If you read our site regularly, you know that I’ve become a big fan of Buick cars over the last few years. We’ve tested various models, such as Buick LaCrosse
we drove in New England in February during the dead of winter and last year’s Enclave model
which we took to the Adirondacks last summer. I’ve had the great pleasure of being able to drive them on some of our family travel
escapes, so we were thrilled to be able to test out the latest and greatest from Buick – their 2017 Buick Enclave
, one of the best choices in their line for families in the luxury category.
The above shot was taken during our tour of the Finger Lakes in August in upstate New York
This mid-sized SUV can actually fit up to 8 people although we only needed it for four on this particular trip. That said, the extra space was a godsend for all the luggage we had on our summer getaway, which covered upstate New York, New Hampshire and finally Newport. The first thing you’ll feel in the even more spacious 2017 Enclave is a sense of openness,…
The SAND Conference
(aka Science and Non Duality
for those new to the event or concept) is one of my favorite events of the year. The event weaves in dialogue around consciousness, mind/body balance and meditation with science, art and technology all in one place — you are bound to think about the world in a new way by the end of the weekend. From experiential classes on sound, art, meditation, Qigong, yoga, breathing, and tantra, to lectures on Quantum Physics and everything in between, SAND
brings together an incredible group of smart and caring thinkers that will leave you more than just a little transformed.
Held every year in San Jose California, be sure to read up my recap of SAND 2015
, SAND 2014
and SAND 2012
Speakers range from Middle East-born Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas)
who is an author and founder of the Diamond Approach
, a spiritual teaching that utilizes a unique kind of inquiry into realization, where the practice is the expression of realization, world renowned guru Deepak Chopra
who has published more than 70 books on consciousness and spirituality, Matthew Fox
, an internationally…
Since we’re planning on expanding our technology coverage on the site in the upcoming months, from mobile and gear to laptops, cameras and more, I thought I’d get a sense of what’s happening on the monitor scene lately as there have been so many advancements and for the first time in years, I missed CES this past year.
I’ve never used any of Acer’s products, so thought I’d start with one of their flatscreen large external monitors to see how it performs, particularly with clarity and vivid colors in mind. After all, when I return from a trip, what’s the first thing I do? Edit photos and upload, so having my photos really pop from the screen is a top priority.
The more photography I do on the road, the more important it is to view those images on a monitor that truly makes them shine. We opted for the Acer XB270HU
to start with for a myriad of reasons. First, I wanted a monitor that was at least 27 inches, preferably 32 inches, which is a great size for an external monitor, especially if you’re keen on watching movies or doing anything in the creative…
While it’s still hard for me to understand astrology on an intellectual level, I’ve had enough mystical experiences with both top astrologists and everyday people who’ve looked me in the eye just to say “you’re definitely a Scorpio.” At this point I’ve accepted that astrology is a part of our lives and has, in my opinion, some sort of imprinting on our personality, countenance, and our relationship with both ourselves and the world at large.
While nothing is written in stone, I’ve found that is can serve as a good compass to explain things that otherwise seem much more confusing than they need to be. Time Passages
has, for me, been a very entertaining and enlightening app on my iPhone that I use sometime as a powerful tool and other times simply as a form of entertainment. The app provides detailed information about your birth-chart and any other cohorts you may decide to program in – the best part is the chart comparison – chart compatibility is rated from 1 to 10 in different arenas such as relationship longevity, sexual attraction, money, and communication.
While I may not always want to agree…
If you happen to be a serial techie, you probably think of Logitech or Microsoft when you think of keyboards and mice and likely know that both offer ergonomic solutions as well. I often find that lesser known brands have unique offerings that are a little more tailored and offer features that the big players don’t for a myriad of reasons.
Recently, we discovered an interesting brand that has a wealth of offerings in the ergonomic space — meet Goldtouch
, whose range is broad enough that there are plenty of smaller more versatile options that make great choices for travelers.
First up is a super stylish wireless mouse that is oh so comfortable — the Goldtouch Bluetooth Comfort Wireless Mouse.
Designed to mirror your hand in a weightless environment, the unique shape of this ergonomic mouse helps to keep your wrist at a natural 24 degree angle to alleviate pressure on tendons and joints. Truth be told, I am on a keyboard often and unlike my developer friends, it’s not coding — it’s everything from search, surfing and uploading photos to writing, editing and a little magic from ordinary photos. After days of this, especially on the road, my hands and…
Technology is weird by definition and travel, as you can observe by clicking through the articles on this channel, can be pretty darn weird, too. It should come as no surprise, then, that travel tech is a decidedly weird sphere.
Then again, the following weird travel tech items are nothing, if not surprising. OK, perhaps occasionally a bit scary and mind-boggling, as well. You might find it difficult to pinpoint exactly which of these pieces of weird travel tech shocks and amazes you the most.
Are you too lazy to drag a rollaboard suitcase behind you, but too strapped for time to rent one of those motorized carts every time you visit an airport? If so, Modobag is the luggage for you. Although Modobag boasts a host of interesting features in addition to its ridability, its main selling point is that it allows fully-grown adults to play choo-choo in crowded public places. The epitome of laziness—and of fun!
More and more airlines are installing seat-back entertainment systems, but if you want the ultimate private viewing experience,
You carry a cell phone around everywhere, right? It goes with you to work, to the gym and when you travel. While we’re huge advocates of keeping them at bay when you talk and in another room when you sleep (use a safe tubular earpiece connector
and put your cell phone on Airplane Mode when it’s on your body — be sure to read our write up on EMF concerns
), it’s hard to do without our phones. Truth be told, we use them for Skype, messaging, surfing the web, watching videos, listening to music, email and more, so with a device that is that prolific in our lives, why not give it a luxurious looking skin?
We discovered several brands we love where both the quality and
design made our cut for top cell phone accessories in the oh so luxe and chic category!!
This Spanish brand offers a number of stylish and elegant choices for your cell phone and for other items, like business cards, wallets and trinkets.In other words, they’re not just about making your cell phone luxe, although I’d argue that this “carry all” leather case could also serve as a great carrying…
We discovered a useful product find for avid travelers with smart phones. Meet Phantom Glass, a tempered glass screen protector designed for smartphones, tablets, and cameras. Phantom Glass is made using the most durable tempered glass, which ensures that Phantom Glass will resist most impacts and scratches, and ensures that your device is protected. The glass protector is also engineered so that in the event of breaking, it does so in a what that is 100% safe to the touch. There are no hazardous shards of glass or sharp edges. Bravo!
Their proprietary and patent-pending silicone nano-adhesion layer ensures that Phantom Glass installs in under 30 seconds, with no bubbles, liquids, or special techniques. To use, simply align Phantom Glass with your device, and Phantom Glass will install itself. The silicone nano-adhesion will never leave gross residue on your device when removed, which we found to be a great feature.
Unlike any other screen protector out there, Phantom Glass is treated with a specially engineered oleophobic nano-coating to ensure that fingerprints and residue wipe off with ease, another great feature as we’ve had “fails” with other products in the past. This coating is applied using a unique
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