E-vault

30 May

I’m always looking for my papers: monthly pay slip, car insurance, electricity bill, … You never find it when you need it!

I still continue to sort them and store them in my blue file but it’s a pain to look for a specific document … maybe i’m a bit lazy.

Photo May 29, 10 22 48 AM

my blue file

I found the trick, I scan the docs … not with my printer (too far) but with a super cool app on my iPhone! Then, I store it on my dropbox. So I always everything reachable in a split second, love it.

Here’s how to

1/ download the app Scanner For Me on the iTunes store, launch the app

2/ put the document on a different background colour than the document you want to scan

3/ hold the device still until a blue square captures the document

Then save it to the camera roll, send it by mail (if you scan more than one doc, it will build a pdf file instead of 3 pictures) or store it in the iCloud.

4/ little tip: smart-rename your files, or it will be a mess … Like in the blue folder in my closet …

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It’s a cube, it’s a robot? It’s a Cubebot!

11 May

Remember the Rubik’s cube? It was really cool, twisting and turning the faces kept you busy for hours …
The guys from Areaware invented their “Rubik’s cube” but this time is a robot in wood or let’s say it’s a cube that can transform itself as a robot … You think it’s easy? It’s NOT but it’s great fun for everyone from small kids (3+) to grownups!

The fun is to make figures and also try to form the cube shape you discovered when you opened the box.

I like it, it looks cool and put a little bit of design and colours on my messy desk … Need to clean it …

There are 4 sizes to chose from

  • mini, 6.75×9.35″(unfolded), $9,
  •  small, 6.75″ tall with 9.25″ arm span, $18
  • medium, 9.5 inches tall with 13.55 inch arm span, $28
  • and extra large, $250

and plenty of colors

  • white,
  • wood,
  • black,
  • yellow,
  • green,
  • orange,
  • red,
  • blue,
  • and my favorite the multi colors

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Bag it!

4 May

I need a bag, an everyday carry where I can store

  • my external batteries for the iphone,
  • my iPad,
  • my Beats headphones,
  • my kleankanteen bottle,
  • some dry fruits and nuts, and jerky,
  • some cables,
  • a jacket (it’s cold with AC).

Also, it needs to be rugged to survive me, the sunny weather in Florida, the cold winter in NY and small enough to classify as a “handbag” when I fly away.
I want it to be technical with an easy access to my stuff, to be versatile and comfortable when  I’m walking in the metro or longboarding downtown. Also I want to be able to customise it depending on what I’m up to (work day, travel day, lazy day…).

Many brands and models are out there, so it’s not an easy choice.

I like the Victorinox bags, the North Face ones, the Goruck, … and after lots of hesitations, I picked the Fast Pack lightspeed by Triple Aught Design… Let’s call it simply the new generation of everyday carry.

I ordered it on Triple Aught Design website and waited patiently to get it home.

It’s designed for military uses and missions, nothing different than our daily life … Maybe less dangerous though …

More news about my brand new backpack after some tests …

They are swimming with the Sharks!

15 Apr

Biscuit, Huntington Hop and Pescadito

Back then in 2013, the Hamborg family (Pete, Gus and cousin Donnie) faced the Sharks to ask their help to grow their little company that makes biiig boards bringing the Californian dream of landsurfing to the world!

Robert Herjavec jumped on the board and is now part of the story of Hamboards

Thanks to Shark Tank, I discover the landsurfing world and I’m definitively hooked. I never skateboarded before, now I own 3 Hamboards boards (the Biscuit, the Huntington Hop and  my brand new one of a kind Pescadito) and I’m landsurfing every morning before work!

Hamboards will be back on TV and will be featured on ABC’s Hit TV Show Beyond the Tank at 10/9c on April 19th, 2016. Don’t miss it, I won’t!!

Also don’t miss to read

    For the beach, trail and the couch …

    11 Apr

    From the beach to the trail, or the trail to the beach … Or just to chill on the couch …

    It’s always a nightmare to buy a bathing suit … It’s for the beach, for the pool, … But basically for only some occasions, not your everyday wear but .. This can change with the H2O collection by Lulu Lemon.

    The H2O line is made with Aquelu fabric

    • Made from recycled nylon
    • With Xtra Life Lycra finer for shape retention
    • And offers UPF50+ for sun protection!

    I love it, and bought the Speed Short H2O (comes with the undies inside) and a reversible top.

    And here I was swimming like a mermaid in the ocean with my new swimming suit, when back on the beach I dried under the sun in no time and could walk back home in style.
    The short is priced $68, the top is $58 (but I bought it on sale … $39, lucky me).

    The Grin vs the Jam

    6 Apr

    I’m into longboarding a lot these days.
    I love to clean the wheels, chase the squeaking away, switch bearings, … In short, I need tools.

    I treated myself with the Grind by Leatherman ($20). I love it. It’s design, small, light, in two part so perfect when I need to tight the trucks to the board.

    The Grind presents a total of 8 tools

    • a grip tape file,
    • 9/16″ open end wrench,
    • truck key,
    • 1/4″ hex bit driver,
    • 1/2″ open end wrench,
    • 3/8″ open end wrench,
    • 1/2″ flat/philipps screwdriver
    • and of course … a bottle opener.

    It’s a great tool to drop in the pocket of my bermuda, but I already lost it once (I bought a 2nd one), then I discovered the Jam ($20) still by our friends from Oregon Leatherman.

    The Jam is a 5 tools in one with

    • a gripe tape file,
    • 1/16″open end wrench,
    • 1/2″ open wrench,
    • 3/8 open end wrench
    • and … the bottle opener.

    What I really do like about the Jam is that you can use it as a carabiner too … I don’t loose it as easily as the Grind and I hang it at my backpack. I always have with me even if I switch bermuda😉

    Then I needed to change my bearings and I couldn’t do it neither with my Jam nor Grind as my wheels are deep … I had to go back to the standard T-shape skate tool with its wrench (starting price $5 on Amazon). I unscrewed my wheels in no time, using the wrench.Photo Apr 05, 7 27 01 PM

    To sum up, the Grind and Jam are cool, stylish and easy to carry around but the one really doing the job is the t-shape skate tool (that I keep home). Use the metal allen key in the t-shape tool to pop the bearings out (can’t be easier).PS: both the Grind and the Jam are TSA compliant!

    Photo Apr 05, 7 29 35 PMDon’t forget to check out

    • I met Pete, my visit to Pete iand Hamboards HQ in Huntington Beach!
    • Hamboards official website
    • The Grind and the Jam on the Leatherman official website

    PS: Thanks Pete for all your advices!

    I love float!

    28 Mar

    I’m not really into water sports because it’s cold, wet and some bigger-than-you-beasts can be swimming in it …
    But I love water activities like bodyboarding, and I always keep my shades on (for the look) and I’m scared to lose them when a big waves come over me.

    Not anymore! I was treated really cool shades L816s by Lacoste that protect my eyes … But also float!!!

    And this magic is explained because the frame is fabricated utilizing a new injection molding technique. And this is smart!

    I can say, now I’m ready for the beach and the blue ocean! Bring on the waves!!

    PS:

    • It works too if you lay on the beach and don’t want to put your toes in frozen cold water😉
    • The floatables exist also in dark green, black and neon yellow!
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