Skittles Orchard variant begs the question… Are limes grown in orchards?

My wife is pissed.  Seriously, she’s not happy.

A few months ago, Wrigley thought it wise to remove lime from their normal Skittles pack and replace it with green apple.  I, for one, commend the genius behind the decision.  My wife?  Not so much.  Thankfully, it works to my advantage as I get all the greens out of the rare Skittles bag my wife has.

Maybe she’ll (and anyone else who hates green apple) be happy to know that lime is back in Skittles latest variant, the “Orchard” flavors.  Other than lime, you are treated to red apple, orange, peach and cherry.  As stated in the title of this post, I feel like the orchard term is being loosely used, at best. Continue reading

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Should You Eat Red Velvet Oreos?

The last 10 or so years of my life I feel like I’ve heard the ingredients chipotle, salted caramel and the flavor combo that makes red velvet more and more as time goes on, where as I don’t remember their existence prior to that time period.  I’m glad these things have become trendy, because they are all wonderful, especially Red Velvet cake.  I like RV so much that I am a sucker to anything to be flavored as such.  Cupcakes, cookies… hell, I even have a Red Velvet Chapstick.

With all that said, you can imagine my excitement when the combo of Red Velvet and Oreo Cookies (my other favorite terrible thing for me) became a reality, released February 2015.  Oreos flavored like other things have had mixed results.  Caramel Apple, Peanut Butter, Mint and Birthday Cake are all pretty awesome.  Lime… that I don’t have the courage to try.

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Puppia Harness (Dotty, Black) Review

We ordered a harness for our puppy both after input from the humane society we adopted her at as well as reading up on our own. We have a small dachshund/lab mix (don’t ask how that happened, we don’t know) and the general consensus is that smaller dogs do better with a harness as opposed to a standard collar because their throats are more susceptible to damage from getting yanked on a collar. We researched various harnesses and this one came out on top because of it’s style, mostly, but also the fact it appear to be made of softer material which we were guessing would be more comfy for our dog.

The harness fits well, we used the measurements as advised in the listing so getting the right size as easy. It’s grown with her for a few months now and the adjustable part which goes around the chest has given us plenty of room to size up. It looks pretty cute as well, but we made a mistake getting black, everyone assumes Peach is a boy… I guess it’s a man’s word, what can I say?
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Nylabone Dura Chew Dental Dinosaur Review

I always take negative reviews at Amazon with a grain of salt, all products are going to have their issues and typically people that have bad experiences tend to be louder than people who enjoy a product. This is an item that I wished I didn’t take those negative reviews with a grain of salt.

We’ve gotten Nylabones for our dog before, she finally chewed through the puppy starter pack we got, which was no big deal because she’s continued to get bigger and become a more powerful chewer. Reading the reviews on this I saw that people love this for powerful chewers but after our dog’s experience with it, I disagree with anything positive that’s said about it. Continue reading

Should You Play… Magus (PS3)

Magus is a game that doesn’t need to exist, probably shouldn’t, but does. If you watch the teaser trailer, you can tell this game takes itself seriously. Very seriously. Between the music which gives the feel of grandeur to the inclusion of slow motion on a character model that should probably never, ever be given a slow motion view due to its really poor graphical quality (unless we’re time traveling back to 1996, then it’s pretty cool), you can tell the gamemakers were very intent and tried their best to make a game people would love in a game world that we were to have found awe.

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Bioshock (PS3) – Review

As a somewhat frugal gamer, I did a ton of research and waited for all of the next gen systems to have at least a year under their belt. After much deliberation and internal arguments, I went with the PS3. You may think this is a bizarre way to start a review, but here is why it is/was relevant. When deciding what system to purchase, I desperately wanted to play Bioshock. I love FPS games, read all of the positive things about it, stared at screenshots and ended up fascinated by it. My PC couldn’t handle it and I only had enough money for one system. As bad as I wanted to play it, I went with the PS3 and just hoped that I’d be able to get my hands on Bioshock one way or another. Well, my patience paid off. Roughly a year after the game was released to rave reviews on the X-Box 360 and PC, PS3 owners finally got their hands on one of gaming’s recent marvels.

Bioshock is one of the most creative, innovative games that I have ever had the pleasure of playing. The world that is created is original in its design and inhabitants. There is nothing here that has been seen in a video game before.

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Album Review – Chevelle: Sci-Fi Crimes

Not to start off with a “look how cool I am” item, but I have listened to Chevelle since their first disc, Point #1.  I first heard of them when I saw their video for Mia on MTV at some riduclous time early in the morning.  The song sounded like Tool, kind of.  The video looked like a Tool video, kind of.  At the time (and to this day) Tool was my favorite band.  I loved them.  I ate, drank and slept AEnima when it came out and because of that infatuation with Tool, I loved anything that reminded me of Tool.  Back then I was more forgiving, I listened to any crappy band that stole MJK’s vocal style or kind of sounded like Tool.  Almost none of those band stuck with me except for Chevelle.  I never really thought of Chevelle in the context of “on of my favs” but with the release of Sci-Fi Crimes, they are up there.

I have enjoyed every Chevelle album to a point.  They have all had a handful of songs that I thought were excellent, but then the rest of the tracks bored me.  With this release they have made an album that is good all the way through, front to back.  The album starts off with Sleep Apnea and the opening guitar is distinctly Chevelle.  The track is good, but the album gets better as it goes on.  The chorus of Mexican Sun is excellent and it becomes very infectious.  The further you get into the album, the stronger it gets.

For the first time I feel like Chevelle has their own identity here.  Maybe that’s what was always missing for me.  Something to make Chevelle strong on their own, not because they sound like someone else or have a heavy influence from another artist.  And that’s what this disc does.  The first single, Jars is a perfect song for radio play.  While that will be disappointing to some, it doesn’t really matter because we all know Chevelle doesn’t get a ton of radio time no matter how good they are.  The track has another awesome rif with a really catchy chorus, but it’s still heavy enough for Chevelle to keep that edge.  The album really gets better the further you go.  Letter From A Thief is by far my favorite track on the album.  There is a certain emotion in it that Chevelle hasn’t displayed before.  The last two tracks finish the album off in awesome fashion.  The last track, This Circus has some of the best percussion that I have heard in quite awhile and like so many of the tracks here, the chorus will stick in your head for days.

Will this album convert people who have hated Chevelle?  No.  Will it make long time Chevelle fans happy.  Hell yes.  I think it’s their strongest work and gets better with each listen.  I also feel like it’s brought me closer to Chevelle, as cheesy as that sounds.  I feel like I can call them one of my favorites now because their body of work over 5 discs is strong enough to do so.  I would be surprised if this didn’t get a spot on my top ten this year.

Rating:  4.0 out of 5.0

Listen if you like:

  • 10 Years – Division
  • 30 Seconds to Mars – A Beautiful Lie
  • Tool – Lateralus