Android Convert

I used to think of myself as an avid Blackberry user. And then I met the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate…

Android is the future. You’d be the wiser for realizing it sooner rather than later. :)

I’m not even going to try to sell you on Android. It sells itself.

-JS

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Stem Cell Halt

I was so excited by President Obamas reinstatement of federally funded stem cell research last year that, in a fit of passion, I almost threw myself into research full time to take advantage of the success. I know that research is not my destiny now, but the milestone in the blurring boundaries between science and politics gave me reassurance that maybe the guys running our country aren’t idiots after all. That is, until I read the news today: Court Halts Stem Cell Expansion.

WTF, seriously.

Do the courts want to push our country further and further behind Europe and Asian in science? Because they are sure doing a hell of a good job what with virtually eliminating caps on campaign fund raising and now this.

I’m too upset to do justice to this post now but I’ll add some thoughts in a few days when more on this court “halt” comes out.

-JS

Windows 7

On a separate note, I just installed a very cheap professional version of Windows 7 thanks to my hook-ups at school (wink, wink) and it seems great so far. Multi-tasking is a dream come true, interface is easy to use and clean looking, lots of neat little extras I haven’t delved into yet. My games seem to run just fine also. How does everyone like Windows 7 so far?

Statistical Running Machine

So I was reading the most recent cover story in Wired Magazine and, like a lame consumer, was persuaded to begin using the Nike/Apple Nike+ system. I didn’t have high hopes, but it’s only $30 for a shoe sensor and iPod adapter so I figured it wasn’t a huge loss. Looking at the statistics it also has shown to be a great motivator to keep up a vigorous running schedule. Win, win, I thought. Guess what? I absolutely LOVE it. Probably the best $30 I spent this year. My mile time has gone down a minute in a week and a half simply because I am more aware of how long and far I’m running. I’m not a great judge of distances just by using my eyes and intuition so this little thing I stick in my iPod is fantastic for that. Just the concept of being aware has made me excited to run now, not that running was torturous before or anything…

I recommend to everyone: runner and prospective runners alike. Very easy way to data-fy your running routine! Check out the Nike+ website for all the details on everything it has to offer. Recording your run times is just the beginning.

If you have shoes that aren’t Nike+ ready the little sensor stays put in between the tongue and shoe laces and still seems to present accurate distance information. I tested it today on a track.

Happy running everyone!

-JS