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Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”)

Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him.

  • The Distil Union Wally Bifold Wallet Is Minimalist Without the Minimal


    Distil Union describes the Wally bifold minimalist wallet as the “super-slim leather billfold wallet.” There’s actually truth in advertising here. The Wally bifold is super-slim, made of leather and includes a money-clip built right into the wallet. It is, by far, the best minimalist wallet I have tried. I’ve been using one of the $59.99 wallets and love it.

  • Lems Primal Shoes: I Reviewed It and Still Use It!


    I brought my black Lems Primal2 lightweight shoes to Israel and Greece with me last month but didn’t expect them to be the shoes I wore pretty much all day, every day. I did and my appreciation for the lightweight shoes grew. They’re a great option if you will be doing a lot of walking in the heat. The company… Read More ›

  • The Braven BRV-X Serves Up Music Outside and In


    August has just begun,  and that means there’s still plenty of outside time left before the cold arrives. If you want to bring your music with you into the great outdoors, you owe it to yourself to check out the weather-ready Braven BRV-X Bluetooth speaker. It’s designed to serve up great music no matter where you are, inside or out.

  • The Mason Shaker Barware Set Is Ideal for the Hidden Mixologist in You


    Little-known fact: one of the items on my bucket list is going to a mixology training. Yes, I’ve always wanted to be able to mix delicious drinks and do so with flair. Time is tight these days so it will have to wait. Fortunately, the Mason Shaker Barware Set from will let me up my drink game just a… Read More ›

  • Starbucks Makes the Dog Days of Summer Taste a Bit Better #CoffeePassion


    Right before I left for a few weeks of travel I received my next Starbucks Bloggers Box. This time it was filled with some tasty Starbucks summer treats. It also included an awesome picnic basket and patterned picnic throw but the real stars of the show were the various coffees. Lets run down what was in the box.

  • The Tilley TH5 HEMP Hat Is the Best Damn Travel Hat Ever


    I’m not sure why it has taken me this long to write this review but, having just returned from two weeks in Israel and Greece I felt the need to share my thoughts on my Tilley TH5 HEMP Hat. This $84 hat is, by far, the best damn travel hat EVER. I’ve had it for years and still love it.

  • The WaterField Indy Bag: I Reviewed It, and I Still Use It!


    I’m coming toward the end of a two-week trip. I spent the first week in Israel with side trips into the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Rawabi. This week saw me in Greece with Raina. Through it all some key items have come in rather handy. Chief among them the Waterfield Indy Bag Judie reviewed some time ago.

  • PF Flyers Made in the USA Center HI: These Ain’t Your Daddy’s HiTops


    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PF Flyers. All opinions are 100% mine. When we were first contacted about taking a look at the PF Flyers Made in the USA Center Hi custom sneakers, I was immediately interested. I love products made stateside, and it had been years since I had a pair of hi-top… Read More ›

  • Oh, How Our Tech Has Changed #RabbisInIsrael


    I’m currently in Israel on a rabbinic mission with seventeen other rabbis. We spent some time on top of the second tallest building in Tel Aviv taking pictures, getting a sense of geography and strategic concerns. In the process, I came to a realization …

  • Sol Republic SHADOW Wireless Earphones Review


    I’ve tried wireless headphones that have a band that sits around your neck while wired earbuds extend up to your ears. I’ve never been all that impressed with the comfort of the approach… Until I tried the Sol Republic SHADOW Wireless Earphones. They are comfortable, light, hold a wireless connection well and, best of all, the sub-$100 headphones are comfortable.

  • Stay Hydrated With the Vapur Element Anti-Water Bottle!


    Proper summer hydration is must. That’s especially true if, like me, you are headed to Israel and Greece in a few weeks. And while Raina and I both tend to carry a Nalgene Water Bottle with us everywhere, the thought of traveling with a big, bulky water bottle doesn’t appeal to me. That’s where the Vapur Element Anti-Bottle comes in…. Read More ›

  • Give Your Mac a Lift with the TwelveSouth BaseLift!


    The TwelveSouth BaseLift is one of those simple accessories that adds to both the comfort and utility of your Macbook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It offers a better typing angle and keeps your laptop cool on your lap. Best of all, this one accessory will work with pretty much any of the current portable Macs and is under $40.

  • Get to Know the Dead, Reckoning: Conversations with the Grateful Dead


    What do you do when you have numerous interviews with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead and have only published a small number of them? If you are musician and journalist Alan Paul, you pull the interviews together and publish them as an Amazon Kindle Single. The result? The eBook-only Reckoning: Conversations with the Grateful Dead by Alan Paul.

  • JBL Clip+ Bluetooth Speaker Lets You Clip It and Rock Out


    The other day I was carrying a backpack with my JBL Clip speaker clipped to one shoulder strap. Someone asked me what it was and was impressed when I explained that it let me keep my music with me all the time. The new JBL Clip+ goes one better for the same sub-$60 now that it has a splashproof design.

  • Protect Your Visual Privacy with 3M Privacy Filters #ad


    This post brought to you by 3M Company. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Gear Diary. The other day Raina and I were sitting on the couch, each of us was on our iPhones playing Two Dots. I glanced over and could see everything on her screen.

  • UE ROLL Is Another Amazing Bluetooth Speaker From Ultimate Ears!


    We’ve reviewed the UE Boom, UE Boom Mini, and UE MegaBoom Bluetooth speakers. Each and everyone one has impressed us with the quality, the durability, and the sound. And each has gotten better over time thanks to OTA updates from Ultimate Ears. Now comes the diminutive, sub-$100 UE ROLL Bluetooth Speaker. It too knocks it (way out!!) out of the… Read More ›

  • Bluelounge Posto Headphones Stand Babies Your Headphones


    The first time Raina came to visit she took on look at my apartment and said, “That’s a hell of a lot of headphones.” It was, and is, and most of them were simply piled one on top of the next. The new $19.95 Bluelounge Posto universal headphone stand will help keep things more organized. It is low-profile and gets… Read More ›

  • Klhip Ultimate Clipper Lets You Groom with Style


    The Klhip Ultimate Clipper looks like no other nail clipper. And while nail clippers are not the most exciting accessories, proper grooming is important and being able to do so in style is rather nice. It is built tough, is the most ergonomic nail clipper ever and even comes with a fancy leather case. Here’s a closer look.

  • Waterfield Zip Briefcase for 12″ MacBook Is Small, Light and Easy to Carry


    If you opted for one of Apple’s new 12″ MacBooks you are someone who appreciates style and cutting edge technology. (Yes, you are also someone who is willing to compromise performance for portability but that is another issue.) If you want to travel light but protect your MacBook you will want to check out the Waterfield Zip Briefcase for the… Read More ›

  • iMagBond Vent Holds Your Phone on the Go


    If you’re taking a road trip this summer, you’ll want a way to keep your phone safe, secure but also accessible. After all, holding your smartphone is not only dangerous but it is illegal in many states. The iMagBond Vent Mount system is a great option for keeping your pocket computer available but secure.

  • Lems Boulder Boots Are Begging to Be Your New Travel Companion


    During high school and college I spent a good deal of time in Israel, much of that time was spent walking and hiking. A pair of heavy leather boots were my constant companion. The need to travel light, along with airline baggage limits, means the days of traveling with heavy boots is over. That’s where Lems Boulder Boots come in.