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Amazon has a mouse?

I was joking around with a friend online and said that, “you can get anything and everything from Amazon.” Yes, that is an overstatement but *damn* Amazon has a lot of stuff. They even have a lot of Amazon branded items.

Since Christmas, I have been using an Amazon mouse. I don’t know why I go through so many mouses (mice? — no mouses). I don’t drop them and I only a casual gamer so you would think that they would work forever. But no — just no — a computer mouse has a limited lifespan in my hands. I don’t know why, it’s just one of those quirks of life. At any rate, my Sister and Nephew gave me a new mouse for Christmas — basic Amazon.


We are at the half-way point of February and the Amazon mouse has held up. I play Guild Wars 2 with it and do basic web surfing and computer use. My first experience with an Amazon branded item has been a positive one.  Big thumbs up.

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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Product Reviews


Wildstar Online MMO …. my thoughts

Wildstar Online MMO …. my thoughts

Wildstar is a sci-fi MMORPG game due out in June of this year. It is developed by Carbine Studios (Everquest) and published by NCSOFT (the people who gave us Guild Wars).


I had some video, but sadly it didn’t come out. That may be a good thing because the game is glitchy on my old Windows 7 system (though I am way above the minimum requirements). I think that a higher-end computer should run this game just fine. I may need to upgrade my system if I want to play newer games. That being said, I needed a little gaming advice (thanks Willy) with the basics to get started with this game. I didn’t pick it up as easily as I did Rift and others.

I liked the cartoon characters, animation, and story-line. How can you not love my warrior hamster named Shenanigan?  Many people will compare this game to WOW and for good reason. I guess that the real question is —will Wildstar be worth it’s $20.00 a month subscription fee? For me … no.

I had problems with NCSOFT in the past. I felt burned, and still do on a certain level, after they froze my Guild Wars account. Once burned twice shy

Yes NCSoft I owned the DAMN games.  I am still angry that you all but called me a thief!

Yes NCSoft I owned the DAMN games. I am still angry that you all but called me a thief!

While NCSOFT my be a fair company with good products, there are far too many excellent free-to-play MMOs on the internet and I struggle with the idea of spending $240 bucks a year on their game. Simply put, I liked the game, but I feel that it’s not worth the price …

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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Product Reviews


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Gadget Monday: Belkin Chambray Cover

Gadget Monday: Belkin Chambray Cover

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For this gadget Monday, I thought that I would talk about the Belkin Chambray Covers. The owner of the first Kindle Fire, that I got my hands on, had purchased this cover for her ereader.

The cover fits snugly and provides additional protection to the ereader. Having said that, I have seen an ereader dropped from 10 ft. to a concrete floor with only a few scratches (I don’t recommend doing that —lol).

I suppose that the feature that impressed me the most was the built-in adjustable ereader stand. I really like having the ability to place the ereader on a desk or end-table and read.

All in all, I like the Belkin covers and give them a thumbs up. (Yes, those are my greasy fingerprints in the picture — BTW read Gnostalgia on your Kindle).

Belkin Chambray Cover for Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (will only fit Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″), Blacktop

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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Product Reviews


Review: Stabilo Move Easy Left Handed Blue Pen

Stabilo Move Easy Left Handed Blue Pen

As a lefty, one of my earliest penmanship classes (yes, I am that old) ended with my teacher taking my pen away from me in frustration and sending me to the bathroom to wash my ink-stained hand. It was a constant battle for elbow space with my right handed classmates at the classroom table which caused me to contort my arm into a position that would have made a Yogi envious. As the years rolled by, I twisted my arm to conform to the right handed student desks and spiral notebooks. Having said that, it was always the pens that betrayed me at the most crucial moment. A lefty pushes a pen while a righty pulls the pen and some pens can’t handle a lefty.

That’s why I really liked the Stabilo Move Easy Left Handed Pen. It gives you a natural fit, reduces the fatigue in the arm, shoulder, and hand. Of course, the most important part is that with such and unusual look you can easily spot when a righty is walking off with your pen.

Stabilo Move Easy Left Handed Blue Pen with Refills Left-handed Pen

I highly recommend it and give it a big thumbs up!


Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Product Reviews




Product Review: Logitech Stereo Headset H150

Product Review: Logitech Stereo Headset H150

I enjoyed this product. It was easy to set up and it is very clear. On the downside, I wish that the cord was longer.

Expect to see plenty of product reviews in the future. If you liked this review please share it.

You can learn more about the product at Logitech’s page (

You can purchase the headset at Amazon Logitech Stereo Headset H150 – Cloud White


Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Product Reviews


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Review: Shutterfly

I am always looking for ways to review products and services without breaking my budget. So when Coca-cola offered a $20.00 credit for Shutterfly, I jumped on it. Sadly, my experience with Shutterfly was not a good one.

I tried my credit code from Coke and it worked perfectly. Within minutes I was digging through Shutterfly’s catalog with a 20 buck credit burning a hole in my virtual pocket and humming Christmas  carols. I picked out a small sample of Christmas cards as a test and made my purchase. Applying my credit, the total came up to $0.00. I was thrilled.

thumbs_downAfter the holidays, I received a bill for the purchase. I contacted Shutterfly inquiring about the billing and they replied “Coke Rewards code is for $20 off a card order of $20 or more.”  If I missed the small print — I missed the small print — but shouldn’t I have been notified that cost of my purchase was changed from $0.00 and been given an opportunity to change, alter, or decline the purchase? I would have gladly increased my order and saved money.

Will I use the company again? No, I really don’t feel like I can trust Shutterfly. *Thumbs down*


Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Product Reviews



Review: The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead with Deck and Instructions [Cards]

The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead with Deck and Instructions

By Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham
Publisher: Quirk Books; Cards edition (June 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594745692
ISBN-13: 978-1594745690

Product description:

You’ve never seen tarot cards quite like these. Imagine the celebrated “Rider Deck” infused with the horrors of Night of the Living Dead, and the result is The Zombie Tarot—a crazy, campy interpretation of a classic divination system.

In this zombified parallel universe, wands become limbs, pentacles are biohazard symbols, and the Major Arcana is full of shambling corpses. Along with the 78-card deck, readers will receive instructions in a 96-page full-color book; its contents explain how to survive the zombie apocalypse and forecast your future using one of three different card layouts.

The secrets of The Zombie Tarot await you!

Thumbing through the deck:

My thoughts:

Zombies and Tarot cards, what more do you need to know?

I loved the packaging. It looks like a box of ammunition, and as we all know, ammo and divination come in handy during a zombie apocalypse. The card stock is very good. The artwork is drop-dead gorgeous. The cards have a retro look that makes me think of old horror magazines and comics.

I really loved the devil depicted as a cigarette machine on the Devil card. The deck is stacked (pun intended) with humor. You will enjoy going through each and every card. The booklet is brief but it gives you the basics of Tarot in a nutshell. Having said that, I would suggest Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners (link) or Tarot Plain and Simple (link).

Zombie fans should love this deck as should Tarot card collectors. I can’t keep my nephew out of them. I highly recommend this deck of cards. Zombie Tarot is a divination tool that make you use your BRAAAINSSSS

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Bacon Wrapped Beef Filet Mignon

by taste of Inspirations

I’m always looking for some quick and good snacks for my wee ones for the “after school but too early for supper” hunger attacks. So, while shopping at my local Hannaford grocery store, I found in the freezer isle section, this product… Bacon Wrapped Beef Filet Mignon.

Now, this appetizer includes 2 of the top 5 of my wee ones favs, bacon and beef, so I thought I’d try it. It is a pretty quick preparation, 6-8 minutes on the first side and then 5-7 minutes on the turn over for a total of 11-15 minutes cooking time at 450 degrees in your (preheated) oven. Be careful and do watch these as the instructions say to turn over when bacon starts to sizzle, otherwise, the bacon will burn. My electric oven cooked it at 6 minutes and then 5 minutes on the turn over.

There are 8 of these appetizers to a box and I really like the toothpicks they use to keep the bacon around the beef bites, they’re sturdy and great for serving. The box weight is 5.5oz. The cost at my Hannaford store was $5.99. I thought the taste of the beef a wee bit bland. The bacon wasn’t bad at all. I have a feeling I could do the same cheaper by buying beef tips and regular bacon and making my own as each of these beef appetizers come to about $.75 a piece. But the ease of just taking them from freezer to oven and to the plate makes it worthwhile for me to pay the few cents more. Most are good sized bite size pieces, but some were a wee bit chewy. I added some A1 Thick & Hearty sauce to my plate to add some extra taste and it offsetted the bland taste of the beef bites. My 14 year old grand daughter really liked them (and she’s very picky!), and I liked them ok.

So, for the ease of preparation, good bacon taste, able to make the beef bites taste better with adding a sauce to dip them in and being pretty good sized, reasonable price and the fact that my 14 year old g/d ENJOYED eating them, I’ll give this product 4 out of 5 stars.

I’m going to stock up on these on my next grocery shopping trip!

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Posted by on September 13, 2010 in Product Reviews


Free Cable-TV?

A good friend of mine, Roland, stopped by a week or so ago and said, “you need some kind of entertainment here. How about going to Wal-Mart and getting an HDTV antenna”? Well, we went, got one for under $35.00, some cable and about an hour later… whala!… digital tv! I now have local tv stations 6-1, 6-2, 8-1, 8-2, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3, 13-1, 13-2 and 26-1, 26-2! I was so impressed, I thought I’d be among the 1st to tell you about it… WRONG! LOL By the time I thought to brag here, someone (Dan Schointuch) had already beat me to it.

Here is Dan’s article “You Don’t Have To pay For Cable TV.  He goes into greater detail so please visit this report, you’ll be glad you did. There is one really neat link I really liked in his article to a site called “AntennaWeb.  This site helps you locate the best antenna for your area. By typing in your address, it will locate your home, give you the stations you should be able to receive and even show you in what direction to point your antenna for the best reception!

So, if you’re trying to save money, and find cable either too costly, or like me, irritated at the lack of choices for cable companies, then this just might be an alternative choice right for you (not to mention for your wallet too)!

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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Product Reviews

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