Lawrence of Arabia (Restored Version) Only $8!

The restored version of Lawrence of Arabia (affiliate link) is only $8 on the US Apple store right now!
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One of the screen’s grandest epics, this monumental story recounts the true-life experiences of T.E. Lawrence, better known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia. A young, idealistic British officer in WWI, Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) is assigned to the camp of Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), an Arab tribal chieftain and leader in a revolt against the Turks. In a series of brilliant tactical maneuvers, Lawrence leads fifty of Feisal’s men in a tortured three-week crossing of the Nefud Desert to attack the strategic Turkish-held port of Aqaba. And following his successful raids against Turkish troops and trains, Lawrence’s triumphant leadership and unyielding courage gain him nearly god-like status among his Arab brothers.

If you’ve never seen this movie, BUY IT NOW. One of the most incredible films of all time – acting, directing, cinematography – you can not watch a better movie than this.

RealTime Industries’ Reflective Decals

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I ride a motorcycle – a 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES to be specific.

Riding is the single most dangerous thing I do but it’s also the most fun I can have with my clothes on, so I do it as much as I can. But you have to “manage the risk”. One way of doing that is by being visible to those who drive cars, whether it be through bright colors, high visibility gear, more lights, etc.

I highly recommend these kinds of reflective decals you can easily put on your bike. Hell, even *I* can do it and I’m usually pretty incompetent when it comes to these kinds of things. Similar to the kinds of materials you see on a bicyclist’s clothing, these “stick” to your bike and become visible when car headlights hit them. They have the added bonus of looking really good, too!

I got my set from the nice people at RealTime Industries. They don’t have decals for every make and model but if they are available for your bike, I really encourage you to get a set for your ride.

Here are the before and after shots (click the image for a larger image). The light source is the camera flash:
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As you can see, the difference is obvious. Every little bit helps and this is a great way to make yourself more visible to “cagers”.

Documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” is 99 cents on iTunes!


Tim’s Vermeer – (affiliate link)
is a wonderfully odd little documentary about an man’s obsession with trying to prove his hypothesis of how the great Dutch painter, Vermeer, managed to create his amazing “photo realistic” masterpieces. It flags towards the end but well worth the 99 cent rental.

How to do a Whisky Tasting


Highland Park Whisky 101 – How to do a Whisky Tasting:

First thing we do, we look at the colour. We hold it up and look at the colour. Now, colour in whisky tells us….absolutely nothing…basically, all you’re doing is making sure your glass is clean…”

The Highland Park Distillery has posted this funny and very informative video on how to “taste” whisky (no “e” means it’s Scottish booze). Bad whisk(e)y tastes like gasoline but good whisk(e)y is sublime. I’m always trying to get friends to try out the good stuff. It’s a wonderful spirit.

The Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook

The Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook:

Rather than counting on news outlets to get it right, we’re looking at the other end. Below are some tips for how, in the wake of a big, tragic story, you can sort good information from bad.

New junkies like me already know many of these tips but for the rest of you, take these to heart when it comes to “Breaking News!” – or, for that matter, *most* news stories.

Boobs, Big Data, and My Pursuit of the Perfect Bra



The Daily Dot:

According to Michelle Lam, 81% of women are wearing the wrong cup size.

As CEO of True&Co, a lingerie company that has been referred to as “Netflix for your boobs” and uses algorithms to determine which bra is the best fit for every woman, Lam knows what she’s talking about when it comes to women’s bodies. Over the past two years, True&Co has been assembling “boob data” from more than 500,000 women, using a personalized quiz that goes beyond asking women about their cup sizes.

Ladies, take the quiz. You will never think so much about your boobs in your life.

Another reason why I’ve never been so happy to have a penis. As much as I like boobs, the hassle women have to go throw to protect them, cover them and show them off is amazing.

Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets

Bicyclists Riding Without Helmets
Vox:

Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets.

For most bikers, this advice is anathema. The importance of wearing a helmet has been drilled into everyone since childhood. And, it’s true that, as study after study has shown, you’re better off with a helmet if you’re in an accident.

But in the world’s most popular biking cities, particularly in Europe, very few bikers wear helmets. And there are good reasons for that: biking, it turns out, isn’t an especially dangerous form of transportation in terms of head trauma.

I don’t think even motorcycle helmets should be mandatory. But if you are so colossally stupid that you choose not to protect your brain, you should have to sign a waiver that allows us to harvest your organs if you get into an accident – whether you’re still using them or not.

Manhunter

I watched “Manhunter” last night. If you don’t know the movie, it was the first film to feature serial killer Hannibal Lecter (of “Silence of the Lambs” fame).

It is by no means, in my opinion, as good as SotL. It’s very dated and doesn’t hold up well style wise. It is fun to see all the character actors in the cast though and I didn’t even recognize Joan Allen in the film.

As a psychological thriller, it’s very slow paced and William Petersen’s moody stares get trying quickly. The best scenes are actually between Allen and Tom Noonan who plays the bad guy. There’s a point where you think he might be redeemable if only…

The best part was rediscovering the music of a band I loved in the 80s – Shriekback. I wore out their “Oil and Gold” album.

Overall, it would make a good doubleheader flick with the much lauded SotL.

Anyone else use/drink “MiO Liquid Water Enhancers”?

I’ve been drinking a lot of water recently because A) it’s healthier and B) cheaper (every dollar counts nowadays). But it’s also “boring” and, of course, flavourless.

I’ve seen the ads for all of these “enhancers” but ignored them til this weekend when I picked up a little MiO Liquid Water Enhancer squirt pack.

I’m actually very pleasantly surprised at how much flavour there is out of a couple little squirts and how it makes me want to drink even more water – which I assume is a good thing.

They are a little bit expensive (over $5/box at my local grocery store) but I’ll “splurge” on them.

I noticed there are a bunch of others companies in the category. Does anyone have an opinion on some of the competitors or should I stick with the MiO’s?

Back Up Your Computer in Three Ways

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For years, everyone has told you that you should be backing up your computer on a regular schedule — even though it’s a pain to do so — lest you lose precious data to a crash, to malware, to theft or just irreversible failure. But everyone has been wrong. In fact, you should back up your computer in three different ways, continuously. And it is easier than ever to do.

We harp on backups all the time but it’s because we’ve lost important data and don’t want the same to happen to you.