Life Tracking With Exist Io (Lifelogging)

Life Tracking With Exist Io
I’ve built up quite a collection of health and fitness apps over the last few years. MyFitnessPal (MFP) tracks my eating habits, Withings tracks my weight, my Apple Watch monitors my heart rate & my activities. All that data! So many apps to view it all. Well, not really. Thanks to Apple Health and everything starting to talk to each other, all these disparate services can share their wealth of data with each other. In summary, the heart of my system is Apple Health. I am sure if you are an Android user, then Google Health will probably do exactly...

What I've Been Playing - Level 0 (Backlog)

What I've Been Playing - Level 0
I haven’t really gotten into anything much recently. Instead, I tried to play everything at the same time, and got bored of it all before too long. I started Breath of the Wild, accidentally wiped my save file, started again then didn’t really go back to it. I played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for about 20 hours in the two weeks after it came out, then haven’t been back to it at all. Also on Switch I bought World of Goo, I am Setsuna, Disgaea 5, Minecraft and never really got into any of them. Whoops. Just need Stardew Valley...

Executive Order Ban The Beer First Month Goals Update (life)

Executive Order Ban The Beer First Month Goals Update
Over a month has passed since my last post, and in that time I have been (slowly) working towards those goals I mentioned. I didn’t go to the gym that much, but I have been doing exercises at home (and on the road) with the help of my girlfriend who does 30-60 minutes a day in our flat. I even have resistance bands, and a roller! I have almost completely stopped drinking beer. In fact, I lost 8lbs which I am absolutely attributing to the lack of hoppy-malty goodness. I don’t really even miss it that much… Which I thought I...

Fire Emblem Pokemon Snap (gaming)

Fire Emblem Pokemon Snap
What does Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright & Pokémon Snap have in common? I completed them both last week! [ Two more games off the backlog! The girlfriend and I played Pokemon Snap to the credits in one sitting, and I completed FE Fates Birthright on super easy n00b mode. Whatever… I am not ashamed, I was totally just playing for the story! Plus, I don’t have time for long-ass RPGs any more. So, having a way to breeze through the story was nice. Maybe one day I’ll go back and play Conquest & Revelations. Probably not though… A snippet of...

A Little Behind On The Blogs (Life)

A Little Behind On The Blogs
So I’ve been a lazy blogger recently. I should fix that. Probably London/Leeds Trip Berlin Christmas 2016 (Ok, not so lazy I write this at a McDonalds in Berlin.) Flavourly Thoughts. How my backlog is going / went in 2016. Plans for 2017/Tough Mudder

Seven Days (Health)

Seven Days
So, my first week didn’t start off that great. I ate pretty well for a few days (Vegetarian feta and squash tart was something on the menu I wouldn’t have otherwise tried!) then I got busy and everything went to shit. I have plans to balance this and prevent it from happening again. I have joined the gym! Again! (after cancelling about 3 months ago due to lack of time). This time I’ve paid upfront for a year… Motivation to go. Maybe. We’ll see! It’s not going to be that easy with me travelling around most weeks but I am...

Dragon Quest VII is too long, but that's OK (Gaming)

Dragon Quest VII is too long, but that's OK
I really want to love Dragon Quest VII, but I don’t have the time right now to do it justice and it upsets me. I’ve finished Dragon Quest IV & V for the 3DS and I jumped head first into this one when it came out in September because it seemed right up my alley. Going back to it, I can see this is a quintessential JRPG from an age when longer meant better. Unfortunately, my play style doesn’t match this anymore… It seems I prefer shorter RPGs, puzzle games, and racing games these days. I guess this matches the...

90 Days (Health)

90 Days
Since finishing uni last year and settling into a job I now spend considerable timing driving around the country. I haven’t been living the healthiest lifestyle for the longest time, but now it’s starting to show. And I hate it.. Being on the road quite a lot of the time is making it even worse. Did you know how fucking difficult it can be to eat well when you’re travelling? Holy shit. It’s hard! Before I went to uni in 2012 I lost quite a bit of weight by cycling a few times a week for summer. It was great, and I...

Raspberry Pi Spotify Jukebox (Projects)

Raspberry Pi Spotify Jukebox
Goal: To create a simple to use office based music jukebox that everyone can use and no-one can take overall control of. It needs to be clear, simple, and intuitive. It should be reliable, and not require manual intervention. Materials Raspberry Pi (I used a 3, probably could have used an older model) Speaker with aux-in (Could use Bluetooth, but to keep things simple I didn’t) Aux cable Software Raspbian Lite Mopidy Spotmop Plugin Spotify Premium Account Instructions Start by installing your Linux distribution of choice on your Pi. Head over to the Mopidy project page, and have a read...