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An improved way to wear the Narrative Clip camera

I didn't come up with this on my own--I read it somewhere but can't find it again--but the best way to wear a Narrative Clip is to use a ReadeRest eyeglasses holder. It's much more secure than the camera's clip, and more versatile too.

For best results I've found that positioning the "V" of the eyeglasses holder so it's pointing upwards works best. Also, be aware that when worn this way the camera might have a tendency to angle itself upwards. If so, try wearing it a little lower than you would if you weren't using the ReadeRest.

You can see a collection of my Narrative Clip photos on Flickr.

Hexopedia: A review

I was fortunate to see an advance copy of The Young Wizard's Hexopedia: A Guide to Magical Words & Phrases. It's a terrifically fun book, and a peek at what Harry Potter might have been like if it were a little more, well, thoughtful. Here's the reviewer's blurb I provided:

"Craig Conley's Hexopedia not only surprised and delighted me, it changed my opinion about what young adult books could be. What a treat!"

If you have a young person in your life who might enjoy it, please do check it out.

Is that an Anker sore?

OK, the title of this post is horrible. But forgive me, it's April Fool's Day here in the U.S. and I'm overwhelmed with bad puns via Twitter.

This is actually a very positive post about Anker's line of power-related USB accessories. First up, their 60W 6-port USB Charger. It's well made, looks good, and has been working well for me over the last 3 months or so. Comes with a nice, long regular cord so it doesn't crowd an outlet, and you can easily swap out the right cables for your devices. The only downside is that it creates a bit of an octopus-like mess if you have all of the ports full at once. Don't let this discourage you though, as it's still better than have six different, separate chargers. Anker sells this as something you could travel with, but it's too bulky for my tastes. Makes a great home or office accessory though.

Next, the Anker Lipstick Portable Charger. This thing comes packaged like an Apple product, with a build quality almost to match. They even give you a nice cord and carrying pouch. I bought it for the purpose of powering a USB desk lamp (from IKEA) but I've ended up taking it with me while traveling. For $12 it brings some peace of mind and is very easy to carry.