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Bruce Lewis
Zipline Challenge Course -
Louis Gray wanted me to take part in a challenge today. Am I doing it right? - Bruce Lewis
Perfect. - Louis Gray
I remember thinking some startups were cool. Are there any cool startups anymore?
Perlstein Lab "Perlstein Lab is a public benefit corporation for precision orphan disease drug discovery." - Spidra Webster
Um, that is probably a great cause. But not what I was thinking as cool. - Heisenberg
Met one today that is doing some pretty cool things. - Me
CW, sounds great. You don't need to provide so much detail though. - Heisenberg
Didn't think I needed to. :) - Me
Steele Lawman
My first try at a "no monsters allowed" poster.
Oooh! I like it! And it has a Lego person! - laura x
This is awesome. - Yolanda from Android
Want. - Bruce Lewis
Love it! - Janet
vicster: full-bodied
Gah. I think I'm going to have to replace my Ultra soon. It just doesn't seem to hold a charge for more than a few hours. It's spending more and more time on the charger instead of on my body. :-/
But I guess 2 years is a good run, given the daily use. - vicster: full-bodied
Bummer. :-/ - Jenny H. from Android
Zip is better in this respect -- just put a new watch battery in it every few months. - Bruce Lewis
2yrs is a pretty good run but bummer you have to spend the money to get a new one. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
That's strange. My Ultra is nearly 2.5 years old, and still holds a charge for more than a week, wearing it daily. - Nils Sandin
Amit Patel
Philips’ 200 lumens-per-watt prototype LED lamp is the world’s most efficient | ExtremeTech -
Philips’ 200 lumens-per-watt prototype LED lamp is the world’s most efficient | ExtremeTech
"Progress in the LED lighting industry can best be measured in two separate metrics: pricing and efficiency. Pricing gets most of the attention, but so many factors affect it — from the cost of materials to various subsidies — that it is primarily interesting as an overall trend. Efficiency, which is measured in terms of lumens-per-watt, is a better way to look at progress." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"In keeping with these advances, today Philips announced that they have created the world’s most efficient warm white LED lamp. The prototype operates at 200 lumens-per-watt, a number that is more than double what is found in typical household LED products. The “warm white” part might seem like a minor detail, but it’s actually rather important. The majority of people prefer their... more... - Amit Patel
This! 2700K is acceptable, 3000K is too cold. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
Beautiful Day at Fitbit Boston -
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The weather was great today. I like this new temporary art piece, "Shimmer", that puts colored shadows on the sidewalk. Fitbit's office is in the leftmost building in the picture. Today we had a visitor from the San Francisco office. Per Boston office tradition, he was presented with a lego minifig. Per Fitbit tradition he assembled his own desk. I learned from our visitor that the variety of messages that Fitbit One cheers you on with originated when there was only one color, and couples would get their's switched. Fitbit wanted something more interesting than just displaying a name by itself. - Bruce Lewis
Louis Gray
New person record achieved: 60k+ on Fitbit, and I've got an hour-plus to add on!
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Side note: One benefit, I believe, was beating Stephen Mack's personal record too. I'm petty like that. - Louis Gray
Grats! 10 hours of steps! Impressive. How do your feet feel? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I was wearing my Teva sandals for the first 43,000, so I have some red/blistering on the arches where the straps come in contact with the skin, but otherwise, no problems. I switched to regular socks/shoes for the last 18,000 when I left the house around 8 and broke through my old record. - Louis Gray
I think 100k is achievable, and this proves it. It just takes 16 hours of solid work, which allows for 8 hours of flex. We should make it a charity thing and get it done. - Louis Gray
Sixteen hours doing two steps per second? That would be most impressive. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce, do you have access to the overall Fitbit data? What's the record for most steps taken in a day? - Stephen Mack
If you do a public event with witnesses who can say you were really taking steps, then that would truly be the record. Getting a maximum from the data would probably turn out to be something like - Bruce Lewis
Yeah, I guess there's no way to distinguish the real steps versus someone, say, leaving it in front of a fan all day. - Stephen Mack
I once did three flights of stairs by pacing back and forth in the elevator. I didn't try it again, so I don't know if it was a fluke. - bentley
That wasn't a fluke -- it would happen every time: - Bruce Lewis
I thought so. For the record, when I go on my stair-climbing binges (it's been a while), I'm not pacing in an elevator. - bentley
My 60k were real. Do my 6 year olds count as witnesses? - Louis Gray
Louis, only if a FriendFeeder who has met them vouches for their honesty. - Bruce Lewis
His six year olds seem very honest to me! - Stephen Mack
OK, it's official. - Bruce Lewis
Jason P
I've been occasionally clipping my FB1 to my keyring. I'm pretty sure, though, that if I drove with it hanging there from the ignition it would register a bunch of bogus steps -- right?
I think you'd have to experiment to find out. It's just an enclosed accelerometer, so I don't think perfect accuracy is possible, but I've found a lot of situations where it's inexplicably correct. - Bruce Lewis
vicster: full-bodied
Kind of frustrated that Fitbit is not properly logging sleep. It's recording the time from when I switch on the sleep clock to when I switch it off in the morning and saying I slept the whole time, even though it shows constant restlessness throughout the night. I hope they get that sorted soon.
Fitbit is still a relatively small company, so there aren't a lot of layers between customer service and engineering. Try opening a case at and they can probably get your feedback to the right people. - Bruce Lewis
it's happening to me too - starting the last week or so - ~Courtney F
I just sent them an email. - vicster: full-bodied
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Mr. Gray. - vicster: full-bodied
Hi. - Louis Gray
What did they say? - Bruce Lewis
I haven't heard anything yet, Bruce. - vicster: full-bodied
And now I think the stair climbing counter has gone haywire. It says I climbed 31 floors today but I don't remember taking a lot of stairs or climbing the higher hills near my office. - vicster: full-bodied
Sometimes the stairs are confused for me when the barometric pressure goes crazy. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
I found a FAQ page: Restlessness isn't counted as awake time. If you probably were awake there are instructions on that page for changing the sensitivity setting. - Bruce Lewis
The issue is that the more sensitive setting is no longer registering properly on the Dashboard. You have to turn it off and back on for each day for it to reflect the time actually asleep. - ~Courtney F
Vicster, can you DM me the case number for your email? I know people in Customer Service and can get it escalated. - Bruce Lewis
Thanks, Bruce. It seems to be working again. I did get an email over the weekend from them saying that they have fixed the issue. I just got distracted every time I started to come back to this thread to update. :-) - vicster: full-bodied
Bruce Lewis
Suppose I want to go on Facebook and search for recent posts from my friends containing, say "watch". Is this even possible? Friendfeed has spoiled me.
I don't think so. As far as I can tell I can't search contents of posts. - rönin
Some people have access to it. But most don't. The best you can do is scroll down for a ways in your timeline (set to show most recent first instead of most interesting) and then use your browser search with Ctrl+F. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
How primitive - Todd Hoff
Just think what FB would be worth if it worked like FF. :-D - Eric Logan
It would be worth spending time on. - Bruce Lewis
Stephan #TeamMarina
Through the window because I'm not brave enough to go outside yet. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
I'm a little jealous. And simultaneously horrified. - Alix May
^ this. - Jennifer Dittrich
Not here, just horrified. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I'm just pissed off, that's all. :) - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
*shudder* - Marie
OMG!!! How??? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Where? Great white north? - Ken Gidley
:( - Anne Bouey
Yes, Ken. We will get nicer weather this weekend. If not, it wil be spring time again in 6-7 months. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
hmm. Calgary ish? what part? (I'm in Bridlewood) - Nathalie
May I come ski around your back yard? - Brian Johns
Damn. - Jenny H. from Android
OH MY this is too early!! - Sepi ⌘ سپی
More near Sundre, Nathalie. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Best of day needs the Hide button. - Bruce Lewis
My Fitbit charger dongle thingy is somewhere in a packed box. Is there another way to charge a Fitbit?
What I have is a Fitbit One. - bentley from FFHound(roid)!
I don't think there is. Somebody should come up with a nanoUSB standard connector for tiny devices. - Bruce Lewis
I was afraid of that. I guess I'll be getting a new one. Mine is not in the box where I expected it to be. - bentley from FFHound(roid)!
I found it. Of course, I had already ordered a new one this morning. Yeah, that about sums up today. - bentley from FFHound(roid)!
It won't hurt to have a spare. - Bruce Lewis
I cunningly have a spare from the two I've lost. Yes, only one spare, because guess what happened to the other one? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Very cunning of you. - bentley
I know. Sorry you lost yours! :( - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Bruce Lewis
Elephants swim at St Louis Zoo -
Elephants swim at St Louis Zoo
Laura Norvig
My cousin's 18 year old son died suddenly last week. I am not close to her at all, but this is hitting me very hard.
omg, Laura. So so sorry. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
:( *hugs* to you and yours - Sir Shuping is just sir
oh, I'm sorry - RepoRat
I am so very, very sorry. - Galadriel C.
Oh wow, that is sad news. I'm sorry for your loss. - Marie
Oh, how horrible. I'm so sorry, Laura. - vicster: full-bodied
Very sorry to hear, Laura. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Sorry to hear. - Bruce Lewis
so sorry. for all of you. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
So very sorry, understandable this would be difficult to accept. - Janet from FFHound!
That's so sad. :( *hugs* - Jenny H. from Android
*hugs* - Anne Bouey
Sorry to hear:( - Amir
Melly - #TeamMarina
No wonder I'm tired. FitBit says I woke 19 times during the night.
:-/ - Bruce Lewis
Fitbit Fans
The @ToryBurch for Fitbit Accessories Collection is now available for pre-sale!
Weird. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Come on, Stephen, wouldn't it look good on you? - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
Re: My imaginary YC interview -
"Thanks. I quietly reopened it to new users after leaving Google, so feel free to try it. I still rely on it for my own photos and have no plans to shut it down." - Bruce Lewis
Todd Hoff
Here's an entitlement program I don't hear anyone wanting to cut - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere -
Here's an entitlement program I don't hear anyone wanting to cut - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere
I came across a colorful phrase the other day: "warfare queens." - Sean McBride
That's appropriate. - Todd Hoff
"In the case of the F-35, the short answer is: a lot. Counting all of its suppliers and subcontractors, parts of the program are spread out across at least 45 states. That's why there's no doubt lawmakers will continue to fund the program even though this is the third time in 17 months that the entire fleet has been grounded due to engine problems. In fact, in the version of the defense... more... - Bruce Lewis
Anyone else's fitbits not syncing properly today?
Haven't seen any issues myself. - Stephen Mack
Eivind can't get his to sync today, but mine was fine. - Jenny H. from Android
Mine seems to be synchronizing alright as well. - Jennifer Dittrich
I accidentally left mine at home this morning - Glen Campbell
Mine's been syncing fine via computer USB dongle. - Bruce Lewis
There was a message in the app this morning that they were experiencing server issues. I just logged in and it looks like it's all synced up. - Katie
They just told me via twitter that syncing was down today, but should be all set now. Logging out and back in should help. - Miriella from Android
mine keeps telling me historic data isn't available, but seems to sync okay - ~Courtney F
April Russo
Apparently, a goal of 5000 steps is too much for me to handle on a regular basis. My feet are feeling a cumulative effect and are killing me. Plantar fasciitis sucks. :(
:( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-( Is swimming better? - Bruce Lewis
Probably, but I live in an apartment building that doesn't have a pool. - April Russo
Stretch a lot. I have intermittent plantar fasciitis, and I'm experimenting with different insoles to help. Some days are better than others, but don't give up. I'm amazed at how 10k days are normal to me, and when I started a year and a half ago, 3-4k days were more my usual. - Holly's favorite Anna
Yep, move up incrementally. I've been dealing with plantar fasciitis to some degree since i moved here 2 1/2 years ago. When I got the Fitbit, I was at 3-4K regularly, and now 15K is my regular - Katie
Mine is chronic, hit me early in life, as a teen. Took me years to even get a doctor to take me seriously and not try to blame it on "high heels" that I don't even wear (or something else just as stupid). - April Russo
I've never been diagnosed, but suspect I have that problem too. I used Rock Tape when I'm doing a training walk and that helps a lot. Found myself wishing I'd brought a roll to Vegas. - J. Marie B
Kevin Fox
The new @Quirky Aero channel on @IFTTT changes everything.
That's extreme: "If you achieve your daily calorie burn Fitbit goal then turn your A/C on." - Bruce Lewis
Katy S
My Fitbit just took an unintended bath. I spilled on myself, so I through my shorts in the wash and completely forgot that the fitbit had been in my pocket until they had been underwater for about 4 or 5 minutes. It seems to be working fine, but it's hanging out in a bag of rice just to be sure.
Of course, I didn't stuff the bag with rice because I wanted to still be able to put it in my pocket since it's working, but there's rice. - Katy S
I'm only guessing, but I think the silicone case protected it a bit for that brief period of time. - Katy S
Now you are ready to toss rice if you happen upon a surprise wedding. win/win - Janet
Are they waterproof? I've worn mine in the shower. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Did you exercise in the shower, Melly? #iam12 - Uli
The one is water resistant but not water proof. It really shouldn't be submerged. - Katy S from iPhone
The Flex is waterproof, but it doesn't have an altimeter. It's hard to make a device waterproof if it has an altimeter like the Fitbit One. - Bruce Lewis
will the Flex track my lap swimming? - Laura Norvig
Flex won't track lap swimming, but you can log the activity on - Bruce Lewis
Melly - #TeamMarina
Two weeks in and I've lost 1.8kg/3lbs 15oz. Mostly just by tracking food and being more aware of my activity level. Still not really exercising, but it's a start :o)
Being aware of your activity level might be more helpful than exercise: - Bruce Lewis
Awesome, Melly! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Bruce Lewis
Nature Connects at Missouri Botanical Gardens -
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The Climatron, a giant geodesic dome for displaying tropical plants, also became home to Lego sculptures of animals and plants. - Bruce Lewis
Thursday, June 19, 2014 -
Playing fussball with Nokians at the Lumia 930 event.
That looks fun! - Bruce Lewis
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Comparing Misfit Shine (2790 steps) to the FitBit One (3593 steps)... they're clipped in the same place too so not sure about diffs. Hmm...
Try taking 50 paces and see what they each say. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
Re: The inexplicable rise of open floor plans in tech companies - thoughts from the red planet - thoughts from the red planet -
"When this article came out there were 12 in my open-plan office and it worked fine. Recently I've been seeking quiet by bringing my laptop to an unoccupied part of the office floor. Headcount is 16 now. Your 15-person cutoff matches my experience." - Bruce Lewis
Melly - #TeamMarina
After struggling big time to get my jeans on yesterday morning... Josh bought us an Aria scale yesterday (planned purchase from ages ago but they didn't have white at the time and Josh is picky!), I've joined myfitnesspal, and charged up my FitBit.
Current stats - weight = 71.8kg/158lbs; body fat percentage = 38.8% (scary!) - Melly - #TeamMarina
I need to take this slowly, so right now I just want to track what I'm eating and try and get my steps up a bit. I'll weigh in and re-evaluate every Friday! - Melly - #TeamMarina
I weigh as much as I did when I was heavily pregnant... and only a kg less than my husband, who is almost a foot taller than me :o/ - Melly - #TeamMarina
Good for you! For the few days I was tracking my breakfast, I didn't snack all day. But the last few days I've slipped up big time. We can do it! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
" only a kg less than my husband." I read that "only a keg less than my husband" and that didn't sound like a bad thing. :-) - bentley
Last night I talked to a friend I hadn't seen in a couple of years. He lost 50 pounds by watching his step count and logging food. He didn't use the Aria. I'm interested in Aria success stories. - Bruce Lewis
Did he always do 10k every day? Or did he have a different goal? Being forced to log food is such a huge eye opener for me. Going out is possibly the worst idea EVER. - Miriella
He's not on FriendFeed. He tells me, "I tried to nail the stair climbing goal every day, but maybe reached it half the time. I embarrassingly rarely hit the steps goal at all. I almost always hit the caloric intake goal and religiously recorded everything I ate on the FitBit app on my Iphone. " - Bruce Lewis
Thanks for the info - it's good to know! I run up and down the stairs in my house when I need to hit the floors goal...and some nights I've noticed they won't register unless I go aaallll the way up (three flights) and all the way down. (I try to just go up and down one flight...but then I get forced to go up three to trigger the thing to count floors) - Miriella
Melly, I am right there with you - keep buying bigger pants :( I think I'm going to have to get another Fitbit (first one had a bad date with a washing machine) - Laura Norvig
Yeah, I've bought bigger pants two years in a row, this time I was like.... NOPE. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I'm contemplating getting a Misfit Shine because it's waterproof vs the water resistant FitBit One. I can swim with the Misfit Shine.
The flex it waterproof, I think. But it doesn't do stairs. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
But it's strictly a wristband isn't it? I need flexibility in terms of how I can wear it. Misfit Shine comes with a wrist band, a clip, and there's a separate necklace I can buy for it. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Right. The flex is just wrist band. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
None of the Fitbit trackers are designed for tracking swim strokes. You can log the activity manually, though. - Bruce Lewis
^Yup, I've done that with my FitBit One. They had avarious swimming activities from treading water to playing in water to full-on swimming laps. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Do you burn extra calories if you do 10,000 steps in 4 inch heels? #fitbit #justasking
I would think so, if your muscles are working harder to keep you balanced. - Bruce Lewis
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