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‘Calling All Earthlings’ Is A Sincere Look At A New Age Conspiracy In The California Desert

Guided by aliens, a man builds a desert time machine. Can the Integratron work? Will he finish it before the government finishes him?

Calling All Earthlings (2018) is a sincere documentary focusing on the life and influence of aeronautical engineer George W. Van Tassel as well as the people who have attempted to pick up where he left off in realizing the dream that is The Integratron–a domed building in the California desert designed, according to Van Tassel, by extraterrestrial influence during a chance encounter one night. It is a tale of coincidences and intrigue that begins at a sacred Morongo site and ends with a suspicious heart attack in a Pasadena motel room.

New age religionists claim that the Integratron building is a device designed to “reprogram” human DNA, giving the opportunity for prolonged life while the site’s caretakers claim that it’s a time machine that runs off the natural bioelectric field of the human body. Van Tassel’s own family claims that it is a source of free electricity based on Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe prototype. The US government–particularly the FBI–in the 1950s frequently investigated Van Tassel’s activities in the Mojave desert and black helicopters from the nearby Twenty-Nine Palms USMC base add to the intrigue.

Did the government murder George Van Tassel for his work in free energy? Are there spirits roaming the Big Rock site, waiting for contact with the corporeal world? Will the Integratron work as intended? Like all good conspiracy theory stories, the answers are left open-ended, but the journey is a fun one for anyone who enjoys entertaining the idea of “alternative science” (even as a skeptic). The subject matter is treated with the respect that human beings deserve, and makes no judgement into their enlightenment or their quackery–much like Art Bell, et al. have done with Coast To Coast A.M. Interviews with locals, academics, and Integratron “stewards” dive into the feelings and emotions that one experiences in the area and pose questions about the madness that solitude in the desert can bring about.

Did George Van Tassel really have a close encounter with an extraterrestrial being? We may never know the real answer, but in Calling All Earthlings, the idea seems to be less answering the facts and more about exploring, documenting, and even celebrating the interesting characters who continue Van Tassel’s legacy.

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Pevono PS305 Review, Teardown, and Bench Test

The Pevono PS305 review unit that I was shipped proves to be a well-built and affordable DC bench power supply. From its aluminum construction to its display accuracy, the Pevono PS305 is a great bargain lab power supply! In this video, we’ll teardown the Pevono PS305 power supply and see how it’s constructed as well as bench test it against is published specifications.

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Pevono PS305 DC power supply is it
worth it

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let’s find out greetings programs Atari
here you there and this is a Pavano PS

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305 DC bench power supply now the folks
over Pavano they asked me would I be

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willing to do a review of their product
so they sent me one of these is a

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demonstration unit that they sent me so
you know so far out of the box it looks

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pretty decent a pretty decent build
quality it’s got these nice 7-segment

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display on the front and of course
they’re either LED lit so it’s got a

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nice look to it got your your voltage
and current adjustment to your course

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and it looks fine on this side and then
we’ve got your positive negative and a

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chassis crowd so let’s take her apart
and then let’s do it as a bench test and

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let’s see what we get so first things
first you have our ceremonial unboxing

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here the first thing we see is a pair of
leads here the banana clips and

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alligator clips we’ve got our our core
instruction manual but who’s really

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gonna read that and then of course the
main event here is my main unit packed

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very nicely and some styrene

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it’s best ik

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right there okay so we have our unit
here we have they’re nice and sturdy

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aluminum construction just go ahead and

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so start here back we’ve got our power
supply input and it is fused there is a

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fuse inside there a nice little switch
between 110 220 uses this

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internationally big beefy fan here on
the back our heatsink you know come in

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from the power supply back here now the
first thing I notice is that these these

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terminals are not insulated that to me
poses a problem just a safety issue I

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mean they’re in there nicely but just
don’t like seeing one insulated

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terminals on AC input got that and then
there is our chassis ground lead this is

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a hard switch directly over here to the
toggle switch on the front again not not

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insulated you can see how closely
together those those two toggles comes

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just any little bit of horse on there
that later on there and those two are

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going to bridge and we’re gonna have
four well I think what I’m going to do

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is put a little heat shrink on there and
just insulate these a little bit better

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and maybe I’ll do that in a future video
anyway so we’re coming back here here is

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the AC side verbal rectified beeping
capacitors up here too

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I’m all set transistors trigger on these
nice big heat sinks here so good

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looks like we have good heat dissipation
we got it’s actually a very clean board

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very nice it doesn’t look like it’s just
slapped – put together here we have the

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flat board you can see there we’ve got
our the driver for our LED displays a

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couple of pop trimmers for the accuracy
there on the display let’s see there’s

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our terminals there some good that
everything looks pretty good there it

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looks like this is some sort of noise
reduction got a couple of noise

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filtering capacitors here looks like
there’s actually a couple of spots for a

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couple more passengers but we’ll see
we’ll see what the noise is on these and

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maybe we’ll maybe we’ll play with that
another day having a look at the back of

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the board here and you can see where
this is the AC section and of course the

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rest of the DC section personally I
would like to see a little better

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separation here that’s I mean there’s a
good bit of you know there’s a good you

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know almost a fingers worth of
separation between the AC and DC sides

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but me just being the perfectionist I am
I would rather see some physical

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separation maybe a cut out just just to
give you a nice air gap little bit more

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safety over there separation there but
but this is not bad this is actually

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rather rather good build quality I’m
highly impressed with the quality of

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this build and so so far so good
looks like we’re gonna have a pretty

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decent little product here now she looks
pretty good on the inside

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couple of little things here and there
not anything that’s a deal-breaker and

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nothing I can’t fix myself which I’ll
probably do another video so go ahead

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and hit the subscribe button so you’ll
be notified when that comes out so now I

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guess what we really need to do is test
her

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against the specifications but I don’t
really have a proper bench testing setup

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right here but I do know a guy so we’re
gonna pack this stuff up we’re gonna run

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down the street and we’re gonna give her
a proper rundown

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okay so I’m here with our clients 23b
hackerspace here in Fullerton California

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I asked him if I could use the the
workbench here to to do a little more

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accurate measurements of this thing
little literal bench test if you will so

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Arclight show me what you got here yeah
so this is our double Yi electronics

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bench here we have a bench top DMM here
that goes to four digits it’s called the

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math tech 80 40 we have a rival ds-11 Oh
200 megahertz scope will give you sample

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should be pretty adequate for testing
you know power supplies things like that

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and of course we have absolutely an we
have already standard tests so we’re

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gonna measure some current we want to
see what kind of rip will get me any of

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that stuff voltage accuracy no problem
fantastic all right let’s get down to

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business
let’s do it the frequency to which you

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are to the present time is the one on
which you will normally receive civil

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defense information in the event of an
actual emergency okay so our Clyde has

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very graciously allowed me to use the
electronic shop here at 23 beta to check

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this thing out on the oscilloscope so
let’s hook it up and then and find out

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what’s going on here we’re going to look
up our leads here course light black and

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red

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okay we got our scope all set up and
we’ve got the power supply here it’s

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it’s pretty sad already to do 12 volts
so let’s see what it’s got see here a

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bit of a ripple going on with the
switching power supply a little bit of

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noise on the line there okay so now
let’s try this under load I’ve got it

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hooked up with a 10 watt 10 watt
resistor here 24 ohm let’s see see what

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we do with the 12 volts here we’re
running about 12 volts a half an amp

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here and it’s still got quite a bit of
noise in there even under load one other

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thing we really need to look at is the
voltage spike when it comes on it seems

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to be kind of seems to be a bit of a
spike when you turn it first on and that

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can be a problem with sensitive
electronics things like that so let’s

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take a look here and and see if there’s
any bad spike when it happens okay there

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we’ve got a nice little spike 20 volt
spike right there or it love this back

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off so this could be a problem if you
have sensitive electronics or anything

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like that so just something to be wary
of so don’t have your load connected

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before you turn it on turn it on and
then connect your load well here at the

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shop I might as well check the accuracy
with a much more accurate multimeter

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than what I’ve got at home this is a
mass Tek ms 84 T true RMS multimeter

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so it’s accurate to like 4 decimal
places something like that so we’re

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gonna check it out with this and so
let’s just go ahead and turn her on back

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down to stick it down to start it out
about 12 volts okay so we got 12 volts

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there and we’ll just check
voltage here still quite 0 and 0.0 0.0 4

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9 so fairly accurate – terribly bad ok
let’s take her up to the top end here

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toast about 24 volts that’s fairly
common 24 volts a 4.04 volts excellent

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so still fairly accurate here take her
all the way up to the top to the tippy

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tippy top fans kicking in a little bit
31.9 volts on the screen there 3196 so

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even still accurate up at the top
extreme now let’s take her down to the

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you’re gonna have the low end
let’s do about 3.3 volts actually let’s

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get 5 volts and make sure our five bolts
good working on electronics I’m usually

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working with 5 and 3.3 volt
you know logic and so forth so five zero

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two nine five zero three right there on
a 5.0 display let’s take it down to

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three point three three point three

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one three one seven on the RMS and then
she’s taking it all the way down to zero

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because the cool thing about this is
that actually does it will read zero or

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three and rolling down yeah it’s it’s
right at you know right around zero so a

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little linear is this there we go yeah
so we’re right down at zero now so

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fairly accurate across the entire
spectrum which is something you

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generally don’t see out of these cheapo
Chinese power supplies now I got my ten

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watt resistor here let’s let’s put her
under load and let’s see how accurate we

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are when we’re under load okay so now
we’re set up so that we can check the

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amperage accuracy so I got the whole
thing we got it running out of red and

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into a 10 watt resistor over here into
the multimeter and then back out and

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back into a negative side so that’s
let’s just take a look here we’ll start

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running it up over voltage a little bit
okay so let’s go to 3.3 volts 3.3 volts

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and showing one point four amps right
here and one point three point one three

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nine there okay I’ll take it up to five

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point two 1.20 eighths is still really
super close

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fans kicking in take it up to 12 volts
12 volts showing point five one here

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0.49 seven here we’ll check the accuracy
which I can make sure that’s within spec

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I want to do the math in my head and
let’s just take her right on up

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24 volts 1 amp 0.99 for amps so all in
all through the whole range it looks

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fairly accurate look pretty darn
accurate here so I’m gonna say that’s

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the wind there so all in all not a bad
little product especially for the price

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point I’ll stick a link down and
doobly-doo so you can check it out on

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Amazon yourself but I definitely would
recommend this for like hobbyist or

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guys like me just home gamers just you
know playing around with some

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electronics if you need just a good
decent DC power supply bench power

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supply just to mess around with you
don’t need anything with too terribly

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much precision this is definitely this
is definitely made for for people like

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me so if this review helps you out give
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coming definitely gonna play around on

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the interior we’re gonna work with this
thing a little bit and and we might

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actually have a we might actually have a
new series coming up with with arc

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The 8-Bit Guy Soundtrack Unbox & Review

The 8-Bit Guy soundtrack is a great collection of electronic tracks in various styles from both amateur and seasoned professional composers! In this video, I’ll go over my first impressions and review a few of my favorite tracks.

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Omoton Moto X Pure/Style Case Unbox & Review

The Omoton cases offer great quality on a budget. This is a dual-layer case offering a shock-absorbing polyurethane inner layer surrounded by a rigid polycarbonate outer shell, and it fixes the biggest “feature” of the Moto X Pure: it’s curved back!

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I ordered this from Amazon

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it’s the omelet on Moto X pure case this

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is it’s like ten bucks on Amazon stuff

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like that and it promises to give you a

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flat back now if I just get blasting

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open promises to give you a flat back on

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your phone which can be useful for

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things like wireless charging okay so

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it’s in the box and then it comes in

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this kind of a plastic zipper top kind

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of bag here and when I feel hard just a

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business card

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Oh gonna come a little mock up going

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inside it’s got a nice feel to it it’s

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not it’s not super slick but it’s not

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like you know doesn’t feel like hard

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tough plastic so you know that’s or

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whatever it’s got this put the two-piece

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here

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thank you so it is a two-piece case and

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okay so you know you’ve got you’ve got

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this soft internal part and then you

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have this harder and you know it’s

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pretty rigid you know fairly rigid so

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it’s pretty you know seems like it’s a

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seems like it’s okay now you got some

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some weird sort of like I guess these

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are drip marks or something like that

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from where it was I assumed this was an

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extrusion but I’m not entirely certain

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looks like it may have been stamped into

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the shape so probably what this is and

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we’re just you know hot stamp you know

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press it into place of course it presses

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in this little lot with little branding

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knots you know which one it goes to of

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course it matches the inside of this one

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here so first things first is as we put

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this guy inside here and you know if

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it’s pretty snug

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it’s pretty stuff it is not form-fitting

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as you see I’m thinking there was going

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to be a spacer or something here but

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there’s there’s not there’s just the

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booster just a void here and I don’t

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know if I like them or not

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I will probably do something here to

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[Music]

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shore that up a little bit but there’s a

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little bit of a void there and then if

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we take that and we can snap that right

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over it

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you know the little beefier feels beep

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here now and doesn’t feel quite as bad

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right there where that point is but it’s

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definitely beefier it’s definitely

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heavier than this little guy is falling

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apart if you got buttons right here so

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you’ve got nice access to your power

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your plus and minus volume hold that

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down and that turns the screen on just

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fine it actually feels a little bit

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better than the buttons on here which

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are raised and they tended to not hit

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the button right so that feels a little

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bit better

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our button works just fine and volume

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seems to work really nicely so looks

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like we’re good at nice access to the

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power power supply port the USB port

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yeah everything seems to be good you got

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got your camera and your flash

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everything none of this is actually

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impeded by anything that’s just open

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well there’s your head from your

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headphone jack right there and that’s

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available there’s no flaps or anything

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to really deal with here the real test

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is going to come from carrying into my

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pocket and of course when it starts to

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get warmer carrying having this mounted

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in the windshield of my car

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I normally do see how well this stands

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up to heat and ultraviolet so I will

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report back on that when I get there

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Tallyho yell

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Product Review: SXE Electronics Wireless Charging Digital Alarm Clock

Looking for a good, cheap way to upgrade an older phone to have wireless charging? This probably isn’t it. It’s the good, the bad, and the REALLY ugly about the SXE Electronics Wireless Charging Digital Alarm Clock.

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[Music]

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okay so here we have the FX e wireless

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charging digital alarm clock wireless

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charging enabled smartphone anyway so

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here’s the box wirelessly charge your

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smartphone they can charge no wires

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needed because it comes with these

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handy-dandy

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wireless charging adapters that you can

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stick on the banking phone or your

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family ever and then of course you can

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wireless charging have on top a physical

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device to clock

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fuck your manual side and optional

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battery backup with to delay that’s the

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acquirement well it’s days you just like

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let’s do

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[Music]

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clock radio units we have two adapters

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AC adapter patient there this is light

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adapter the adapter it Saturday the

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adapter 110 120 240 240 in Portland –

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what – amp to 5 volt pan 6 and center

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positive barrel adapter 3 standard stuff

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there’s your battery port for two

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doublea’s charging pad oats it cut some

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nice kind of a rubbery substance here

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just to hold your stuff in place little

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grippy see I low and off for your alarm

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time that alarm stuff squeeze your

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dimmer minute

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and that’s pretty much all there is to

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it there’s no radio function or anything

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like that

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not that we need that on this model this

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is just something that we’re going to

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use to charge charge phone and cell time

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with we got to plug down you can see

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this is pretty bright see if it would

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affect the general settings so the

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lowest one should be okay for for

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nighttime use set the alarm for highest

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setting here goes off moving

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[Music]

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[Music]

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love it uh we’ll hook up the phone and

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see how it does with charging so what

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we’re going to do so we’re just gonna

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fit this right off in the back the phone

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here look it yeah right there your

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father she is fits them nice and snugly

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popper into case

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sure charging it’s charging there this

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is a yeah this is kind of ridiculous

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hear how this caught plug them sent

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Sunday now Friday and it has game looks

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like 11 minutes or so yeah so it’s on

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I’m a three minute the day to to in

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changes day over five day that’s

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ridiculous

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bad timing in this plan so if you want

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an accurate clock this is not going to

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be the one as I was afraid of this was

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sort of something that was handed in the

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back of my mind the whole time I was

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playing with this nowhere on the box

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does it say that it is Qi compliant and

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that’s the problem

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now of course it says

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the other you know compatible with

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wireless charging in a smartphone other

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smartphones like an iphone blah blah

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blah maybe adaptors to work with this

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unfortunately these adapters are also

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not Chi compliant thus they do not work

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on any qi chargers they only work on

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this charger this particular charger

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which pretty much makes them useless

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that’s a deal breaker right there so sxe

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wireless charging digital alarm clock

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stay away from it don’t buy this do not

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waste your money on this piece of trash

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get yourself a real qi adapter and a

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real key compatible charger

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[Music]

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Morris’s ‘Cathedral’ Draws on Sci-Fi Roots to Bring High Adventure

cathedral cover
The Cathedral 320 pages ISBN: 978-1537790923

His name was But For The Love Of Our Lord Jesus Christ We Would All Be Damned. Smith. The Third. Or simply “BC” for short. Such is the introduction of the main character in TJ Morris’s debut novel The Cathedral, and from the naming conventions one can glean a bit of insight to Morris’s style—serious and driven with a wry sense of irreverence that hearkens to the great adventure writers like Ian Flemming and Clive Cussler. Cathedral pays homage to the dystopian science fiction writers like Huxley and Dick without slogging through unnecessary literary details, and keeps pages turning with snappy dialogue and heart-pounding action sequences.

Morris’s Cathedral mainly takes place in the titular building—a towering, monolithic arcology literally reaching to the heavens—that serves as the headquarters for the dominant political faction in his not-too-distant future: a grotesque parody of the worst parts of modern “evangelical conservative” Christianity that has all-but taken over the Earth and its extraterrestrial colonies. Humanity is a star-faring race now, driven less by the desire to explore and more by the Church’s lust for riches. Heathens who do not follow the Church’s doctrines are exiled off world while the faithful take residence in the Church’s babelesque Cathedral. Those off-worlders that dare resist the divine rule of the Church are met with the Cleansers, the psionic enforcers that ensure the Church’s flock is kept in line.

BC is one of the strongest and most experienced Cleansers in Church history. He is known and feared within and without the Church proper as the cold-blooded enforcer who answers to one of its highest-ranking cardinals, but he has a rival within the Cathedral. There is another psionic-adept secretly employed by BC’s master, brimming with envy and hatred for BC’s notoriety, who is anxiously awaiting his chance to challenge the Cleanser. Meanwhile, BC’s comrades are preparing a coup to overthrow the corrupt Church establishment and end the feudalist theocracy that has dominated interplanetary politics for decades. Will BC discover that his former allies are traitorous heretics? Will BC’s rival overthrow the Cleanser and finally get the recognition he desires?

With this first installment in what will surely give rise to an entire series, Morris weaves an exciting space opera through a thinly-veiled political satire and the pulpiest of classic adventure fiction. His characters are drawn from various archetypes, but are seasoned with enough personality that they stay fresh throughout the book’s 320 pages. Morris has an obvious focus on world building—as evidenced by his thorough history of the Church and psionic enhancement technologies—a talent that makes the somewhat improbable environment of The Cathedral wholly believable. The book is a bit busy, with multiple storylines following seemingly unrelated paths, but the payoff is a brilliant climax of frenetic action, suspense, and enough humor and warmth to keep you emotionally invested.

Come for the aesthetic, fun characters, and the world building. Stay for the tightly written action scenes, satire, and gripping suspense. Meanwhile, I’ll be eagerly waiting for book two!

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2012 In Review

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