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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

A Must Watch For All Sports Lovers Who Like Playing It Fair

A Must Watch For All Sports Lovers Who Like Playing It Fair

Sports brings emotion, love, and excitement through a free and fair competitive system. But, what if all the sports events you ever seen are fixed? Icarus is a documentary film that explores the Russian doping scandal. It also throws light on doping in general, and the possibility of an artist passing the doping test, using the filmmaker as a guinea pig.

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    Passing the test at what cost?

    Bryan Fogel sets out to investigate the truth about doping in sports. He meets Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of the Russian anti-doping agency, who agrees to help him. Fogel, himself being an amateur cyclist, decides to use banned performance-enhancing drugs and then subject himself to testing, to see if he would pass. Fogel finds out that Grigory has his method for helping Russian athletes pass a doping test. When the Russian authority hears about what is going on, Grigory’s life is suddenly in danger.

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    Icarus is a documentary that will change the sporting world forever. It touches on the most critical process in international competitive sports; doping. By using himself as a guinea pig, cyclist turned filmmaker was able to demonstrate how artists can pass a doping test. Fogel used Lance Armstrong’s issue as a reference point throughout the documentary. Lance has been tested over 50 times but was still able to pass through anti-doping test and came out negative at every instance, until a federal investigation caught him.

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    Fairness for all?

    But of course, the filmmaker’s thematic concentration was on trying to prove that the pressure to dope is engineered by Vladimir Putin, who wanted victory at all cost. Fogel is convinced that Putin’s behavior, which inspired state-sponsored doping that led to Russian glories in the 2014 winter Olympics, is to be blamed. Fogel knows that doping goes beyond the Russians, citing the Armstrong confessions as a case study. The Russians got caught today, but there is no guarantee that other nations are not actively doing the same. This film is a must watch for all sports lovers and everyone that care about fairness in sports.

    We encourage you to save the movie and watch it. It is inspiring, thought-provoking, and thrilling.

    To watch Icarus, Click Here.

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

    On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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    Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

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    A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

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    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

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