All posts tagged Hobbies

Gifts For Gamers

Most gamers suffer from old-school-game nostalgia. Help them out with a fix of Pac-Man and Atari goodies. They will enjoy their reunion with the games the grew up with. Here are some ideas of classic gaming nostalgia antidotes: 1. Pac Man Poncho, 2. Mario Kart 7 – Drift IR, 3. Game Boy Beach Towel, 4. Atari Flashback 4 Console, 5. Pac-Man Shot Glasses

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So You Say you’re Not Handy?

Look, I’m not here to judge you.  You say that you can’t fix your refrigerator’s built-in ice dispenser or you don’t know why your car is making that strange noise and I believe you.  Growing up in our age of factory molded plastics and digital electronics, we are a lot less likely to feel as though we can understand the inner-workings of the complex devices we encounter in our daily lives.

But some things never change:  Faucets still leak.  Picture frames still got to get hung.  Table legs still go wobbly…  When facing these tasks, a little handiness goes a long way.  Lucky for us there has never been a better time to develop handy skills.  With so many online tutorials, forums and YouTube video demos, PDF manuals, you have all the information you could ever need to tackle any do-it-yourself project.

All you really need now is a good set of basic hand tools, and you’ll be the handiest guy or gal on your block before you know it.  So here is a list of hand tools that I use most often and recommend to anyone interested in getting their hands dirty.

One last thing before we get into list:  If you have never purchased tools before, I would recommend you try to get the exact professional brands that I use (most items you can just click through to buy).  All tools are NOT created equal.  In fact, there are a lot of cheap tools out there that are really just a waste of money.    Cheap tools can make whatever job you are doing feel frustratingly difficult or even  impossible.  Even if you’re just an amateur, ALWAYS buy professional-grade tools.  You may be surprised to find that you have more ability than your cheap tools allowed you to realize! 1. McGuire-Nicholas Pouch, 2. Nylon Zipper Pouches, 3. Set of Ratcheting-Box-Wrenches, 4. Large Adjustable Crescent Wrench, 5. Klein Tools 5-in-1 Screwdriver, 6. DEWALT 18V Drill Continue reading →

The iPhone Lens Wallet

One of our favorite camera gift shops is Photojojo.  Whenever I am looking for a gift for someone that loves photography I check out the Photojojo website first.  They carry all kinds of nifty gadgets for your SLRs, Polaroids and iPhones including straps, lenses and waterproof cases.  Recently, I stumbled upon their iPhone Lens Wallet which you can purchase fully stocked or simply just the wallet.

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Gift Yourself Some Laughs: Top 5 Comedy Podcasts

Let’s go over this one more time… First, Video killed the radio star.  Then the Internet came and shortened our attention spans down to the point where even a 4 minute video seemed like too much of a hassle to continue serving as entertainment.  Then, oddly enough, long-form audio podcasting suddenly became more popular than free hugs!  Can you believe it?

Believe it.

If your fed up with listening to commercial radio on you daily commute or just feel like you could use some laughs, here’s a list of some dynamite shows that deliver the laughs every time:

5. The Todd Glass Show: I listen the Todd Glass Show each week to hear Todd and his friends create 90 minutes of pure joy.  Press play and hang on as Todd tries his best to maintain control of the show which always seems to be spiraling off from funny conversations into kitschy music and sound effect gags.  Regular listeners are rewarded with hilarious inside jokes and bizarre reoccurring characters.  I also really like how Todd makes a point of never going for any cheap laughs.  He never puts people down or makes jokes about people’s weight, appearance or sexual preference.  The Todd Glass show is a safe place for humor that some may find a little strange, but I find totally awesome!
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Smart, Fully Integrated Guitar Cases + More

MONO is a San Francisco-based company specializing in cases and accessories for music industry professionals.  Their gear is functional and beautifully designed.  This is a peek at the range of products they offer.   However, for more products and details keep reading after the jump: 1. Mono Case M80 Dual Electric Guitar Case, 2. Mono Case M80 Electric Guitar Case, 3. Cymbal Case, 4. Kondensor DJ Case, 5. Warsaw Guitar Strap, 6. Fader DJ Mixer Case
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Craftsy: The gift for Your DIY Genius

Are you searching for a gift for the Crafty MacGyver in your life? We’ve got you covered!  For those that can transform a thrift store calamity into the most admired dress of the party the best gift is more knowledge. That is where Craftsy comes in.  Craftsy is the fastest-growing online crafting community on the web. Go to their website to browse their online classes, patterns from indie designers, deals and more!  We’ve listed our top online class picks after the jump.

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Retro Airstream Road Trip

Buying a retro airstreamer is at the top of my bucket list.  I’ve done my research and my decision comes down to the DWR airstream pictured above or a Bambi airstream.  They are both round cornered, chubby, metallic trailers.  I’ve also started to window shop all the goodies I’d fill it with and so far I’ve come up with: 1. Dualit’s classic toasters, 2. Citrus Vintage Pitcher, 3. Retro Mint Wall Clock, 4. DWR Airstreamer, 5.Kind Kitchen Canister, 6. Dreaming Dish Rack

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Ice Cream Sandwich & Other Awesome Makers

This summer make all the baked goodies your little heart desires or give someone the tools to bake for you :)  The following are some baked goodie makers we have found and added to our wish list: 1. Snow Cone Maker, 2. Electric Ice Cream Sandwich Maker, 3. Cupcake Maker, 4. Brownie Maker, 5. Cake Pop & Donut Hole Maker, 6. Donut Maker

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Designer Colorful Tents by Field Candy

FieldCandy is an exciting design-led brand of tents.  They inject color, creativity and fun into the camping space by offering a range of unexpected designs. FieldCandy tents are fun but they’re serious too. They keep you as dry in the rain and as snug in a gale as any conventional high performance tent. And because they use a good old-fashioned cotton inner tent, you don’t get the condensation that comes as standard with most modern tents.

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Gifts For Your Roller Derby Girl

Yes, that is me with the pink star on my helmet!  Next to me, in red, is the jammer Ducati Hottie.  Unfortunately, I am no longer on the team, but I had a blast while I was Catastrophe Waitress :) The Roller Derby Athlete in your life will surely appreciate some useful gear and it is hard to get the right stuff without being familiar with the ins and outs.  Here is a good place to start: 1. Bern Helmet, 2. Retro Ice Bag, 3. Hot Pants,, 4. Geek Statement Socks, 5. Colorful Laces.  However, if you really want to make a Roller Derby Girl happy support her team!  We will be attending our home team Vice City Rollers’ Bout this Saturday!  What I am wearing in the picture above:

Helmet: Brock Foam Lined Bern HelmetZappos
Knee Pads: 187 Knee Pads (Ducatti Hottie is also wearing these) – Amazon
Skates: Vanilla Brass Knuckle 2.0 Skates (with Atom Poison wheels) – Amazon

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