BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

Research in Motion, now christened BlackBerry, after renaming itself to the obvious, pulled out the somewhat anticipated (mostly hyped), BlackBerry Z10 phone. A phone that BlackBerry hopes will end the past few years of woe. Equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of memory, 16GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot for more if needed), LTE speed, NFC support, front and rear cameras and a 4.2-inch display, BlackBerry may be late to the game, but they came to play. Priced at $200 and loaded with the BlackBerry 10 OS, the BlackBerry Z10 is the biggest leap forward for  the company since, ever.

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Christian aTunde Adjuah

Christian aTunde Adjuah

The house iPod is currently churning out speedy sitar riffs from a ménage of Indian tunes recently clustered together. However, my computer headphones contain the fiery talent and spirit that is Christian Scott. His newest release, Christian aTunde Adjuah is a double “disc”, if that term means anything these days and although it is jazz officially, in actuality it is just music. Music as intended: emotional and without form, yet perfectly molded and pleasing to the ear. Christian Scott’s trumpet lays neatly in-between other instruments on some tracks like a caterpillar slumbering before emerging as a butterfly, then on others it’s the main attraction, demanding your complete attention. Songs weave effortlessly unto each other, sprawling different musical genres without prejudice, while creating a pleasing tapestry of sound. Simultaneously expanding jazz as defined yet with roots firmly planted where it is. Christian Scott Christian aTunde Adjuah

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Deakin & Francis Moonstone Cufflinks

Deakin & Francis Moonstone Cufflinks

Do you think watch movement cufflinks are boring and overdone? Have you seen enough Scrabble cufflinks to start a game or two? And enough buffalo coin, nickel and dime cufflinks to open a bank? Well consider these moonstone cufflinks from Deakin & Francis. Gold, sapphire and moonstone form a collage of colors to manifest a divine pair of cufflinks that will surely accentuate your attire just perfectly. With 18ct yellow gold, layered sapphire and a pearlescent moonstone embedded in the center these cufflinks have just enough flair for you to draw attention, but subtle enough for you to not become the center of it.

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Are You Better Now than You Were?

Are You Better Now than You Were?

8 months ago, 2 weeks ago… It does not matter when, just are you better?

Summer is in full swing, have you got your act together? The goals you set this year, are you on track to achieve them? Or are you headed on a direct course to failure? Closely approaching is the final quarter of the year and if you are off target, there is still ample time to get your bearings and correct the course. In case you unfortunately missed “Tools for a Better You”, now is an excellent  time to read it, do a gut check and determine if you are on the ball regarding your mental and psychical health and wellness.

I say to you however, congratulations either way, that is, if you are handling your business and everything is going according to your magnificent plan, wonderful.  Also if you’re failing miserably, wayward in your mission and feeling as though you are up the creek without a paddle, well that is fine too. You’re alive and with that, there is opportunity. So seize opportunity while the breath of life surges in you and go forward renewed knowing that there is still a chance to attain the objects of your desire.

But, motivation without direction practically guarantees getting nowhere fast, so one of the initial things you must do is figure out exactly where you are not. If you don’t know where you are, by all sensible means at least know where you want to go. If on the other hand you do know where you are, you can gauge how much further your objective is from your current location. Lastly, if you don’t know where you are and are completely clueless about where you want to go, by all practical means set some goals.

If perhaps you set goals a while ago, review those previously declared goals and determine if they are still objectives you desire. Evaluate accordingly and if needed, incorporate new goals or modify existing goals to meet any updated criteria or circumstances to reflect your current situation. Most importantly give yourself enough time. Realistic pressure is okay, but looking to advance in your company before properly performing your present duties or taking over your industry in two months is borderline insane. However, under the right circumstances, 6 months to a year is reasonable and obtainable in both cases.

There are several books to help with this; Getting Things Done is one that can assist along with Eat that Frog, written by Brian Tracy, the dip by Seth Godin, Workarounds that Work by Russell Bishop and Hard Goals by Mark Murphy. Each book contains excellent material for you to draw from and find direction along with practical tools to assist you in your personal success journey.

Take the time and review your yearly progress, while many play during this season seize the opportunity while the sky is blue and air is clear and gather fruits of wisdom, knowledge and understanding so when the seasons change through to Fall and then to Winter, you will be better prepared to handle the cold and barren season because you would have stored up reserves and prepared yourself accordingly.

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How to Stay Alive in the Woods

How to Stay Alive in the Woods

To continue the theme of surviving while out in the wilderness first introduced with the Revised Edition of the SAS Survival Handbook, here is How to Stay Alive in the Woods. There are several editions as the book was initially released years ago, but despite other tactics that are now popular but impractical; surviving crashes, outsmarting terrorists and the like, it seems a bear still shits in the woods the same way and north is north.  So barring other “new” things that have come along in the last 50 years or so, the tactics, strategies and understanding required in order to stay alive should some impractical occurrence happens, this book looks to keep you on this side of the afterlife. Practical and easy to read, How to Stay Alive has stood the test of time and would prove a valuable addition to any budding outdoor survival reading collection.

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Premium Hi Beluga

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Premium Hi Beluga

It seems that there are numerous ways to re-imagine a classic without stampeding over the heritage, yet still eagerly progressing deeper into new territory. Converse once again stretches the boundaries of acceptance of  the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star and transforms it into a form that with care will only look better as the years fade into memory. Premium leather, deft colorway with the brown hues highlighted by gentle leather detailing and the keep me clean white outsole. This sneaker is at Select Converse retail locations if you can find it.

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Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

Virtual reality has come a considerably long way since the Lawnmower Man and early Virtual World centers. Now, looking towards taking virtual reality and interactivity considerably further is a company by the name of Oculus with their Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset. Featuring a compact design, high resolution display, wider viewing range and practically zero latency this stereoscopic 3D headset is looking to change the industry. Speaking of industry, it appears that gaming and tech insiders are getting behind Oculus as it has potential to transform the gaming industry, game play possibilities as well as the interactive landscape as a whole. The real good part is the price. It’s only $300 for a development version before commercial release. Pricing includes an Oculus Rift headset, an Oculus ready version of Doom 3 and their SDK.

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Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Loosely based on a Philip K Dick novel, Blade Runner is a science fiction movie that has influenced society on an immeasurable level. While Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford have crafted fine careers for themselves and made other more “successful” movies, the voodoo was working in their favor during this movie in a manner I am sure neither of them expected.  In a future L.A. genetically engineered robots called replicants are hiding out after illegally maintaining a presence on Earth. However, replicants are to only for work as slaves off planet. Harrison Ford portrays Deckard a “Blade Runner”, a term used to describe law enforcement officers trained in handling replicants. He is forced out of retirement to track, hunt down and “retire” 4 replicants. Although critics during its release were split over the film, it is now a widely considered a classic. Additionally, the US Film Registry selected Blade Runner for historical preservation in 1993. The Blade Runner 30th Collector’s Edition comes with 10+ hours of bonuses, 1000+ image gallery, a Work Print, 6 featurettes, alternate versions and the “Final Cut”.

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Saddleback Leather Duffel Bag

Saddleback Leather Duffel Bag

After personally looking for a new bag for quite some time, I think Saddleback Leather will be the company from which I make my next purchase. This full grain leather duffel bag is an exemplary example of why. Made from 100% waterproof full grain boot leather, this duffel and the other Saddleback leather bags are made to survive the jungle, the dessert and practically whatever adrenaline fueling, fringes of society excursion you find yourself embracing, like Dave the founder of the company, who travels the globe with his own Saddleback leather bags in tow as living proof and as testimony that these bags are indeed some of the best in the world. This duffel in particular has no zippers or breakable parts, uses industry marine grade thread, pigskin lining (suede optional), has only three “major” seams and if that is not enough, it comes with a 100 year warranty.

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Tombox Speakers

Tombox Speakers

A Tombox ($200+) is old school looking speaker with a hint of eco-friendly sensibility paired with modern functionality. Powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts over 300 hours on a single charge, a Tombox is an abandoned loudspeaker that was no longer appreciated and destined for the scrapheap, repurposed and transformed into sophisticated and modern, yet retro looking one-of-a-kind speaker ready to blast whatever sounds you chose once you attach something to its 3.5mm plug. Available in portable or stay right there sizes.

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