May 15, 2013
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Busy bee gets the honey

I’ve been busy. Not much else I can say.

Busy investing
Busy gambling
Busy traveling
Busy building

Busy working
Busy drinking
Busy loving
Busy buying income properties

Busy hustling
Busy reading
Busy seeing family
Busy making new friends

Busy exercising
Busy exploring
Busy writing
Busy making lists about being busy

Busy.

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Feb 27, 2013
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Nike + Fuelband White ICE Fuelband

Check out the new Nike + Fuelband White ICE edition

 

 

Everything under the hood is the same.  Just a different exterior color for anyone who doesnt want black.  Pretty cool looking!

 

Buy it here:  Nike + White Ice Fuelband

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Jun 8, 2012
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The Basis Fitness Band: Will This New Fitness Band Change Your Life? An Introduction

My Basis Band Fitness Logo

While current fitness bands such as the Nike Fuel Band, FitBit, & JawBone UP have us addicted to getting in shape, their designs have left us wanting more.  To combat this dearth of well designed (and useful) fitness trackers a new company has emerged with their product The Basis Band.  Not only is the Basis well designed and priced right (about $200 and available in early 2012) it also packs a ton of power.  Five sensors buried in the back of the screen help track daily movements for totals like calories burned, heart rate, and even your sleep…. something the Nike Fuel Band does not.  Another great feature about the Basis Band is that like the Nike Fuel Band, it will reward your fitness “points” and help keep you motivated.

After getting an exclusive hands on with this product last month I can honestly say that it is one of the best fitness bands out there.  I cant wait for this product to hit the market.  Here is my review of the Basis Fitness Band:

My Basis Band Fitness Band Sensors

 

What Does The Basis Fitness Band Track:

  • Heart Rate
  • Calories
  • How Much Sleep You Are Getting
  • Movement
  • Skin Temperature
  • Ambient Temperature
  • How Much You’re Sweating (Galvanic Skin Response or GSR) – Also used to monitor stress levels (wow)
  • Your Total Fitness Points
When Do You Wear The Basis Band:
You wear the Basis Band 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  The Basis Band knows when you are moving, when you are awake and when you are asleep.  Because it is more like a watch than lets say the Fuel Band or Up, you never have to take it off to charge.
How Does The Basis Band Get My Data:
Sensors built into the back of band track your data.  Your data is then automatically (!!!) uploaded to the cloud where it is then analyzed and sent to your for review.
How Do You View Your Basis Band Data:
Simply log into your Basis Band backed website and you have access to all of the information that you Basis has collected.  The dashboard will show you all of your up to the minute quantified data including calories, GSR, heart rate, etc…  This information is presented in both numerical and graphical formats.  Whats even cooler is that with the Basis you can group activities together and then compare them over time.   Awesome.

my basis fitness tracker

 

What Makes The Basis Band Different From Other Fitness Bands:

For one, you can wear it 24/7 and it charge lasts a week.  That’s more than any of the other fitness bands out there.

Your data is automatically uploaded to the cloud which is a great feature.  No need to pair it with your computer or plug it in with USB.  Simply wear it and everything is done for you.

The sensors are removable which means you can add your own band or material to match the Basis Band with any outfit.

Here is a video describing the new band with CEO Jeff Holove:

 

This is going to serve as a small introduction to the Basis Band.  Look for a post later next week when I give an in depth review of the Basis Band similar to my Nike Fuel Band review.

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Jun 4, 2012
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The Fastest Way To Tie A Tie: How To Tie A Tie In 5 Seconds

Here’s a quick and pretty cool lifehack on the fastest way to tie a tie.

A ton of new posts coming last this week including an indepth look at the Basis Fitness Band, an introduction to Russian Bear 5000 Weight Gainer, and a journal entry on how I gained 30 pounds in 30 days.

 

-Connor

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May 15, 2012
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Book Review: The Art of Intelligence by Hank Crumpton

*I updated the Recommended Reading list section with a few new titles. *

The Art of Intelligence by Hank Crumpton

The Art of Intelligence Review

The Art of Intelligence by Hank Crumpton is the remarkable memoir of the authors former life as a convert CIA operative. The book details Crumpton’s life as he travels the world as a world class spy as well as the hardships and frustrations he felt with his career.

Crumpton, a world renowned spy and counter terrorism expert tells the amazing tale of his life in the action packed and high risked world of the Central Intelligence Agency while carefully illustrating the importance of human intelligence and its effect on actual secret missions.

Crumpton lead the CIA’s global operations effort against our terrorist enemies including Al Queda and Osama Bin Laden. Some of the most interesting parts of his story take place just days after September 11th with then CIA tasked Crumpton to lead the American covert operations inside Afghanistan. Crumptons leadership, intelligence, and strategic intuition lead to the Taliban being overthrown in just 90 days after the fall of the World Trade Center. The early American forces in Afghanistan were a mix of CIA Special Activities Division paramilitary, CIA case officers, and highly train American Special Forces soldiers and at the command of all of them was Hank Crumpton. This book will change the way you view the Afghanistan war, the United States military, and the CIA. This book is an insight into the new war, the new techniques, and the new way the United States views its enemies

The Art of Intelligence draws from Crumpton’s full career in the CIA and explains with great depth what American spies do and what makes them more valuable that ever. Crumpton’s career started in Africa where he recruited and trained turncoats, to the CIA’s CTC (Counterterrorism Center), his role in the Afghan war, and finally his work operating all CIA operations inside the USA. Crumpton’s story telling is unique, vivid, and dynamic and above all else informative. His lessons about the spy trade, the United States war effort, and counter terrorism are told with expert insight and thoughtful commentary. You’ll appreciate the unsung heroes of your country and the work they do to keep you safe.An excerpt about the first American killed in the Afghanistan War from Hank Crumptons new book The Art of Intelligence can be found HERE

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The Art of Intelligence by Hank Crumpton is currently on-sale at Amazon.com

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Bonus: An excerpt about the first American killed in the Afghanistan War from Hank Crumptons new book The Art of Intelligence can be found HERE

The Author

Henry “Hank” Crumpton is a former CIA case agent and the current president of the Group, LLC, a strategic international advisory and business development firm. After a 25 year career with the CIA, Crumpton served as the coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State from August 2005 until February 2007. After joining the Central Intelligence Agency in 1981 Crumpton spent most of his 25 year career working undercover in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. During his time with the CIA, Crumpton received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal which is the CIA’s highest award for achievement. Crumpton started his studies with a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and finished with a master’s, with honors, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He currently resides in Virginia.

Product Details
Title: The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service
Author: Henry “Hank” Crumpton
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press
Language: English

Find out more about the Central Intelligence Agency at www.cia.gov

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May 13, 2012
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My Nike Fuel Band Stats: April 2012

For my previous month see March 2012

Here are my Nike Fuel Band stats for April 2012:

Days Used: 30
Fuel Points: 94,124
Steps: 503, 871
Steps per Nike Fuel Point: 5.35
Longest streak reaching my goals: 4 days
Average Fuel Points per day: 3,137 (my goal is 3000 per day for the initial 4 months of use and 4000 after)
I’ve walked 357.25 miles.
Best day: 4,145 Fuel Points
Best week: 22,284 (4/15-4/22).

What about you? What do your sample stats look like? Share them in the comments!

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May 12, 2012
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Got a Go Pro HD As A Gift: What Should I Do With It?

I just received a Go Pro HD as a gift from a charity event I attended last night.  The question is, what should I do with it?  If anyone has one or wants one let me know in the comments and lets talk about it.

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Apr 23, 2012
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My Nike Fuel Band Stats: March 2012

 

I’ve been using my Nike Fuel Band everyday since I got it.  I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the band and what type of data you can expect to receive from using it.  Below you will find a small sample of my monthly stats for March. Please note that in this month I was out of the country traveling and for two of the 30 days I was unable to use by Fuel Band because it wasn’t charged.  Here are my Nike Fuel Band stats for March 2012:

  • Days Used:  30
  • Fuel Points: 96,315
  • Steps:  515, 538
  • Steps per Nike Fuel Point:  5.35
  • Longest streak reaching my goals: 12 days (battery died)
  • Average Fuel Points per day: 3,210  (my goal is 3000 per day for the initial 4 months of use and 4000 after)
  • I’ve walked 357.25 miles.
  • Best day: 4,002 Fuel Points (went for a run on the beach in Thailand)
  • Best week: 24,584 (3/10-3/17).

Now What?

Im goign to start using the Nike+ App on my computer and iPhone to get a better graphical analysis of my Fuel Band Stats.  While all of these are calculated and quantified using the provided software, I feel like publically sharing them will help me better reach my goals.

All the data in this set represents 30 days of my pretty intense movement.  I’m an active person by nature (even when traveling) and I think my numbers might represent a higher Fuel Band usage than most people.  I wouldn’t recommend trying to emulate my Fuel Band usage but instead use it as guide to better track your stats.

Is the Nike Fuel Band still the best fitness band?

I definitely still think it is.  Im writing a new post for later this week that is going to compare the Fuel Band, Jawbone Up, and FitBit and even with the direct compairisons, the Fuel Band is still king.

The great thing about the Fuel Band is that it makes you more active.  There is a definitely a physiological element to it that isn’t present in the UP or Fit Bit.  Ive found myself looking down at my wrist throughout the day to monitor my progress and have even found myself doing silly things like taking 2 stairs at a time to increase my output in order to reach for Fuel Point goal.

What about you?  What do your sample stats look like?  Share them in the comments!

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Apr 19, 2012
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10 Tips For Disaster Preparation: How to Survive Anything


tsunami in phuket

Last week disaster struck.  I was sitting in the Phuket airport in Thailand when I got news that an earthquake had hit the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia and a fierce tsunami was heading our way.  Everyone around me freaked out with their minds automatically dashing to the worst case scenario:  WE ARE GOING TO DIE!  My mind however did not think that.  For the last couple of years (post 9/11) I have been training myself for the ‘worst case scenarios’.  Below you will find my 10 tips to better prepare yourself in the event of a disaster or an emergency.

10 Tips For Disaster Preparation

1.  A weeks worth of water should be kept at your house at all times.  The average person needs a gallon of water a day so 7 gallons per person per week should be fine.

Tip:  If you run out of water you can find nearly 50 gallons inside your water heater and in the back tanks of your toilets.

2.  Keep a two weeks supply of canned food at home.  Your best options are soups, jerky, vegetables/fruits, stews, tuna, chicken, MRE’s (meals ready to eat) – anything in a can works, just make sure it has a long shelf life and wont spoil before you need it.  Also, food that doesnt need to be heated is a plus since you probably wont have access to a stove or eating device.

Tip:  Buy an extra can opener and keep it with your emergency supplies.

3.  Lights, Lights, and more Lights.  All you need is a quality flashlight (with spare batteries!!!) and maybe a few candles if you trust yourself to not burn the house down.  Another great option are the stick ‘em LED lights and glow sticks.

Tip:  The main thing to focus on is greatest amount of light for longest amount of time.  Candles are great but having to constantly monitor them is not.

4.  People in cold climates should keep extra blankets and maybe sleeping bags for good measure.  I dont advocate the use of kerosene heaters, gas stoves, or open fires for one reason… I’ve never used them.  If you have experience, use them.  If not, its not worth putting your self in a worse disaster should you accidently burn your house down trying to make beef stew.

5.  Learn CPR.  Its easy, free, and something everyone should know.

6.  Work with your family to devise a simple to follow home evacuation plan.

7.  Keep your car gassed and one of your emergency kits stored safely in the trunk (see below)

8.  Have a quality hand cranked radio that doesn’t rely on batteries.  A good option is this Eton which also includes a flashlight, cellphone charger, and solar power cells.

9.  Keep a multi-tool in your home.  Leatherman makes a good one:  Leatherman - Keep the blades sharp and make sure its kept in a safe and memorable place.

earthquake emergency kit

10.  If youre feeling espically lazy, you can buy “stater emergency kits” that contain all of the products listed above.  Two of the best and easiest to purchase are the Mayday 4 Person Emergency Kit and the QuakeHold! 2 person – 3 Day Backpack Kit.  Stansport and Ready America also make adequate kits.

For more information I recommend reading Neil Strauss’s excellent book EMERGENCY:  This Book Will Save Your Life.  The book details Neil’s quest to become super human in the event of the ‘worst case scenario’  Its not only a first hand account but provides tons of information like I listed above.  Its a must read!  Get it here:  EMERGENCY

 

P.S. – If you haven’t signed up for Dropbox, they are currently offering up to 16GB of free storage.  Thats twice as much as they offered before.  Not sure how long this will last so get it while its good.  Check it out on Dropbox.com

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