Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Celestron 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope Review

I recently moved houses, from a house with a view of a dead end street and lots of trees, to a house overlooking the beautiful Lake Washington, boats, hot air ballons, stores, float planes, and at night, neon signs. Me and my dad often spend the late part of the day outside on the deck, looking across the water, and recently, he said he was wondering what the large red neon sign across the lake said. Being miles away, it wasn't readable to the naked eye; it just appeared as a bright red blur. This got me thinking; could I purchase a telescope to use for terrestrial (land) viewing, rather than just the sky? Would it allow me to see that far away (2+ miles)? After getting an Amazon gift card, I had some extra money to spend, so I purchased the Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope from Amazon and got to try it out today.

Celestron telescope's official web page with specifications (lenses, zoom, etc.): click here
Amazon page: click here

Click on any image below (in any section) to see larger versions

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lenovo Edge E530 Thinkpad Bootloop and Other Stuff

So, I just got my new laptop in the mail today (longest fricking time waiting for anything) and I've now had about 9 hours to play with my new Lenovo Edge E530 Thinkpad laptop. I ordered it customized a bit, with an i5 processor, matte screen, 720p webcam, bluetooth and dual-N wireless, and the Authentec fingerprint reader with ultranav. I also decided that those addons weren't enough, and as the laptop was pretty inexpensive as laptops go, I justified buying an extended battery and a Kingston mSATA 64gb SSD (solid state drive). Here is what I have discovered about the laptop in the past 9 hours.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Free Prize (from Club Bing / LSC): Mens Green Ireland T-Shirt

Don't know why they randomly made this shirt a prize, but that didn't stop me from getting it. I got this large "Mens Green Ireland T-Shirt" in 2008, and of course, have never actually worn it. I think I may have donated it. Oh well... Pictures below!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Free Prize (from Club Bing / LSC): White Zune 30GB - Academic Version

I got this white 30GB Zune (Academic version) for free from Live Search Club in 2008, and almost immediately gave it to my older sister (not that I don't like Zunes; she didn't have any portable music players). She has used it since, and I believe she actually still uses it today! Pictures below!

Free Prize (from Club Bing / LSC): Zune Premium Earphones

Got these Zune Premium Earphones for free from Club Bing while it was still "Live Search Club". Ah, those were the days...  Pictures below!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Free Prize (from Swagbucks): Neon Color Arrow Sticky Flags

Got these a while ago from Swagbucks, then purchased them again since they work well and cost relatively few points. (Official Swagbucks prize page: click here)

Pictures Below:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Free Prize (from Club Bing): Wireless Bluetooth Optical Desktop Elite

This is a FREE Wireless Bluetooth Optical Desktop Elite that I received as a prize from Live Search Club, which is now "Club Bing". It was an awesome prize, as at the time

Free Prize: USB Warmer / Chiller

Just for fun I'm going to start uploading pictures of all the free stuff I have received in the past couple of years.
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Just got this in the mail a few weeks ago.
Free Prize (from Club Bing):  USB Warmer / Chiller

Club Bing USB Warmer / Chiller

Free Sample: Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea Packet

 Just for fun I'm going to start uploading pictures of all the free stuff I have received in the past couple of years.
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Just got this in the mail last week.
Sample: Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea Packet
(Original deal:

Free Stuff!

For those that don't know me, I am obsessed with getting free stuff. Big or small, I just love getting packages in the mail, and getting them for free is just awesome. See the below list for some of the best places to get free prizes or samples!

Updated 7/23/2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

KindlePreviewer Issue

I got a strange error when trying to install the KindlePreviewer application from Amazon.

Error: "KindlePreviewer instance is already running. Please close all KindlePreviewer Instances and press Retry to continue Installation."


I checked task manager and there were no running instances. I then realized that, like most of the install problems on Windows 7, this could probably be fixed by running the installer with administrative rights. Sure enough, right clicking and selecting "Run as administrator" fixed the issue.


I'm just posting this in case someone else forgets to run this as admin and searches for a solution. Hope I helped!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Some Parks and Recreation GIFs / Cinemagraph

Who doesn't like this show? Anyways, here are a few GIFs that I created since I didn't see them anywhere else (feel free to correct me if you see them elsewhere) and I'm avoiding studying for finals. Images below after the page break. Give it time to load - lots of animation to download.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Strange / Funny Spam

Out of the thousands of spam emails that I have received over the years, once in a while I'll look through them, or one will slip past my filters, and it will actually be something somewhat funny. These are those spam emails.

Cell phones. Like walkie-talkies for grown-ups.


Secret Agent Walt Disney


French Downloaders Face Grilling





Nigerian Scam Compensation: Swindled by Nigerian? Apply for compensation now!
This is probably my favorite one so far




2011 Scam Victims Compensation Payments
Lol, even better

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Awesome new show to watch --- Recruits: Paramedics

Don't know why it took me so long to find out about this show, but so far I am loving it. It is called "Recruits: Paramedics" and it follows a bunch of brand new paramedic recruits around in Australia, as they save lives and help the injured. It is not quite as fast-paced as COPS, but it makes up for that by having some comedic moments. Check out the first episode below



I also really like the intro music for Recruits: Paramedics, "Addicted" by "Bliss N Eso", so here it is on grooveshark if you also like it:
http://grooveshark.com/s/Addicted/3E2CJC?src=5
Addicted by Bliss n Eso on Grooveshark

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Personal List of the Best Web Comics (Updated 2017)


UPDATED May 25th, 2017 - Just added a few new ones I have stumbled across since my last update.

UPDATED JAN 1st 2016! Hey! Since I created this list, I have come across many new webcomics that I felt deserved a spot here, so I am finally updating this page with my complete list of favorites, as of the end of 2015. Enjoy!

Intro: I love webcomics, probably more so than print comics. Over the past year I have tried to find as many of the funniest ones as possible (at least in my own opinion) and have been slowly adding them to my Google Reader InoReader subscriptions one by one. I have a huge list now, and I figured I might as well share it so if there are others looking to add to their collection, they can find a whole bunch of new stuff to read all in one blogger post.
For each webcomic, I will include the main URL, a direct link to the RSS feed (for Feedly, InoReader, or other RSS readers), a sample comic from the site that is a personal favorite of mine, a short description, and of course, the title of the series. One caveat to this list is that I tend not to enjoy comics that rely heavily on continuity; that is, I prefer comics that don't require the reader to have read previous episodes to understand the current comic strip. However, there are a few of those on my list that I couldn't resist subscribing to. Anyways, enjoy the list!
If you think I would enjoy a webcomic that is not on the list, feel free to leave the URL in the comments or email me at joshblogs.com@gmail.com

When I find new webcomics that I like, and believe me this will happen, I will try to remember to add them to this page.

My Favorite Webcomics (In No Particular Order):

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Obsessive Screenshots

Does anybody else compulsively take screenshots of anything they feel is significant? Or just interesting? Or funny? My room is clean and relatively bare, but I feel if anyone looked at my hard drives, they would instantly classify me as a information / digital hoarder. "What, you mean having over 4,000 bookmarks isn't normal???". Oh well.

Anyways, I was going through my screenshots folder and noticed this screenshot I had taken of an unusually phenomenon that happens with Amazon prime from time to time.


My guess is that this usually occurs around holidays / delays / breaks in the shipping industry, where no matter what shipping speed you select, they aren't going to start working on it until after a certain amount of time, so it will end up arriving on the same date regardless. It also seems to happen on certain weekends, where if you buy an item, it won't start getting processed until Monday, so Tuesday would be the earliest it could arrive, whether you select one-day or two-day shipping. Still funny to see though.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Back to the Salt Mines

First day back to school/work for most today after the holidays, hope it went well! If it didn't, go find one of these:


On a random note, why on earth would any company do this?


Seriously? What harm was someone else uploading one of your commercials doing? Why would you be turning down free publicity? Seriously, this makes no sense. In an era where companies act like drunk attention whores, with huge stickers that say "LIKE US ON FACEBOOK" or "FOLLOW US ON TWITTER", it seems like companies go bananas for free social media publicity. So, again, why have one of your own commercials pulled from YouTube, just because it is posted by someone else? Don't get me wrong, I love me some DQ cones or Blizzards, but this just seems plain dumb.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Nuu K1 WITH ANDROID! - Trying out a bluetooth keyboard attachment with the HTC Sensation 4G

I have owned the HTC Sensation 4G since it came out (if I recall correctly, I purchased it at T-Mobile store the day after it was officially released) and have loved every minute with it. It is fast, durable, and now even has root status. However, the one thing I could never get over losing in my transition from the original G1 to the Sensation 4G was the slide out keyboard. There is just something about typing on physical keys that makes texting and composing messages sooo much easier. I have tried almost every keyboard on the Android Market and none of them, even the ones with haptic feedback, feel as comfortable as using a physical keyboard or let me type as fast. Because of this, I started looking into seeing if it would be possible to pair a bluetooth mini keyboard with the HTC Sensation 4G and attach it somehow to it. However, there are currently no mini bluetooth keyboards made for use with the Sensation, or almost any Android phone for that matter, so I figured I was out of luck. However, I kept going back to the Amazon page for the Nuu K1 Minikey and staring at the pictures and finally decided that I would take a gamble and see if this thing would fit my phone right out of the box or if I might have to modify it a little. The next day the Nuu K1 was waiting on my doorstep and I eagerly shredded the box to get to the keyboard and try it out. "Wah-wuh-wuuuuuu" music should have been playing at this point, as it clearly didn't fit my phone, no matter how hard I shoved it in there. Below is how it originally appeared, in its unmodified and unfitting form.

However, after spending over $50, I was not about to give up. I grabbed a power drill, attached a sanding/grinding bit, and