Vivaselfie: The Bluetooth Selfie Stick!!!
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Vivaselfie: The Bluetooth Selfie Stick!!!
© 2015 Brent Reece

To illustrate the stick’s use I intentionally angled it very low so you can see down the stick and see the telescoping sections. But normally the angle would be such that all you would see is yourself.

Now you can extend the stick quite a ways out and get a really good long angle and that allows you to work the background better. Plus it lets you include more “friends” into the shot. Be careful with the steepness of the angle or it looks way to much like a drone or bird’s eye view!

Now to be completely honest I ran into a glitch with the Bluetooth on my stick and was not able to get it to sync up properly with my android phone. All be it a Samsung Galaxy, but not an S series, a Centura. Great phone smaller and more compact than the S-series. That’s what I love about it. So I had to go into Google play and find an alternate selfie app, called Whistle Cam. That lets me trip my shutter with a whistle rather than the Bluetooth button. Now the manual mentiond downloading an app called KJstar-360 to assist if the sync is not working. But I looked all over for it and had no luck finding a free download. Other than the Bluetooth issue I’ll take the Vivaselfie selfie stick over alot of the others I have seen and used.

One of the coolest parts of the stick is the adaptors that you get to fit your phone and mount on the end of the stick. The reason I say this, is they can also be screwed onto a tripod and allow you to use your phone remotely either through the Bluetooth in the stick, or through the Whistle cam app I mentioned earlier. Now set that tripod off to the side at family gatherings or to shoot yourself from a greater distance. I like it for videoing myself for Youtube! I can set the shot and set my background just the way I want it. Jump into the frame and whistle! The video starts immediately and I can create video reviews or demonstrations without having to do so mamny edits!

Never miss a good Photo op again!!!

#vivaselfie

I received a free product for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own and I was not compensated in any way for my review other than getting the product to test. All reviews are unbiased and fair. Meant solely for informing my readers on what is out there that interests them.
Brent Reece (Northwoods Wanderings)

Hydration Belt for Running by Fitaire
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Fitaire Hydration Belt for Running : Includes Two Bpa-free Water Bottles, Secure Smartphone Storage Pocket and Adjustable Waist Strap

©2015 Brent Reece

Although this very cool item was submitted for review and is usually a runners item. I decided to take it on because of the hydration requirements of hiking and biking. This thing is better built and designed than any of the regular fanny packs I usually see for hikers and bikers.

I especially like the canteens it uses. Although each bottle is only capable of holding about 6 oz. of water the small light weight design and ease of carry make it ideal to use a lot of the time. Not intended as a survival belt but a hydration system and handy carrier for cell phones and keys. It does that function very well. I’ll even wear it up under my fall coats when I’m out bird hunting in order to have potable water on me at all times. The canteens have sport bottle spouts and are a cinch to use.

This would even be cool to wear to concerts and fill the bottles with wine or some other more potent beverage to fuel the evening. Although the bottles might get stained or ruined from the wines or spirits. This design lends itself to so many other uses than just the runners belt it is marketed as.

Here’s What Fitaire had to say about the system and it’s components.

Product Description:

Have you gotten really thirsty in the middle of a run? What about not having a comfortable place to store your smartphone during your run? With our lightweight and ergonomic running belt, you can bring your running experience to the next level and enjoy both of these benefits and many more.

Our premium hydration belt allows you to make your overall running experience more comfortable and fun. The soft inner zipper pouch of the belt lets you securely store your smartphone without having it bounce as you run. The water bottles save you the hassle of having to wait in water lines during your next 5K or marathon race. The adjustable size ensures a secure fit around the hips.

The belt itself was designed from the ground up for comfort and security. The waist band is a secure elastic band that is adjustable for most hip sizes (27″ to 40″). The race number clips allow you to easily attach your race bib without worrying about safety pins. The sweat resistant storage pocket is fully padded and soft to ensure that your electronics do not get any scratches. The pocket also contains a small mini second pocket inside to separate your keys and coins from coming in contact with your phone. The storage pocket is secured by the neon colored front zipper. It also contains two 6oz water bottles with caps which snuggly fit into our signature no-bounce compartments.

Studies have shown that keeping hydrated during your run is one of the easiest ways to extend your endurance. This running hydration belt makes an excellent gift that special runner you know, regardless of their experience level.

Upgrade your running experience and own this hydration belt today!

* DESIGNED FOR COMFORT: Soft lightweight neoprene material designed to enhance your running experience. No bouncing, chafing or discomfort even on extended long distance running. Includes two 6 ounce BPA-fee leak proofwater bottles to keep you hydrated.
• SECURE STORAGE: Water and sweat resistant pouch designed to keep your phone and valuables safe and secure. Second protected inner pocket keeps your keys from scratching your phone. Pocket size can accomodate nearly all smartphones.
• SIZED TO FIT: Pro comfort elastic waste strap adjusts to your hip size – 27
• HIGH VISIBILITY: Neon color zipper designed to keep drivers alert of your presence on early morning and evening runs.
• GUARANTEED: Backed by the Stronghold Accessories signature 2 year no questions asked money back guarantee. Your satisfaction is our priority!

All I can say is I am a fan!!! May look into slightly larger bottles for alternate concert use. But very happy with all of it’s characteristics!

I received a free product for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own and I was not compensated in any way for my review other than getting the product to test. All reviews are unbiased and fair. Meant solely for informing my readers on what is out there that interests them.

Brent Reece (Northwoods Wanderings)

Sprouts Voice Remedy/Cold Remedy Review
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Sprouts Voice Remedy/Cold Remedy Review

©2015 Brent Reece

 

 

                    

 

Okay here is the long awaited eval on the sprouts Cold Remedy/Voice Remedy!!

 

There was and is a small glitch in the shipping date for Tomoson reviews. So I decided to just get all over it and get it posted. This herbal remedy is specifically tailored towards relief from sore throats and the common cold.

 

It contains the following herbal ingredients:

Echinacea purpea herb, red root, green tea, elderberry, thyme herb, red clover herb, myrrh gum, mullein leaf, and ginger root. Bound together using natural Glycerin. With Deionized Water. Made from all KOSHER nutrients.

 

With my acid reflux I get a lot of sore throats and they are also a precursor to me for a bad cold that is trying to get a hold of me! Last week I had a cold coming on and used the drops as described. Within the day I had relief and continued daily treatment for about four more days!

 

I love holistic medicine when it works!

 

To get your bottle to try and see if you can kick the medications. Follow this link to Amazon.com

Copy and paste into your Browser:

http://www.amazon.com/Sprouts-Remedy-Common-Throat-Congestion/dp/B007P63SCE/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1435606687&amp;sr=8-1-spell&amp;keywords=sproutscold+remedy+for+sore+throats+and+cold”><span style=”color:#0000ff; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;”>http://www.amazon.com/Sprouts-Remedy-Common-Throat-Congestion/dp/B007P63SCE/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1435606687&amp;sr=8-1-spell&amp;keywords=sproutscold+remedy+for+sore+throats+and+cold

 


 

I received a free product for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own and I was not compensated in any way for my review other than getting the product to test. All reviews are unbiased and fair. Meant solely for informing my readers on what is out there that interests them.

 

Brent Reece(Northwoods Wanderings)

Eposeidon/Kastking Quad Reviews
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Eposeidon/Kastking Quad Reviews
©2015 BrentReece

The Products:

Kastking Orcas 3000 Saltwater Reel:

This is the 2nd reel I have had the distinct pleasure of reviewing for KK. Unlike the first one this one is intended for inshore or light saltwater action. Quite a departure from the freshwater environs I am used to.

I matched this up with a really good rod, spooled it with 14lb KK line and have a great combo for most inshore light tackle fishing. Especially for Stripers/Blues and of course the vast schools of mackerel we see along the Maine Coast!

Kastking Multipurpose Fishing Pliers:

These are really well designed multitasking tools that just get the job done and are built to last! The multifunction jaws can pinch split-shot, open snap rings, clinch leader sleeves, cut line, and grasp hooks.

Kastking Monofilament Fishing Line:

2nd to none in quality! Great line….low stretch and abrasion resistant. Awesome blue color was chosen for salt water to aid in camouflaging it from fish. Other colors are available.

Kastking Gripscale:

Saved this for last, as it is almost as cool as the reel but way cooler than the pliers and the line. I love fishing gadgets that make life easier. This “boga-grip” like gripper has a pistol grip and a holster to wear, a lanyard to keep it from getting lost, and a definitely accurate and sensitive digital scale. The only downside…it measures it all in Kilograms! Once you lift your fish and hold it aloft for a couple minutes the Gripscale will weigh it and when the red light is lit then weight is locked in and ready to be read. Allowing you to catch and release your fish with minimal contact and minimal time out of the water.

Now that completes the basic review and rundown on all four items.

The scoring:

#1 The Orcas #3000 reel- 5 stars all the way
#2 Kastking Multipupose Pliers- 5 stars al the way

#3 Kastking Monofilament line – 5 stars all the way!

#4 KastKing GripScale – 5 stars all the way!

All of the above products are available on Amazon.com

I received a free product for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own and I was not compensated in any way for my review other than getting the product to test. All reviews are unbiased and fair. Meant solely for informing my readers on what is out there that interests them.
Brent Reece (Northwoods Wanderings)

Maine Knife Laws: Trying to clarify your rights
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This article was originally posted on another site. I have reposted it here for my readers who may be concerned about current knife law. Keep in mind our 2nd Amendment Rights……..”the right to keep and bear arms” did not just include guns but all manner of weapon.

This article was originally posted on a site called KNIFEUP.com

LINK: http://www.knifeup.com/maine-knife-laws/

USED WITHOUT EXPRESSED OR WRITTEN CONSENT……….But posted pursuant to policies set forth by CREATIVE COMMONS to insure the original Author gets full credit.

Maine Knife Laws

The knife laws in Maine are very vague. Because of that, the average person will have a hard time determining if a certain type of knife is legal or illegal. This article will give you a clear idea of what the law means. It includes excerpts from the law as well as explanations of the law with case precedence.

What is Legal to Own

    • It is legal to own Bowie knives and other large knives.
    • It is legal to own dirks, stilettos, daggers, and other slim knives.
    • It is legal to own throwing stars and throwing knives.
    • It is legal to own disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives.
    • It is illegal to own switchblades, automatic knives, and balisong knives

The only banned types of knives are automatic opening knives. Balisong knives were found to fall under this category.

What is Legal to Carry

    • It is legal to carry any knife in the open.
    • It is illegal to carry daggers, stilettos, and knives designed for harming others.
    • Any knife outside of those 3 are legal to conceal carry.

The law bans the carry of “other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.” This means that, as long as the knife was not designed to attack other people, it is fine to carry concealed.

What the Law Says

Limits on Carry and Display

25 M.R.S. § 2001-A (2012)

§ 2001-A. Threatening display of or carrying concealed weapon

1. DISPLAY OR CARRYING PROHIBITED. A person may not, unless excepted by a provision of law:

A. Display in a threatening manner a firearm, slungshot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk, stiletto or other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person; or

B. Wear under the person’s clothes or conceal about the person’s person a firearm, slungshot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk, stiletto or other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.

2. EXCEPTIONS. The provisions of this section concerning the carrying of concealed weapons do not apply to:

[…]

C. Knives used to hunt, fish or trap as defined in Title 12, section 10001;

The law bans the concealed carry and threatening display of dirks, stilettos, and “other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.” Dirks and stilettos are slim, long knives that have a very sharp stabbing point. The law also states that it is 100% legal to conceal carry hunting, fishing, and trapping knives.

It is easy to understand what a dirk or a stiletto is and it is also easy to understand what a hunting, trapping, or fishing knife is but “other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person” is not very clear. What type of knife is a deadly weapon usually employed in the attack of others? How do you know if the knife you own is such a knife?

The case of State v. Jones in 2012 was a case that clarifies what knives are allowed to be carried concealed and what knives are not.

Jones was found walking down the street at 2am. After the police officer got out of his car to talk to him, Jones informs the officer that he is on probation, gives the officer his ID and allows the officer to search him. Note, at this point, Jones did not break any law and is obeying authority and following the terms of his probation.

The officer asks if Jones is carrying any weapons and he reports no. The officer pats down Jones to find two knives clipped to Jones’s pocket. The knives were folding knives with 3 inch, point tip blades. Jones’s shirt was covering the pocket, making it concealed. The officer arrested Jones for carrying a concealed weapon.

Jones was found guilty by the trial court because, the court stated, walking around at 2am as a parolee with a knife that can cause serious damage is fitting of “other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.”

The court of appeals stated that the nature of the knife, not the situation that it was found, makes a knife “deadly or dangerous” and “usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.” Having a knife at 2am does not make the knife dangerous or deadly. Also, a knife is a “deadly or dangerous” and “usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person” only if it can be proven that the knife was “designed for use against human beings or whether its primary function is to attack or defend a person.” If a knife was not designed for use against humans or its primary function is attack or defense, it can be carried concealed.

This is different from a lot of other states who have dangerous weapon clauses that takes into account the nature of the weapon as well as the situation it was used in. For example, in Iowa, a person was convicted of using a dangerous weapon when he smashed an ash tray on another person’s head. If that case took place in Maine, he would of not been guilty for that crime (but probably guilty of something else).

Ban on Automatic Knives

17-A M.R.S. § 1055 (2012)

§ 1055. Possession or distribution of dangerous knives

1. A person is guilty of possession or distribution of dangerous knives if, when the person has no right to do so, the person knowingly manufactures or causes to be manufactured, or knowingly possesses, displays, offers, sells, lends, gives away or purchases any knife that has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife having a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement.

2. Possession or distribution of dangerous knives is a Class D crime.

3. Notwithstanding subsection 1, a person who has only one arm may possess and transport a knife described under subsection 1 that has a blade 3 inches or less in length.

This law clearly bans the ownership of switchblades and other automatic knives.

Even though balisong knives are not listed, they fall under this ban. In the case of State v. Michael M., Michael M. was found carrying a balisong knife, also called a butterfly knife. He was charged with possession of dangerous knives and found guilty. The court papers stated that it borrowed ideas from New Mexico law as to what counts as a switchblade or not, most particularly the case of State v. Riddell.

Since Michael M. was convicted of carrying a dangerous knife when he was carrying a balisong knife, it has set the precedence that all balisong knives are dangerous knives in Maine.

Conclusion

In Maine, it is legal to own any knife except for switchblades, balisongs, and other automatic knives. You can not conceal carry dirks, stilettos, and dangerous knives. You can also not aggressively display dirks, stilettos, and dangerous knives. A knife is a dangerous knife only if it was designed to hurt other humans. If a knife has a utility purpose, it would not fall under the definition of dangerous knife based upon case precedence.

Note that there are also county laws that come into play with knife law so make sure you look up the law in your town. This is not legal advice and there is no client, lawyer relationship so talk to a lawyer if you need assistance.

If you have any questions, ask them in the comment box below.

References

    • State of Maine v. Jones. Docket No. And–11–475 (2012). Retrieved January 20, 2013, from findlaw.com.
    • State of Maine v. Michael M. Ken-00-649 (2001). Retrieved January 20, 2013, from courts.state.me.us.
    • State of New Mexico v. Riddell. 112 N.M. 78 (Ct.App. 1991). Retrieved January 20, 2013, from titleii.com.
    • Threatening display of or carrying concealed weapon. 25 M.R.S. 2001-A (2012). Retrieved January 20, 2013 from LexisNexis database.
    • Possession or distribution of dangerous knives. 17-A M.R.S. 1055 (2012). Retrieved January 20, 2013 from LexisNexis database.

 

Source!

KNIFEUP.com

http://www.knifeup.com/maine-knife-laws/