Whoops, here it is!

So, after a long long time and a lot of back and forth a friend of mine and I recorded a podcast! It’s called It’s Unclear and we’re going to try to record it pretty regularly, I hope. But thanks to technology you don’t have to check anything, but can simply subscribe to it here on iTunes and the new episodes will show up on your computer as soon as they are out.

So if you want to hear my amazing ESL-laced voice, tune in for talk about fake sugar, humans with tails, and idiot princes.

And let me know what you think, either here in the comments or tweet your thoughts at @hateworm.

Sunday Papers 7-27-2014 — kinda…

Whoa whoa whoa this has been a busy week and I have no idea where it went and it’s Sunday already and what do I have? Nothing! But you know what, here’s what you can do instead — Rickson Gracie was on the InsideBJJ podcast and the Joe Rogan Experience this week and if that name means anything to you then you should download these immediately, if you haven’t done so already.

Speaking of podcasts, the reason why I was so busy this week is that me and a buddy of mine finally got our shit together and recorded and edited and finished the first episode of our podcast! So that ate up a lot of my time this week where I’ve usually had futzed around on the internet, but I think it was worth it. I’ll post more details when it’s all done and available, so watch this space.

Finally, I’ve lived with that UP Jawbone thingy for about two weeks now and one thing I noticed about passive life tracking is that, well, it’s passive. Not much to do for me. But I can still tell you what I think!

PROS

  • The sleep tracking and vibrating alarm is pretty sweet. The sleep tracking is one of the main reasons I got this wristband and it’s actually doing what it’s supposed to do.
  • Tracking steps is working well too, as far as I can see. In a way, this is a tricked out pedometer and that is just what it does. I’ve read some haters on the internet complaining about it not being 100% precise, but as long as it’s in the ballpark I don’t give a shit.
  • Tracking your food intake, as every time I do it, leaves me depressed because it shows me that I don’t eat by far as healthy as I think I do. And the app gives you challenges, like eating a specific amount of fiber a day, which is kinda neat, but leads me to the cons…

CONS

  • The app sucks. Not only does it drain the battery like crazy, it’s really difficult to see your stats over time and there is no web interface where you can get the big picture over longer stretches of time. I kinda solved that issue by feeding the data into a Google spreadsheet using IFTTT, but come on…really?
  • Tracking food sucks as well. It takes a long time to enter your own food, the food database isn’t that great, and there’s a but that doesn’t save the calorie count the first time you enter it and guess what…you can’t edit items in your personal library once you hit ‘done’.
  • The app gives you daily challenges, like eating a recommended amount of fiber, but it doesn’t give you any real ideas what you’re supposed to eat in order to get there. I know that I can do that research myself, but this seems like something that could’ve easily be fixed.

So, yeah, I guess the big selling point for the Jawbone UP is the price, which with the introduction of the UP24 dropped to ca. $60, but if they were the same price, I’d probably go for the Fitbit (which sells for about $100) instead of the Jawbone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tracking sleep and waling, etc. just fine, but the presentation of the data is disappointing.

Sunday Papers 7-20-2014

A slowed-down Sponge Bob theme song is like 1,000 bad trips. Enjoy.

I’m okay with dogs, but I’ve had some experiences as a kid that make it difficult for me to truly trust a dog and feel safe around one. In other words, I’m definitely a cat person. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like dogs and one of the breeds I’d consider getting if I were to get a dog would be a pit bull. They’re pretty, yet their position in American culture is…complicated.

Oh, and if you are even remotely interested in video games and puzzles you probably have played Portal and Portal 2 (and if not shame on you!) and because things are not over ’til they’re over there is a semi-official mod out for around five bucks where it’s all about gels. And while we are talking about shame on you, pile on an extra helping of it if you haven’t heard of Maria Bamford, but you can remedy it by reading this profile of her (and use one of your precious NYT tokens) and then spend five lousy bucks and download her special. And if you already have Netflix, you can watch it just like that.

You know you are curious about what actually happens physiologically when you catch a kick or punch into the groin. I know I am.

Sunday Papers 7-13-2014

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This is the evil hug that is summer. I don’t mind the light and the blue skies but fuck this heat. Seriously. Heat and summer and sweat remind me of the jungle and the jungle reminds me on disease, so what’s better summer reading than the Longform’s archive of articles on disease?

On their blog is also a long-ish article about using food as a mnemonic device and while the rest of the article for some reason is about food for astronauts, I think the idea of chronicling your food intake (even though this is literally as old as the internet) is kinda interesting. I’m always getting sucked into that whole life-tracking shtick that involves gimmicks and, as The Wife says, if you have to say “it’s not a gimmick!” — it’s a gimmick. That being said, the Jawbone UP is on sale for about $70 right now.

In other news, it’s still being hard being a women on the internet, because humans suck. If you want to keep the nice places on the internet up, consider donating to or funding MetaFilter, because they’re in somewhat of a pickle.

And if you’re worried about wearable technology and crowd control, well, you should be.