Six Decades of Scooting

By Jeffrey the Barak. Towards the end of this ever-expanding article I have added edits updating to this year, but the article was first published in 2015 under the original title “Half a Century of Scooting”. Edits are ongoing, so this article is like a blog in itself. 2015. I may have a few decades … Read more

The Basics of Riding a Kick Scooter

By Jeffrey the Barak. Not everyone can immediately step onto a kick scooter and know how to ride it. For some, it is a challenge, and this can be hard to understand if you scoot without thinking about it. But the experienced scooter rider who only uses certain techniques can be missing out on a … Read more

Ped Number Five, The Return Of The KickPed

By Jeffrey the Barak. I’ve been through a lot of scooters over the decades, at least nineteen kick scooters and five electrics. I usually buy new scooters, but this month, as I found myself wanting a 5th Ped-style scooter, I determined that the last new one may have already been manufactured by the current owners … Read more

Things to consider before you buy a scooter

By Jeffrey the Barak. Why is this article here? the-vu has been publishing articles about scooters for two decades, mostly written by myself. Lately, reviews and descriptions have been commonplace on YouTube and in many ways a YouTube video is a better way to get information about scooters and scooting. However, there are so many … Read more

YouTube vs Blog

This magazine, started in 2000, has always published varied and interesting articles. At some point in the last two decades, it became a blog. It is a blog now. As the founder and publisher, I find that If I want to read about or otherwise consume information about a particular subject, I find myself doing … Read more

Jalousies, or louvered windows. The best way to clean them (Revised)

By Jeffrey the Barak. This is the third rewrite of this old article, because research is ongoing. I have hundreds of jalousie panes to clean at home. I live in Hawai’i where they are very popular, as they are good for allowing the trade winds keep the house cool. Cleaning these multiple panes of glass … Read more

Trim, Don’t Shave! Philips Norelco OneBlade, Face and Body

By Jeffrey the Barak. This is an independent customer/user review. No compensation, discount, reward or free-items were received by the writer. This inexpensive device can replace all razors, shavers, and trimmers and leave you comfortable. and non-irritated. It is so good that I was driven to share my impressions in this magazine review. This OneBlade … Read more

The State of Scooting in 2019

By Jeffrey the Barak. From 2000 to today, almost two decades, this magazine, the-vu, has been dominated by articles about scooters. For most of those years it was hard to find anything written about scooters, and even harder to actually come across a person riding one. Scooters eventually entered the consciousness of most people during … Read more

Turbowheel Dart (Zero 9) Tire upgrade.

By Jeffrey the Barak. Conclusion: The new Zero tire is much better than the stock Hota tire, but installation on the rear wheel is very difficult. Now if you want to take the above, and leave, no problem, but here is the full article! eWheels introduced an upgraded tire and inner tube set that is … Read more

That Hawai’ian trip, 82 million years ago

By Jeffrey the Barak. Let’s say you are hanging out near Hilo on the big island of Hawai’i and wondering what was going on in the neighborhood, oh let’s say, 82 million years ago. Well if you had a time machine and went back 82 million years or so, you might find yourself in a … Read more

Turbowheel Dart (Zero 9) Electric scooter review

By Jeffrey the Barak. My fifth electric scooter, a Turbowheel Dart, is so far proving to have been a very good choice. The “Turbowheel Dart” is mostly the same as the “Falcon PEV Zero 9” and also the “Sonic 600w 48V”. Once an extremely rare and eccentric choice, an electric scooter today is something that … Read more

Electric Scooters in 2019

By Jeffrey the Barak It is 2019 and that means I have been writing articles about electric scooters in the-vu for 19 years. A lot has changed since I was retiring my first electric scooter in 2000, and reviewing my second. Electric cars are now beginning their slow takeover of fuel cars, led by Tesla, … Read more

Have I already bought my last ever combustion engined car?

By Jeffrey the Barak. I have been writing about electric cars and electric scooters in the-vu for eighteen years. Most of my articles have been purged via my role as sole editor, because they were so laughably out of date. Gone are the days when I would have to search for anything electric in a … Read more

Switching from mechanical analog, to quartz digital watches

By Jeffrey the Barak. I have been a quite an avid watch collector and flipper for some time, buying and selling my way through dozens of wildly different styles, (mostly Seiko), albeit with three periods of minimalist one-watch heaven. I have always preferred dive watches and big watches, and been a heavy user of the … Read more

The Various Types Of Non-Believers

By Jeffrey the Barak. The Anti-Theist Anti-Theists don’t just look away from religion and beliefs, they stand up and speak out about how such beliefs are false and wrong. They feel strongly enough about it to be impolite or confrontational, not out of hatred or intolerance, but out of the desire for truth and logic … Read more

Unimportant Subject Matter?

By Jeffrey the Barak. All writing is important, as are all subjects. One magazine or blog cannot solve the problems of the world. This is why the-vu expounds on subjects as diverse as drums, cars, scooters, abandoned highways and many other topics of specialized interest. Obviously, while we do this, there are criminals in charge … Read more

Stop Damping Your Drums

By Jeffrey the Barak. Damping, otherwise known as muting or muffling. When finally realizing that each part of the drum kit is a musical instrument, the common practice of damping becomes unadvisable. How many drummers take thousands of dollars worth of craftsman made drums and detune them, put on double-ply heads, slap yards of duct … Read more

The great 2018 decluttering

By Jeffrey the Barak. Painful as it may be to take a writer’s hard work and unpublish it, after 18 years it was time to look at this ancient online magazine with eyes of steel. Many old articles have been unpublished, including many of my own. Most articles on the subject of health have gone, … Read more

Ojo Commuter Scooter Review

By Jeffrey the Barak. If Dr. Seuss were to illustrate a motor scooter, it might get skinnier and taller, and the wheels might get smaller, and it would probably look a lot like this OJO. I bought the black one, from Best Buy who were selling these for a while. I think they no longer … Read more

The Bialetti Moka Pot and Cafe Bustelo

By Jeffrey the Barak. The Bialetti Moka Pot and Cafe Bustelo, an Italian and Cuban-American collaboration resulting in beautiful coffee. There are many ways to buy a cup of coffee, and also many ways to make a cup of coffee at home. One device that you will probably find in any Italian kitchen is an old, … Read more

Roland Octapad SPD-30 as a mini-kit. A real drummer’s review

By Jeffrey the Barak. Wait a minute, it’s 2016. Why would someone write a review of an SPD-30 now, when it came out in 2010? Good question. Firstly it’s still the newest model, and secondly, I just bought one, for the following reason. I am now in a situation where having a big drum set … Read more

NAMM 2016 – A quest for a compact multipad drum kit

By Jeffrey the Barak. Having the opportunity this year to attend NAMM, that is the National Association of Music Merchants Incorporated, show, in Anaheim, California, I decided to take a very selective approach and set off on a quest for a professional-quality, tiny, electronic drum set, that can be played with sticks. The Show Briefly, … Read more

Sweetened Condensed Milk, Goodbye Old Friend

By Jeffrey the Barak. For the last thirty years or so, I have been slightly unwell. A constant pressure, bloating, inflammation. The ever present acid inside. I have taken pills and put up with it, and even become used to it except when it really flared up. I gave up wheat ten years ago and … Read more

Flykly Smart Ped Folding Kick-Assist Scooter

By Jeffrey the Barak. Scooters. I am obsessed with them. I have so far owned at least sixteen human-powered scooters and three electrics. The Flykly scooter is something altogether quite new. It seems to have checked many boxes from the wish lists of the scooter fanatic community, and in doing so will have an appeal … Read more

Kickbike Cruise Max 20 Reviewed. Comfy all-day cruiser.

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 … Read more

Why does my Cappuccino keep changing?

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 … Read more

America, it is time to get off your sore butt and ride a Kickbike

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 … Read more

Personal Transportation Devices for the 21st Century

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 … Read more

Skujou, Electric Scooter startup in Hamburg

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 … Read more

Zumaround Zum Electric Scooter Review

By Jeffrey the Barak. Edit: date 2019. This article was researched and written in 2015, shortly before the appearance of many fast electric scooters with full suspension and smaller tires. In this article we are coming from the perspective of rigid frames and large bicycle tires. This design approach is nearly extinct in 2019. But … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more