Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Men of a Certain Age Season 1 DVD & T-Shirt Giveaway – Ends 12/06

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts Just For Him

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Turner Entertainment are entering me into a special blogger contest as a thank-you for writing this post!

Men of a Certain Age is back for its second season, which premiers December 6th. You may recall my review of the series when it debuted last year – a “Dramadey” about three friends facing a mid-life crisis, Men of a Certain Age tackles real-life struggles with a dry sense of humor. And TNT has a great gift idea for the special guy on your holiday list – one lucky Contest Corner reader will win Men of a Certain Age: Season 1 on DVD and a t-shirt, so read on!

About Men of a Certain Age:

John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” For three men entering the second act of their lives, those words are starting to hit home in TNT’s newest original series, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. This wry drama stars Emmy® winner Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Golden Globe® winner Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Emmy winner Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street, TNT’s Salem’s Lot). It marks a return to series television for Romano, who created MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE with Everybody Loves Raymond Emmy winner Mike Royce. The two serve as executive producers, along with Rory Rosegarten and Cary Hoffman.

MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE explores the unique bonds of male friendship among three men experiencing the changes and challenges of mid-life. They have been best friends since college but now, in their 40s, are navigating through the second act of their lives. Joe (Romano) is a friendly, slightly neurotic, recently separated father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer. Now he owns and runs a party store. Terry (Bakula) is a laid-back, handsome actor who seems to breeze through life (and women). Lately, he’s spending more time working as a temp than as an actor. And Owen (Braugher) is an overstressed husband and father of three who endures constant criticism from his father, for whom he works as a car salesman.

These friends face very different challenges. Joe, who currently lives in a hotel, tries to connect with his kids and is dipping his toe in the dating pool, while also struggling with the gambling problem that may have ended his marriage. The unmarried Terry scoffs at domestic issues but sometimes wonders if his own single life is all it’s cracked up to be. Owen does everything he can to climb the sales board at his father’s car dealership and keep his cool over the seemingly endless renovation project in the home he can barely afford. Through it all, these men are there for each other when it counts.men of a certain age, Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher, tnt, middle age dramamen of a certain age, Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher, tnt, middle age dramamen of a certain age, Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher, tnt, middle age drama

Giveaway Time!

Men of a Certain Age

One lucky Contest Corner reader will win Men of a Certain Age: Season 1 on DVD and a t-shirt! Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, just leave a comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win! This step is required to qualify for the drawing.

Want extra entries? Do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each one:

2. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway and Men of a Certain Age. Then come back here and leave me the link!
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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway ends on December 6th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway is open to US residents. Turner Entertainment are entering me into a special blogger contest in exchange for writing this post.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Powermat Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts Just For Him

Nerdy or Novice: Christmas Edition!

Welcome to a special holiday edition of Nerdy or Novice?, our technology column! Here, you will not only read about the latest tech toys, you’ll also get a well-rounded perspective thanks to my co-columnist (and fiancé!), Jai! A seriously tech-savvy guy, Jai owns a computer repair business, and will dissect the technical prowess of these gadgets and games. Meanwhile, I will be providing the layman’s perspective on the user-friendly qualities of this geek gear.

Electronics are always a top seller during the holidays. Are you looking for a great gadget to give that special tech-savvy person on your shopping list? Then a Powermat might be what you’re looking for!

Portable Mat with Powercube

Portable Mat with Powercube – $79.99

Powermat is a unique wireless charging mat that you can use to charge almost any device. The Powermat plugs into your computer and provides you with a space to charge up to three different devices at once. You choose which receivers you need, plug them into your electronics, and place the magnetized cube directly on the Powermat to lock it into place and instantly recharge. The Powermat can charge iPods and iPhones, an array of smartphones, and Nintendo DS – you can click here to access a full list of supported products and customize your own bundle based on what devices you own.

Powermat sent us a Portable Mat with Powercube and two boxes full of different receivers, so we can charge virtually everything with this! The Powermat also has a USB slot on the side, so if you have an unusual USB device that doesn’t have a Powermat receiver, you can plug it directly into the side of the mat. We’ve been using this to charge my iPhone and Jai’s iPod Touch, Google Android phone, and different bluetooth devices – having the Powermat has created one convenient place to charge our different devices without tying up several different outlets or USB ports. While it is wireless for the most part, the Powermat does still need to be plugged into an electrical outlet; but it makes it very easy to swap out the devices. (They also have another model with a built-in battery!)

The Portable Mat is ideal for travel – it folds up easily and fits into a custom carrying case which they provide with the unit. We’ve taken this on the road with us a few times now, and it was very handy for charging our devices on the go. For those with iPods or iPhones, this gives you the freedom of recharging your device without having to bring your computer with you. I ended up telling a few people at WordCamp about it, since we took it with us for the conference weekend!

Jai & Beeb

Our final verdict:

Jai says: “It’s a great portable charger for someone with more than one device that they carry around with them. If you have two or three devices with different chargers, this replaces them all.”

Beeb says: “This would be a useful gift for the techy guy – or girl! – on your holiday list!”

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Powermat products can be purchased online at Powermat.com. Click here to use their “Configure Your Solution” tool to find the right Powermat for your needs and budget.