Week in Review–April 23rd, 2011


I’ve long since wondered what to do with all the random tidbits of things I collect each week – or the little thoughts that don’t quite make for a full post.  But I finally came up with a solution: The Week in Review Post.  This takes the place of my Weekly Mailbag – which is over on Slowtwitch.  These are just quick snippets of things that I’ve found interesting.  Nice and easy Saturday reading.  Plus, a recap of my Weekly Mailbag post a well.

So with that, let’s get into the action!

Weekly Mailbag Over at Slowtwitch.com:     
Last week over at Slowtwitch I went all smartphone.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite get published until mid-week, causing a bit of confusion.  I apologize for that.  But, if you missed it last week, here ya go – in all its (published) glory.  Check it out!  Look for a new post mid-week with new stuff.

1) Bluetooth Heart Rate Strap Monitors
2) Android ANT+ Cell Phone Client and App Options
3) Review of smartphone clients and apps

You can read all my past weekly mailbags at Slowtwitch here.  Or the pre-Slowtwitch days here.

Guest Posts in other cool places:

Earlier last week I wrote a guest post over at the very widely read Problogger (not that I think I’m a pro by any stretch of the imagination), around how to write awesome product reviews.  Check it out!

Monday: How to Write Amazing Product Reviews

Oh, and if you thought that was interesting, then you’ll probably find my past post about on ‘Behind the scenes on product reviews’ pretty fascinating as well.

Posts this past week:  
A wide variety of posts this week covering quite a range of stuff.  Here’s all the stuff that landed on the front page:

Sunday: Week in Review–April 17th, 2011
Monday: Rumpus in Bumpass Olympic Triathlon Race Report
Tuesday: How to travel (a lot) and still eat (mostly) healthy
Wednesday: Garmin Forerunner 610 Giveaway
Friday: Friday Tidbits (lots of them!)

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:  
Here’s a small smattering of links I found interesting this week:

#1) After running London Marathon, man runs 99 miles back home.  No, you won’t see me doing this.  But I do enjoy reading about it!

#2) Swimsense guys working on something new.  Interesting little tweet from the Sportsens team (not a full post, just a mysterious tweet).

#3) A multi-tool inside bike skewer.  Very cool.  And brilliant.  My multi-tool never quite seems to make it back to my bike…this would solve that problem. (via Rappstar)

#4) Fitbit adds a bunch of new website activity features.  I love my little Fitbit, merely because it helps me justify ice cream when I’m walking through airports and can total exactly how far I’ve gone and how many calories I’ve burned.

#5) Showing up to TSA checkpoint with 5’ wide boarding pass.  I travel a lot, so I found this funny.  The story is actually a few years old, but made the rounds over the past few days.

#6) Underwear that measures your movements.  Interesting NY Times article about a study that used underwear to measure tiny unconscious movements.

Quick Side Note/Request:

I’m working on a post using the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 ANT+ enabled Android phone to directly read ANT+ data from sensors such as Heart Rate, Power, Speed & Cadence.  I know some of you are leveraging the ANT+ API’s and working on apps for Android using that.  If you’re doing so – drop me a line, I’d love to get a few more Android ANT+ enabled apps featured in there (even if in beta). 

Thanks for reading, and hope everyone has a great bunny-centric Easter!  And if you don’t celebrate Easter, there’s no reason you still can’t celebrate the chocolate bunnies at the supermarket.  Enjoy!


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  1. Woah, 99 miles??? After a Marathon??? I don’t even know what to say!

  2. Underwear that measures your movements? That could be taken in different ways!

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  4. When checking out smartphone sw to track sport, check even http://www.sports-tracker.com , blog (there’s one post whewre they say app on it’s way for iOS and Droinds) and inthe store they have polar Bluetooth belts.

    One of ly favourite logs: a lovely run on the frozen sea just after getting back from Salomon advanced week below Mont Vetoux in France

    link to sports-tracker.com

    have fun and let me know your comments