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Uno For You, Uno For We!

Posted by gottabkd on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Uno? What’s an Uno you ask?

Well according to 18 year old Benjamin Gulak from Ontario Canada, the Uno is a science project that he designed, all on his own, in his own shop, without CAD software or an engineering degree. What he came up with was this:

Uno

According to the latest issue of Motorcycle Mojo Magazine, Ben created this in his machine workshop that he inherited from his grandpa, who was an engineer. He used to tinker in the garage with Ben at his side. Grandpa instilled his love of design and creating cool stuff, but a trip to China was the catalyst that gave him the inspiration to create “some form of electric transport was desperately needed in the same compact form as a motorcycle or bicycle to help ease congestion and save the environment.”
As a result of seeing nothing but smog while on his trip, he knew he wanted to create something small, non combustible and was either in the form of a motorcycle or a bicycle…. Uno was the result.

Not really a unicycle, but a duo-uno-cycle(??) where the two wheels are side-by-side and up front, as seen in the picture above. There is no rear wheel and basically only has an on-off switch. Think of it like a Segway… only you are leaning forward instead of standing upright; lean in the direction you want to turn, lean forward to move forward and lean backwards to move backwards.

Sounds simple, but I wonder how the brain interprets our own balance insecurities one might experience while being in this position? It kinda defies gravity no? It would be interesting to know how much time would be needed to actually learn to drive while in this position, how far can you go without getting tired (leaning forward is hard on the wrists and the back) and just how much training would it take to retrain the brain? Personally I would prefer a position more like the Bombardier EMBRIO as seen at Gizmag.com.

Also, from a license perspective, what would Transport Canada classify this machine as? A moped? Scooter or half motorcycle? Even though it looks like a half motorcycle is it really? It could be classified as a Limited Speed Motorcycle though.

Never mind… it’s still cool, green and innovative enough to give it that awesome cool factor. Maybe by the time Ben gets a degree in Engineering, the world will be riding more of these machines.

Not much happening at his website, but I bet with all the attention, there will be soon. Check back often.
Ben, if you need some help with that, contact me…seriously dude your site needs an update. But I guess you are too busy for that right now eh? LOL 😉
Seriously… contact me! I can help.

P.S. There are over 300 articles under the Motorcycle header at Gizmag, so take a look around while you are there cause there is something for everyone!! Very cool site.

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Free – Today Only!!!! Ontario and Quebec.

Posted by gottabkd on Sunday, May 25, 2008

What: Receive a free Angus burger free…. today only May 25th 2008. One per guest.

Where: Participating Harvey’s across Ontario and Quebec only

Time: 10:30 am to 3pm

I know… at the time of posting this, you have only two hours left to get your free burger…. sorry but I did not find this offer till now…

So hurry and go get yours NOW!!!!!! You still have time.

To find a location near you click on the picture below.

locations burger day box

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Free – PDF Creator!

Posted by gottabkd on Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ever wanted to create your own PDF documents without spending a fortune on software?

Well now you can. At PrimoPDF.com they are offering a “totally free” download to their PDF creator “because it’s everybody’s PDF”.

Some of the features include:

  1. Completely free PDF creator – Create PDF files from 300+ file types.
  2. Make 100% industry-standard PDF from any files that print.
  3. Create PDF files optimized for print, screen, ebook, or prepress.

“PrimoPDF is the web’s #1 free software for creating 100% industry-standard PDF files. Simple to use and free of annoying ads, converting files to PDF has never been easier!

Nitro PDF Professional adds one-click PDF conversion for common office documents like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Publisher, and offers a full suite of PDF editing capabilities.”

If your computer cannot handle the download, or should you need to access this converter from another site, they also have and online converter where you enter your email address, upload the file to be converted and they will send the converted file to you… cool eh?

Apparently it works with Windows 98/2000/NT/XP/Vista.

The NitroPDF, is a beefed up version which obviously has more capabilities than the free version, but it comes with a free 14 day trial which you test out before you buy.

Get your free copy at CNET’s trusted software download site here

Cheers

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Take This Nail For Free!

Posted by gottabkd on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Nine Inch Nails is a group that apparently appreciates their fans: so much so that they are giving their newest album The Slip, away for free. 11 songs and 43 minutes of music… all for free including multiple formats to suite everyone’s music player.

According to their site:

“as a thank you to our fans for your continued support, we are giving away the new nine inch nails album one hundred percent free, exclusively via nin.com.

the music is available in a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE. your link will include all options – all free. all downloads include a PDF with artwork and credits.”

They even encourage you to :

we encourage you to
remix it
share it with your friends,
post it on your blog,
play it on your podcast,
give it to strangers,
etc.

And that it because “the slip is licensed under a creative commons attribution non-commercial share alike license.”
The Slip album song titles are:
999,999
1,000,000
letting you
discipline
echoplex
head down
lights in the sky
corona radiata
the four of us are dying
demon seed
total length: 43:45

OK, this is very cool, especially if you are a fan of theirs and their uber cool music.
While you visit the site, you can sign up to become a member… You know what they say: “membership has it’s privileges” and some of these privileges include advance ticket purchases to their 2008 North American tour.

Poke around the site a bit more and you will also find a free download to their instrumental only album Ghosts I-IV. For free, you will only receive 9 of the 36 songs, but for 5 measly buckaroos (5$) you can download all 36 songs. You can have a listen here. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is an interesting blend of fusion, beats, and very weird sounds.

So check them out, buy some merch, download The Slip or the Ghost I-IV and enjoy all this group has to offer.

Cheers

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