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Geek Heaven!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Yes, it's a sad insight into the human condition to witness how material things can bring us such pleasure......BUT I AM REALLY DIGGING MY IPHONE 5 AND ALL ITS GEEKY APPS!!!!!

Some of you remember my existential angst from last week when I witnessed how totally inadequate my stone-age iPhone 4 was in the spin class I took where a guy was sporting an iPhone 5 on the bike next to me (

So this past weekend I upgraded my phone (and for anyone considering this, I also sold my iPhone 4 on line for $225 which more than made up for the upgrade....I used and had it sold in less than 24 hours!) I also ordered up a nifty new Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor from Amazon, the Polar H7

Then I downloaded the Digifit App on to my phone ( ) and voilą, today I took them all for a test drive during spin class....I was in Geek Heaven!

No more puny, single digit readout of just your heart rate! No more squinting down at a watch display to see what zone I'm in! Today I had bright, technicolor charts painting the total picture at a pedal-by-pedal glance!

I don't know how I ever forced myself to exercise before under such barbaric conditions! How in this techno-logic age could I suffer from such a dearth of instantaneous information, at a glance, at my fingertips!

Needless to say I am shamelessly impressed by all this. It appeals to me in a Rainman-esque infatuation with numbers, data, and tabulated information.....instead of collecting notebooks full of Judge Wopner's decisions, I love compiling charts and files with heart rates, miles, pace, cadence, weights lifted, etc, etc, etc.

I think this phone, blutooth HRM, and Digifit app combo has a lot more capability under its hood too. There are some pretty cool fitness test assessments it can run, there are map overlays for taking it out during runs or bike rides, even some pretty cool custom routines you can build.

So, more to follow....this isn't the last you'll hear me speak of this...but for now, this geek has to go get his steampunk goggles ready for his ultimate cosplay role during next week's DungeonCon....does anyone have some Vulcan ears I can borrow (PS, I can say that in Klingon AND Elvish!)

Have a great night Spark friends!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAJESTICWINDS09 3/5/2013 11:22AM

  Very cool post! ahh got to love technology! lol keep up the great work! emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/4/2013 11:56PM

    Sorry, can't lend you Vulcan ears. I'm better at sewing the costumes!

Have fun-
Karen in Canada

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HAKAPES 3/4/2013 9:28AM

I loved your check-in!

I'm in stone age compared to you, with my Nokia N8, Zephyr bluetooth heart rate monitor, and 2011 edition of Endomondo only showing my heart rate as a single digit!

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DDOORN 3/3/2013 7:29PM

    This past Nov. my son migrated up to the iPhone 5 and passed along his iPhone 4S to me for free...dumbphone no more! It sure is fun to play with all those apps. I love being able to read books on my phone. Used to read like a fiend when I was time as an adult. BUT: when waiting for this and that, which who isn't? Whip out the phone and read away! :-)


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GREENGENES 3/2/2013 9:56PM

    Yep. You've gotta love technology!

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/1/2013 5:34PM

    I really like that app and the new flexibility you have with your new gadgets. For us geeks, we can never be happy with what we have. I'm OK with my HRM, but I have to admit, I'm drooling over your new toys. I plan on getting an Android smartphone later this year, so maybe I'll upgrade to the H7 HRM and ask for that for a bday or Christmas present!

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KA_JUN 3/1/2013 3:25PM

    Dude...DATA. emoticon . That's sweet, I like the color chart, even though it's vaguely reminiscent of those much maligned threat levels we had. It's crazy how much data we can obtain and crunch nowadays.

Keep up the great work!

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BERGBA7 3/1/2013 1:48PM

    Very cool and as so often very funny blog!
You really pushed yourself in the red zone! Good for you!

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VHALKYRIE 3/1/2013 8:56AM

    Ooo!! I've been looking for a bluetooth device that I could sync with my iTouch! I'll see if this is compatible! I also need one for my bike, but still looking.

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PLMITCH 3/1/2013 8:42AM

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing. Will have to investigate some of these apps....

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GIANTMICROBE 3/1/2013 7:25AM

    I actually do have a pair of Vulcan ears you could borrow!

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PMRUNNER 3/1/2013 6:03AM

    Wow, I haven't seen anyone that excited since we brought a big box home that the kids turned into a huge fort! :)

Glad to see you have your new toy and that it is everything you wanted it to be. It looks like it gives you a lot of great feedback!

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IMREITE 3/1/2013 12:39AM

    if technology is enjoyable and it keeps you motivated then go ahead and enjoy!

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