Category Archives for "Hobby"

Sep 19

Snowboard Bindings: A Binding Experience

By Jessica Gonzalez | Health , Hobby

Bindings are perhaps the single most important feature on a snowboard. It is the part of the board that translates the rider’s commands into movements that the board makes. When choosing bindings it must be done so carefully, by taking into account three important features. They are flexibility, fit and features. The following are a brief description of the three.

Importance of Flexibility

The flexibility of the binding will be decided by what type of materials are used. Some are made of plastics, metal or composite materials. In other instances, it can be a combination of all three. In general, softer bindings will be made with plastic and are easier to handle. This is why most beginners start off by using softer bindings. Stiff bindings are generally worn by more advanced riders because they give instantaneous handling of the board, whereas softer bindings are slower to respond, but will be more forgiving when bad landings are done.

Features

Features can include many things and are important to pay attention to if looking for best all mountain snowboard bindings. This is partly because different models will include smaller things to their design, even though overall most models will have more similarities than differences. Entry systems are perhaps the most important aspect of a binding and most designers will opt for a two strap system. Some companies will have a single strap system. The size of the straps can differ in fit, size as well as padding. Last but not least, a popular option is the cap-strap binding. This type of strap fits at the end of the boot as opposed to on top of it. Whatever strap you opt for, be sure to get one that doesn’t require tools such as screw drivers to attach. Another option is the flow binding. A flow binding will have a folding high back feature. High backs are usually made with stiff materials such as composites and aluminum. Of course, it goes without saying that before deciding on features, you always need to try them on before deciding on one. Never assume that one type fits all when it comes to straps.

How good is the Fit?

As with shoes, bindings come all sorts of sizes and shapes. Each one is designed to fit a particular boot size. It is difficult to over emphasize the importance the fit must be between binding and boot. It is that important. It will be the difference between a bad riding experience and a great one. In most cases, bindings made by different companies will fit boards from other companies. There are of course exceptions, therefore think of this when purchasing a board or binding. It’s not uncommon for people to buy a particular binding because they liked it so much, only to find that it won’t fit their board. Most of them come in four sizes; small, medium, large and extra-large. Whatever brand, whatever size or whatever style of binding is chosen, the important thing to remember is that a good binding is an integral part of the snowboarding experience, no matter what the individuals experience level.

Jul 17

Top Coolest Gifts For Your Guy

By Jessica Gonzalez | Family , Hobby , Shopping

Top Coolest Gifts For Your Guy

When searching for the perfect cool gift for your guy, there are some new gadgets out there that top the charts for fun and innovative technology. There is no need to wonder if you will find the perfect gift, but more of a dilemma of which one to get. So let’s dig into some cool gift ideas for men

RIF6 Cube

If your guy is a big fan of hosting football parties and movie nights, you need to look no further. The RIF6 Cube is an incredible gadget that allows you to project a 120” display from your smartphone onto any surface. Everything from Netflix, games, sports events or pictures from a recent vacation can now be projected inside your home or outside.

Hang out in the backyard and watch a new episode of your favorite television show while you barbecue. Take this portable device with you when you travel and never be tied to a television screen again. This is the perfect gift for the guy who is into entertainment and the latest in visual technology.

AirDog Auto-Follow Drone

You can safely bet that almost every guy would love a drone. With the latest in drone technology, the AirDog Auto-Follow Drone will let your guy learn how to fly a camera drone and capture the best aerial photography. This drone is so awesome that it features built-in autonomous flight modes that follow and capture footage of you doing awesome things.

This state-of-the-art quadcopter is so innovative that it can be controlled right from your wrist. It is light, foldable and portable and can be taken along on your man’s next adventure. Simply set the flight mode and this drone will follow and take pictures or videos of your guy when he is snowboarding, cycling, kayaking, or doing whatever activity he loves the most.

Divoom Voombox Portable Wireless Speaker

It’s summertime and if your guy loves being outdoors, he will love this gift. When it comes to quality, the Divoom Voombox blows the competition out of the water. This outdoor wireless speaker connects effortlessly through Bluetooth to your device. The quality and sound are incredible.

A great quality speaker for the price, the Voombox can be taken anywhere. It is light and portable and of course, water resistant. Take it to the beach or the pool. This device is especially great for backyard parties, music while your man is working in the garage, or just a great speaker system for your home or the “man cave”.

Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker

If you have a man with a taste for the finer things in life, say good brandy and a hot cup of espresso, consider the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker. Stay away from the cheap, standard espresso makers and go with Pixie. Your guy will feel like a king when you greet him in the morning with a hot, delicious, cup of espresso from this machine.

Nespresso works just like the Keurig does for making coffee. Simply place the espresso pods into the machine and this gadget will deliver flawless, steaming espresso that will rival your man’s favorite coffee chain. Pamper your guy with this gift as it is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving.

Feb 28

Learn how to sew: Tips & Tricks to get started

By Jessica Gonzalez | Family , Hobby

Your great grandmother probably made clothing for the entire family. As that entire family grew up and decades went by it became easier to run to the store for clothing. That’s great, but that hand sewn clothing fit each person in the family perfectly and held a special meaning because it was made with love. Sewing isn’t hard, but it takes patience and focus. Learning to sew is all about putting tips and tricks to the test to get your desired result. If you make a few shirts with mismatched sleeves, it’s okay, turn them into rags and get started on the next item.

The Essentials

The first step is to put together the perfect sewing kit. You need scissors, but not just any scissors. Specialty scissors like fabric shears and a rotary cutter are your best bet. Pins are an essential for basically everything you do with sewing. A pincushion is a great place to store your pins. A seam ripper isn’t fun, but it’s important in case you mess up and you need to quickly remove seams. You need all different colors of thread so you have a great variety before starting a project. And of course a good sewing machine for beginners.

Online Tutorials

You can find some great video tutorials online. Don’t start blindly! Buy a few patterns that are inexpensive and work from there. Dive into YouTube and Pinterest to find things that interest you. Find inspiration and figure out how to create certain projects by watching others. You might not start out as good as those in the tutorial, but practice makes perfect.

Basting

Basting is a temporary hold to ensure your sewing job will reach perfection. It allows you to test the side seams and darts before sewing them down as well as hold slippery fabric together while sewing in the stitches. You just pin the fabric together as if you were about to sew it permanently. Then you thread a needle and knot that threat by the edge of the fabric. Place the needle into the fabric as if you were actually sewing it. Repeat this until the project is fully basted. It does not matter the size of the stitches. This is basically your test project before the final fitting.

Pins

Pins are your best friends. A heavy duty pin will keep even the toughest projects in line. When pinning a section of your garment keep the pins perpendicular to the seamline. This helps keep the pins from sticking you. You also don’t have to stop when basting to remove the pins so the process is faster. You can them quickly remove the pins after sewing without hassle. Pins should be about 1.5″ inside the fabric. Don’t ever use bent pins because they will just cause you trouble in the end.

Mistakes

If you make a mistake, use the seam ripper. Reaching for the scissors sounds like a good idea, but you will end up cutting a tiny hole in something. You don’t want to work hard to create a masterpiece only to have it ruined by the slice of the scissor. A seam ripper does the job if you simply must rip something. By all means, if you can keep from ripping anything, do so! It’s all about taking your time and taking breaks to reach your utmost potential.

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