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Drinking and Eating Optional

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

All ultra light backpackers and caffeine addicts out there rejoice!  Coffee is now inhalable!

Wait… what?  Sorry, my fingers were just confused after typing that.

I thought the French would never be able to outdo the Statue of Liberty, but I stand corrected.

Courtesy of LeWhif.com

Artscience Labs have developed inhalable coffee and chocolate which is great news for anyone who thinks drinking and eating is too hard but bad news for anyone who doesn’t want to be grossed out.

Here’s a clip from The Colbert Report featuring LeWhif and his less than impressed reaction.

Getoutdoors blog realized that though some ultralighters might not be so concerned about taste as much as weight though.

I consider myself a pseudo-ultralighter but don’t think I could ever go this far.  Drinking coffee and eating chocolate are two things I’m not willing to give up quite yet.  Are you?

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Scanning this blog too!

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

I just posted on my other blog, Move-in Morgantown, that I am going to try to promote it using a QR code and I just couldn’t leave this one out!

In short, QR codes will lead people directly to something (text, URL’s, phone numbers, etc) just by scanning them on your smart phone so I’m experimenting with the idea.

Copy, paste, copy, paste and help me promote Facespacing using an innovative new tool!

Scan me!!

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Andriod Speedometer Application

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Since I got my new phone set up in February, I’ve been playing with a lot of the Android applications and I’ve found a few that stand out from the rest.

Of course there’s the Pandora Radio application, which recently entertained me all the way to Philadelphia.  You should also check out Foursquare, an app that has turned mundane errands into a bragging rights competition.

While those are neat, neither has impressed me as much as the Speedometer application.  I downloaded this little gem on the ski slopes one day to see how fast I was actually going (56 mph if you’re wondering) and have loved it ever since.

But don’t let the name fool you.  Speedometer is much more than just the simple gage on your dashboard.

This application is a full-blown GPS with all of the bells and whistles.  It automatically charts your elevation and speed and places your tracks directly on Google Maps for reference.

With all of your track information, the application also gives you exact calculations for average speed, pace, distance, altitude and duration just to name a few.

The thing that blew me away was the accuracy that was available using my phone as a GPS.  I never thought my phone would be able to rival an actual GPS, but in my opinion, it definitely does.

One tool I haven’t explored yet is the upload tool.  It allows you to upload your tracks to your computer which gives you the ability to compare and chart progress.

The amount of features packed into this application is pretty impressive and I would definitely recommend it to other Andriod users.

Courtesy of SportsTrackLive

Courtesy of SportsTrackLive

Courtesy of SportsTrackLive

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Let’s Get Real

March 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Last Wednesday, a body was found of a 41 year-old man, Richard Code, who attempted surviving in the Ontario wilderness with minimal supplies.  He apparently planned to use the information he had learned from the popular Discovery Channel show, Survivorman, to make it through the trip.

He left behind GPS coordinates with his landlady who reported his absence after he did not return on the expected date.

A lot of people will undoubtedly blame Les Stroud, the host of Survivorman, for misinforming and misleading Code and the public but is that a fair reaction?

In a world that prefers reality shows to reality, it is not surprising that there is a breakdown between the two.  Unfortunately in this case, instead of spray tans and gelled hair from the Jersey Shore, Code was dealing with a legitimate life and death situation.

I believe that Stroud has been responsible throughout the making of his show and has given the audience adequate warning that, while his show is entertaining, the act of surviving in the wild is not.

I see Survivorman as more of a survival brochure than a resource.  In a brochure you can read what is expected in a survival situation, but you don’t actually gain any concrete knowledge or, more importantly, experience.

Instead of using Stroud as a scapegoat in this situation, maybe we should realize that television does not and will not replace years of education and experience gained in the outdoors.  As a society, we need to start using television for what it really is – entertainment not reality.

Morgantown Winter Over?

March 6, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s a pretty cool thing to see an entire city take a collective deep breath at the same time.

That’s what we have been doing for a few days now in West Virginia as the temperatures creep above freezing and the sun finally proves that it’s still there.

With arms blocking the harsh sun from our eyes, we emerged from our burrows where we have been hiding for the better part of the past wintry months.

Okay, well maybe it wasn’t quite that drastic, but many are welcoming the change of weather.

All over town, people are running, cleaning cars and just walking around outside – activities that have been neglected since the “snowpocalypse” occurred.  And, even for a self-proclaimed winter lover, it is a nice change and looks like it will be a little warmer in the near future.

But is winter over?  I doubt it.

Sure, it’s pretty nice outside now, but if I know Morgantown winters, we’re not quite done.  I’m not saying we are in for another three feet of snow, but I won’t be surprised if we need our scarves and hats once again.

I just wanted to get my projections in early…

Rock climbing in 2020 Olympics

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Good news for all of the “rock jocks” out there – the International Olympic Committee (IOC) now recognizes the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC).

Okay, so the news in itself isn’t that great but it does have some pretty large implications.

In doing so, the first step has been taken by the IOC to make rock climbing a recognized Olympic sport.

Who smells a Michael Phelps/Chris Sharma domination in 2012?

Well not so fast.  The sporting schedules for 2012 and 2016 are already locked up so the soonest we might be seeing the Olympic rock rings is 2020.  But hey, I’ll take it.

2020 is a long way down the road but I can’t wait to see how much the sport will change by then.

Until then… let your imagination run wild…

Too bad he isn't already climbing for the gold.

Let’s go hockeying

February 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Last night I was privileged enough to make it to a Penguins hockey game in Pittsburgh against the Buffalo Sabres.  While not a diehard hockey fan like many of the people sitting around me, I still do my best to keep up with the sport and love watching the game.

Last night though, was definitely an experience to remember.

After taking the scenic route around Pittsburgh (GPS’s aren’t perfect), we finally made it into the stadium and got to our seats to find out they were better than we could have imagined.  We were three rows away from the glass and almost parallel with the goal.

Once the game got started, the Pens jumped on the game with a goal in the first minute only to be eventually overtaken by Buffalo 2-1 at the end of the first.  The second period consisted of a Pittsburgh comeback (four goals, three of which belonged to Sidney Crosby).  The third was seemingly in hand until the last few minutes when the Pens went two men down and were only a goal ahead. Luckily we were able to pull it out 5-4.

For a more thorough recap, check out ESPN’s take on the game.

While the seats were spectacular, the game amazing and the hat trick an experience, I learned a lot about hockey fans last night too.

People don’t walk around while the game is in progress.  You wait until a timeout or you stay in your seat.

Also, while everyone is extremely friendly, you don’t want to upset anyone either.  If you’re outside the lines concerning game etiquette, someone won’t be bashful about letting you know.

And lastly, if you wear a hat to the game, be prepared to throw your hat on the rink when there’s a hat trick (or someone else might).

What I learned in the end is that hockey games aren’t a social event.  I’ve never been to another kind of game where the sport was taken so seriously (and it was refreshing).  Let’s go Pens!

The celebration starts as the hats begin to fall.