September 30, 2005

GPS Lodge & The Best of the Blogpire

Gps Lodge FindwhatyouloveAnother week and another Best of the Blogpire. If you haven't checked out GPS Lodge then you're missing some of the best GPS news & reviews on the web. They've got a great review of the new Magellan RoadMate 800 which has an mp3 player built in. Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Reusable Coffee Filter for Keurig - Review: Timothy's World Coffee Rainforest Espresso Extra Bold K-Cups

Just The Chips: Know When to Walk Away - Know When to Run - Nevadajacks American Beauty Clay Poker Chips

Kitchen Contraptions: Smart Stick Blender by Cuisinart - Smoothiccino Maker

Shaving Stuff: Review of Pacific Shaving Oil - Analysis of Gillette

What's All The Racquet: Prince Goes Pink to Fight Breast Cancer - Choosing a racquet for your kid

TV Snob: Does Your Sunbrite TV Need a Good Watering? - HDTV World - Everything you Need to Know About HDTV

Shirt Snob: Passion Tie Halter by Playhouse Clothing - Sale and new tees at Busted Tees

GPS Lodge: Magellan RoadMate 800 Announced - Magellan: $50 rebate on eXplorist - New GPS Satellite Launched - Review: Magellan eXplorist 600

The Cooking News: Fruity, full-bodied wine best for pizza - Coffee perks up ordinary recipes - Women still struggle to become a top chef

Liquor Snob: Tuaca Liqueur: Support Your Local Bartender - Keychain Breathalyzer: Alcohawk Micro-Digital - Quaffer Shot Glass with Built-In Chaser - Gray Kangaroo Liquor Filter Review: Part 1

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September 28, 2005

Tennis racquet line...guess it makes sense...

Gamma has been a verable force in tennis string for years. Now they are growing their fishing line business. I guess that makes sense as a natural product & line extension. Gamma began producing fly fishing line four years ago when it introduced Frog Hair products. This year is is launching its Edge and High Performance lines this year.
They all have the patented irradiation process company founder Harry Ferrari developed 30 years ago for tennis racquet string.

While fishing line typically is made by first melting copolymer and then drawing it like taffy until the desired pound test weight and diameter are achieved, Gamma molecularly alters the copolymer using an energy more powerful than that used in microwave ovens.

From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, September 27, 2005, by Deborah Weisberg

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September 26, 2005

Prince Goes Pink to Fight Breast Cancer

Another awesome promotion for Prince and their O3 line of racquets, not to mention their other products. Following up on their February 2004 launch of the Lightning XX Pink String in support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, they are releasing a whole Think Pink line. For the next year, Prince will donate 15% of the wholesale price for each Lightning XX Pink string package and 5% of all other Think Pink items sold to retailers to the Komen Foundation to help fund research grants, educational support, as well as screening and treatment projects in communities around the world.

What's in the line? The O3 Pink racquet; the Pink Lightning XX string (spring loaded powerfoilTM that is supposed to give it greater power); the Pink MicroTac Overgrip; and the Think Pink Dampener Jar (with 60 dampeners to help with shock and vibration). OK...that's not exactly all. There is also the Think Pink Handbag and the Prince Pink Visor. Enough. Let's keep it to the equipment. Tennis has enough bad stereotypes to deal with.

Read the release

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September 23, 2005

Choosing a racquet for your kid

A friend of mine asked me what kind of racquet he should get his 7 year old. I wasn't sure, so I did what everyone else in the free world does, I Goolgled it. I found a great site called Mansion Select that gives great advice. It shows which racquets are best by arm length, height, and skill level, and then recommends specific racquet. The recommendations skew towards Head and Wilson, but that's not such a bad thing in my opinion being a fan of both.

Check out the site

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September 23, 2005

Our New Blog Liquor Snob & The Best of the Blogpire

Liquor Snob ThumbAnother week and another Best of the Blogpire! We launched a new blog this week - Liquor Snob. If you haven't had a chance to read a little bit about "real spirits" then you should take part of your busy Friday and read Liquor Snob. Liquor Snob had some amazing gems this week including: Booze Books: The Modern Drunkard, iPod Bartender: Digital Drinks Anyone?, and Bong Vodka - Art Meets Liquor for Cultural Exchange Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Review: Baronet Coffee One Cup Pumpkin Spice Coffee Pods - Review: Lavazza Espresso Point - X10 Mini Brewer Single Serve Coffee Maker

Just The Chips: PSP Payout Poker & Casino - TJ Cloutier Enters Game Market - World Poker Tour: Season 1 on DVD

Kitchen Contraptions: Fatten Up for WinterEZ Clean Deep Fat Fryer from T-Fal - Zevro Zero Gravity Spice Rack - Honey Spoon

Shaving Stuff: New Shaving - Shaving Kits from Mulholland Brothers - Norelco 6423LC for $31.88 at

What's All The Racquet: Nikolay Davydenko Signs Full Prince Sponsorship - A Ball Machine That Actually Hits Realistic Shots

TV Snob: And the Love Affair with HDTV Continues - Top Rated HD TelevisionSony KD-34XBR960 - Man breaks record for watching TV

Shirt Snob: Free People's Belted Chin Yarn Sweater - Astrosatchel Bags - Ditsy Babydoll Cap Sleeve by Free People

GPS Lodge: Huge increase in Garmin R&D spending pays off - Gizmondo plans Widescreen Handheld Game - Amazon Claims Lowest GPS Prices of the Season

The Cooking News: Wine News: Fine Wine From The New York Vine - Food News: Doctors call for healthier hospital food

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September 20, 2005

Nikolay Davydenko Signs Full Prince Sponsorship

The fast-rising Russian star becomes head-to-toe Prince - and is hitting the courts with the O3 technology. He first played with the O3 Tour at the Hamburg Masters Series in May and got to the semis. A week later, he won the St. Poelten event in Austria, then went on to make his semifinal debut at the French Open!

Sounds like a good win for Prince and Nikolay!

Read the release posted on

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September 16, 2005

A Ball Machine That Actually Hits Realistic Shots

It can cut through an aluminum can and then gently slice a tomato. Well, maybe not that last thing, but check out the Serve Lift ball machine from Playmate Tennis. No more mind-numbing repetition. This baby can help you with your serve return, you can also adjust the height and lateral direction. This means it can feed you slices, overheads, and wide or inside serves. Not cheap at $3,995, but maybe you'll be able to play on the tour with such a great practice machine!

Check it out

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The Best of the Blogpire

What a week. If you haven't read it already, Shaving Stuff has word the Gillette is introducing a Five-Bladed Razor. I'm not sure the world needs a 5 bladed razor, but I'm sure I'll have to try it. We have a new blog we will "OFFICIALLY" announce next week called Liquor Snob. If you want to spend the the rest of your Friday and have something both interesting, naughty, and downright funny to read - check out Liquor Snob.

Now on with the best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Pre-order Tassimo at - Single Serve Coffee Visits Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Just The Chips: Winning Low-Limit Hold'em from Lee Jones - New Payout Poker and Casino Screens

Kitchen Contraptions: Bialetti Mukka Express 2-Cup Cappuccino Maker Now at - Review: simplehuman Semi-Round Stainless Steel Trash Can

Shaving Stuff: The Schick Quattro Power - Gillette Introduces Five-Bladed Razor

What's All The Racquet: Congrats to the 2005 US Open Champions!

TV Snob: Hasbro's ZoomBox Projector - TV On Your Finger - TV on your Tombstone

Shirt Snob: New Junkfood Tees - Second Skin Shirt by Generra

GPS Lodge: New Magellan RoadMate 360 - New nuvi a Personal GPS Travel Assistant

The Cooking News: Campire Chili - Coffee News: P&G: Coffee may be out of stock

Liquor Snob: Liquor Filter Puts the "Lure" in Liver Failure - Beer...For Kids? - Absinthe Revisited...And Debunked?

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September 13, 2005

Congrats to the 2005 US Open Champions!

Congratulations to the US Open Winners, one and all. We wish we could highlight all of them, but we're just going to mention the singles today. Of course, congrats to Federer and Clijsters, who are gracious champions who deserve the win. And of course to the runners-up, Agassi and Pierce, for showing us geezers that there is life after 30!

As a side note, although the WTA lists Pierce's sponsors (below), apparently she is playing without a clothing or shoe sponsor. I also heard James Blake did not have a racquet contract. C'mon guys, these are high-profile pros who are great for the game, let's get on the phone to them with an offer!

Here's a rundown of the finalists' equipment:

Shoes: Nike Nike Air Zoom Vapor Speed
Racquet: Wilson Wilson nSix-One Tour 90
Clothing: Nike

Shoes: Adidas Barricade II
Racquet: Head Head Flexpoint Radical
Clothing: Adidas

Racquet: Babolat Pure Drive
Shoes: Fila X-Point
Clothing: Fila

Racquet: Yonex Ultimum RD Ti-80
Clothing: Nike
Shoes: Nike Air Commit

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September 9, 2005

The Best of the Blogpire

It's the Best of the Blogpire time again, but before we sound off with the best of the best, please take time to click the banner above any Blogpire weblog and donate to the Red Cross at The victims of Hurricane Katrina can use your help and a donation is one of the best ways to do it.

Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Senseo Red Edition Coming in October with Shorter Spout & Free Travel Mug - Review: Green Mountain's Fair Trade Rain Forest Nut K-Cups for Keurig

Just The Chips: Erotic Caribbean Poker Game - Jennifer Tilly Scores Women's Poker Victory - Poker & Condoms

Kitchen Contraptions: Alessi New Fall/Winter 2005 Kitchen Gadgets - Kitchen Robot Roundup - Fireflies in a Jar for Your Kitchen

Shaving Stuff: The Beautiful Rosendahl Razor - Pubic Shaving from - Extreme Shaving from King of Shaves

TV Snob: LG's Latest & Greatest TV Fridge - Nintendo DS TV Tuner - 3D HDTV without Glasses

Shirt Snob: Donate money to the Red Cross through these companies - New Orleans help - Two great shirts from Threadless

GPS Lodge: GPS News: Navman iCN320 Flash Based GPS - GPS NEWS: Hey what's in your Phone - Garmin Mobile?

The Cooking News: Wine News: Move over, beer: Wine is No. 1 choice - Wine News: Controversy mounts over best way to seal wine bottles

Liquor Snob: Cocktail Hour and New Orleans Relief Fund Raiser - Beer - Now Packed With Vitamins?

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September 2, 2005

The Best of the Blogpire

It's September and Summer is slowly wrapping up around the Blogpire. The students are back in Boston and causing traffic madness wherever you go, the nights are a bit cooler, but we all know we've got a few weeks left of some really nice late Summer weather and some great late Summer blogging.

Single Serve Coffee has news of the Keurig Elite B40 & Special Edition B60 Available at and their Single Serve Monthly Round Up for August 2005

Just The Chips looks at Phil Gordon's Little Green Poker Book and the PSP World Series of Poker

Kitchen Contraptions reviewed the simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder and also has a great Monthly Round Up for August 2005

Shaving Stuff found Hitachi's +10 Razor of Goodness and also has a terrific August Wrap-Up

What's All the Racquet found The Coolest Tennis Gear in Forbes Magazine and 5 New Racquets from Dunlop, Head, Prince, Wilson & Yonex

TV Snob has been watching Photonic Textiles on their pillows and has great Roundup for August 2005

Shirt Snob continues to find Great deals at Max Studio and has their round up for August

GPS Lodge find a bunch of new reviews: GPS Review: Garmin V and an UPDATE: Contest Details for September plus their Monthly Round-up for August 2005

And The Cooking News finds out that Hurricane Katrina May Affect Coffee Prices and some very cool cooking tips that Asian flavors add to recipes

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It's Wireless...It's Indestructible...It's the...THE PLAYMATE PC

Exciting times. This marks WATR's first entry on ball machines. We found a really cool one, the Playmate PC from Playmate Tennis.

Gone are the days of ball-machines being metal bathtubs with a canon attached, shooting the same mind-numbing shot over and over again, this is some state-of-the-art stuff, complete with a wireless controller. The remote lets you to save and recall all your drills and positions. Not to mention, it handles 8-shot combinations - great for individual practice of group lessons. Wireless, Waterproof, 8 Programmable Shots, 8 Shot Delays, Saved Drills, Random Shot Sequence...and it holds 300 balls.

And it hits freakin' topspin and backspin!

Awesome...but not cheap at $7,995.00

Check it out

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September 1, 2005

The Coolest Tennis Gear in Forbes Magazine

There is a great article in this month's Forbes magazine that covers the new tennis gear out in the market.

From racquets to balls to strings to ball machines to footwear and apparel. Some of these have already been covered on this blog. Look for the rest of them soon!

Read the article

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Who knew Tempur-Pedic technology is used in racquets?

According to, NASA developed the first generation of memory foam in the 1970s. We all know it best from the infomercials of its commercial evolution Tempur-Pedic mattresses. It is still used mostly for bedding, but we also found out it is sometimes used in tennis racquet handles as well.

Digging up the obscure and useless trivia on tennis equipment...we are...What's All the Racquet.

Read the article.

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