Product Review: The iOttie MiGo selfie stick

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Upon first seeing the MiGo in its packaging, I thought it looked futuristic and stylish, like a well-designed industrial tool. When I took it out of the package and held it, to be honest, I was a little less impressed because the MiGo is made of hard plastic. It made me think of a Wii controller. The white color adds to that impression. But even though it’s made of plastic, so far the MiGo has been solid and durable. It does not feel cheap or flimsy.

The product design was a little different than what I expected. From the photos of the MiGo I’d seen on the web, I expected the handle to be a little bit smaller and lighter in weight.

The MiGo I got is about 8.6 inches long when folded down. When it’s telescoped out, the handle section is about 5.6 inches long. The circumfrence of the handle is about 4.4 inches.

The handle feels slightly large and awkward in my hand, and the shutter button feels too high up on the handle for my hand. But I’m a small guy with small hands. Also, when the MiGo is completely folded up, it still feels a bit large for taking with me on the go. I don’t know if it’s even technically feasible, but I wish the MiGo could be just a couple of inches shorter when folded up. I would be happier with a smaller MiGo handle that had no tripod socket. Honestly, I’m surprised that there is a tripod socket; I can’t imagine a situation where I would ever use this.

I was surprised and a bit disappointed that the cradle only moves on one axis. When my phone is in the cradle, I just “feels” like it needs to move around on more than just one axis to really adjust to my satisfaction.

I am not crazy about the Bluetooth connectivity in general. To get up and going, I feel like I have to go through a lot of steps and wait for what feels like too long for my iPhone 5S and the MiGo to pair up. This really takes the spontaneity out of picture taking. I have seen other selfie sticks with a wired connection, and that seems like it would be quicker to set up and get going.

Since the MiGo is Bluetooth enabled, there is an on/off switch. But I wish this switch were more clearly labeled. I can’t see the tiny letters unless I put on my glasses and turn on a bright light. It’s pretty inconvenient. After while I began to remember that the “on” position is toward the cradle and the “off” position is toward the wrist.

Alignment issue This is a very small quibble. But when the arm is full extended and twisted into the locked position, the cradle’s orientation is not lined up with the shutter button. In other words, if the shutter button is oriented up and down with my body, then the cradle and camera phone are now off kilter. [See image at left.] This feels odd. Again, not a big deal; it just feels strange to me.

I had never used a selfie stick before, so I can’t compare the MiGo to any particular product. But overall I’m pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a selfie stick.

An open letter to bearded hipsters

Amen, sister. Amen.

The Nicki Daniels Interview

Dear Bearded Hipsters,

YOU GUYS ARE RUINING MY BEARD FETISH.  Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved a man with a beard. To me, they meant strength, power, MANLINESS. Someone who could protect me. Unfortunately, you guys have turned it into a fashion statement. The beard has turned into the padded bra of masculinity. Sure it looks sexy, but whatcha got under there? There’s a whole generation running around looking like lumberjacks, and most of you can’t change a fucking tire.

Look, I get it. I really do. I understand the motivation behind your beardedness. In fact, I even pity you. Thousands of years of evolution priming you guys to kill stuff, and chase stuff, and fuck stuff….and now what? You’re stuck at a desk all day. No battles to fight. No wars to wage. So you assert your masculinity the only way you know how. You brew beer. You…

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Plant blast brings calls for oversight (Houston Chronicle, Apr 20 2013)


Plant blast brings calls for oversight
By Matthew Tresaugue and Eric Berger
Houston Chronicle
Apr 20 2013

A deadly explosion at a West fertilizer facility highlights the hidden risks that accompany modern life. Pipelines carrying flammable fuels run beneath our homes. Tractor-trailers hauling hazardous chemicals share our highways. And the fertilizer…read more…