Crypto BOOM

If you're like me you've heavily invested in crypto like Bitcoin and Ethereum. If not don't wait. 

I have been buying Bitcoin through Coinbase since 2015 and they remain the easiest way to buy the leading Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. If you would have bought Bitcoin in 2015 you would have paid $248. It has reached over $2400 today and continues to grow. A couple months ago Ethereum was $20 and it has gone over $200 today. Litecoin was $3 a couple months ago and has gone over $30 today. I think you see my point. Invest in crypto today while you still have a chance. The market has surged a number of times this month and has made crypto currencies harder and harder to get. Happy investing!

25 Gifts under $25 Men's Gift Ideas

If you have a man in your life that you haven't gotten a gift for yet let me help you with a few ideas.

I’m an outdoor enthusiast that enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and sports. I’m also an indoor enthusiast of electronics, gaming, music, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Here are a few gift ideas and price points that might help you find the right gift for Mr. Right. 

I have personally used and enjoyed each of these items and the best part is you can order all of these from your couch. They are all on Amazon and are all Prime Eligible. There are a couple of items in the $10 category that are add on items, but they all qualify. 

$10 or less

  1. Martin Guitar Strings
  2. Ernie Ball Guitar Strap
  3. Hosa Guitar cable
  4. Vic Firth Drum Sticks 

  5. Splatter Shooting Target 

  6. Gulp Shrimp Fishing Lure 

  7. Shard Keychain Tool 

  8. Hausbell 7W Cree Flashlight 

  9. Fishing Rod Measuring Tape 

  10. Rayovac Headlamp 

  11. Dewalt Bit Set 

  12. Guitar Wall Mount 

  13. Football Playing Cards

$25 or Less

  1. Poker Chip Set 
  2. Energizer Vision LED Headlamp 

  3. Sennheiser Headphones

  4. Leatharman Micra Keychain Tool 

  5. Uncle Henry Folding Knife 

  6. Tile Key Finder 

  7. Polanfo External Battery 

  8. Nintendo Pocket Game Emulator 

  9. 2 Piece Collapsible Fishing Rod 

  10. Novelty Print T-Shirt 

  11. Favorite Team Parking Sign

  12. Box of Paintballs

All of these items have worked well for me and given me countless hours of delight. If you didn't find something specific to your Mr. Right then check the rest of my blog and I hope you find something else that will do. 

Let Me Zoom in Canon 100-400mm

I needed a zoom lens for my trip to New Mexico and the Canon 100-400mm L is perfect. 

Canon 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 L IS 

Prior to getting this lens I bought and used the Canon 70-200 F4 L IS and fell in love with the L lens series. It is just incredible. There is so much to be said for the Canon line of optics in general, but wow. Even at F5.6 you see incredible light capture and clarity. In New Mexico I took a number of photos of Hummingbirds and I was excited to find how fast focusing this lens was at F5.6. If you look closely you can see the individual strands in the feather hairs of these Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. 

Overall I was extremely pleased with the performance and range of this Canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 IS L lens. I also happened upon this Elk drinking from a stream that I was fishing for trout in. It felt like I was in a National Geographic moment as I watched and listened to this majestic creature refresh itself. I wish I had bought this lens sooner. I had considered selling it after my New Mexico trip, but now I don't know if I ever will. 

it's Game Time! Dual Shock 4

When life or death is in your hands choose the PS4 Dual Shock 4. 

Playstation has continued to evolve the ergonomics of their controllers over time. The latest model is my favorite by far. It just feels right. The controller is responsive and the joysticks have a nice beveled edge to grip with. The R and L buttons also seem like they have shortened the button stroke and the added mini speaker is a fun bonus. The touch pad hasn't been of much use to me yet, but it seems like a useful tool. I've used after market controllers before and they have fallen very short of these name brand ones and I no longer even consider them. I like the Urban Camo pattern just because it looks cool, but so does the original plain black. I have never enjoyed the $50 price tag of these controllers, but they are a gateway to a lot of fun so I eventually dish it out. In the end my friends and family appreciate my digital investments. 

Camping in Style Coleman Montana

We made a camping trip to New Mexico and this is the tent we chose. 

I've been through a number of tents and one thing is for sure they never sleep as many as they advertise. Between the cots, air mattresses, luggage, and coolers there never seems to be enough room. For our purposes this tent is perfect. We only needed room for our family of 3 so it was spacious enough for multiple air mattresses and fit everything we needed. I really like the hinged door and the slot for an extension cable as well. There were extra pockets on the inside and hooks to hang a light or an extra hoodie. Having camped in 3 person tents I can tell you the extra space is highly recommended and very appreciated. We ordered this during a lightning sale on Amazon for $95 so we got much more tent than what we paid for. On all accounts this tent has proven comfortable and exactly what we needed. 

More Juice Polanfo Power Bank

I am a content provider and providing content drains my devices like crazy. Here's my solution. 

Seven years ago I bought a similar external battery pack to charge my phone and my other devices. It has served me very well over the years and it was time to find a new one. I wanted to buy a battery pack that could fully charge my iPhone 6s more than once and I came across this gem. It can charge my phone 3 times and it has a digital read out of the percentage left. I've used it to power my GoPro's, iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watch. It is about the size of my iPhone 6s so it's not too bulky and it's not too much heavier. From time to time I carry it in my pocket while charging my phone or iPad. Overall it has worked well for me and for $20 it is a solid buy. 

Listen Up Sennheiser HD 201

I Podcast on iTunes so I need a pair of headphones that will work long hours and work well.

Sennheiser HD 201 $23.29

Like anyone else I have tried many different styles of headphones. I still have about 4 different pairs other than these. I've used Yamaha, Sony, AKG, Beats, Audio Technica, and a few off brands. These headphones are excellent for the budget minded user. At $23 they're really hard to beat. The foam around the earpiece is comfortable and suitable for those long sessions and the 10 foot cord is awesome. The other brands of headphones lack a long cord, but not these guys. In fact I liked these so much I bought another pair for my co host on the podcast and talked another host into buying them as well. Sennheiser makes quality gear and these are no exception. You can see me wearing them here on the far left and this was my trial run. By the next weeks episode we had 3 pairs.