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Greg Slocum
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Easily program cycling workouts with ipbike on your Android phone. You need a heart monitor at minimum and a power meter adds huge functionality, tho ipbike can guesstimate your power outdoors.

Simple 3 step program says:

1) work until heart is above 144bpm (top of my zone3)

2) goof off until heart is below 127bpm (bottom of my zone 3)

3) repeat those two steps for an hour

The workout gives you visual, verbal and other auditory cues to keep you on track, and each step turns into a lap by itself. You really don't have to look at the phone, but i usually do anyways.

The plots are a result of this workout on an indoor trainer with a knob to adjust power absorption. One shows the ride plot (heart / power / cadence vs time) from ipbike (free for quite a while and almost free after that) on Android, the other shows intensity and duration plotted over my historical data to help me put the ride into perspective (Golden Cheetah is GPL and free on Linux, Windows and Mac).
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When ants eat oregano roots, oregano tries to poison them. If the ants are immune, oregano summons these butterflies chemically, who then lay eggs and scent them as ant grubs. The ants take them to their nest, where the larvae make queen noises to establish superiority while decimating the entire colony's brood for lunch before escaping. They say 1/4 of butterfly larvae interact with ants, and this particular life style has evolved independently at least 14 times among this butterfly family!

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If you have an Android 4.0+ phone, you probably want one of these. It's a USB hub which connects to your phone via a MicroUSB.

Newer Androids can act as a USB host using an "OTG" style microUSB adapter. This USB hub has one built in, and is light and cheap. This is an ELECOM U2HS-MB01-4BBK, but i'm sure there are others.

One of the biggest showstoppers keeping me from replacing laptops with a phablet has been the lack of I/O. Access to memory other than microSD and copying files between USB memory devices required a laptop. This hub solves those problems. It enables the use of standard PC USB keyboards and mice, too. Excellent! :)
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Prepare for a treat! :)

The piano improvisations which flow thru my friend +joost boerhout amaze me. He was kind enough to share these five pieces with me as a personal favor. Eventually i felt guilty hogging them, so he said i could share them.

Joost would also like to know your impressions of the pieces. Music strikes us differently. Please tell him by commenting below! :)

Note: Starting "play" doesn't always work the first time from my phone. Google? My provider? Dunno. Maybe it's just me. The time starts advancing if i "pause" and "play" once tho, if you have trouble.

Also, F1 has a few seconds of silence at the beginning and starts out quiet. No worries. It's worth the wait. :)

The whole Google Drive folder is at: http://goo.gl/eLY8sC

Individually the files are:

http://goo.gl/fg2iEM F1_n.mp3
http://goo.gl/xHVMrF F2_n.mp3
http://goo.gl/1ZIESm lully.mp3
http://goo.gl/7qEaPD ChopinP20ThatGotAway.mp3
http://goo.gl/J4bD5r The Path_mixdown1_01.mp3

F1_n and F2_n self whelped as the playing began, as did the expanded ending after Chopin's Prelude 20. :D

Lully.mp3 is Jean-Baptiste Lully's Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs sythesized (biasing description deleted). :D

"The Path" is a synthesized idea Joost toyed with. Three notes affected him a certain way, and that's what happened. I want to say it is a little more late night, but perhaps not. You decide! :)

Don't forget to comment! :)
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Best wishes for the coming year! :)

#pianomusic  

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 Superposition lost.
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Look at that! These guys actually mailed me this thing from England! For free! Erm... well... i had to climb the freakin' hills on my bicycle. Is that still free? :D
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These aren't special peaches. They're just peaches. 480 yen for 2. That's about $2.40 each. In my book, that's insane. How much are peaches in America now?
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Someone please tell me what the hell a hearty toilet is? :D
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Yes, those wheels are different diameters. Standard 700x25c road fare on the front, 26" mountain bike in the back. Road caliper in the front too, but the worn cantilever brake pegs are no longer used. Some drilling required. :D

Other notable specs: friction shifters, 24t small chainring, 12-30t 10spd cassette, 7spd derailers, 25 year old glued together aluminum and steel frame.

#frankenbike
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2014-07-03 Bicycle Hilarity
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