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The Pocket Shot: Built for Speed


The Pocket Shot is an improved and commercially-manufactured version of those homemade slingshots at least some of us used to make with latex gloves and bottle caps. It’s a simple design: a rubber sleeve is held in place in a plastic screw camp that’s curved on the side for an easy grip. The Pocket Shot promises to shoot ammo at up to 350 feet per second.


The basic model costs $25 and it provides a lot more firepower than anything you’re going to find at that price. It’s definitely not a toy but it’s also not going to give serious hunters the kind of accuracy they demand. It’s awesome for backyard target practice, though. Check out the video below:

You can use your own pellets or buy more from the company’s website. Replacement sleeves are reasonably priced (best deal: 8 regular for $20/8 blue pro sleeves for $25). The Pocket shot is also available with a $25 Whisker Biscuit adapter caps that allows you to shoot arrows.

You definitely don’t want to let a group of middle school kids use this unsupervised, but the Pocket Shot is a blast for backyard target practice (if your neighbors don’t live too close by) or for hunting/scaring off wild varmints who are getting into your garden.


Talking VFX: Karl Herbst from ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′

Film Review Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2, the sequel to director Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2012 animated hit, opens in theaters this weekend.  We talked to the film’s Visual Effects Supervisor Karl Herbst about rapid technological changes in the movies and how hard it is for animation studios to find employees with the right technical training (which should be a hint for some of you veterans). +Continue Reading

Jason Statham Gets Furious


Furious 7 is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD and features Jason Statham as former British Special Forces operative Deckard Shaw, out to take revenge on the crew for what they did to his brother Owen (played by Luke Evans) in Fast & Furious 6. We’ve got a bonus clip where Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson talk about why Statham got the role and Statham reveals that he believes Deckard’s military training put him one step ahead of Dominic’s crew. +Continue Reading

Review: Focal Sphear In-Ear Monitors


Focal is a French hi-fi manufacturer strong reputation in the pro audio community for their monitor speakers and they’ve made a significant dent in the car stereo market over the last few years. Their Focal Sphear in-ear monitors have just been released. I’ve spent an incredible amount of time with a pair over the last few weeks and I’m blown away. +Continue Reading

Playing PTSD for Laughs in ‘You’re the Worst’


Warning: You’re the Worst (returning for season 2 this week on FXX) isn’t a comedy about characters with a few irritating quirks who ultimately mean well. It’s a very black comedy about two horrible people who manage to find each other and try to have a relationship that allows them to stay horrible. It’s most definitely not for everyone, but if you tune in and find it funny, you’ll think it’s one of the most hilarious shows you’ve ever seen, although most of you will be deeply offended and despair for the future of our culture.

What’s most interesting to us is the character of Edgar Quintero (played by Desmin Borges), a veteran who’s barely functioning as he works his way through PTSD. He ends up rooming with lead character Jimmy Shive-Overly, one of the show’s horrible lead characters. Jimmy constantly abuses Edgar, but he constantly abuses everyone in his life, so it’s not like he’s persecuting his roommate. Over the course of season one, Edgar emerges as the only character with redeeming personal qualities even though he’s still not really a capable member of society. +Continue Reading

‘Good Kill’ Director Andrew Niccol Talks ‘The World’s Most Boring Video Game’


Good Kill is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD. Ethan Hawke stars as an Air Force pilot transferred to the drone program. At night, he’s dealing with his family in Vegas while conducting bombing raids in a desert trailer during the day. Set in 2010, the movie explores the psychological fallout for the men and women fighting war from a distance. +Continue Reading

Zoom Q8: Low-Cost Video With Outstanding Audio


Japanese company Zoom is know for its outstanding audio recorders. I’ve known dozens of journalists and documentary filmmakers who won’t use anything else. Zoom just released the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder (retail $399), which aims to combine its world-class audio expertise with a video camera. +Continue Reading

‘Lambert & Stamp’: An Alternate History of The Who


Who would’ve guessed that a British Army officer was perhaps the greatest creative force behind rock legends The Who? That’s the premise of Lambert & Stamp, a compelling new documentary that focuses on the band’s original management team and somehow finds a way to retell their story in a fascinating new way. +Continue Reading

Making Sense of Snowden in ‘Citizenfour’


There are several reasons you should watch Citizenfour, the Oscar-winning documentary about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor whose 2013 leak of classified documents to journalists set off a massive debate about privacy and government surveillance. The film is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD with an array of fascinating special features. It doesn’t matter if you decide that Snowden is a traitor, a patriot or some hard-to-define combination of both, this is a compelling and important film about the business of protecting the United States and the debate over security vs. privacy we all face. +Continue Reading

Soundfreaq Revamps Their Sound Kick Speaker

  • August 21, 2015
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Soundfreaq’s original $99 Sound Kick was the first great-sounding affordable Bluetooth speaker and the first realistic alternative to the overpriced Jambox. Over the last three years, hundreds of speakers at every imaginable price point have flooded the market and now Soundfreaq has released a redesigned Sound Kick 2.  Still priced at $99, the new speaker improves on the original and holds its own with the competition. +Continue Reading