As air quality on the west coast has gone to complete $#!% with all of the fires, it has made daily life a bit more challenging, to say the least. As if this Covid-19 stuff wasn’t enough. For folks without air conditioning, they have been trapped inside with the windows closed. The unseasonably hot weather and pollution have made for quite uncomfortable and potentially unsafe conditions.

This has gotten me going down the path of researching air quality monitors. I have spent days researching and there are too many variables (VOC, PM2.5, PM10, temperature, humidity, CO2, portable, home units, etc…) to do a fair apples-to-apples comparison. With that said, here are my favorite units based on the following categories – portable, Homekit enabled, and feature set. Read on for the results.


Posted on Jun 16 2020 - 10:07am by Russ

I do not like wearing a face mask. With that said, I realize that I don’t have a choice if I want to go inside some stores/restaurants today. Hopefully, this Covid-19 thing will be a distant memory in the near future. Time to up the face mask game with this realistic printed mask of your own face – or, you could switch faces with friends/family for some crazy mash-ups. Check them out here. ...

As the camping season is upon us, its time to replace some old and worn-out gear. Don’t repeat my last years 4th of July BBQ where my chair broke and I ended up on my back in the dirt. Not cool. Speaking of cool – check out this folding chair that comes with a built-in cooler (can hold 12 cans) and side table with cupholder. Yep, it’s pretty slick. The Kamp-Rite Director’s Chair With Side Table & Cooler ($59) is made...

I sure hope this ambitious energy harvesting gadget becomes a reality. This floating platform, from Sinn Power in Germany, is still very much a concept. All of the parts exist, but they haven’t been put together in such a way, yet. This system is designed to provide power for coastal locations and creates power from wind turbines, solar panels, and floating wave energy harvesters. It is built in...

Why? Why not I suppose. This colorful toilet paper dispenser will add a bit of color and nostalgia to your bathroom. Not only will it dispense your favorite brand of toilet paper, but it also does double duty as a shelf for your phone. You really shouldn’t bring your phone to the bathroom though. I’m just sayin. Get your Rubik’s Cube Toilet Paper Dispenser here. ...

DJI is often called the “Apple” of the drone world. They do make good quadcopters. I try to avoid buying items made in China (not easy and I am nowhere near 100%… not even close, yet) for many reasons. Too many reasons to list here. With that said, I do have a DJI Mavic Mini and it is a great little product. However, it appears they have stepped on a technology patent owned by Autel...

Posted on May 19 2020 - 4:39pm by Steve M

Dumbbell Beer Glass

Sure, you are stuck at home sheltering in place during this Coronavirus pandemic. A bit of good news in all of this is that you can have a few beers. Heck, you can even get some curls in while sipping on your cold beer. These Dumbell Beer Glasses (2 for $29) will have you being your best during this SIP.

Another one for the Porsche lovers out there, especially those with $11,120 in their pocket. The Super Veloce RS Black Edition Espresso Machine pays homage to the Porsche 993 flat-six engine. It does this while making espresso – really, it makes espresso. Some features to take note of, there will only be 993 of these manufactured, they have surgical grade stainless steel, aluminum, titanium,...


Albermo, a Japanese tuning shop, has released a body kit for the Toyota RAV4 that makes it look like a Lamborghini Urus. It takes quite a few panels to get the final look;

  • Front bumper ($1,291)
  • Honeycomb corners ($75)
  • Rear panel ($730)
  • Four side moldings ($150)

Keep reading for a video of the Toyota-to-Lamborghini transformation. (more…)

Stealth Core Trainer Plankster

Imagine that, someone figured out how to take the tedium out of core training by adding a bit of gaming and balance. It definitely looks like one of those “as seen on tv” type health gadgets, but the reviews are really positive. Check out the Stealth Core Trainer Plankster ($139). Video of this gadget in action after the break. (more…)