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January 16, 2015 • Music Diary, News

Proof That All Country Songs Are the Same

Has it REALLY been more than 4 years since I posted this video showing how Ke$sha’s Tik Tok, Katy Perry’s California Gurls, and Miley Cyrus’ Permanent December were all basically the same song? Well, now Sir Mashalot has taken on country music, with a mashup of 6 popular songs including artists such as Blake Shelton …

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January 15, 2015 • Events, News

NFL Homegating App Is Ready for Your Super Bowl 49 Party!

This weekend in football, we have conference championships that will decide who goes to the Super Bowl. These are all popular teams – New England, Indianapolis, Seattle and Green Bay – so you can be sure there’ll be plenty of gatherings either at bars or in people’s homes. If you’re planning a party – the …

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January 12, 2015 • News

The Belfie Stick Seeks to Prove There Are Better Ways to Make an Ass of Yourself

Several years ago I bought my wife a telescoping arm with camera screw mount at the end, which allowed us to capture pictures of both of us on trips. This was before digital cameras, before smartphones, and the term ”selfie’ came along, making taking these pictures easier. But missing until now was the ability to …

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January 9, 2015 • eBooks, News, Reviews

Russian Optimism – Nursery Rhymes With an Innocent Title & Horrible Ending

I love the comic The Oatmeal, and highlighted a speech given by Oatmeal cartoonist Matthew Inman at BAHfest on my personal blog. I was contacted about a new dark humor book called Russian Optimism, which they describe as having innocent titles and horrible endings. The book is an illustrated coffee table book with illustrations and …

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January 8, 2015 • News

Informal Poll Looks at the Ever-Changing Trends of New Parent ‘Must Haves’

So it has been nearly 17 years since my last baby was born, but I remember just nearly 19 years ago before our first son was born going through many discussions with family and friends about what we ‘must have‘. Now that discussion has moved online, and there is a recent survey with results from …

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December 26, 2014 • News

Make Your Farts Smell Like Flowers with the Pilule Pet Fart Pill

There’s a saying that the woman you love will have farts that “smell like roses”, but we all know that is never true … or at least that was the case until now! A French company has developed the Pilule Pet Fart Pill that can make your farts smell like roses, violets, or even chocolate!

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December 23, 2014 • Gear Bits

Last Minute Gifts for the Scientologist in Your Life!

Did you forget to buy a gift for that Scientologist relative who shunned you as a suppressive person? Show them you care with this amazing list from Drew Magary at Deadspin, who helpfully (and bravely) read the entire Scientology Christmas Catalog so the rest of us didn’t have to.   Scientology is a scary concept, and …

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December 14, 2014 • Editorials, News

Global Rich List Reminds Us of Just How Much We Have

If you were to guess what percentage of the world’s population had less annual income than you, what would you guess? Maybe 10%? Well, you’ll likely be surprised to find out that if you live in the US and eat regularly, you fall in the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest people, and more likely …

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November 23, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

Tip ‘N Split Calculator and Lighted Magnifier Sheds Light on Diners’ Problems

I can tell you from personal experience, it’s tough getting old. As I approach 50, I often find myself in low-light situations where there is just no way to read the small fonts on menus. In my full-time gig as a food writer, that can be a real problem. Fortunately, the Tip’N Split calculator and …

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October 11, 2014 • News

Sarah Silverman Switches Genders for Better Pay

There are two facts most Americans will agree are true: Women typically make $0.78 for every $1.00 men make, and you either find comedienne Sarah Silverman hysterical or offensive. The National Women’s Law Center has struck viral gold by combining these two things into an amazing video where she proposes getting a sex change to make …

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September 11, 2014 • News

The Ultimate “99 Luftballons” Cover Takes Red Balloons Literally

I have a pretty great Pandora playlist curated for myself, and one of my favorites that comes up is Goldfinger’s cover of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons”. I like the original too, but my new favorite way to hear the song is definitely this very creative version using literal red balloons as instruments. This takes some …

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August 22, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

NEAT Glass: Ultimate Spirits Glass Opens Up a World of Aromas

Most Gear Diary readers probably don’t know, but my regular day gig is as a food and drink writer for online and print media outlets. Through that job, I am lucky enough to sample many different wines and spirits. But sometimes it’s difficult to detect the subtle nuances of spirits. Well, it was difficult until …

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July 26, 2014 • News, Reviews

Squatty Potty: A Gear “Dare-iary” Review

It’s an age-old question: (put delicately) does a bear go to bathroom in the woods? Of course the answer is yes, but until a few generations ago, so did humans. The makers of the Squatty Potty toilet stool believe the progress that is indoor plumbing may be harmful to your colon health. Here’s a quick …

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July 20, 2014 • Gear Bits, News

These Optical Illusions Will Blow Your Mind

We now live in a world where you cannot simply believe that a picture or video is real. After all, computer graphics have become so powerful that, in the right hands, technology can make things appear far different than they actually are. That noted, as these optical illusions demonstrate, even low-tech approaches can fool us.

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July 9, 2014 • Outdoors, Reviews

The Pill Might Just Cure What Ails Your Golf Game

Like gearheads, fishermen, and cooks, golfers can’t ever seem to have too many gadgets, especially if they promise to help lower his or her score. The Pill is a new training aid that has a novel design to improve your game all the way from tee to green. Lord knows I need the help, so …

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July 8, 2014 • Gear Bits

Are You Sure You Want to Post That Selfie?

Much fun has been had talking about how ridiculous and ubiquitous taking pictures of oneself, or “taking a selfie” has become. At a cool historical site? Take a selfie. Eating a fab meal while out with great friends? Take a selfie. Is it narcissistic? Sure! But we all do it, right? When is enough, enough? Well …

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July 5, 2014 • Gear Bits

NOT Your Childhood Slip n Slide

  I have fond memories of zipping down the slight hill in our backyard on a slip n slide, but we never did anything beyond gentle landings. This video popped up recently on Facebook, and while I can’t say I would try this, I am impressed with the people who did!   What about you? …

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July 4, 2014 • News, Yum Log

WokMon Aims to Revolutionize Stir-frying at Home

Admit it, you probably got at least one wok as a wedding present or a random gift from somebody who exalts the health benefits of stir-frying. And now it’s taking up a lot of space in a cupboard or closet because you never figured out how to cook with a round wok on a flat …

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May 29, 2014 • Gear Bits

Help Dad Make It Through Father’s Day With a Necktie Flask

Father’s Day is Sunday June 15, which should give you just enough time to order and receive this 8 oz flask disguised as a tie. Dad is certain to enjoy his special day even more wearing his necktie flask; to drink just hold the rear portion and sip. Perfect for work, school plays, sporting events, funerals.

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May 27, 2014 • Gear Bits

Choo-San: It’s Only Paint, but It’s Email Worth Opening

All the forwarded email said was ” It’s Only Paint; Body painting by a 19-year old Japanese girl”. A bit of searching reveals the artist’s name to be Choo-San, and her work has been featured on Reddit, Odee, LaughingSquid, the Daily Mail UK, and other sites. Some of these are so realistic that they are hard to look at!

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May 27, 2014 • Gear Bits

The Ultimate Use for Siri; the Baby Whisperer

We try not to let our 11 month old son play with our phones, but he loves all things iOS. Not because he loves Apple … just Siri. Our son has learned that holding down the home button brings up Siri, and he loves when she talks after he babbles at her. At last, we’ve …

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