Monthly Archives: August 2015

2016 will be a great year for video games

It’s a great time to be a gamer. Each year, bigger and better games are released. Today’s games are much better even compared to games that came out just a few years ago. And it also helps that graphics cards improve each year as well, allowing higher resolution, exciting game to be available to people who don’t have the biggest gaming budget.

Whether you use Xbox, Playstation, or just a PC, you’re in for a great year. It looks like 2016 will start off with a bang, with the releases of highly anticipated games such as Final Fantasy Explorers and Amplitude. Shortly thereafter, we’ll also be getting Tom Clancy’s Division as well as Street Fighter V. But that’s just in the first 3 months.

Later in the year, we can expect a Mario and Sonic game, called Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and another iteration of Tomb Raider, which will be called Rise of the Tomb Raider. If you are into MMORPGs, there is a promising zombie game called DayZ coming out in the first half or 2016 as well. Even with all the games I just mentioned, we’re just scratching the surface.

A potential problem for budget gamers is that ever-rising cost of video games. Not all of us have $50 or $60 to blow on the latest release. The answer for such gamers is to rent games instead of buying them. Red Box is one option, but the costs can add up if you keep the games for any length of time. A much better option in my opinion is Gamefly (Learn more about Gamefly at

I’m sure you’ve heard of this service as it is quite popular. By paying a monthly subscription fee, you are allowed to rent unlimited games. You can either get one or two games at a time, depending on the subscription level you sign up for.

I used to trade games with friends, but I find that Gamefly is a much better option. Instead of trading games with a good friend, just get a Gamefly subscription together to cut the costs of membership. That’s what I did with a neighbor, and we got the 2-game plan. Ever since joining Gamefly, we never have a shortage of games to play, and because I’m sharing the membership, the cost is quite low for me. You can even get a free trial of gamefly at the website,

I suggest you do a similar thing if you are a gamer who wants to save some money. Ever since I’ve started using this strategy, I’ve been saving hundreds of dollars a year.

Amazon Workplace Rumors


Recent reports about working conditions at Amazon, both for white color and blue color employees, has me questioning whether I should continue buying products from them. While I understand that the company must be competitive, I don’t condone mistreatment of employees under any condition. Although much of the information is unverifiable, the rumors about the Amazon workplace don’t paint a pretty picture at all. If you want to read more about this, check out this LA Times Article.

Hopefully, reports such as these will encourage Amazon to modify some of its practices when it comes to how they handle their employees.

E-cigarettes: Why I think simpler is better.

I often see people with very complex e-cigarette setups. They have large batteries that allow you to set different voltages and wattages. They often mix their own e-liquids and use tanks that house a great amount of e-liquid. I confess that I myself have at times succumbed to the tendency to over-complicate my e-cigarette setup. But over the years, I have come to believe that a simpler e-cigarette setup is the better way to go. Let me explain why.

e-cigarette reviewsFirst of all the simpler setups, where you simply have a battery and cartomizer, are more portable. You can get a rather easy e-cigarette kit from many vendors such as White Cloud Ecigs (which you can learn more about by going to The beauty of using the simpler e-cigs is that you simply screw together the components and you are ready to go. They are lighter, can fit in your pocket or a small carrying case, and ideal for people who travel or are always on the go.

But another thing I noticed is that when you have the huge batteries and tanks, you also tend to chain-vape, thereby consuming a lot more nicotine. There is less to hold you back when your battery can easily last all day even when you are vaping almost nonstop. So while you may pat yourself in the back for quitting smoking, you may end up increasing your nicotine intake by quite a bit. I have concerns that taking in that much nicotine can have long-term health effects. Sure, it’s probably still preferable to smoking analog cigarettes, but you’ve really ended up trading in one bad habit for another.

A smaller e-cig battery, however, only lasts about as long as a pack of cigarettes would. In this way, it provides you with a limit and a signal on where a reasonable stopping point is for your vaping. You should always have 2 batteries so that one is recharging while you are using the other. My favorite batteries are the ones sold by White Cloud. You can get a discount on White Cloud Ecigs by going to

Online dating second most popular way to find a date

It wasn’t too long ago that we attached a stigma to online dating. People on such sites were seen as losers or desperate people. Slowly, this began to change, and today, online dating has become quite mainstream. And according to a new study done at the University of Rochester, online dating is now the second most popular way to find a date. What’s #1? It’s meeting people through family and friends.

I’m glad to see that online dating has lost its stigma (which was never deserved in my opinion), and that it has replaced other, less reliable ways to meet someone, such as hanging out at bars. But is online dating perfect? Far from it. Roughly half the people surveyed said they had at least one bad experience using online dating sites. Typically, it has to do with other members misrepresenting themselves. This could be done by posting old photos, or making exaggerated claims about oneself. I suppose it’s only natural for people to try to put their best foot forward. The only advice I’d have for online daters is this: Take everything with a grain of salt, until you actually meet someone in person.

Where should you start if you want to get involved with online dating? I suggest starting with the most popular sites. As of this writing, for paid dating sites, is #1 in terms of visitors, followed by Zoosk and eHarmony. For free dating sites, Plenty of Fish and Okcupid are the largest. Other major dating sites include badoo (more popular in Europe than the US), Christian Mingle, and OurTime (for mature daters). seems to have something for everyone, so I would start there. You can get a 3-day free trial if you go to