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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

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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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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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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stay away from it don’t buy this do not

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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]

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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Full disclosure: TJ Morris is my uncle. This review is not associated with nor is compensated by Bold Venture Press, publisher of The Cathedral. The Kindle book link above is an affiliate link, so please click that one if you would like to support this website.

2012 In Review

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