Category Archives: electronics and gadgets

Keeping warm during the winter

Guest post by my good friend Linda Bradshaw:

I can remember when I lived in Maine, how hard it was for me to find ways to keep warm when I was sitting at my desk, or when I was having to do things outdoors. I especially disliked how long it took for the interior of my car to warm up when I had to drive to work! I couldn’t afford to let the car idle in the driveway for twenty minutes for the interior to warm up! And my feet were always cold, no matter what I did! Most people don’t believe me when I tell them that I wore thermal underwear for ten months out of the year, but it is absolutely the truth! Maine is a cold state!

I really wish that the Internet was more advanced back then – I would have found out much earlier about the twitter sphere and social media and would have learned about the Cozy Winters website where they sell so much great stuff to help people (and their pets) cope with cold weather! I would have been a lot more comfortable back then! I would have clothes that keep me warm with batteries, foot warmers under my desk, seat warmers for my car (and a seat warmer for the bleachers that I had to sit on to watch my son’s soccer games!) In fact, I would have bought seat warmers for all of the kids to sit on when they had to sit on the bench waiting for their turn to play! It got so freakin’ cold!

Mixed up about a Mixer

Sometimes I just have to laugh about how people can use the same word and mean two different things. For example, I was visiting my friends Mark and Sandra yesterday. Mark was talking about wanting to buy a numark mixer pro and Sandra thought he was talking about a mixer for the kitchen and she was very upset because she wanted a Cuisinart food processor! They got into a heated discussion for a few minutes before they realized that they were talking about two different types of products!

Which is your favorite year?

I was watching a YouTube video of a guy that was doing a demonstration between three different years of guitars from 1956, 1959, and 1965. You could really tell that there was a big difference in sound, but I have to admit that I liked them all. There were some comments below the video from people that were talking about which famous musicians played the different guitars, and some opinions about which one was the best. It appeared to me, however, that most of the comments were indicating the “favorite” of the three was the 1959 fender stratocaster. I’m not really sure why that was the “winner.” Like I said, I thought all three sounded great!

Microphone stands

The past few months my friends and I have been going to a local karaoke bar. I’ve gone up there a few times myself, and have been quite annoyed with how tall the microphone stands have been set up. I haven’t been able to figure out how to adjust the height easily. I was thinking about suggesting to the karaoke DJ that he might consider replacing his microphone stand with an atlas ms25. I don’t know him very well, though, and hesitate to make any suggestions until I get to know him better.

Two different brands with the same model names can be confusing

One of the things that confuses me at times is when two different brands of a product decide to make similar products and give them the same model names. I would think that there would be patents and copyrights to prevent these types of things from happening! Case in point – I was watching some YouTube videos about the squier telecaster guitar and saw that the Fender company also has a telecaster guitar. Apparently the squier guitar is made in China, and the Fender is made in the USA.

The squier seems to be less expensive to buy than the Fender. I’ve seen some YouTube videos about the two different ones – one was doing a “Blindfold test” comparing the two. I don’t know which one I would buy if I were in the market for one. They both seem to produce some pretty good music!