Month: June 2011

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Real Quick Father's Day Gifts From ThinkGeek:

So ThinkGeek isn’t a real outdoorsy type place. But it does have a few cool gifts for Dad:

  1. Hot Hot Hot Pepper Flakes:

    Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes

    You know that punk that always sprinkles hot pepper on his pizza? The one that always thinks he’s awesome because they are “hot” peppers? Well, time to shut his stupid mouth forever. Because you don’t use boring old, store-bought hot peppers. You carry your own tin, full of flakes of the Bhut Jolokia pepper, one of the hottest peppers on the planet. You have one of these tins of Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes, and a stomach of iron. Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes really are hot; we’re not foolin’. Pepper heat is measured in SHU (Scoville Heat Units), which measures the amount of capsaicin in said pepper, and Ghost Peppers (aka: Bhut Jolokia – aka: stomach ache) have clock in at over 1,000,000 SHU. That’s not just hot, that’s insane hot. And now you can add these flakes to any recipe, meal, or dessert you want. So, get a few tins of Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes and add some insanity to your food! Please Note: These really are hellishly hot. Be careful with your consumption. Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes Flakes of the Bhut Jolokia – one of the world’s hottest peppers. Sometimes known as the ghost pepper, because it’s so hot you’ll wish you were dead. Comes in a handy travel tin. For oral use only. Scoville Heat Rating: 1,001,304 SHU. Net Wt.: 10g of freshly crushed, dried chillies. Tin Dimensions: 2.5″ x 2″ x 0.5″






  2. Multi tool with Firestarter

    Tool Logic Survival Card with Firestarter Tool Logic Survival Card with Firestarter

    A brand new shiny credit card: good. A brand new shiny credit card with an extremely high credit limit: better. A credit card survival tool that can start a fire: priceless (especially in emergency situations). If you’re venturing into the wilderness or just your own backyard, it’s nice to be well prepared. Being able to quickly and reliably start a fire is an important survival requirement. This new Tool Logic Survival Card is packed with lifesaving features. A fixed blade serrated knife of tough AUS 8A type stainless steel, a magnesium alloy fire starter, a loud signal whistle, plus a brilliant red LED flashlight. There’s also a tweezer and toothpick and a hole for lanyard attachment. Credit card size and less than two ounces, this essential tool kit deserves a place in your car, backpack and even your home. Keep the Survival Card with you and you’ll always be prepared for life’s unforeseen emergencies.






  3. Tactical Attache

    Timmy's Tactical Attaché Timmy’s Tactical Attaché

    It’s not well known, but before the 90’s made Timmy into a dotcom superstar icon for ThinkGeek, he worked for the Los Angeles Police Department, SWAT division. He doesn’t like to brag, so he kinda keeps it hush-hush. Ok, truth is he was IT for the SWAT department, but don’t tell him I told you. One of the percs of the job, though, was to wear that armored black uniform, and carry around the ballistic nylon bag like a certified badass. He misses the automatically dismissed traffic tickets, blowing through stop signs with his lights on… Timmy looks back on those heady days and just grins. Sniff. Good days. He’s not allowed to wear the uniform any more, but Timmy did find a source for actual police-issue satchels, made from ballistic nylon and covered in little pockets – originally designed to carry guns, ammunition, tear-gas grenades and other weaponry, now repurposed to hold your netbook, manuals, cables and drives. Sling this bad boy over your shoulder and you’ll look like you just got off of a hostage negotiation, or popped a suspect with your Remington .308, or tactically rewrote routing tables to shunt a denial-of-service attack to /dev/null. This bag has one big chamber capable of holding a small notebook computer, or netbook, as well as a pile of gadgets, cables, tools, phone, or even a stuffed monkey should the need arise. There are velcro strips along the back to attach additional tactical pouches, or even your name or unit patch. Because it is ballistic nylon, it’s extremely durable. In the field, this bag may very well outlast you.






  4. Survival Kit Water Bottle

  5. Ultimate Survival Kit in a Water Bottle Ultimate Survival Kit in a Water Bottle

    According to the folks who build those awesome rovers that drive around on Mars, water is a pretty essential element for the existence of life. Liquid water is an especially important form necessary to support life, and fortunately for us, we have plenty of that here on Earth. Most other places in our solar system the water is all locked up as ice. The Ultimate Survival Kit in a Water Bottle doesn’t contain any liquid water (but of course you can easily add your own) but that doesn’t mean it cannot help support life. What is does contain could help with your survival while you roam around the surface of our planet in search of outdoor adventures. Comes packaged as a 32 oz (1 liter) water bottle containing the following supplies.






  6. Disaster Science Book

  7. The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science

    If it’s anything that gets geeks excited about science, it’s catastrophes. Definitely explains why we love the Mythbusters so much. We’ve learned more math and science from Adam and Jamie than we ever did in school. Even humanities geeks go crazy for Mythbusters. This book is for the wee mythbuster in your life, the one that’s around middle school aged. Starting with Stone Age tools and ending with the Large Hadron Collider, each chapter of the book describes a leap in our scientific understanding and all the gruesome, horrible consequences (or potential consequences, in the case of our friend the LHC). The related experiments for each chapter are rated using the following catastrophic scale: LOW: No risk of catastrophe. GUARDED: Slight risk of mess, paper cuts, stained clothes. ELEVATED: Involves use of heavy or sharp objects. Adult supervision recommended. HIGH: Involves use of fire, hot liquids, or hazardous substances. Adult supervision required. Start your little mythbuster off right with real hard science and fun, messy experiments.






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100 Days of Summer: June 5- Go Windsurfing

A few years ago, “Surf the North Shore” shirts were a popular area fad. I Always thought they were ironic. I mean, who would surf in Ohio?

Well Actually, This Guy:

Or, If Lake Erie is a challenge, try windsurfing of Barber Point at Moraine State Park– It’s so popular there, its featured on their web site.

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100 Days of Summer: June 3- Kayak Mill Creek Park

Why Feature two posts the first week for Kayaking? Well, because right now I’m getting a ton of hits on the kayaking page from Google. People seem to be discovering the advantages of paddle sports in our region.

And why not? We’ve got whitewater at McConnells Mill and on the Yough, Fishing and scenic rivers on Ohio’s Water trails, Lake and Pond paddling, and sea kayaking on Lake Erie. We’ve got it all.

And in the fact that Kayaking and Canoeing are relatively easy to learn, pretty cheap, and provide a great return on your investment, and you can see why more and more people are discovering the hobby.

And it’s incredibly easy to get started. Grab a boat and head to lake Newport of Glacier in Mill Creek for some easy paddling and to get your feet wet, so to speak.

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100 Days of Summer: June 2- Geocaching in Boardman Park

What is geocaching? It’s best described by this video:

And Thanks to a couple highly prolific Geocachers, TurnPikeTravelers, KKAB22 and CharlesIsland, the Boardman Area is home to dozens of Geocaches.

Grab yourTomTom, Garmin, or GPS enabled phone and head over to Geocaching.com and sign up for a free account. Go to the search page and type in 44512.

I just took the 5-year-old out last weekend and she discovered the “Just Off the Path” cache at Boardman Park herself. But there’s literally hundreds of other caches in our area. Have Fun!

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100 Days of Summer: June 1- Canoe the Mahoning River

Canoe City Metropark,  has been the put-in to the Mahoning River since 1920.  18 Acres in Leavittsburg, It’s a small picnic area. Bring your fishing poles too: It’s a great fishing spot.

Trumbull Canoe Trails Paddle Club is sponsors events at this park, so check out their website for upcoming dates.

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