Who should buy the Sound Devices MixPre-3 or MixPre-6?

Sound Devices recently announced two new portable audio recorders that are remarkably affordable: the MixPre-3 and the MixPre-6 (products like these from this manufacturer historically cost several thousand dollars). If you’re trying to decide between one of these Sound Devices recorders and the Zoom F4, F8, and the Tascam DR-701D, this post will hopefully help you figure it out. Continue reading Who should buy the Sound Devices MixPre-3 or MixPre-6?

Hands-on review of the Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa

The Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa is a brand new, inexpensive battery-powered shopping and information device for the home. It’s similar, in a way, to the popular Amazon Echo smart speakers, but it’s different in lots of ways, too.

Amazon Echo devices are primarily used to listen to music, but, the new Dash Wand isn’t capable of playing music. It runs on two AAA batteries, and would quickly burn through them if it were tasked with playing Adele all day. Continue reading Hands-on review of the Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa

How to fill your home with virtual Ikea furniture [episode 39]

Woah. The final episode of season four! Join us for the party:

We talk about augmented reality Ikea apps and ELON… Continue reading How to fill your home with virtual Ikea furniture [episode 39]

All of the new Apple stuff from WWDC 2017 [episode 38]

Listen to old home-bodies talk about the new HomePod:

Apple announced a bazillion things and we chat about ’em… Continue reading All of the new Apple stuff from WWDC 2017 [episode 38]

The new Nest Cam IQ: Everything you need to know [episode 37]

The great electronic eye of the Nest Cam IQ sees all!

This week we talk about a gadget we actually might buy… Continue reading The new Nest Cam IQ: Everything you need to know [episode 37]

Why is Tabby’s Star dimming again? [episode 36]

This week we talk about a possible alien megastructure…

We also chat about Jupiter and newsletters for teenage girls! Continue reading Why is Tabby’s Star dimming again? [episode 36]

The new Amazon Echo Show + Tesla Solar Roof pricing [episode 35]

Whoops! We didn’t mean to take last week off. We’re back now:

We chat about the new Amazon Echo Show and Tesla roofing… Continue reading The new Amazon Echo Show + Tesla Solar Roof pricing [episode 35]

The new Amazon Echo Look: We take a deep look [episode 34]

Another Amazon Echo product was announced and we’re on it:

We talk about the new Amazon Echo Look, Microsoft, and Musky… Continue reading The new Amazon Echo Look: We take a deep look [episode 34]

How to fill a giant blimp hanger with a brand new blimp [episode 33]

This week we hand-squeeze a bladder of juicy podcast goodness…

We talk about dumb smart juicers and blimps! Continue reading How to fill a giant blimp hanger with a brand new blimp [episode 33]

Hands-on Review of the Canon 7D Mark II

There are lots of reviews of the Canon 7D Mark II that lean heavily into its specs, but that’s not what you’ll find here. I shoot photos and videos primarily to indulge my interests. It’s a hobby, and I make purchases largely based on emotion. These are the primary forces that drove me to buy this beefy camera.

After years of looking at images from other photographers, I found that always appreciated and desired the punchiness of photos shot with pro-level Canon DSLRs, Canon L-series lenses, and high-end Canon flashes. I wanted to use these creative tools myself, so I grabbed them. Continue reading Hands-on Review of the Canon 7D Mark II