Gerber Suspension Multitool

Gerber Suspension Multitool

Gerber Suspension Multitool

Gerber Suspension Multitool
Gerber Suspension Multitool

The Gerber Multitool is one of my favorite tools. Whether I’m doing a home improvement project or working in the garden the Gerber Multitool is always in my pocket. Not only can you cut or screw or strip or whatever you’re trying to do with it but it’s also a good looking tool. You really can’t beat the cool looking skeleton design of this multitool.

Now that the Leatherman Skeletool is out, the Gerber isn’t the only Skeleton Multitool on the market anymore. But the Leatherman Skeletool is over $50. That’s not a lot of money but if you’re looking for a bargain, you can get the Gerber for well under $30.

The actual product name is the Gerber 01471 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier, with Sheath but no matter what you call it, you won’t be fumbling around for a tool when you’ve got this in your pocket. It comes fully loaded with the following:

Gerber Multitool
The Gerber Multitool is loaded with good stuff
  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Wire Cutter/Stripper
  • Straight Blade
  • Serrated Blade
  • Large and Medium Flathead Screwdrivers
  • Scissors
  • Lanyard Ring
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Saw
  • Awl

Ninja Fishing

Ninja Fishing
Ninja Fishing
Ninja Fishing

Ninja Fishing – Gamenauts

If you feel the need to dress like a ninja, row your boat out into a lake for some fishing and then use your sword to chop whatever you catch into sushi, then Ninja Fishing will definitely be your favorite iOS game ever. Even those of us who don’t spend our weekends in costume on the water will still enjoy this game.

So the deal with this game is that you’re a ninja, and a fat ninja at that and you’re fishing. Now to fish you tap to drop your line into the water and when the hook hits a fish, you reel him in. Tilt your iOS device back and forth to guide the hook past the fish and go for more depth. The deeper you go, the more fish you can reel in. Once the fish are reeled in, they fly into the air and you have to swipe them with your finger, fruit ninja style to chop them into sushi. The more you chop, they more money you make. There’s a couple of things that make no sense such as the dynamite that pops up while you’re slicing the fish. I didn’t remember hooking any dynamite. Is there a rival Ninja down there that keeps tossing the dynamite up at me because he wants to corner the fish market? And also t     he game doesn’t get into this too deeply but I’m guessing that there’s an invisible sushi supplier that’s in a boat next to you who hauls away your catch and pays you for it.

The most addicting part of this game is the stuff that you can buy with your money. You can upgrade fishing line so that it extends deeper into the ocean or holds more fish. You can get an auto drill that cuts right through the fish on the way down or more gas to power the drill to a deeper depth. You can even upgrade you boat. This doesn’t affect the game play at all up it does look cool to sit there in a viking ship. This isn’t one of those games that constantly bothers you to pay real money for fake game money. Ninja Fishing is fake in game money only.

Ninja Fishing Reel Them In
Ninja Fishing - Reeling Them In

My only complaint about the game is that it’s not that hard to buy all the upgrades. There was a recent update that doubled the amount of upgrades but I’ve now bought all of those too. I want fish deeper and discover new fish.

For me the best part of iOS games lately is Game Center. I’ve friended my family members and we all check the high scores to see who’s the best in the family. I’ve pulled way ahead in Ninja Fishing and even cracked the top 100 in the world (Game Center says that 150,000 players). That’s pretty cool if you ask me. Now when I come home from work, the kids will give me a hard time if my ranking drops too low, “You’re down to 90th, why didn’t you play at work today?” See how I’m doing or friend me. My Game Center handle is Anthony Compost.

Ninja Fishing has got all the components of a fun, addicting game that you’ll reach for whenever you have a moment. Cool character, good design, social aspects, and the gamification of buying upgrades for money really hooks you in.

Update: Lots of people are coming to this site looking for information about what does the boat upgrade do? The boat upgrade is just to look cool. It doesn’t change the gameplay at all. Sort of lame but the viking ship is pretty cool.

But here’s a video I made that shows you what all the boats in Ninja Fishing look like.

Ninja Fishing - Gamenauts

How To Kitchen Compost

Kitchen Composting

I keep garbage on my counter and I’m proud of it. Used coffee grinds, tea bags, vegetable peels, left overs and even some of my junk mail. No, I’m not a disgusting slob, I’m a kitchen composter.

During the winter, it’s not always fun to take food scraps out to the compost bin. My bins are at the far end of my property so I can’t just poke my head outside and toss stuff in. It’s definitely a shoes and coat required affair. That’s why I bought a Compost Crock.

Kitchen Composting
Kitchen Compost Crocks

It’s nice to have a container right there on your counter to toss garbage into. Mostly I use it for coffee grinds and egg shells but other stuff would be fine too. The crock kind of looks like a cookie jar so I don’t mind having it on the counter. And there’s a carbon filter in the lid so it doesn’t smell before I eventually take it out to the compost heap.

I used to use a tupperware container and just keep it in the freezer so it wouldn’t smell but I have this one from now. Kitchen Compost Crock, Brilliant White.

So stop throwing out those vegetable peels and other kitchen waste and start kitchen composting.

Recipe for Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings
Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce
Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce

In recent years, my sister and I have decided to exchange a couple of small themed gifts with a $25 limit for the holidays instead of the usual barrage of presents. We both have two kids each and Christmas is really for them so the adult gifts aren’t as important. We came up with the idea to try to save a little money but it’s become one of my favorite gifts to buy and receive each Christmas. It’s a lot more fun to come up with a creative gift on a budget. This year the theme was where we live. We had to choose gifts that had something to do with where we lived which for me is New Jersey and for her is Buffalo, NY.

Now I hope she enjoys her The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie Bucco and that package of Taylor Ham but the bottle of Hot Wing sauce from the Anchor Bar that she bought was one of the tastiest gifts I’ve ever received.

Wings are a quick and easy meal in my house. We make a marinade of Franks Hot sauce and butter and we either buy wingettes or I’ll cut the wings up myself. The butter part of the recipe was something I learned from my brother-in-law. He’s a professional New York Giants Tailgater who packs a turkey fryer and a sofa into a truck for every Sunday home game. Apparently butter and the deep fryer is part of the standard recipe for buffalo wings while in the parking lot of Giants Stadium but I’ll pass on the fryer and use the BBQ.

Recipe For Buffalo Wings
Buffalo Wings on the BBQ

The hot sauce to butter ratio is about 3 or 4 to 1. Let the wings marinate at least an hour. Overnight would be best but who wants to cut up chicken wings before going to sleep at night. I’m lucky if I have time to pack a sandwich for work the next day, getting out the cutting board and some raw chicken usually isn’t high on my list of things to things to do after the kids go to bed.

After tasting wings made with Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce, I may never buy another bottle of Franks hot sauce again. This is what wings are supposed to taste like. We served our authentic New Jersey Buffalo Wings with small bowls of hot sauce and blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Since this year’s gifts were so great, maybe next year the theme should be something to do with food. We seem to buy each other food anyway.

How Much Money To Start Monopoly

Monopoly Money
Monopoly Money
Remember to collect $200 when you pass Go.

How Much Money Does Each Player Get To Start The Game Monopoly

To start the game of Monopoly you’ll need to pick a player to be the banker. As you might guess, the banker’s job is to deal with the money.

The first thing the banker needs to do is give each player their starting money. The starting money totals $1500 but needs to consist of the following bills:

  • 2 – $500 bills
  • 2 – $100 bills
  • 2 – $50 bills
  • 6 – $20 bills
  • 5 – $10 bills
  • 5 – $5 bills
  • 5 – $1 bills

The banker will also pay each player $200 every time they pass Go and collect the money needed to buy real estate. Towards the end of the game when players can’t afford to pay rents on the properties that they land on, the banker also handles bankruptcies. But that’s the topic for a future post.

If your Monopoly board is old and worn out, (like mine) you may not have the instructions in the box anymore. If that’s the case, then knowing how much each player gets when you start playing Monopoly is important to remember.


Growing Kohlrabi

Growing Kohlrabi

Since I’ve got a lot of free space in the vegetable garden lately, I’ve been on the look out for something interesting to try growing. Sometimes I’ll go to the store to buy something like tiki torch fuel but

Growing Kohlrabi

I wind up coming home with a new plant. That’s exactly what happened this week and now I’m going to try growing kohlrabi.

Kohlrabi definitely seems like an interesting vegetable to try growing. So what exactly is Kohlrabi? Kohlrabi is also known as a German turnip. It doesn’t taste like a turnip though. People say it has a taste that sort of is a cross between a broccoli stem and an apple. I think technically the vegetable is related to cabbage but it must be a third cousin or something because I just don’t see the family resemblance.

I planted them a few feet apart but only because of all that space in the vegetable garden that I’ve mentioned before. You can put them a lot closer together if you’re short on space. The rest of the planting instructions are pretty typical, well drained soil, amended with a lot of compost, heavy feeder.

So what can I do with this Kohlrabi? That’s a good question. I’ve looked up some recipes to try and they seem pretty simple. You can eat it cooked or raw. You can fry or grill kohlrabi with garlic and oil but that’s not very exciting. You can cook and old shoe with garlic and oil and it’ll still taste good. I also found some coleslaw recipes that use kohlrabi instead of cabbage. That sounds good. I’ll definitely give that one a shot.

Well I hope to be able to try these recipes, but that depends if the plants don’t get eaten by a woodchuck or get bombed with several inches of hail. It’s been a decent gardening season so far but hopefully I’ll be able to remember it as the first season that I grew kohlrabi.