Several topics floated around recently, but nothing I really wanted to write on at length — on the off-chance anyone was wondering: “Why hasn’t Wil blogged lately?”
(Originally published on 2015.03.10, I have now updated this list to include links to all the reviews I published about these items, including the books, which took most of a year for me to read.) Every year, my wife and I apply most of our income tax to our mortgage principal, but hold out a[…]
(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Edward VIII: A Biography of the Duke of Windsor Author: Frances Donaldson Year: 1974 Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Company ISBN 0-397-00765-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Frances Donaldson ◊ Summary Edward VIII is an award-winning biography[…]
I’ve posted a review of the MagMod basic kit here. (It’s a flash modifier system that began on Kickstarter.)
Full Title: Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer Author: Michael White Year: 1997 Publisher: Perseus Books ISBN 0-201-48301-7 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Michael White ◊ Summary Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer is a complete biography of the famed name of science lore, including his religious leanings (Arianism) and[…]
Full Title: Lost To The West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization Author: Lars Brownworth Year: 2009 Publisher: Crown Publishers ISBN 978-0-307-40795-5 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia page on Lars Brownworth
I enjoyed Lone Survivor, but not in the “I had a great time!” way; it was more of a “I feel differently about my life now” feeling, which is rare with modern movies. The last war movie that provided a similar feeling was probably Saving Private Ryan in 1998.
I’ve added another flash review to my site, this one of the LumoPro LP180, which is — so far — the best flash I’ve owned.
I’ve reviewed my new flashgun, the Yongnuo YN560-II.
I’ve reviewed my new Westcott photography umbrella. It’s posted on a non-blog web page on my site, since that’s easier for me to find and edit in the long run.
I’ve reviewed the LumoPro Umbrella swivel/adapter. Like most of my recent reviews, it’s on a non-blog page, here. I find it easier to edit/update my reviews if they’re not on blog pages, so I’ve taken to using that method.
Album cover, used without permission (Disclaimer: I don’t receive any compensation for reviewing any items; I do this on my own free time. I also don’t receive “free samples” of products I review; I pay for them out of my own pocket.) Since first blogging about “Chris Taylor & Windows” three years ago, I’ve regained[…]
There are — literally — thousands of websites that review tech products, covering everything from television sets and BluRay players to cameras and smartphones. Though many of them have archived pages for older reviews of older products, all of them cater to the latest offerings from electronics companies. This makes sense, since most consumers want[…]
Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D), With Sigma 18-125mm lens (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) This isn’t a review. It wouldn’t make much sense to review a nearly 10-year-old DSLR that you can’t buy anymore — aside from scattered eBay or Craigslist postings for well-used models. This is just me spilling my thoughts. As[…]
Less than a year ago, I posted my review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, the latest compact point-and-shoot digital camera to join our family. Like the previous compacts we’ve owned, this one conked out after not nearly enough usage. I’ve updated the review to reflect that the camera didn’t last much longer than 10[…]
Title: Charlemagne Author: Derek Wilson Year: 2006 Publisher: Doubleday ISBN 0-385-51670-3 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia article on Charlemagne Indirectly, it was because of the board game Trivial Pursuit that I checked out this book from the local library. Remember my post about the incorrect answer? That got me to[…]
One of the many McDonald’s in our area recently underwent what the newspaper called “an extensive remodel” — actually they tore down the entire building and even dug up the parking lot and foundation to completely rebuild the site. It’s apparently part of a nationwide program to update all the chain’s restaurants. As with the[…]
My wife and I invoked our “30 minute rule” when watching this movie. The rule is: if the movie can’t interest either of us in 30 minutes, then we turn it off and quit wasting our time. In the case of Les Misérables, we only needed 19 minutes. To be fair, I don’t usually enjoy[…]
Link to official site: Black Meg 43 My rating: 2 of 5 stars First, and most importantly, the motto of the restaurant is “Welcome to a Better Burger”. It’s part of their sign and logo. At the Harker Heights location where we ate (former site of Clem Mikeska’s), the motto was not true. Both my[…]
This movie irked me so much that I broke my two-year habit of not writing movie reviews anymore. Billed as a sci-fi adventure on an epic scale, it was actually just a slasher movie dressed up in big-budget sci-fi clothes.