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Piaw's Blog · 2d ago

Review: The Invincible Iron Man Epic Collection

When growing up, I remember reading the initial Spiderman and Fantastic Four stories in black and white shrunk-down paperbacks. I'd never read the Iron Man Collection, so when Marvel had a s...
Piaw's Blog · 3d ago

Review: The Miracle of Dunkirk

The Miracle of DunkirkĀ is about Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk by the British Expeditionary Force at the start of World War 2 after the rout of the French Marginot line.The book...
Piaw's Blog · 4d ago

Long Term Review: CamelBak Kid's 2016 Mini MULE Hydration Pack

Since acquiring the Kid's Camelbak in April, Bowen's traveled to England with the pack, did a walking vacation, then a 10 day bike tour, and finally a backcountry camping trip, all wearing t...
Piaw's Blog · 5d ago

Bowen's first Sierra backcountry camping trip

I don't know where the tradition of "summer camp" for kids come from. As far as I can tell, none of the summer camps I see from Facebook posts actually involve real camping. So when Arturo s...
Piaw's Blog · 6d ago

Review: Merrell Men's All Out Blaze Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

I couldn't find my custom hiking boots for the England trip, so was forced to buy a new pair of hiking boots. The Merrell Men's Blaze Mid was my pick, mostly because it was the lightest shoe...
Piaw's Blog · 1W ago

Long Term Review: Vivoactive HR

The Vivoactive HR proved itself all through England, the BVI, and a recent hiking/camping trip. The battery life has stayed incredibly good, mostly because I only have to charge it every 3 d...
Piaw's Blog · 1W ago

Review: REI Sahara Convertible Hiking Pants (Boys)

I will admit that like many men, I let my wife do my shopping for kids clothing. This is usually for the best: not only am I red-green color blind, I also have zero fashion sense. But when i...
Piaw's Blog · 1W ago

Review: The Telomare Effect

The Telomare Effect has 2 outstanding authors, including a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine. I expected a detailed explanation of the process of discovery, at least some high quality speculati...
Piaw's Blog · 1W ago

Review: Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents is the sequel to Parable of the Sowers, Octavia Butler's novel about a post-apocalyptic America. Let me remind you that the special thing about the novel is how real i...
Piaw's Blog · 1W ago

Day 14: York Train Museum

We checked out of the hotel in the morning after eating in the room, and then walked over to the train museum, which was free! The kiddie rides weren't available, though there was a turntabl...