Cheaper Isn’t Always Better: A Five-Dollar Headphone Review

Back in August of 2016, I did my first review of hardware of any kind: my now-standard headphones, the Kingston HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset. In June the pair were dropped in front of me, and I played with them over two months to see if they were really worth the effort. And damned if they were, I now take the clamshell with me every time I leave the house with my work bag. (And wherever else I may be when I need a pair of headphones, for that matter.)

As I said in the review, I’ve owned my fair share of crappy headphones that just can’t do the trick the way a high-quality $100 pair can. But sometimes, an inexpensive pair can get a person through some rough times when carrying a bulky pair just isn’t in the cards. And tonight, I bought the cheapest pair I’ve ever owned of physical headphones, from my favorite cheap-o store.

Being as how I haven’t written a proper review of anything in a little while, I thought I might break that cycle and lay down the law on that new pair. Simply because they’re not only better than I thought, but that their price led me to believe.

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November One: The Beginning Of NaNoWriMo

Today marks the beginning of what I’ve spoken about my last two posts: National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. In some form I’ve done NaNo every year over the past decade-plus, and I’ve talked about it enough before, so I’m not going to get too in-depth this time. Instead, I thought I’d mark down where I’m starting from on my current book, with the intent being to finish it by the end of this month.

According to a bet I made earlier this year to have the second draft finished by the end of December, this could be a good way of seeing my actual, tangible progress… at least word-wise. With NaNo the goal is 50,000. For me, it’s currently just finishing the thing, so while that goal is arbitrary and not important, I can tell you that I’m starting from… drum roll please


21,411 words. Twenty-one thousand, four-hundred eleven words. 53 pages of fiction written mostly over the last few months, but this draft having begun around the beginning of last year.

So here, I’ll provide updates to how the book is progressing over the next few weeks, thinking about some concepts and possibly other projects out loud (whether previous or upcoming), and – who knows – if I’m able to complete this draft by the end of this month, I’ll start in on another idea I’ve been mulling around my brain in a few years. Maybe even share a sample or two of what comes from that.

And now – just for funzies – here’s something I wrote on a lark after attending a NaNoWriMo meet-up a few days ago, titled Wallflower, about an author. I wrote it on the train on my way home, and I think it’s amusing enough to share. So download if you like, and as always, Stand Tall my friends!