The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

DJ Controller

traktor I had no idea being a DJ was so complicated! I thought all they did was spin records, but I guess not. I was browsing for some Black Friday deals earlier today when I saw this traktor control f1 gizmo. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what it does, but I was intrigued by it because it looks like some kind of retro handheld video game from the ’80s.

Anyway, check it out if you’re a DJ (or know someone who is)!

Happy Thanksgiving!

No shopping post today. I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re able to spend the day with loved ones. And as you enjoy a massive feast while watching football on TV, please do take a moment to reflect on all the blessings in your life and give sincere thanks for what you have.

(BTW, if you’re planning to camp out for some kind of Black Friday shopping deal, stay warm and stay safe!)

iPad Air vs iPad Mini Retina

I’m thinking about getting a new iPad, as I’ve had my iPad 2 for a while now and want to pass it on to a family member to replace his incredibly sluggish first gen iPad.

Of course, Apple just released some new models, including the iPad air and the iPad Mini with retina display. From what I’ve read, the two devices are virtually the same in every respect — except for screen size. The iPad Air gives you slightly more real estate at a cost of $100 above the Mini price.

I’m currently leaning towards the iPad Air, especially since I do a lot of work on the device. I can’t imagine trying to use a small screen all day for my spreadsheets and word processing documents. I often struggle with the iPad 2’s screen size as it is.

Anyway, I’m going to take a closer look at these two products the next time I visit the Apple store. I know I’ll end up getting one of them. I just don’t know for sure yet which it’s going to be.

Ed TV Show DVDs

ed tv show Does anyone remember that TV show called Ed? It starred Tom Cavanagh as a lawyer who returns to his small-town roots to open a bowling alley, offer legal advice, make stupid bets with his best friend Mike, and woo high school crush (now a high school teacher herself) Carol Vessey.

Anyway, I loved that show!! It was charming, funny, and ran for a surprisingly long 4 seasons (83 episodes) from 2000-2004. I say “surprisingly” long because no one seems to have ever heard of this show! But it had a great cast, including Julie Bowen as Carol. Of course, Bowen went on to be an immigration attorney or something on Boston Legal and now is an Emmy-award winner for her work on Modern Family, but she was on Ed first.

I’ve been looking for the show on DVD so I can relive the Stuckeyville adventures, but apparently it’s not available. Why not??? Surely there’s got to be some kind of demand. Hell, just make it available digitally and throw it up on Amazon.com or iTunes. I’d buy the whole series for sure!

How can we make this happen?

Gore-Tex Rain Gear

I just spent about $175 on a Gore-Tex rain jacket and hat so I can keep up my outdoor running routine even in bad weather. Now I’m scouring the weather forecast for the next rainy day so I can test out my new purchases. Usually I hate rain, but I’m crossing my fingers for some now!

The West Wing — Complete Box Set

west wing complete The West Wing was one of my favorite television shows, but I only have two of the show’s seven seasons on DVD. That could change very soon, however, as the complete box set is currently on sale at Amazon for just $74.99. Keep in mind that the original price of the box set is $299 — making this an absolute steal at 73% off.

The box set comes with all 154 episodes, plus assorted bonus features such as interviews, behind-the-scenes tours, deleted scenes, and gag reels.

I don’t know how long this sale is going to last, so I might have to jump on the deal ASAP.

Merrell Pace Glove Review

I’ve been running in my Merrell Pace Glove shoes for two weeks now and feel ready to pass final judgment on the product. I can’t continue using these shoes.

I actually like a lot of things about them: the zero-drop heel, the soft and flexible upper, etc. But what makes these shoes unwearable for me (at least for running) is how hard the soles are. My big toe mound (sorry, don’t know the medical term for the area) really suffered whenever I hit the ground in these Merrell Pace Glove shoes. Long runs of more than 10km became unbearable because of the pain.

I’m a forefoot striker and am used to minimalist shoes, so my problem isn’t a matter of experience. I really wanted to like Merrell, but the Pace Glove just doesn’t fit my style.