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Harmon Kardon Mini Esquire Short Review…and it’s $50 now?!

I’ve had mine for over a year, and I noticed that there are factory refurbs on Amazon for $50!
This is about the same size as your cellphone.
The only con is the bass is there but a little light.
That’s just physics.
It’s got surprising sound for the size. It can do conference calls with the mic. It’s a battery pack also.
So if you need a battery pack, put that money towards this and get it all for not a lot more money.
Surprisingly good stereo separation and it will get plenty loud enough for one room. Hotel, gym, etc.

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bObSweep Pethair mini review: Way better than Roomba IMHO

Short story: had about 3 roombas. All dead with battery and/or other issues. bObSweep had some issues as it was an Amazon Warehouse deal IIRC. bObSweep, the company, still took care of me and replaced it with what appeared to be a new one. Resulted in all sorts of extra parts.

They’re Canadian, so they’re nice. 🙂

It’s easy to work on, out of warranty parts are user replaceable and orderable.

Haven’t done much but dust it out with canned air and clean the filters and such. Will buy again. Had it a couple years at least.

Cons: no infrared walls, you just have to make a physical barrier somehow. Gets stuck in stupid places but you can figure out how to stop that. Mainly, declutter your house or put some obstacle to bOb there.

Plus: has a UV light so it actually destroys biological stuff on your floor.


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MAONO AU100 vs. Blue Eyeball vs. Logitech C910

Watch the video to hear sample audio from each source.

These are all inexpensive mics. I think it’s obvious which one to get. IMHO.

There’s also a dual mic option but the recording you get will obviously be combined from both mics, so you can’t separate it later. That may be useful for a ‘man on the street’ type interview. But I’d strongly consider just getting two and using a camera for one recording and a cellphone for the other.

The mic has a switch for this purpose: it’s powered (camera, laptop, etc.) or unpowered (cellphone etc.).

Another idea would be to just clip the mic on a stick or pointer for a handheld mic. I was playing around with a chopstick. It’s thin so the alligator clip worked well on that. Or a telescoping pointer would work.


The cord is plenty long enough, 20 feet, for almost anything you’d want to do. It has a velcro strip attached for storage.

While you’re at it, pick up some extra LR44 batteries for the power.

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Practically Free Bluetooth Sport Headphones

Update: These went out of stick quick. Click this button to put them in your cart for when they come in stock: 



I got mine in and am super pleased. I’ve paid way more (not hard to do) but gotten way worse headphones. I did add the foam type tips. With those the noise isolation is excellent and the bass IMHO is improved.

The bass is fine for most listening. I tried the old school classic: marrs pump up the volume and it’s medium bass without distortion. Most people would be fine with it with some EQ tweaks.

I like the standard micro USB port for charging. Thanks for being non-proprietary! It has a small rubber flap to cover it.

Very comfortable with the stock ear hooks. Easy to forget they are in.

Get a pair!

$5.99 is a ‘Just Get It’ price.

The non-refurb versions are $39.99

Refurb sometimes means ‘excess stock’ or if you’re lucky ‘new, because a lot of people ordered and we ran out of refurbs’. Or it’s in bulk packaging. Or ‘New model out, so…mark it as refurb.’

I’d recommend some memory foam type earbud tips, or a variety pack. I like foam because it isolates noise better and makes them far less likely to fall out:

Review to follow!

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How to Get Your Ebates Money on Old Orders and Orders that Didn’t Track

If you don’t have Ebates get it: Get the Safari/Chrome browser plugins too so you get reminded. I’m up to over $250 back.


Certain ad blockers can interfere with the cashback.

Two things to do:

  1. Consider not installing an Ad Blocker on a web browser you use less often. Use that browser for Ebates. I use Safari.
  2. If you forget, go to this link: and put in the order info. I’ve gotten IMMEDIATE cash back that way, even from months-old orders. As in I got it as soon as I submitted the info, it popped up saying the money was added.
  3. Google how to whitelist Ebates in your ad blocker. Since that varies wildly, I am not going to list it here at this time.


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Nugo Slim Vegan Crunchy Peanut Butter Review

For some reason at the time of this posting, this flavor isn’t on Amazon. So I can only link to the flavors they do have: Nugo Slim Vegan Bars on Amazon

Click the link to see if it’s available.


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Razor Blade Variety Pack Mini-Review

First off, I know there’s a lot of hipster activity with double edge safety razors. I’m not that guy. I will admit to there being a certain ‘manliness’ aspect.

BUT there are some logical reasons to use one.

  • You can pick a razor handle that you like. Different weights, lengths, grips, blade angle, etc. And the one I have is very affordable.
  • You can obviously pick different blades. There is of course many types from stainless to platinum plated…I’m sure some rapper will start selling gold coated blades.
  • Environmentally, probably better. The handle will last forever. Mine is chrome and brass. Steel blades will just rust away.


What you need:

First, get some Altoids. Why? Use the box to put the old blades in. Wrap it a few turns with duct tape before you throw it away.


Pick a razor handle. The Van Der Hagen is what tons of people start with. I have the long handle version.

Click here to put that in a new window before you read on: -=> Van der Hagen

The blades that came with it were decent, but the next thing I bought was the variety pack of blades.

Yes, that’s EIGHTEEN CENTS per blade. If you’re blonde or have light hair, the shave butter and a good blade might let you get away with shaving every other day. I have this:

So there you have it. I’ve been really pleased with the results and price. And the fun of customizing something.

Congratulations to me: went the entire post without mentioning a baby’s “you know what”.

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Seems stupid, but I will search until I find mine! Plus: Save Turtles with it.

I cut 6 pack plastic holders before I trash them. The pointy part will slit plastic straws, and of course it’s great for boxes and those plastic clamshell packages. I keep it in the kitchen drawer and I will search for it like a long lost lamb if I have to! It’s that handy.


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Free $5 at Amazon


Bought mine this morning. 🙂


  • In order to qualify for the promotional credit, you must: (1) be an Prime member; (2) click the yellow “Click to add the code to your account” button or enter the promotional code “GCPRIME18” in the “Gift Cards and Promotional Codes” box when you check out; and (3) purchase at least $25 in qualifying Gift Cards in a single order at beginning 12:00 p.m. (PT), July 16, 2018 and ending 11:59 p.m., July 17, 2018 (PT).
  • For qualifying purchases, a promotional credit of $5 will be automatically applied to the Prime account that was used to purchase the Gift Card(s) within two (2) days after the qualifying order has been completed or, where applicable, the order has shipped.

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Amazon Prime Day Free Trial

Click here to add it to your calendar.

Get the trial, get the good deals, and get out. Or stay. I’ve been a member for YEARS. Which is a bit of a reason I started this website.


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