Bloomsky – a successful kickstarter campaign

I’ve recently received the Bloomsky – a project I backed on kickstarter. The project raised double the requested funds for what appeared to be a very ambitious deliverable.  The $199 pledge promised to secure the external bloomsky unit, internal monitor, solar panel and mounting accessories.    At this price point, I was not expecting anything approaching the visuals represented on the website.

Bloomsky indoor monitor
Bloomsky indoor monitor (external and internal temperatures)

However, on receiving the  parcel from Bloomsky, all previous doubts were unwarranted.  All of the components were present and professional packaged.  The only slight issue is that the adapter for the indoor monitor does not come with a european adapter (The outdoor station does).

Set-up is relatively straight forward – just download the appropriate iOS or Android app.  The outdoor station takes a few minutes before it starts to broadcast (don’t set it up at night as the camera will not start broadcasting until sunrise!)

The camera has been active now for a couple of weeks (even running of the internal battery for 1 week) with no issues.  A recent update to the app has fixed the display of indoor information on the iOS app.  Hopefully they will also introduce the ability to view the information from a browser and download the awesome end of day timelapse video from the iOS app.

Bloomsky in Prague
Bloomsky in Prague

You can see where the Bloomsky devices have been installed by going to the map hosted on Weatherlution – Bloomsky Locations or by browsing the iOS app for publicly broadcasting devices.

Bloomsky map

Best low end coffee makers – but big flavours!

One of the best coffee makers on the market has to be the Aeropress (Aerobie) – it’s a versatile brewing device with an accompanying smartphone app (definitely iOS) to help you through the process.

20140725_225716_3258If, however, you like your coffee cold then the Hario “water dripper”
uses the classic cold-drip method to produce full-flavored coffee ideal for making iced coffee.




The HuMn Wallet – the best minimal RFID blocking wallet by Scott Hussa — Kickstarter

The HuMn Wallet – the best minimal RFID blocking wallet by Scott Hussa — Kickstarter.

The HuMn Wallet was born out of necessity and lots of traveling. Being two dudes on the go, we’ve tried almost every type of wallet, money clip, card case, and wallet mutation out there. We were looking for a way to keep what we needed in our wallets, while getting rid of the things we didn’t. Sounds simple enough right? Wrong.

Some card cases could hold cash and cards, but couldn’t hold business cards. Some could handle cash and business cards, but stored them on top of each other, which meant that you had to pull out all of your cards to find the one you were looking for. Others simply could only hold a fixed number of cards and cash.

From seed to healthy juice

After a week of soaking, sprouting, sowing and watering; I finally get to have a super food in a glass!

You cannot detract from the simple fact that wheatgrass:

  • 30mls of freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice is equivalent in nutritional value to 1kg of leafy green vegetables
  • Wheatgrass contains over 90 minerals, including high concentrations of the most alkaline minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium
  • It contains the essential enzymes: Protease (assists in protein digestion), Cytochrome Oxidase (a powerful anti oxidant), Amylase (facilitates digestion), Lipase (a fat splitting enzyme), Transhydrogenase (strengthens the heart muscle) & Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) (found in all body cells and is known for its ability to lessen the effect of radiation and slow cellular aging)
  • Just one teaspoon of Wheat Grass powder, weighing a mere 3.5 grams, is nutritionally equal to an entire spinach salad weighing a full 50 grams – it packs a punch!
  • Wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots!
  • Wheat grass juice helps your body to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell. By increasing the oxygenation the body you can help offset smog and carbon monoxide and increase your endurance during physical exercise
  • It also contains 19 amino acids, the building blocks of protein

Bright skies over Greenwich

The weather held out today – sunny skies and a little wind instead of the forecast which was cloudy. So, with iPhone in hand I headed of to borough market for a coffee and then Greenwich for a little exercise up and down the park. On the way back I captured the following 360° image using Photosynth on the iPhone.

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