Introducing a backpack even hiking haters could love
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.05.2008 at 11:59 am 4 Comments
On a scale of outdoor bravado, I fall closer to Disney's River Country then Sean Penn's Into the Wild. But, I wasn't about to let a lack of Eagle Scout skills keep from enjoying and evaluating a new backpack from Skull Candy. So this past Memorial Day, I took my own urban hike through downtown San Francisco from barbecue to beachfront.
The Link Hydro Pack features two key components intended for the enjoyment by "mountain bikers, hikers and snow enthusiasts," but easily altered to enhance a weekend of burgers, beaches and perhaps a few cold brews: speakers and a ½ gallon hydration pack.
Appropriate usage of the hydration pack requires no direction or formal training. More tactful and subtle then the beer helmet yet equally potent, our chosen form of hydration remained chilled after several hours in the sun.
A new component-based system with swappable heads and shafts allows crafty golfers to create the perfect stick for any situation
By Brett ZardaPosted 05.30.2008 at 12:15 pm 1 Comment
Get ready to add a few more golf clubs to the bag – sort of. Callaway Golf launched its new I-MIX drivers this month which allows enterprising duffers everywhere to swap out specific heads and shafts according to course or weather conditions, or just to impress their cronies. The heads are attached to the shaft using a custom torque wrench that provides an audible click and a visual indicator suggesting when it's safe to let the big dog bite.
To combat fraud, each ticket holder's photo and passport information will be embedded in the ticket itself and accessed via RFID
By Brett ZardaPosted 05.28.2008 at 2:54 pm 0 Comments
So much for scalping tickets. In a country where Big Brother is more than a myth, Chinese officials have taken technological steps to ensure only those who purchase tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies are allowed inside the Bird's Nest in Beijing. RFID chips in each ticket will include photos, phone numbers, email addresses and passport data ensuring the $720 face value isn't increased on the street.
If the top name in home pole-dancing equipment has anything to say about it, absolutely!
By Brett ZardaPosted 05.21.2008 at 3:56 pm 5 Comments
There must be a God after all. Peekaboo Entertainment—creators of the Carmen-Electra-endorsed "Electra-Pole" home pole dancing kit—is reportedly planning to take their expertise to the Nintendo Wii. Adding another interesting dimension to the Wii's role as a fitness machine, the proposed pole dancing title could further ensure that men spend all day playing, or now watching, video games.
Ditch the cart and get a robot to do your on-green bidding
By Brett ZardaPosted 05.20.2008 at 11:51 am 0 Comments
With each 18 holes purchased, man has a decision to make. It’s a reflection of one's beliefs on purity versus convenience. It’s an expression of one's willingness to endure for the sense of accomplishment. It’s an opportunity to scoff at pragmatism in favor of tradition. And it comes down to a single question: Cart or no cart?
Pop quiz: What kind of wood are baseball bats made of? Until about 1999 the correct answer would’ve been ash. But long before pundits noticed Barry Bonds’ head inflating from steroids, players spotted his maple bat. In a sport where adults inject their own buttocks for a chance at glory, switching to a different bat caught on quick.
Its about time. After an excruciating and absurd debate, double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to compete in the Olympics. Pistorius won his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport today which immediately overturned an asinine ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations which stated Pistorius gained an unfair advantage from his prosthetics.
Ballet dancers get a high-tech fix for an age-old problem: lousy footwear
By Brett ZardaPosted 05.14.2008 at 2:29 pm 7 Comments
Imagine a shoe so uncomfortable you have to hammer the insole and smash it inside a door to make it tolerable. Now imagine tossing the same $70 shoe in the trash because it shredded into pieces after just 45 minutes. Welcome to the world of ballet.
A horse was euthanized this past weekend on the hallowed track of the Kentucky Derby. Eight Belles ran the race of her life, finishing second. But, just steps past the finish line the filly snapped both her ankles and crumbled to the dirt. Veterinarians on site promptly decided to euthanize the horse—on the racetrack—with just a few trucks and an appropriately placed oversized derby hat shielding the more than 150,000 spectators (NBC wisely did not show footage of the horse).
The sports giant offers a run for all humanity; that is if you've got its gear
By Brett ZardaPosted 05.07.2008 at 12:53 pm 8 Comments
Nike is doing it again. In an event dubbed The Human Race, the king of sports marketing is planning a one-day, 10k race for 1 million people (preferably all clad in Nike) in 25 cities across the world. The races will wind across the globe—the first is in Taipei and the last, L.A.—and each is topped off by a concert at the end. So on August 31, 2008 the world (or at least participants in the same time zones) will be running together