VR: Helping Our Soldiers Defend The World

Virtual reality technology has indeed been a blessing to our kind. It gives off an exploration, unlike any experience we’ve ever had. Sure, there have been simulations in the past, but not quite like VR. It brings the sights and sounds of an experience to life without the potential dangers that come along with it. As the technology is continually evolving, the United States Armed Forces has found a new way of training its soldiers.

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Think of a chaotic battlefield situation wherein bullets are zipping past you, and all around you is a dense jungle. What do you do? If you stand in place for too long, you get shot. If you turn to the wrong direction, you get shot. So, you go for the closest cover, which is a tree, but you get shot anyway. In the real world, you’d bleed out, but in VR, you can replay the scene over, and find the best course of action (which is to drop to the ground and crawl.

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This is basically what VR does. It teaches soldiers the best courses of action in life-threatening situations in real-time, without endangering them. And as a bonus, it can be shown and practiced over and over until a soldier gets it right and is conditioned to do so in battle.

Hi. I am former New York resident Bennett J. Kireker. I find VR fascinating. Learn more about my work on Facebook.

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New York Sports Legends: Babe Ruth’s Memorabilia

I’ll set aside my New York Jets articles to give homage to one true American legend: Babe Ruth. In my opinion, the Bambino is the undisputed king of baseball memorabilia, which is a testament to his status as the greatest star in American baseball history.

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To give you all an idea of just how much Babe Ruth is worth to people today, decades after his death, let’s take a look at some of the most expensive things related to him, that were sold in the market.

A Yankees jersey Babe Ruth sported in 1920 was sold in 2012. For how much you ask? Oh, for a little over $4.4 million. The bat the Bambino used when he hit a historical home run in 1923 – the first home run in Yankee Stadium, was one sought-after object, so sought-after in fact, that someone was willing to, and actually paid more than $1.2 million for it in 2004.

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It’s even more mind-boggling when you think about it, that even the Babe Ruth contracts would sell for over a million bucks. But yeah, that was the case with Ruth’s oldest player contract in existence – the 1918 Boston Red Sox contract. The 1919 contract that sold Ruth to the Yankees fetched a price that was only a tad lower. Outrageous.

Ahoy there! I’m Bennett J. Kireker. I am huge fan of the Jets, and New York sports in general. To read more topics on this, subscribe to my this blog.

The Top Agricultural Concerns Of Today And Their Impact On Equipment

Agricultural practices have always played to the tune of the times. Its primary concern since time immemorial is how to produce the materials that make up the key products which a growing population of people demands. Coupled with the conditions of the present, agriculture shall once again make adjustments in terms of equipment.

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The first issue is climate change. Initially, agriculture will react in such a way that there will be a need to create equipment that can protect crops from torrential rains and the ever increasing temperatures being recorded on the planet. The most in demand equipment shall be the ones which can withstand the challenges of nature.

Secondly, the population of the world is going to drive agricultural equipment technology as well. From today until the next few decades, production will have to be done in volume, in order to address people’s needs. We will soon be seeing equipment which can produce the biggest amount of materials in the shortest possible time.

Finally, economic shifts in the world scale are also going to affect equipment. In the next years, most of the agricultural technology will be produced in Asia. The Asian companies will basically reign supreme in terms of agricultural equipment, as they are here to offer the most affordable technologies to the rest of the world.

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Hi. My name is Bennett J. Kireker. After taking up agricultural sciences, I ventured into selling agricultural equipment. I sell farming machines to farm owners as well as milk harvesting and processing equipment to dairy farms. Learn more about my work here on this page.

Knicks vs. Nets: Battle of the Boroughs

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Since the merger of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1976, an acrimonious rivalry between the franchises Nets and Knicks, both located in New York then, developed.

Animosity began when the Manhattan-based Knicks argued that the New York Nets “encroached” on their territory, forcing the latter to pay an encroachment fee of $4.8 million and play across the Hudson River in New Jersey. The Nets had to sell the rights to the face of the franchise, superstar Julius Erving, to meet the financial obligations. Without the great Dr. J playing for the team, the Nets suffered mediocrity for many years.

Unfortunately, the rivalry never really blossomed into something more memorable. The two teams met just three times in the playoffs, when the games really mattered.

After the Nets moved to the state of New York in Brooklyn last 2012, many thought that the rivalry would be taken up a notch. Especially so when the Nets’ new owner, Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov started to talk trash to the Knicks, such that then NBA commissioner David Stern had to mediate to lessen the tension between the owners.

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Image source: aviewfrommyseat.org

However, the teams’ relative lack of success in the past four years had still not made the clash for New York supremacy, dubbed as “Battle of the Boroughs” by media outlets, much more exciting.

The past offseason though had fans optimistic as the franchises seemed to take a step to the right direction in improving their roster and team personnel.

Bennett J. Kireker here, an active supporter of New York-based sports teams, even if I had already moved to California, where I practice my profession as an agricultural equipment salesman. Learn more about what I do by visiting this Pinterest page.

Do you really need that farm machinery?

Much has been said and proven over the past years about organic food. According to experts and consumers alike, it is the healthier choice because organic farming doesn’t use harmful fertilization processes, thus having a better effect not just on the body, but on the environment too. Organic food has lesser chemicals, preservatives, and even tastes better than the non-organic variety.

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With all the good things said about organic food, what’s the catch? Why isn’t everyone eating organic?

The real deal, apparently, doesn’t concern itself with the question, “is it good for me?” It’s all about “will I be able to afford it?” The organic way of living is more costly as compared to supporting commercially produced, non-organic lifestyle and products. However, there are definitely ways to go organic without going broke, as listed below:

Tip 1. Don’t be overwhelmed by the price tag. Compared to non-organic choices, organic produce is more expensive, that’s a given. However, among all the organic choices in the market today, you can look for the most affordable one, and just turn a blind eye on the price difference between that and the conventional products in the market.

Tip 2. Know the must-buys. Did you know that some foods are less contaminated than others? To save some money, just choose organic produce for items that usually have more pesticides in them. This is a nice step especially if you’re just starting out with organic eating. Also, go organic for items that you regularly consume, such as milk, peanut butter, potatoes, apples, and whatever it is in your list.

Tip 3. Find the best place to score the best deals. Did you know that sometimes specialty stores’ pricing is higher than the grocery’s or supermarket’s pricing? Another place to purchase organic food is at the local farmer’s market. This doesn’t guarantee rock-bottom price rates, but the best thing about going to the farmer’s market is the possibility of meeting a supplier who can give you discounts for regular purchases.

Tip 4. Pay attention to sales, free coupons, and seasons. Discounts and couponing can help save up money. It’s also best to know fruits or harvests that are in season so that you can plan your purchase, and avoid paying hefty prices for them when they aren’t in season.

Tip 5. Grow your own. Utilize your porch or have a section in your backyard and create your own garden. Not much of a green thumb? Research how to take care of plants, and start off with low maintenance plants. Some of the plants that you can grow are tomatoes, chilis, avocados, and herbs like basil, celery, dill, among others. There’s no better way than being able to get what you need, when you need it, without spending a dime.

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As a farm and agricultural sales person, I, Bennett J. Kireker, have immersed myself into organic living. In fact, I personally supply organic vegetables to local restaurants all over California. For more about my lifestyle, and other related topics, follow my Twitter account.

Landing a Job As An Agricultural Sales Professional

How did your food land in your kitchen or fridge? Many people are not aware of how agriculture is a staple industry. I work as an agricultural sales professional, and I can attest to how my job brings more than just food to my table.

We agricultural sales professionals help the industry by selling products related to crop and food production, while serving as representatives of different companies. We work with diverse individuals—from farmers, CEOs, resellers, and customers. Our work varies, depending on the need. Some of us sell farm equipment, fertilizers and seeds, and produce. Many agricultural sales professionals do not hold a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness or agriculture, but those who have it are at an advantage. The industry is looking for people who have technical knowledge, communication skills, and organization skills. Because we sell products, agriculture sales professionals also need to learn the art of persuasion.

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As for the pay, it’s not bad at all. I can pay for my daily necessities, and I also have money to spare for the rainy days. Aside from gaining meaningful work experience (which, I hope to use in the future), my work gives me access to professional certifications and other career-related advancements.

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Curious of how it’s like to be an agriculture sales professional? I’m Bennett J. Kireker, a New York-based agriculture sales pro. Learn more about my job when you follow me on Twitter.