Belkin Energy-Saving Outlet


Very cool. I have so many things charging in my home it’s ridiculous and, unfortunately, I haven’t been a good boy with doing better with conserving energy. My house is high-tech and needs a lot of juice. I now have a bunch of these around the house and I don’t have to worry as much about the constant pull of electricity to an already-charged item.

You set the timer on it and after the time you choose (choices are: 1/2 hour, 3 hours, and 6 hours) it completely shuts off the flow of electricity.

Click the above graphic and see better pics of it and see it in action and you’ll agree that it’s worth it to have at least one or two of them around. My only complaint/suggestion is they make the plug swivel so I can put another under the top one. I’m sure when I write Belkin to suggest this, they’ll get right on it 🙂

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Getting Rid Of Cable TV Project

Like everyone I’ve talked to, I’m sick of the horribly high cable tv bills. In my area, there’s only one cable option so they have the monopoly (they do for those like me who don’t want a satellite dish). I’m keeping my cable internet, but the plan here is to have the cable guy come out and take all their crap back, which will drastically lower my bill and save me money.

After much research (Google TV, Roku, Boxee, etc.), I decided on the simplicity, yet powerful features, of the Roku XDS Streaming Player 1080p, which is their $99.99 top of the line model. As of the date I write this, they also offer a $79.99 model and a $69.99 model (of course after the 30-day return time has passed all the prices will drop…or a new, better model will appear…so please don’t rub it in 🙂 You can see the differences between Roku models here.

Although I already stream Netflix videos from my xbox and PS3, that feature doesn’t matter. What does matter, however, is the ability to use Hulu Plus and Amazon streaming videos. I won’t be able to watch the tv shows I like at the time they show (I bet that will change with time!), but my shows will appear shortly after. Currently Hulu Plus is $7.99 for one of their subscriptions and my Netflix subscription is about $14.99 (I might downgrade my Netflix account), which are both exponentially cheaper than my cable bill. After all, I usually just record them on the rented DVR (more money to the cable company) and watch them a day or more later anyway…so no love lost there either. Not sure if I’ll get or need local news. I don’t have enough info yet, mostly just questions.

We already have a strong wireless N router, so streaming HD has never been an issue on our Xbox or PS3 (I also stream videos off my my pc onto my Xbox using their Windows Media Center feature). If you don’t have a wireless N network in your home, then the “weaker” model is probably best for you (but I strongly recommend it’s time to upgrade from your a/b/g to N, because it’s noticeably better and stronger).

Also, I’m ordering it from Amazon.com and not from Roku’s site. If something goes wrong, Amazon will make the return and refund quick and painless. Roku, from what I could see, requires stringent hoop-jumping, an RMA process, lots of time and waiting, etc.

It should arrive on Wednesday and I hope to get to it quickly to test everything out. Please come back for follow-up posts on this project. I’ll be letting you know my honest opinion and cost-savings after I (hopefully) get rid of my cable company.

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500 GB USB Encrypted Portable External Hard Drive With Number Pad

A 500 GB USB external hard-drive that offers a pin number pad to get access to its contents.

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I love this thing. A 500 GB USB external hard-drive that offers a pin number pad to get access to its contents. It can also encrypt the data on the drive as a secondary security measure. Also love that it’s bus-powered (it’s powered from your computer, so it doesn’t require yet another power cord for your collection.)

One wish for this is that they come out with a USB 3.0 version (for those who don’t know, that’s a faster version than the ubiquitous 2.0 that 99.99% of people have right now. computers with usb 3.0 capability are slowly hitting the market and will be the new standard soon, so all 2.0 external harddrives you have now will be uber slow by comparison.).

Another wish would be that the owner has options to check for what to do after x amount of failed attempts. Currently, it just locks you out after a set number of attempts and makes you wait a while before trying again. As the drive owner, I’d like the option of heavy-hitting penalties for failed attempts. One pin number flash drive I saw, after 10 failed attempts, will lock the drive and erase all data on it. May seem extreme, but at least it would be MY choice.

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Boycott Chick-Fil-A

Boycott Chick-Fil-A.

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Boycott Chick-Fil-A

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Klepto Kitty!

Klepto Kitteh Sellz ur stuffs on Kreggzlist.

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Best. Gift. Ever.

A flask with a hidden cigarette compartment. Even better, they have it in their “Health & Personal Care” section. Even better, read the “Product Description”. I lol’d a little.

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Slow-Motion Kitten

Shot at 750fps, this slow-motion kitten make me long for Spring to arrive and to have acres of kitties to play with. (best if watched in full-screen)

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Started Smoking Again (goddammit)

So, I went off of Chantix too soon….or….I’m weak and was unsuccessful. Either way, my opinion is that Chantix is right for me, so I’ll definitely use it again when I’m ready to try to quit smoking again. I’m very frustrated with myself right now. I was doing so well. fml

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Awesome New Router!

Awesome new router! Our old wireless router died and we decided on this one. Install was super quick and easy. We used our same name/password and everything in our house connected automatically. It’s blazing fast, too! Highly recommended.

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Chantix Worked Until I Stopped Taking It

I think I stopped taking Chantix too soon (I took it for 7 weeks), because I’m going to start smoking again. Next time I try it, I’ll either do the full 12 weeks or the 24-week run. I really did try this time. I hope I try again.

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Solar-Powered Sex Toy?

solar sex toy

Solar Vibrating Bullet” Sex Toy
Have a tree-hugging friend who’s hard to buy for?
Get horny during power outtages?
Go camping?
Then this might be the perfect sex toy for you or as a gift for a friend!

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Chantix (Odd After-Effects)

I don’t know how quitting Chantix affects others, but this is what I’ve experienced:

1. A few days after I weaned myself off of Chantix, I began craving cigarettes very strongly. After a couple of weeks some of the cravings are more intense (Chantix contains no nicotine, so I’d already gone through the heavy nicotine withdrawals). I don’t know what this means, but it’s what I’ve been experiencing. I’ve actually been close to smoking again, but that could just be my own failed attempt and not a Chantix withdrawal. I don’t know what’s going on yet.

2. My thoughts come in patches, instead of a normal flow. I have to stop and start my sentences when speaking, due to forgetting what I was saying. Not a normal “forgot where I was” kind of thing, but my mind goes blank in the middle of a sentence. The next word, the next sentence, the continued thought…simply stops. Randomly, suddenly, and frequently. All day and night. If the thought or story was simple and quick, I had no problem. Answering a question or replying to a comment on Facebook, for example, was easy. If someone called and asked a question that required a simple, short answer…then I had no problem. For me and my communicative personality, this has been a scary side-effect. Today, however, I noticed my synapses firing a bit better. I was able to express myself (almost) normally for much of the day. I’m praying that this is a sign that the proverbial fog is lifting.

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Kitty Lives In A Tree!

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Oldie, but Goodie “Kittens Inspired By Kittens”

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Smoking Update

Weaning myself off of Chantix. Stopped taking any as of yesterday. Paying close attention to my behavior. Explaining things in short sentences for some reason. Still smoke-free since 12/12/10.

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Sleepy Kneading Kitten!

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Cutest Earth-Friendly Product Ever.


Reusable bear tote bag

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Sleeping Kittens!

sleeping kittens

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Trying to Quit Smoking With Chantix (Update 3)

Close to a month being smoke-free. I wish the random, sudden cravings would stop. I can go hours and hours now (finally!) without wanting a cigarette and then BLAMMO! … from out of nowhere a strong craving slaps me like a pimp.

I am $200.00 richer this month from not buying cigarettes. It’s all gone to lottery and scratch-offs, instead of something responsible 🙂

I want to stop taking the Chantix, but they recommend I continue for a while longer. I wish I knew if cravings would come back (or come back stronger) when I stop taking it. Just in case anyone’s reading this that wants to know, I’ll try my darndest to give updates.

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Trying to Quit Smoking With Chantix (Update 2)

Quit date was 12/12/2010. I’m now over two weeks smoke-free! (and I haven’t even cheated once. promise.)

The cravings are subsiding, but still get incredibly strong ones. A few times they felt overbearing, but since I had no cigarettes here at the house, I couldn’t cheat. Urge went away quickly enough, though, so I didn’t get in my car and drive to the store.

Also…it’s not the Chantix anymore (I’m thinking about stopping taking it) since it just controls the nicotine receptor for when I smoke. Since I’m not smoking or cheating, it makes no sense to continue taking it. I do love the vivid dreams and will miss them! I’ll check the literature first to see when/how/why to stop taking Chantix (taper off? continue until I’ve finished what I have? etc…)

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Trying to Quit Smoking With Chantix (Update 1)

I’ve never gone a day without smoking for over 28 years. Maybe one time when I was sick, but I don’t recall. I am now on Day 4 of not smoking. I haven’t even cheated with sneaking a drag when nobody was around. Completely smoke-free for 4 days. I want a cigarette as much as ever, though…and that makes me very nervous.

My weight remains the same, oddly. I was beginning to think my digital scale was broken, but then I lost a pound yesterday (which is strange, since I’ve cheated on my diet twice this week). I have an appt. with my doc soon, so I’ll see what their scales say then.

QUITE DATE: 12/12/2010

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Nose Hair

I couldn’t stop staring at the checkout guy’s wildly protruding nose hair. I fantasized that it was evil and that each strand attacked me. Then I thought that was trite. I mean, of course it would attack you. So I took a different point of view and fantasized that a bunch of kids fell into the water and each strand was able reach out and save all the children’s lives. I wanted to see what happened next, but the words “Is plastic ok?” knocked me out of my daydream.

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Ebates – Coupons and Cash Back For You Coupon Queens :)

For those of you who are coupon queens like me, Ebates is an awesome site. But use it wisely…don’t just shop for stuff you don’t need (it’s tempting!), but rather use the site to shop for things that you were going to buy anyway 🙂

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Taiwanese Boy, Lin Yu Chun, Sings Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” LIVE


taiwanese boy – Lin Yu Chun Sings Whitney Houston’s

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Attn: All Geeks – CNET’s 2010 Tech Preview


Spring 2010 Tech Preview!

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