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Naked Joe: The True Story of 'Nature Man' Joseph Knowles | Boston Magazine How Samsung Became the World's No. 1 Smartphone Maker – Businessweek How Samsung Became the World's No. 1 Smartphone Maker – Businessweek The return of HBO's 'Game of Thrones' – Grantland

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I need a Spark

Last year I got myself a bit healthier, shed some pounds, dropped a waist size, was able to walk up stairs without puffing for breath. There are many ways to choose to measure your ‘health’. For me, it’s about my appearance, this beer belly must go!! Last July I wrote about the various ways I was try to ‘game’ myself, a mixture of gadgets and apps that I was using to gather data to give myself a view on progress. Flipside is that if progress, let’s say, reverses, well the numbers and data start to re-enforce various unhealthy thoughts. With my change in role, I’ve got less energy after work as my ‘after work’ is frequently around 7-8pm. As my …

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I Shall Be Heard – The Morning News Let’s Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music: Scientific American 40 years of icons: the evolution of the modern computer interface | The Verge

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iTunes / Airplay issues – FIXED

“It just works”, they said. “Except when it doesn’t” they didn’t say. What follows is a bit of a rambling post about random playback issues I’ve experienced when using iTunes to stream music to an Airplay. Simply put, for no reason I can fathom, iTunes playback across Airplay will stop. The track is still playing in iTunes but there is no sound passed to Airplay. Searching for this issue has helped me narrow it down to the problem being iTunes, beyond that I’m stuck. Read on for some lessons learned…

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The Best Google Reader alternative

It was only back in December that I pondered this┬ábut with the news that Google Reader is to shut down I find myself revisiting some of those choices. I still use Google Reader heavily, I consume it mostly through the website itself and via Reeder on my iPad, so it’s annoying that they are pulling this service. But, as the adage goes, you get what you pay for, so I find myself, once again, revisiting the ‘what am I willing to pay for’ line of thought. There are a few alternatives to Google Reader out there, I’ve tried some myself in the past, and already the tech blogs are offering their ‘best alternatives to’ posts. But for me, the new …

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Bad Motorist

You couldn’t make it up. One day after berating a bad cyclist, I have the perfect example of how to be a bad motorist. Part of my commute crosses a small, narrow, humpback bridge. It’s an old bridge, with high solid stone walls. Visibility is nil from either side. Obviously this is the perfect place for an oncoming car to try and overtake a cyclist on the road. He was a couple of feet across the white lines, so how I missed him on one side, and the wall on the other, I have no idea. I did, out of the corner of my eye, see the cyclist wobble a bit as the car cut back in so I’m guessing …

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Bad Cyclist

I was driving to work this morning and witnessed a minor incident that irked me. As I approached a pedestrian crossing the lights were changing back to green and by the time the car in front got to them, they had been green for a couple of seconds. That didn’t stop a cyclist, cycling on the pavement and across the road at the pedestrian crossing almost getting taken out as he only started crossing the road when the light changed to green. I saw it happening from a distance and braked but the car in front of me had to slam his brakes on (there were others cars in the left lane, likely blocking his view). The cyclist, once he’d …

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