Weed is legal for recreation in four states and Washington DC. Twenty other states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. State ballot initiatives continue to gain support and this upcoming election season could see even more states following the national trend of decriminalization and legalization. People just don’t see prohibition as a smart strategy anymore.
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what President Obama said about the issue to VICE News last March:
“You’re starting to see not just liberal Democrats, but also some very conservative Republicans recognize [prohibition] doesn’t make sense, including sort of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party,” President Obama said. “They see the money and how costly it is to incarcerate. So, we may actually be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side.”
It’s just not as big as a deal as it used to be. And if you’re someone who supports this, tomorrow is a big day.
But no matter how you choose to spend your 420, you’re gonna need music. And what’s a more appropriate speaker to reach for than the House of Marley Chant Mini portable Bluetooth speaker? In Blue Hemp, no less. It’s tiny, stylish, made from eco-friendly materials and most importantly, these guys make good products. My old Marley earbuds are still my go-to choice for convenient, on the go headphones.
Stay tuned for the full review!
We are all getting excited for Captain America: Civil War that is out next month, but Marvel Studios just released the Dr. Strange trailer. When famous neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) suffers career-ending injuries in a devastating car crash, he seeks help in the furthest reaches of the world! Hoping to find cures for his injuries, Strange instead uncovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. Looks good right? The film opens in theatres everywhere on November 4th!
What is your dream car? What does is it look like? If you are looking at picking up the all new Ford GT you might want to read this. For those of you who want to purchase the Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercar you can now officially submit your applications today at FordGT.com. The only thing is that there is a limited production of the Ford GT.
Ford Performance to create a unique, customer-focused experience to help select potential owners for the new supercar. Approved applicants will work with the new Ford GT Concierge Service for a personalized purchase experience. “The purchase process for the Ford GT is as unique as our all-new supercar,” said Henry Ford III, global marketing manager, Ford Performance. “We understand GT customers are strong ambassadors for Ford Motor Company, and we look forward to providing them a service as distinct as the car itself.” The Ford GT is the most advanced Ford production vehicle ever, featuring the latest in light weighting, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technology – an innovation showcase for the Ford brand.
Applicants will have an opportunity to identify their preferred Ford dealership in GT-approved markets and, if approved, will complete their purchase with the help of their dealer and the new Ford GT Concierge Service. Accepted applicants from around the world will be contacted by the concierge and provided a tailored experience – not only through the ordering and delivery but through years of ownership.
The new Ford GT website also offers a configurator that allows anyone to build a virtual GT and easily share their dream combinations from a number of color, wheels and interior themes with the world through social media. For production, eight exterior colors can be paired with one of seven different stripe colors, giving the Ford GT customer many choices to keep their vehicle as unique as they are.
Pricing for the Ford GT is expected to have a starting price in the mid-$400,000s, excluding destination and delivery. The Ford GT will be one of the rarest Ford products ever. Production is limited to 250 units per year, and the initial ordering period will cover the first two years of production – 500 vehicles. The web-based application process for the first round of applications for the all-new Ford GT closes on May 12, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Build your Ford GT today at FordGT.com.
The weather is getting nicer. People are done hibernating. There are more and more reasons to enjoy the outdoors. Why not get some new sneakers to celebrate the awesome weather? With spring in full swing, Reebok has added three neon colorways to its Furylite collection that combine bold colors and floral patterns for a unique seasonal style that will be sure to keep you ahead of the pack.
Go ahead and flaunt your high-energy fury at the front of the pack in our iconic sneaker that keeps you light on your feet. Not only does the Reebok Classic Furylite combine a cutting edge look with incredible comfort, its sleek silhouette makes it a one of a kind fashion forward kick. For spring, you can add some neon-pop and combined bold colors with a floral pattern for on-trend, in-season style.
The Furylite Neon Pop is available now at Reebok.com, Jimmy Jazz and Packer Shoes for $75.
Every year it seems that Ford keeps on pushing the limits. The constantly add new features to cars that greatly improve their cars. Recently, under the cover of night, a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle with no headlights on navigated along lonely desert roads, performing a task that would be perilous for a human driver.
Driving in pitch black at Ford Arizona Proving Ground marks the next step on the company’s journey to delivering fully autonomous vehicles to customers around the globe. It’s an important development, in that it shows that even without cameras, which rely on light, Ford’s LiDAR – working with the car’s virtual driver software – is robust enough to steer flawlessly around winding roads. While it’s ideal to have all three modes of sensors – radar, cameras and LiDAR – the latter can function independently on roads without stoplight.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data has found the passenger vehicle occupant fatality rate during dark hours to be about three times higher than the daytime rate.
“Thanks to LiDAR, the test cars aren’t reliant on the sun shining, nor cameras detecting painted white lines on the asphalt,” says Jim McBride, Ford technical leader for autonomous vehicles. “In fact, LiDAR allows autonomous cars to drive just as well in the dark as they do in the light of day.”
To navigate in the dark, Ford self-driving cars use high-resolution 3D maps – complete with information about the road, road markings, geography, topography and landmarks like signs, buildings and trees. The vehicle uses LiDAR pulses to pinpoint itself on the map in real time. Additional data from radar gets fused with that of LiDAR to complete the full sensing capability of the autonomous vehicle.
For the desert test, Ford engineers, sporting night-vision goggles, monitored the Fusion from inside and outside the vehicle. Night vision allowed them to see the LiDAR doing its job in the form of a grid of infrared laser beams projected around the vehicle as it drove past. LiDAR sensors shoot out 2.8 million laser pulses a second to precisely scan the surrounding environment.
This year, Ford will triple its autonomous vehicle test fleet – bringing the number to about 30 self-driving Fusion Hybrid sedans for testing on roads in California, Arizona and Michigan.
The Turtles are back!!! Later this summer you will be able to see their new and exciting adventure on the big screen. Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
Baseball is here. A lot of fans including myself are psyched for another year of watching their favorite team try to make it to the World Series. What if you were surprised by a former player from your favorite team on Opening Day? Well some New York Yankee fans experienced this earlier this month thanks to Pepsi.
Pepsi is celebrating the New York Yankees this season with former Yankee player Johnny Damon and SNL comedian and lifelong Yankees fan Pete Davidson. In an entertaining video, the two take to the streets of New York City on Opening Day to give a few lucky fans a chance to “Earn Their Pinstripes” by dropping everything and riding with them to Yankee stadium.
Fans can also get a chance to “Earn Their Pinstripes” by entering the #EarnYourPinstripesContest. By sharing a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #EarnYourPinstripesContest, fans are entered to win fun prizes including tickets to a game, meet and greets with Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman, Yankee gear, a game of catch with Didi Gregorius on the field and more!
Our friends at Crown Royal invited us out for a night of sweet basketball and tasty Crown samplings at Staples Center this past Wednesday. On display were the lowly Lakers and surging Clippers and of course, inspired cocktails featuring different Crown variants.
The star of the night’s festivities was Crown Royal Regal Apple Whisky. The heart of this spirit is the classic Crown Royal Deluxe, which itself is a blend of 50 Canadian whiskies. The Crown Royal Deluxe that serves as the base is infused with Regal Gala Apples and apple flavors. The result is a sweet variant on the traditional Crown taste, which leads with a vibrant apple nose, rests on your tongue with a tart smoothness and finishes with a very apple-forward sweetness.
Crown Apple isn’t for everyone. If you like your spirits sweet, you can certainly get down on it. I think it plays well as a cocktail ingredient, where the sweet apple flavor can play nicely with other drink elements.
Here are the cocktails that were served at the tasting event:
- 1.5oz Crown Royal Regal Apple
- 4oz Cranberry Juice
- Garnish with apple wedge
Crown Royal Press
- 1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe
- 3 dash (s) Bitters
- Top with Lemon-Lime Soda
- 1 Lemon Wedge
- Garnish with a lemon wedge
The Northern Buck
- 1.5 oz Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
- .5 oz Lime juice
- Top with ginger beer
- Garnish with a lemon wedge
The combination of Cranberry juice and Crown Royal Regal Apple was a winning choice. The sweetness of the apple whisky was offset a bit by the tartness of the cranberry juice. Two distinct tastes that taste pretty good together.
The Crown Royal Press makes for a nice warm weather cocktail, good for summer days and sticky nights where a little bitters and a lot of lemon-lime lighten up the classic Crown Royal Deluxe.
The Northern Buck showcases the whisky of the year, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. I found the lime juice to be a bit of a distraction, but I certainly enjoyed the rye + ginger beer combo.
Master of Whisky Stephen Wilson was on hand to guide those in attendance through a tasting of each whisky variant before we moved on to cocktails and one-sided basketball. We trust Steve on all things whisky related, but his detailed overview of the perfect process for experiencing retronasal olfaction and really understanding the flavor of each variant was a real treat.
- Smell the glass first and take a small swig
- Tilt your head left to right to let the spirit coat both of your cheeks
- Let the spirit coat your tongue and press your tongue against the roof of your mouth
- Swallow your swig
- Open your mouth and inhale across your tongue
- Close your mouth and exhale through your nose
- Enjoy that retronasal olfaction!
After the tasting it was game time. And for the 2015-16 LA Lakers that meant one thing – sadness. The Clippers jumped out to an 18-2 lead and we’re never really threatened by the young Laker squad. It was hard to watch Kobe Bryant struggle through 22 minutes of a 2-12 shooting performance from the field on his way to a six point, zero assist, three rebound night. Kobe tried to create when there was nothing to be created and lobbed up tough shot after tough shot. Metta World Peace looked surprisingly effective putting up 17 points, five rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist off the bench. He was also 2-3 from three point land.
The Clippers looked like a team ready to make a deep playoff run. Chris Paul scored 25 points and Jeff Green contributed 21 points off the bench as the Clippers easily dispatched the Lakers 103 to 81.
The love for Kobe was strong, but it’s hard to see the guy go out this way. Chants of MVP showered Bryant when he made it to the free throw line. The crowd called out his name when he wasn’t on the court. Kobe sat out the entire 4th quarter with his shoulders and knees all wrapped up. Watching the end of the Kobe era coincide with the Lakers’ franchise-worse 61st loss was a bittersweet sight.
Last summer Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games released LEGO Jurassic World on all the major consoles like PS4, XBOX One and the WiiU. The game was an instant hit. It combined all four Jurassic Park films. You get to play as all the fantastic characters from all four films and the actual dialogue from the movies were placed in the game. That means you hear the voices of Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and the rest of the actors in all of the films. LEGO Jurassic World is one of the best games I played in a while. It is filled with a ton of action that is combined with humor which always makes for a great game. There was one problem though. I couldn’t play the game outside of my home.
Thankfully Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games solved that issue by recently making an app version of the game for all iOS and Google platforms. Now that game that is fun and exciting to play can go with you. If you are stuck at the airport waiting for your flight this game makes the time go by so fast. If you are waiting at the DMV for your new license just pull out your smartphone and play LEGO Jurassic World. Waiting just got better thanks to this app.
In the app you get to play along the films of Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, as well as the global smash hit Jurassic World, LEGO Jurassic World is the first videogame where you can relive and experience all four colossal films. Reimagined in LEGO form and told in TT Games’ signature classic LEGO humor, this thrilling adventure recreates unforgettable scenes and action sequences from the films, allowing fans worldwide to play through key moments and giving them the opportunity to fully explore the expansive grounds of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.
Some of the game’s features is that you can relive key moments from all four Jurassic films: An adventure 65 million years in the making – now in classic LEGO brick fun! You can wreak havoc as LEGO dinosaurs: Choose from 16 dinosaurs, including the friendly Triceratops, deadly Raptor, vicious Compy and even the mighty T. rex.
You can even customize your own dinosaur collection: Collect LEGO amber and experiment with DNA to create completely original dinosaurs, like the Dilophosaurus rex. There is a mode where you can populate and explore Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna and even put your unique dinosaur creations in to paddocks as you complete special Free Play missions.
The older I get I find that stretching is not the only thing I need after a workout. Whether I am running outside, playing hoops, or working out at the gym I am sore is a few places. It is not that I am doing the exercise incorrectly, but it is the fact that I am no spring chicken. Thankfully there is KT Tape. I recently have been using this product when I am working out. I like the fact that KT Tape provides 24 hour relief per application for days at a time through sweat, strain and humidity, and can even be worn in water thanks to our specially designed adhesive.
I am able to play a few more games of basketball at the gym. I am can run an extra mile or beat my previous time with the support of KT Tape. I mean it is a good sign that Olympic athletes use many of the different KT Tape products. Partnering with USA Cycling, USA Gymnastics, USA Track & Field, USA Triathlon, USA Rugby and USA Wrestling, KT Tape now has deals in place with seven total NGBs, including its partnership with U.S. Soccer that began in 2014. KT Tape will provide product and support for athletes, coaches and trainers at premier events and competitions, including U.S. Olympic Team Trials. In addition, as the official kinesiology tape licensee of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, KT Tape will provide support through Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Games.
So if you are looking to help your body during a workout I suggest that you check out some of the new KT Tape products.
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