Nootropics are supplements for your brain

A little more efficiency or productivity at work or in your personal life is something that many people desire.

Brain Force
Brain Force

I happened to run across this article today from April of 2015 which was linked off of the Drudge Report today.  It’s about Nootropics or supplements for the brain.  A little more efficiency or productivity at work or in your personal life is something that many people desire.

It was an interesting read for me not only due to the subject of the article but also because I noticed that some of the ingredients that they mentioned were popular among the folks trying this out form a large part of the contents of one nootropic that I have, which is Brain Force.

It just so happens that it’s on sale for 25% off right now at the Infowars Store which sells a variety of things including supplements.  I make no commission or profit from this vendor.  I have not been compensated for writing this post.  I am simply a happy customer.
I’ve taken 3 of these so far, on 3 separate occasions.  2 of the times were during the long 8+ hour drives I made as part of my Hurricane Matthew Evacuation.
It’s effects are not like caffeine or diet pills, or energy drinks that make you jumpy and your scalp tingle.  It’s not like some illegal things that makes you euphoric or “high”.  In my case my heart didn’t race like too much caffeine will sometimes cause and I just simply felt more alert and had higher energy levels for a longer time.  I’d say at least a good 4+ hours beginning about an hour after I took 1 pill.
The active ingredients in Brain Force are as follows:
  • Bacopa Herb Extract: Traditionally used as an important neurological tonic and cognitive enhancer in Ayruvedic medicine.
  • Alpha-GPC: A natural compound found in the brain that delivers choline, a water-soluble essential nutrient, across the brain barrier.
  • Yerba Mate Leaf Powder: Containing natural amounts of caffeine, yerba mate is also loaded with polyphenols like quercetin, as well as potassium, magnesium, and manganese.
  • Phosphatidylserine: An important chemical that is responsible for a number of important functions within the body, phosphatidylserine is particularly known for its maintenance of cell structure in the brain.
  • L-Theanine: An amino acid that is one of the key constituents of green tea, l-theanine helps transmit nerve impulses in the brain.
  • Vitamin B12:Vitamin B-12 promotes energy production through supporting the body’s natural processes of the adrenal glands, red blood cell formation, and many others.
If you are at all curious, and maybe looking for something to keep handy and use just when you need a little lift, this is an opportunity to try something new.  Consult your physician before taking any supplement, even if it’s classified by the FDA as generally recognized as safe.

Hurricane Matthew came to call and I split town

I checked the projected storm path on that Wednesday morning and it looked like Matthew was going to pass directly over the Daytona Beach, Florida area.  I have sheltered in place before during a hurricane and it’s no fun.  The power goes off and you hide in the dark hearing scary sounds outside.

I made the decision made to evacuate before the announcement for mandatory evacuation was issued for the area I live.  I used my computer to check hotels in the South Georgia and Florida panhandle areas and wanted to have a room booked at Marriott hotel before it sold out.  Once that was accomplished I sent out an email to my close family and friends telling them I was leaving and where I was going.  Then I started packing my car and preparing my home for leaving.  I also reviewed my driving route to NW avoiding Interstates which I figured would be crowded with other Floridians doing the same thing.  I filled up my plug in hybrid’s tank with gasoline and battery with electricity.  I spent the rest of Wednesday gathering items and packing  my car.  I got to sleep at 11 pm with my alarm set for 5 am..

On Thursday I awoke just before my alarm went off and showered before hitting the road at 6 am.  I encountered no heavy traffic  I got sleepy at 9:30 am and took a Brain Force tablet which started working an hour later, and helped me for the rest of the day.  I bought breakfast from a McDonald’s drive thru.  I stopped on at Alabama border to use the restroom but otherwise drove straight through with no other gas or food stops.

41.8 MPG
41.8 MPG on the drive out

Eight hours and forty one minutes after I left home, I arrived at my hotel in Spanish Fort, Alabama.  This is almost all of the way to Mobile, Alabama and 484 miles away from my home.  My Ford C-Max burned about eleven and a half gallons of gas and by driving the speed limit I managed to get 41.8 miles per gallon.  I saved almost all of the EV battery charge for later, and operated it in hybrid mode for nearly the entire trip.  I had about an 1/8 of a tank of gas left, but the low fuel light hadn’t yet turned on.

Fairfield Inn
Fairfield Inn Spanish Fort, Alabama

I checked into hotel and used a cart to move stuff from my vehicle into the room.  Three trips and I was done and able to relax.  My back and legs had some aches from lifting and sitting so it was beer time.  I took it easy and just watched the news on cable TV for the rest of the evening.  There were many other people in a similar situation there as well.

Home away from home
Home away from home

I spent all day Friday watching cable news reports about the storm hitting the Daytona Beach area.  Friday night I did some pre-packing and filled my car with gasoline.

Saturday morning I was up early and after loading my car and checking out of the hotel, was on the road at 7 am. I reversed the route that I had used when evacuating for the drive back.  I used waze on my cellphone during both drives and wrote about it on my blog.  I got some Arby’s for lunch on the way back, and stopped to fill up with gas before I got all of the way home, just in case there were still issues with gasoline availability or electrical power at home.  I ran into some stop and go traffic due to an intersection with a traffic signal that was out.  This added about an hour onto the total amount of time it took to drive home.  I switched to EV power and used my car’s battery during the time I was in the slow moving, bumper to bumper traffic jam.

43.7 MPG
43.7 MPG

Almost ten hours after I started, I was home.  I got my camera out to take pictures of damage at my home, and was very glad to not find anything worthy of a picture.  Other than tree limbs and palm fronds all over the yard, for the most part my house was the same as I left it.  I got even better gas mileage on the way home, in part because I used the EV batteries charge to cover the stop and go traffic jam and some other driving instead of using hybrid mode the entire drive.

I don’t regret spending the $200 on a hotel room for two nights, nor burning 22.5 gallons of gas while driving for about 19 hours total to be safe from what could have been a lot worse.  If the same thing happens in the future, I will likely do the same thing again.

Papa John’s NEW Pan Pizza

Papa John’s Better Pan Pizza delivers the tastes you are accustomed to in a tasty and crunchy on the edge but soft elsewhere pan crust.

Papa John's NEW Pan Pizza
Papa John’s NEW Pan Pizza

This week Papa Johns Pizza brings back their pan pizza.  They say it is better than the pan pizza they used to sell.  I decided to try it out and was pleased with it, although I must admit that I prefer thin crust pizzas.

I made my order via the Papa John’s website and then drove to a store near me to pick it up about 25 minutes later.  They were busy because it was lunch time.

Papa John's Store
Papa John’s Store

I took it home and once there began to enjoy a couple of slices for my lunch.  I noticed that the toppings, cheese, and sauce pretty much tasted the same as what I remembered Papa John’s Pizza tasting like.  I have my favorites which are typically Mom and Pop kind of local pizza places, but I’m not a pizza snob and will often order and eat pizza from a national chain.  I try to limit myself to one pizza a week for dietary reasons.

Beef, pepperoni, onions and 3 cheeses
Beef, pepperoni, onions and 3 cheeses

I ordered this Papa John’s Better Pan Pizza with pepperoni, beef, onions, and their 3 cheese blend.  The pan crust was crispy at the outer edges but still soft elsewhere like it should be.  It was not as saturated with oil as a Pizza Hut Pan crust typically is.  I wouldn’t say it was among the thickest pan pizzas I have ever had, but for me this isn’t a problem.  If you like Papa John’s Pizza and pan crusts, I think you are going to like this better than before pan pizza.

waze – Crowd sourced traffic reports along with navigation

I recently needed to evacuate from my home and decided to use the waze app while I was driving away and then again on my return drive after Hurricane Matthew had passed.

I have had waze installed on my mobile phone for years but since I work from home, I don’t typically use it except for longer drives.  I drove with waze for almost a thousand miles recently and I found it to be helpful for alerting me to traffic jams, vehicles beside the roadway, and law enforcement locations.  It’s available for both Apple iOS and Android devices.

I didn’t use waze for navigation, instead I used the system built into my vehicle, but I could have.  waze requires an active data connection, so at times during my drive it was searching for a cellular data connection and not able to provide me with alerts or guidance.  In this sense it will be as good as your mobile device’s network data coverage is.  I didn’t find that waze consumed a lot of data during my usage.

waze traffic alert map
waze traffic alert map

waze lets it’s users generate alerts for what they see on the road in real time, and then shares them with other waze users in that area.  If you get an alert and it’s a good one, you can give it a thumbs up in the app.  If you get an alert where there’s no reason for one, you can flag it as bad information.  This process of user interaction is how waze crowd sources some of it’s alert data.  I found that this works great on well traveled roads like Interstate and major highways, and not so good on secondary and country roads.

If you haven’t tried it out, I recommend that you do.  If you do use it, please contribute alerts, and help keep the alert data refreshed by actively liking good alerts and flagging stale or bad alerts when you can safely use your mobile device.  As you might expect, my user name on waze is edweird  Safe motoring!