Category Archives: Tips & Hints

Wind Chop Rideable in Boca This Morning

Looks like a small 2’ windchop this morning. The Pavilion in #BocaRaton looks rideable on a #longboard. Check out the Surfing Webcams in #Florida at BrownieBytes.Net #surf #surfing #waves #beach

https://browniebytes.net/surfing-webcams-in-florida/

Boogaali | The Ugandan Company that’s Making Affordable & Sustainable Bicycles Out of Bamboo

It’s in his workshop, in the capital city of Kampala, that young Ugandan entrepreneur Noordin Kasoma designs bicycles made from bamboo. His company, Boogaali Bicycles limited, produces bicycles that are, not only affordable but also sustainable.

In an industry dominated by steel and aluminium, the use of bamboo is not as bizarre as it might seem. Kasoma says his bikes are strong, light and durable. They are also comfortable, he says.

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Boogaali-Bamboo Bikes

“The bamboo itself tries to absorb the shocks that you are passing through, better than steel or aluminium.”

Bamboo frames aren’t uncommon in the cycling world. Noordin’s bicycles, however, come with a Ugandan spin: the joints are reinforced with bark cloth, a traditional clothing material extracted from the inner bark of the Mutuba tree.

In addition to being hand-crafted, the Boogaali bamboo bicycles are customized according to the cyclist’s needs and specifications.

Forgive and be free

When I was 26, my world fell apart. I had just started graduate school and was travelling back and forth between Richmond, Virginia and Washington, DC because my wife was finishing graduate school in a different city. On one of those trips, I was doing laundry and found a note crumpled in the bottom of the dryer. It was addressed to my wife from one of her classmates: ‘We should leave at separate times. I’ll meet you at my place afterward.’

Although not confirmed until months later, my wife was having an affair. To me, it was a blow of monumental proportions. I felt betrayed, swindled, even mocked. Anger exploded in me and, over days and weeks, that anger settled into a simmering mess of bitterness, confusion and disbelief. We separated with no clear plan going forward.

Although this pain stabbed with an intensity I hadn’t felt before, I was certainly not alone. Many people experience similar hurts, and much worse, in their lives.

Being in relationships often means being offended, hurt or betrayed. As people, we often suffer injustices and relationship difficulties. One of the ways that humans have developed to deal with such pain is through forgiveness. But what is forgiveness and how does it work?

Find Out More (Aeon):

https://aeon-co.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/aeon.co/amp/essays/forgiveness-therapy-can-free-you-from-the-hurts-of-the-past

How to Start a Successful Negotiation in 2 Words | Inc.com

A BrownieBytes secret is out! Getting to know someone by showing genuine empathy is the first step to great communication – especially when interviewing or negotiating. Caring about the other person is key and the best two words to start the conversation are “Tell me…”. Click below to learn more:

In a new book, law school professor Alexandra Carter says great negotiators ask great questions.
— Read on www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/how-to-start-a-successful-negotiation-in-2-words.html

LinkedIn now has a newsroom of 65 journalists. It’s hiring more.

In Dan Roth’s dream world, members of LinkedIn, where he has served as editor in chief since 2011, would habitually read the LinkedIn Daily Rundown with their morning cup of coffee.

They’d then turn their attention to the site’s podcast or newsletter during their commute to work. When they get to their desks, they’d open LinkedIn.com on their browsers, where they can read from a carefully curated feed of professional and business news throughout their work day. Users who felt inspired by the content would share links on their own timeline. They’d check their notifications tab to see if others have engaged with the content they share. 

Who knows? They might even talk about one of LinkedIn’s articles at their next staff meeting.

This is Roth’s aspiration for LinkedIn’s 645 million members and for workers who have yet to use the site. He envisions LinkedIn as the perfect “utility” for professionals.
— Read on amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/10/23/media/linkedin-journalists/index.html

New #Books for Your #QuarantineLife

In these strange days of quarantine and isolation, books can be a mode of transport. We may have to stay home and stay still, but through the abiding magic of the written word, we can travel to all kinds of different places. Look, just because it’s corny doesn’t mean it isn’t true.  

New this month: Charlotte McConaghy chronicles a Greenland ocean expedition in Migrations. Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi takes us to Africa in The Death of Vivek Oji. And Carole Stivers fast-forwards to the year 2049 in The Mother Code. Also: the perils of an open marriage, the dark allure of Hollywood, and a new installment in the Twilight series.

Each month the Goodreads editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers’ early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1885-august-s-most-anticipated-new-releases

Zillow CEO: Real estate market is beginning ‘great reshuffling’ as people seek more space at home

The U.S. real estate market is beginning to show signs of a “great reshuffling,” as people relocate to homes with more privacy and space to ease working from home, Zillow CEO Rich Barton said on the company’s Q2 2020 earnings call this week. 

“I believe we are at the dawn of a great reshuffling,” Barton said. “I’m sure I don’t need to spell it out for you because we are all living it, spending an average of nine hours more per day at home. Zoom meetings are changing the way families think about space and privacy. Home offices are in high demand. Backyards are more desirable than parks and gyms. Work-from-home policies are eliminating the commute for many. There’s an endless list of considerations.” 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/07/zillow-were-at-the-beginning-of-a-great-reshuffling-to-space.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.CopyToPasteboard

Tune Your Guitar in Seconds

Brownie Bytes thinks this is cool!

Roadie 3 is our new flagship automatic instrument #tuner. It helps you find your sound fast with quicker rotation and enhanced accuracy to keep your tunings consistently dead-on.

Roadie 3 is built with carefully tooled and proprietary audio algorithms. Its next-generation vibration detection delivers improved tuning accuracy and enhanced noise immunity.

Roadie 3 can tune almost all instruments with geared pegs in just seconds. Like what you ask?

How about electric #guitars, acoustic guitars, classical guitars with nylon strings, pedal steel guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, to name a few.

How It Works

When placed on the tuning peg, Roadie 3 will listen to the vibrations of your guitar string, analyze its #pitch, and automatically turn the peg to get your string into perfect #tune.

See More

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/roadie-3-automatic-instrument-tuner#/

The Truth Behind Italy’s $1 Homes in Picturesque Rural Towns

Starting in early 2019, 20 towns across Italy began selling homes for €1, or about $1.10.

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Local governments hope the plan will attract fresh faces and new businesses to towns that have been suffering from rapid depopulation and a growing number of abandoned homes for decades. But the true cost of these homes turn out to be much higher than $1.

Business Insider video feature story describes the depopulation problem in rural Italian towns and what small town governments are trying to do about it.

Interesting concept and marketing program. Hint: taxes, fees, and renovation costs amount to a lot more than a $1.

LEGO YouTube Channel Hits Over 10 Billion Views, Making It the Most Popular Brand Channel on the Site

LEGO YouTube Channel Hits Over 10 Billion Views, Making It the Most Popular Brand Channel on the Site
— Read on people-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/people.com/human-interest/lego-hits-over-10-billion-views-on-youtube-most-popular-brand-channel/