Father’s Day gift id...

Bubba TasteGuard Mug Unexpected discovery of the first quarter this year was the Bubba TasteGuard Travel Mug.  It is by far my wife’s favorite mug now for her hot tea. Coffee lovers will equally love the pure taste of good coffee. The ceramic interior is unique in the travel mug space, and...

Touch T414S – ...

Now there’s a single-serve brewing system that’s fully compatible with all the standard Keurig K-cups available (with or without the microchips).  Touch T414S is a remarkable machine in so many ways – I’ve been really been enjoying using it for a month now. This machine is so versatile, it...

Dash Cam 101 – 5 top...

I’ve been driving the past few months with a Thinkware X500 dash cam – and luckily I haven’t had any misfortune registered yet, but that isn’t the point.  Stuff happens, and after it does, it’s too late to say “I wish I had bought that Thinkware X500.”  It needs to be in place before the sky...

Lexar JumpDrive P20 ...

Lexar’s JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 Flash Drive may just be the best answer on the market for carrying large files that you need to keep secure but accessible while traveling. With speeds to 400MB/s read and 270MB/s write, you aren’t going to waste any time transferring your files.    ...

KoolMAX – how ...

How do you liven up a party? How do you entertain your guests? How do you get people to dance? Simple…turn up the tunes and play some great music. But wait, we’re out on the beach, how will they ever hear your smartphone? KoolMAX can handle that. KoolMAX – 40 Quart Cooler Everybody takes a...

Blendtec Designer 72...

As life gets more automated and robots get closer to a commonplace reality, it’s not a surprise that you can now have a conversation with your blender. The Blendtec Designer 725 is the first high speed blender, completely controlled and programmed by an easy to use touchscreen…and it...

Philips Airfryer XL ...

“Fry with a tablespoon or less of oil.”  Those were the words that really caught my attention.  I wasn’t in the market for a fryer, but something about those words sucked me in.  I love fried foods (who doesn’t), but they don’t exactly fit with a healthy life-style. But, what if you really...

IsatPhone 2 lets you...

, camera   IsatPhone 2 The IsatPhone 2 is the latest generation of phones from Inmarsat. With coverage available for 99.9% of our earth, there’s very few places you’ll go that won’t work with this great phone. It’s much thicker, but otherwise similar in width and height to an iPhone 6,...

Bird watching – South Dakota style May04

Bird watching – South Dakota style

Southeast South Dakota was the destination for many birders this weekend. Attendees from surrounding states attended the fifth annual South Dakota Birding Festival at Fort Randall in Pickstown, SD. From the tiniest wren to the Great Egret, there were birds of all shapes and sizes to enjoy. If nature and wildlife are your thing, this was the place to be. South Dakota Birding Festival Hairy Woodpecker Tree Swallow on branch Sharptail Grouse in flight Killdeer in flight Baltimore Oriole The three day event featured talks and field trips to introduce visitors to over 400 species of birds found in Southeast South Dakota. Beginners as well as...

Sioux Falls – a dozen top recommendations for visitors May01

Sioux Falls – a dozen top recommendations for visi...

Traveling east? Traveling west? If so, chances are you may be following Interstate 90. And if you are, you owe it to yourself to plan a couple days in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I’m in Sioux Falls right now and I’d love to share some recommendations for a great two days. DAY ONE Grab a bike Sioux Falls is a wonderfully bikeable city, and with big blue skies and clean country air, this is a great place to ride. Just about my first stop in Sioux Falls was to Spoke-N-Sport (2019 South Minnesota Ave.; Sioux Falls, SD 57105; 605.275.2453), a very complete bike shop with a nice rental fleet. You could choose from comfort bikes, tandem bikes or...

Starwood’s keyless entry proves popular Apr27

Starwood’s key...

Road warriors usually look forward to getting to their rooms at the end of the day, but the part that is no fun is standing in line waiting for a room key. It’s late, and so often the one in front of you seems to be the one with so many questions, you wonder if you’ll ever see your room. Well...

George Foreman Evolv...

Depending on when you last experienced a George Foreman grill, it may be time to repay them a visit. This new Evolve grill is nothing short of terrific.  Grill, bake, cook, sear…the George Foreman Evolve grill  (GRP4800R) does it in no space at all. George Foreman Evolve One of the most...

Smartphone Scope Mou...

You’ve got a smartphone that takes high-quality video and stills, and you’ve got a high-power spotting or hunting scope.  Putting them together was Smartphone Scope Mount’s dream, and they’ve succeeded. Now you can mount your smartphone to either a spotting scope or a rifle scope and...

Cuisinart Alfrescamo...

When our kids were younger, a favorite activity was making pizzas.  They weren’t great, but the kids didn’t seem to care. Now however, with the new Cuisinart Alfrescamorè Outdoor Pizza Oven,(CPO-600) you can enjoy making your own pizzas AND they will undoubtedly taste terrific. With this...

Qumi Q5 – top ...

If a portable projector is in your future, the Qumi Q5 ought to be on your radar.  At 6” x 4” x 1-1/4”, it is just slightly larger than many of the pico projectors out there, but this thing is truly useable in many lighting conditions.  While the pico projectors I’ve seen can only be used...

Dpower camp stove &#...

Our power went out this morning, so it was a perfect time to get out a new Dpower Ultralight Folding Backpacking Camping Stove I recently got for testing.   Made of stainless steel and aluminum alloy,  this little camp stove folds to go in a miniature pouch (supplied) but will hold up to...