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Written By: Gary on August 30, 2014 2 Comments
Doctor Who’s “Missy” is at Two Streams medical Facility?!?

This can’t be a coincidence can it?!? “Heaven” is the same place as part of “Two Streams” medical facility?!? “Missy” seems to be collecting people that died because of (or for) The Doctor, but why?

The second question is why here? This is clearly the same place and it’s not like they tried to […]

Written By: Gary on August 27, 2014 No Comment
The Flash is on the CW this fall

So The Flash is coming to television this fall on The CW. The effects look great and I like the guy who plays him but I think I’m going to dislike the show…

Why do I think I won’t like it? Because of the […]

Written By: Gary on December 5, 2013 No Comment
Baggage fees

So I’m checking out flight prices for a trip, baggage fees are always interesting. The flights that I’m looking at allow me to take two 70 pound bags down for free, but only allow me to bring on 50 pounds back for free.

That’s a different carrier on the way back, but it’s all booked […]

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Written By: Gary on December 3, 2013 No Comment
Saving money on gasoline

So I’m pretty excited about the gas prices! I got it for $2.99 a gallon today!!! The funny thing is that gas only dropped a nickel in price, but it dropped under that $3.00 price that makes it seem so special. I probably only saved 50 cents on the ten gallons that […]

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Written By: Gary on December 2, 2013 No Comment
White House Down: It’s like Die Hard, but at a national monument

White House Down was a fun movie. Jamie Foxx as the president was interesting, most of the time he was pretty serious, but generally more playful than the president is portrayed in the movies (sometimes a little too playful).

Maggie Gyllenhaal was excellent, I always see her […]

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Written By: Gary on December 1, 2013 No Comment
Upstream Color is the weirdest movie I’ve ever seen!

I’m not sure why I watched Upstream Color in the first place, I read a good review, some actor I liked in it or exactly what it was. But once I started watching it, I couldn’t stop. There are some spoilers in here, I say “some” because it’s so strange of […]

Written By: Gary on November 24, 2013 No Comment
Galileo is a great FREE mapping app to have on your iPhone or iPad.

I love this program and it just did a major update so thought it was due for an update on the review I did before, but when I looked I realized I never reviewed this amazing app before, so here we go…

First of all this program should be […]

Written By: Gary on October 19, 2013 No Comment
AT&T iPad cellular data plan cost is now HALF the price!

If you’ve got an iPad and you occasionally use the $15 a month cellular data plan option, there is a way you can save a lot of money (and get more data!). The $15 data plan gives you 250MB of data per month, if you go over it either runs out or you have […]

Written By: Gary on October 4, 2013 No Comment
Curious Praying Mantis Video

I caught this crawling away from the corner of the garage and it looks like some spiderwebs from the corners and some grass clippings were stuck. Not sure if that was slowing it down or was just super curious.

I was watching it for a while but a lot of the video […]

Written By: Gary on August 7, 2013 One Comment
What I love about my Kindle and eBooks

I love my Kindle, ever since I got it, I’ve thought it was great. Do I miss reading real books? Certainly! Does it outweigh the convenience of the way I read eBooks? Not a chance! I’ve always got a few books with me and it still weighs the same.

Can you can think of […]

Written By: Gary on July 19, 2013 One Comment
Edward J. Kuhn 1923-2013

A few days ago, I was wondering some things about the Alaska trip: how long Mr. Kuhn had done it for or if anyone else had ever posted pictures at some point in time, so I went to internet to see what I could find out.

Unfortunately, the first thing I found was Mr. […]

Written By: Gary on July 18, 2013 One Comment
Back to Michigan from Canada, Alaska, Chicago and everywhere in-between.

So we got up this morning and boarded a chartered bus from Chicago and back to the Detroit area. It was a long bus ride and we arrived tired and I recall it being really really hot when we arrived (a bank parking lot in Pleasant Ridge, the same spot we left from). […]

Written By: Gary on July 17, 2013 No Comment
Playing in Chicago (and a mini adventure in the middle of nowhere)

So we were pretty bored on the train, it was 40 hours so far and I was pretty stir crazy. We’d stopped at some towns but nothing for more than a few minutes (We stopped in St. Payl / Minneapolis, MN for a short time, but I slept through that). We (the guys) […]

Written By: Gary on July 16, 2013 No Comment
From Seattle to Chicago on Amtrak

The first thing we realize is that the tracks in Canada are much much smoother than in the United States. This train is so bumpy it’s not even funny.

We have a small cabin area, kind of like you see in the movies when they can open the door and go in and the beds […]

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Written By: Gary on July 15, 2013 No Comment
Washington outdoors.

I got a postcard from Mom! She sent it to the hotel from when she was up north with my Aunt Nola last week! It’s of the Mackinaw Bridge which is huge and connects the upper and lower peninsula’s of Michigan together.

Today we are to explore the nearby […]

Written By: Gary on July 14, 2013 No Comment
Mt. Rainer National Park

According to the itinerary “Mount Rainer is 14,400 feet and capped with 26 glaciers. Mt. Rainer is the greatest single scenic attrition in the entire Pacific Northwest.”

From my journal:

8 am – Feeling a little better than yesterday.

9 am – Got on the bed to ride to Mt. Rainier.

1:30 pm – By the […]

Written By: Gary on July 13, 2013 No Comment
Vancouver to Seattle, Washington.

From the itinerary, “Our wonderful cruise ended at 9am as we arrived in Vancouver and hopped on a bus to take us to Seattle. We visited some special exhibits at the Century 21 Center (which I don’t remember) and took a ride up revolving Space Needle in Seattle.” I think just the restaurant […]

Written By: Gary on July 12, 2013 No Comment
A day of cruising and relaxation on the ship

Another day without many activities on the boat. I have no idea why they wouldn’t have had the captain’s dinner or the costume party on one of these slow days.

From my journal:

10 am – I just keep having the same breakfast over and over: Pancakes, sausage, apple juice, milk and corn flakes. […]

Written By: Gary on July 11, 2013 No Comment
Easy going day as we head back towards Canada down the Alaskan coast

Today there was really not much to do, which I find odd since there were so many activities all the other other days. We crossed back into Canada at 2 and stopped into Prince Rupert around 6pm. The itinerary says we visited the “Worlds Largest Cold Storage Plant” but I really really […]

Written By: Gary on July 10, 2013 No Comment
Feedly for my RSS Feed Reading – Review

So Google retired Google Reader on July 1st, I still can’t believe this. They announced it until March but it took me until the last minute to switch, because I really didn’t want to. I did export my data from Google Takeout which you can still do until […]

Written By: Gary on July 10, 2013 No Comment
Glacier Bay, Alaska

I believe that this is the farthest north that we go on the Alaska cruise. We started our day with Mount Fairweather and Glacier Bay. Actually, I believe Mt. Fairweather is above Glacier Bay so we kind of saw both at once.

There are only two main glacier’s in the Glacier Bay National Park […]

Written By: Gary on July 9, 2013 No Comment
Mendenhall glacier and Juneau, Alaska

From my Journal –

Breakfast is always the same, I picked up a menu so people at home could see it.

I put the menu in an entry from a few days ago, so I won’t put it here again. What’s funny is that it sounds like I’m complaining about breakfast, but […]

Written By: Gary on July 8, 2013 No Comment
Ketchikan and Wrangell, Alaska

So it’s our first day in Alaska! We crossed the border sometime in the night and we arrived at Ketchikan in the morning around 7:30 am.. It’s a little grey out but it’s a town in Alaska!!!!! We were told it was the “Salmon Canning Capitol of the World”!

Ketchikan, […]

Written By: Gary on July 7, 2013 2 Comments
All around and about the Princess Patricia

So we left Vancouver yesterday evening and we’re on our way to Alaska aboard the Princess Patricia. From the itinerary we’re in the Seymour Narrows and Johnstone Strait and then through Queen Charlotte Sound and the Grenville Channel. I probably wouldn’t have gotten any of those correct on a quiz (or a map!). […]

Written By: Gary on July 6, 2013 No Comment
Vancouver and on to Alaska

So we ran around the Vancouver area today. I can’t remember what all the photos were but I’ll try to piece it all together. We did get a tour of the University of British Columbia campus (I really don’t remember this part). I did go over to the registrar’s office and get a college […]

Written By: Gary on July 5, 2013 No Comment
To the University of British Columbia

Today we left Kamloops and headed over to Vancouver. It was a pretty normal day and I talked to my mom on the phone; multiple other days I’d made notes that I couldn’t reach her (where were you mom?!?) I probably wrote it down so I didn’t get in trouble for not calling, answering […]

Written By: Gary on July 4, 2013 No Comment
From Chateau Lake Louise to Kamloops!

Unfortunately, we didn’t get enough time at Chateau Lake Louise we were up at 7 am and out of there by 10 am. I did get a chance to take a few more pictures before we had to take off. It really was a beautiful area!

There is no question that he was […]

Written By: Gary on July 3, 2013 No Comment
Chateau Lake Louise

Today we left Calgary on the bus to head to Chateau Lake Louise. The itinerary says “After leaving Calgary, gradually, the foothills gain height as you rider and almost before you know it, you are in the mountains”. He wasn’t kidding. I took a lot of photos on the ride over

Written By: Gary on July 2, 2013 No Comment
Visiting Calgary, Canada

So we left Edmonton by bus and pretty much “goofed around all day” after we got to Calgary.

Our group waiting for the bus to Calgary

These are on the ride from Edmunton to Calgary.

The last two photos seems a little high for a bus but downtown seems a little empty if […]

Written By: Gary on July 1, 2013 No Comment
A day in Edmunton, Alberta – Canada Day

After another night on the train we eventually arrived in Edmunton, Alberta.

FYI, the slide scanning was done at CostCo and I’m not really impressed but the quality. Yes, the slides are old but they were stored in plastic bags that were tied shut and stored in a box. […]

Written By: Gary on June 30, 2013 2 Comments
Four hours in Winnipeg, Canada

We had a four hour break from the train in Winnipeg (the capitol of Manitobe) and listed as “where the prairies begin” (that’s from my trip notes). I wrote:

We stopped in Winnipeg (still taking train). A big city, but not much interesting and we took a tour by bus.

I know I […]

Written By: Gary on June 29, 2013 No Comment
VIA Train Travel – The Super Continental

So yesterday we boarded “Canada National’s Finest Train” The Super Continental. While the route goes across most of Canada, we will get off at Edmonton.

Map courtesy of Wikipedia.

We’re on the train for a few days and we sleep on it, on the 29th I said that the […]

Written By: Gary on June 28, 2013 No Comment
Alaska: A long long time ago… but still June 28th

So when I was a kid, I had the opportunity to go on a trip through Canada and on to Alaska and (sort of) back through the US. This was a big deal in my house, I didn’t get sent away to camp for the summer (maybe a week with scouts) or even on […]

Written By: Gary on March 13, 2013 One Comment
Google is retiring Google Reader?!?

Seriously, Google is retiring Google Reader? I feel like they’re trying to get into every corner of the internet and they’re giving this up? I thought they had the market on this, maybe I wrong and there is something better. But many many feed readers (clients) support this program and […]

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Written By: Gary on March 7, 2013 2 Comments
The Superior Spider-Man really is “superior”

There is a new Spider-Man in town and I think he’s acting superior to the old. Sometimes in an egotistical way, sometimes as a better hero, sometimes even as a better Peter Parker. It’s really a new take on being a hero (from someone who isn’t).

Written By: Gary on January 1, 2013 One Comment
The crazyness of Daylight Savings Time

I thought this video about the whys of Daylight Savings Time was entertaining. For those of you from other places that do not practice this, it’s a time in the spring and the fall when we adjust our clocks back (or forward) an hour to pretend to get an extra hour of daylight […]

Written By: Gary on December 22, 2012 No Comment
Flickr Pro for 3 months free!  Works for extending current pro accounts.

Flickr will extend your Flickr pro account for 3 months for free but I’m not sure how long the offer will last (it’s a “holiday” offer).

The way I read it, I think it will give you a pro account for free, but as my account was already pro, I […]

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Written By: Gary on December 18, 2012 No Comment
Doctor Who Encyclopedia for the iPad – Review

When I first saw the Doctor Who EncyclopediaI was super excited, it was by Gary Russell and published by Random House and the BBC but it was a little pricey at $6.99 and it only included the eleventh Doctor Who (Matt Smith). The ninth and tenth doctors were an additional $6.99 each(!) […]

Written By: Gary on December 8, 2012 2 Comments
Star Trek: Into Darkness – The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…

Warning, this is from a EXTENDED teaser trailer. May be consider to have spoilers, but I’m not sure if spoilers involves previews (unless you don’t actually watch previews).

Lots of dark crazy destructive action until about one minute in.

“Is there anything you would not do… for your family??”

Written By: Gary on November 23, 2012 No Comment
Early Edition 2 news app for the iPad – Review

The Early Edition 2 works OFF-LINE for news reading!!! You don’t need WiFi to use it, just to sync it! So if you have the data plan (or even if you don’t have a data plan), you can sync beforehand and not pay for any data! This pre-caching makes it […]

Written By: Gary on November 21, 2012 No Comment

Many Electronic Arts games are way on sale today. Their annual Thanksgiving sale seems to be the best year round, it may last throughout the weekend; no promises for how long it will last, so get them before it runs out.
I listed some of the most popular ones […]

Written By: Gary on November 14, 2012 No Comment
Amanda Palmer – This might be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen at a concert

I notice when they start this song Amanda Palmer heads to the side of the stage and I can see her putting on a dress. This dress has and extremely super long train. She then gets the security guys to pass her over to the crowd. As they carry her out above the […]

Written By: Gary on November 6, 2012 No Comment
Doctor Who Regeneration – The Musical

Here’s an interesting musical. The Doctor regenerates and needs a new companion. A “must see” if you are a Doctor Who fan.

Here’s a direct link to the video.

This is starring Travis Slavin as Doctor Who and Elizabeth Oldak as his companion. I don’t know who they are but they deserve […]

Written By: Gary on October 27, 2012 2 Comments
The Aerial Angels in Detroit

Last night I got to see the Aerial Angels at the Detroit Institute of Arts. I saw them a year or two ago and I think they were even better the second time around. Last time they were in an open area, while this time they were on the stage in he […]

Written By: Gary on September 8, 2012 No Comment
Biking on Hines Drive today

So it’s Saturday and I was biking Hines Drive (again). It was extra windy so it was ext a difficult biking, but I’d got the 25-mile Tour de Troit next week so I thought maybe I should do the whole 15-miles today.

It was extra green today, so that was nice, summer […]

Written By: Gary on September 8, 2012 No Comment
Amy, Make them remember you…

I’ve said before, Daleks are one of my least favorite Doctor Who villains, but “Asylum of the Daleks” is probably one of my favorite episodes and I can’t stop thinking (remembering?) a specific part. Last week, when The Doctor thought he was going to die, he told Amy to “make them remember you”. Why?

The […]

Written By: Gary on August 21, 2012 No Comment

What’s the cost difference between purchasing an iPhone and an iPad? Not just the cost but what are you missing between one product and another. We’re going to talk about price first, but you need to remember an iPhone is not $199, it’s $649 for an unlocked world phone. A subsidized iPhone […]

Written By: Gary on August 17, 2012 No Comment
Silhouette Photography

One of the photo groups went out to a park at sunset to do some silhouettes. I’d never done this before so I made sure to attend.

There were twenty of us, so we were always asking the two models to move. We pretty much needed them between us and the sun.

A few […]

Written By: Gary on August 1, 2012 No Comment
iPhones, iPads and BlueTooth 4.0 what is it for? NFC? The iWatch? Shopping?

Apple quietly put in BlueTooth 4.0 into it’s last few iPhone and iPads and most of it’s recent laptops and has barely said a word about it. What makes BT 4.0 so different? Part of it is Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), it uses much less energy than the previous BlueTooth options (and can […]

Written By: Gary on July 27, 2012 No Comment
Buying bulk food at CostCo for the lone shopper

I live alone, so buying in bulk at CostCo is tricky sometimes. If I eat it all, it’s generally a big value but what if I don’t eat it all? I see some people at the store saying “I won’t eat all 36 eggs before the expire” but I ask, but are […]

Written By: Gary on July 12, 2012 No Comment
Checking my messages sure has changed

It really wasn’t that long ago that people didn’t have e-mail. Twenty years ago* Dephi was the first commercial on-line service to offer internet e-mail to it’s customers. I’m not saying some people didn’t have internet e-mail before that, I’m just stating this was a turning point even though it was […]

Written By: Gary on June 8, 2012 No Comment
So much spam and phishing this last 24 hours

I’ve gotten more spam and phishing messages in the last 24 hours than in a really really long time. In case you don’t know the specifics:

Spam – is junk mail. Porn, dating and penis enlargements are in some of the common ones.
Phishing is “fishing”, they’re just throwing a line out there to see […]

Written By: Gary on June 6, 2012 No Comment
Why your passwords MUST be more complicated!!!

WIth today’s (alleged) password breach of LinkedIn, it made me think to change some passwords. Why? Because I had a few accounts that use the same passwords. Yes, I know that’s bad. But they were “unimportant” to me at the time I was checking them out, but later they because more […]

Written By: Gary on May 9, 2012 No Comment

Selling on-line through eBay is easy and (at the same time) challenging. It’s slightly addicting and euphoric when people bid and you make a sale. I was at a comic convention and some stuff I had I couldn’t sell (my target audience is right there) no matter how low I made the price, […]

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Written By: Gary on May 9, 2012 No Comment
I love learning new things

I love learning. I also like talking (sharing) about things that (I hope) other people are interested in. Today xkcd talks about how many people each day learn something that everybody knows.

At their site, if you hover your mouse over the comic you always get […]

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Written By: Gary on May 5, 2012 One Comment
Saturday at Hines Park on Hines Drive

On Saturdays from May until September, Hines Park closes Hines Drive from 8 AM to 3:30 PM so that people can ride bicycles, walk and rollerblade in the road and not have to fear traffic.

They close the road from Outer Drive and Hines Drive (near Ann Arbor Trail in Dearborn) all the way to Hines […]

Written By: Gary on May 5, 2012 No Comment

This stellar planetarium in your pocket is an application called Star Walk, and it’s only 99 cents on the iPhone, this is normally $2.99 and worth it for the price (the cheapest I’ve ever seen). It’s also available for the iPad for $1.99 (which is much cheaper than […]

Written By: Gary on May 1, 2012 No Comment
Most Audubon Field Guides for iPad and iPhone are on sale.

Last week I announced their Birds app as 99 cents, the price has gone up but many other related apps have dropped in price. See the Audubon apps by Green Mountain Digital.

Audubon Birds Field Guide for iPad and iPhone is only $2.99 cents! The second best price ever they’ve […]

Written By: Gary on April 2, 2012 No Comment
It’s time to get rid of the US penny, they are a waste of money and time…

The penny costs to much to make and it uses too much time to spend them. Plus, what can you buy with a penny? I’m not even sure what you can buy for five pennies theses days, so occasionally I’ll take a jab at the nickel too (maybe).

I’m going to mention this every […]

Written By: Gary on April 1, 2012 No Comment
Today is the day

Trust no one!!

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Written By: Gary on March 31, 2012 One Comment
It’s International Backup Day!

It’s World Backup Day! It’s not that you should only backup once a year, it’s an awareness day. So I guess it should be called “Backup Awareness Day”. But seriously, you should backup your important documents and photos all the time. Why? Because you’ll be very sad / upset […]

Written By: Gary on March 31, 2012 No Comment
Get 5 GB of cloud storage at Dropbox for free!

Use Dropbox for free backup of your files to the cloud! Get 5GB total free space (it’s normally 2GB).

Written By: Gary on March 20, 2012 2 Comments

For an amazing device it’s got a few little things that make me cRaZy…

FYI, this is my iPad 3, but I think all of these things are iOS 5.1 iPad related, not “the new iPad 3” related:

Why does the Photo App not let me send photos to the Message App? I can e-mail […]

Written By: Gary on March 15, 2012 No Comment
Why I love KindleFeeder.com for reading blogs and news on my Kindle

I don’t like sitting at the computer all the time, so why do I do it? Because that’s where all the information is at! With KindleFeeder.com I get my information sent wirelessly to my Kindle (I have the Kindle Keyboard 3G) automatically twice a day and I can read it anywhere! […]

Written By: Gary on March 14, 2012 No Comment
Unpowered Horn Amplifier for iPhone

So this amplifier for the iPhone by Bone is very cool. It’s requires no power and it’s made of silicone (rubber?) and your iPhone just sits in it and it’s significantly louder. It surprised me a lot when I got mine.

Did I tell you it’s less than $4 […]

Written By: Gary on March 14, 2012 No Comment

It’s a Kindle. That’s the number one point, Amazon seems to have the eReader market and I believe they’ll have it long term. And in case I’m wrong, I’ve got the Nook eReader App on it too (with several other eBook readers, Kobo, etc.). I think the price of this is subsidized […]

Written By: Gary on March 13, 2012 No Comment

This is why I canceled my new Verizon iPad 4G LTE order…

It’s really not as drastic as it seems, I still have my order in for an AT&T iPad 3, I only canceled my Verizon order. When they were first announced I wasn’t sure which one would be better to get to use globally […]

Written By: Gary on January 27, 2012 No Comment
The Fisher Building

I’ve got this huge painting of the Fisher Building. It’s got to be six feet high and it fits perfect in my condo. I get lots of compliments all the time on it. The first few years I had it, I hadn’t even realized it was the Fisher building.

It’s up very high […]

Written By: Gary on January 3, 2012 No Comment
I’m going to lose 500 pounds!!!

I’ve got too much stuff. So I’m cleaning, trashing and selling 500 pounds of “stuff”. I hope to do this in a month, but we’ll see how that goes.

I’m also reading (as one of many changes) in an […]

Written By: Gary on December 7, 2011 One Comment
The simple things…

It’ll probably be a while before my car hits another milestone. Probably 150,000 miles (if I’m lucky!). Actually, I take good care of my car, so it should last a bit longer.

But ss the title says, it’s the simple things, like hitting a milestone on my car mileage that makes me happy. […]

Written By: Gary on November 9, 2011 One Comment
Surf the Internet from 30,000 feet for only $1.95

On the Detroit to Atlanta part of my trip, the gogo wireless on the airplane it was $4.95 for the whole flight, but they offered 15 minutes for only $1.95.

I didn’t think that was too bad of a price, so I thought I might do it on the next leg of the trip. But […]

Written By: Gary on November 4, 2011 No Comment
Microsoft PhotoSynth is AWESOME!

I have a confession to make. My favorite iPhone app is made by… (wait for it!) Microsoft! Yes, I said the “M” word! This program is awesome and easy for creating 360° panoramas, it’s called Photosynth. Actually, it’s more than 360°, it’s right/left […]

Written By: Gary on November 2, 2011 No Comment
Saving money on your AT&T cell phone bill when traveling internationally

Having a phone that works internationally is great in case of an emergency. The problem is that when you’re in another country calls are $2.29 to and from the United States, even if you don’t answer the phone, you’re billed for as long as it rings. I found this out a few trips […]

Written By: Gary on November 1, 2011 No Comment
November 1st, 2011

Two things for today: a photo thing and a numbers thing.

Today is 11/1/11 or if you live over seas it’s 1/11/11. I like fun number things, in 10 days we’ll have another date number thing.

And in a few days my car milage will be 123456! So hopefully I don’t miss […]

Written By: Gary on October 21, 2011 No Comment

I had a list of the things that I wanted on the new iPhone 5. Yes, I said iPhone 5, this is the 5th iPhone no matter what you want to call it. I take a lot of photos and it’s not so important that I use my phone, but the phone is […]

Written By: Gary on October 18, 2011 No Comment
History of the iPhone (and the non-Apple technologies that led to it)

It’s really more of a history of entertainment and communications technology and how it grew (or shrunk) into the iPhone. The iPhone part is pretty small overall (it’s not just an Apple video).

CNET UK Presents: History of the iPhone from Drew Stearne on Vimeo.

I thought it was a good introduction to […]

Written By: Gary on October 18, 2011 No Comment
McRib is Back!!!

It’s back. What more can I really say other than that? I was hungry, didn’t know what I wanted and then I saw a sign…

Do I need to say that this is what I ended up getting for dinner??

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