I was slow to notice, but I’m sure you did. The last few subscriber emails have had the title, “Zelda Update.” Well, I know you now it wasn’t all about Zelda, but today she said, “Enough of this nonsense.” I think I’ve fixed whatever I did wrong in the RSS feed email configuration, but if I didn’t, I’ll keep working to prevent that sort of repetition. If there is repetition, it will be the blog title. This is part of the shallow learning curve for using MailerLite, which I much prefer over Aweber, by the way.
As excitement goes, maybe not so much. For several months now, we’ve noticed the control switch on the oven has been misbehaving. As in, it turns itself on. As far as we know, it’s only been doing this right after we turn it off after using it. Today, I had steaks thawing on the oven rack. Why on the oven rack? Cats, especially Lady, like to tear into packages of steaks if I leave them on the counter to thaw. Sometimes the packages end up on the floor. This makes them less than desirable to think about eating.
I went into the kitchen a short while ago to get clothes out of the dryer to fold and put away. I heard the Preheat beep sound on the oven. I turned it off, opened the door, and sure enough, the styrofoam tray and plastic wrap had melted. It was not a pretty sight. Sorry. I didn’t think to take a picture. I just wanted to get it cleaned up.
I managed to salvage the oven from the mess, but I threw the steaks away. They looked fine, but I’m certain toxins from plastic and styrofoam had permeated them.
On a brighter note, I played my first gig last night. Mr. L is playing string bass with another couple who play classic country tunes — very classic country from before my time. They use a drum machine, and I offered to operate it for them (it’s the closest I’ll ever come to playing an instrument. I can’t even clap in time to music). We played at a small town community center about 40 miles away to a small but appreciative crowd last night. I rather enjoyed myself.
I learned about this gadget from a Facebook ad. Normally, I scorn Facebook ads. Maybe my feedback to them about so many other completely irrelevant and uninteresting products is allowing them to hone in on what might truly appeal to me. Whatever the reason, I saw the ad for Spire and clicked on it. Which took me to this page. This minimalist gadget has an equally minimalist website to go with it. *
What does it do? You clip it on your belt or your bra, and it monitors your breathing. It reports its findings to an app on your iPhone (sorry, Android users, no app and no web app, so it’s maddenly iPhone only at this time). The goal is to obtain streaks of calm or focus. It also monitors activity (so, yes, it can, in theory, replace your step counter). It’s waterproof enough that forgetting to remove it from your clothing before washing is not a death sentence (I have not tested this claim). It also notes (an notifies you via vibration and an app notification if your breathing indicates tension. It identifies tension by sensing when your breathing patterns are elevated and erratic. This indicates times when your muscles may be rigid or your mind fragmented.
In addition to notifications (which include charts and graphs), the app has several ways to present the data it’s collecting. You can share it if you wish (I have felt no desire to do so). There are also things called “Boosts” to help you work on certain areas to improve your breath mindfullness. I have done a cursory exploration but would benefit from more study in this area. The app is gorgeous.
The Spire retails for $149. I managed to find it on sale on Amazon for $99 (last I looked, it was back up to regular price). I rated it a three of five stars on Amazon. Mostly because the battery life is abysmal. They claim 4-7 days, but I get three days at best from the battery before I need to charge it on its wireless charging plate. My fitbit easily lasts seven days between charges. Also, the only time I seem to be able to achieve focus is while I’m sleeping (it clips unobtrusively on the neckband of my sleep shirt and works very well there). Despite the poor rating I offered, I’m intrigued by this gadget. If you’re into personal gadgets and have an iPhone, give it a look.
*I copied and pasted both images from Spire’s site.
My Broken Links Checker is finally notifying me of what I’ve known since I merged the two web sites. Every single link is broken. I want to assure you, I’m getting them fixed as quickly as I can. In the meantime, don’t be surprised if you encounter missing images or links that don’t work (the link checker disables them until I fix them, so you should be safe from that anyway).
I’m also going to turn off the “Revive Old Post” feature until I can get this fixed. No sense having people trying to check links that aren’t there. I’ve also been having some trouble with permalinks. My blog back end is struggling. I’m chipping away to get broken links fixed and other anomalies squared away.
I’m looking for a fresh start for my web presence. For a long time, I reserved several domain names, tried to blog in different areas for different interests, but I’ve been feeling drawn to consolidating my interests in one area. It’s not quite as bad as you may think. I … Continue reading →
I’ve been sort of a gadget junkie for years. I try not to get carried away, meaning I don’t have the latest of every gadget. I pick and choose. I tried a GameBoy when they came out, but it didn’t resonate with me, so I sold it to a co-worker … Continue reading →