Independent Shopping Guide

This holiday season a lot of people are shopping Indie. If you didn’t get all of your shopping done on “Black Friday” this guide will help you finish up or start your holiday shopping.

There is a collaboration of nine prominent players in the DIY world call the Handmade Consortium. They started a website called, The purpose of the site is to get shoppers to pledge that will buy handmade goods for the holidays. You can also find a list of online stores selling handmade items on the site.


Here is a list of Indie/DIY stores that I enjoy. I know some of the prices are high but you have to remember, the quality of this stuff is better than what you will find at chain stores.

Kid Pirate – They are a clothing company for the young at heart. A lot of their stuff is too girly for me to wear. If you have a girl on your list then you might want to check this out. I really like their Killer Penguin products.

Kidrobot – If you like limited edition toys, clothing, mini-figures, artwork & books, then this is the site for you. You can find all kinds of unique items here. There is even a toy that you can paint and modify yourself.

Shana Logic – Shana Logic say’s “My goal is to give people an alternative to shopping at chain stores, while exposing people to talented artists and the new modern craft world”! I got a wallet from here and I love it. Every time I buy something and pull it out I get comments. Also they are a supporter of this site so support them for supporting me.

Johnny Cupcakes – These guys are so cool that the big chain stores tried to rip off their designs. This means that you have to be careful, just because it looks handmade doesn’t mean it is. Big companies know this is a growing trend and are trying to figure out how they can get in on it.

Matt Gondek – This guy is a dedicated reader of this blog and he also happens to be an artist that has some stuff for sale. If you’re looking for some nifty artwork for someone on your shopping list, then take a gander at his site.

If you know any artist or stores that are selling this kind of stuff let me know and I will add it to the list. Let’s show the “Big Chain Stores” we are tired of low quality products from China and shop indie this holiday season.

Bacontastic: Even Words Are Better With Bacon

Since I just got linked on two high traffic blogs, CrunchGear and Dethroner, I figured this might be a good time to bring attention to a few old posts. They have all been posted in the past two months so they’re not that old. Also if you’re looking for more Bacontastic content check out my Featured Post page.


Facebook, Twitter, and Texting Kills E-mail – November 15th, 2007
A few people after reading this told me that they can’t see email ever dying and that Facebook was just a fad. I disagree with them. I feel that spam is killing email and Facebook-like services are the solution.

How to Trash Your Mac Apps – November 28th, 2007
Apples are so easy to use and these apps make them even better. If you’re a Mac newbie like me you will enjoy this one.

Shop Independent this Friday – November 21st, 2007
I know “Black Friday” is over but you can still shop Indie for the holidays. I will be doing an Indie gift guide by the end of the week.

Bacon or Life: I Pick Bacon! – November 7th, 2007
I wouldn’t care if they told me bacon will kill my first born I would still eat it. It’s that good.

Uncle Oinker’s Bacon Mints – October 26th, 2007
I know other people have reviewed this before, but I feel my review is the best. Read it for yourself and let me know what you think.

If you are new to this site make sure you subscribed to my feed. I don’t really have a set topic so you will never know what you will find here.

Matt Gondek of says “It’s always interesting to visit because one day you’ll get a review about apple’s new operating system, the next you’ll see a strip of bacon in a coffin”.

Bacon Lovers Gift Guide

If you have a bacon lover on your holiday shopping list I am here to help. I picked out a few of my favorite bacon novelties and books I think they would enjoy.

Update: Check out the 2008-09 Ultimate Bacon Lovers Gift Guide.


Novelties from

Patron Saint of Bacon – If you have a Catholic bacon lover on your list this is a no brainer. I don’t personally own one of these, so I don’t know if it really helps you cook bacon better.

Bacon Air Freshener – Your car and/or house will smell like bacon heaven. If you know your bacon lover lives with a vegetarian this is a must have.

Bacon Bandages – If your Bacon lover is like me and is accident prone they will love you forever if you got them some of these. Unfortunately they do not smell or taste like bacon.

Bacon Wallet – It’s a wallet that looks like bacon. Do I need to say anything else?

Bacon Lunch Box – If your Bacon lover is a worker bee then get him/her this. They will be the envy of all the other bees in the hive.

Books from
In the below widget you will find cook books that will be perfect for that bacon love on your list. If you use this widget to buy the books from you will be supporting this site. Thanks!

Death or Bacon: I Pick Bacon

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called, Bacon or Life: I Pick Bacon, about how research showed that bacon consumption leads to cancer. Well today I am happy to report that bacon may cause cancer but it can also save your life during a heart attack.


Dr. Nathan Bryan a researcher at the University of Texas in Houston says that bacon is good for your heart and could stop a heart attack. He says that the nitrates (that may cause cancer) form a nitric oxide gas in the body that can open clogged arteries.

This just goes to show you that as long as you eat things like bacon in moderation, you will live a long happy life. Take that you crazy vegetarians!

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How to Trash Your Mac Apps

Since I am a new Mac user I couldn’t believe that all you had to do was drag an Application to the trash to uninstall it. For the most part this is true. But there are some applications that have preference files and stuff that don’t always go out with the trash. They stay behind, hidden away in the maze of systems folders. After doing a search I found two reviews about applications that find and delete the extra files for you.


This first article I found was “Showdown: AppZapper vs. AppDelete” by David Aviv. I have tried both of these programs. I do agree with David that AppZapper is better but I can’t see myself paying for something like this. From what I can tell AppDelete does just as good of a job and it’s free. So paying for AppZapper just doesn’t sit right with me.

I also found an article about an even better deletion tool, AppTrap. Steve Halford recently wrote a nice article about it called, “AppTrap – The Feature Apple Forgot”. After reading this I was excited to give this a try. Having to launch AppDelete every time I delete an app is a pain. This would eliminate that and it’s free!

So if you’re like me and are new to Macs, you have two good articles to read in your search for perfect app deletion. I know that they helped me in my decision. If you know of another app that does the same thing let me know and I will check it out.

Mondays Are Better With Bacon

I feel the best way to start the week after a long weekend is with a few bacon updates. Over the weekend it seemed bacon was on everyone’s mind. Just about everyone I met had something bacon related to say. Here are a few I found interesting.


Seduced by Bacon: Americas Favorite Indulgence – A friend said they heard about this book on NPR over the weekend so I went to Amazon to check it out. The book has a one sentence description, “A celebration of bacon, filled with gorgeous photographs and seductive new recipes both savory and sweet”. I like how they say the recipes are seductive, that right there makes me feel like running out now and buying the book.

Guess What I’m Craving this Morning – Saskboy also had bacon on the brain. He sent me this post about the thought process this guy goes through in the morning featuring bacon. I found it funny that this guy is afraid to cook bacon without pants, some of the commenter’s on the post think otherwise.

Oscar Mayer’s New Package – This update comes from Andy at WGN Radio 720, it looks like even Chicago couldn’t stop thinking about bacon. He sent me a link about the new bacon packaging from Oscar Mayer. Since I have been doing a lot of my food shopping at Trader Joe’s I didn’t know about the new look. Sadly they have a limited bacon selection there.

I hope your Monday is a little better after a few tasty bacon updates. If you ever come across some interesting bacon news let me know via any possible means of communication. Thanks!