And what do you think has made & kept them this way?
A bit later, we got back something rather unexpected and delightful! (see below) :-) ---
Victoria, thanks! Though I'd be lying if I didn't say I had to write that hella slowly to make it legible :p. I figured that people still appreciate decent handwriting nowadays; typing it out just wouldn't have been the same, right?
This film - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6wms-ZuuoE - has garnered a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 99%. 107 thumbs-up reviews, 1 thumbs-down review , with critics hailing it as a hilarious film for adults, not just a kiddie-flick.
I can't wait to see it (and will hopefully catch it in theater with friends this coming weekend).
But there are a couple mysteries:
- Why did so few people go see it opening weekend? In particular, it earned less than 1/6th the revenue of this stunningly bad stinker: 
- Why the need for two near-identical trailers?  Are we Americans really that dimwitted or provincial? (you'll understand what I mean when you compare the trailers)
I guess it's like the "Frozen" trailer that made me think it was a movie about a magic snowman and a reindeer.
tl;dr: Won't someone PLEASE make an Android Wear watch with a plethora of sensors, great exercise and sleep tracking, and integration w/ Google Fit & Apple Health?! I'd seriously pay $300+ for that.
--- - My Withings Pulse ran away at the gym and hasn't come back.
- My Resmed S+ sleep tracker now refuses to pair with my phone.
(admittedly, I do still have my Withings scale, so I guess I'm not totally 'alone' re trackers)
Understandably, I've been looking for another tracker to buy.
They refuse to integrate with Google Fit and charge $50/yr for you to download your own data. Bummer :\ And apparently their devices offer only mediocre sleep tracking.
Not great with sleep tracking (doesn't measure REM, and my sleep tracking experience w/ my Pulse was overall lackluster at best). Nice Android app, though, and integration w/ Google Fit :).
Tried the UP3, was really bummed with it. Among other things, it kept switching to sleep mode while I was typing away on my computer in the afternoon!
They do offer data export (yay!) and lots of great sensors, but their watch lacks even a basic wakeup alarm :( (though apparently they're working on it). And at least last time I checked, they weren't doing any better than the other companies at making useful, actionable sense of health data: http://www.adamlasnik.net/post/fitness-wearables-advice/
Still, the new'ish Basis Peak seems closest to what I'd like -- apparently good heart rate monitoring, strong sleep tracking, data export, compatibility w/ Google Fit, etc. But... in addition to the lack of a wakeup alarm, there's one other major ding: it's a watch, and I already have a watch I like (LG G Android Wear watch).
Given this, I'm really, really hoping that some company will step up to the plate and create an Android Watch that's an awesome activity and sleep tracker.
Yeah, I know that at least a couple Android Wear watches have heart rate tracking, but I'm not sure if any of them connect that data with Google Fit. And none of them have body temperature or other additional sensors to help w/ sleep tracking (e.g., REM detection and so on).
Keeping my fingers crossed, wrist and wallet ready.......... :)
Read this. Er, if you're hungry, wait 'til after you eat, though :).
Oh, and I've tasted jianbing a couple times (once in Beijing, once in the SF Bay Area) and I love it! A bit heavy, but such amazing texture and flavors...!
and , who may enjoy reading this article, too :-)
Who will do foundational research, and who will pay them? Why can't robots grab a cup of coffee? Military robotics: More killing, more lives saved, or both? Raiding university research teams for talent, ethical or unethical?
The NYT really doesn't delve deeply into these questions, but it's quite interesting nonetheless and sure makes you think about these and other weighty issues ;).
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P.S. -- As Inhyuk rightly notes, the photo is one I took of SEOUL, not HK; I had originally planned to highlight Seoul airfares, but found even less expensive options to HK... and forgot to change to an HK photo. Oops ;)
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Watch Paul dance with a zillion partners, and you'll notice something intriguingly... different.
Yeah, he dances a bit differently with each partner. Yes, each of the folks coming into his jam circle has a different style. But that's not what I'm talking about.
He's not showboating. He's not shouting "me, me, me, look at my awesome moves!" He's not trying to impress.
Rather, he's listening and he's having a conversation with each and every partner. That's fun. That's respect. And that's understated talent.
He's dancing with, not at.
Why am I emphasizing this distinction? Because nowadays, when most people look up "lindy hop" on YouTube, what they end up finding is competition clips. And yeah, they're fun; I like watching 'em sometimes, too. But they're scripted, they're designed to impress.
And while I respect competitions (and competed a ton as a pianist back in the day), I think the increasing emphasis on them nowadays in dance is leading us to forget some of the dance's core beauty: that of a conversation, of a special and often unexpected connection.
Or, as the late, great Frankie Manning once said, "they're three minute love affairs!"
Amen to that, and let's never forget it.
The clip above was recorded at the 2000 Swing Out New Hampshire camp (www.swingoutnh.com), a camp which is coming up on its 17th year and is renowned for its friendliness, talented teachers, and inspiring dancers (from beginner through super-advanced).
It features , who was one of my first-ever lindy hop teachers. And just to clarify, my thoughts on dancing and lindy hop and competitions are mine, not necessarily his :). And my persistent lack of dancing talent should not be a reflection on his fine teaching :p.
With my home Win8 desktop, I have an M-Audio USB "Fast Track Pro" thing, connected to two M-Audio AV40 speakers. A month or so ago, the speakers seemingly started crapping out at random times... crackling, or -- more often -- the audio just ceased and wouldn't come back on until I turned the speakers on and off.
So I bought and setup new M-Audio AV40 speakers because, hey, they sound incredible when they work.
Alas, same problem though! So something else is amiss, and I'm not sure how to start tracking it down. I'll probably try to swap out the USB cable first, but then I guess I need to buy a new USB audio thingy? And they're not cheap :\.
(BTW, just curious... do Macs have this same issue w/ IRQ conflicts? My Macbook is certainly far from crash free, but I don't remember having to deal with this IRQ stuff on it <sigh>. Then again, it has but 2 USB ports and certainly far fewer things connected to it...)
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