Quitbit – A Goal Tracker I Can Get Behind

QuitbitThere are a million and one devices for tracking your life: pedometers to track your footsteps, apps to track your calorie intake, scales to track your weight. They are all geared toward healthier living and I have never found much use for any of them – until today.

A new Kickstarter project debuted this week called Quitbit. It is a smart lighter with all sorts of fancy features designed to track your smoking habits and make quitting easier. I have never been a smoker myself, but most of my family members are chimneys and I would love to see every one of them with this device. Continue reading

The Last Of the Superfast Planes

What finally grounded the Concorde?Segments of this post first appeared in the April 2014 issue of Braintainment produced by Rik Kuiper

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The Concorde has not flown in a decade.  What clipped the wings of this technological wonder that flew around the planet at twice the speed of sound?


The Last Ride Home

There are flames a few metres long and a roaring noise.  The pilot pushes the throttle forward and the Concorde starts to accelerate. The pilot pushes the throttle forward and the Concorde starts to accelerate.  The plane points upwards after a 1500 or so feet.  Then the unique triangular wings of the plane lift off the runway at 27T at Heathrow Airport in London, U.K.  A large crowd observes the retracting wings of the aluminum plane as it climbs ever higher.  “There goes a technological thing of beauty.” think many in the crowd. “For the last time.”

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Prehistoric Fight

Any male worth his salt is a huge fan of MMA and/or combat sports in general.  He lives it, breathes it.  He even plans to name his children after famous fighters.  However, until someone invents a time machine, we will never be privy to the truly epic battles that occurred during the reign of the dinosaurs.  For now, we will have to settle for  hypothetical CGI recreations like the one below, which features a bloody battle between a T-Rex (generally assumed to be the top apex predator if its day and ecosystem) and a Therizinosaurus.

What do you think?  Is this how such an encounter would unfolded?  Or would they have found a more diplomatic solution to their disagreement?


Riding in the Urban Wilderness!

Mountain biking in Long Beach look s a lot like street biking but with a twist: you’re on a mtb [“jeez, urban guy, stating the obvious, aren’t we…”]

Kona Isabella

This is me after a hard ride around my hood.  Me and Kona Isabella, we’ve been thru many an adventure on the hills of SoCal.  She’s a trooper.  On my freetime, I’m scoping out riding tips on the web (http://blogs.bicycling.com/blogs/thefarride/2013/08/22/three-essential-trail-riding-tips, for example), these folks seem to be always ready with helpful riding tips for the mtb enthusiast.  Gonna check out their new gear section, too. Currently, I’m in the market for a storage solution for my small tire pump and water source.

State of Decay – Virtual Training for the Zombie Apocolypse?

So I’ve noticed that X Box LIVE is always pushing “Zombie Stuff” in my face.  Whether I’m simply trying to play a game, access YouTube, Netflix, or any other app, I can’t get through without being enticed to watch zombie movies or play zombie games.  So this means that Microsoft either:

  1. Doesn’t feel that the American obsession with zombies is going away any time soon
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Battlefield 3: The Jeep C4 Attack

Interactive environment: it’s one of the biggest  reasons I prefer the Battlefield series to the Call of Duty franchise.  You can actually destroy buildings your opponents are hiding in (or blow a hole in a wall and enter through it, instead of walking through the door as they are expecting you to do).  Plus: it’s just more dramatic that way.  Why walk through the front door?  You do that in real life every day.  On Battlefield, you make your own front door.. with an RPG.

One of the more creative things you can do in Battlefield 3 is strap C4 onto a vehicle and ram it into an opponent (or even a team mate if you prefer being that annoying player).  Jeeps are probably the most popular vehicle for this job.  Simply strap on some C4 to your Jeep and drive it into an opposing tank.  However, remember to partially encircle and flank the tank so as to take it by surprise, because driving straight for the tank isn’t a great idea.  This video does a pretty good job of explaining how to  “Jihad a Jeep” (as hardcore gamers refer to it).

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Shooting Stances: Weaver vs. Isosceles

The debate between the Weaver and Isosceles stances of shooting is as old as time itself–or at least as old as a few decades.  You’l find opponents and detractors of both styles (with the claim that the other style is fine for a shooting range but not practical for actual combat).  But here is an unbiased explanation of both.

Not a Weaver Stance

On a lighter note, these stances are not specific to “guns.”  These stances are also used by police officers when using other, less lethal projectiles like tasers.  However, contrary to Meet the Fockers, this is not really a Weaver Stance (at 1 minute and 40 seconds).