Motorcycles have had mass appeal to the general public for roughly a century and a half. An American named Sylvester Howard Roper designed one of the first motorcycles in the 1860s. The motorcycle was displayed at fairs and circuses around the eastern U.S.. Europeans also had their hand in popularizing motorcycles and, during the World Wars, motorcycles functioned as a quick means of transportation.

As the motorcycle progressed, the engines and frames became bigger, sleeker, faster and more powerful, resulting in the high-tech and expensive motorcycles of today. If you can afford one, a custom motorcycle built to your exact specifications is within reach.

MV-Augusta F4CC – $120,000

World's Most Expensive Motorcycles - MV Agusta F4 CC

This expensive motorcycle was created by Claudio Castiglioni, MV’s director. He wanted to create a spectacular motorcycle that met strategic marketing needs while also being something truly special and unique. The expensive motorcycle bearing his very own initials “CC” has a top speed of 315 kph (195 mph), 1078 cc’s and a 198 hp engine. Each bike boasts a platinum plate located near the top of the steering column showing the model number from 1 to 100, making this motorcycle all the more special to its owners.

MTT Turbine SuperBike – $150,000

World's Most Expensive Motorcycles - MTT Turbine Superbike

Not only is this motorcycle expensive, it’s also extremely fast. This bike, also known as the Y2K Turbine Superbike, is the Guinness World Record holder for the “Most Powerful Motorcycle Ever to Enter Series Production”. The turbine engine in this one is made by Rolls Royce and is capable of over 300hp. The motorcycle also boasts carbon fiber fairings, a rear mounted camera with LCD color display, forward-and rear-looking radar detector with laser scrambler, one touch “Smart Start” ignition, and many other cool gadgets. This bike seams to be pretty popular in Hollywood. It starred in the movie “Torque” and even Jay Leno owns one!

Icon Sheene – $160,000

This bike was created by Andrew Morris in honor of legendary British Grand Prix motorcycle champion Barry Sheene, who died in 2003 at the age of 52. As such, only 52 of these 250 hp, turbocharged 1400cc motorcycles will be created, each emblazoned with a playing card hand-painted by the same artist who painted Sheene’s helmets, Mike Fairholme. Each of these bikes will be bespoke, tailored to fit the purchaser’s unique requirements.

Macchia Nera concept bike – $201,000

Built around a Ducati 998RS engine, this motorcycle’s Italian designers and engineers set out to create an extremely high tech and expensive motorcycle that would be thought of as “the ultimate track bike” that is “simply beautiful and beautifully simple”. The Testastretta engine is fitted with lightweight metals and alloys, like titanium and aluminum, making it very lightweight. The view from the side of the Macchia Nera shows exposed belts and engine components, giving its design a minimalist feel while still being aesthetically pleasing. We should add that this bike is a one of a kind and not in produced for retail at this point, but if you have an extra 150,000 Euros (US $201,000) laying around for an expensive toy, your dream might come true.

Ecosse Titanium Series RR Limited Edition – $275,000

This luxury motorbike features a titanium chassis with clear coated carbon fiber bodywork and wheels. It features a fuel injected, intercooled, supercharged 2,150cc billet motor and is capable of over 200 hp. Its saddle is ergonomic and adjustable. The bike also comes with a timepiece, designed by French watchmakers BRM, which is made to match the bike and is engraved with the same serial number as the handlebar clamp and VIN plate. This bike is limited to only 10 units.

Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike – $555,000

World's Most Expensive Motorcycles - Dodge Tomahawk V10

This reproduction of Dodge’s concept bike is considered an “automotive sculpture,” as it is not street legal in the US. Ten of these bikes were offered by Neiman Marcus in their 2003 Christmas Book. The Dodge Tomahawk V10 superbike boasts an 8.3 liter engine (505 cubic inch), and the 10 cylinders can bring the bike to a maximum speed of almost 400 mph. The 1500lb bike has an independent 4-wheel suspension and can reach 60 mph in around 2.5 seconds.

Most Expensive Laptop

By admin, August 9th, 2011,in Lifestyle » | 40 Comments »

most expensive laptop

If you thought your 17” Apple MacBook or Alienware Aurora mALX qualified as an expensive laptop, think again.

In 1982 GriD Systems released the Compass 1100 laptop costing about $10,000 (inflation adjusted $20,200). Even this cost pales in comparison to the reports of a costly laptop that luxury manufacturer Luvaglio London is set to release in the near future by special order the most expensive laptop ever sold, with a price tag of a million dollars.

As of now all of the details are very sparse and the technical specifications have not been made fully available. We aren’t even sure what this laptop is made with to give it a cost of $1,000,000, but the exterior looks impressive. You can bet with a price this excessive, the expensive laptop will be a spectacle of precious metals and materials and include more than a couple gemstones.

Luvaglio London Laptop

In late 2005 the Dutch company Ego Lifestyle B.V. released the Tulip E-Go Diamond laptop, which was previously the world’s most expensive laptop and this mobile computer had over 80 total carats of diamonds and a retail price of €283,000.

The result gives you seven different targeting strategies:

Strategy 1: Target high passion/high skills/strategic activities

This is the sweet spot of your business. “Target” these areas and put most of your energies here. If this is your core business, then you have chosen wisely.

Strategy 2: Outsource low passion/low skills activities

If you neither like nor do an activity well, then outsource it to someone who enjoys it and has the skills to execute it at a higher level. This can be done through bartering, hiring employees, using contractors, summoning friends and family, revenue sharing or other creative collaborative strategies. Employ this strategy regardless of the value dimension.

Strategy 3: Minimize low passion/high skills/strategic activities

If you don’t want your job to become work, you probably want to outsource these capabilities as well. If you are starting out and finances are an issue, you may want to continue doing these activities for now then outsource at a more appropriate time. Given that they are strategic in nature, someone has to do them as they are critical to your businesses success.

Strategy 4: Learn high passion/low skills/strategic activities

If you love doing these activities, then you may wish to acquire the necessary skills. This can be done through a variety of means including training, mentoring or researching. If you anticipate a steep learning curve, consider finding a partner during the learning process who possesses these talents. This will help you move forward while gaining the necessary skills.

Strategy 5: Extend high passion/high skills/tactical activities

If you are passionate and skilled in a particular area and it is not currently strategic (i.e., tactical), consider how you might “extend” that capability. How can you make this a strategic part of your business? How can you create extraordinary value for customers by leveraging this expertise? Perhaps one way is to offer this service to others who are in a similar business. For example, professional speaking is my core business. However, something that I am both skilled at and passionate about is securing business with large corporations. I could offer this as a service to other speakers as a source of additional revenue.

Strategy 6: Rethink low passion/low skills/strategic activities

If you find that the majority of your strategic activities involve work that is not of interest to you, you may want to “rethink” the business you are in—especially if you lack the necessary skills. Although it is difficult to be successful in a business where you are neither skilled nor passionate, this does not mean you are fated for failure. Maybe you hate sales, yet the sales function is critical to the success of your business. In this case you may wish to “partner” with someone who enjoys this work and excels in this area. In this sense, you are moving beyond the traditional outsourcing model where activities are typically tactical in nature (e.g., building your website, doing your taxes or creating marketing materials) to strategic partnerships where they have a vested interest in the success of your business.

Strategy 7: Take up a hobby for high passion/low skills/tactical activities

Finally, there are some things that interest you and are areas where you want to develop your skills, but they are not important to the business. In this case, you are best off taking these activities up as a hobby. Avoid trying to make them part of your business as it will only serve as a distraction.

Don’t fall prey to thinking you have to do it on your own. Instead, be strategic about what you outsource and you will become more effective, productive and successful—and you will be doing work you love so it will never seem like work.

Nothing better illustrates the ongoing decline of gentlemanly manners than the over-emotive, inarticulate and generally pointless speechifying that passes for a modern rehearsal dinner toast. Before you stand up and add another eye-roll-inducing log to the pyre of modern manhood. But, as it turns out, making a good toast or short speech is not hard at all. If you follow the rules.

Rule 1: Adopt a mildly provocative tone.
This ensures that the audience will listen. It’s the basis for the English best man’s speech. If you tease the subject a tiny bit, but with affection, that will make your emotions more convincing, and it will render your toast memorable and authentic.

Rule 2: But not too provocative.
One friend of mine joked incessantly in his toast about how the bride’s family “all work in the New Jersey construction industry… and we all know what that means.” Given that the family in question looked like extras from Goodfellas, this did not go down well. And my friend Tim Geary opened his speech at his own wedding by announcing, “This is the first time I feel no guilt over having slept with the bride the night before the wedding.” His new mother-in-law failed to laugh. (My sister-in-law Whitney Cummings can do a good roast. Google her. But please, stop well short of where she does.)

Rule 3: Make jokes at your own expense.
These always go down well. And, in my case at least, they are easy to pull off; “Sorry I’m wearing such an inappropriately lurid dinner jacket. It looked better on Eddie Izzard.”

Rule 4: Make jokes at the expense of your guests.
At my 40th I announced, “I wanted to invite my oldest and best friends tonight, but instead I invited you shallow media/fashion types and hangers-on.” That was a double. It satisfied rules 4 and 5.

Rule 5: Don’t be too nostalgic.
My dad remarked at his 70th birthday, “If you don’t drink and you don’t smoke, you won’t live any longer, it’ll just seem that way.” He ended with: “I’d like you to raise your glasses to the people who couldn’t be here tonight because they were too far away, or else sick, or because in some cases I didn’t invite them.”

Rule 6: Use no notes, ever.
You’re smart enough to prepare three or four lines and remember them. You’ll deliver them more convincingly. And it’s more fun if you riff a bit.

Rule 7: Make an admiring remark about the prettiest girl at the party.
Ignore this rule if you got married within the last 18 months, or any time when you are toasting your own wife.

Rule 8: Extemporize, sure, but prepare a punch line.
At my wife’s birthday this year, I concluded that “she’s not perfect, but she’s perfect for me.” Corny, I know, but she liked it—and for some reason it caused a couple of other women to profess undying love for me.

Rule 9: Keep it short.
Really short. Shorter than this piece. This is the most important rule of all.


By admin, June 30th, 2011,in Lifestyle » | No Comments »

The Future of Social Networking

By admin, June 30th, 2011,in Lifestyle » | 42 Comments »

It’s easy to amass a stream of endlessly chattering Facebook friends and Twitter followers…

But lately you’ve been craving a more simple pleasure—a cold martini with someone interesting. In person. Who could potentially make your life much more awesome.

Bringing back the real world to the Internet: By/Association, a mysterious new networking site unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Instead of quantity of connections, this site is about quality: no status updates, no tweets, no virtual collecting of followers or “friends.” Just one introduction per month to someone you might not otherwise have met. That’s it.

So far, the introductions have been personally selected by the man behind the curtain (based on whom he thinks you should meet), but as membership grows there’ll be a complicated (yet brilliant) algorithm used to generate the connections.

Getting started is easy—simply submit an application, and once accepted, you’ll receive your first intro in no time. Here at UrbanDaddy HQ, we’ve had the pleasure of making acquaintances with a filmmaker, a marketing guru and, most important, a talented knife maker.

This all got started in New York, but the gates have just been opened in LA—with Chicago, Boston and Toronto coming soon.

You’ve been back at work a few hours now, and frankly, you’re completely exhausted.

Time to find solace in the cutting-edge world of Beverly Hills massage―it now involves a flurry of four hands, caviar and you.

Introducing The Four-Hand Caviar Massage, quite possibly the second best way to spend two hours with 20 fingers on your body, now available deep inside the Beverly Hills Hotel.

From the palm-shaded hotel entrance, you’ll work your way past the Polo Lounge―probably crossing paths with some film execs, maybe Anjelica Huston―and down into the basement spa. Your robe awaits, as does a menu of options for your rubdown’s soundtrack. They don’t have AC/DC, but they do have Beethoven.

As the music swells, your eyes close, and your chest is bared, you’ll be scrubbed down and wrapped into a warm cocoon (this part’s to clean up your skin) while two hands tenderly knead your scalp… and two more rub your feet. And that’s just the first hour.

You’ve got time for a quick shower, then comes another hour of massage―two hands on your arm, maybe, with two more on your leg, all moving across your body in impressive harmony. And they aren’t rubbing actual fish eggs on you―just really expensive caviar-infused lotions.

Just this once, you’ll let it slide.

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Excess stress may give you a headache, a stomachache, or just a feeling of being “on edge.” But too much stress could also be doing a number on your mouth, teeth, gums, and overall health.

The potential fallout from stress and anxiety that can affect your oral health includes:

Mouth sores, including canker sores and cold sores
Clenching of teeth and teeth grinding (bruxism)
Poor oral hygiene and unhealthy eating routines
Periodontal (gum) disease or worsening of existing periodontal disease
So how can you prevent these oral health problems?

Mouth Sores

Canker sores — small ulcers with a white or grayish base and bordered in red — appear inside the mouth, sometimes in pairs or even greater numbers. Although experts aren’t sure what causes them — it could be immune system problems, bacteria, or viruses — they do think that stress, as well as fatigue and allergies, can increase the risk of getting them. . Canker sores are not contagious.

Most canker sores disappear in a week to 10 days. For relief from the irritation, try over-the-counter topical anesthetics. To reduce irritation, don’t eat spicy, hot foods or foods with a high acid content, such as tomatoes or citrus fruits.

Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious. Cold sores are fluid-filled blisters that often appear on or around the lips, but can also crop up under the nose or around the chin area.

Emotional upset can trigger an outbreak. So can a fever, a sunburn, or skin abrasion.

Like canker sores, fever blisters often heal on their own in a week or so. Treatment is available, including over-the-counter remedies and prescription antiviral drugs. Ask your doctor or dentist if you could benefit from either. It’s important to start treatment as soon as you notice the cold sore forming.

Teeth Grinding

Stress may make you clench and grind your teeth — during the day or at night, and often unconsciously. Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism.

If you already clench and grind your teeth, stress could make the habit worse. And, grinding your teeth can lead to problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet.

See your doctor and ask what can be done for the clenching and grinding. Your dentist may recommend a night guard, worn as you sleep, or another appliance to help you stop or minimize the actions.

Top 10 Cities of 2011

By admin, April 29th, 2011,in Lifestyle » | 46 Comments »

No. 10: San Francisco, U.S.
It’s not called the San Francisco Bay Area for nothing. San Franciscans stretch out beyond the dense urban jungle to bike up Mount Diablo in the East Bay, hike the Marin Headlands or shuck fresh oysters along the north coast. San Francisco has one of the most dynamic food scenes in the United States, and a weekend of wine tasting is just 45 minutes away in Napa and Sonoma.
No. 9: Sydney, Australia
Sydneysiders love to party, and they love to eat. To join in with both, why not start in the harbor at Quay, then move on to the Opera Bar or the Rockpool Bar and Grill, newly opened in an Emil Sodersten building, for some style. For nightlife, tourists go to the Rocks, but the locals still love King’s Cross.
No. 8: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Going out in Buenos Aires is all about casual wear and flip-flops, with revelers hitting the town late. While foreigners are understandably intimidated by the steely glares of the porteños (port-dwellers), behind those pouting faces are some of the friendliest clubbers in the Southern Hemisphere.
No. 7: Miami, U.S.
While Miami may be best known for its beaches and the beautiful people who sprawl across them, culture isn’t given a backseat. Miami is North America’s emerging design capital, and given the plethora of party venues (and the great weather), there are tons of special events and festivals here all year, from wine and food festivals to music blowouts.
No. 6: Cape Town, South Africa
Two words: World Cup. Cape Town is South Africa’s glossiest city, and guys have much more than soccer to occupy them: all within a stone’s throw are windsurfing beaches, wineries, rock-climbing walls, and oh yeah, the continent’s best nightlife.
No. 5: London, UK
The cost of living in London is notoriously high, but it’s actually gone down in the past year, despite a continued surge in innovative food, design and nightlife. The city’s gearing up for the Olympics in 2012, which means new developments on the horizon.
No. 4: Madrid, Spain
Madrid gives New York City a run for its money as the city that never sleeps, with Madrileños beginning their evenings around 11 p.m. with shots and sangria and staggering home no earlier than 6 a.m.
No. 3: Tokyo, Japan
We’ll never cease to be amazed by Tokyo. From the food to the parties to the tech, we’re continually humbled. And the shopping — well, this is quite possibly the premier fashion city on earth, especially for menswear, with obscure brands and some of the best denim in the world available in stores that are designed to blow your mind.
No. 2: Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is affordable, stylish and laid-back — basically all of our favorite qualities in a city. As the home of Aussie-rules football, you’ll never lack for willing opponents in a pickup game, and there’s a new stadium where you can go watch the pros, too.
No. 1: New York City, U.S.
There’s no place on earth that makes us happier to be men in 2010 than New York City. The Big Apple is always reinventing itself and never fails to surprise us with what comes next. Since the financial crisis, the high-gloss bottle service bars have been replaced by cozy speakeasies, and designer tapas bars have been replaced by burgers and suckling pig, which is definitely a step in the right direction.

The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, which opened in CityCenter in December, is a serene sanctuary located in the center of the bustling Las Vegas strip. From the moment you enter the non-gaming hotel’s 23rd-floor lobby with soaring views of the city, it is clear the hotel has a different point of view. It has an expansive two-level, 27,000-square-foot spa that specializes in holistic treatments that combine Eastern tradition and modern techniques, and it is home to the already-famous chef Pierre Gagnaire’s three-Michelin-star restaurant, Twist.

Interior designer Adam D. Tihany and architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates are responsible for the elegant design. The hotel has earned a LEED Gold certification because of its energy-efficient features—including heat-deflecting, light-colored rooftops, which substantially reduce the amount of artificial lighting by providing an abundance of natural light. Each room comes equipped with an automated control panel that allows guests to personalize their environment by adjusting room temperature, lighting, and entertainment systems with one central control. The 47-story, 392-room hotel has suites ranging in price from $575 to $15,000.