About Burlimonster

Josh enjoys all things digital, art, music, creativity -- anything that can evoke emotion. If he's not gaming, working on this site, or at his day job as a UX Engineer, he's out riding his motorcycle or jumping his truck on trails in the mountains.
3 03, 2015

Epic Games Makes Unreal Engine 4 Free for Everyone

By |2020-03-13T20:56:34-06:00March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Gaming, Posts|

For almost a year now, developers have been able to use Unreal Engine 4 to create immersive worlds for us to traverse. A $19 monthly subscription gave anyone access to the engine and early access to the Unreal Tournament pre-alpha. You read that right: a pre-alpha. It's a concept we don't see very often in the gaming industry. Epic Games hopes to [...]

17 02, 2015

Comcast Xfinity Apple TV Activation – Updated

By |2020-03-13T20:50:44-06:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Posts, Tech|

**We've added a list of apps with Comcast Xfinity Apple TV activation to the end of this post.** If you're an Apple TV user and a Comcast Xfinity subscriber, you've probably wondered why the steps to activate certain channels on the Apple TV don't work. It doesn't seem to be an issue with Apple's software. It appears that Comcast doesn't want certain channels like History, [...]

16 02, 2015

Best Moldable Rubber for Fixers

By |2020-03-13T20:49:04-06:00February 16th, 2015|Categories: DIY, Likes, Posts|

Without making this a manifesto for the "fixer movement," I wanted to share one of my favorite materials with you: moldable rubber. More so, I wanted to show you the best moldable rubber for fixing stuff. Why would anyone want moldable rubber, and how does it help me fix anything? Personally, I've found endless uses for this putty-like material including reinforcing [...]

8 02, 2015

Elder Scrolls Online Goes Free to Play March 17

By |2020-03-13T20:39:04-06:00February 8th, 2015|Categories: Gaming, Posts|

I've been out of the Elder Scrolls loop lately, but I got an email today saying that Elder Scrolls Online goes free to play on March 17. After the initial purchase of the game, all the main content is available without a monthly subscription. I've always been a huge fan of the Elder Scrolls series. The character progression within the world of Skyrim was [...]

7 02, 2015

Best Leather Interior for Your Vehicle

By |2023-05-15T00:21:24-06:00February 7th, 2015|Categories: DIY, Likes, Posts|

I bought a 2011 Toyota Tacoma this summer. Some of you may have a very real emotional reaction to that statement (good or bad), but I've dreamt of off-roading in a Toyota since I first saw Marty McFly's truck in Back to the Future. Unfortunately, Toyota doesn't sell the Hilux in the states any more. So, I settled for the Tacoma. The very nature [...]

6 02, 2015

Jamie Cullum’s Interlude is a Jazz History Lesson

By |2020-03-13T20:31:11-06:00February 6th, 2015|Categories: Likes, Music, Posts|

When I first heard about Jamie Cullum's new album Interlude, I only knew its title and knew nothing about its content. That said -- the first listen felt a bit odd. The arrangements didn't sound like the Jamie Cullum I loved from his previous albums. Sure, Jamie's confident vocals made it seem musically perfect and well produced, but something still felt strange. [...]

1 02, 2015

Best Flash Drive for Most People – Updated 2017

By |2020-03-13T20:27:04-06:00February 1st, 2015|Categories: Likes, Posts, Tech|

Since I work with computers all day, its important for me to have the best flash drive to quickly access the files I need while I'm mobile. I typically prefer cloud-based data storage, but having a fast and reliable flash drive in my bag proves useful quite often. Whether I'm helping a client transfer data or troubleshooting a server, I can never underestimate the [...]

22 05, 2013

Xbox One Leaves the Door Open for Innovation

By |2020-03-13T20:23:05-06:00May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Gaming, Posts, Tech|

I've been following the Xbox One press very closely over the last two days. Why would an Apple guy care about the Xbox One? Honestly, it's because gaming on the Mac doesn't compete with the console. I've never been a fan of the PlayStation controller, so I've been a die-hard Xbox guy since the first Xbox hit my doorstep in [...]

11 05, 2013

Facebook New Friend Reports – Hide “is now friends with” spam – Updated for 2019

By |2020-03-13T20:22:03-06:00May 11th, 2013|Categories: Posts, Tech|

Lately, I've seen too many Facebook New Friend Reports in my news feed and it made me use the site and mobile app less, so I set out to find an answer. If you've found this post, it's probably making you crazy as well. No, you can't just turn off these notifications -- you have to convince all your friends [...]

12 03, 2013

New breakfast drink – Mountain Dew Kickstart

By |2020-03-13T20:20:41-06:00March 12th, 2013|Categories: Eats, Posts|

What was Pepsi thinking? Well, they want to attack the energy drink market that consumers (like myself) use to stay awake... or wake up in the morning. They consider Mountain Dew Kickstart a healthier choice than your typical energy drinks -- Rockstar, Amp, Monster, or Red Bull -- and hoped that it would prove more popular for its differences. Mountain [...]

22 12, 2011

Xenocide & Children of the Mind book reviews

By |2020-03-13T20:18:41-06:00December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Books, Likes, Posts|

I finally realized that "Speaker for the Dead," "Xenocide," and "Children of the Mind" were all a continuous story (at least in my head).  Obviously, they're not the same physical book... but Orson Scott Card continues the story from Speaker for the Dead through Xenocide and concludes it with Children of the Mind.  A lessor author could have crammed it [...]

26 09, 2011

Speaker for the Dead

By |2020-03-13T20:17:33-06:00September 26th, 2011|Categories: Books, Likes, Posts|

Honestly, if you can get past the overwhelming, religious archetypes in this book... you may be surprised by the delicately crafted undertones of sacrifice, love and truth.  In Orson Scott Card's second book of the Ender's Game series, he allows very little humor and ample reflection for the most serious situations. Speaker for the Dead dives into the post-Xenocide mind [...]

21 09, 2011

Ender’s Game

By |2020-03-13T20:16:28-06:00September 21st, 2011|Categories: Books, Likes, Posts|

If you're looking for a great science fiction book that will keep you guessing until the end, allow me to recommend Ender's Game.  If you've read it before, read it again.  If you've never read it, pick up the whole "Ender Quartet" boxset at your local Barnes & Noble... 0r do as you please and grab it wherever including Amazon [...]