LEATHERMAN Skeletool CX

I’ve been looking for a multi-tool to add to my EDC (everyday carry) for awhile now, so I picked up the LEATHERMAN Skeletool CX.

LEATHERMAN Skeletool CX
Blade Open – Shot w/ XperiaZ3 Compact

It has the essentials I was looking for. Mainly a pocket knife that was big enough and swing open without having to open the whole damn tool.

LEATHERMAN Skeletool CX
154CM Stainless Steel Blade – Shot w/ Macro Lens (Camkix) w/ XperiaZ3 Compact

In addition to the 154CM blade, there are: needlenose/regular pliers, hardwire cutters, bottle opener and large bit driver (phillips/flat).

LEATHERMAN Skeletool CX
Fully Opened – Shot w/ XperiaZ3 Compact

What’s cool is that LEATHERMAN sells bit-kits so you can add more “utoooolity!”

LEATHERMAN Skeletool CX
Shot w/ Macro Lens (Camkix) w/ XperiaZ3 Compact

 

The sleek new Leatherman Skeletool CX gets you back to basics… very cool basics. The Skeletool CX has only the most necessary of multi-tool features, because sometimes that’s all you need. With a 154CM stainless steel blade, pliers, bit driver, pocket clip and carabiner/bottle opener, you’re set. Lightweight, low volume, perfect size. The Skeletool CX: who says more is better?

 

LEATHERMAN Skeletool CX
Shot w/ Macro Lens (Camkix) w/ XperiaZ3 Compact

Retails at $99.85. You can find it cheaper on Amazon.com

 

Cigar Inn

Cigar Inn: 4830 N 16th St Phoenix AZ

Another great cigar lounge I frequent throughout my work week. Selection is top notch. The humidor is a decent size and they hold a variety of cigars like Don Pepin to Private Stock. Prices are reasonable for what you’ll find in Phoenix. The owner Mike and his team are very helpful. Mike is actually the one that got me into pipe smoking by teaching me all about it. He has a decent pipe selection and a shit-load of Meerschaum Pipes. He’s always got the T.V. going so there’s always something to talk about! If you check it out,tell him Aaron sent ya!

 

Sick Little Smartphone – Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Even though the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has been out for awhile, it’s still one of the better smartphones out there. It’s not a flagship smartphone, but it could’ve been one if Samsung didn’t take out some of the features the Galaxy S5 has. Smartphone wise,  it really can do everything you need it to do.

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Samsung didn’t go cheap when it comes performance. Hardware wise, the Galaxy Alpha can compete with most flagship Android devices from Sony, HTC and LG in the speed department. With 2GB of RAM, the Galaxy Alpha is smooth and fast.

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However, Samsung did go cheap on the display. The display isn’t full HD but most people won’t be able to tell the difference. Only spec-whores would worry about crap like that. Another feature missing is microSD expansion. But that shouldn’t matter since it comes with 32GB of on board storage, which is plenty in reality. Another big feature missing are the waterproof and dustproof capabilities that the Galaxy S5 has. Most people can deal with that and I still don’t know too many people that worry about taking their smartphone in to the water.

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Design wise, the Galaxy Alpha is actually one good looking smartphone. This isn’t usually the case with Samsung phones, so it’s nice to see Samsung step up their design game. It looks really good mainly due to the metal frame. I even like the feel of the rubberized backing. It has a better feel than its big brother (Galaxy S5). It’s very light and it’s easy to hold. It feels really good. It feels so good that you want to hold it all day long.

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A smartphone of this size seems to be the sweet spot when it comes to smartphones. Big hands or small hands, it just feels right. You really need a “hands on” experience to appreciate how well the phone feels and looks.

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One negative you do get is a smaller battery. Which means shorter battery life. Add in the fact that Android is power hungry to begin with, and what you get is less than stellar battery life. The Galaxy Alpha is best used for those “city type” individuals who have access to outlets and chargers everywhere. It’s not for people who tend to be far away from a power source. The “outdoorsy” type.

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The Galaxy Alpha is basically a Galaxy S5 without the high resolution display, sd card expansion and water/proof features. If you’re looking for a solid Android that feels high end and can deal with not having the features I mentioned above, then the Galaxy Alpha might be for you. And for $320, the price isn’t all that bad for what you get. If you’re looking for something that has those features I mentioned above then check out the Xperia Z3 Compact. It has microSD card expansion, it’s water and dust proof, has a bigger battery and supposedly a better camera. And like the Galaxy Alpha, it looks really good! It will cost you around $500 though…

SST PERFORMIX Fat Burner – WEEK 2

It still has some oomph when I take it initially. But it seems to lose it’s effectiveness throughout the day. I take it around 4am and I tend to get really tired by noon. I usually have to drink a cup of coffee or a Rockstar to get through the day. It can be due to two things, I’m way of out of shape still or my caffeine tolerance must be really high!

I do get a good sweat going when I run in the morning and my heart rate seems to have adjusted to it. Initially my heart rate would get so high I couldn’t breathe!. Stay tuned, maybe next week I’ll post some body pics!

SST PERFORMIX Fat Burner – WEEK 1

Skinny Aaron is back! It’s been awhile since I was on a fat burner so hopefully this will give me the edge I need in my battle against Fat Aaron. I decided to pick up a new Thermogenic fat burner from GNC called SST Performance and it looks DANGEROUS! It sells for $99 but with a GNC gold card you can get it for $59. You take two in the morning and that’s it.

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SST PERFORMIX – Shot with Lumia 1520

I’ve been on it for a week and so far so good. No jitters. No constipation. No random babbling at work. However, I am getting some random “cold sweats” throughout the day. I take it in the morning on an empty stomach and start to feel it’s effects within 10 minutes. I can feel the Thermogenic process throughout my workout. It get’s my body warmed up pretty well despite how cold it is in the morning.  Most importantly though, I’ve been able to sleep at night.

I’ll keep track of my progress and I’ll let you know what I think week to week. I plan to cycle off of it in a month. I am currently on the ALL-DONE fitness program. Learn more here.

The Technology:

PERFORMIX SST provides crucial, proven ingredients in a truly next generation delivery system. Standard branch chain amino acids are burned from the bloodstream very rapidly during exercise. PERFORMIX SST provides muscular power and protection within minutes but continues to work when all other branch chains burn off and throw in the towel. PERFORMIX SST’s ballistic beads provide a second wave of muscle stimulating aminos hitting at crucial points during the training and recovery processes and continues to supply the most essential amino, Leucine for hours after consumption.

Using TERRA Intelligent Dosing technology, an innovative Multi-Coating Matrix (MCM), combined with a pH-phased, delayed release functionality, PERFORMIX SST delivers premium ingredients via multiple targeted release points to help offer a sustained release profile along with improved delivery.

TERRA 1 : Introduction Phase Thermogenesis is stimulated, yielding increased heat and ATP production from a rise in Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Key phytonutrients, Sensoril® and Huperzine A, coupled with caffeine, provide energy and mental focus.

TERRA 2 : Chill Phase A “chilling effect” occurs, indicative of an increase in body temperature due to peripheral heat transfer. Thermogenesis and BMR are sustained by the slow release of precision nutrients Yohimbine HCI and L-DOPA. Advantra Z® (bitter orange) is also released to stimulate beta-cell lipolysis and the breakdown of fats.

TERRA 3 : Sustain and Block Phase Terra 3 begins to dissolve anti-adaptive nutrients which are intended to trick the body into maintaining its elevated fat burning BMR.

TERRA 4 : Transition Phase A large 1,000 mcg dosage of B-12 releases, supporting the body’s natural mental and physical energy production.

Check it out at -> PERFORMIX Driven.

Cigar Warehouse

Cigar Warehouse: 1040 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Cigar Warehouse is the first cigar lounge I’ve ever been to. They’ve got a good selection of cigars and some prices that are the lowest in the valley. Cigar Warehouse has a rare setup since the whole store is conditioned to be a   humidor. What does that mean? The lounge is in the middle of the humidor! You don’t normally see that and it’s pretty cool. They also have a separate room if you want some more privacy however.  If you decide to stay and smoke and you’re a cool patron then coffee will be served. But like all lounges, if you are a  dick then it’s best you leave. Don’t worry though they’ll let you know! Look for Greg when you stop in, he’ll take care of you. Just tell him I sent you!

Nokia Lumia 1520 is the Best Windows Tablet Available

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the best Windows tablet available. No question about it. Hands down. Period. You might be saying to yourself, “Wait, the Lumia 1520 isn’t a tablet…” and you’re right, it isn’t. It’s actually a phablet (large smartphone). Even though it’s sold as a smartphone, here are my reasons why you should consider it as a Windows tablet. And why it’s a really good one too.

The 6″ Display – It’s big. Big enough to do everything you would want a 7″ or 10″ tablet to do. Browsing the internet? Yup. Music and Videos? Yup. Games? Yup. Photo editing, Microsoft Office and remote desktop? No problem. The 6″ display can do it all. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors.

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The Hardware – The specs on this bad boy are good enough for you to do all of the activities I mentioned above. It’ll do it without any lag too. Windows Phone doesn’t take a whole lot of processing power to do it’s job. And it won’t suck your battery dry like it will on Android. Nokia’s hardware design is in a league by itself. It always has been. Not to mention it’s a beautiful piece of polycarbonate plastic. You’ll want to rock this bad boy without any protection (case) just to show it off. Add in cellular connectivity and what you have is the most portable connected tablet you can find on the market today.

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The Camera – No tablet can compete with the camera hardware that’s built into the Lumia 1520. You get great low light shots, a purview experience and videos that are good enough to film your life. Add in the fact that the upcoming Denim update will bring Rich Capture (HDR), 4K video recording and faster shot to shot time makes it future proof for quite some time.

Microsoft Apps – Microsoft Office, One Note, One Drive and Remote Desktop. These apps are the staples in the Microsoft kingdom. If you’re buying a Windows tablet to begin with it’s because you either need or want Microsoft apps on the go. Microsoft Office does it’s job thanks to the great keyboard real estate you get with such a big display. One Note also benefits from the huge display by making it more productive to use on the go. One Drive is the biggie here. Microsoft is just giving away it’s storage. You can get up to 500gb of free storage if you know what you’re doing. One Drive is the best cloud service I’ve experienced. Better than Google Drive. Better than iCloud Drive. Better than Dropbox. If you don’t know about it, “you better ask somebody!” Another big plus is Remote Desktop which works surprisingly well. Even with no keyboard or mouse attached. Microsoft gets a thumbs up big time here!

Traditional Windows Tablets – The Surface Pro line are considered tablets. And there other Windows tablets from Dell, Lenovo and Sony. But if you’re rocking it with full fledged Windows on it, those devices should be considered as laptop replacements and not tablets. Those are personal computers in a tablet form. Microsoft definitely made a mistake with Windows RT. Which confused everybody. But at least they’re correcting it by killing that version off. Windows Phone is really Microsoft’s mobile/tablet operating system. This will all be cleared up for everyone with the release  and implementation of Windows 10.

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Simply put, my Lumia 1520 is my Windows tablet. It just so happens it can make phone calls when I need it to. I feel like the Lumia 1520 was ahead of it’s time when it was released last year. But after a year in, It’s legit.

Go here to learn more about the Nokia Lumia 1520 and what it can do for you.