Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Elago W3 - Apple Watch Charging Stand

A replica Macintosh charging stand for your Apple Watch, it works with series 1 and 2.

It is made of rubber, just feed your charging cable through the stand, your watch slides down inside it. Very sturdy, it doesn't tip over, it's rubber on the outside but weighted on the inside. A very neat charging stand for any Apple fan with an Apple Watch.

$15 on Amazon; http://amzn.to/2jVUzjY

Monday, December 19, 2016

Google Pixel case, I am not impressed

I recently bought a case for my Google Pixel from the Google store, it was the clear case for the Pixel. Now when I bought this I knew it was a “cheap” case that wasn’t meant to offer much drop protection, it was just meant to keep the phone from getting scratched.

This is the entire description of the case on the product page;
“The ultra-thin design helps protect without adding unnecessary bulkiness, and allows quick, precise access to all your buttons and sensors.”
I didn’t buy the case to avoid scratches or help keep it safe from accidental drops, I bought it so I could stick a metal tab that would allow the phone to attach to my magnetic windshield car mount to hold my phone while I am driving.

But man-o-man did Google cut some corners with this case. This case has to be the cheapest quality case they could find in terms of build quality, and it cost $30. This is no more than a $5 or $10 case that I could find on Amazon all day long, except for the fact that there are not many cases for the Google Pixel on Amazon. I opted for the case from Google because I figured it was a high quality case, just like the cases I buy from Apple for my iPhone. I am not trying to compare oranges to apples here (pun intended) between Google and Apple as companies; but, the cases I buy from Apple, you can tell they are of higher quality than the cheap cases you find on Amazon.

The edges of this case that stick up over the side of the phone could very well result in “paper cut” like cuts it is so sharp. Overall, it is a truly horrible case throughout - poor design, cheaply made, and offers zero protection from pretty much anything, especially my fingers from cuts! Checkout this Vine of the edges of the cases, it probably doesn't do it justice, but trust me, the edges are sharps and raised; https://vine.co/v/52IxqqexFJa.

Google should be ashamed of themselves for even selling this to their customers! With that said, it does serve the purpose I bought it for! If you are wondering about the mount, it this mount from Logitech: Logitech Drive One Car Mount.
Pixel Cases.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Phantom 4 is a beast

This morning my Phantom 4 took about a 100-foot swan dive into the frozen tundra. 2 broken props, a few scratches but that is it. I swapped out the battery, changed the props and I was back flying again within 3 minutes.

I thought it was over; but nope, this joker took the beat down and got back up ready to fight!

I have to give it to DJI, they don't promote this as being able to take heavy damage, but I have crashed this maybe 3 or 4 times in the year (almost) of owning it and it still flies like it did on day 1.

PS; crashing is not recommended - don't try this at home...

Saturday, December 3, 2016

How to Change Outfits in STEEP

This is probably the most asked question I have seen about the game. When you first play the game you will see some play tutorials, you will need to complete those to open up the character adjustment window. On the PlayStation you will hit the Options button once you have completed the the tutorials, I believe you need to get bronze in the 3 race during the tutorial to complete the tutorial and open the Options. On the PC you will hit the ESC button to access the Options menu.

Another question I have seen;
Is there grinding in the game? No.

Also, be sure to sign up for Ubisoft Club (https://club.ubisoft.com), once you do you will unlock up to 10 free items that you can use in STEEP. Some of those rewards include the Crash Test Dummy costume, Red Bull Helicopter tickets, Kevin Rolland's Backpack, and The North Face Gateway Beanie.

Be sure to checkout my STEEP Playlist on YouTube, I will be updating it weekly with tips and tricks, new play videos, how-to's, etc.;

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Elder Scrolls Online: Crown Crates

"Whenever you purchase a Crown Crate, you will always be awarded four items, with the chance to get a fifth item. In the event you receive a mount, pet, costume or personality that you already own from your Crown Crate, you'll be awarded a new resource - Crown Gems - in its place. You will also have the option to convert several items obtained from Crown Crates to Crown Gems any time you want. Items that can be manually converted include potions, poisons, riding lessons, experience scrolls, and other utility-type items. Any Crown Gems you earn can then be used to purchase the collectible items of your choosing from the current Crown Crate season.

Each Crown Crate is associated with a special “Season" that will include uniquely themed items, and will be cycled quarterly. We're kicking off the first season of Crown Crates with the electrifying Storm Atronach theme."
The crown crates will change quarterly, The first season is Storm Atronach, and features an array of electric-themed goods.

For more information about Crown Crates, visit the official The Elder Scrolls Online website; http://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-gb/news/post/2016/11/29/eso-welcomes-crown-crates

Purchase Elder Scrolls Online;
Xbox; http://amzn.to/2fveEvJ ($14.99 SALE)
PS4; http://amzn.to/2gz8Ztp
PC; http://amzn.to/2felG78

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2001: A Space Odyssey

Some interesting facts; I have watched this film 57 times since November 10, 2014. Well over a 100 times altogether.

The bedroom pictured below, from the film, doesn't have any doors, only a door to the bathroom.

Everyone thinks the monolith is from Aliens, it might be, but I don't think so. Aliens are never mentioned a single time in the film. The only instance of "alien" talk is during a meeting in the beginning of the film where the director mentions "intelligent life form."

The monolith shape is found throughout the film. Everything you look at is monolith shaped; well not everything, but a large portion of the film as rectangular objects. Kubrick even uses the monolith and 2001 "Easter Eggs" in other films. Like the burning monolith in Full Metal Jacket. Kubrick also uses the 7 diamonds you see at the end of 2001 in other films as well, including Full Metal Jacket, again.

Kubrick was a perfectionist, every thing is always centered (one-point perspective), but in this film he not only uses one-point perspective, everything always tilts 90 degrees. Even the monolith, the only time you see it when it is not vertical, it is floating in space at a 90 degree angle. Genius! So my question to you is, what the fuck is the monolith? Where did it come from?

Some people have the theory that it is a theater screen and we are looking at ourselves. The film originally had images being displayed on it; but, Kubrick removed them from the monolith because he didn't want it to be thought of as "an advanced television teaching machine," so what is it then?

The film God, Roger Ebert has some theories; http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/2001-the-monolith-and-the-message

"Q. What's that big black monolith? A. It's a big black monolith.

Q. Where did it come from? A. From somewhere else.

Q. Who put it there? A. Intelligent beings since it has right angles and nature doesn't make right angles on its own."

Another terrific source, and someone who has put a lot of these 2001 ideas into my head is Roger Ager; http://www.collativelearning.com/2001%20chapter%202.html

image via; https://goo.gl/BOEY89

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare pisses me off

A few days ago there were people exploiting the new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare game where they could score up to 65,000 points in a single round of Capture the Flag (CTF) by using the FTL soldier with FTL jumped enabled. This glitch would work if they took the flag in CTF, faced a wall, used the FTL jump feature in the game (you needed to be level 23 to have FTL jump) and it would drop and pickup the flag giving them points each time this occurred. So basically they would just spam the pick up / drop flag feature for points. If you look at the short video above you can see what it looked like in game when playing.

The glitch sucked because nobody wanted to play CTF, they just wanted to boost the points. Infinity Ward ended up removing Capture the Flag completely from the game. CTF is the only mode I play in Call of Duty, I mean I will play Domination sometimes, but I much prefer CTF. I tried asking on Twitter when we could expect CTF to be put back into the game, I did not get an answer.

I have tried to check their Reddit page to see if there is any news about any updates;

The only thing I can find is this:
"11/21/2016 - Patch Notes
Removal of 2XP icons
Fixes for people with Max Mission Team Ranks not being able to earn keys
Fixes for exploit in CTF"

I really want to play CTF over the holidays, it doesn't look promising at the moment. If they don't put CTF back in the game, I am going to start the process of reaching out to someone for a refund. I have already got a refund for the PC version of IW I purchased on Steam. The PC version is complete shit. Without CTF, the console version is shit too!

DJI Phantom 4 Holiday Gift Ideas

Listed below are accessories for the DJI Phantom 4 drone, (some items will work with the older DJI Phantom drones as well) these make excellent gifts for those who already own a DJI Phantom 4 drone. I own most all of the products listed, and for some of them I have written or done video reviews of those products, you will see a link to those reviews listed below each product if I have reviewed it already.

If the person you are buying a gift for doesn't already own a drone, then I would consider getting them a bundle which consist of the drone and most of the accessories they will need to get started. This is probably the best bundle you will find on Amazon; DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Kit Bundle with 4K Camera Gimbal, 3 DJI Batteries and Accessories (11 Items)

If the person you are buying for already owns the DJI Phantom 4, then these are some of the accessories I would recommend buying for them.

Phantom 4 battery; $97.20 - http://amzn.to/2eVUoHk

Phantom 4 camera lens hood; $7.99 - https://goo.gl/KL2TGQ

Phantom 4 Battery Charging hub; $21.98 - http://amzn.to/2fixrg0

Phantom 4 Propeller Guards; $19.00 - http://amzn.to/2fiC1ee

Phantom 3 / 4 Remote Control Laynard; $7.99 - https://goo.gl/OqtuK2

Phantom 4 Lens Cover; $19.99 - https://goo.gl/Zh9FaL

Skyreat Parabolic Antenna Range Boosters; $16.99 - http://amzn.to/2fJr723
Review of these boosters (http://www.crizzo.net/2016/06/skyreatparabolicantennaboosters.html)

Phantom 4 Quick Release Propeller [2-pack]; $19.99 - http://amzn.to/2gzVCtb

Phantom 4 Monitor Hood; $14.99 - http://amzn.to/2g8turX
Review of this Product (http://www.crizzo.net/2016/04/i-recently-purchased-topbest-sun-visor.html)

Phantom 3 or 4 ProCrafts Cases backpack; $139.99 -  http://amzn.to/1QSkVvE
Review of this backpak (http://www.crizzo.net/2016/05/procraft-cases.html)

Phantom 4 12-inch Lightning cable for iPhone; $13.99 - http://amzn.to/2btE9gY
Review of cable (http://www.crizzo.net/2016/08/cambondlightningcable.html)

Belkin USB-A to USB-C; $23 - http://amzn.to/2bv4qJe
Review of cable (http://www.crizzo.net/2016/08/belkin-usb-c-cable.html)

Polar Pro ND Filters for Phantom 3 and Phantom 4; $49.99 - http://amzn.to/1YSMquI
Review of filters (http://www.crizzo.net/2016/04/nd-filters.html)

SanDisk 64GB microUSB card; $19.99 - http://amzn.to/2gzUzIT

Here is a post I wrote about 5 accessories you should buy with your DJI Phantom 4, if  the person you are buying a drone accessory for doesn't own these, this is a great list you might want to consider; http://www.crizzo.net/2016/04/Phantom-4-must-haves.html.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these products, or you need help with something drone related, feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to answer your question!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Steep (beta)

Here is a look at Steep which launches on December 2, 2016.

Steep for PS4; http://amzn.to/2eXtNIm
Steep for Xbox One; http://amzn.to/2fyHQSX
Steep for PC; http://amzn.to/2eXs8T7
More info; http://steep.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/home/

If you have any interest in snowboarding, skiing, or maybe flying in a squirrel suit then you will probably be interested in checking out Steep on your favorite gaming platform.