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2012 In Review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

What About Me: An Infographic (November 2012)


 

What About Me: An Infographic (October 2012)


August Photo A Day Challenge (2012)


This is the end result of a Twitter photography project I undertook during August this year. The task was simple: each day, take one photo that fits the theme with a mobile phone and upload it to Twitter. Simple, but daunting. It was a task in and of itself to remember the project and find suitable subjects for each photo. Regardless, I finished the requisite 31 photos and compiled them into a collage that fits the month’s calendar.

What About Me: An Infographic (September 2012)


Starting to collect some interesting data from these infographics generated by Intel, here is number 4 in the series:

What About Me: An Infographic (August 2012)


Here is the third installment in what is, definitively, a series. I’ll do these as long as the website is available, then start extrapolating some information after I have at least a year’s worth (or as many as I can manage).

So, I’m Starting This Non-Profit….


Confused Rod Serling


“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.

–Rod Serling

The last thing the Internet needs is another silly image meme, but I have decided to officially throw that conclusion to the four winds in favour of this:

If you’d like to make your own Confused Rod Serling internet meme, you can get the original image here or here.

What’s The Best Free iPhone App For Tracking Fitness?


Author’s Note: This question was posed on Formspring. Feel free to ask any questions to me at http://www.formspring.me/matteargle and perhaps I will answer it in a future post!

Zelzega asks: What’s the best free iphone app for tracking fitness? I currently have Electric Miles (dailymile), Kinetic Lite, and Runkeeper. I love that Kinetic Lite connects to both dailymile and runkeeper, but which is the best?


As far as iPhone goes, I have no real idea considering I don’t carry one. In general, though, I use RunKeeper and Fitocracy. I’m not into tracking everything I eat, but RK does fantastically for my cardio, and Fitocracy imports from it so I don’t have to reenter anything.  Fitocracy hasn’t developed a native application yet, but their mobile site is fully-featured and quite accessible.

The best part about Fitocracy is that it gamifies exercise.  The site was started by a couple of stereotypical nerds who wanted to appeal to other stereotypical nerds through the two most powerful words in our language:  LEVEL UP!  The concept is that one earns points by performing certain exercises, thus increasing your overall capabilities–all in traditional RPG fashion.  I have to admit, the formula works, especially in keeping me focused on strength training (which has always been something I avoided).

In short, the best application out there is the one that works best for what you want to accomplish.  I want to have fun, and I’m a data junkie, so RK and Fitocracy work best for me.  Try some of the applications listed in the apps section of the RunKeeper website.  You’ll likely find one you like.

Would You Rather Vacation In A City Or On A Beach?


Author’s Note: This question was posed on Formspring.  Feel free to ask any questions to me at http://www.formspring.me/matteargle

I think it pretty-much goes without saying that I can’t think of a far better way to relax than digging my bare feet into some warm sand, listening to the waves crash against the shore. Could be the reason I like being here in southern California so much. I like to travel and I enjoy visiting new cities, becoming immersed in the local colour, but to vacation–to get away from the grind–always takes me to the beach.

Where would you rather vacation?