And by YOU I mean my fellow herbivores; you’re included too! Long gone are the days where vegans and vegetarians are left out of the summer festivities and backyard barbecues. Meatless eating has become a more popular way of life for many. Whether for humanity, health or religious reasons; we’re all in this fight together, and I’m proud to say, we’re kind of Winning!
The other day my daughter asked me why Mother’s Day seemed more important than Father’s Day. We often underestimate how much children notice and how profound their thoughts are, and her question really made me stop and think why it would seem that way. We know both parents are very important in our lives but why did Mother’s Day seem to stand out more?
When I was a kid, I was always this little ball of excited energy when spring hit; it meant I could go run outside and jump in all the rain puddles, make mud pies, and it was decent enough outside to walk over to the park and play on the swings. Spring also meant my birthday was just around the corner and all my cousins were going to coming over with presents! As an adult-ish person, things have obviously changed somewhat. If you happen to get me a gift, I won’t say no of course, but I like to think I’ve outgrown my childish behavior in that I don’t sling mud at my sister anymore. Now I just like to get together with close friends and family for drinks and some fun games.
Captain Ace Fodder tightly grasps the rail as First Mate Morgana shouts the orders to the rest of the crew. “Easy does it! We’re almost to port.”
It had been a long journey, and not an easy one. He already lost seven crew members to his lucrative cargo, and The Tabatha Tart was already operating on a skeleton crew. He hopes that the buyer will be generous with his payment. He makes a mental note to include the lost crewmen when collecting his reward.
Suddenly, a large crash can be heard from below, and the ship makes a sudden lurch and begins to groan. After a moment of silence, screams can be heard, followed by a large crack, as a leathery wing suddenly bursts through the hull of the ship.
As someone who takes a lot of pictures and has thousands of music files, storage is a big concern for me when it comes to computers and other devices. Recently I was in the market for a new laptop, and I keep hearing how solid state drives are the way to go for many reasons. The idea of going from a 1TB hard drive to a 256 GB drive was super concerning, especially since I didn’t want to have to rely on being connected to an external drive constantly.
Are you the kind of person that always has their phone out? Do you feel cut off and alone when you are away from the Internet? Is your TV or radio on in the background seemingly all the time? If you said yes to any of these questions, this might be just the kind of holiday you need. March 4th is the National Day of Unplugging, where people all over the country take a break from their devices and experience the world as it is.
byJavier-BBY02-14-201711:19 AM - edited 02-14-201704:13 PM
It’s that time of year where the world slows down for a bit and we are all reminded about the friends and family we love. Cast your mind back to middle school. Valentine’s Day quickly coming up and you’re at home with your SpongeBob cards writing every one of your classmates names on them making sure you spend a little extra time one for that special someone. You remember it being a hit and they loved your card! Fast forward to today, while that card was one for the brag folder, it’s time to up the ante and really wow them.
One of my favorite parts of the holidays is shopping for my family and friends. There’s not only the challenge of picking just the right item to give, but then the reward of seeing the big smile on their face. Now that we’re just over a month away from the biggest holidays, I really need to get my list made…and perhaps check it twice. Luckily BestBuy.com has made gift giving easy this year.
It’s time to do your part to put your to help clean up the planet; November 15th is America Recycles Day!
For all of you out there with soda cans piling up on your old newspapers, we have an important message- RECYCLE IT. Today is the day America gives back to the environment. America Recycles Day is here and we have some information to help you clean up your home, office, yard, and community for a cleaner and safer environment.
Holidays are no exception. One of my favorite projects is a yearly Halloween graveyard lightshow I put together for my home display. Check out this video I created explaining the basics behind on the spooktacular show!
One of the favorite things I like to do as a family activity is to bake. So, about a year ago, I decided to take a community class crash course to learn some techniques that I could apply to my home baking adventures. While it was a three-day course, I learned SO much! It has since then developed into a hobby of mine and my family doesn’t seem to complain.
byAllan-BBY09-21-201610:44 AM - edited 09-21-201610:47 AM
It didn’t take long for some of us to discover that what works with a cold car also works with a hot car. Sticky seats, a steering wheel hot as a frying pan and a cooling system that blows scorching air is at least as unpleasant as a freezing-cold vehicle. As it turns out, remote starters are not just for northerners in winter any more.
Over the last decade or so the kinks of remote start technology have been worked out and additional features have been added to make the functionality even more useful. Following is a breakdown of the four general types of remote start devices available on the market.
byMariah-BBY09-05-201612:01 AM - edited 09-06-201610:17 AM
Red, white, and Solar Powered?
Labor Day is a great excuse for a 3 day outdoor adventure. Like most patriotic weekends many families are probably camping. I mean real camping with a tent or camper with limited access to electricity, not ‘glamping.’
My husband has rightfully earned the nickname of Captain Plug-in due to his love of cameras, electronics, and the need to always be prepared. We’ve been using solar powered chargers for last two years during day trips outside, and weekend camping excursions.
byFey-BBY08-21-201612:00 AM - edited 05-01-201702:50 PM
Shaya slowed as she turned the corner, and she gently placed a hand on the ancient stone wall beside her, carefully crossing the threshold of the corbel arch. Raising her torch, she stifled a gasp as the gentle glow from the fire spread over the rows and rows of ancient texts and dusty piles of forgotten treasure. While she knew the value of her mark, the volume “Draculian Arcana”, a large tome of forgotten knowledge that was said to be made of pure gold, she had not expected the sheer volume of what the library held, and that it all seemed to be untouched. She glanced over at the rest of her party, who were now rounding the corner, and offered them a sly smile, hoping that she might be able to pocket some of the more valuable trinkets without their noticing. And yet… it all seemed too easy. Sure, they had to avoid the traps of noxious gases and poisons, but she could scarcely believe that all this treasure would remain untouched for so many eons.
She was about to say as much, when Dimitri placed gloved finger to his lips, his crossbow aimed past her. And then, she heard it. A strange, faint, slithering sound. She raised the torch higher, her eyes groping into the darkness, searching for the source of the sound. But, it was too late. She felt a sense of dread begin to fill her, as she realized that whoever (or WHATever) was making the noise would surely alerted of their presence by her light.
I look up as a voice from the other end of the table cuts through my thoughts- “Roll for initiative.”
byBill-BBY08-14-201612:00 AM - edited 08-15-201610:22 AM
Well folks, it’s almost that time of the year again, where we are inundated with commercials that feature companies that sponsor our Summer Games athletes.
But in all seriousness, the Summer Games in general brings about thoughts of superhumanly fast swimmers, runners and in general, amazingly talented athletes competing for the pride of their nation (and hopefully some lucrative endorsement deals eventually).
(WARNING: I’ll try to keep the spoiler quotient low, but there may be a few. Be advised.)
It’s no mystery to anyone I’m a Star Trek fan. I loved the show in all its incarnations. I’ve adored all of the films (even Star Trek V: The Final Frontier had its virtues). So when it came time for the franchise reboot in 2009, I had hope and faith that J.J. Abrams would keep the spirit alive and give us fans a treat that we could cherish as part of the venerable Gene Roddenberry’s legacy and gift to the world. My words on exiting the theater when Star Trek was released seven years ago? “That’ll do!”
byMelissa-BBY07-17-201612:00 AM - edited 03-28-201712:23 PM
A year ago I was on a summer road trip visiting some family and friends. During the trip, we made a stop in Marceline, Missouri - where Walt Disney had considered his hometown. While Disneyland was celebrating their 60th anniversary, I was learning about Walt’s childhood, and the part that the town of Marceline played in inspiring his theme parks and movies. Now as Disneyland is celebrating their 61st year and the twelfth and newest Disney Park - Shanghai Disneyland - has been open officially for about a month, I look at how everything that Walt dreamt and created has meant to me.
I’ve been a photographer for a long time, and on the Fourth of July most years anyone that knows me probably can guess one thing I’m doing that day. Like most citizens of the U.S.A I will be laying out my blanket somewhere to take in an amazing fireworks show. Unlike many Americans I will be lugging around pounds of photography equipment in the hopes to capture that one shot that truly say America.
I honestly had no idea what I was getting into a year and a half ago, when my girlfriend Heather and I asked her parents to stop at Petco to pick up some food for our cats. We go in, get the cat food, check out, and on our way out of the store we see a man holding a puppy. Heather asks the man if she can pet the puppy he’s holding. The man turns back to her saying you can have her for $100. Heather had been looking for a dog for a while so she got pretty excited by this offer. One hundred dollars later and we were walking right back into Petco with our new puppy to buy dog food and all the other stuff you need to raise a puppy.
Not quite a Father, but soon to be. It's only a few weeks away (44 days 10 hours and 28 minutes, but who's counting).
As a technology enthusiast, I spend the majority of my days investigating the latest trends and releases. Now that fatherhood is approaching and Father's Day is right around the corner it's time to explore this new tech. The 360flyis my latest endeavor with 360-degree recording capabilities. Instead of watching your kids first steps, birthday party or graduation from behind a camera you can now be part of the action with a camera that will capture everything in the area.With 4k recording and the ability to mount on almost any tripod you'll be able to explore the world around you.
When I was a kid, there were no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There were plenty of mutant other things though. Every Saturday, there were black and white sci-fi thrillers about giant ants, shrinking men, and terrible accidents that made terrifying hybrids, like a man with a fly's head.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to the summer vacationing season. A time for all to enjoy the great outdoors and get out there with nature. Whether you’re in to heavy backpacking, car camping, glamping, or just enjoying a day at the beach, the summer season has something for everyone.
byMike-BBY05-25-201610:50 AM - edited 05-25-201612:55 PM
I purchased an HDTV about 4 years ago. I was admittedly blown away by the color depth and clarity that this provided after growing up with a standard 480p television. When a full-HD source like a Blu-ray player is added it felt like the image was going to pop out of the screen. It is amazing. What could be better? I would have believed someone if they told me it couldn’t get any better. But if anyone had told me this, they would have been wrong.
Let’s face it, we always picture our young ones graduating.
From the first day you held them in your arms, you already envisioned them tossing the tassel in the air and saw yourself jumping for joy that your baby was going to become someone in life.
Did I just scare you? I hope not- well, maybe a little. Were you just transported to your own young adult self-journey!? Scary? I know! While I can’t promise that your young adult will have a smooth transition into adulthood, I do have some suggestions that will help them to aspire to be the best version of themselves that they can be.
All hail to the mothers. The creators of life, the nurturers, and the one we can always count on no matter what. You have to admit, Mothers juggle a lot within their everyday lives. In between working, being a maid, chef, psychiatrist, tutor, and protector (whew, I’m getting tired just thinking about all of it). I think it’s only accurate to compare them to duct tape as they seem to have the ability to fix anything! Mothers are selfless, dedicated and invested in everyone else’s happiness, they deserve every bit of celebration for the one day of the year dedicated to them.
“Don’t Worry. I won’t hurt you. I only want you to have some fun.”
I first became introduced toPrince and his musicin 1979. Back then, fresh out of high school, I was a disco kid, frequenting the bars and drinking cheap 3.2 beer, occasionally getting my awkward teenage dance on. I danced like no one was watching -- to my eternal regret -- and one of the songs to which I shook my groove thing was “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by the artist who would become His Royal Badness the very next year.
It’s just about summertime again, which means only one thing- winter is coming. That’s right; Game of Thrones is back for season 6! The countless months of restlessness and nightmares has finally come to an end as we all get our collective fix. A lot happened this past season, so there’s a lot to catch up on. SPOILER WARNING for anyone not caught up- for everyone else, let’s get to it!
A fiery sunrise ignites my wonder like no other. It has a profound way of making me stop & fixate on how beautiful this planet really is & what a lucky little creature I am to be a part of this world. Whether it’s the sky, the mountains, or the sea that makes you feeling connected to Mother Nature, I think most can agree that this Earth is worth taking care of. The cool thing is that there has been some amazing advancements in technology that makes it basically effortless to make the eco-friendly choice while simultaneously making you feel you’re in the Tardis woobling towards the future (cue Dr. Who music!)
Another St. Patrick’s Day is here, it’s time for people to head out and celebrate in a mass of alcohol-fueled shenanigans. If you are like me, however, wading into a crowd of inebriated fools to pay extra for green beer sounds pretty weary. For those taking the Paddy home this year, I have a list of some of my favorite Irish themed movies to celebrate more comfortably.
We take the calendar for granted. We all manage our lives hour by hour, day by day, week by week, but we seldom consider the truly strange thing that the measurement of time actually is. For example: do you know how Election Day is reckoned? How about knowing when Easter will occur, and why it will happen when it happens?
You know, the day isn’t even as long as you think it is; it’s shorter by four minutes. This adds up to a quarter day every year, or a whole day every four. More or less. Kind of. Maybe.
To reconcile this incongruity, every fourth year (except in certain centuries) is a Leap Year. Why a “leap” year? Well, because in common years, the advancement of the calendar puts fixed-date holidays on subsequent weekdays each year, i.e., Christmas is on Tuesday, then Wednesday the next year, then Thursday, etc. In leap years, Christmas would “leap” over Thursday to Friday.