Archive for October, 2006

Tangerine, a BPM analyzer

October 30th, 2006, 8:33pm by Mike


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m getting into running with an iPod, which requires making playlists with appropriate running songs. From my experience so far, it seems like the most important determinant of a good running song is having the beat match up with your pace — when you have a song that’s a little faster, it spurs you on, but land on a song that’s a little slower and it’s really hard to keep your pace up. I haven’t figured out yet if you need the beat to be right in line with your footfalls or not, but when you’re running, it’s really easy to tell if a song is “right” or “wrong.”
I’ve got a pretty good playlist going, where some of the songs are better than others for my running pace. Read on to find out more about Tangerine, a program that could help solve my problem.

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YouTube

October 30th, 2006, 7:54pm by Jake

YouTube has now entered the internet vernacular, outdoing every other video sharing site on the net and recently getting bought out by Google. But it wasn’t always that way. I was reminded of how early we discovered YouTube when I read this article about it’s early days. Apparently, they only adopted their wildly successful formula in June 2005, a scant 2 months before Derrick’s handiwork made it as a featured video on YouTube’s home page. Now they feature more mundane stuff like U2 & Green Day. I’ve uploaded just a few more videos since, and watched a whole lot. My favorite is this one, which I took with the digicam mounted on my helmet. I have another video of me on the same element taken from the ground, but I haven’t uploaded it yet. Funny enough, Zeppelin is playing in the background of both attempts.

Search and download Google Video from your phone

October 28th, 2006, 1:48pm by Kelvin

Scott Robin has developed a pretty slick mobile front end to Google Video. Point your Treo browser to http://srobbin.com/mobilevideo/. From there, you can search for and download avi or mp4 files (playable in TCPMP). My phone can do the search, but doesn’t have a capable player. Oh well, it won’t be really cool until YouTube videos get integrated into Google Video. Even then, it might not really achieve “cool” status–I’ve probably only watched 10 things on YouTube ever.

More Treo Goodness

October 24th, 2006, 4:54pm by Mike

Last week saw a resurgence in my data use on the Treo, with the dawn of Google Maps for Treo and u*blog (which I haven’t actually used, except for that test), and my discovery of Google Reader. When it rains, it pours — according to Lifehacker, you can now run Opera Mini on your Treo (or Blackberry).
Anybody have any experience with Opera Mini? Is it any better than Blazer?

Fantastic Sound Anytime, Anywhere.

October 22nd, 2006, 12:58pm by Kelvin

Busted out an old Walkman to enable wireless access to the Chiefs game this morning (on AM radio). Too bad it doesn't have bluetooth!

Finding my way back to Jack Stack’s

October 21st, 2006, 3:03am by Kelvin

I was checking out a demo of this GPS program, Garmin Mobile, that runs on Sprint phones (like my A920) and makes use of the built-in GPS to enable mapping, turn-by-turn directions, directory, traffic, weather, etc. Check out the restaurant they use as a sample point-of-interest… None other that Jack Stack’s BBQ, a local favorite of ours from our pilgrimage to KC! ‘Course, we had dinner that night at the Overland Park location, not the original in downtown.
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BTW, the Garmin app is pretty slick, and a really decent alternative for when the TomTom isn’t around. Doesn’t look as nice, though, with just an overhead map view instead of the cool, 3D perspective view of the TomTom GPS.

If You Go a Million Miles…

October 21st, 2006, 2:55am by Jake


A not so simple run

I’ve now used the Nike+iPod system twice, once 3 weeks ago on a 23+ mile run, and today on an “easy” 18 miler. It seemed to underestimate my distance each time, so it may need a little calibration. But, it was off by different amounts each time, so it may be more than that. For example, the GPS measured one run as 23.69 while Nike+ thought it was 23.15. This week, I ran 18.00, and Nike+ measured it as 16.97.

Coincidentally, I went to a run at the Hermosa Pier this past Tuesday which happened to be organized by Nike. I ran with the 9 minutes/mile group for 5 miles, which took about 42 minutes… glad I didn’t go with the 8s! It was fun, plus they had free food. They also were giving away tech shirts, one for entering a challenge to run 50 miles with the Nike+ system, and the other for actually running it. I took care of a good chunk of that today!

I decided to enter this picture in Engadget’s photo contest. Supposed to be a picture of tech stuff. This seemed somewhat appropriate, and I figure it has a chance of at least getting noticed. Finally, just wanted to say that I enjoyed the power song feature. Need any more clues to figure it out?

Playoffs?

October 17th, 2006, 6:46pm by Jake


Playoffs?

Another Half Marathon

October 16th, 2006, 1:43am by Jake

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So I ran the Long Beach Half Marathon, my 4th half-marathon of the year (1, 2, 3). My official time was 1:53:34 which puts me in the top 16% or so. It was a good race, right where I expected to finish, and ended up being my 3rd best half ever. I ran with a friend for the first mile, and he went on to run his first marathon, so I hung out until the finish and took lots of pictures, naturally. He ran about 4:40, right about the middle of the pack.
So I think it was an excellent training run, right at the speed I wanted to run without taking too much out of me, and much faster than I’ve done any long run in a while. It’s now only 3 weeks until the marathon, and I think I’m ready.

U*blogging too

October 16th, 2006, 1:26am by Kelvin


Testing out the settings that Mike posted this morning, from my T3. Graffiti is like riding a bike! Since there’s no camera on this antiquated device, you guys will have to settle for a screenshot from GMM.


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