GoPro Hero Silver vs. Black – Rhino Gear

The release of the GoPro Hero 4 caused a lot of waves, it is probably the most bought action camera on the market, it dominates that market segment, and you see it every where. Now with the release of the GoPro Hero 4 everyone wants one, but which one do you get?

Rhino makes some fantastic camera rigs, sliders, stabilizers, and go pro accessories. And in this video they done a very simple and straight forward comparison between the Black & the Silver, and its not as one sided as you would expect.

Link: RhinoGear

The Microsoft Store – A Different Experience

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I think there is a lot of inherent dislike towards Microsoft, they have just done too many wrong things over the years and Apple has done an excellent job of painting them as idiots with their Mac vs. PC ads over the past decade. Also it doesn’t help that Microsoft made Microsoft ME which is probably the worst iteration of Microsoft out there, Vista was pretty bad too off the start, but got progressively better.

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Microsoft does try and in this case they launched the Microsoft stores, after all this time they know that Apple is successful with their stores and every Apple store employee is supposed to know everything about every product that Apple has and they inherently love Apple. So people love the Apple stores.

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Recently I had a chance to spend some time in an Apple store and this one had people in it. I have recently gotten into the Windows Phone 8 and so I decided to venture into the store and mess around with the machines. I played around with the Microsoft Surface Pro and it is a very interesting machine, very solid and smooth, I liked how it felt. they had a selection of hardware from Acer, Asus, HP, and Sony, not including the Windows Phone section and the XBox Section. People get a hands on feel for Windows 8 across different hardware and the Windows Phone 8 platform as well.

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Microsoft is really trying to make you feel that you are in one environment, that everything is connected and they are trying to connect things but they aren’t there yet. Apple doesn’t release a feature unless it knows it works 100%, except for Apple maps, that was a blunder that Apple has never seen, but Microsoft would rather release a broke feature then no feature, that is their problem from my aspect.

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The store was a fun experience and honestly they have a good range of products, and the staff who are there are good but they are lacking a bit in information, sometimes I know that I knew more about a product then they did which shouldn’t be the case.

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How Long Does A Helmet Last & What Happens When You Drop It?

Using The Helmet:

A Helmet has an average of 5 to 6 year shelf life from the day its manufactured, with about 3.5 to 5 years of use. The helmet is single use protective gear, one impact it will protect your head and thats it, that is what it is supposed to do. It has a hard outer shell, impact lining, foam, and then the padding. The foam starts to lose it’s elasticity and starts to become a bit brittle after the four year mark but it depends on the manufacturer. As an example Arai stop’s servicing helmets after 7 years from date of manufacturing, so they are very confident of their helmets and they are one of the best.

Personally I tend to replace my helmet every three and half years but then again I have more then one helmet since there are a lot of cool helmets out there.

A Dropped Helmet:

As I mentioned Helmets are a one time impact time of product, one time and then buy a new one. In reality dropping it off a chair or a low high won’t do anything but cosmetic damage. I have recently dropped my Scorpion Helmet and the rear wing cracked but the helmet seems intact, and it fell off my bike onto the asphalt. It also depends on how well the helmet was constructed, keep in mind that it was designed for an impact with your head inside of it, so if it falls on its own it isn’t too bad. But you can not guarantee then integrity structure without having the helmet xrayed by an expert. If you can’t then it isn’t worth the risk since its supposed to be protecting your head your better off just getting a new one.

So after what the Scorpion has been through, I will be retiring it and using my other helmets at this stage.

MR. ED Book-End

Looking at his extensive library one day, Roderick Vos realized that a scattering of small lights would showcase the books and aid readers. So he designed Mr. Ed, a light bulb held in place by two vertical, book-like shapes. At home on a bookshelf or on a bedside table, Mr. Ed has enough brute strength to act as a bookend. Although Mr. Ed can use any 40-watt bulb, Vos prefers an incandescent bulb for its warm glow. In fact, Vos named Mr. Ed after the inventor of the incandescent, Thomas Alva Edison. Mr. Ed is made of cast aluminum and available in black.

I’m always on the look out for interesting book ends since I try to fit books in all the different areas I have, and when I saw these I loved them. Its rare that you find good functional bookends and in this case the lighting is exactly whats needed between books. The only issue I have is that I don’t have any plugs close or around the current shelving I have, I can use them in a few different places but the best way is to design these into the shelving space you have in mind so the outlets are there and designed in a way that the wiring is hidden. The link below is for the European specs so it would work with us.

Price: $180
Link: Functionals

Pretty Little Things @ Dar Al Sadu

Usually I don’t have time to go to events like these, always something that comes up but this time around I had the free time and decided to go, I went a bit early but it was really worth it. Last time Pretty Little Things was held in a house in one of the residential locations, this time around it was done in Dar Al Sadu just opposite Al Seef Palace. I haven’t been to Dar Al Sadu for a long time and I have to say that I was impressed how well done the place was, I’m going to visit it again at a later time but for now I was checking out some of the stalls and displays on these very talented people.

There was a charity event for the of the Orphans in Kuwait which I think was a fantastic idea, it is being run by Mabarat Khair Al Kuwait. The Orphans are currently in a housing area which is desperate need of reconstruction and refurbishment. They have taken it upon themselves to get this done through the support of this charity. There are about 17 buildings for these Orphans, they are more like prisons in the dilapidated state then they are homes for Children. and the renovation of each building costs around 30’000 KWD so through the help of this charity you can help. You can pick a room to install new tiles, or a new water system, or several areas. They are basically completely overhauling the place and then I think there would be another round to help with the essentials of the homes, and I was really surprised to hear how bad it was, I’m honestly curious to visit them and see if a person can enter them. I honestly always wondered how well Orphans in Kuwait fare and how many are there, and I was very happy to hear that Mabarat Khair Al Kuwait was doing something to help them. And with the help of Pretty Little Things they can help get them there.

Now for the stores that were there it was a mix of several types of stores from different nations other then Kuwait. These are some of the names that I passed by and my favorites are starred, keeping in mind that this is somewhat aimed towards women, more then men. I still liked the overall atmosphere and the people that I met, honestly it does make me proud to see people doing these things and I like the was Dar Al Sadu looked.

Stalls:

  • SO LULU – Lubna Al Nakib Jewelry
  • Lina Jewelry Design
  • Fyunka
  • Pieces By Farah – One Of My Favorites
  • The Yard – The Other Favorite
  • Camellia – Bukhour & Oud
  • Paper Design

Honestly there are somethings there that really impressed me, I do like seem cool designed furniture and thats the one that I liked the most. I think that I was probably one of the only men at that event, but luckily I went just at their opening. One of things that impressed me was the the CashToGo from Ahli Bank, so you could withdraw cash right there to pay for any items.


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Blue Lounge – Milo

Milo is the ideal place to rest your smartphone. A partner on the desk, nightstand or worktop that is dedicated to hold your device while in use or at rest. Milo is a minimal and fun desktop accessory. Perfect for hands-free conferencing, viewing videos or as a simple docking station.

Pros:

  • Mounts To Any Phone Surface
  • Mounts an Phone Size, even the Samsung Note
  • Very nice Aesthetically
  • Looks like its made out of metal when its really plastic and very light
  • Suction on the bottom to hold it in place, and up top to hold the phone in place. Seriously this hi-tec Japanese micro-suction is pure genius.
  • You can use the touch screen and move things around the screen without fear of it falling off the mount

Honestly there are no cons to this product, I don’t think I have ever found a phone holder so perfect. It puts your phone at the perfect angle and it holds it perfectly in place, too perfectly it takes a bit of a tug to get it out of the suction back of the Milo. And for $15 its really worth, I would pay $30 for it because its such a quality made product and very well designed and extremely practical. And I love the look that my phones look like they are just hanging there and I can

Price: $15
Link: BlueLounge


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Dar Nur In 7Zones

I have been hearing about Dar Nur for some time now and wasn’t sure where it was. We found it recently in 7 Zones, which is a new complex in Shuweikh. 7 Zones was supposed to be a new Sun City type location but all indoors with furniture, design, and electronics all under one rood, but due to the legal issues between the original project owners and the land owners it has someone stagnated. It feels like some what of a ghost town but there is a lot of potential for the place. Dar Nur is located on the 1st floor and I don’t have any idea how we found it, you just have to ask security because the place’s design makes you feel like you are in maze and I keep getting lost in it. Dar Nur is store with small furniture, home accessories mostly in a Mordern Islamic and Funky Design.

We were very happy to find the place open since last time when we found it the shop was closed in the evening. I loved the store the moment we walked in, it felt refreshing and a lot to look at. The first thing I noticed other then the furniture and accessories were the books, and I was honestly excited, I love finding Art books about the Middle East and Kuwait so I was rummaging through that for a little bit and picked up two books. There were some very cool acrylic tables which would lovely in any home, and there were some very cool bean bags as well. I love places like these in Kuwait and luckily a few are popping up and each one with their own specific style, I hope to see more shops such as these and I hope they become successful. If you have a chance be sure to check it out it has some fun stuff.


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Moleskine Online US Store

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It no news that I am a huge fan of Moleskine products and almost every notebook they have come up with, I haven’t had enough material or things to write and draw in all the books I have from them but still I can’t help picking one up whenever I see it. At last Moleskine has decided to open an online store, after such a long time to find each and every Moleskine is now so easily available on their website and I didn’t realize there were so many different kinds of Moleskines, I was very much tempted to make a purchase while surfing the site but I will myself from clicking the purchase button.

Link: Moleskine

Andrew Martin Designs

One of the very interesting interior desingers that I really like is Andrew Martin, a very funky British Interior Desinger with a unique style to his items. I love the vintage feel that his furniture has, I even found a vintage USSR Rocket sitting at about 4 meters high in his store. He has some very cool items, and there is a mix of modern and vintage in his style. I don’t know why but I love the Union Jack and he has used it on a lot of his furniture, feels very cool and funky. It would be interesting to put together a room with his style of items.

Link: AndrewMartin


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Borrow Lenses

When choosing a new lens I read up a lot about it, making sure that it fits my needs and use, and if I can get the most out of it. The body of the camera is only half the equation, the lens is the more important half in my opinion, getting the combination right can help with your photography not just your normal skills. So choosing the right lens is very important, I have made a few costly mistakes over the years but I have managed to sell those lenses to used lens store in the UK or on Ebay while in the states during visits so it wasn’t too bad of a hit. Overall my skill in choosing a lens has improved, but still nothing can beat trying out a lens before purchasing and this is what I’m posting about BorrowLenses. Its a service where you can reserve and rent lenses for short periods of time or long periods. The periods can last from 3 days up to 4 weeks with different intervals for renting of 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and 4 weeks. There is a good amount of trust for you to use the item and return in it good condition. Cost range from 10 KD all the way to 200 KD depending on the lens but 200 KD for a 1200 KD lens to use for a month isn’t too bad since you get to experience and really know if you want it or not. Keeping in mind the extra cost of shipping which is probably around 20 – 30 KD, also that you lose from the rental days the amount it takes to get to you but overall I still think its a great deal to try out lenses and equipment you want to try before purchasing.

Lenses & Accessories for:

  • Canon
  • Nikon

Available Items:

  • All Types of Lenses
  • Lighting
  • Water Housing
  • Camera Bags
  • Memory Cards
  • A lot More

Link: BorrowLens