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Review: Knights of Badassdom

Role playing gamers tend to take their games seriously and seriously immerse themselves in the fictional worlds they are involved in. When it comes to Live Action Role Playing (LARPing), the players act out their parts fully and get even further invested when they attend gatherings with other likeminded players. But what would happen if [...]

Review: LEGO Space: Building the Future

LEGO builders tend to favor certain themes to build in. One of the most popular themes is Space, which encompasses moonbases, spaceships, mech suits, and other science fiction type builds. With the popularity of Space, it only makes sense that No Starch Press would put out a book focusing on Space building with LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard.

Review: Withings Pulse

I am a big believer in the quantified self. I like using apps and devices to track my health, running, and other activities. When I came across the Withings Pulse, it piqued my curiosity because it was a fitness tracker that was able to work with other devices to track the user’s health.

Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Have you ever wondered what William Shakespeare would write if he lived in the modern era? What if he wrote one of the modern pop culture classics, like Star Wars: A New Hope? The folks at Quirk Books have pondered these questions and released William Shakespeare’s Star Wars to answer them.

Review: The LEGO Build-It Book Volume 1: Amazing Vehicles and Volume 2: More Amazing Vehicles

LEGO is the largest producer of tires in the world, holding the Guinness Book of World Records for “largest tyre manufacturer per annum” at 318 million tires made per year. With that many LEGO tires out there, it only makes sense that LEGO fans would create their own cars, and No Starch Press has given the directions to create custom vehicles in The LEGO Build-It Book Volume 1: Amazing Vehicles and Volume 2: More Amazing Vehicles.

Review: Yurbuds Signature Series ITE 100

Twice before I have reviewed the Yurbuds Ironman headphones. After both times, I found them to be my favorite earbuds for running. I found both times they sounded excellent and never slipped due to the soft rubber earbud coverings, but now I was sent the Yurbuds Signature Series ITE 100 earbuds to check out.

Review: Beautiful LEGO

The creations that LEGO artists make can be very diverse and original. Each builder has his or her own way of assembling the bricks to make unique creations, which are diverse as the builders themselves. Mike Doyle examined many of the different LEGO sculptures out there and compiled what he deemed the most artistic in the book Beautiful LEGO.

New York Comic Con 2013 – Through Other Eyes

The weekend of the New York Comic Con this year coincided with the same weekend as the Chicago Marathon. While did show up on Thursday to loan some of my LEGO creations to Google+ Local to display at NYCC, I was unable to truly give the convention the time that it requires to really go through it. As such, I asked two friends to go to the convention and cover it for JustJon.Net.

Review: The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

There is a long standing tradition in comedy where a comedian is honored by “roasting” them. Other comedians would take turns telling jokes about the honored guest and generally performing a tribute to them. From 1974 to 1984, famed comedian and singer Dean Martin hosted a television program on NBC where each week a different [...]

Review: The Captains Close Up

In 2011, William Shatner interviewed the captains of all the different Star Trek franchises in a feature length film aptly named The Captains. The focus of the documentary was the trials and ordeals of becoming and being a United Federation of Planets captain. Shatner has now gone back to interview the captains in a more in depth way in The Captains Close Up.