By Drew Bennett

Husband, Dad, Blogger, Photographer, Transformers Fan and Wired Kayaker

  • High Climber
    Photo-A-Day #4258

    I picked up Andrew after school today and we headed over to my parents house. He now enjoys climbing ladders as you can see. I also had no fear at 5 years old. But back to the reason I was at my parent’s house in the first place. I was going there to help out with their new Comcast X1 Xfinity boxes and router and more. I set up a couple of their TVs and also the Router. The downstairs TV took some doing because it was just old enough that it doesn’t have a dedicated HDMI plug. It did have a DVI plug and so yesterday I went and got a DVI to HDMI adapter and thought I was all set but was wrong. The DVI to HDMI plug only does video and not audio. Getting Audio and video was through some old AV plugs and the picture was not good. So I saw the optical audio plugs and thought that a wire for that would work. Unfortunately, both the DVR and TV had outputs. Eventually I got HD video and sound by playing around with the plugs and trial and error. That is usually how I fix things.

    Tonight I went to my buddy Brian’s house to record SteamDads. We tried an experiment and it did not work. So we did a couple of other things instead. They ended up working out pretty cool but our video is going to be an interesting one and we are staying away from chemicals for a while.

    I made today’s video late at night before bed. I’ve got a ton of toy reviews to finish up before Christmas. I’m just getting many thing sent to me, which is not a bad thing. However, I’ve gotten a bit behind. All the toys in the video will need reviews by the end of next week. That way people have enough time to go and buy the ones that they like the most.

    I’m also doing a giveaway of the Gremlins Team Pack. Here is how to enter.

    ***Gremlins Team Pack Giveaway Info: ***

    1. Go to the video. – Click it below to watch on YouTube.
    2.Subscribe to my Channel.
    3.Leave me a comment on this video telling me what Lego Dimensions set you want for Christmas and I will choose one winner. I’ll choose a winner 12/15/16

    ***Open only to US Residents.***
    *** This will NOT arrive before Christmas ***

  • Lunch out with Andrew
    Photo-A-Day #4257

    Andrew and I went to Bellingham today to meet fellow Youtuber Midnight Owl to give her some books for The Haunted Mansion as well as a set of Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums.

    While we were there we went into Friendly Neighborhood Comics. Andrew convinced me, with no prompting whatsoever, to buy a couple of Funko Pops. I got white Canary and The Atom from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

    When we came home Halos sent me a box of #HalosFun. I am partnering with #HalosFun to spread Pure Goodness. The Fun Pack had coupons and more to enjoy the fun of Halos. I’ll be doing some more posts and activities with Halos soon, so be on the lookout.

    Tonight, Allison and I went into Boston for an overdue night out together. We went to see the movie, A Monster Calls, as part of a sneak preview screening. The movie arrives in select theaters on December 23rd and then nationwide on January 6. Here is the description of the movie.

    A visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.

    The movie was very well done, the artwork was incredible. I enjoyed it. It was beautifully done and had an interesting story. You can learn more about it on the social channels for the movie and also through the trailer below.

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  • Bass Pro Christmas Tree
    Photo-A-Day #4256

    Christmas season continues with Andrew and I making a visit to Bass Pro Shops. Santa is there every year and he is a really good Santa. I’ve taken Andrew each year to get a photo with Santa. So, today we had time and we popped over there for lunch and a visit with Santa. But, before we went to Bass Pro Shops we stopped in at Trader Joe’s because I wanted to pick up a special chocolate bar. It contains pop rocks and chili powder. So it is dark chocolate, that fizzes and pops with a special heat.

    At Bass Pro Shops We had lunch at Uncle Buck’s and then wandered the store. At first he didn’t want to visit Santa. So, instead we played with the Lincoln logs that were on display. We also colored together while I attempted to convince him to visit Santa. It wasn’t that he was afraid or anything. He just didn’t care either way. He also didn’t lend me any insight as to what he wanted for Christmas either.

    But we were there so once the line was pretty well thinned we took our turn. Bass Pro has always done the free photos but this year they stepped things up and in addition to the photo there was also a great wooden frame. I was quite impressed.

    Hanging out with Andrew lately has been really cool. He is such a funny kid. He is also picking up on everything and a lot of the good stuff, too. For example, we ware discussing a friend who had to cut off her hair. We talked about how people cannot control things about their appearance and they shouldn’t be judged on it. We talked about how the look of someone’s hair doesn’t matter. They are still the same person we know and love. So, I’m giving him a bath and he has a Playmobil boat with a woman and man. The woman’s hair was off. I thought ti had fallen off and I was fixing it and he stopped me and told me that he wanted top play with it like that because hair doesn’t matter. This kid is really taking it all in. Don’t ever use the word “ugly” in front of him, he’ll give you a lecture on tearing someone’s heart. He listened when I said that, too.

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  • Real Cooking
    Photo-A-Day #4255

    We received the Real Cooking Ultimate Baking Starter Set to use and review from Skyrocket Toys. Opinions are 100% our own.

    Today Eva was home from school. It was the perfect day for us to try out the Real Cooking Ultimate Baking Starter Set. This is a set where kids can bake a couple of different types of cupcakes. There are mixes for tuxedo cupcakes and sparkle surprise cupcakes. They are mini cupcakes and can be baked in cupcake liners using the heat-resistant, fast cooling
    silicone tray.

    First we made the tuxedo cupcakes. Eva was excited to use the mess-free egg cracker. This is a fun little device where kids just have to push down on a button and the egg cracks into a small container where you can whisk the eggs before you pour them into the mixing bowls. The interchangeable mixing bowls can be securely affixed to the counter via a suction cup. The set also comes with a spatula, whisk, measuring cups and pastry tips. She made the cupcakes and then decorated them. She got help from Andrew who did the mixing of some of the frosting for the tuxedo cupcakes.

    The cupcakes were pretty tasty. The thing is, you are using real food to make the cupcakes. You use your own real milk, eggs, and butter with the the cake and frosting mixes.

  • Rogue One

    ©Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

    One of the most incredible things for Star Wars is all the practical effects that are done in the movies. The creatures that are created and look so alive have gotten better and better. With Rogue One there are a number of creatures in the movie and below is a great featurette about that.

    “CREATURE” – Featurette

    The second video is the latest TV spot. Man, I cannot wait for December 16th to see this story.

    “WORTH IT” – TV Spot

    From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.

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    ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY arrives in theaters everywhere on December 16th In RealD 3D and IMAX 3D!