By Jeffrey the Barak Walking around the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show gives us the opportunity to see cars, almost every type of car. Even the marques who choose not to display here are usually to be found in the aftermarket hall. The big newcomer this year was Alfa Romeo, if you can call a … Continue reading 2015 L.A. Auto Show. Interior Design, Upsizing and Tricky Bumpers.
By Jeffrey the Barak I am a happy owner of a gasoline engined, Volkswagen Rabbit, (USA Golf Mark V), that I bought new in 2008, and which is in near perfect condition with exceptionally low mileage. It has more value to me in this condition that I could ever resell it for, and it is … Continue reading Own a Diesel VW? What should you do?
By Jeffrey the Barak In today’s world, men carry as much stuff around as women. This is primarily due to electronics that did not previously exist, but modern men need more personal items as well. The days of stuffing money, identification and keys into trouser pockets and going out the door for a full day, … Continue reading The Four Acceptable Man Bags
By Jeffrey the Barak The Kickbike Cruise Max 20 is a special Kickbike model designed for easy all day cruising at a comfortable speed. It is not a racing scooter, although it can keep up with one, and can even sail past one when the road gets a bit bumpy. The combination of the very … Continue reading Kickbike Cruise Max 20 Reviewed. Comfy all-day cruiser.
By Jeffrey the Barak The Cappuccino, the favorite morning pick me up for Italians that evolved into any any time of day drink for the rest of the world, was originally a single shot of espresso, with about the same volume of steamed milk, and about the same volume of milk foam on top. It … Continue reading Why does my Cappuccino keep changing?
By Jeffrey the Barak Some people love bicycles, but many cyclists have a love-hate relationship with them. The phrase Pain In The Butt is perfect for describing it. A soft saddle hurts your butt. A large saddle hurts your butt. A gel saddle is hard as a rock. A narrow leather racing saddle hurts a … Continue reading America, it is time to get off your sore butt and ride a Kickbike
By Jeffrey the Barak A personal transportation device can be anything that gets a person around town, without a car. It could be the common, world-changing, bicycle, but we all know about those machines. This article introduces a passion of mine, personal transportation devices that are not bicycles. In many of my scooter reviews and … Continue reading Personal Transportation Devices for the 21st Century
By Sigmund Shonholtz Learning another language as an adult is not easy. One of the most difficult aspects is learning how to pronounce words with sounds you’ve never used in your native tongue. The Four Pillars Method is intended to help with this daunting task by deconstructing the process. I developed this method over many … Continue reading The Four Pillars Method for Speaking More Clearly
By Felix Dorling “Scooters are for kids aren’t they?” I’ve received mixed responses since bringing my new scooter into the office but it doesn’t bother me one bit. My commute to work used to be a minefield of car dodging, maneuvering between buses and avoiding those pesky white vans but since I swapped my bike … Continue reading The new all-terrain commuter scooter
By Jeffrey the Barak Recently in the-vu we reviewed the Zumaround Zum electric scooter and consequently we recently received a press release for a new German design, still in it’s capital crowdsourcing stage. The prototype Skujou Cruise looks great and the specs are excellent, so we introduce it here, although you cannot buy one just … Continue reading Skujou, Electric Scooter startup in Hamburg
By Jeffrey the Barak Sometimes, as humans, we measure the value or worth of a hapless animal by how much money we can get from it. A performing whale is worth millions of dollars in ocean zoo admission fees. A dairy cow is worth thousands of dollars in milk revenue, etc. Of course this is … Continue reading Tunicates to the rescue
This is something that is truly new and clever, and yet silly at the same time. For the well dressed surfer, or someone who wants to quickly transition from ocean to boardroom, this had to be invented. A sharp slim black or blue suit, or even a black tux, with shirts and ties to accessorize. … Continue reading True Wetsuits by Quiksilver
By Jeffrey the Barak Fifteen years ago in this same magazine, in July 2000 to be exact, I wrote an article about electric scooters, as I had just acquired my second and was enjoying it quite a bit. Now, in 2015, things have changed, especially batteries and motor systems, so it is time to revisit … Continue reading Zumaround Zum Electric Scooter Review
By Jeffrey the Barak When you buy a hardwood flooring, or engineered hardwood flooring system for your home, the flooring retailer will tell you with the tone of a stern and dire warning that in order for the warranty to be valid and effective on your floor, you have to glue it to the concrete … Continue reading The Hardwood Flooring Fake Warranty
By Jeffrey the Barak How my knowledge of my ancestry suddenly jumped from the 19th Century to tens of thousands of years ago. A couple of months ago a friend told me she had used an online DNA testing service, 23andMe, to research her ancestry. The ancestral history of her DNA revealed some unknown ancient … Continue reading Finding My Roots Through DNA
By Jeffrey the Barak Music belongs to the world. In every country and every society there is music, good and bad. This music is categorized, and bundled into pigeonholes so that someone such as yourself can say, “Hey I like Free-Jazz, so I want to hear music that sounds like some of the Free-Jazz that … Continue reading Pharrell, Thicke and Smith need to get their money back
GENES, GENDER, GENERATION, AND GEOGRAPHY… A coincidentalist’s perspective on Earthlinging. By Sigmund Shonholtz Every now and again, I have a conversation with someone that catches my attention and gets me wondering. As I see it, if a conversation is worth starting, it is worth investing in, because I never know where it will take me. About … Continue reading Genes, Gender, Generation and Geography
By Jeffrey the Barak Just lately I have been finding that riding a scooter for a few miles is too tiring to be all the fun it should be, so I have taken to using a bicycle for these intermediate to long distances. Now with a bicycle being a machine, it will give you about … Continue reading Freestyle Pro-Scooters without the tricks?
By Jeffrey the Barak I may have a few decades of life left, but with my 58th birthday coming this week I thought it would be fun to direct via the keyboard some reflections of riding scooters. This a hardcore scooter fanatic ramble that will only appeal to our splendid scooterholic minority, but here goes … Continue reading Half a century of scooting
By Jeffrey the Barak How much do we want to exercise, and how much help do we want from machines and electricity? With electric bicycles, or e-bikes, becoming more common, we can begin to wonder whether we are still pedaling bikes or if we are just gradually switching to quieter and slower motorcycles. Not that … Continue reading From a one foot hop to E-Bikes
or How to be a Self-Entertaining Entity, S.E.E. By Sigmund Shonholtz Be the cause in your coincidence. There are billions of people, animals, and things on this planet, and between them, there are trillions of possible intersections. Combine them with trillions of moments each day, and you have a sauce that will result in thousands … Continue reading Irony is Destiny
The world is obsessed with “The Selfie”. So many people have smartphones, and a desire to share themselves, that wherever you look you see a picture of someone taking their own picture, either alone or with a group. But here at the-vu, this started about ten years ago, thanks to a regular contributor, since deceased, … Continue reading The Selfie, a decade before the Selfie
By Jeffrey the Barak Deodorant of Death? A couple of decades ago, my nephew’s wife mentioned that she was looking for deodorant that did not contain aluminum, because her late mother had died of cancer and she thought that aluminum in deodorant was at least partly to blame. I made no move thereafter to stop … Continue reading Home-Made Natural Deodorant
By Jeffrey the Barak The Western United States is in a drought. The reservoirs are at their lowest levels, the forests are tinder dry and some wells have no water left in them at all. The snow packs on the mountain tops that eventually become drinking water are shrinking ever faster, and the strategy for … Continue reading The Waterless Myth
By Jeffrey the Barak An American classic, the boat shoe is a fashion staple around the world. It is a shoe that a man or woman can wear in hot climates and is an alternative to the flip fop, and yet it is still very functional in it’s intended use, which is walking sure-footedly around … Continue reading Sebago and Sperry, Breaking-In, Boating and Loafing
By David Jones Scooters have been a fun and convenient way to commute around urban areas for years. The growing popularity of scooters led to the formation of freestyle scootering and other scooter-based sports. As these sports gain in popularity, scooter manufacturers create new models of scooters that enhance the ability and safety of the … Continue reading The Next Generation Of Scooters Is Moving To The Dirt
By Jeffrey the Barak The Dwell On Design Show is not about scooters, but among the pre-fab homes, bathroom fixtures and forward-thinking designs for the homes of tomorrow, you do occasionally see certain bicycles, and in this case a variation of a warehouse cargo scooter called the Nimble. The Nimble scooter is low to the … Continue reading The Nimble Cargo Scooter
By Brean Harbervaster. Manufacturers would never make cars that no-one would buy so the very existence of electric cars mean that for some people they are already all you need. If you live in a home that has a place to install the dedicated plug-in charging station that electric cars need while you are asleep … Continue reading Can I seriously consider an electric car yet?
By Jeffrey the Barak I like nice wallets, and I like leather, but the problem with most wallets is they make a few credit cards and a few banknotes into a single object that is up to six times more bulky than the contents alone. Looking for ever skinnier and tinier solutions, I stumbled across … Continue reading Thinnest Wallet Possible? Dynomighty Mighty Case Cards
By Sigmund Shonholtz Andy Warhol once suggested that we all get 15 minutes of fame. What happens if you have your 15 minutes with Andy Warhol himself? Well, that is exactly what happened to me in 1984. I was an advertiser in his Interview magazine. One day, I received a call from Page Powell, Andy’s … Continue reading My Afternoon with Andy