Most of us exercise because we want to shed weight, build muscle mass, or tone our physique. These are all great reasons to hit the gym, however, there’s another benefit to sticking to a fitness routine. You see, certain types of exercises can also improve the way you move around your day, help you maintain proper posture and reduce the risk of injuries. What am I talking about? Well, the name for it is functional training. Read More
When it comes to camping there is no doubt that a good night’s sleep starts with having the right type of mattress. Speaking from personal experience, having little to no sleep when camping can turn into a real nightmare especially if you plan on having some interesting activities the next day like exploring the place or hiking. Now, let me get something out of chest from the very start – you can right here and right now forget about all the “dreamy” commercials that try to convince you how precisely this product is ideal for everyone. The truth is that there is no such thing as ‘fit for everyone’ product because we are all different, so if a sleeping bag, for example, works for me, it might not work for you. It is safe to say that the golden rule is the more you read the more you know (the more you try, in my case, as I tried a lot of types of camping beds). That being said, keep reading if you want to narrow down your choices. Read More
Educational toys and games can have a great impact on a child’s development by contributing to his/her intellectual, social and motor development. Learning through games comes naturally for every child, thus accumulating new bits of information can be turned into a fun experience for them. With that in mind, along with the fact that children today spend a lot, I mean, A LOT of time in front of screens, there’s a need to combine the two aspects in the best possible way. So, why not invest in Osmo game kit and transform your iPad into an educational and useful piece of technology. Did I get you interested? Let’s learn more!
Osmo toys and games combine physical play with digital apps. The Osmo game kit comes neatly packed with a holder for an iPad, a camera add-on and a few physical pieces. In order to make it work, you also need the Osmo applications. The game options vary, and each of them offers different useful activities – all designed to challenge children and make them feel good and encouraged after they complete a level. First, I would like to mention the Tangram game. This game asks the child to arrange colored wooden Tangram pieces to match what they see on the screen. Some of the puzzles are more demanding, but that is one of the features that make these games educational.
Secondly, there are also the letter tiles used for the Words game. This game offers more levels and ways of playing, and each level is more challenging and useful. Children listen letters being spelled and try to find the correct one, and they mix and match letters to make words. The third option available with Osmo games is the Coding game. This one is recommended for children over 5, but younger kids like it too and often try it. This is how it works – kids combine physical blocks to make code and navigate an onscreen character. An additional fun feature of this game is the possibility to use the arrow to set the direction of the moving blocks. In order to make progress with this game, kids need to think and engage more strongly.
Except for these, there are many other applications that make Osmo games appropriate for a lot of kids’ ages. There are Number apps, for math development, then the Masterpiece drawing app, which allows children to trace pictures and improve their motor skills, and there is even a Pizza game, which transforms children into pizza chefs by using physical pieces corresponded with the Osmo app. Finally, in my opinion, the Osmo toys and games are the optimal solutions for parents who want to encourage their children to do some physical activities, while at the same time, making them happy with the inclusion of digital things.
While it may not win many style points and it’s not particularly interesting, the double-sided tape may just be your DIY project’s best-kept secret. Whether you’re laminating, splicing, seaming, mounting or bonding two objects together, the double-sided tape has proven to be a more efficient method than conventional screws, glues, and rivets. Why do I claim this? Simply because it is economical, it doesn’t require any drying time, creates very little waste, adheres rather quickly, doesn’t require any cleanup, and ensures air, vapour, and water-tight barriers.
It’s made by applying a thin adhesive layer to both sides of a carrier substrate material, and it’s used in a wide range of industries for a wide range of applications. 3M is one of the most popular manufacturers of industrial double sided tape, and their 3M VHB double sided tape is world-renowned. Double sided tape allows for better craftsmanship and a neater look of the end-product.
3M VHB double sided tape can be either thin or thick, and it can be coated with acrylic, rubber or a modified version of rubber and acrylic with mixed properties. Double sided tapes that feature a thick bonding system are typically better able to bond to non-uniform, unusual and highly textured and patterned surfaces. Thick bonding systems also include a foam carrier layer, and they may greatly vary in strength. On the other hand, thin bonding systems, as their name implies, are much thinner and sometimes consist of only pure adhesive on a thin silicone liner.
While there are many different types of double-sided tapes, such as foam, cotton, and paper, there’s a relatively new type that has taken the market by surprise and is becoming increasingly more popular nowadays – acrylic foam. Acrylic foam is made of a layer of foam coated with acrylic adhesive on both sides and covered by a red liner. This type is stronger and more durable than other types, especially in harsh industrial environments and when exposed to direct sunlight or extreme cold.
And while it is not as versatile as duct tape, as aforementioned, double sided tape still has a wide range of use. It’s commonly used for house wrapping and vapour barrier seaming, improving acoustics and sound, graphic arts and signage and convention and expo events for laying down temporary carpets. There are many more applications for double-sided tape, and listing all of them is impossible. That being said, confirm whether double sided tape works for your particular project, and if it does, you’ll find that no other tape can beat it.
As much as we hate to admit it, we’ve become far too reliant on electricity. Even when we venture out the city and into the wilderness for a camping trip we look for ways to take at least some of it with us. And can you blame us for that? Electricity is just an extra layer of convenience – it gives us entertainment and it makes things like cooking much easier. But when you’re out in the wilderness, having access to electricity can be quite difficult, especially if you aren’t in a camping ground. Many people use their vehicle’s battery to run their appliances, but that’s not a good idea, because it can drain it and leave you stranded. The perfect alternative? Leisure batteries. Read More
Whether you’re building your own BMX from scratch, or you only want to replace the existing seat, there are many important things you ought to consider prior to purchasing a new seat. The different features you need to pay attention to depend on the riding style, level of experience and also have to do with the level of durability and comfort.
Since durability is generally the first thing to look into regardless of the type of seat, let’s see the different materials used for the making of this part. Usually, a typical BMX set will include moulded plastic, polyurethane foam padding and synthetic or leather cover. Choosing a seat that has a cover made of natural leather means more comfort and durability, but these are more expensive. The synthetic ones, on the other hand, are hard, less comfortable and consequently, cheaper. The bumpers on almost all BMX seats are plastic or Kevlar. They are present at the nose and the sides and serve for protection against impacts.
One of the main things that differentiate one BMX seat from another is the type of seatpost fitment used. This refers to how the bottom of the seat is attached to the top of the seatpost. The five main fitment types are integrated, standard, railed, pivotal and tripod fitments.
This is the case where the seat and seatpost come as one unit and cannot be separated from each other. With these setups, it’s very important to make sure the seatpost diameter and the interior diameter of the bike’s seat tube are a good match. Generally, the sizes range from 22.2mm up to 35mm in diameter. You might be able to find out which size you need by check your current post since the size might be stamped below the minimum insertion line. Or you can try to find the specs online.
This term stands for a simple metal pipe which slides into the seat tube. The saddle is bolted onto the top with the help of a small clamp usually called the ‘seat guts’. This type of seatpost fitment is common for low-budget bikes. An experienced rider will tell you hat the seat guts can be obtrusive, especially when doing tricks for which the seat had to be gripped by the thighs.
The pivotal BMX seat has become the newer standard as of late. This setup consists of a top that is moulded using a series of adjustment grooves and that’s where the BMX set is placed. The two parts are secured with a single bolt which passes through the top of the seat. This is what makes a pivotal BMX seat recognizable – the bolt slot that’s placed between the nose and tail. These seats can only be used with pivotal seatposts and vice-versa.
Also called ‘micro-adjust’ seatposts, these are similar to the MTB and road bike standard. They feature twin rails underneath the BMX seat and a twin-bolt clamp on top of the seatpost that matches the rails.
A new type, that just like the pivotal one, is becoming increasingly popular standard. These setups feature a triangular plate at the top of the seatpost and bolts in each corner. This means that the seat offers three points of support.
When it comes to diving in a new field that you are not very much familiar with, it is important to first get the basics down so that you can start advancing and reach new levels of knowledge. But learning a few things here and a few things there is simply not going to cut it if you want to become proficient in a certain area. The smartest and fastest way to do it is to take an entire course on the matter and learn as much as possible. So, it’s really up to you – do you want to scratch your head or stay ahead? Read More
Flashlights are enormously popular and much-needed pieces of gear for everyone – from military/enforcement personnel and hikers to campers, hunters, dog walkers, etc. Old flashlight models did not have the power to provide enough light for cases like a power outage or when out camping, but the great advances in technology have transformed the flashlight into a valuable multipurpose tool with many benefits for its user. Read More
Gymnastics is a wonderful physical activity that can not only increase your flexibility and improve your general health but also help you get in touch with your body and mind. Kind of like yoga, but a lot more fun. So, no wonder more and more people practice gymnastics outside of the gym class. But practicing this sport at home carries some risks if you’re inexperienced or don’t use the right equipment and accessories. Since it’s an activity that involves drops and heavy landings, it’s important to have a good gymnastics mat that can cushion them and prevent injuries. Here’s what you need to look for in a mat. Read More
Back in the days, we didn’t care too much about what was happening inside our PC case, even less so around it, as long as everything was working fine. However, times have changed, and we’ve gotten (slightly) smarter, and more interested in taking care of this valuable possession. Plus, today more and more people are looking to build their own computers, and have to choose one of the different ways to cool them down in order to get the best possible performance.
The most popular way to cool down a computer by far is with the help of heat fans and sinks, which leads to the main point of this article – managing the cables inside the case. Even in liquid-cooled computers, which are becoming increasingly more popular lately, cable management can be extremely important. That being said, ensuring your cables are tidily arranged and secured with cable wire ties can be the difference maker between a well-cooled and quiet PC, and a poorly-performing, loud PC whose parts will wear down faster than you’d like.
Besides cable wire ties, there are a couple of other simple and affordable tools you can get your hands on in order to ensure proper cable management. Some of these tools include a screwdriver, pliers, twist-ties, rubber bands or hairbands, wire cutters, ESD-compliant electrical tape, etc. However, there are also some commonly used tools that you should avoid at all cost, like zip-ties, for example, which need to be cut away in case you need to rewire your PC or remove a component, as you could easily cut a cable accidentally instead.
There is no definitive way to manage the cables on your PC, but here’s some advice that can help you assemble and lay out the cables and components of your rig.
- The power supply should go first, as it usually has the largest cables which can act as support for the smaller ones;
- Get the drives out of the way sooner rather than later;
- Ensure you put the CPU and RAM and their heat-sink before putting them into the PC case;
- Think ahead when shopping for case fans, consider beforehand where you should place them for ideal performance;
- If you have more than one PCI slot, consider which one would be best for your video card, as it’s the hottest component by far. Avoid placing too many hot components nearby to avoid them releasing warmth near each other;
- Get creative with your peripherals. Your main goal with them is to avoid blocking air flow;
- Look for possible ways to hide the other cables and use cable ties to hold them as close as possible, so that they’re not scattered all over the place.
Even though most of us love the modern way of life for its convenience, there’s no denying that it has made us all lazier and unhealthier. One of the biggest issues most adults face nowadays, that they don’t even realise is an issue, is the sedentary lifestyle. Sitting 8 hours a day in an office chair that in most of the cases lacks the basic ergonomic features, plus commuting back and forth to work can take a toll on a person’s health, resulting in chronic lower back pain, neck pain, etc. Luckily, today there are numerous ergonomic office products that can help improve your health while at work, but for some of us, that’s simply not enough. Personally, I spend about an hour commuting to work, and my car seat isn’t that comfortable. I spent years in discomfort before I discovered that orthopedic seat cushions exist.