I just bought a new Nike+ GPS sports watch. Since Nike has a public API to get the data out I thought I’d give it a try. Anyway being a boy with a new toy I didn’t wait until I got home to start using the device. Nope put that baby on right away. Turns out that to really customise it you need to do it on a computer but I still was able to get it to record my walk to the train station. When I did get home I plugged it in and was annoyed by the fact that it wants to charge my device before configuring it. Really? Where’s the instant gratification? Ok but at least it made up for it by congratulating on running my longest run to date. Well ok my only run but it still seemed impressed by my feat. That’s of course until it made the comparison to other men of my age:
Yes it turns out that Nike is being a little two faced. Complimenting me one minute and then pointing me out that I’m shit relative to men my age (although interestingly not as shit as the Nike+ community). Well anyway, I’m not really that upset … I’m looking forward to see if this device has any shelf-life.
This shutdown seems like a huge embarrassment to US politics and in particular the Republican party. Anyway, rather than try to explain why John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, would let his party find itself in this predicament let me just hand over the microphone to John himself (well as The Onion has “quoted him” anyway):
The far right members of my party are insane. I don’t know what they’re thinking, and I don’t want to know because it would be too horrifying. I’ve tried to explain it to them over and over and they don’t listen to me. They don’t listen to anybody. I say to them, nobody wants a government shutdown, Obamacare is the law of the land, the president was reelected and elections have consequences, and we are only in charge of one branch of government.
I say all of that and they just look at me with these cold, dead eyes. Christ, It’s chilling.
They haunt my dreams at night. I have this one nightmare where I’m about to ask for a vote on a clean continuing resolution and then one of them—I think it’s Steve King from Iowa—looks at me with this eerie smile and says, “No, John. No you won’t.” And then the rest of them are suddenly standing behind him and they all chant in a chilling monotone, “No, John. No you won’t.” And then I wake up screaming, “No, John!!! No you won’t!!!” and I’m crying, and my wife is crying, and I’ve sweat through my sheets.
Ha! I love it. For the full text you can find it here: Onion Article
Mathew Beard came in and talked about his training regime for running an ultra-marathon at our last #qs meetup. I was all ears because I too am planning on taking on that challenge. Unfortunately for me training time is largely over … the race is on October 6th. Now if my Greek translation is correct and “marathon” = “arrogant fool” than surely my latest endeavour should put me into the highly esteemed “ultra-arrogant fool” category to which I must simply say “piss off ye walkers and lazy slaggards”. Had I not had so much to drink though a more appropriate response might have been “can you point me to the nearest medical facility”?
“Tuning 2D arrays of metal nanoparticles by atomic layer deposition accomplishes record absorption coefficients for visible light and promises substantial thickness reductions of solar cell absorber layers.” — Solar and Alternative Energy blog
I think maybe someone is trying to sound important. Admittedly the use on “nano” was a strong hint and for someone so impressed with impressing I'd have thought maybe they'd have already felt nano particles was yesterday's cache.
Ok, I've decided I need to make sure I continue posting to this blog. I started this 12 years ago and tons has changed since then. I moved to India. I broke up with my then fiancée. I sold my house in California. I moved to the UK. I lived in Holland. I met Kabuki. We got married. Facebook became big. Twitter became big. Blogs became harder to keep up with all the social commitments. We bought a house. We got a dog. I quit my job and started my own company. My blog suffered but never completely quit.
Something that's made it this long, that's been able to frame my life better than my middle aged memory can, deserves more attention. That's my commitment. More posting. Nothing terribly long. Nothing terribly deep. Just a quickly drawn sketch of things I care about. Things I've done. Occasionally things that I would quite like to do.
That's all for now. Good night.
￼My Uncle David — David Livingston — was one of the most incredible people I have every known and his recent passing has left me feeling a strange combination of loss, regret (that I didn’t have more time with him), and happiness through the realisation of how many people were touched by him and in the belief that his memory will live on.
We’ll miss you David, you’re spirit was a benefit to all those who knew you.
p.s. there is now a memorial site for David, setup by friends in Vancouver:
Several years ago I feel in love with Squeezebox streaming audio. It was an cost effective and hip alternative to Sonos. Then Logitech bought Squeezebox and at first all was right with the world … more updates, big company backing, etc.
Then things change …
Logitech stopped caring. Their strategy for both Squeezebox and Harmony remotes was at best “on pause” and now for the Squeezebox is formally over. Why? I don’t understand this one but in any case I have found myself spending more
time doing *tech support* on my Squeezebox network than listening to it over the past 6-9 months and have decided to stop trying.
Endings, of course, lead to new beginnings and as of today I’m using AirPlay. I bought the B&W A5 speakers for the living room and an Airport Express to power the stereo in the Kitchen. If this works I’ll find something for the bedroom to complete the house coverage. Looking forward to this next audio chapter.
Melody came to visit us this week. I always feel so lucky when I’m able to get into the same geography with good friends especially those from so far away.
I’ve used Last.fm for years now but I was really getting annoyed at it because the player didn’t integrate with my media controls. Such an easy thing to do and so very useful. How could this be left off? Well I’m happy to say they’ve finally gotten around to fixing it.
On a side note, I’d love to know more about their business model, they are clearly motivated by some things other than the B2C business that I’m a subscriber to and those interests seem to make more of an impression on them than other B2B businesses with a strong B2C brand.
I’m happy to say … I finally got my MyBasis watch. I ordered it many moons ago but they’re now shipping to the folks who registered early and — via my mother in the states (they only ship to the US at the moment) — I am a proud owner as of last night. What has it told me so far? Well apparently I sweat more while sleeping than I do during the day. Is this abnormal? Who knows. Does it matter? Probably not. Am I excited to know this …. yeah kind of.