Yesterday’s Amazon Haul

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Yesterday I received a selection of items that I’d been waiting for that had all been ordered from Amazon over the Christmas period.  I’ve linked to each product on the Amazon UK website, these are affiliate links, and I will earn a small commission if you use those links when buying anything from Amazon.  (I’ve also included US links to each of the items alongside the product name.)

LEGO The Lord of the Rings: Frodo Baggins with Cooking Corner (Set #30210) (US Link)

Cruga Biltong Chilli Beef Biltong (n/a)

Coffee Capsule Rack for Tassimo (US Link)

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2 (Blu-ray) (US Link)

Belkin Energy Saving Socket Outlet with Timer (US Link)

LEGO Minifigures Series 7 – Daredevil (US Link)

LEGO Minifigures Series 9 – Alien Avenger (US Link)

LEGO Minifigures Series 11 – Lady Robot (US Link)

Overall I thought I’d achieved quite a good haul, there’s three minifigures knocked off my minifigure checklist and I’ve finally got somewhere to keep all my Tassimo coffee pods!  In the future, I may start doing hauls as video posts as they do seem to gain quite a bit of traction on YouTube.



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My Desktop – Jan 2014

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I’m always interested in how other people have their desktops organised.  In this post, by desktop, I’m referring to the contents of the users computer screen, rather than the table or desk they use to work from.

I’m currently running a MacBook Pro on OS X (10.9.1).  You can see a screenshot of my desktop below.

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You can click to view the image at full resolution

The wallpaper I am using is Jedi vs Sith by Rotane, I have downloaded all nine colour variations of the wallpaper and have them set to change every 15 minutes in a random order.

The black menu bar is the Obsidian Menu Bar by Max Rudberg and then I’m utilising Bartender to hide majority of my menu bar items to keep it looking tidy.  GeekTool is providing the details to the bottom right of my screen and finally, when music is playing through iTunes, BowTie provides ‘now playing’ information using the Boptie theme.

Let me know what you think of this desktop setup, I’d also love to see what you are looking at on a daily basis. Show me your desktops on Twitter @darrensingleton.



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My Top 5 Gadgets of 2013

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One of my passions is technology. Enjoying gadgets for the fun they can provide whilst also using technology to make life easier.  Here is my list of the five gadgets I enjoyed/used the most throughout the past year.

  1. Raspberry Pi
    I purchased the Pi on a whim and proceeded to install RasPlex onto the system.  I enjoy playing around with computers and I’m yet to discover what the Raspberry Pi can really do.  I have a number of hard drives plugged into the RaspberryPi via USB and can browse the media and watch my ripped movies and TV series without having to cause damage to the discs themselves.
  2. Pac-Man Ghost Lamp
    This was something I purchased much earlier in the year, yet it has been used a lot!  With a remote control that allows you to choose the colour or select from a number of preset effects (strobe, fade etc..) the Pac-Man ghost lamp has certainly become a talking point on more than a few occasions.
  3. Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush
    My teeth have never felt cleaner.  Having used a ‘standard’ toothbrush for as long as I can remember, I would highly recommend this toothbrush – even though it can feel rather strange at first.
  4. Apple iPad
    There’s little I can say about this device that hasn’t been said on thousands of other websites around the Internet.  I have what was referred to as the ‘New iPad’ by Apple in its 32Gb, Wi-fi variety.  I’m very impressed with how well the device runs video content, no matter the source and being silent is a huge benefit when watching content whilst in bed.  Since getting my iPad, I consume much less content on my iPhone and my MacBook.
  5. Peel iPhone Case
    Keeping my devices in top condition is certainly a priority for me as I always sell my previous devices in order to pay for an upgrade when the time comes. The Peel case is almost invisible from the front and provides a great level of protection to the sides and back on the device.

What gadgets and gizmos have been the most beneficial or most fun for you over the past year? Let me know in the comments or via Twitter!



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Happy New Year – 2014

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I’ve scheduled this post to go live whilst I will be celebrating the coming of 2014 with a group of friends. I wanted to ensure that this post went live on January 1st as it outlines a few things that I plan to do during the next year.

I normally hate New Years resolutions, as I’m a firm believer that if you want to make a change, you should do it there and then, not at some predetermined time.  This is why most resolutions fail to stick.  However, 2014 is going to be a year where I’m actually setting myself some goals and making them public.

The first of these goals is to blog regularly.  I’ve been playing around with blogging for over five years now but failed to stick to a subject matter or been able to actively keep to a posting schedule.  My goal for darren.me is to commit to posting at least once per week on any subject that may be of interest to me.  I’m currently thinking geeky product hauls, rants, things that have happened that may be of interest, along with reviews and recommendations of products and services that I’d think may be of interest to others.

The second is to manage my weight loss efforts by making myself publicly accountable.  At the time of writing this (around 9am December 31st, 2013) I’m weighing in at 204lbs, possibly the heaviest I have ever been. I’m going to be making efforts to reduce my weight over the coming months and start to lead a healthier lifestyle.

My third goal is to reduce debt.  I’m not going to be as open with this goal as I am with anything else, but I will be making efforts to ensure that I act on this on a daily basis and as I hit certain milestones, I’ll post about them here.

I’m also a collector – my latest endeavour is to collect all of the Lego Collectible Minifigures.  I’ve added a page to this blog that documents my progress in acquiring all of these and if you would like to help me out, my Amazon Wishlist contains a semi-complete list of items I’m still wanting to get my hands on!!

You can follow all the updates and progress by entering your name and email address in the form in the sidebar.  I promise not to spam your email inbox and you will only receive an email when I publish a new post. You can also follow me on Twitter, I will tweet when a new post goes live and you can also follow anything else I’m up to on there.

Hope everyone has had an enjoyable holiday season, I hope to be able to interact with more people with common interests throughout 2014.



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