Review: Garmin eTrex 10 GPSr

Manufacturer: Garmin | Year: 2011 | List Price: $119.99 | Buy from Amazon

After finding over 50 geocaches, we started thinking about buying a GPSr to save money on the data that we use when we geocache using the Geocaching Intro iPhone app. One day, one of our family friends came over to our house and surprised us with a Garmin eTrex 10.

The Garmin eTrex 10 the base model of the eTrex series. It has a transflective monochrome display and 25 hours of battery life. It is durable, rugged, and waterproof to IPX7 standards. It supports paperless geocaching and holds up to 1000 waypoints. The eTrex 10’s high sensitivity receiver makes use of a WAAS enabled GPS receiver with Hotfix and GLONASS support. It features a sun and moon calendar, hunting and fishing information, area calculation, and other stuff you’d expect from an outdoor GPSr.

I think the Garmin eTrex 10 is an easy-to-use and affordable GPSr. The readings are dead on, making it ideal of Geocaching. The interface is simple and intuitive without sacrificing functionality. The monochrome display is as good as black and white screens get. The only complaint I have is the map. It lacks important information such as certain land masses. For example, the entire country of Singapore doesn’t exist on the basemap. The map is also missing roads, small bodies of water, and certain cities. The only landmarks you’ll find on these maps are your waypoints, borders, country names, and a selection of cities. Other than that, the eTrex 10 is an awesome GPS for outdoor use.

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List Price: $119.99 | Buy from Amazon

Review: Lamy Blue Cartridge Ink

Manufacturer: Lamy | List Price: $5.50 | Buy from Amazon

When I bought my Lamy Safari five months ago, it came with a Lamy Blue Cartridge. I was saving it, but I finally decided that it was time to use it and write a review on it. When I first popped the cartridge, the ink flow was horrible. After writing for a couple days, it got its typical  dark blue. By then, it was almost a third gone. Besides that, its a great everyday ink. The scanner made the ink look purple, but it’s not. As the name suggests, the ink is blue in real life.

The paper used was Staples 20 lb copy paper. The cartridge made it impossible to swab the ink in the “Swab” section, but the water was smeared 3 (rather vigorous) times in the “Water” section. Thanks for reading!

(EDIT: The pen used was actually a Lamy Safari F, not a Lamy Safari M.)

List Price: $5.50 | Buy from Amazon

News: Giant Panda Eats Meat

A giant panda was recently caught on camera eating the carcass of a takin (Himalayan goat-antelope). Scientists say that this is not all that uncommon, as pandas evolved from carnivorous animals. That being said, a photo of one eating meat is still quite rare. This particular picture, shared by The Nature Conservancy, was captured by a motion-sensing camera in what will be the Montianling County Land Trust Reserve in northern Sichuan, China.

Source: TreeHugger

Review: Diamine Meadow Ink

Manufacturer: Diamine | List Price: $13.95 | Buy from Amazon

While purchasing my brand new Lamy Safari Fountain Pen, I bought a bottle of Diamine Meadow ink. I am very satisfied with this ink so far, so without further ado, here’s the review!

The paper used was regular Staples 20 lb copy paper. The ink was swabbed 3 times in the “Swab” section and the water was smeared 3 times in the “Water” section. Thanks for reading!

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Tutorial: Make Cheese Curds

Although making cheese at home may sound like an extremely difficult task, making basic cheese curds is actually incredibly easy. You don’t need to use exact measurements nor do you need to any obscure instruments to make it.

You will need:

  • Milk
  • Vinegar
  • Salt (optional)
  • Stove
  • Pot
  • Colander
  • Clean cloth
  • Bowl (optional)

Instructions:

  1.  Pour milk into the pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly
  2. Gradually add vinegar until the milk separates into cheese curds and liquid whey
  3. Separate the cheese curds and whey by placing a cloth over a colander and filtering the contents of the pot through the cloth and colander and into a bowl (or the sink)
  4. Remove the cheese from on top of the cloth and add salt if desired.

Note: If you would like to use the whey you collected in your bowl (as it is quite nutritious) consider visiting this forum.