Five things for the week of April 29.

It’s a rainy monday in Kingston, and I’m typing this with aching arms! I made use of my new-found free time this week and weekend to get back at yoga and biking a bit more aggressively. The weekend finally had a couple nice days and the temperature is finally on the rise! What’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

Hopefully you’re off to a good start to the week. I’ve got my jasmine tea and a load of data analysis to do, so I better hop to it.

Here’s five interesting things for the week:

1. Speaking of exercise: MayMyRun. I’ve been using this site for many years, and they’ve made major improvements to the functionality so I think it does a good job of allowing me to track workouts, runs, bike rides and routes I hope to do. And, there is an iPhone app to pair with it, so I can track things via GPS. But, here’s my question to you – there are lots of options out there, so what site / app do you use? 

2. Speaking of biking: This bike is ridiculous! I mean, how the heck does he stay balanced!? You definitely need to watch through to the end to see him climb down.

3. Speaking of biking: Part 2. This is a bike stand I imagine in a future “real person” (aka, non-student) home. #hopesanddreams

4. National Post: Tetris as a treatment for lazy eye. Guys, it’s confession time. I was a kid with a lazy eye. Ah! But, thanks to great parents and awesome doctors I never had to wear an eyepatch (the horror!). I did however have bifocals between the ages of 10 and 14. But research is now showing a new alternative therapy – Tetris! Read more here.

5. World Population Graphs. These visualizations are slightly outdated (2000) but super cool to look at. They show the relative population levels according to the degree or longitude/latitude. Very cool. Read more here.

Overwhelmed, much?

Hi there, blog.
It’s me, again.
We’ve been apart as of late, and I take all the blame.
Things get busy, then busier, and busier still.
I’ve got lots of thoughts swirling around, but it takes time and effort to get them on the page – precious time and effort that I’ve had to spend on other things.
So that’s the bad news.
The even worse news is the feeling of being overwhelmed that kicks in the minute I look in my draft folder and realize that I had a bunch of ideas kicking around but didn’t seem to leave myself enough breadcrumbs to figure out, at a later date, what the ideas actually were.
So, in an effort to get back on the wagon, I’m linking a few of the most recent and interesting things that have been passed my way below.
The worst customer service experience (News): Bell gives teen cellphone with porn (Canoe)
Population and Superpower projections (Article): More Americans than Chinese? A lot can happen in 100 years (Globe and Mail)
How web video may revolutionize the world (Video): Chris Anderson, TED curator (TED)
New favourite tune (Video): Mark Ronson – The Bike Song (YouTube)
Marketing with YouTube (Ad): Tip-pex Experience (YouTube)
Being lost without a map won’t happen to these kids (Blog): Ten things Gen-Z won’t know about (Millennial Marketing)
A hidden campaign? (Video): Girl with Catchy Dance (YouTube)