Saturday, August 31, 2019

Electric Vehicles in the Treasure Valley

Two months ago, I posted about our Chevy Volt - a plug in hybrid that runs us around the Treasure Valley for an awful lot less money than paying for gas.  This week, I'm attempting to write a bit of a local guide to electric vehicles - specifically in the Treasure Valley (the Boise area in Idaho).  We've got cheap (and fairly clean) power out here, middle of the road gas prices, and I happen to think EVs or PHEVs make an awful lot of sense for most people!


If you're not in the Treasure Valley and are interested in EVs, you'll probably learn something too - but this is tailored for the local market in terms of price numbers.  Keep reading!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Analog Games: Do you play?

What's a good way to spend your free time?  Gaming with friends - but, as you might expect from this blog, I'm not a huge fan of modern computer games.  Analog games are the way to go, both board and tabletop.  That's where the bulk of my gaming hours go, and I like it that way.


I'd guess a good number of my readers also game - so let's talk about the joys of analog gaming!


Saturday, August 3, 2019

G600 "600x" Digital Microscope Teardown & Review

What has the internet come to when really interesting, cheap gizmos aren't being properly torn apart in reviews?  Are people afraid to take a screwdriver to a $40 piece of hardware and find out what's inside (spoiler: mystery meat)?  Do we just accept things like "1-600x" microscopes without calling MBE (Male Bovine Excrement)?  We do not!  No longer!

I recently acquired one of the "G600" microscopes you find floating around the internet.  You can get them for about $40 on eBay, they're definitely useful, but they are most definitely not "600x" zoom as you'll see advertised - unless you happen to have a truly massive TV as a monitor instead of the built in display.  Like most of my office gizmos, I played around with it for a bit to get a feel for it, and then proceeded to pull it completely apart, and over-analyze it in my usual style.  I'm trying to get through a backlog of gizmos I have laying around before too many more show up (and these are good idle time posts - I pulled it apart while babysitting a Roomba that was slowly learning the house and getting stuck on pull toys).


What's inside?  What horrible hazards lurk within?  Keep reading to find out all this, and more!