Our Nation’s Capital of the Hidden & the Odd

Congressional Cemetary The Scratch

The  land of the free, the home of the brave, and the city of the bizarre. Seems like a perfect way to describe our nation’s capital. Sure, you can visit the Washington Monument, the Air & Space Museum, and the White House, but if you ever went on a family vacation to DC, you’ve done […]

Should You Buy a TV with Built-in Roku?

TCL Roku TV

Here’s something that happened in Vegas that didn’t stay in Vegas. Way back in January–a month I’ve tried hard to forget, along with the rest of winter 2014–Roku announced that it had hooked up with TV makers Hisense and TCL. That was no shameless CES one-nighter; the union resulted in new lines of HDTVs with Roku […]

Credit Card Tactics to Earn You Free Airfare

Machu Piccu Scratch

Credit cards have many uses: getting you out of debt, getting you into debt, helping you break into your dorm room after locking yourself out. But many people don’t realize that, with planning and patience, credit cards can also earn you free domestic and international airfare. It’s called credit card churning, which frankly sounds so […]

Attend Comic Con On A Budget

Comic Con attendees arrive at the building

Being a nerd is easy. Affording to be a nerd can be hard. With so many conventions held every year that cater to tastes from comic books to television shows to movies to little ponies, chances are better than average that everyone on the internet has at least one convention they’ll attend this year, or […]

Have a New York City Experience In Lancaster,PA

retro country girl

Planning a trip to the Big Apple can be exciting: Broadway shows, gourmet dining experiences, strolls through Central Park! There’s so much history, diversity, and life coursing through New York City’s veins, it’s no wonder the city never sleeps. It’s also probably up all night, tossing and turning, wondering how anyone can afford to stay there for […]

Get the 5.5-inch HTC Desire Smartphone for $199.99

HTC Desire 816

For the record, I despise the portmanteau “phablet.” Just because a smartphone has a large-ish screen doesn’t mean it’s a tablet (because tablets don’t make phone calls, duh). Seriously. “Phablet.” Barf. Now that we’re clear on that, QVC has the HTC Desire 816 5.5-inch phablet (dammit) for $199.95 shipped. This brand spankin’ new smartphone just landed […]

Inexpensive First Dates That’ll Actually Surprise the Girl You Ask Out

Roller Rink Scratch

Women love being surprised. Trust me on this. I know, because unlike most people, I have met every single woman. Given that women love being surprised, it’s strange that first dates tend to be at the same places and set in the same settings, over and over again. You’d think, given how many different options […]

Hidden Spots to Visit in Vegas

Neon Sign Scratch

Some come for their chance at fortune. Others for the world-class entertainment. More than a few to eat like a king. Las Vegas has something for everyone. Even for the people who have no interest in any of that stuff. This desert city has a history and culture that so unique, so odd, so downright […]

The Best Back-to-School PC Might Just Be a Tablet

Surface RT tablet

I’m about to do something unthinkable: I’m going to recommend a Microsoft product. No! Must… resist… Satan! Nope, it’s happening. Here it comes: The best back-to-school PC is the Microsoft Surface RT tablet. Whew, okay, I said it, it’s out. Crazy, right? Everyone knows the Surface RT is a joke, an overpriced, under-capable tablet that’s […]

The Joys and Horrors of Couchsurfing

Young man having a nap on couch in living room

I love Couchsurfing. I want to say that upfront, since over the course of this post I doubt I’ll come across as its best spokesperson. For those not in the know, Couchsurfing.org (and other, similar sites) provides a network of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world willing to offer up their futons, pull-outs, […]

The Ultimate Pizza Race With Josh Androsky

Pizza Race Scratch

It’s the weekend, time to grab some friends, get some beers and relax– you EARNED it. Of course, after a few cold ones, your thoughts turn to your grumbling stomachs. It’s food time. It’s unspoken, but you all know what’s about to go down: Pizza. Of course it’s pizza. It’s always been pizza and it […]

Two Free Anti-Virus Tools: Bitdefender and Your Own Brain

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

Want to protect your PC from viruses and other malware, without spending a big chunk of money on security software? First, grab Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition. You wouldn’t think a free utility would offer much in the way of protection, but earlier this week, the folks over at PC Gamer ranked it the top free […]

Save Money by Hiding Your Cell Phone From Yourself

Kim Game Scratch

I’m old enough to remember not having a cell phone (I’m in my thirties). I can vividly recall the difference between existing with a communication device on me at all times and the calm sense of being connected to reality and… the moment… that came before. I have an iPhone. It’s pretty. It’s nice. It […]

Fast Food Mutation: The Newest Crop of Bizarre Menu Items

Jack in the Box Restaurant exterior

At some point near the turn of the century, it seems the decision makers for all the fast food chains in the country looked out upon their works and sighed. The public, they decided, must have grown tired of simply caring about quality of food. “Let’s just get weird with it,” they must have said […]

The Hubsan X4 Quad-Copter: Best. Toy. Ever. And Cheap

Hubsan X4 H107C

Forget apes. Welcome to the rise of the planet of the drones. Because these things are about to be everywhere. I say this based on recent experience with one drone in particular, the Hubsan X4. Actually, it’s a radio-controlled quad-copter, but “drone” is easier to say and type, so I’m going with that. The X4 […]

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