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A Deal on Headphones That Will Save Your Hearing

“What? I can’t hear you,” you shout, annoyed at your friends’ sudden universal tendency to mumble. Has everyone lost the ability to speak clearly, you grumble, realizing that you sound like a crotchety old fogy. Before you assume it’s everyone else, ask someone you trust: “Is it my hearing?” And be prepared for the answer. It might be. This doesn’t…

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Headphones that Will Make You Cry

  “Go ahead and cry,” Christina laughed, teasing. I blushed because that’s exactly what I was trying not to do. The prototype Nura headphones I was wearing were tapping some strong emotions. Dragan Petrovic, COO and Founder of Nura Headphones — clad in a shiny, black Mandarin-collar bespoke shirt and jacket combination – nodded in agreement. “I’ve seen it before….

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Terror vs. Wonder: How a flashlight can make or break your night dive.

I call him, “the man in the gray suit,” and never speak of him if I’m diving. His name starts with a J, has four letters, and for eighteen years, he was the “great white” reason that my first night dive was my last. I was tired and chilled from a long day of diving. I looked off the stern,…

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I Have a Present for Your Mom

It’s hard to miss Mother’s Day, what with all the hype. But in case you are in danger of missing it, it’s coming up very fast. Sunday! It’s this Sunday. And you know what Mom wants? (In addition to a visit from you.) Technology. And I’m not just saying that because I like technology. It’s true. People have studied it….

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Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

This is a guest post, written by Dennis Baum Christina and I SCUBA dive together. In California, diving involves lots of time in the car getting to the beach. When she’s driving one of the cars she’s reviewing, she demonstrates the cool tech in new cars: lane guidance, adaptive cruise control, self-driving technologies. I am always dutifully impressed. But when…

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Bosch Coming to Amazon Prime

Last year, I watched the pilot to Bosch (starring Titus Welliver, who I liked as Silas Adams in Deadwood.) I didn’t expect to like it. But I was curious about the Amazon Prime people’s approach to original content. (Don’t have Prime? It’s awesome.) They made the pilot, then asked viewers to tell them if they should do a season. So I watched, just…

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My Daughter Tries the High-Tech Venus Swirl™ Razor

This is a sponsored post. Thank you Gillette Venus for supporting my blog! The race to get out of the house and into traffic so we can crawl slowly to my daughter’s first-period class is behind us, our coffees are secured in cup holders, the final touches have been put on teenage hair and makeup. Ava smiles at me, impish, and puts…

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Some Audio Books Worth Listening To

I love getting books as gifts. And I love to give them. I am blessed with children who enjoy this as much as I do. So Christmas, as always, included a pleasant exchange of literary discoveries. But what’s even better than books? Books and the time to read them! That’s what audio books are. And I didn’t get any of…

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How to Save Gas Money from the Geeks at GasBuddy

I have recently become startlingly aware of the price of gas. Back in July, I pulled a Beverly Hillbillies maneuver and packed my two kids, husband, and sixty pounds of canine anxiety into a big SUV and moved from North Carolina to California. (You can read more about that adventure here.) GM loaned me a Buick Enclave for that journey as…

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Men, Explained. (Women too.)

Taschen (the publisher) sent me a great little book — Yang Liu. Man meets Woman— yesterday. With few words, and only simple, graphic images, it does a tidy job of explaining some of the differences — cultural and psychological — between the sexes. I won’t throw a lot of words at explaining a book that forgoes words almost entirely. (Missing the point, don’t…

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