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3 03, 2016

Pelican Trekpak Partnership – Big News for Colorado Startups

By |March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , |

Pelican Products, the makers of the finest hard cases around, just announced a partnership with TrekPak - a Colorado-based startup focused on organizing photography gear. The Pelican TrekPak partnership is awesome news for the growing Colorado startup community. TrekPak started as an idea in 2011, Kickstarted in 2012, and delivered their products to backers that same year. That's becoming a rarity in the world of failed Kickstarters. Thankfully, TrekPak's Founder and CEO, Georgia Hoyer, has unyi [...]

20 01, 2016

I’m Not Dead Yet – 10 Good Things about Missing Your Wife

By |January 20th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Opinion|

So, yeah. My wife is stuck in the hospital until our second child comes into this world. She's been there for three weeks and has another week to go. You can read her thoughts on that here. After reading her post, and receiving a little extra encouragement from a great friend, I decided to write a companion post that emphasizes the good things I've seen since she's been away. It's easy to say that this sucks -- that it really screws up our plans -- but I've never been challenged more in life tha [...]

20 01, 2016

10 Good Things about Being Stuck at the Hospital

By |January 20th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Opinion|

On the morning of January 2, 2016, I went to the hospital. I was 33 weeks pregnant and had some significant bleeding. The doctors determined I have a placental abruption, which means at least part of my placenta is beginning to detach. I didn’t realize the consequences of this at first, so I was hoping to be back home with my 14-month-old son in a few hours. However, the doctors informed me I would at least need to be there overnight. Overnight?! We have no family who lives in town to take care [...]

28 12, 2015

ESO, ESO, ESO – “Let it Snow” Parody of Elder Scrolls Online

By |December 28th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Gaming, Videos|

Sean Caspian and I locked ourselves into the newly-built eciov studio last weekend and produced this quick parody for all the Elder Scrolls Online fans in the crowd. We called it "ESO, ESO, ESO" because it's a parody of the classic song "Let it Snow." He came up with the idea, and we brought it to life together. Take a two-minute break from your day and watch the festive gaming video now. The making of "ESO, ESO, ESO" I wrote the musical arrangement and lyrics then recorded the instruments and [...]

21 11, 2015

Epic Spotify Christmas Playlist – My 12 Top Christmas Albums

By |November 21st, 2015|Categories: Articles, Music, Music, Recommendations|

It snowed here in Denver last night. My wife is decorating the tree and sipping on hot chocolate (I'm having coffee). That means it's time for Christmas. I'm hoping you won't mind us sharing our epic Spotify Christmas playlist here on the site. If you don't like Christmas music, or Christmas in general, please ignore this post and come back for the next one. We promise not to bombard you with Christmas-focused content all season long. We have plenty of other stuff in the works. If you're like me [...]

18 11, 2015

How I Lost 55 Pounds in 3 Months without Exercise

By |November 18th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Drink, Food|

If you haven't seen me in a few months, you'd be surprised at how much less there is of me. I started at 352 pounds -- yeesh -- that's my highest total weight ever... so it was time to make a change. In this post, I'll discuss the motivation and the methods I used to explain how I lost 55 pounds in 3 months without exercise, crazy supplements, or fad diets. Keep in mind: weighing 352 pounds means I had/have more weight to lose than most people. I'm hopeful that I'll get back down to a healthy 20 [...]

1 11, 2015

OMG, The Walking Dead… I Can’t Handle It

By |November 1st, 2015|Categories: Articles, TV, Videos|

Well then, that happened. Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead was so intense, I can’t even directly mention it in the title or here without first giving critical spoiler warnings. So, read on at your own peril for season 6 episode 3: “Sorry.” No seriously, it’s your fault if you haven’t seen it. This post contains HUGE spoilers about The Walking Dead. You’ve been warned — 3…2…1…DEAD LIVE! […]

1 11, 2015

9 Things I Hate About Apple TV 4th Generation – Updated March 2016

By |November 1st, 2015|Categories: Articles, Gaming, Opinion, Tech, TV|

Apps aren't enough to make it great. That first sentence could be my entire post. I have no idea how Nilay Patel at The Verge could give this a 9/10. Christina Warren at Mashable called it "fantastic" and a "huge improvement". Was she using the same device I have in front of me today? My experience was the exact opposite of Nilay and Christina. Go ahead and call me a negative nancy, but too many long-standing issues remain for me to give this device a good rating. Unfortunately, there are so man [...]

15 10, 2015

Hide and Seek with Lucy

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society|

Beauty. It’s something that’s hiding everywhere we look. Maybe you don’t see it at first. Maybe you even go weeks with the ugliness of daily life being all that’s apparent. But it’s there, I promise. Forgive me. I’m attempting to redefine a word that is oft used around us to mean that which is sexy, attractive, or money-making. No. These things are not beauty; not by themselves. Sometimes they interact with beauty in great ways, but the word is much bigger than these things. I know, I know. Beau [...]

15 10, 2015

Stupid-Proofing Magic Mouse 2 – Apple’s True Intent

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|

Sigh. I thought I finished writing about Apple, especially in terms of coming to its defense. I haven't hidden my disdain for its software, hardware, or strategy choices over the last few years. Throughout that time, I've come to learn why Apple makes some of their odd choices: stupid-proofing. Call Apple a walled garden or a closed box; use whatever metaphor makes sense to you... but understand that Apple's stupid-proofing is what makes them so popular. Stupid-proofing prevents 90% (or more) of [...]

2 09, 2015

Lyft Driver Application – Dryving with Lyft

By |September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Auto, Society, Tech|Tags: , , |

In the "Dryving with Lyft" blog series, I'll be writing about any fun (or not so fun) experiences I have over the next few months. I've been pleasantly surprised by the community Lyft created, and I want to share it with you. It'll hopefully inspire you to sign up with Lyft as a driver or a passenger. Hit the buttons below if you decide to take the leap. Don't sign up without a referral code; you'll lose out on extra money. Disclosure: if you sign up via these links, I get a kickback from Lyft. [...]

23 08, 2015

West Magnolia Trail Review: Off-Road Excursion

By |August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Auto, Videos|Tags: , , , , , |

Off-Road Excursion is a new series of articles and videos that will cover the best 4x4 trails in Colorado and beyond. If I've taken my 2011 Tacoma on the trail, I'll add it to the site, hopefully with video. I'll only feature the trails I love and call out the trails I don't. In this inaugural episode of Off-Road Excursion, I'm hitting up West Magnolia Trail just south of Nederland, Colorado. West Magnolia Trail - Nederland, CO West Magnolia Trail was an interesting find. I spent a few hours r [...]

2 06, 2015

Yerdle Helps You Reduce Clutter, Get Free Stuff

By |June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society, Tech|Tags: , , , , |

American culture is full of wasteful thinking. We consume fast food in Styrofoam containers, we buy bottled water (seriously, that’s incredibly wasteful), and we throw out perfectly good clothes if they go out of style. Most of us have heard of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” concept, but how many of us care enough to participate? Thankfully, this movement is growing. What would you do if recycling your unwanted items became super easy? Would you actually do it? What would you do if that recycling [...]

14 04, 2015

Apple Watch – My Initial Thoughts

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , |

Ignorant and financially irresponsible -- those are two labels recently given to me in the eciov newsroom. The reason: I’m getting an Apple Watch. The topic is more divisive among my circle of techie friends than I anticipated. I suppose we should expect that these days. Apple is popular enough now that it warrants the extra attention and scrutiny. Words can hurt, but I’ll press on and tell you about my first experience with the Apple Watch. Before talking about my Watch appointment, I’d like to [...]

13 04, 2015

Grand Theft Auto V – Out for PC, but It’s Not for Everyone *Updated*

By |April 13th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Gaming|Tags: , , , |

*Update*  After spending an hour in the game last night, I determined it's impossible for us to maintain a reasonably professional reputation while supporting this game. I haven't played the game in almost two years, but I forgot how reprehensible the game truly is. That said, we've deleted our GTA5 livestream from Twitch and will not add more in the future. We apologize to anyone we may have offended with our previous coverage or our decision to cancel future coverage. How do I start a post abo [...]