Vaping among youth is not the crack you thought it was

08 September, 2016 00:09 CST6CDT

I have been using an e-cig (vaping) for several years. It will most likely add a few years as an extension of my life. I went cold turkey for two years around my college years. It is damn hard! I slept on my couch for a week and a half and barely moved. It is so easy to slip up - two years from cold turkey I had a smoke with a drink thinking it would be of absolutely no concern. I was wrong and started smoking again.. until I started vaping.

Not too long ago I was at a vape shop and I had seen a young teen come in with his e-cig and vaping away while checking out the *juice* in stock. I was not impressed at all. This was before the current FDA regs that were just put in place. I got to thinking about this and noticed I was about the same age when I started smoking tobacco, around 8th grade or so.

This is where I am headed (University of Michigan study): "The researchers found that nicotine-based vaping was fairly uncommon among the teens surveyed in the most recent MTF — 13 percent of eighth-grade vapers and 20 percent of 10th- and 12th-grade vapers had opted for nicotine during their most recent vaping session." - C. Ingraham

'Federal estimates of how many youths are using any nicotine-containing tobacco products - including traditional cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes - may be inflated because of mistaken assumptions about how much vaping involves nicotine.. That figure is around 25 percent.' - M. Stobbe

"These results challenge the common assumption that all vaporizer users inhale nicotine," one of the participating University of Michigan researchers pointed out.

"The boom in youth vaping has coincided with steady declines in teen cigarette smoking. Vaping is now more common than smoking." - M. Stobbe 

I understand that anyone with experience with nicotine may argue for or against minors vaping with e-cigs as they see right - they are kids, no one wants to perceive them suffering with an addiction. Real scientific studies have just begun to be initiated and some of them completed (no BS special interest studies) that is showing the same decline in tobacco use among teens as their had previously been before the e-cig boom. I do not believe their is an e-cig boom among teens and youth, but you sure as hell notice it when you see it!

So now we have all these punk teens looking cool with their scary smoke gadgets causing trouble on the street corners right? About 2/3rd of vaping minors do not use nicotine in their e-cig juice from what scientific studies are seeing at this point. I suppose I must explain myself: a)vaping is more common than smoking among youth. b)youth cigarette (tobacco) smoking is still in a steady decline. c)2/3rd of vaping youth do not use nicotine and would rather vape for the pleasure of the taste of e-cig juice and without any nicotine content (zero nic e-juice). d)it is good for minors and young adults to make decisions. e)would you rather give them $2.00 for a Mountain Dew from the school pop (soda) machine each day and care so much less, do you? 

Do you really think your young (yes precious, I know) child is really that mature, well raised, and special, so that they will never light up a big tobacco cigarette? If so, of course you have nothing to worry about. But god help you, if you find them vaping an e-cig come down on them just as hard as you would if they were smoking tobacco, then buy them a Mountain Dew. They truly are blessed if they neither smoke, vape, or drink soda but I assure you parental influence is not the deciding factor (if you are sensible, in my opinion of course).

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Beer By Bike Brigade I Wheelie Like You

19 June, 2016 16:02 CST6CDT

The Beer By Bike Brigade I Wheelie Like You event in La Crosse, Wisconsin faced beautiful weather this weekend which started with smiles and ended with smiles.  This group of fun loving and peaceful bike enthuisiasts filled the streets on their favorite ride to hop from one place to another along a route to several destinations for the cause of haveing a good time.

Beer By Bike Brigade I Wheelie Like You Starting PointWe started with a meet and greet at the International Friendship Gardens in Riverside Park.  Our first destination was JavaVino for some chow, coctails and beer.  The chicken tacos were deliciouse and the Fat Tire beer was greatly appreciated.

Right around 19:00 we headed to Weigent Park to sit on the grass and enjoy free cocktails from our gracious hosts.  The group of a couple of hundred bikers got together for a group picture and shortly after we were ready to move to our next stop on the trek.

The Mint was our next victim by the brigade where we hung out on the streets to drink our favorite beverages and talk it up.  The Mint by the way is a resteraunt as well as a coctail bar that creates a daily dinner menu based on what farm fresh products are available on that particular day.  I hope to come back and enjoy a meal soon.  The raffle prizes were given away here with proceeds going to several public bike repair stations to be setup around the city.

At around 20:15 it was time for Earl's where the the party was really hopping.  Earl's, like the other stops, were prepared for our arival with a tap ready to go.  A mega sized Jenga game happening outside got most of my attention at this stop.  Their were some skilled block carvers that I would hate to go against even with a mini sized edition.

Three Rivers Lodge was next around the time of 22:15, I believe.  They knew we were coming, but they didn't see this coming.  What a party!

4 Sisters 4th Street Bar was the 23:00 mark bar which my friends and I passed up to go for some chow down the street.  The event ended there at midnight.

Thanks to all the organizers of the event, we all had a great time - thanks!

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My 2 Cents of the E-Cig Warehouse

15 March, 2016 22:23 CST6CDT

La Crosse hosts only a small number of e-cig stores.  Some of these stores only sell 3rd party e-liquid or disposable e-cig products.  Azara Hookah is known for their huge number of quality e-liquids to choose from.  At Deaf Ear Records you may find starter kits and pre-bottled e-cig liquid.  Their is a tobacco outlet in the Shopko strip on the south side of town that I hear does OK with their vape offerings and paraphernalia.

Now La Crosse has the E-Cig Warehouse on Copeland Avenue which will be the topic for the rest of this article.  Be aware that I will be giving my personal opinions of this new business and many may have conflicting views.

The E-Cig Warehouse was well planned out and executed in architectural design and display of their products.  When you first enter the door there is a terminal where you may show a personal QR code badge that will earn you points towards purchases.  They also have a fish bowl that you may submit a phone number to enter in for a monthly giveaway.  It would be hard not to notice the large screen display by its side with a live multi camera stream watching your every move.  They must have thought it necessary to advise you of the priceless hardware a stones throw away?  Or maybe they just wanted you to know you are safe to be there.

I was at first primarily interested in the e-liquid they offer.  My first several visits consisted of trying multiple concoctions.  I soon gave up on the in-house e-liquid.  I found the flavors to be too bold, rather outlandish in flavor, even after taking a couple bottles home to try with my personal e-cig hardware.  I could not see myself vaping on any of their current in-house flavors for more than an hour much less an all day vape.  Many of the flavors literally almost made me vomit.  I have a bone to pick with their methodology for their vape bar sample liquids in such that they expect visitors to already have a nicotine habit and with such all of their samples at the bar contain 9 mg of nicotine.  I find this very fact unacceptable and is rather misguided for the clientele they hope to attract and in the end may or may not receive.  Expect to pay ~ $28 $18 for 30 ml of their in-house juice.

Like many places in the area hardware such as batteries, tanks, and coils are marked higher than you would find in other large cities or on-line stores.  Ego battery prices are on par with many competing outlets as are their tanks.  Don't expect a replacement coil for under three and a half dollars however.

Perhaps you want something a little fancier than a VV Ego type battery?  I highly urge you to compare prices before making a final purchase.  Their Sub Ohm batteries are extraordinarily over priced and their mods are unthinkable.  For example: if you want a basic sub ohm battery, for example the eLeaf iStick 30 Watt, plan on paying $59.99 at the time of this writing.  With a little effort you may find this very same battery between $20 and $30 on-line or at a different retail business.  Want something fancier than a 30 Watt battery, maybe something with temperature control?  Run, run out the door fast.

While the E-Cig Warehouse offers a great learning experience for first time vapers I find it hard to imagine customers returning for more than a few visits with the exception of the need for an emergency coil or 'what not' that they may have on hand.  They do have a leather couch, big screen TVs, and fancy displays if you are the type of person to fall for such things.  I am not telling anyone to stay away from the Warehouse completely, just be mindful of your purchases and take your time before making a final purchase decision.

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La Crosse Technology Weather Station WS-9160U-IT Reviewed

10 February, 2016 23:36 CST6CDT

edited 2016-05-10

The WS-9160U-IT remote weather station simplifies this indoor and remote outdoor temperature weather station kit by simplifying the setup and by providing easy to navigate base station functions.

WS-9160U-IT Base StationThe base station has four buttons in a row along the lower side of the unit though only two of the buttons are commonly used.  The first two buttons allow you to set the time with either 12 or 24 hour time formats.  The temperature is displayed in Celsius if you choose to display 24H time and Fahrenheit if you choose the 12H time display.  Their is no option to choose 12 hour time format with Celsius temperature readings or 24 hour time format with Fahrenheit temperature readings.

Their is a MIN/MAX button to show the minimum and maximum indoor and outdoor temperatures for the previous 24 hours.  Pressing this button once shows the minimum 24 hour temperature and pressing the button a second time shows the maximum 24 hour temperature.  A third press of the MIN/MAX button will guide you back to the current temperatures.  In order to record a new MIN/MAX temperature reading for any given period of time (greater than or less than 24 hours previously mentioned), hold the MIN/MAX button down for at least 3 seconds to reset the values and start monitoring from that point forward.

The base station supports up to three remote temperature sensors.  The fourth and last button in the row selects the channel of the receive you would like to see the sensor data from.  Channels for receivers may not always default in the order of activated remote sensors, however you will be able to identify them by the presence of data after inserting batteries into the remote sensor.

The WS-9160U-IT base station is larger than usual for a device of this caliber at 5.86" x .89" x 3.3" though is light enough to fit snug on a wall hanging screw.  It does have a free standing leg though I question how it performs user functions by key-press as the keys are tight and the base station so light; you may need to apply forward pressure from the back.

The base station requires two AAA size batteries.  La Crosse Technology recommends Alkaline batteries and states that two Alkaline AAA batteries could last up to one year before needing to be replaced.  The indoor temperature range is 14.2°F to 139.8 °F (-9.9°C to 59.9°C).

WS-9160U-IT Remote SensorThe receiver, model TX-29U-IT, has an outdoor temperature range of -39.8°F to +139.8°F (-39.9°C to 59.9°C).  This sensor takes two AA batteries.  La Crosse technology recommends Alkaline however I recommend Lithium AA batteries if you live in a cold climate for any part of a year.  La Crosse Technology states that the outdoor sensor batteries have a lifetime of up to two years (Alkaline).

The outdoor sensor comes with a base adapter and two long wood screws with anchors to attach the outdoor sensor firmly in place with clips.  The sensor may be clipped at the bottom with the sensor facing an upward position or from the back in the same fashion however with the base clip facing from a vertical surface.

The outdoor sensor has a maximum range of 330 feet and operates at a frequency of 915 MHz.  The temperature on the base station display is updated from the outdoor sensor about every four seconds.  The base station will show when the temperature is being updated.

When the time comes to replace the batteries in either the base station or remote sensor, an icon will display on the base station showing either the indoor or outdoor batteries that need to be replaced.

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SYBA SI-PEX40064 AHCI PCI-Express 2.0 1x 6 Gbps Controller 4 Port Expansion Card

04 January, 2016 04:29 CST6CDT

I previously had a 3 drive software RAID 5 array on 1.5 Gbps links, yikes!  This controller was an easy plug and play on a PCI-Express 2.0 1x port running Linux 3.13.0.  It came with a CD containing drivers and a small reference booklet, and two nice SATA cables.  Unlike the SATA cables in the picture posted on the Newegg retail site, these had an angle connection on one end with sturdy metal grips.

Were their any cons to the purchase?

None that comes to mind.  Because of the previous reviews on Newegg I do wonder about bandwidth on a 1x PCI-X 2.0 bus when all four SATA ports negotiate at 6 Gbps 3.x modes.  Some speculated that the maximum throughput would be 500 MB/s.  I have yet to look into this any further.

Other thoughts?

This is an AHCI controller.  Your operating system will decide on the SATA mode.  The chipset and controller used to operate this expansion card is a Marvell 88SE9215.

dmesg gives the following information:

version 3.0
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