Taken on an iPhone 4S
Taken on an iPhone 4S
Rest in peace.
Last week, I decided to make a move on a decision I’d been debating for a while. I decided to get myself a fitness tracker.
I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for health metrics. I’m completely aware that gamifying parts of my life causes me to be a tad obsessive about them, but I feel that health is the one area where I could afford to be compulsively concentrating on improvement. I was a somewhat early adopter of Nike + iPod and continued using Nike+ to track my runs for six years. I’ve always felt that having my performance tracked gave me extra motivation to do better. In the last year, I’ve been using Sleep Cycle to keep track of my sleeping patterns.
So I decided to buy a Fitbit Flex.
Neither of these services were particularly intrusive or required much work on my part. Sleep tracking was a bit more intense than run tracking, because Sleep Cycle requires keeping my phone on my bed during sleep, but since both running and sleeping are activities with a definitive start and end, it wasn’t difficult to incorporate tracking into my routine.
Google’s new Material Design initiative is certainly promising. A coherent design across third party apps is something that Android has needed for a while. But Android has serious competition from the iOS ecosystem. iOS 7 has been out for less than a year, and already, almost all popular apps have adapted to the new design language and created their own designs that work well with the language of the new design. It will be interesting to see if Android’s ecosystem can step up to create an equally great end-to-end experience.
Here are some of the best-designed iOS 7 apps on my phone.
John Oliver’s excellent take on income inequality
74% of millennials, according to Reason, want the government to guarantee food and housing to all Americans.
So I got my hands on a friend’s DLSR…
It’s not that the government should never act in secret. Quite obviously that’s neither advisable nor practical. But when it comes spying on citizens by the government — which has the power to take away one’s life, liberty, and property — it would be irresponsible of us to assume that because our view is obscured, there is nothing to see.
At a cost of $600,000/mansion, it could also have been a basic income of $20,000/year for 30 years.
People always ask how do we pay for [basic income]? Well? That’s how we pay for it. We stop buying busted planes, and invest in society.
— reddit user mageganker
It’s a little simplistic, because at least at the outset there couldn’t have been a way to know that the F-35 program was going to be so disastrous. But now that it’s still being funded 7 years past its deadline, the point must be made.
There is a massive problem with how funding is allocated and viewed in this country. Military operations are necessary and always expensive, but the amount of overhead that this country tolerates for military projects, epitomized by projects like the F-35, is shockingly large compared to the money we would need to fix our societal issues. But military spending is approved every single time, while social investments are deemed “too expensive” and often — especially in the case of basic income — written off as somehow “socialist.”
The five Americans whose email accounts were placed on the list come from different backgrounds, and hold different religious and political views. None was designated on the list as connected to a foreign power. Some have come under sharp public scrutiny for their activities on behalf of Muslim-Americans, and several have been investigated by the government. But despite being subjected to what appears to be long periods of government surveillance, none has been charged with a crime, let alone convincingly linked to terrorism or espionage on behalf of a foreign power. Taken together, their personal stories raise disturbing questions about who the government chooses to monitor, and why.