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Open a whole new world by exploring and maximising your talents
BY BRIAN MEGENS
@ VOL 26
ON APR 09, 2015
Brian Megens is the living proof that you can achieve a lot more than you've ever thought you could as long as you set your mind to it. He shows this through his personal experience.
When he was 15 years old, he weighed 91 kg and had an unhealthy diet. He played darts and was no.17 in the world (under 18). He decided to stop and start to loose weight. He did this by doing kickboxing, running, going to the gym but especially by keeping a healthy diet. He went to 72 kg and fought two kickbox matches in the ring. When he turned 18 he followed his true passion in sports, cycling. He bought a bike and started racing. Within two years he earned a semi-professional contract and had a body weight of 63 kg. In 2012 he signed for the Rabobank Continental Cycling Team, the under 23 squad of the professional Rabobank team. Everything looked really good at the start of the year and he had a good chance of getting full-professional. However, he suffered injuries and the team stopped due to bad publicity of the sport due to doping. Brian decided that the chances of getting full professional were slim and he took up a new challenge, university studies. He is now a second year bachelor European Studies and Social Media Reporter/Photographer at Maastricht University. In Maastricht he discovered his new passion, photography. This is Brian's story in a nutshell. He doesn't consider himself an extremely talented person, but he is determined and willing to get the best out of himself. His philosophy is: if you really want something and are prepared to fight for it, you can achieve more than you ever could imagine.
Free Your Fitness, Free Yourself
BY TEGA BRAIN
@ VOL 6
ON OCT 19, 2015
Does your lifestyle prevent you from qualifying for insurance discounts? Do you lack sufficient time for exercise or have limited access to sports facilities? Maybe you just want to keep your personal data private without having to pay higher insurance premiums for the privilege?
Unfit Bits provides solutions. At Unfit Bits, we are investigating DIY fitness spoofing techniques to allow you to create walking datasets without actually having to share your personal data. These techniques help produce personal data to qualify you for insurance rewards even if you can't afford a high exercise lifestyle.
Our team of experts are undertaking an in-depth Fitbit Audit to better understand how the Fitbit and other trackers interpret data. With these simple techniques using everyday devices from your home, we show you how to spoof your walking data so that you too can qualify for the best discounts. Our new range of desktop fitness devices are also available on this site.
Free your fitness. Free yourself. Earn Rewards.
Tega Brain is an artist and engineer. She makes eccentric engineering, reimagining everyday technologies to address their politics and envision alternatives. She is currently a resident at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Brooklyn, has both studied and taught at the School for Poetic Computation, and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase.
Surya Mattu is an artist and engineer based in Brooklyn. He is currently a fellow at Data&Society where he is investigating infrastructure with a focus on wireless as a way to better understand bias in technology. He is also a contributing researcher at ProPublica. Previously he has worked as an engineer at Bell Labs and is a graduate from the New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
Living Your Life With Passion: How I Got Paid to Travel The World
BY ANDREW KASZOWSKI
@ VOL 1
ON JAN 25, 2017
"You can do what you dream of."
In Living Your Life With Passion: How I Got Paid to Travel The World at PechaKucha Night London, Ontario Vol. 1, Andrew Kaszowski shares how he lived out his dream of traveling the world. He took his writing and design experience to sea, setting sail as Publications Editor aboard Crystal Cruises’ four-month World Cruise. He has been to 38 countries. Learn how Andrew did exactly what he dreamed of doing: and got paid to do it!
Doors : How to Keep Them Open
BY JEREMY GUMP
@ VOL 4
ON APR 26, 2018
Doors…how to keep them open from childhood through retirement. Jeremy Gump regularly speaks to his children about ensuring they take appropriate classes and achieve at a level that ensures doors do to do prematurely close to them. He also provides career guidance to people who often need to choose which doors to enter.