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Display Name: audomatic
Member Since: 2/28/08

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I use this free software on my Mac. It sorta forces you to take eye breaks.

Roundup: 4 Easy Tips for Reducing Day-to-Day Eyestrain
6/8/11 06:19 PM

I've had this armor on my dSLR for almost two years and have no intention of ever removing it. It's helped my camera survive many rugged situations, some of which involved small children and rocks.

My only complaint is that switching out lenses can take a little manipulation and time. It's more like a mini-complaint since the snugness of the armor is part of its function, but if you mostly use your SLR in situations where you need to quickly change lenses, this probably isn't the product for you.

Camera Armor Protects Your Canon and Nikon DSLR
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1/21/11 01:09 AM

It voids the warranty, but why wouldn't you just replace the metal panel with the original if the need to use your warranty arose?

Add a Metal Back to Your iPhone 4
10/15/10 02:32 PM

Maybe if you're shopping for projectors to put in your hamster's fancy cage, the pico would be a good replacement for a dedicated home theater projector (I just don't think your hamster would appreciate the latter). The tech will eventually shrink because that's what tech does, but I think it's going to be a while before pico specs are comparable to those of high-end home theater projectors.

We placed our Epson PowerLight Home Cinema projector on top of a white shelf to match it, and it basically blends into the wall; I really, really wanted to avoid mounting anything to the ceiling since we're in a rental, and I'm quite happy with the results. The wiring was a huge pain in the ass (100' HDMI cable vomit), but that's going to be an issue with any projector unless you go wireless.

Is Death of the Dedicated Projector Imminent?
8/20/10 02:30 AM

I completely agree with @Kaete. Even though you're trying not to pass judgment on gamers, you sound very defensive in your last paragraph and make some contradictory statements.

When you say things like, "I enjoy reading books, the news, websites and various other materials" and list "reading" as one of your two reasons for being a gaming Luddite, you're implying that you can't play video games and read or enjoy those activities.

As far as the the price is concerned, you're right, video games are expensive, but I've found that trading/borrowing with friends works to cut down the cost as well as purchasing used games.

I don't know what video games you've played or have watched people play, but "screaming, pointing at things on a screen, and mashing buttons" is not part my regular gaming experience (or anyone else I know). That sounds like more a reflection of the player than the game. Sure, deep involvement in a game might rile you up a bit, but that's part of the fun, especially if you're playing with friends/family.

To me it seems like you have a very narrow idea of what gaming is (perhaps based off of your fraternity experience?). If you were interested in broadening your perception, I think you'd have to wipe your current one and start from scratch with non-button-mashy-screamy-pointy games/environments. You don't have to be a gamer to avoid passing a masked judgment on those who are.

The Gaming Luddite: Or How I Choose Not to Embrace the Joystick & Stick to My Book
8/18/10 04:00 PM

I gotta say, Miele > Dyson for both performance and aesthetics (not that you should care if your vacuum matches your KitchenAid stand mixer...). The costs are comparable.

My mom has a Dyson and my sister has a Miele, so I tested both thoroughly before deciding, but it was kind of a no-brainer once I turned on the Miele. We have two cats and a dog and the Miele has changed my life - or at least the apartment's life. I ended up getting the Miele S4212 Neptune, which, being sea foam green, is cute and powerful!

What's Your Poison Vacuum? | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
7/20/10 03:01 AM

We own two tactical Surefire flashlights but, because of the price, I wouldn't say it's the most practical purchase for your standard household. However, these are, hands down, the best flashlights we've ever owned. If you feel like the need might arise to temporarily blind someone and then knock him out, these are the flashlights for you. Also, if you do a lot of traveling to remote locations without reliable electricity, I would recommend bringing along a Surefire (helped me out quite a bit on a recent trip to Samoa). You're probably not going to find a more powerful and compact (and sexy) flashlight on the market.

Surefire 6P LED Flashlight Unplggd Test Lab | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
7/18/10 05:53 PM

Two of my favorite blogs coming together as one (sorta)!
How meta.
Also, <3 Charlie.

Painted Checkered Floor Honey Rock Dawn | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
4/28/10 01:18 PM

Reminds me of Xbox's Red Ring of Death

Electrolux Washer Concept is Fit for Teeny Tiny Spaces | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
4/22/10 05:28 PM

Huh. Looks like a cheaper rip-off of the Monome.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Novation LaunchPad Music Control Surface
10/12/09 04:29 PM

Gah! Where is that sofa in the Ferm Living image from? I've seen it before, but I can't remember. And I <3 it.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | MJ's Home Arcade, Wine Lover's Laptop Stand, Twitter at the Office, and Barcode Decor Unplggd Slinks for 04.16.2009
4/21/09 03:16 AM


I primered the wood and then used a couple coats of standard semi-glossy interior paint to finish it.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | aud-o-matic's DIY Media Center
10/29/08 07:09 PM

@Matt M.

I purchased and had the acrylic custom cut at a plastic fabrication store in El Monte (LA area) called Paragon Plastics. If you search for "plastics" using Google/Yellow Pages, you should be able to find something local.

The coasters are from Home Depot.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | aud-o-matic's DIY Media Center
10/29/08 07:07 PM

Hi. Just to clarify a couple things:

1. aud-o-matic (hey! that's me) = she, not he

2. Regarding the two TVs: I included a short explanation about them in another AT post because I knew people might be baffled/disgusted, but girlfriend and I play a lot of co-op video games (geeks? yes, I know), so we have two TVs and needed a long unit to hold both along with all of our consoles, which was the main reason I wanted to build my own entertainment center. I also wanted something on coasters for easy cord access and management. Surprisingly, we actually don't watch that much TV. We do, however, play a lot of Halo 3 (and the like) and wholeheartedly embrace the shame with which that comes.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | aud-o-matic's DIY Media Center
10/29/08 07:02 PM

On on a random note, I'm pretty sure Vincent Gallo used to live there.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Blogging...John Lautner's Garcia House
10/7/08 02:26 PM

In addition to the hidden litter box boxes, I designed/built the entertainment center before we moved into our current apartment. My girlfriend and I play a lot of co-op video games (geeks? yes, I know), so we have two TVs and needed a long unit to hold both along with all of our consoles. I also wanted something on coasters for easy cord access and management.

This is the final product:

And here are some photos from the building process:

Keep in mind I have no formal building/carpentry training and pretty much just figured it out as I went along, so the results may not be very refined. However, I don't mind that simple, linear aesthetic, and hopefully it doesn't look too DIY-ish.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | 5 Real Life DIY's by Readers
10/7/08 09:29 AM

No stink whatsoever! I scoop the litter and vacuum around the area with a handheld very, very regularly.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! Mini Litter Box Box
9/12/08 12:38 PM


Samson, one of our cats, is 24 lbs! And his brother is 18 lbs. When Samson uses the litter box, his head always sticks out, which is very disconcerting for him as well as anyone watching because he just looks like an angry, crazy turtle. Now he gets more privacy with the giant litter box boxes.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! DIY Litter Boxes Hidden Inside Bookcase
9/11/08 03:41 PM

beesknees and LaurieLu:

I say 3.5 because one of our cats basically lives outside but comes in to eat. He's also part cat, part devil.

As far as the dog/cat relationship is concerned, two of the cats get along fine with Marzipan (the dog) as they are Maine Coons and can take him on if the situation calls for it. They do, however, spend most of their time in the office where an unspoken barrier has been drawn, and the dog, for the most part, refrains from entering.


The cats actually seem to enjoy the privacy the extra box provides them. No complaints yet!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! DIY Litter Boxes Hidden Inside Bookcase
9/11/08 09:52 AM

Kimber and first5times:

Not only do we scoop very regularly, but the cats only use the living room litter box at night (read: not that frequently) since our dog is out and about in the daytime, and they tend to shy away from him (crazy herding Corgi). I didn't want to put too many litter boxes in the office, so I figured semi-concealed in the living room corner wasn't the worst place (kitchen?) I could put another one.

Almost every guest we've had over that didn't know us before moving into this apartment has been surprised to find out we have cats, especially so many, because of the lack of odor, so I guess that's a good sign. In the end, I'm just happy to not see fugly plastic litter boxes all over the house.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! DIY Litter Boxes Hidden Inside Bookcase
9/10/08 05:23 PM