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Zumaround Zum Electric Scooter Review

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

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The Hardwood Flooring Fake Warranty

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

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Finding My Roots Through DNA

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

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Pharrell, Thicke and Smith need to get their money back

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

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Genes, Gender, Generation and Geography

Genes, Gender, Generation and Geography. Why we cannot all get along…. By Sigmund Shonholtz If a conversation is worth starting, it is worth investing in, because we never know where it will take us. About ten years ago, I had a conversation which sparked an ember and set me off on an inquiry. I was … Continue reading Genes, Gender, Generation and Geography

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Freestyle Pro-Scooters without the tricks?

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?

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Half a century of scooting

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

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From a one foot hop to E-Bikes

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

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The Selfie, a decade before the Selfie

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

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Home-Made Natural Deodorant

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

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Sebago and Sperry, Breaking-In, Boating and Loafing

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

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The Next Generation Of Scooters Is Moving To The Dirt

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

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The Nimble Cargo Scooter

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

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Can I seriously consider an electric car yet?

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?

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Thinnest Wallet Possible? Dynomighty Mighty Case Cards

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

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My Afternoon with Andy

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

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Gmail Contacts To The Rescue For A Neat Freak.

By Jeffrey the Barak I am an Apple Head and a Google Head. I love my Apple computer and I also love my Google services. I use Gmail to manage all of my email across several accounts and for many years now Gmail has been perfect. But managing contacts is an important aspect of using … Continue reading Gmail Contacts To The Rescue For A Neat Freak.

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Mobile Telephones are no longer Shaving Razors

By Jeffrey the Barak When you buy a certain make and model of razor, say for example the Gillette Fusion, you get the handle part at a very low price in relation to the manufacturer cost. But it only takes one type of cartridge, and over the years, the profit from selling you these cartridges … Continue reading Mobile Telephones are no longer Shaving Razors

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Man Bags

Burberry tote By Jeffrey the Barak Most men need a man bag despite some negative reactions from others. Until recently, it was difficult for men to be able to comfortably walk around in public with a nice bag for all of their stuff. But just like women, who need purses and handbags of various sizes to … Continue reading Man Bags

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Yes, cats do smell terrible.

By Jeffrey the Barak Despite what you think, your cat stinks and so does your home. Any cat owner reading this will immediately dive into a state of denial. They will say, cats do not smell, they are very clean animals. but they are basing such assumptions on their own senses, and these are not … Continue reading Yes, cats do smell terrible.

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Are we building the wrong way?

By Jeffrey the Barak Most Westerners live in one of two types of house. Either it is masonry, solid, strong, but not much good in an earthquake, or they are in a wood-frame cage with the gaps filled in with drywall and stucco. High rise dwellers may instead be in a steel cage with concrete … Continue reading Are we building the wrong way?

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Operating Systems for Humans

By Jeffrey the Barak Even people who shun computers, smartphones, remote controls and anything with a recognizable interface cannot avoid operating systems. If they adjust their home’s heating and cooling, or cook in a microwave, or operate a modern motor vehicle they are in a small way using an operating system. The bridge of a … Continue reading Operating Systems for Humans

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The Mibo Gepard Kick Scooter Review

By Jeffrey the Barak I have been waffling on in recent articles about kick-scooters about how much I miss pneumatic tires. Yes, the small solid tired folding scooters are convenient and portable, and in the cases of the Know-Ped and the KickPed are also reasonably comfortable at slower speeds on slightly rougher surfaces, but it … Continue reading The Mibo Gepard Kick Scooter Review

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Admitting to the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters

By Karen Little April 2013 Have you ever wondered whether the Old Masters, whose drawings, painting, prints, and statues fill space in world-class museums, had drawing skills that far exceed those of today’s artists? Or do you suspect that those Old Masters might have used technology to improve their techniques, the result of which increased … Continue reading Admitting to the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters