Category Archives: Technology

Garmin Forerunner 35

So today is my first day wearing my new Garmin Forerunner 35 as opposed to my Fitbit, which is slowly falling apart.

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The Garmin has GPS (which my Fitbit does not), so I can finally get an accurate assessment of my walking distance.

Let’s give ‘er a roll and see how she does.

Edit: OH MY GOD THIS GIVES YOU SO MUCH COOL INFORMATION.

In GPS mode, it gives you a map of your activity.

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It also gives you a plot of your pace. I always wondered how consistent my pace was on a 15-mile walk. Turns out it’s pretty damn consistent.

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Heart rate! It was all over the place here. To be fair, though, my route was relatively up and down and had a decent number of stops at lights.

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Elevation change!

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This is freaking awesome. I love it.

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COMPY DEAD, YO

Ugh. So that new laptop I just bought?

Dead.

Died the same way as the first one.
Why is this happening in the busiest part of my freaking year.

Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Edit: Okay, fuck it, switching brands. Got an Acer. The keyboard feels like Jesus. It’s got an SSD so it starts up in like a nanosecond.

I’m digging it.

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What normal people use the “panorama” setting for:

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What I use the “panorama” setting for:

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I’m goddamn Ansel Adams.

Really?

Hey, so I’m in like the busiest part of the semester and what happens? My freaking laptop craps out on me.

Awesome.

Luckily, my wonderful husband was able to help bail me out today by going to Best Buy (while I panicked in my office and tried to use my office mate’s computer to get some work done) to pick up a new laptop for me. He then stayed and set it up while I tried to finish my work.

I love him so much.

2018 is trying to end me, I swear.

iPhone!!!!1!1!1!!!!1

GUYS GUYS GUYS

I GOT AN iPHONE! I finally got one after all these years!

Super stoked. Especially since good ol’ Galaxy can’t hold a charge at all anymore.

WOOT!

(I seriously don’t know what my obsession is with iPhones; I’ve just always wanted one.)

ELEVATORS GONNA ELEVATE

Who’s heard of a Paternoster Lift?

I certainly hadn’t. But this YouTube vid was in my recommended list, so I gave it a watch:

It’s basically a continuous loop of “boxes” that act as an elevator as the loop lifts the boxes up and then spins them back around to the bottom.

From watching the video, I can see why these aren’t installed anymore for safety reasons. Still, though…it would be fun to ride in one and see what it’s like.

Tee to the Hee

This review is hysterical.

I need these headphones.

(Mom, do not buy these for me!)

Claudia vs. Emojis: Part II – I Sort Through This Shit So You Don’t Have To

Hi.

So as you all probably know, if I talk a lot about a certain thing, it’s either because I really love it or really hate it.

I leave it to you to decide in which of those categories emojis belong.

But anyway. For shits n’ giggles, I decided to see if there was some master list of Samsung emojis because I have no life and no hope of ever having a life.

And is there?
WHY OF COURSE THERE IS.
Let’s look at some of these buggers, shall we?

Mwah.
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I SAID MWAH!
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MWAH, MOTHER FUCKERS!
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[why are there three versions of this? Do these really represent three distinct emotions?]

50 Shades of Water Polo
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BEEMOJI
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[god there are so many of these damn things]

It’s a scroll. It’s just a scroll. That’s its name. “Scroll.” I’m pretty sure the emoji creators were on drugs when they made this and actually don’t honestly know what it should have been, ‘cause how in the fuck…
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Clippy
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CLIPPY’S PARENTS
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What are these for? Why are these here? What has my life become?
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THIS IS WHY YOU HAVE A KEYBOARD WHAT IN THE SHITTING SHIT
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I CAN’T
I’M DONE

Heyyyyyyyyy I got new headphones!

Check ‘em out.

They’re Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth headphones and they’re super nice. They’re not noise-cancelling, but they still do a pretty good job of blocking out other sounds.

They also have, like other Bose headphones I’ve tried, really good bass. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s definitely there and you can definitely feel it in certain songs.

I really dig these. If you’re looking for headphones and are cool with a pair that are about $200, give these a try!

 

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So you all saw my glowing review of the Sennheiser headphones that Nate got me a while back.

I still totally love them.

So Nate, don’t take this as a knock against those headphones. I just…I have a problem.

Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
There was a demo pair of these at Costco in Lewiston. Very surround-sound heavy and super comfortable.

Sennheiser HD 598 Over-Ear Headphones
Now that I’ve got some incredible Sennheisers, I want all the Sennheisers.

Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Headphone
ALL THE SENNHEISERS.

I mean, like, what if there’s a more optimal way to hear Sleepyhead? What if there is some subtle beat or slur or riff that I’m missing but would send my brain into the stratosphere of happiness if I were to hear it? It’s not too far-fetched; every time I “upgrade” to a new set of headphones, I get a little bit more joy out of that song.

NAD – VISO HP50 (Red)

Master & Dynamic MH40 Over Ear Headphone
I’m sorry, I still love these. They’re gorgeous. It’s been so long since I’ve tried them in person (haven’t been able to find them since) that I can’t remember if they actually sounded as good as I remember, but they might have. And they’re gorgeous.

 

If I had infinite money and infinite ears…oh, the things I could listen to.

Readers digest what?

It’s like 3 AM and I’m staying up all night so that my mom and I can leave early in the morning to go back to Moscow for a bit. I’m bored and shockingly don’t feel like listening to music, so here are my results from a 1-minute typing test.

118 ain’t bad I guess.

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So, does anyone have a cool $3,000 that they’d like to use to buy me this? Haha.

I’d be all over this thing. I love his reaction; mine would probably be similar.

Can you imagine Sleepyhead blasting out of this? With that chorus?

Dudes.

Boston Dynamics, u ok?

WHY
WHY DO THEY KEEP MAKING
INCREASINGLY
MORE
TERRIFYING
ROBOTS
?

Like, I get the whole robot thing. New technology is great! But good lord, put a cheerful sunbonnet on it or something so that it doesn’t look like it’s about ready to murder a family.

Hahaha, 0:19: angry figure skater is angry.
1:10: “I stuck the landing…HAHAHA SCREW YOU, PARENTS, I’M OUTTA HERE”

 

iPod Appreciation Day

Well hi there.

It’s my birthday, blah, blah, blah.

(It’s also Mayor Nenshi’s birthday, though, which is much cooler!)

But EVEN COOLER is the fact that I’ve owned my little iPod Touch now for a total of 5 years. That’s a long time for me to have an electronic, and a long time, in my opinion, for an iPod of mine to last, considering how many walks I’ve taken it on and just how much it gets used.

It gets used a lot. In hot weather, in Tucson’s version of hot weather (100 or so), in cold weather, in Calgary’s version of cold weather (-15 or so), in rain, in Vancouver’s version of rain (never-ending torrential downpour), in snow, on the bus, in the gym…and currently, it’s running with its screen on for anywhere between three and four hours per day (for the iTreadmill app to be tracking).

I don’t know the exact mileage because the universe ate my 2012 walking data, but just a rough guesstimate based on 2013-2016 puts my total mileage on this iPod well over 6,000. That’s pretty impressive for a little device like that.

So yeah. I just wanted to acknowledge the awesomeness of my iPod.

And to remind myself that while we tend to overlook it just because it’s a pretty constant and common thing in our lives, technology like this is really pretty damn amazing.

Sennheiser HD 231i: A Review

Nate got me an early birthday present today: a pair of new headphones! Specifically, a pair of Sennheiser HD 231i (which is apparently not available in the US??).

Anyway, we were at a Best Buy looking for a headphone/microphone combo for Nate’s brother, and I of course wandered over to the “music headphones” section of the store. That’s where I saw these Sennheisers.

Honestly, my first impression was that this tiny pair seemed rather out of place alongside the other Sennheiser models, which all looked capable of space travel. That impression remained as I picked up the demo pair from the little rack. They were super light. As in, “light as my $5 Walmart headphones” light.

But the sound was awesome.

I’ve never owned Sennheisers, but I’ve only ever heard good things about them. And the demo pair did not disappoint with the music selection that it had. But how would they fare with my music?

  • Sleepyhead (Passion Pit) – Even though I have quite a few songs that are higher on my Top 50 list than Sleepyhead, this is still my standby “test” song for any new headphones. And the HD 231i passes the test of making the amazing chorus sound just as amazing as it should. The bass is heavy but not too heavy, and it doesn’t overwhelm everything else.
  • O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen) – The voices in the choir sound very bright and “unique,” as in it’s like you can hear the individual people but it still all blends together. It’s almost like you’re listening to them live.
  • Act My Age (One Direction) – I like a pair of headphones that lets me hear a part of a song that I can’t hear with other headphones. I was unaware of this until I tried this song with the Sennheisers, but there’s this really cool bass slur behind the first “I won’t act my age” in the chorus that really makes the song like 50% better to me. So that’s pretty snazzy.
  • Hide and Seek (Dan Wright cover) – I’M GONNA CRAP MY PANTS the bass sounds so good. That’s probably because you’re able to hear all of Wright’s iterations of the song together—the bass parts, the treble parts, and everything in between—so nothing is too overwhelming.

Conclusion: no, I’m not getting paid by Sennheiser. I really, honestly like these headphones. I’m no audiophile or anything and I’m pretty sure I’ve blasted boulder-sized holes through my eardrums over the years, but I appreciate how balanced the sound is from these. I like headphones with a lot of bass, but pretty much every other pair of headphones I’ve tried that has that nice bass sacrifices the sound of everything else to achieve it. These don’t. That’s awesome.

Get ‘em.

ZOMGGGGG20

How was it that I’d never found this website until just now?

I’m going to read everything on it.

Everything.

I’m still hunting for the perfect headphones for me, if there is such a thing.

Smart?

Aw hell, guys, I got a smart phone!

Well, Nate got it for me ‘cause he’s TOO NICE, but now I’m not stuck with my old slide phone thingy. The new phone is not an iPhone, but a Samsung Galaxy S6. There are no iPhones with the plan that works best up here for me (unlimited US texting so I can talk to my mom, plus unlimited data). But this phone is pretty awesome! I tried taking a picture of it so that you could see the pretty dark blue color of it, but I couldn’t get it to show up very well. So here’s a picture (from here) of a phone where you can see the color.

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Now I have CONSTANT INTERNET ACCESS.

I may die.

Edit: Customized it so that it’s super ostentatious.

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ZOMG IPHONE

DUDE, the new iPhone is the best ever and I want it.

Elaboration:

I’ve wanted an iPhone for quite some time now, as you all know. However, I haven’t really enjoyed the trend of them getting larger with each new model. Like, by the time we get to the iPhone 10, it’s going to be the size of a surfboard at this rate.

BUT.

The iPhone SE is awesome. Why?

1. It’s tiny. Well, not tiny, but smaller than the iPhone 6 monstrosities.

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2. It’s shaped like the iPhone 4. I LOVE THE SHAPE OF THE IPHONE 4.

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3. It’s way more up to date software-wise than my iPod. Which is a pretty easy thing to be, considering my iPod is from 2012 and the software stopped updating like a year and a half ago. Yeah.

I want it. But the company I’m planning on using once I finally upgrade to a smartphone doesn’t have iPhones as options. And the phone itself, without a plan, is $700.

So that’s not happening, unfortunately.

Fitbit vs. iTreadmill

Yo, people! So as I mentioned on “Fake Christmas” day, My dad got me a Fitbit ‘cause he knows I’m obsessive about tracking stuff (also I think he got one for himself, too, ‘cause he used to have a Nike one awhile back that’s probably dead by now).

Anyway, I decided to go for a walk today and compare what Fitbit said to what my iTreadmill app said.

So here we go!

Mileage
iTreadmill: 11.00
Fitbit: 11.01

Steps
iTreadmill: 24,240
Fitbit: 23,473

Time
iTreadmill: 175 minutes
Fitbit: 207 minutes

Calories Burned
iTreadmill: 702
Fitbit: 2,420

The mileage and steps aren’t too different from one another, which is surprising, ‘cause I can’t calibrate Fitbit to my stride (but I’ve done so for the iTreadmill app). The time for the Fitbit is longer because it doesn’t shut off when I stop moving. The iTreadmill app does (which I kind of like better, ‘cause then I know how much time I actually spent moving rather than just standing at intersections, in line at the grocery store, etc.). The calories are the biggest difference, but that’s because the Fitbit tracks “resting” calories burned as well, so the 2,420 is what it thinks I’d burned up until the walk, and then on the walk itself (I don’t think I burn nearly that many calories in a day. My body doesn’t manufacture it’s own heat, dude).

But the best part about the Fitbit is that it tracks your heartrate, which is something the iTreadmill can’t do. So if I’m not going to use it as my “official” tracker for steps/mileage, I can at least use it to track my heartrate.

YAY!

Glitchin’

WELL WE BROKE THE iPAD CALENDAR AGAIN.

We went far enough back in time that Apple forgot how the year worked.

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Where’s April and May, Apple? Where’s April and May? And why does February have 31 days?