Pinboard is Eleven

Pinboard Blog:

Much of the core code on the site dated back to 2009-2010 and was written by Past Me, a vindictive, inscrutable nemesis who devoted his life to sabotaging Present Me.

You know, I just learned that in my coding class. Your worst enemy is your past self who thought this code was fine.

Anyways, congratulations Pinboard on being 11 and also being fine. I honestly don’t know how I would deal with the internet without this service.

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super mario bros. 3

Tim Rogers:

Most of my life later, Super Mario Bros. 3, once my gateway drug, continues to be the road itself. As I try to involve myself on a more integral level with the creation of actual videogames, as I fully realize and spell out the very discretely mathematical ways one can make a game better than my hero-game, I balk over and over again at actually taking authoritative control. I know that love and peace and freedom, not cold calculation, is what birthed this game. The reason Miyamoto can’t follow it up is because this is literally the kind of game only one group of people can ever make once.

It’s actually unfair that SMB3 is to many people, their first great game. It sets such a high bar, one inevitably thinks that perfect games are a cosmic fluke rather than something we can actually accomplish.

Also, how did I only get around to reading the Action Button archives now?

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Opinion: It should be my right to drive my car with my eyes closed. Who am I hurting, really?

Robin Urback:

The bottom line is that if God didn’t want me to drive with my eyes closed, he wouldn’t have made chewable Benadryl so delicious.

Pairs well with…(checks the internet)…any of it.

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After Trying Online Counseling, Some May Never Go Back to Real-Life Therapy

VICE:

So teletherapy comes with lots of positives, says Cook, and could help more people access treatment. There is a flip side, though, starting with technology. The software has to be there,” acknowledges Cook. You have to have a reliable Internet source for video calls. We have to make sure the vulnerable folks who are left behind already won’t be further left behind because now they don’t have the right Wi-Fi or bandwidth or whatever.”

I can say that I didn’t like it as much. But for people who haven’t been able to get therapy in a physical space, there’s no doubt at all this is a massive improvement.

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May-June 2020 in photos

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Peloton after 1 Year (All Data Version)

I’ve made four seasonal blog posts about Peloton in the last year. Just to see it all in one place, here’s the data I’ve gathered from my Peloton usage after one year.

I’m not a bike or treadmill subscriber. I only use the at-home workout app to watch the videos. I think it’s been good for me, and in a year hasn’t become boring or repetitive. Peloton does two things extremely well: provide a constant stream of fresh videos hosted by charismatic trainers, and fills those videos with real, good music. I can’t stress how awful the music is in every other fitness app.

Now, to the data. Peloton lets you download your workout data in a really great CSV. You can do all sorts of things with it.

Number of types of workout

Workout Type Count
Cardio 20
Cycling 9
Meditation 63
Strength 160
Stretching 14
Walking 2
Yoga 70
Grand Total 338

Workout Type

Workout Type Count
Beginner 3
Bodyweight 23
Core 44
Dance Cardio 2
Emotions 24
Family 1
Fitness Focus 2
Full Body 29
Full Body Stretch 6
Groove 1
HIIT, Cardio 16
Intervals 1
Low Impact 1
Lower Body 8
Lower Body Stretch 1
Meditation Anywhere 2
Meditation Basics 7
Mindfulness 13
Power Yoga 3
Pre & Post-Run Stretch 4
Relax & Sleep 10
Restorative Yoga 4
Shadowboxing 1
Stretch 1
Theme 3
Upper Body 56
Upper Body Stretch 2
Walking 1
Warm Up/Cool Down 1
Yoga Anywhere 1
Yoga Basics 1
Yoga Flow 61
Zen in Ten 5
Grand Total 338

Calories Burned (this would be massively approximate)

Workout Type Sum of Calories Burned
Cardio 1070
Cycling 621
Meditation
Strength 9541
Stretching 194
Walking 47
Yoga 4370
Grand Total 15843

Time Spent in minutes

Workout Type Sum of Length (minutes)
Cardio 245
Cycling 300
Meditation 490
Strength 2540
Stretching 105
Walking 40
Yoga 1615
Grand Total 5335

Instructor Frequency

Instructor Classes Taken
Aditi Shah 41
Anna Greenberg 31
Kristin McGee 28
Emma Lovewell 25
Ross Rayburn 23
Olivia Amato 21
Robin Arzon 20
Jess Sims 18
Matty Maggiacomo 17
Rebecca Kennedy 14
Andy Speer 13
Chase Tucker 13
Becs Gentry 12
Denis Morton 9
Oliver Lee 9
Selena Samuela 9
Ally Love 8
Jess King 7
Hannah Corbin 4
Adrian Williams 3
Sam Yo 3
Leanne Hainsby 2
Multiple Instructors 2
Chelsea Jackson Roberts 1
Cody Rigsby 1
Colleen Saidman Yee 1
Hannah Frankson 1
Jenn Sherman 1
Jennifer Jacobs 1

My Own Health Data

I’m only going to put this down once a year. According to my scale, I’m at 226 pounds. I’ve got a BMI of 32.4, a body fat percentage of 33.1%, a 1851 Kcal BMR, 143.6lb of muscle mass, and a metabolic age of 43 (I’m 37). In the last year, I’ve placed my health as a higher priority, and Peloton has helped keep me motivated. I’ll update this next year, hopefully with better numbers.

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Peloton after 1 Year (Just the last three months version)

I’m proud of myself. Keeping up with a workout routine for one year is not something I’ve ever done before. I’m usually pretty bad at healthy routines.

This is the data just for the last three months. Click here to check the others. Because it’s been one year, I’ll make a separate post with all the numbers added up.

Number of types of workout

Workout Type Count
Cardio 8
Cycling 2
Meditation 1
Strength 32
Stretching 3
Walking 1
Yoga 22
Grand Total 69

Workout Type

Workout Type Count
Bodyweight 6
Core 5
Dance Cardio 1
Emotions 1
Family 1
Full Body 9
Full Body Stretch 2
HIIT, Cardio 6
Lower Body 2
Lower Body Stretch 1
Power Yoga 1
Theme 2
Upper Body 10
Walking 1
Yoga Flow 21
Grand Total 69

Calories Burned (this would be massively approximate)

Workout Type Sum of Calories Burned
Cardio 546
Cycling 222
Meditation
Strength 2473
Stretching 58
Walking 31
Yoga 1994
Grand Total 5324

Time Spent in minutes

Workout Type Minutes
Cardio 105
Cycling 40
Meditation 10
Strength 585
Stretching 30
Walking 30
Yoga 585
Grand Total 1385

Instructor Frequency

Instructor Count
Aditi Shah 7
Adrian Williams 3
Ally Love 1
Andy Speer 4
Anna Greenberg 7
Becs Gentry 3
Chase Tucker 2
Chelsea Jackson Roberts 1
Denis Morton 4
Emma Lovewell 1
Hannah Corbin 1
Hannah Frankson 1
Jess King 1
Jess Sims 9
Kristin McGee 2
Matty Maggiacomo 3
Multiple Instructors 1
Oliver Lee 2
Olivia Amato 2
Rebecca Kennedy 1
Robin Arzon 6
Ross Rayburn 2
Sam Yo 1
Selena Samuela 4
Grand Total 69

Heart Rate

Workout Type Sum of Avg. Heartrate
Cardio 348.7
Cycling
Meditation
Strength 1256.77
Stretching 89.94
Walking
Yoga 485.77
Grand Total 2181.18

So! Some notes.

I bought an Apple Watch during this period, and the integration is really nice. When you begin a workout, the watch becomes a heart rate monitor for the workout itself. At the end of the workout, the Peloton app gives you a nice summary of your heart rate during the exercise:

Of course, the Apple Watch version looks a little slicker:

It only tracks your heartrate if you use the iPhone to play videos, however. So if you like to play videos on your computer, it just won’t sync up. However, it will work if you use Chromecast, and it’ll even show your heartrate up on the screen. Nice.

Now, for some comparisons. Strangely, my last three months is very similar to the three months prior. Almost the same number of workouts, but with 5324 calories burned vs 3510 last time. I gained the time before as well, and that was attributed to taking longer workouts overall. But this time? I think the workouts got harder. Peloton has moved entirely to at-home” workouts, and, you know what? They feel tougher. The instructor doesn’t have to interact with the studio crowd as much, and I feel like they cram more into each workout. Or maybe that’s just the difference between taking 9 vs 3 Jess Sims classes. She’s tough. She’s not Becs Gentry tough, but who is?

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Video Game Time, May-June 2020

Games Played

Uh, Animal Crossing. So much Animal Crossing.

Games Finished

Eisee and I played Florence on Switch. It took two hours and it was just as cute there was it was on iPhone. I love two-hour games.

Games Bought

  • Pocket Card Jockey. Hey man. Check your My Nintendo page sometimes. There’s good discounts there.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap on GBA on ebay.
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  • Firewatch
  • River City Girls
  • Firewatch
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Good Movies, June 2020

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