Atticus James | blink-182 | California

I had to post this today because of how excited I am about the new blink-182 album.  This has been the only thing playing in my office today.

I grew up on blink-182 and everyone of my ex girlfriends can tell you just which song is my all time favorite from blink-182. I can only give you a hint as to which album it is off of but not the song. Winking smile Keep somethings to myself, (the hint is Take Off Your Pants and Jacket – blink-182)

I wanted to share my top three songs off the new album, California, which are in no particular order.

Teenage Satellites – blink-182

 No Future – blink-182

Built This Pool – blink-182 [10 HOUR LOOP]

I like “Built This Pool” because it is just a throw back to funny songs like Family Reunion and Happy Holidays.  All the others I would rather not mention at this time if you know what I mean.

Sadly, Tom Delong is off chasing aliens but I think Matt Skiba is doing a good job at keeping the band we all know and love, alive. He will never be Tom, but we wouldn’t want him to be anyways.

iOS 10 And All the New Features Released At WWDC2016

I meant to post this yesterday but I ran into some DJI Phantom 4 troubles and then some car troubles so I am posting these today! 

I have to say I am glad Apple has finally come around to opening up a lot of things like iMessage to the developers. Snapchat and Facebook Messenger have really fun features and it nice to see that Apple is taking note and jumping on the bandwagon.

I tweeted during the whole event and I can’t say I was disappointed. With all the Apple rumors and leaks about the headphone jack missing from the new iPhone and the 13” MacBook Pro body only having USB C and a headphone jack, I was hoping that maybe they would address something in terms of new hardware. I guess that was a pointless dream with the next Apple Event coming this September.

My father has a rather strange problem in that he kills watches. I share this with you because he and I are always in competition with each other over steps and stairs in the health app. The new watchOS has a way to compete with your friends for health and fitness and it would make for an awesome Fathers day gift… you know, if he didn’t kill watches.

In other news, Apple has added YET another app to your iPhone that most of us don’t care about.  That is the Home app to control all your smart home devices like lights, garage doors and AC/heat.  Hey, that gives me one more app to add to my app graveyard.

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In AppleTV news… something. I don’t know, it is the only device so far that hasn’t interested me enough to get yet because I really don’t watch much TV. This coming from a man with a 4k 60” flat screen mounted to a wall no less than 3 feet from my desk.

The DJI Phantom 4 Gets Me High For Your Enjoyment

Phantom4 Unboxing Video

I have been in love with drone footage since I first saw them in HD. The DJI Phantom 4 Drone is pricey at $1200-$1500 but if you are looking for a piece of video equipment that is going to give you 4k video and is extremely easy to pick up and learn to fly, this might be the drone and camera for you.

Something I am a big fan of, is the fact that it has it own on board camera rather than expecting you to use a GoPro. Chances are I am going to have my GoPros tied up on other shots if I am using the drone for some larger projects.

You can Check out the Video Here

Now Boarding: Pelican Carry-On Elite

Pelican Luggage First Look

 

After my recent month long trip, I knew I need to replace my cheap luggage. Pelican shipped out their 22” Elite Carry-on Luggage for me to review.

I will be publishing my review later on this year.  I want a chance to use it on a few of my upcoming trips to give you a good overall review. Stay tuned.

You can see the video here.

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Atticus James Canon T5i Unboxing Video

Atticus James Canon EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Kit Unboxing

I am always excited to play with new camera gear and just gear in general. After a few months feeling naked
without my DSLR I finally found a great deal online to replace my Canon T4i.

Stay tuned for future reviews using this camera.

Click here For the Unboxing Video.

Leatherman Tread: Now Boarding First Class and Business Class

As many of you know, I own two websites, a firearm review site GearsofGuns.com and “AtticusJames.com A guys Life In Review” site. I have written a few reviews about the Leatherman tools over the last few years. So when I heard about the Leatherman Tread, I jumped on getting one as quick as I could.

 

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Easy? Check

 

Complete? Not So Much

The Leatherman Tread is not the one and done tool you should carry. I doubt the designers had that in mind when they dreamt this tool up, I believe what they did want is a tool that was easy to travel with and that was something that went with any style. They came up with this:

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Around the World in 28 Days….Well the Miles Anyway

As you can read in my previous posts, I just spent a month in India. I just quickly did the numbers so you can see what the experience was.

· 3 Countries

· 9 Airport security check points

· 9 Flights

· 10 Security checks from hotels, tourist attractions, etc

· 10 Airports departing and arriving from

· 29,656 Miles Flown

· Circumference of the earth at the equator = 24,901 miles

Why do those numbers matter? Because that means that in all three countries and in all 10 security checks I went thru, never once was my Leatherman Tread questioned. It was never looked at as anything more than a bracelet. I never once had to check it in my bag. In fact, in two airports I didn’t even have to take it off my wrist.

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Looking at diamonds in Surat, India.

TSA Approved

The Leatherman Tread doesn’t have a knife on it, so it is TSA approved. Most people who see it look passed it, as it just looks like I am wearing an unusual watch band or a metal bracelet.

Crazy Person Here

I am right handed, but I normally wear my watches or bracelets on my right hand. Most people think that I am a crazy person doing that. Honestly I am not really sure why it matters. If I am right handed wearing my watch on my right hand, so what? I like it on my dominant hand.

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All The Tools

The Leatherman Tread has a bunch of tools on it. Hex keys, wrenches, screwdrivers and even a SIM pick. I found it to be really handy for me on the trip because I used a camera holster. It is a spider holster, which has a metal plate with an hex key to attach the plate to the camera.

The problem was, that is blocks the battery compartment. Every time I needed to change the battery, which was often, I had to loosen the plate to get to the battery. I didn’t carry the Hex key (Allen Key) with me since I had the hex key on the Leatherman Tread to change the batteries.

A Conversation Starter

This was fun for me. People would watch me take off what they thought was a watch, fold it and use it to remove a plate. It gave me something else to use to connect with complete strangers, other than just trying to start a conversation about nothing.

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The Price

The Leatherman Tread starts at $160 for the Stainless Steel model. It isn’t a cheap tool and to be honest it isn’t my go to tool in most cases. But it is a tool that has it place. It was perfect to travel with. It is great for those times when you don’t need a heavy duty Leatherman or a full tool bag. It comes in really handy. And let’s admit, it looks great.

The Weight

At first it felt heavy on my wrist. That is mainly because I hadn’t worn a watch in over 10 years. Now that I wear it whenever I leave the house, I don’t really notice it.

I have learned not to swim laps with it on because it feels like a weight dragging my arm down. If you wear a big watch or a smart watch, you probably won’t even notice the weight.

Final thoughts

I still carry my Leatherman MUT at the range and my wave when I know I’ll need a tool. For daily operations, The Tread does just what it is suppose to. Be an awesome bracelet and backup tool.

I really want the black Leatherman Tread too. I would like to see if I scratch up the bracelet as much as I have this one. The scratches really aren’t noticeable unless you are really playing with the bracelet. I believe that is just normal wear and tear that seems to happen on things I own. That’s just the kinda guy I am.

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From 5 to 11: The skinny on the 5.11 STRYKE™ PANTS

After spending a month traveling through India and Dubai I have found my all time favorite pants!

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The Military Travels, Right?

I know these pants were designed with LE and Military in mind but honestly they are perfect for travel. I was given a pair in Vegas just before leaving for India. I traded a pair of jeans out of my suitcase for these. Result? I would love to trade all of my pants for different colors and style of 5.11 pants and shorts.

In a Mall Near Me??? Soon???

I have been around 5.11 tactical clothes and gear for most of my adult life. When you are part of the gun community it is impossible not to know the name 5.11. I am not sure how popular they are outside of the industry. This needs to change. As to why 5.11 isn’t in every mall in the states is beyond me. Okay I have gushed enough about them. Let’s get down to the review.

Every Day Carry

I was offered a free pair of the 5.11 pants of my choosing. I visited the 5.11 store in Vegas and found the Stryke pants to be what I wanted to try for my trip. My brain was in India travel mode so everything I looked at there was “how could I make this trip the most comfortable for me”? I thought about what I might carry on a daily bases.

· iPhone 6 in Magpul case

· AA battery powered flashlight

· 2 Canon T4i batteries for my camera

· Passports

· Money

Pockets Full of Goodies

While that doesn’t seem like a lot to keep in my pockets, it had to be kept in my front pockets. I wanted to avoid pickpockets as best as possible. I kept my phone in my left front mag pocket which kept my normal pockets free for batteries and other junk I might pick up during the day. My right mag pocket I kept my flashlight. I used my right main pocket for my passport because it is deep.

Mag Pocket

SPECIFICATIONS

· 6.76 oz. Flex-Tac® ripstop fabric

· Self-adjusting tunnel waistband

· Fully gusseted crotch

· Articulated knees (kneepad ready)

· Bartacking at major seams and stress points

· TEFLON® finish

· 12 pockets, including double-deep cargo pockets

· Rinse washed

· YKK® zippers

· Prym® snaps

Be Comfortable Above All Else

My goal is to get the full line of pants for my travels because they are comfortable. I lost about 20 pounds in India. So the other advantage of the pants were that they have stretch in them, so they were always fitting correctly.

They have a button and a snap for the top of the pants so you can secure your pants if the snap starts to give out on you.

My only problem is that they require them to be washed inside out. While I do my own laundry at home, I had to send out for laundry in India. I requested that they wash the correct way but I cannot be sure of that.

Water Repellent

While sitting on the Double Decker bus in Abu Dhabi I spilled a little water from my water bottle and it just beaded up and rolled off my pants without them getting wet.

Reviewing pants is a little harder than I imagined, but all I can tell you from my experience is this:

· They look nice,

· they are comfortable enough to wear for 16 hours on a flight,

· they are decked out with pockets for all of your pockety goodness and needs.

Comfortable, stylish, pockety (full of function)

What more do you really need?