Recycling Counts

At first glance, .83 grams (0.02927 ounces) may not seem like a lot. Many may not feel it’s worth the effort to spend the time to recycle it, but it all adds up. Considering the scale of Apple products in general, this is a considerable saving in raw materials and environmental impact. I love that this core to Apple initiatives.

Concerts and Shows

Seeing bands perform live in concerts and shows if something I love. The other day I was comparing bands I have seen with some friends and decided to put a list together. I am sure there are many more that I have forgotten and will update this list as I come across pictures or memorabilia from the shows. Not all of these are from my favorites bands, but all the shows I count myself lucky to have seen.

* The Clash (2x)
* The Pretenders (2x)
* Iggy Pop (2x)
* Dire Straits
* Garbage (2x)
* Romeo Void
* Elton Jon (2x)
* Aimee Mann and Til Tuesday
* Bad Brains
* Bad Religion
* Billy Joel (2x)
* Elton John (2x)
* Big Audio Dynamite (2x)
* Billy Idol (2x)
* Husker Du
* Bob Mould
* Bon Jovi (3x)
* Buzzcocks
* The Cars
* Collective Soul (2x)
* Def Leppard
* Eric Clapton (2x)
* Annie Lennox
* Eurythmics
* Sting (3x)
* The Police (2x)
* Killing Joke
* Janes Addiction
* Jimmy Cliff (2x)
* Steel Pulse
* John Hiatt
* The Neighborhoods (4x)
* Public Image Limited
* Red Hot Chili Peppers
* Robert Cray (2x)
* Steve Ray Vaughan (2x)
* Toots and the Maytals
* UB40 (2x)
* U2
* Van Halen
* Violent Femmes
* The Cure (2x)
* The Ramones (11x)
* Ray LaMontagne (4x)
* Pink Floyd
* Richard Schindell (3X)
* Rod Stewart
* P!nk (3x)
* Taylor Swift
* Nick Lowe
* Gregory Alan Isakov
* Paul Simon

Apple Watch and Heart Rate Monitoring

A year ago, I had a cardiac event – not a heart attack. Several stories have been written about how people have worn an Apple Watch and had their lives saved. While I did not experience atrial fibrillation the ability to monitor my overall heart rate, I credit to getting proper treatment.

I have two little dogs that I walk every night. The distance varies every night, sometimes it’s a mile, often it’s more – depends on how tired their short legs are. I have been walking them every night for years for their benefit and my health. I use my Apple watch to track my steps and generally also pay attention to my walking heart rate and then the recovery time after.

During our usual routine walk, I noticed a little acid reflux, and when I got back in the house, I had 2 Tums, and 10 minutes later, I felt fine. The following day the walk was uneventful. On Saturday, we were doing our walk, and I had that same discomfort. It felt like acid reflux very high up in my throat. I followed the same process as a few days prior and waited my ten minutes. I also noticed my heart rate had returned to normal as it always does. But something did not feel right. My heart rate actually increased well above what I was used to after the walks.

A quick check of the internet to review my symptoms and everything either did not apply, or I could explain way. 1

Jaw Pain – No Back Pain – No Chest pain around the heart – No Sweating – Yes but I had just walked 2 miles in the thick fog Arm pain – Yes but slight and I had been playing guitar for 6 hours that day so again explainable My wife was out, so I called and mentioned how I was feeling, and I was going to go to the ER to get checked out. She agreed and commented that it was very atypical of me so I should follow my gut.

I drove myself to the Emergency room2 Before I walked into the ER, I rechecked my pulse, and it was back to normal. I contemplated turning around but decided to go in. I was brought into an exam room, and some quick tests showed I did not have a heart attack. I would need a more extensive analysis at another hospital to rule out anything else. During the procedure, they inserted a catheter in my right arm and directed it to my heart. The doctor injected some dye, and it could not have been any clearer. It might as well have been Godzilla walking down 5th avenue. On closer inspection, they were able to determine it was a blood clot in my right coronary artery that was causing a 98% blockage3. They were able to quickly dissolve the blood clot and insert a stent at the same time to make sure the artery remained open. From the time I was wheeled into the time the procedure was over was about 21 minutes.

It has been a year now, and I feel great! Except for those two instances of “heartburn,” I was feeling fine before. I have done a few things to improve my health, and there is always more to do. I am lucky, and I think tracking my overall health through the Apple Watch made me more aware and paid more attention to my body.

1. NOTE: Your diagnosis from the internet will always be death – or cancer, better to skip this step.

2. Driving myself to the ER instead of calling 911 was not a smart idea. Thinking you are Iron Man is also not recommended.

3. I was awake during the procedure (it was painless), and I was able to see the blockage on the screen as clear as day.

Wasabi – john saddington

Jon pointed out this video which is truly beautiful to watch even if you don’t like Wasabi. I can not think of any other businesses that have been in the family for 8 generations.

This blew my mind:

The story was compelling and the cinematography is excellent. Sadly, I had no idea how one of my favorite foods was even created! And, I’m even more sad to learn that most wasabi out there is actually fake:

Very few people have tried the real thing, because the real thing is that rare. “The extent to which we’re eating fake wasabi is huge,” said Brian Oats, the president of Pacific Coast Wasabi, which bills itself as “North America’s only commercial grower of high-quality water-grown authentic Wasabi.”.

“Probably about 99 percent of wasabi is fake in the North America.” That holds just about everywhere else, too. Even, though some might not realize it, in Japan. “I’d say about 95 percent is fake in Japan,” he added.

via The Washington Post

Wasabi – john saddington:

Books I Read 2015 edition

I decided I should post this list before we are into 2017. For the past few years I have kept an active list of the books I read in the current year. I believe I got this idea from Patrick Rhoneoriginally though I have seen many people do the same. 

Over the course of the year if I see something that I might be interested in I throw it in a list (this year it in an Apple Notes), then when I ready for a new book I generally grab one from the list that strikes my mood at the time. 

The books are in the order I finished them. I usually have at least two going at any point in time, I blame this on my NADD. I have notes and thoughts on all the of them but this is not meant to be a review, just a collection.

A few years ago I converted to an all digital format, the list links to an authors site directly, Amazon Kindle or Apple iBooks depending where I purchased that item. 

Without going into specifics the ones that are bold are the ones I enjoyed the most.

Why I listen to podcasts

Recently I read a post over at Rocket Ink about Patrick Welkers’ podcast listening habits. It made me think about my own reasons why and what I listen to.

I love to listen to podcasts. I started listening about 5.5 years ago when I really grew tired of the radio. I figured I could use my commute time to catch up on news, learn about the something technical or pure entertainment. The time I listen now has increased due the enjoyment I get out of them. I listen at work (when it does not affect what I am working on), during my commute, working around the house – whenever it makes sense without ignoring my family or friends. Sometimes I listen just for company.

The funny thing is I hate talk radio. Below list of 27 or so regularly listened to podcasts that are all talk. So why would I listen to podcasts that are talk shoes? I think it because that I can’t pick and choose the programs on the radio to listen to, or I was never able to “connect” with the hosts.

Connection to the hosts and topics is really important. You spend a lot of time with these people in your head so you really need to love what you are hearing. They become your “friends” in many ways. A few days before a weekly show is released I start to look forward to the shows because of this connection. Very similar to how you might feel about a character on a favorite televisions program.

The list below is always changing. Shows with be added and removed. Sometimes if I am really behind I will remove an episode for the week. I try not to get anxiety ridden about having a lot of shows in the queue and I am not trying to reach “podcast zero” either. These are for my enjoyment, education only.

My podcast client of choice is Overcast. I love the Voice Boost (especially when I am in the car) and the Smart Speed to reduce the pauses in some shows. Using that feature has allowed me to listen to more shows and save time without speeding up the playback. I think to date I am over 70 hours saved.

Weekly

Every two weeks or as shows post

Based on Topics or Guests

Retired or On Hiatus

  1. Bold shows represent current favorites and ones I always listen to.