Editorial: Successful vs unsuccessful people.
Travel: Matador NanoDry Trek Towel.
Technology: Smart Phone Health Testing.
Stationery: Carry All Folder.
Gadgets and Gear: OraSaifu Smart Wallet.
Books and Writing: Voodoo Science.
Miscellaneous: Tesla Surfboard.
PD: Store.

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EDITORIAL: Successful vs unsuccessful people

Have you ever wondered why some people are successful while others are not? People tend to put it down to things such as having the right parents, being in the right place and at the right time, or having the right contacts. All of these things help, however more important is the personality and habits of people. That is why some very successful people have come from disadvantaged backgrounds or had previously lost everything in a disaster, and some unsuccessful people had every opportunity possible.


The most important trait is self drive; to have a vision for your life and to have the drive to get there. Successful people read a lot, and read on a wide range of topics. They are open minded and realise that they do not know everything. They analyse situations critically. They take responsibility for their actions and acknowledge when they slip up rather than blame others. When things do go wrong, they learn from this and alter what they are doing. They do not give up on their dreams and are prepared to start over again.

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TRAVEL: Matador NanoDry Trek Towel

One of the secrets to travelling light is not only to take less but to take the right things. These days there are quality light weight compact products. For example, instead of taking a normal towel take a microfibre towel. Microfibre towels are very compact yet unfold to a large size and are very effective in drying off with.


The Matador towel has an antimicrobial coating and comes with a silicone case.


It is available in two sizes: 39x39 cm for hands and face, and 120x60 cm for your body. The towel is especially handy for backpacking or kayaking.

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TECHNOLOGY: Smart Phone Health Testing

Israeli start-up has broken ground by being the first company to win FDA approval for using a smart phone camera for medical grade testing by patients. It already has CE and ISO 13485 certification for the EU. Urine tests are done in pregnancy, diabetes, kidney diseases and other diseases.


With patients can now do urine dipstick tests at home instead of going to a clinic or to a laboratory collection centre. With the kit you simple dip the stick in your urine, place the stick onto the special plastic plate with coloured spots. Use a smart phone app to take a photograph. The app uses the spots on the plastic plate to compensate for differences in lighting and cameras (this is crucial for accuracy), and uploads the result to the doctor.

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STATIONERY: Carry All Folder

If you require a mobile office then the Carry All Folder is for you. Looking like a ring file folder, it opens up into an office with all your stationery needs (you fill the folder up with whatever you need). Great for an organised life, the folder is available in either kraft or black.



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GADGETS AND GEAR: OraSaifu Smart Wallet

Electronic wallets have been around for a while. Essentially,these are small electronic devices that store your credit card and loyalty card information as well as cryptocurrency keys, and are used in place of these.



About the size of a credit card (but thicker), the OraSaifu boasts impressive security and back-up features that PD has not seen in other elctronic wallets:

  • It is an independant device. You scan your cards directly on to the device, without connecting to a computer or to the internet.
  • It self-erases after five unsuccessful password entries.
  • There is an optional BiPal back-up and restore chip, with one touch back-up.


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Fraudsters have been around for a long time. We live in the information age. The internet provides people with access to virtually all information. In the West rates of eduaction have never been higher. Yet fraudsters still succeed; some people choose to believe dubious theories that defy scientific rigour. People willingly spend money on quack cures. Some of these people are desperate, for example those with cancer for which conventional treatments fail. Some simply choose to believe and only realise when its too late.

How does pseudoscience or voodoo science come about? Some begins as an error and develops into self-delusion. Some is made by people who know little but believe themselves to be experts (another form of delusion) and some is outright fraud by dishonest people seeking fame and/or fortune. Nevertheless they do not seem to have any shortage of people believing in their fraud. These people often cannot be reasoned with; they will ignore all evidence that is contrary to their beliefs.


Robert Park, a Professor of Physics, has written this entertaining small book offering reason, insight and history of various examples of voodoo science. "Voodoo Science: the road from foolishness to fraud" was published in 2000 but is still available for purchase from various booksellers.

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Carmaker Tesla is very busy on side ventures. The last one was the Not A Flamethrower (in reality a jazzed up butane torch) - see PD: Cool Things issue 167 (GHOST_URL/prowling-dog-cool-things-issue-167/). The latest is the Tesla surfboard, now sold out. The carbon fibre reinforced surfboard had a production run of 200.


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PD: Store

X90 Planner

The X90 Planner has been thoroughly tested by PD and featured in PD: Cool Things 178: GHOST_URL/prowling-dog-cool-things-issue-178/


The planner is hard back but opens flat. It is clearly laid out and uses quality paper. It is undated, so you can start working on your goals immediately. There are 90 days in the planner, the ideal length of time to achieve goals.


From US $31.95 plus shipping. Local taxes may apply in your country.

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Important disclaimer: Remember that crowd funding sites are not stores. You may decide to back this project and provide funds, however there is no guarantee that any project will be delivered - the rate of failure is about 10%. PD is in no way accountable for the success or otherwise of any project and writes in this column purely for entertainment purposes, and will in no way be held liable for any failure or money lost by anyone. It is a case of "buyer beware". It is a sad reflection on the era we live in that PD must resort to this type of disclaimer.

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