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Activeon CX Gold Action Camera Review

Activeon CX Action Camera (Onyx Black)

This little baby really is a substitute for buying a GoPro if you can live without 4k and the ability to use external microphones. It’s absolutely a Chinese copy-cat but it costs almost 1/10th the price of a new GoPro (at the time of this writing). The link above is for the previous version, but Amazon sent me two of the Gold versions when I ordered so YMMV. The Gold version operates at 1080P, has a 2 inch LCD touchscreen, and comes with a waterproof housing. I’ve yet to test the housing but it’s the same housing used for GoPro’s and the gasket looks sound so I don’t have any concerns. This camera takes all the GoPro aftermarket accessories (which are really cheap these days) and comes with an 8 GB SD card. Even at $100 (which is what the list price for the ACTIVEON CX Gold Action Camera (Black Gold) which is what I accidentally? received from Amazon) this represent a significant value. The build quality is good, and I’m impressed with the video quality. The still photos are junk, however, so don’t buy this if you intend to use it for a lot of pictures or time-lapse. It has 4 LEDs that indicate when it’s recording, a host of decent software features for adjust settings and conserving battery, and a battery that you can swap out. No extra battery is included, but at this price how could it be?

I bought two and am tempted to buy a few more before Amazon realized it is shipping the Gold at the price of the base model. Get yours now, you won’t be disappointed. Even if you use a higher end action camera normally, you can treat this one as semi-disposable for concerts, parties or lending out to friends.

Hit The Right Golf Club

Bad for your game IS bad for you.

We high handicap amateurs who spend a lot of time on the course infallibly connect some part of our self worth with our improvement.

The quickest way to take a step back in your game is to know you’re playing the wrong club and attempt to “choke down” or “muscle” it through.

Failure is inevitable, leading to higher scores and bruised egos.

A Walk Through Boston Common

Recently, I went into Boston to meet up with an ex-colleague who I hadn’t seen in a while. I was early and so I decided to take a stroll through the common to kill time and get a little exercise. In doing so, I realized that I rarely stopped to appreciate the beautiful monuments we have in the city that celebrate New England’s history and involvement in the Civil War. Below are pictured the Massachusetts State House (left), Robert Gould Shaw Memorial (right) and Soldiers and Sailors Monument (low).

 

Robert Gould Shaw Memorial

In the autumn of 1865 a meeting was held in the council chamber at the State House, at the call of Governor Andrew, Dr. Samuel G. Howe, Senator Charles Sumner, Colonel Henry Lee, Mr. J. B. Smith, and others, to consider the matter of a suitable memorial to Robert G. Shaw, the late commander of the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment. The prime mover in this matter was doubtless the late Joshua B. Smith, a fugitive from slavery, who after his escape had been in the service of Colonel Shaw’s family before he took the position of repute as the successful caterer, in which he became so well known in Boston. The purpose of the meeting was declared in the following words:

“The monument is intended not only to mark the public gratitude to the fallen hero, who at a critical moment assumed a perilous responsibility, but also to commemorate that great event, wherein he was a leader, by which the title of colored men as citizen-soldiers was fixed beyond recall. In such a work all who honor youthful dedication to a noble cause and who rejoice in the triumph of freedom should have an opportunity to contribute.”

Soldiers and Sailors Monument

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is located on a rise called Flag Staff Hill. The monument is neoclassical in design, taking the form of a victory column carved of Hallowell white granite. The monument rises to a height of 126 feet. The platform is 38 feet square and features four bas-relief bronze tablets. The first tablet is titled The Departure for the War, and depicts a regiment marching by the Massachusetts State House. The second bas-relief tablet depicts the medical care on the battlefield and is titled The Sanitary Commission. The third tablet depicts Union sailors in an engagement between a Federal man-of-war and a Confederate ironclad likely the CSS Virginia. The fourth tablet, entitled The Return from the War shows a regiment of veterans marching by the State House to present their battle flags to Governor John Albion Andrew.