Welcome to the Nibbana family website! Known as the only family in the world celebrating Nibbana as a last name, the family name was adopted in 1993 as the founder Charles D. Nibbana sought an existence separate from that of his natural father. The etymological origin of the word Nibbana is derived from the word nirvana, which means "freedom from external reality; heaven, bliss". The word held such significance and meaning for Charles that it was an obvious choice for a new family name. read more...

Tough Mudder Mid-Atlantic Fall 2013

When I signed up for the Tough Mudder a good six months before race day, I had every good intention of being well prepared through copious amounts of exercise and weight loss. Then life got in the way. I sold a house. I moved. I started a new sales position which required 4-5 days of travel per week working 10-12 hours per day and a day every weekend just to plan my itinerary. My resolution to get fit went right out the window.

Come race day and I had a rude awakening. Am I really going to do this? Not only did I sign up, I joined a team and I wasn’t going to let them down. I’m not going to let myself down. Through sheer will and determination, I am going to do this.

Looking around at the other Tough Mudder’s it was obvious to me that I was the odd man out. I didn’t look the part by any stretch. I’m the old, overweight bald guy amongst a group of young whipper snappers who can run circles around me. But I’m here. And I have something to prove to myself. Let’s do this!

Not more than 2 miles into the 11 mile trek, I realize I may be in over my head. I signed up for this? And paid money, too? At that very moment, I decided I was going to complete the entire course no matter what. If I end up crawling across the finish line the next day, I am going to finish. The whole thing.

As I found my rhythm and starting completing many of the obstacles, I started noticing something. Many people who appeared much younger, thinner and certainly in better shape than myself were falling off the trail. Sadly, only an average of 78% of participants finish the Tough Mudder. This is mind over matter. I’m not giving up.

So here I am, in all my glory, giving it all I’ve got in the 2013 Tough Mudder on October 19th, 2013 at Peacemaker National Training Center in Gerrardstown, WV. I completed the entire event and crossed the finish line some 4 hours and 15 minutes after starting.

Disclaimer: I strongly advise against anyone participating in an extreme event like this without proper preparation. I had a team looking out for me, and it was still very dangerous. A fellow Tough Mudder died on the very same course I completed back during the Spring event. Please be responsible and know your limitations.

Posted by Charles on November 18th, 2013 at 9:20 am and filed under News

Chuck’s Jet-Pack Adventure

Recently while in Key West I had the opportunity to fly the JetLev water-propelled jet pack. The JetLev R200 has only been on the market about 6 months, and jetpackadventures.com in Key West, FL is the first location in the U.S. to get one. I happened across their promotional video before my trip and knew it was something I had to do. Flying isn’t very difficult, in fact you’ll be up and out of the water before you can even flap your wings. The challenge is finding the perfect balance between leaning sligthly forward and aiming the thrusters to obtain the correct angle. This angle helps you move forward while also moving upwards. I imagine it compares a lot to flying a helicopter where your forward momentum is gained by tilting slightly fowards.

The jetpack is attached by a hose to a 250 hp auxillary craft which looks a lot like a jet ski. This outboard boat sucks water into the hose and delivers low pressure, high flow water through a 33 ft (10 m) hose to the jetpack where thrust is generated by forcing the water through […] continue »

Posted by Charles on January 31st, 2012 at 5:00 pm and filed under General

What Ari Wants

Ari and I spent some time talking today, in depth, about what she wanted from life. This was not a deep, philosophical discussion but rather a way for us to connect and for me to make sure I understood what she was interested in and what she was looking for in her life right now. After all, she’s not quite nine…

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Posted by Kelsi on January 22nd, 2012 at 4:45 pm and filed under Family

My first concert

Yesterday I played cello in my first concert. Check out my video below and let me know what you think!

Posted by Ari on January 18th, 2012 at 5:25 pm and filed under Family

Best Camera for Concert Video

In our first article on the subject, “Capturing Great Concert Videos“, we touched on the basics of how to shoot video at your favorite shows. Since that article was written, high definition (720/1080 HD) point-and-shoot (P&S) cameras have become commonplace and more and more people are recording their favorite artists and sharing them on YouTube. Now that the bar has been raised for the average quality video, if you want your videos to stand out you are going to need to take some steps to differentiate yourself. The first step is to start with the tips in our last article so you can learn about cameras, where you should stand in the venue, and what type of memory card to buy. Let’s move on to selecting the best camera currently available for shooting concert video.

Although our Canon camera has served us well since 2008, it’s time to upgrade to something with more than 3x zoom and 720p video. Finding a new camera is a daunting task amongst all of the various models out there – and if you recall from our first article, finding something with decent audio recording capability at a concert venue is not easy. We literally scoured the Internet for months looking at various camera review sites and forums for the right replacement. We thought we found it in the Panasonic DMC-GF3XK, a micro four-thirds (mini-DSLR) camera with a Lumix 14-42mm interchangeable lens and adjustable audio gain. We purchased one and took it out for some testing. The video quality was beautiful, but we were not impressed with its limited zoom. We quickly learned that the optical zoom capability of a standard lens is determined by dividing the larger number into the smaller number. In the case of this 14-42mm lens you divide 14 into 42 arriving at 3x optical zoom. So we returned it and were back to the drawing board.

After more research we narrowed our search to […] continue »

Posted by Charles on December 20th, 2011 at 4:49 pm and filed under Music
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