Tactical Pens: Necessary or a Gimmick?

tactical pensIf you have seen the Jason Bourne series or many other actions movies, you’ll know that unexpected and dangerous situations can arise at any moment. Many times, our favourite action movie heroes are required to use whatever is in their immediate surroundings to defend themselves. This has included magazines, toasters, fly swatters and of course pens. Pens make natural great self defence tools as they are relatively sharp and there seems to be a pen lying around in most places you go. In real life though, is a pen really a reliable self-defence tool?

Introducing the Tactical Pen; a line of pens which are designed with a number of purposes in mind including self-defence. The primary use of great tactical pens though is still as a writing device however they also double as multi-use gadgets to get you out of sticky situations. Ranging in price from about $15 upwards of $100 a tactical pen is marketed for those who want a self-defence tool with them at all times and for professionals who need a robust writing for any situation. Visit tactical tech devices for more reviews.

As a writing tool, tactical pens are extremely functional. They are designed to withstand any amount of stress as they are generally made of anodized aluminum which will prevent any fracturing from taking place in rough conditions. Even if your tactical pen gets run over, it’s tough exterior should still hold up.

Tactical pens are also designed to write in any condition as well. Weather its hot or cold, rainy or snowy, the best tactical pens will allow you to write in any extreme condition. Need to write upside down? Not to worry, tactical pens are designed to work in any condition.

The secondary function of the tactical pen is to in most cases provide you with a self-defence tool. Most models will have a glass-breaker tip on one end in case you end up in a situation where you need to break a window. This glass-breaker tip is functional in a tactical pen as the weight and material of the pen will hold up when introduced to increased stress.

The tip of the pen is also chiseled to pierce objects as necessary. If you were ever attacked, a tactical pen is designed to be used similar to a knife in that it can pierce the skin of whoever is attacking you. I can definitely see how this can provide piece of mind when walking through dark parts of the city at night. Even if you never have to use it, the piece of mind of having something on you which can scare away an attacker is calming.

Further features in some models include a hand-cuff key and other little helpful devices (lights, lasers, ETC) in the case you might need them. As people generally like to carry a pen with them anyways, a lightweight tactical pen can be a good investment to deliver some peace of mind.

The Beard Craze – What’s Happening Lately

Cool mustache, bro.

As I’m sure you’ve all seen lately if you’ve been anywhere in public (but particularly in the bar scene and music scene), beards and mustaches are making a massive comeback.

There was a time in the 80s and 90s where iconic mustachioed men were going clean shaven, and it was really one of the worst periods for facial hair and style in general. I don’t think you will find many people who will tell you that the period between the 70s and early 2000s were any good for style. The thing is, these men went back to growing a tache or a beard after awhile and it seemed all was right with the world.

As these things go, facial hair has come back with many a demographic. Sure, there are more ‘hipsters’ with beards, but businessmen and teenagers a like are starting to sport various whisker styles, and the acceptance for that has been skyrocketing simply because of the massive cultural shift towards stubble.

There are always winners and losers in these interesting, seemingly meaningless social changes, and in this case, the companies making trimmers and grooming products are having an absolutely killer time with all the new customers entering the market looking to find the best beard trimmer.

One of the things I’m noticing, actually, is a shift towards all sorts of grooming. It is slowly permeating the culture around us that ‘grooming’ isn’t a girly thing to do. There is something proper and manly about taking care of one’s appearance, even if that means using waxes and shampoos and oils and combs. One of the biggest things we’re seeing is all these beard grooming tips telling you how to style your whiskers and what you need in a maintenance kit, etc.

Many people are even getting full sets, or all in one units, to include things like the best nose hair trimmer in their daily (or at least somewhat-weekly) routine.

All sorts of new high tech, gadgety devices are showing up, including some clippers with a laser to help you get a perfectly straight line! It’s usually completely useless, but there are some interesting gimmicky things like that popping up that will surely lead to real breakthroughs before too long.

For now, let us just suffice it to say that there is certainly an underdeveloped industry that is expanding right before our eyes and I will not be surprised when some new tech and science advancements are made in the men’s grooming and facial hair sector.

I’ve got a secret and it begins with motorcycle…

motorcycle helmet woman

Me on my bike…LOL! Not…

So I’ve been derping around with a new interest lately and I thought it was about time to share it here on the blog. Any guesses?

No, not streaking, you pervs.

I’m actually part of the way through my motorcycle training that I signed up for the other week after months of thought and research.

It’s actually a pretty big deal for me because I’ve always said I hated bikes, would never get on one, and don’t see the point of them when you could be riding in the delightful comfort of your enclosed (and safe) car.

So what happened?

Well…check out the picture to the right. A gal happened! (That’s not her, but its a pretty good representation :) ).

After chatting and hanging out a bunch of times, she convinced me to go for a ride on her bike. Now, it was a tough battle because I didn’t want to ride on the back and look like a doorknob and all the rest of it, but to tell you the truth, I have never felt so wrong in my life!

Not only did I not hate it…I loved it! And my entire life of thinking it was terrible was totally wrong. What a crazy feeling, ha.

Anyway, I got a bit hooked and after a few more rides decided that I needed to do this myself. I researched so much stuff it’s not even funny, from all sorts of motorcycle gear to motorcycle brands to the history of the darn things. Then I got myself registered for a training class like I just said above. So far it’s been really awesome. There is a certain sense of freedom that comes from being behind those handlebars and I’m really excited to get my license and buy a bike of my own.

Safety Stuff Is Pretty Slick

One of the things I have noticed is the safety gear that you can get for your bike. Sure, all you really need is a helmet to ride legally in most states (and even no helmet in a few states!), but do YOU want to have nothing but your bare skin to save you if you get chucked off going at 60 miles per hour? I sure don’t!

I’ve seen helmets anywhere from $40 to $800 with an insane amount of different features, fits, looks, etc. There are heated gloves and jackets for cold weather riding. There are all sorts of cool things out there now, even inflatable clothing that inflate to cushion your fall if you get knocked off the motorcycle.

Basically, it’s come a long, long way, and also doesn’t look like it’s all been made for a dude who wears a fanny pack and black socks with sandals! Know what I mean? A lot of the older stuff that might have kept you safe made you look like a total dweeb. Luckily they’ve made it easier to make the decision to wear this stuff lately because it looks a lot better and honestly that is a huge factor in many guys’ decision to use some of the items.

Anyway, if you want more info on the safety stuff, read the hard core organizational stuff here. It’s pretty dry but man, I read so much there and I feel like I know a ton about safety and proper motorcycle riding.

More to come in the future, I’m sure, thanks for stopping by!

Biometric Technology – Fingerprint Recognition

Advancements in technology continue to astound us; continually coming out with new devices, computers, phones, and even security advances. The newest advance on the market right now is the fingerprint recognition.

This refers to the method of verifying a match between two human fingerprints. You just place the pad of your finger onto a device (like an iPhone or gun safe) and it confirms that you’re you by the unique patterns in your fingerprint. Gone are the days of confusing patterns to trace or trying to remember that complicated password.

So what products are offering fingerprint recognition? Let’s take a look at a few.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft now offers a device for fingerprint recognition that is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. It can be used to access websites and other features on your computer that you want to keep secured away from prying eyes. The Microsoft fingerprint recognition also eliminates sign in hassles.

iPhone 5 with Fingerprint Technology

Along those lines, the iPhone is now offering fingerprint scanners on their iPhone 5C smart phones . The feature is called TouchID and allows you to open your phone with a swipe of your finger; no more typing in pass codes. If you lose or misplace your phone, you won’t have to worry about it falling into the wrong hands or your sensitive personal information becoming public knowledge.

Security and Gun Safes

Also getting onboard with the fingerprint recognition technology, many gun safes now offer biometric fingerprint locks. The safe will not open until it recognizes the fingerprints of the owner. This ensures safety in a home that has firearms; no one can open the safe except the owner of the fingerprints.

No more worries about children accidently getting hold of your firearms, or worse, a thief or an intruder. Many gun enthusiasts also like the biometric fingerprint locks because it is a quick and easy way to get to your firearm in the event your home is broken into and you need access to your gun for personal protection. They claim this is much faster and easier than fumbling with a key and a lock or a pushing in a pattern on buttons (which also make a tell tale noise), especially at a time when adrenaline is high and you’re in a scary situation.

As it becomes more common, we’re sure to see many more companies and products offer the fingerprint recognition in the near future. In the meantime, I think I’ll wait for them to work out all the bugs first and buy the items after the initial sticker shock has worn off and prices come down.

How about you? Will you be among the first consumers to own a product with fingerprint recognition, or will you wait until fingerprint recognition is more commonplace and affordable?

Xbox One – Have you tried this?

OK so I tried the Xbox one for the first time the day it came out – I didn’t get to make it down to the early unveiling in my city so I couldn’t test it out a few days early.

Anyways, it’s a pretty slick machine, though it’s way too big. The PS4 is so much smaller. They’ll probably fix that in a couple renditions from now, but it’s kind of annoying looking at something that is basically the original Xbox on the outside.

I never did the whole Kinect thing on the 360 – no point, didn’t like it, never tried it…whatever the reason, just never was into it.

However, with the Xbox One now coming with a Kinect, of course you have to try it. Continue Reading

Beard Trimming Travel Tips

As a man with a beard, you assume extra responsibility for your appearance because it is so important that you keep your facial hair neat and tidy, lest you look disheveled, unclean, or lazy. Obviously, you’ll need the a good product for maintaining your scruff to make sure you always have a great tool to shave and trim your beard and mustache down to size, no matter what.

But what happens when you’re a travelling man? Or if you just happen to be travelling this once, but need to shave? There are a few important things to consider before you hit the road and journey away from the comforts of home.

best beard trimmerIf you have a corded beard trimmer, it will matter whether you travel internationally. At home, you will likely be able to get away with it, because wall sockets are the same across the country. However, in Europe for example, there is different voltage and different plug ins. You’ll need a trimmer that can handle the voltage change and might need a plug adaptor.

Not only that, but it might be a bit of a hassle travelling with your corded trimmer depending on how thick and unruly the cord is. It’s added bulk that’s not always easy to pack.

Finally, think ahead – are you going to be at a hotel or someone’s house where you can shave, or are you going to be running around from airport to taxi to meeting, with no time to shave?

If you have a cordless trimmer, it’s a bit easier when travelling. Depending on the length of your trip, you might be able to get away without bringing the charger, although you are obviously putting yourself at risk if you do that. If you are only going away for a day or a few days, just remember to charge your device fully before packing it. You should be able to shave wherever, whenever because the charge should hold for a few shaves.

If you’re going for awhile, be sure to bring your charger and make sure that if you’re going overseas you get the proper adaptors so your machine works with the different voltage and plug in.

Typically, it’s easier to travel with a cordless trimmer, but they do have their downsides.

For more information on shaving, trimming, and beard trimmer reviews to help you find the perfect one for you, visit www.beardguide.com.

Galaxy Note – the new 2014 edition!

Galaxy_Note_2013_logo.svgIf you haven’t heard of the Galaxy Note, you’ve been living under a rock.

Samsung has really stepped up their game as of late, with this and their mobile phone line.

It’s insane, really.

Anyways, this is one of the leading edge tablets along with the iPad and some of the Windows versions now available. It really depends if you like iOS, Windows, or Android. You will likely already have a favorite, but this might be worth another look.

The Note has a 10.1 inch display and is starting at $550. Continue Reading

Should You Get a Corded Trimmer?

These days, more and more things are becoming cordless. Only a decade ago, most things still had cords – phones, computer mice, keyboards, video game controllers. Today, we’re usually given an option when we purchase something, whether we want corded or cordless, and that’s true nowadays for beard trimmers.

There are benefits to both in many cases, although it is increasingly popular to go the non-cord route.

When it comes to beard trimmers, you have a lot of choice. There are about as many good corded trimmers as there are cordless ones. They each have their pros and cons, so it’s important to figure out what you are looking for in terms of personal preferences and general usage.

Pros of Corded Trimmers

  • Consistent power supply to the motor means you’ll always get a good shave
  • Don’t have to wait hours for a battery to recharge
  • Won’t have to replace any batteries a couple years down the line as an added expense

Pros of Cordless Trimmers

  • Convenient and can be used anywhere
  • Great for travel purposes

Cons of Corded Trimmers

  • Cord can be bulky, unruly, annoying, and hard to get around
  • Limited to use near a power outlet
  • More difficult to travel because of the extra bulk of the cord

Cons of Cordless Trimmers

  • Inconsistent shave when battery starts to die and give less power to the motor
  • Must recharge, usually for hours, before you can shave again
  • Will have to replace battery eventually

So there you have it – there are pros and cons to both corded and cordless, and you will have to make your decision based on what is important to you and your shaving needs. There are great trimmers in both camps, so be sure to look at the bigger picture when making your decision.