The future of health & fitness trackers

CES is still in full swing in Vegas and I have to admit that I’ve seen some pretty interesting things come out of it. Especially the new technology around home automation. Can’t wait to have some of those items hit the markets, come down in price and then end up in my home.

With all the new gadgets that are being announced around health and fitness, and there are definitely some pretty cool ones, I feel like they’ve all missed the mark. They’re all doing the same old thing by copying each other with their fitness tracking bands, scales, apps, etc. There’s nothing really ‘new’ and innovative being announced. In addition to not seeing anything truly innovative, they aren’t addressing one major issue that all these wrist bands and techno watches have… what if I already have a watch I like?

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Review: The 2015 Ford F250

A few weeks ago, back at the start of December when the Mrs and I moved into our house, I was given the opportunity to drive an 2015 F 250 crew cab diesel for a week. At first, I was supposed to get the F 250 to help us with our move, but when the city got hit with -30C and a foot of snow, that got delayed by a couple of days. Even so, the time that I did have the truck was great!

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Honeymooning in Thailand

It’s been just over a month since my last post went live (sorry about that) but I promise I haven’t just been sitting around not doing anything. Nope, for the better part of December, the Mrs and I traveled over the Pacific ocean to the land of sun, beaches, monkeys and soooo many people. We spend three weeks in Thailand!

As far as I can recall, Thailand has always been one of the top places I wanted to visit. And why not with its beautiful long golden beaches, clear and warm ocean waters, mountainous jungle villages and more smells from spices and markets than you could imagine. Thailand has a lot to offer the honeymooner, especially if you’re looking for a mix of relaxation, pampering, adventure and entertainment. 

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A letter to my MLA about Bill 10

This is a guest post from a good friend who is passionate about building his community. He sent this letter to his local MLA and copied the Premier and Education Minister.

I don’t usually do guest posts but in this case, I thought it was very appropriate considering everything that is happening around Alberta’s Bill 10. If you’re not aware, Bill 10 amends the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect our Children and denies students the automatic right to form gay-straight alliances.

If you don’t know what your MLA voted, check page 8 of this Votes & Proceedings document. 

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Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta

A few weeks back I drove and reviewed a luxurious Lincoln Navigator. Man, I loved driving that thing.

Following the Navigator, Ford hooked me up with a 2014 Fiesta SE for a week. It also happened to be the same week where Edmonton got it’s first decent snow fall, but more on that later.

My first impression of the Fiesta is that it was a very very small car. Looking at it parked beside an F150 was like looking at a small dog standing beside a horse. Actually, the moment I got my 6’2″ frame into the Fiesta’s driver seat, I immediately thought of a clip from Tommy Boy. Go about 25 seconds in and you’ll understand…

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We’ve moved

For the past 2.5yrs, I’ve lived in a one bedroom 649 square foot condo on Edmonton’s most sought after street for downtown dwellers. My condo, which I rented, was on the 18th floor with a west facing view/balcony of  The Century building, which is located on 104th street and 102nd avenue. It had heated underground parking, the city centre market outside my front door and enough cool coffee shops and restaurants within a 5 min walk that I would never actually have to cook (even though I did).

My bachelor pad in the sky is where the Mrs and I became friends, fell in love and created many memories. 

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New Addiction: Clash of Clans

It all started on a weekend trip to Canmore with a few friends. Naomi and John were playing this Sims looking game on their iPad and iPhone and I leaned over to see what it was. I asked if they could explain it to me and before I knew it, I had my own village, was part of their clan and had a new addiction. All within a few hours.

I know I’m not alone when I say this but I have a video game problem. I get completely hooked on the story line or building of anything. Doesn’t matter what it is, if there’s some strategy and or a storyline involved and I start playing it, I have to finish and find out all the details. It’s bad, I know. 

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Review: Harry’s Razors

Being bald is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it takes me practically no time to get ready in the morning and a curse because I have spent a lot of money on razors over the years.

If I think about it, I’ve been bald for just over 11 years. Since I shave my head approximately once a week, which isn’t that much compared to other bald guys that shave every day, then that means I’ve shaved my head 572 times, give or take. For most of those shaves I’ve used something like the Shick Xtreme3 disposable razor.  It’s got 3 blades and works for about 2 full head shaves before it goes dull. If I buy them in a pack of 8 (about $10), I end up spending $10 every 4 months on razors. Not too bad for a decent shave.

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Review: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

A few weeks ago I was asked to review the 2015 Lincoln Navigator. Never having driven a Lincoln, and knowing that I had a couple road trips coming up, I thought it would be fitting to do the review while seeing how many kilometers I could put on this brand new vehicle. I got it with just over 1,200kms….

Initial thoughts

I jumped into the driver seat, looked back and immediately started laughing. This vehicle is not only huge but provides a whole new level of luxury that I’m not used to seeing in an SUV. Which one should expect for a vehicle that costs $86,760.

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Review: MVMT Watches

I’ve always loved minimalist watches so when I found MVMT watches, I knew I would eventually have to buy one. With a beautifully minimalist design and the idea of supporting a startup, I decided I would spend the $95 USD and order myself the classic white face with black leather strap (shown above). And then, I waited… and waited… and waited…

Truth be told, I received my watch in the mail exactly one month after placing the order. That may not sound like a long time to some of you, or something I should be bitching about in a blog post, but I’ve been buying online for quite some time and standard shipping to Canada for almost any product is 5-7 business days. One month is not okay. Not even for a startup that was funded on Indiegogo. If anything, they should have the best shipping options available so that their customers get their product right away.

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