Decided to do a review on a dash-cam. If you follow my blog, you will know that many many years (2005) ago I wanted a dash-cam for my car to record all the weird things I saw on the road. Here is the article about that, HERE
I never truly got the dash-cam installed, but I did manage to install a carputer well before they were mainstream in the cars you see today. Soon after the iPhone came out on the market, the carputer started to not make much since, as it did almost all the things the carputer did. Now in 2015, cellphones of today like the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy s5 do all and more that the carputer ever did.
My desire for a dash-cam diminished over time, but as of late there seems to be an explosion of videos on YouTube of interesting dash-cam videos. There are a lot from Russia so I guess they are pretty popular over there. Then there are videos of accidents where they seem very useful, and also there are some of police officers at traffic stops hassling motorists.
One of the biggest reasons of all is there is a scam now where people back into you at a stop light, or let themselves coast back into you at a stop light and then claim that you rear ended them. With the dash-cam you never have to defend yourself.
It is starting to look to me like the dash-cam thing is a desire once again.
Check out some of these videos from YouTube.
Sky Meteor in Russia
Compilation of shocking events
Insurance Scam prevented by Dash-Cam
Better to have and not need, than need and not have. ~ Franz Kafka
So I started shopping for one and found one that I really liked. It had GPS, recorded in the cab of the vehicle as well as the outside, had speed recordings and audio recordings, built in WiFi, a lot of stuff, but it was nearly $300. 🙁 I didn’t want to spend that much on this.
I put the idea on a shelf for a a year or so, then while I was looking for a device to allow Bluetooth to a stereo that didn’t come with Bluetooth, I will talk about that in another article, I discovered a website that did a review on several dash-cams, and the article explained why you don’t always need all the bells and whistles that you may never use.
They tested several models with price tags as high as $600 and they came up with what they called the BEST DASH-CAM based on what was most important.
Resolution Auto Stop and Start Displays Looping
The best dash cam for the money is the G1W Full HD 1080P from Spy Tech and the best part is it can be had for $70.
Be aware there are many fakes on the market out there. There is a big unregulated market for fakes. They usually sell for cheaper and do not last as long.
Also worth noting I got the model that doesn’t require a battery in it. It has a capacitor inside and these models are supposed to be better had handling summer time heat. I am all for not having to mess around with a battery or have a battery explode in my car due to high temps.
Here are some image stills from the G1W-C Dash-Cam
So far I cant say enough good things about this dash-cam.
I highly recommend you pick one up.
I am often looking on the web for neat ideas to try and sometimes I even look through pinterest for ideas. There have been many times where I have seen a “green” way of making a wasp trap. I like the idea of this as it would be like a set it and forget it type thing and I would not have to seek out nests and spray with a bunch of chemicals.
In my readings I discovered that there are two kinds of bait to use when trapping wasps. There is the protein bait which is to be used in the Fall and heading into Winter, then there is the sweet bait to be used in the Spring and Summer months.
The protein type baits can be meat and the sweet bait can be fruit juices and fruit chunks, some have used vinegar and sugar or even sugar water.
To build one you can use a 2 litre plastic drink bottle and you cut the top off and flip it making like a funnel into the rest of the container. Drop your bait in there and let it catch all the nasty pesky wasps.
I have tried this twice, once in the Fall and now in the Summer and I can tell you that for me both times I was trying to catch yellow jackets and red wasps and it did not work either time I tried it.
Here is a short video to show you.
So if you have had better luck, or can show me what I am doing wrong, please leave a comment below on this page or in the comments on the youtube video.
Any survivalists out there?
Preparing for the Zombi Apocalypse?
Do you have a “bug out bag”?
If you answered YES to any of the above then you may want to check out the LifeStraw.
Time Magazine calls it the “Invention of the Year“.
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The owner believes in it so strongly that he ….well just watch this video…
Took a trip to the Georgia Aquarium and shot many short videos with my iphone then put it all together using iMovie. Also added some tunes from M83. Song is Outro by M83. I chopped it and blended it to fit the video.
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia houses 120,000 animals, representing 500 species, in 8.5 million US gallons of marine and fresh water; it was the world’s largest aquarium when it opened in 2005.