Posted on June 20, 2016
Welcome to Cobra Island Toys.
Do you love old video games, action figures, and collectibles? How many action figures do you have (in box and out of box?) and do you have an entire shelf of old video games that might or might not have working systems for them? If you’re someone who looks at a wall of game cartridges and thinks, “Man, I have NOTHING to play,” you’ve come to the right place because we’re likeminded fans, and Cobra Island Toys is a site dedicated to everything vintage toy. We pride ourselves on being the ultimate toy archive for everything from Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battle Beasts, The Mask, and Go Bots. From detailed game dissections and reviews to expansive wikis of all the levels, characters, NPCs, and puzzles (yes, even walkthroughs), we offer everything you need to love, play, replay, and enjoy your favorite past-times.
I hope you enjoy your visit to our site, and learn something new. If you have any questions, additions, or (we hope not!) corrections, to what you read here, please drop us a line and we’ll get back to you right away! Thanks again, and good gaming.
Posted on February 21, 2016
Long ago I fell in love with tanzanite, this beautiful blue gemstone that seemed to change color as effortlessly and gracefully as the ripples in the sea. My mother gave me my first tanzanite jewelry – a beautiful teardrop tanzanite pendant, hung from a simple short chain. She had purchased this pendant in Africa, during a visit to Tanzania. At the time of her visit, the gemstone was not widely recognized outside the small area in which it was mined, and I believe my mother purchased the tanzanite pendant at an incredible discount. I say this because these days, tanzanite is widely popular, and now this pendant would be worth much more if I resold it on the marketplace.
Why is tanzanite so highly prized? Because it is only found one place in the world – in mines near Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. One company, TanzaniteOne, mines the tanzanite and sends it in-country to jewelers and cutters. If you were to stand in one of the mines and witness the beginning of this process, however, you would not recognize the tanzanite. Unlike some gemstones, tanzanite does not exhibit its brilliant blue tones naturally. In its natural state, Tanzanite stones are brownish red. Heat is what
brings out the brilliant blues and violet colors.
So you might wonder, then, how the tanzanite we love – the breathtaking blue and deep indigo tanzanite – was discovered (and showcased at http://tanzaniteringshq.com/jewelry). Well, the legend says – or so the legend was told to my mother – that Maasai cattle herders (The Maasai being the native peoples within Tanzania) first noticed what we know as tanzanite in the 1960s, after a fire had burned through large areas of the country. The Maasai discovered that previous dull brown “rocks” had morphed to gemstones showcasing incredible deep blue and dark purple colors – all due to the heat from the fire. And that was how tanzanite was discovered, and how the process of utilizing heat to bring out the blues and violets was established.
This information was all confirmed by one of the leading sources of information on the stone on the internet – Tanzanite Rings HQ – which not only helps those searching for reputable tanzanite jewelers, but who also compiles information about the gemstone and its origins on its site and is the number one provider of high quality Tanzanite Engagement Rings. While the stone was officially added to the birthstone list (for December) in 2002 by the American Gem Trade Association, there is not much in the way of folklore and superstition about tanzanite – because it’s so new to the world.
This is one of the reasons I love tanzanite and appreciate the happy circumstances of its discovery. It’s one of the newest discovered gemstones, and yet one that has a captivating story and history, regardless of its length.
Posted on February 14, 2016
One of the major reasons for this is that they can accommodate more than one person at a time if it is a larger style of machine. However; technologically speaking, they are an inferior style of weight machine and far less safe to use as well. If you don’t know by now, a classic weight stack machine uses stacks of iron weights that are added on or taken off a set usually using a heavy metal key to lock them in place.
Bowlfex fitness machines have completely done away with iron weights and replaced them with an engineered resistance system that uses what it refers to as “power rods”. I personally like the fact that they are made entirely in the U.S. and undergo thorough testing before they are cleared for use on a fitness machine.
Beyond the price differences, the Xtreme 2 SE and the XTLU I also learned, have several similarities. For instance, they both come with a standard rod resistance factor of 210 pounds. Also, they both have easy to adapt adjustment kits that can increase their weight resistance to 310 or 410 pounds. This makes both of these machines ideal for use in both amateur and professional settings.
Also, they are both great machines for men and women alike. It was very interesting to see how the rods and their cable pulley mechanisms functioned. One, two, three or four of the power rods can be connected at any given time to produce as little as 5 pounds of resistance up to as much as 210 pounds on a standard unmodified machine.
Its a very uncomplicated system that takes only seconds to change. However; one item that differentiated these two workout product machines in this area is that the Xtreme 2 SE is able to be used without having to change or switch the cables to adjust the tension ratio. Bowflex has accomplished this by in fact doubling the number of cables on the machine.
It really is basically a convenience feature that allows a user to go from say, the lat tower for arms directly to using the leg extension feature without having to stop and make any changes or adjustments in the machine and its cables. Overall, both the Xtreme 2 and the XTLU I found out are the very latest in fitness machine technology.
This extends to the materials that they are constructed from, as well as the overall technology that goes into them. For instance, even the covering material that is used on the benches on both machines is the exact same type of ultra-durable fused polyurethane fabric that is used in the automotive industry.
Also the benches are divided into two sections conneced by a hinge lock system that allows it to be quickly converted into a seat for a more comfortable and diverse workout. While the XTLU boasts 65 exercises, and the Xtreme 2 SE boasts 70, it may seem from the outside that it can be complex to access them all. Surprisingly, the fact is that both machines are quite simple in their operation and self explanatory to understand.