Burlimonster Posts

This is the stuff I write that may not fit into the other categories; or it does, but is strictly the written word. Most of our content is video these days, so I’d like to help people get back into reading.

29 05, 2015

Kamelot and DragonForce at the Ogden – Concert Review

By |2020-03-13T21:13:34-06:00May 29th, 2015|Categories: Music, Posts|

On Tuesday, May 19, I was lucky enough to snag a press pass for the Kamelot and DragonForce concert at The Ogden in Denver, Colorado. Wow, what a show. Both bands came out swinging with epic power metal riffs and amazing vocals. I've loved and listened to both bands for years. If you have a chance to see this show when [...]

22 05, 2015

Stackable Cooling Racks: A Great Space Saver

By |2020-03-13T21:15:52-06:00May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Eats, Likes, Posts|

When I was in college, I had a full kitchen in my dorm. It allowed me to cook whole meals instead of the typical college diet of microwavable foods. It also meant I needed an entire set of kitchen items: pots, pans, baking sheets, and dishes. Since the freshman kitchens had limited counter space, I set out to find compact kitchen [...]

30 04, 2015

Breakfast Sandwich Maker – Healthier, Tastier than Fast Food

By |2020-03-13T21:15:30-06:00April 30th, 2015|Categories: Eats, Likes, Posts|

When it comes to breakfast at fast food restaurants, the options are pretty much all the same (as Taco Bell has recently pointed out). After spending countless dollars on these sandwiches, I grew tired of wasting money. I wanted to make breakfast sandwiches at home for cheaper than fast food restaurants; even cheaper than the frozen sandwiches at the grocery store. Who wants frozen [...]

24 04, 2015

Nightwish, Sabaton, and Delain at the Ogden in Denver – Concert Review

By |2020-03-13T21:16:26-06:00April 24th, 2015|Categories: Music, Posts|

On Tuesday, April 21, Sean Caspian and I had the opportunity to see Nightwish at the Ogden Theatre here in Denver. We've both been fans for years and wanted to see their new singer, Floor Jansen, slay some epic vocals. We initially snagged our tickets via Enter the Vault during the pre-order and waited the six months until show time. That [...]

24 04, 2015

Best Baby Monitor for Audio and Video Connections

By |2020-03-13T21:17:59-06:00April 24th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

When I found out I was pregnant, I went crazy with checklists. By the third trimester, we had almost everything on our lists. The one thing we couldn't decide, however, was the best baby monitor. Do we spend $30 on a cheap audio-only monitor with poor quality? Is it worth spending $200 or more on a single-function video monitor that we’ll [...]

11 04, 2015

Sony MDR-7506 iPhone Mod for Detachable Cables – Updated 2018

By |2020-03-13T21:04:42-06:00April 11th, 2015|Categories: DIY, Likes, Posts, Tech|

**2018 Update - Since we produced this article in 2015, there have been many technology shifts. Including the removal of the headphones jack on many smartphones. To account for this, we've added a new headphones recommendation to the site. Check it out here.** After a lot of research, screw turning, and soldering, I'm excited to share the Sony MDR-7506 iPhone [...]

9 03, 2015

Best Water Bottle for Leach-Free Drinking – Updated 2017

By |2020-03-13T21:00:08-06:00March 9th, 2015|Categories: Likes, Posts|

I don't necessarily look like the kind of guy who would review water bottles, but I have a very good reason for my obsession: I live in Colorado. I'll explain why my location plays an important role in this best water bottle recommendation shortly. I just want to stress why it's important I make the best recommendation possible. That's why I'm taking [...]

7 03, 2015

Best Casserole Carrier for Potlucks

By |2020-03-13T20:59:26-06:00March 7th, 2015|Categories: Likes, Posts|

When I was growing up, we’d attend potlucks at least once a month. I loved it! It was like eating at a free buffet. Of course, the best part was the dessert table. My mouth waters just thinking of it! It was always fun to decide what to bring to the potluck and to see what deliciousness was waiting on those [...]

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 [...]

19 02, 2015

Best Baby Swaddler

By |2020-03-13T20:51:37-06:00February 19th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

To swaddle or not to swaddle… that's always a debate for new parents. I decided to swaddle my newborn based on my ridiculous amount of research and conversations I had with other parents. However, I had no idea that wrapping your kid in a burrito would be this complicated. My friends gave me five different swaddlers before my son was born—not just five blankets; they [...]

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 [...]

10 02, 2015

Best Baby Nail Clippers as of February 2015

By |2020-04-12T21:54:35-06:00February 10th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

After bringing our first baby home from the hospital, I was in constant awe of how tiny and perfect his body was. He had the softest skin and hair, adorable toes and fingers, and perfectly shaped nails on each digit. However, it didn’t take much time before these adorable nails started growing out of control. Sometimes his nails would naturally peel [...]

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 |2020-03-13T20:32:49-06:00February 7th, 2015|Categories: DIY, Likes, Moto, 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. [...]

3 02, 2015

Best Crossbody Handbag or Purse

By |2020-03-13T20:28:28-06:00February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Likes, Posts|

In June of 2013, my husband and I were downtown Denver making our way to Coors Field for the Colorado Rockies home game. We parked in one of the nearby garages, put the tickets in my purse, and began walking the six blocks to the field. Between the car and the front gate, the tickets were gone. We think someone [...]

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 [...]