Scott Kelly — an amazing journey into space

Astronaut Scott Kelly returned back and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to Earth after spending a year in space. An amazing journey that only a select few can do. Can’t wait to see the data that comes from this study.


DIY backpacking food — where good cooking and camping meet


Image from the Yummy Life.

My husband purchased a dehydrator, and now we are exploring the world of preserving food. Besides being a good way to preserve meat, the dehydrator can also be used to prepare some delicious meals you can pack and eat while backpacking. Here are a few websites I’m going to spend more time researching with experimenting soon to follow.


When a hiker plans to run Mount Washington’s “toughest winter 10K”

“I used to be a runner” is how the story goes for so many people, and I am included in this category of “former pave pounders.” I stopped running when I started having children and never went back to the sport. I always loved running, but my post-pregnancy body was never up to the challenge. Instead of running, I chose hiking for exercise, and I fell in love with the sport. It is different type of physical challenge — one that favors slow and steady movement. It suited me to a tee as I was never a fast runner, but I always had outstanding endurance.


Fast forward to this winter when the lack of snow in the northeast favored snowshoeing over skiing. I picked up a pair of good snowshoes at an affordable price on Craigslist and began small local hikes. While researching snowshoes, I stumbled upon Ski to the Clouds, an event that challenges people to ski, snowshoe or fat bike up the Mount Washington Auto road. It’s a 10K race, with 4K on the rolling terrain at the foot of Mount Washington and 6K up the auto road. You climb 4,000 feet in that 6K with grades up to 12 percent. On a whim, I registered for the race and began training. It didn’t take long for me to realize how woefully unprepared I was for this type of activity.

At the start of the winter, I was in good physical shape but moving from a weekend warrior to someone who can run up Mount Washington was a daunting task. As my training has progressed, my hiking side has taken over and has guided my training. I’ve realized I’m not a runner and will not be able to run the race like other ultra-running participants. Unlike most people who are training for the race, I am not concerned about the 12 percent climb. Yes, it will be steep, but as a hiker, I climb steep hills — all the time. And this climb will be easy as it will be on the groomed, very even terrain of the auto road. There will be no rocks to scramble, no roots to dodge and no brooks to cross. My biggest hurdle will be the 4K run at the bottom — 2.5 miles of sheer agony.

The race will be held on March 13th. Just a few weeks left to prepare. I will post photos and results from the race when all is said and done.


Seeking the Peak in 2016


I wanted to do the “Seek the Peak” challenge last year, but couldn’t get myself together enough in time. This year, things are going to be different. I already registered and set the time aside for the Seek the Peak challenge, a fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory (MWO). Participants are asked to raise $200 in donations to hike to the summit of Mount Washington in July. All the money goes to support the Observatory, which does some great meteorological work from the summit.

I am registered as an individual and will be soliciting donations from friends, family, etc. I also am part of a team and am looking for others interested in participating in this wonderful event. We hiked four times to the Washington summit last year and can’t wait to do it again this year!

My donation page:

Our team page:


Will the Apple Watch become family heirloom?


People asking whether the Apple Watch is an heirloom misunderstand the fundamental nature of the Apple Watch. Yes, it is a watch, but it’s more than a time-keeping device. The Watch also is a computing device with technology that is destined to become obsolete. It would be better if people considered the Watch as a luxurious smartwatch companion that’s worn on the wrist and not a collectible timepiece.

Will Apple Watch become family heirloom?.


Apple Watch will change how we use the iPhone

This is why I’m going to buy an Apple Watch — everything on my wrist, while my phone stays in my pocket.

“People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to … One user told me that they nearly “stopped” using their phone during the day; they used to have it out and now they don’t, period. That’s insane when you think about how much the blue glow of smartphone screens has dominated our social interactions over the past decade.”

[Via TechCrunch]


Apple to stream its March special event for the Watch

Apple to stream its March special event . The livestream starts at 10PT.


Moving on and moving along

As you may have heard, TUAW is closing shop on February 3rd. It was staffed with talented writers and was a wonderful place to work. The community we had there will be sorely missed. That was then and this is now — now, we hope to regain what we had at TUAW with a new venture, Apple World Today.

Staffed by several former TUAW writers, we plan to cover how-to posts, app reviews and more without all the restrictions and limitations that come with being part of a corporation. We are independent now — free to explore and expand as technology and our readership changes.