OtterBox Armor Series Cases

Otter Box Armor SeriesOtterBox claims their new Armor Series cases are the toughest smartphone cases ever built. The Armor Series is waterproof for 30 minutes in 6.6 ft. of water, survives 10 ft. drops, allows for zero entry of dust and debris and can withstand two tons of crushing force. Despite the beast-like protection, all ports are easily accessed via integrated covers, and the built-in screen protector allows for hassle-free use of the screen while protecting it from scratches, cracking, or worse. Whether you’re an adventurer, a busy parent, gear-collector or someone willing to invest in protection, the Armor Series is for you. The Armor Series cases for the Galaxy S3, iPhone 4/4S, and iPhone 5 will be available in mid to late February for around $100.

The Better Bacon Book

If you have an iPad and love bacon, then there’s no reason not to pick up The Better Bacon Book from Open Air Publishing ($4.99 on iTunes). Designed especially for the iPad, this interactive book offers up instructions on how to make your own bacon, build your own smoker, and find the best bacon to order, as well as 31 interactive bacon recipes. In total, there’s over 20 HD videos, 150 photos, and more tastiness than any human can handle at one time.

BioLite CampStove

Is it a portable stove or a gadget charger? How about both. The BioLite ($130) is a compact, portable stove that burns sticks, twigs, pine cones, and other renewable resources instead of petroleum gas, lighting quickly and bringing water to a boil in no time. In addition, it packs a USB port on the front that draws its power from the heat of the fire, letting you charge your phone, GPS, or LED lights miles from the nearest outlet.

Crypteks USB Drive

The Crypteks USB™ Drive is one of the first physically locking USB storage devices to feature 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption. If you like cool puzzles and want to protect your data at the same time, then you must check out the Crypteks USB Drive. This a hardcore portable drive featuring a precision-crafted aluminum mechanical lock that offers up 14,348,907 possible combinations that you can customize to keep your data protected. This would make a great stocking stuffer for the security-obsessed geek in your life.

Proust.com – Social Networking for Nostalgic Seniors

There are dozens of social networking sites available today…MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, & Google+ just to name a few popular ones. While social media sites typically go after a younger generation, a new service out this week is decidedly going after the opposite demographic. Proust.com, a memory-sharing service targeting nostalgic seniors heading into their twilight years.

The private social network, named for French novelist Marcel Proust, is modeled after the “Proust Questionnaire,” and designed to help family members and close friends tell their life stories. Proust tries to solve the age-old issue of writing in the blank white box. That is, Proust helps facilitate content creation from its users by creating topic prompts based on the “Proust Questionnaire.” Rather than leave sharing in the hands of the person, Proust helps the process move along with questions. Fun questions like “If you could have any natural talent what would it be?”, probing questions like “What did you learn the hard way?”, and nostalgic questions like “Who was your first kiss and how did it happen?”. Proust.com is a place for families and close friends to share the stuff that really matters; and is a private place to capture our life stories, thoughts, and aspirations to spark meaningful conversations about who we are.

2010 Blog Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured imageA Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 67 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 230 posts. There were 27 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 27th with 61 views. The most popular post that day was Photo Friday – Fall Tree.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, lumbertalk.com, en.search.wordpress.com, twitter.com, and huntingtonnews.net.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tree photography, marine war dog memorial, fall tree, war dog memorial, and tips for successful communication.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

  1. Photo Friday – Fall Tree December 2008
  2. Photo Friday – War Dog Memorial April 2009
  3. Let Your Reach Exceed Your Grasp January 2009
  4. Deacons and Divorce September 2008
  5. Nine Tips for Successful Communication August 2008

My Twitter Follows

Twitter (or “tweeting”) is still fairly new to me.  However in just a few short months, I have compiled a pretty good list of individuals that I follow daily.  Most are leaders within their company.  Others are friends, organizations, or interesting people to follow.

If you can suggest other leaders or interesting people I could follow, please leave me comment and let me know.  Here’s my list follows, and a few followers: