Will this ever work right?

This has been a tough slog to try and figure out all the bugs associated with the blog. The pictures don’t really show up and it takes forever to load. Let’s see how this picture looks.

Bailey at her wedding.

Yet another blog test

Was in Yosemite last week with the kid and wasn’t able to trouble shoot this thing. It seems I have two identical blogs on two sites. One is through the website template (Showit) and the other is on Blue Host. This is going out on Blue Host because I can’t type on the website template. This is all very confusing to me. It’s why I haven’t worked on it in forever. Because when a person has a chance to get out and do some living, versus watching a computer screen, a person will go out and do some living.

So here goes, once again, to test fate and see where this post end up. Will it be on both or just one of the sites?

Another test

I would really like to see this work properly. The blogging has been on hold and I didn’t have everything up and running for such a long time I forgot how to do it with this new website.

So here goes.

This photo, of Ashley and Mark, was from their elopement in downtown Bend last winter. For such a short wedding, the photos were fabulous. She wasn’t wearing a dress, so I use them in the engagements section of the Pete Erickson Photography website.

Ashley and Mark celebrate their elopement in downtown Bend.

Hoverboard: The Next Evolution in Personal Electric Mobility

Experience The Feeling of Flight.

The Hoverboard is the most thrilling imaginable form of personal transportation. Our unique self-balancing system uses ground contacting sonar to float the rider over every contour.

What Makes The Hoverboard So Awesome?

The Hoverboard is a Tesla, compressed down to scooter-size. We’ve designed the components that deliver the MOST POWER of any comparable PEV (Personal Electric Vehicle), unprecedented Range/Weight, Power/Weight and Power/Volume ratios.

Tilt forward to accelerate, tilt back to brake or go the other way – simple as that.

The Drive Unit

At the center of the Hoverboard is the “Drive Unit”. This removable module that contains the Direct-Drive, Industrial Class BLDC (Brushless Direct-Current) servomotor, bearings and position sensors. The Drive Unit is where most of the manufactured cost are concentrated. The drive unit is “Smart”, with a small micro-controller embedded to store all of it’s unique characteristics and present those to the Motor Control Unit. With this arrangement, Drive Units are simply interchangeable without any “tuning” or other calibration necessary – just swap and go. It is possible that in the future, there will be alternative Drive Units with different power levels or operating characteristics.

Hover Script

The Hoverboard is designed to be personalized. Custom program all aspects of your Hoverboard Experience, less only those directly related to safety.

Connected Security

If your Hoverboard gets lost or stolen, report it to us and we can make sure no thief will benefit.

Future Proofed

Just because you were bold enough to get the first run doesn’t mean your Hoverboard will be obsolete when the next generation comes out. We designed the Hoverboard to be modular so you can EASILY upgrade parts on your own and always keep it current.

User Serviceable

We designed the Hoverboard so you can take apart the components and put them back easily. You don’t have to send it back to replace the basics like tires or new LCD screen. Just order the part and install it with a screwdriver. Gash your board? No problem, just buy a new shell and switch it out yourself.

User Enhanceable

Not only can you maintain your own Hoverboard – you can improve it! Whether it is by custom programming, or installing new and improved batteries – YOU ARE IN CONTROL.

Your Smartphone is your window into the Hoverboard, and the app is designed to fully access the countless features the Hoverboard offers. These are just some of the things you can control with the App:

  • Activate your Hoverboard
  • Check charge level and battery health
  • Set Speed Limit (for each setup user)
  • Lock your Hoverboard
  • Log riding data, max-speed, avg-speed, distance traveled, etc.
  • Protect your Hoverboard from theft
  • Customize the lighting
  • Customize the LED Bar Graphs
  • Play Music and customize sound

The Karisma Is The Best All-Inclusives Jamaican Resort

Resting on Negril’s famed Seven Mile Beach, the AAA Four Diamond hotel is a gourmet all-inclusive property offering butler service, swim-up suites, nine restaurants, seven pools and a luxury spa. For many, all-inclusive resorts mean average accommodations, lackluster food, watered-down drinks and over-crowded public spaces. But this is what Azul is hoping to change; the idea that all-inclusive can’t also be high-end.

The hotel is located behind a private gated area with 24-hour security, giving guests an extra level of safety while staying at the resort. Upon arrival, guests are treated to a Champagne welcome and an easy check-in process done while sitting on comfy chairs rather than at a front desk.

When it comes to accommodations, the resort has 285 guestrooms which includes a newly-debuted 149-room premium section. This all-suite portion (some with swim-up patios) comes with king-sized beds, terraces with loungers, full-size liquor bottles (one of our favorite perks!) and a fully-stocked mini bar with snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of mixers.

One area where Azul really ups the all-inclusive game is with its dining choices. The property has nine restaurants, many of which use locally-sourced ingredients, and offer a variety of cuisines such as Thai, Caribbean, Italian and Mediterranean. Having experienced just about every restaurant, it’s easy to say that there’s not a bad eatery on site. At Hua Hin, guests can dine on contemporary Far East cuisine inside an elegant dining room dressed in East Asian décor. The atmosphere itself is fun and sexy while the food is flavorful and eclectic; a far cry from the typical all-inclusive fare.

When you’re not dining on fresh seafood and Jamaican fare, there is also plenty keep you busy. Along with seven pools (including kid’s areas), guests have access to the on-site watersports center where they can book a variety of activities for the day such as kayaks, paddleboards, boogie boards, canoes or Hobie Cats. There are land activities like ping pong; beach volleyball; basketball courts; yoga, dance and cooking classes; and a kid’s center for children aged 3-12. Of course, we wouldn’t judge you if choose simply to grab a floatie and spend the afternoon soaking up the sun in the island’s clear blue waters.

Best Reasons To Visit Miami At Least One Summer

Miami can feel at times like a never-ending feast for the senses. Glamour is part of everyday life here – celebrities, mansions, and public displays of consumption and wealth are the order of the day – and nowhere is this exhibited more than in South Beach, the most iconic neighborhood of the Greater Miami area.

From the classic swooping facades and meticulous neon of the city’s signature deco designs to its nonstop beach life and vibrant party scenes, South Beach exemplifies a unique brand of Floridian oceanside chic. What’s more, the best of this nook of Miami can be enjoyed without a car – to get around quickly, utilize the excellent DecoBike sharing program, or your own two feet.

South Beach, also known as ‘SoBe,’ is perhaps known best for its sunny take on art deco architecture. Only in South Beach does this smooth Modernist style take on a particular hybrid of pastel palettes and sleek curves, buttresses and contours, meant to evoke early 20th century train and ocean travel.

A good starting point for anyone interested in this style is the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL), whose excellent walking tours are a must on any Miami itinerary. The MDPL was created in 1976, when the area was in decline. Many of these classic buildings would have been paved over if not for the efforts of South Beach resident and MDPL founder Barbara Baer Capitman, a child of German Jewish parents and socialist activist with a degree in art history and unquenchably feisty spirit. As of late 2014, the group also operates the Art Deco Museum.

Framing this building are the Colony and Beacon Hotels, both classic examples of South Beach deco design. The Colony is particularly noteworthy for being the oldest deco hotel in South Beach. See the enormous neon sign? We take it for granted that businesses use neon to attract customers, but the Colony was one of the earliest buildings to use this tactic, incorporating neon into its exterior design.

Walk north along Ocean Drive (on the beach side of the road so you can see the buildings) and you’ll be treated to a parade of deco’s greatest hits, including the retro-futuristic facade of the Carlyle (1250 Ocean Dr), where much of The Birdcage was filmed, and the simply beautiful Crescent (1420 Ocean Dr) and Congress (1052 Ocean Dr) hotels. Explore in the evening, when neon throws these buildings into beautiful multi-hued relief.

If you want a break from the deco scene, venture south of 5th St (conveniently referred to as ‘SoFi). Stuff yourself at Tap Tap, which whips up creative takes on Haitian cuisine, and wander the landscaped lanes around South Pointe Park, where you’ll often see models on photo shoots. In the evening, if you’re looking for quintessential South Beach sexiness, you’ll find it at the ridiculously over the top Nikki Beach restaurant and nightclub. Those desiring a chill night and craft beer would do well to sample from the excellent menu at the intimate little bar in The Room.

Tesla Model S: Quickest Production Car in the World

The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5* seconds. However, both the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder were limited run, million dollar vehicles and cannot be bought new. While those cars are small two seaters with very little luggage space, the pure electric, all-wheel drive Model S P100D has four doors, seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children and has exceptional cargo capacity.

The 100 kWh battery also increases range substantially to an estimated 315 miles on the EPA cycle and 613 km on the NEDC cycle, making it the first to go beyond 300 miles and the longest range production electric vehicle by far.

The larger battery pack is also available on the Model X, making the world’s quickest SUV even faster. Model X P100D with Ludicrous mode accelerates to 60 mph in 2.9* seconds and travels up to 289 miles EPA estimated and 542 km on the NEDC cycle on a single charge. Model X is also a pure electric SUV and can seat up to seven adults.

Model S and Model X are engineered to be the safest cars on the road and to have the highest ratings from NHTSA. Both have access to the Tesla Supercharger network for the freedom to travel long distance for free. And every Tesla will improve over time with free over the air upgrades.

Tesla customers who have ordered a P90D Ludicrous, but not taken delivery, can upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000. Existing P90D Ludicrous owners can also upgrade to a 100 kWh pack, but for $20,000, as their used 90 kWh pack will have to be recycled.

While the P100D Ludicrous is obviously an expensive vehicle, we want to emphasize that every sale helps pay for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development. Without customers willing to buy the expensive Model S and X, we would be unable to fund the smaller, more affordable Model 3 development.

DeLuxe Hotel Provides the Ultimate Oasis in Shanghai

A stark contrast to Shanghai’s towering skyscrapers and futuristic architecture, the tiny winding lanes of the historic Xuhui District can make you feel as if you’ve been transported to a different era. When it opens in September, the Cappella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li—a new member of the Leading Hotels of the World luxury group—will make the most of being tucked away in this cultural preservation zone, providing guests with a much-needed reprieve from the bustling city outside—and a deeper understanding of its history.

The compound, which features 55 villas and 40 luxe residences, is spread across 22 shikumen (or stone gate) lanes that connect over 200 two-story townhouses that date back to the 1930s.

Originally built by a French real estate company, each of the buildings has been meticulously restored by Jaya International Design’s team of experts to fully showcase the unique blend of Eastern and Western architecture—now a rarity in the ever-modernizing city.

This cultural fusion continues inside each elegantly decorated villa, which range in size from one to three bedrooms and from nearly 1,200 square feet to a palatial 2,700 square feet.

In addition to ultra-luxurious touches like Aqua di Parma bath products and a dedicated Capella personal assistant, guests of Capella Shanghai will also have access to the property’s Auriga Spa, which features unique treatments based on the cycles of the moon.

After long days out exploring—the city’s best shopping and must-see sights, like the iconic arts galleries of Tianzifang, are located just steps away from the hotel—guests can dine in serious style at the property’s le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire restaurant, which is the first opening in mainland China for the multi-Michelin-starred chef and will serve his signature take on French cuisine.

Magnificent Lake Placid Estate with 325 Feet on Mirror Lake

We proudly offer for sale this exquisite home on Mirror Lake Drive on the shores of Lake Placid, NY. Every detail of this 11,000 square foot Adirondack estate has been customized with an eye to elegance, comfort and modern convenience, architect-designed and crafted by artisans. Each spacious light-filled room has it’s own unique personality and charm.

The centerpiece of this magnificent home is a glass elevator, wrapped by a customized central staircase, giving a sense of grandeur and tradition merged with state-of-the-art modern living. The home is perfectly positioned to maximize the stunning and rare 325 feet of private lake shoreline with breathtaking views of the High Peaks, providing year-round beauty through the glorious Fall forest colors and picturesque winter snows to the pleasures of summer on the lake.

The home is perfectly situated to combine privacy and peace with the convenience of walking to world-class shops and restaurants in the nearby charming village of Lake Placid, NY, renowned as host to two Winter Olympic Games. It goes without saying that this property offers an exceptional base for world class skiing.

Cutting edge security, audio and lighting systems as well as professionally designed landscaping add to the magnificence of this unique home. Additional lifestyle features, such as furnishings and private boats, are available upon negotiation.

Selling price: $9.200.000

Innovative Desert House With Tesla Solar Roof

BMDesign‘s ‘Alavi house’ is located in the city of Isfahan in Iran, set at the foothills of the Zagros mountain range on the edge of the desert, with hardly any rainfall and year-round high temperatures. To get around this problem, the architects designed the building with a sloped roof to create areas of negative pressure that help to ventilate the building and keep it cool.

Sitting on top of this concrete house is a “double skin”, finished in new invisible Tesla solar cells, to truly make the most of life in the desert. This second layer can be opened or closed, meaning that in cold winter days the residents can open it and allow the afternoon sun to warm the roof while in the hot summer days, this second skin keeps the roof in shade.

With a roof tilted towards the east, iranian based office BMDesign creates effective zones of negative pressure at the climax of the roof helping to ventilate the building naturally throughout most of the year. controllable vents, at the climax of the roof have a sucking effect, together with the large openings to the south of the building. air filters by flowing through a broken line of evergreen trees, over a pool in the outdoors and then by passing over an indoor garden of snake plants, which is known to be a great air purifier, and finally over a pond.

The large glass façade to the south with insulated glazing, invites light and views of the cherry orchard and mountains. the communal spaces on ground floor lead up to a hallway with a library and a small bar on the first floor. both bedrooms enjoy good views of the front landscape and the orchard open up to this space.