Articles by Carly Z


Meet the 13th (Sort of?) Doctor in Doctor Who!

I am not always a regular watcher of “Doctor Who”, but I always enjoy the show when I remember to watch it. Personally, my favorite season was David Tennant and Catherine Tate, because she was a tough woman who rolled with the insanity that is travel with The Doctor. It’s so hard to judge from a teaser, but I get…


Beetology Has Made Me a Beetliever

Forgive the bad pun in the title but I couldn’t resist. In all seriousness, when we were invited to review Beetology drinks I wasn’t all that enthused about an organic version of V8. The bottles arrived on Thursday, and I’m writing this review already because I’ve already finished half the samples!


Xennial is a Dumb Name But It’s Better Than Millennial

My Facebook page exploded last weekwith friends posting about how the media has finally figured out a name for our generation-Xennials. Basically, Generation X thought they were too cool for us, and we’re way too cool to be Millennials, so they created a terribly named “micro-generation” just for us. If you’re not sure where you sit, if you were born…





Android Flagships Need to Be Cheaper

I am in the middle of trying to work with Verizon to change my phone from a Z Force Droid to an iPhone. It’s not by choice, but certain things I need to access for my day job recently went iPhone-only, so I need to switch to iOS. This process did lead to one big realization, which is that Android…


Mazda’s Designs Embody Their “Driving Matters” Philosophy Perfectly

I came across an anonymous quote recently that said, “Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.” After spending a few days with Mazda and their new CX-5 and Miata MX-5, I think I can safely say that driving a Mazda managed to break the monotony and bring the adventure without the hurt! Mazda is on the rise, refining…




Mokase is What Happens When a Keurig and a Phone Case Fall in Love

We’re going to get this out of the way at the start: Mokase is a terrible idea. Truly awful. I want to believe it’s a joke, or the punchline to a bad joke, but it is real…someone sat down and designed a phone case that brews coffee. And it comes with a little keychain sized portable cup, because of course…


Altra IQ Takes Smart Shoes to a New Level

The idea of a pedometer type device built into your shoes isn’t a new one-Nike used to build little slots for the iPod/Nike+ sensor into their running shoes. Altra, however, has taken that to a whole new level with the Altra IQ, using Bluetooth sensors in the heels to measure your speed, footstrike, distance, and cadence!



Amazon Underground Goes Six Feet Under

Amazon has tried for years to build their Appstore into a real competitor to Google Play. Part of that strategy was to give away normally paid apps, and insert ads in place of payment; Amazon helped the developers make money via ads, consumers were able to access normally paid apps for free, and Amazon could build their library of apps.



Tungsten and Aluminum Desk Cubes Entertain Just About Everyone!

We recently were offered a rather unusual review item; a cube made of Tungsten. It didn’t charge anything, it didn’t come with Bluetooth, and as far as I can tell it doesn’t have any memory expansion. However, out of all the items I’ve reviewed for Gear Diary, almost none have elicited the joyful response that the Tungsten and Aluminum Desk…


Sandman Clock Proves a Sucker Is Born Every Minute

We get a lot of product pitches here, but one caught my eye not for the features, but for the exorbitant price relative to the value. Palo Alto Innovations is clearly quite proud of their Sandman Clock, but at $49.99 it appears to be a ridiculously overpriced alarm clock with a USB hub slapped on the back.



The Minimalist, Ugly Bullet Journal Is My Favorite Gear

I have always had dreadful handwriting. Most of my elementary school memories are of teachers trying all kinds of techniques to improve it, from handwriting drills to those funny triangle holders on my pencils. Nothing worked, and I sought out digital writing and typing as soon as technology and school allowed.