The Instant Pot multicooker has become an internet sensation, with recipe books and YouTube videos devoted to it. I also was a fan of my Instant Pot until it died last month and I switched to a Zavor Lux 6-Quart Multicooker ($160). It's superior to the Instant Pot on at least three counts. First, the top lid doesn't get so hot that it will burn you if you touch it. Second, it heats much faster, which makes a huge time difference when pressure cooking a meal. Third, the silicone gasket on the lid is braced so it doesn't sag like it does on the Instant Pot, which is a common issue and prevents the Instant Pot from achieving a high enough pressure. The Zavor costs a bit more than the Instant Pot, but it's worth it.
The Lumenology Portable LED Motion Sensor Light ($30) is powered by three AA batteries. It has a light detector and motion detector, so it shines only when it detects motion at night (saving the battery charge). It comes with two different mounts: one is magnetic and the other is a flexible tripod that can work as a… READ THE REST
I bought this 11 x 18 inch Fiskars Ultralight Kneeling Cushion in 2011 and have used it hundreds of times since then. It's come in handy when repairing appliances, working on and washing cars, weeding, and any other activity that requires getting on my knees. More recently I bought these Fiskars Ultralight Knee Pads, which… READ THE REST
Charcoal chimney starters provide great results. You won't need starter fluid with it because it ignites your charcoal quickly. Fill the cylinder with briquettes, put a crumpled sheet of newspaper at the bottom, and light it. The briquettes will be red hot and ready in no time. This Kingsford Heavy Duty Deluxe Charcoal Chimney Starter… READ THE REST
Some games are tough on controllers, even for cutting-edge, next-gen platforms like the Xbox Series X or the PlayStation 5. Those standard joystick-button configurations are fine for first-person shooters, side scrollers, even most game formats around. But going back to the Atari days, regular controllers are mostly lost when it comes to a staple of… READ THE REST
Your pet wants your attention. Actually, scratch that. Your pet needs your attention. Those interactions are the moments your dog or cat lives for. But as painful as it may be to acknowledge, you just can't give your pet all the time and attention they crave. It's physically impossible. However, you can supply the next… READ THE REST
Once you start investigating the means for building your own video games, you'll quickly stumble upon a central question every game creator will have to ask themselves — are you a Unity user; or an Unreal fan? Fans of the world's two most popular, most widely used game engines will argue their sides vehemently, with… READ THE REST