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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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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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+Gwen Johnston​ Sadly, you can't charge the phone while you are using it if the micro USB port is the only way to charge your phone.
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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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I know that feeling. I've started out on a half marathon much too quickly, was done after 5 miles still 7 to go. I made it but with a lot of pain
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Someone please tell me what the hell a hearty toilet is? :D
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The hearty's unloading zone?
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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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+Jeana MACHA Atheist​ the really short answer: I pedal unless my feet are on the ground. That's just me though. :D
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Notice anything missing where the right shift key is supposed to be? WTF. How does a company spend enuf money to bring hardware to market and let a major fail like that thru? No doubt laid out by someone who has never typed on anything but a soft keyboard on a phone.

Three things to note here:

1) This backslash key doesn't actually do anything.
2) The key which usually gets confused with backslash doesn't do anything either.
3) They could have used the Fn key to put backslash anywhere, but it doesn't work either.

I'm amazed at the terrible user interface problems I see in Japan.

Lol, our microwave is a great example. Say you wanna cook something for 5 minutes on 500w. My nuker in America had two knobs: one for time, one for power. If the time wasn't zero and the door was shut, it was cooking. A simple, elegant, efficient interface.

This Japanese model has two twistable pushable knobs, two buttons, multi colored rings and bars all over the place, an LCD for displaying menus, etc. Here is how we do 5 min at 500w with this baby:

1) open and close door to wake it up, then wait for it to boot
2) push left combo knob to get a menu
3) twist to choose nuker menu
4) push to select it
5) twist to choose power
6) push to select it
7) twist a whole bunch to get to 5 minutes by 10 second increments
8) push the start button

Rant, rant, rant... :D
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Hahaha! :)
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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!
When pushed to the brink by ant invaders, oregano uses chemical warfare to call in butterfly reinforcements.
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+Alan Fossen​ Imagine somebody had actually designed such a thing. What would that somebody be like? That's horror movie material.
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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! :)

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+joost boerhout​​ Whatever it is, there better be a plan B! :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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Ahww, just looked up what a "land planarian" is, can't sleep now - jikes!
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Hahaha! That's hysterical. :D
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Does it get more deliciously wrong than editing big cycling navigation route XML files with VI on a phone using a soft keyboard?

It certainly feels awkward. The edit consisted of keystrokes built into muscle memory which had to be translated into poking at a screen to toggle shift states, etc.

"Go to end of file, move up one line, drop a mark named 'a', search backwards for "ret>", find next occurance, delete all lines from here to where we dropped that mark (1184 lines deleted), save the file and exit" comes out to be:

Gkma?rte>
nd'aZZ

The notepad style editor i tried first just flat couldn't do it. With VIM, each step was responded to instantaneously. The whole edit took seconds.

Of course, it is silly that i have to edit a file in the first place. The cycling computer app i use can't make routes, but displays them fine. It chokes on the output of the best routing app i've found so far. They both work offline (out in the weeds away from cell towers), so we're good. :D
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Oh :) I have 6 rows in portrait. 
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