course his relationship with his movies. What did he really think of The Force Awakens? His personality spilled through the pages, so it surprised me in the end when Brian Jay Jones noted that this was an unauthorized biography. A shattering of glass! I could have sworn Lucas was interviewed every step of the way. If you knew that then pay no mind. Jones obviously did his homework, making this a must read for any Star Wars fan.

Jan 13

Instant Read Pocket Thermometer with Backlight by SuCoo

Instant Read Pocket Thermometer with Backlight by SuCoo

Changing the battery on this SuCoo cooking thermometer can be tricky. It’s not as easy as pushing a button. You have to open the battery case, but the switch is hidden behind a metal panel. The battery doesn’t just pop out, either. Look here to see how it’s done.

This product was provided by Ibeato.

Jan 09

Smallcar External USB 3.0 DVD-RW Reader/Writer

Smallcar External USB 3.0 DVD-RW Reader/Writer (Portable CD/DVD Player/Burner)

Sometimes, we really do need an optical disc drive, and not all laptops come with them. Enter the external DVD drive–aka portable CD player/burner, DVD-RW reader/writer (anything else?). The instructions booklet was rather sparse. Actually, no instructions. I played around with the two cables that came with it and the only way my Windows 10 laptop would work with it is if both cables were plugged in. So, you’ll need two open USB ports. No software installation needed on my end. It was completely plug and play. I used it to store files on a CD and watch an old video from my daughter’s six grade class. You can see the opening sequence of that video on my laptop screen showing with the countdown and sound effects.

This DVD burner/player works as it should. I would prefer a motorized ejection mechanism, even though the presence of gears just ups the anty on the number of parts to wear down over time. Non-motorized does mean more lightweight, so that can be a plus.

This product was provided by Smallcar.

Jan 06

Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution LGR Dehumidifier

Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution LGR Dehumidifier, 12.5 inches

Today, I went trolling on Amazon for deep discounts and noticed a sale I couldn’t resist shouting out to the world. This dehumidifier has been selling regularly for $1849 over the past three years. Today, it’s only $1255.57 direct from Amazon. Free shipping for Prime members.

Dec 21

FREETOO Sling Bag

FREETOO Sling Bag Backpack: Adjustable Single Shoulder Bag Strap Chest Bag for Outdoor Hiking, Cycling, Camping, Travel

This sling bag sports two compartments containing multiple pockets, including one pocket large enough for an eReader or small tablet. I like the adjustable strap and that bright liner that keeps my things from getting lost in a deep, dark abyss. The material is a little slick for my taste, as I prefer leather or canvas over nylon. It works for me overall, though.

This product was provided by FREETOO.