Cut out the noise with the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 headphones

Prior to COVID-19 days (remember those times? The precedented ones?), I had toyed with the idea of getting some active noice cancellation (ANC) headphones. As it turns out, the open plan workplace can be a bit distracting. I never quite got around to it, but it came up again with working from home, and just the day-to-day noise life in a house can contain. That’s where the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 headphones came in.

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Storytellers on Tour – Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire

That’s right, friends, it’s time for another booker review! Last month, we took a look at a twist on urban fantasy tropes in Under Ordshaw (which you can read about here). This month, we’re continuing our participation with a look at Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire by G.M. Nair.

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Hearing what you’ve missed with a Vizio Soundbar

When it comes to your home theater setup, I think a great many of us fall into the category of being happy enough with what comes out of the stock speakers on the TV. Sure, a full-blown 5.1 or 7.1 setup would be awesome, but it’s not like you could crank it it up when the kids are in bed. Well, that’s where something like this 20″ Vizio Soundbar comes into play, and I was quite pleasantly surprised once I had it setup and we started using it.

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Solid, Fast, Basic WiFi6 Mesh Networking with TP-Link Deco X60

The TP-Link Deco X60 wifi system is part of a new generation of whole-home mesh wifi systems that support WiFi6 (802.11ax). The combination of mesh networking features (Namely 802.11K, V, R), combined with 802.11ax featuring advanced multiple user and modulation technologies shjould make this system both faster and more resilient than previous generations. I put it to the test in my office and home for a few weeks, connecting 35+ devices at the same time, running thee mesh nodes, and connecting to an Xfinity 500Mb DOCSIS 3.1 internet connection.

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Pelican V200 Case – Indestructable and Affordable

The Pelican V200 Case is a burly, fully featured briefcase sized case, priced affordably, and appealing to gun owners and enthusiasts on a budget looking for a case that won’t break the bank, but will give solid performance. I put the V200 case through its paces in the slushy spring in the foothills of the Colorado rocky mountains.

Built for hard use, high impact and supreme weather resistance, new Vault series gun cases are the most rugged and secure in their class. Equipped with a host of premium protective features at a price more hunters and shooters can afford, as only the 42-year veteran of hard knocks could deliver.

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A solid marble Qi charger – the Eggtronic Charging Stone

The Eggtronic Charging Stone is a wireless charger puck compatible with any Qi wireless charging device – just like a million other devices out there. But this one is made from a solid block of marble. It’s heavy, substantial, stylish, and most importantly works. It now sits as a permanent fixture in my kitchen, blending in with the rest of the house

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The Noerden Liz Bottle sterilizes your water with UV

The Noerden Liz Bottle looks like a basic metal water bottle. But look closer, and you’ll notice a rechargable, electronic cap that uses a powerful UV-C lamp to sterilize water inside. I carried the LIZ bottle with me for a few weeks, and am happy to report that I’m certianly more hydrated!

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The Gate Labs Video Smart Lock Secures and Monitors

Welcome to the Gate smart lock – a front door smart lock that incorporates a traditional keyed deadbolt, multiple access keypad, person identification camera, and two-way audio system all in one. I’ve had this installed on my house for about 2 weeks now, and it’s been an interesting intro to smart home locks.

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Going stealthy with the Casio Edifice ECB900PB-1A

I feel like I have looked at a lot of watches from the Casio Edifice lineup (protip: this one is my favorite so far). In fact, in some ways, the lineup is sort of like the weather. Don’t like what you see? Well, just wait awhile, because another one will come along that you might like the looks of. On the most recent ones I’ve spent time with is the Casio Edifice ECB900PB-1A.

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Afternoon Beer Break: Begyle Flannel Pajamas

Ah, fall. Which, in the midwest, can just as easily swing into winter, back up into Indian Summer, then zip back to throwing some snow on the ground. Which means – along with the furnace being turned on – it’s time to break out the jams. The warm pajamas, that is. And hey, why not mix a stout in there too? Well, the Begyle Flannel Pajamas will cover off on both of those bases.

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