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Pepsi True

When new sodas come to market, especially brand extensions for Pepsi and Coke’s colas, I’ll do just about anything to get my hands on it. I more or less live off colas, diet colas in particular. It’s a 2-liter a day habit that I’m not proud of, but it is what it is. Don’t judge me.

Pepsi True sneaked up on me. The last I had heard about it Read More →

Surge Is Back!

Surge was unquestionably my favorite soft drink as a teenager in the 90s. I lived for it. It was a 2-liter-a-day-plus-a-can-at-lunch kind of addiction. You can imagine my shock and horror when Coca-Cola pulled it from the shelves in 2001. I was diagnosed with depression in 2002, and I’m not sure Coke wasn’t to blame.

I kid of course. But not by much. For me Surge represents Read More →

Garth Brooks – Man Against Machine

After a 14 year hiatus Garth Brooks has returned to work with a new set of original songs. ‘Man Against Machine’ was released Nov. 10, 2014 and debuted at #1 on the country charts, but missed the overall top spot he frequently owned before his semiretirement. Taylor Swift has proved to be an unstoppable force, and her numbers dominated Brooks. Brooks’ decision to release ‘People Loving People’ as the first single was probably Read More →

The God-First Life

The God-First Life, authored by Stovall Weems–lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida–proves that regardless of if you are a believer in Christ you cannot dispute Weems’ passion for spreading the Gospel.

The God First Life is a fairly short Christian self-help book, based largely on the Bible verse Matthew 6:33. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Weems uses The God-First Life to unpack and extract every bit of information from this short scripture and shows through some very personal illustrations and analogies how Christ is relevant to you. Read More →

Panic! At The Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!

Panic! At The Disco is back at it again with ‘ Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’ Panic! has been a favorite of mine for years now. I find them to be one of the few mainstream bands that has a unique sound. They have always been able to blend together orchestral instrumentals, velvety smooth vocals, and lyrics deeper than a rain puddle into an amazing sound.

In ‘ Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’ the band seems to lean a lot heavier on Read More →

CCleaner

I’m the dedicated free technical support guy for my friends and family. It’s a thankless job. At best, you get a thank you and a pat on the back. At worst, you have to deliver the bad news to a loved one that they’re going to be spending some serious money in the near future. Luckily my hits are far greater than my misses.

CCleaner is not new software by any definition, but it is something every Windows user should Read More →

Wheat Thins Spicy Buffalo

Wheat Thins are under rated in the wide world of snack foods, most likely because they have the words ‘wheat’ and ‘thin’ in the title. Junk food nation has been conditioned to avoid packages with those two words on them, mostly for good reason. They imply ‘healthy,’ or ‘low calorie,’ neither of which are exactly synonymous with ‘yummy.’ Wheat Thins generally break away from that stereotype, and tend be a full flavored delightfully munch-able snack. So what happened with Wheat Thins Spicy Buffalo? Read More →

Evan Williams Honey Reserve

Once fall begins to roll in, I traditionally switch from clear liquors (vodka or rum) to something darker and more robust, typically a whiskey or bourbon. Always on a budget, as I’m sure many of you are, I try to find quality spirits at affordable prices. I think the Evan Williams brand Read More →

Cheez-It Zingz Queso Fundido

We eat an abundance of Cheez-It products. They’re just so crunchy and delicious. We really value them as a late night snack; they’re not too crumbly for eating in bed. Most of the flavor is baked in, so you’re not licking yourself like an idiot or wiping greasy flavor residue on the foot of your bed sheets (don’t pretend you haven’t done both at one time or another).

Many moons ago, we reviewed Cheez-It Zingz Chipotle Cheddar, and we were quite smitten with them. We had intended to write this companion review shortly afterwards, but we’re only just now getting around to it. I had high expectations for the Cheez-It Zingz Queso Fundido snack crackers, but I’d be lying if I didn’t inform you that I was a tad disappointed.

The Cheez-It Zingz Queso Fundido has the same ‘corn masa flour’ base as the Chipotle Cheddar, but lacks the ‘Zing’ intensity in my ever so humble opinion. The peppery seasoning is noticeable in the first bite or two, only to drop off quite a bit as you continue your munching experience.  ‘Fundido’s’ just weren’t all that fun, and tasted a lot more bland than the name sake would suggest. Cheez-It Zingz Chipotle Cheddar were perfectly potent from first bite to last.

That isn’t to say that Queso Fundido’s aren’t a perfectly acceptable snack, but I’m giving them a ‘Meh’ since I believe a superior product is sitting right next to them on your grocer’s shelf for the same price. You should try them though as your results may vary.

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-Jeremy Hobbs

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Motorola Droid Mini

My hands are small. Not just small for a man, but tiny in general. When shopping for gloves, I have to head straight for the children’s department at any store. Praise be to God that I don’t have to do manual labor for a living as I’m more apt to strike oil in my back yard than find a snug pair of work gloves.

So a few years ago when the smart phone industry decided to put their products on steroids, I became a bit distressed. I moved from a (quickly dying) HTC Droid Incredible to a fairly new Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx that some fool sold me on eBay for a song. Two years ago it was a top end device, and today it remains capable. But it was/is just so darned big! I like a device that I can use one-handed, and the Maxx wasn’t it. But I struggled on (First World problems, I know) until I found something more in my size.

Problem was the trend was super sizing phones, not down-sizing them (Galaxy Note? WTF?). Sure, for every Samsung Galaxy S, or HTC One, there was a Mini version. Sadly all of those Minis were stripped of all the cool things their big brothers had, and I’m not stupid enough to extend my contact on an already outdated device.

Someone from Motorola (now a part of Google) heard the pleas of myself and the rest of the small handed citizens of this round, blue ball in space and gave us a premium handset in a diminutive package. Enter the Motorola Droid Mini. Though never mentioned as such, it looks and feels like a follow-up to the fairly popular Droid RAZR M. It would be more accurately described as the runt brother of the Droid Ultra, Droid Ultra Maxx, and the phone everyone is talking about right now, the Moto X.

The only thing that differentiates any of these phones are battery, screen type, and pixel density. Cameras, chips, RAM, etc are all equal. The Motorola Droid Mini has a LCD screen versus the LED screens of the others, but offers the same resolution with a higher pixel density. The pixel density is even higher than what was found on the iPhone 5.

My favorite feature of the Droid Mini, aside from its size, is it’s ‘always on’ voice activation. Without even touching the phone, I can say ‘Okay Google Now’ and a command, and the Mini does it, all hands free. Neat stuff. ‘Active Notifications’ are pretty cool as well, allowing me to see what made my phone buzz without having to unlock things.

More goodies to be had as well, like 6 free months of Google Play Music. You can find the Droid Mini for as little as $49.99 if you shop around, and that is just a steal for a super speedy flagship phone. I highly recommend this device to anyone, not just those with baby hands like me. Easy ‘Yea!’

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-Jeremy Hobbs