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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Decker Creek Rail Trail

A couple things about Decker’s Creek.

When I was younger, Decker’s Creek was in terrible shape. I mean, really terrible. It was bright orange from mine runoff/acid mine drainage, and there wasn’t much life in there, and what was there, you expected to mutated.

After a LOT of work, the Decker’s Creek watershed is now thriving, and the rail trail along Decker’s Creek is (with the exception of the bit through Sabraton) gorgeous.

Pictures are marked with the GPS coordinates of where I stopped to take the pictures. Assuming all the GPS photos aren’t completely blurry and unrecognizable.

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Categories: Morgantown,Photos,West Virginia  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Input Needed: What Do You Call This?

A month or so ago, Michael and I had an argument about what you call an object such as the one he is standing next to here.

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One of us said, “trunk” and the other said, “stump.”

Who is correct (or is there a more accurate term)?

Also, one of us has a degree in Forestry.

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Categories: Fun & Games,Geek  

Weekend Ramblings: Rock City

This was actually a couple weekends ago, but, I forgot to post the pictures.

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Oops! Free Book

I somehow managed to pre-order two copies of Magic Rises.

Anyone interested? If you are, leave a comment. I’ve got ONE book, so first response gets it.

On a related note, why the HELL do these books come out on a MONDAY? I received Magic Rises AND Kitty in the Underworld, but as I need SLEEP, I can’t read EITHER right away, because both are books I’ll almost certainly read straight through in one sitting.

Damnit.

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Categories: Books & Reading  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pedometer Testing: Results

I think that I’ve generated enough data now.

total steps total difference thu - mon

Couple things: where the pedometer is placed affects the step count. I wore the pedometers in several configurations: on my waistband, in my pocket and a combination of both. When they were on my waistband together (Friday), the Omron and the Pulse gave the closest results. When in my pocket together (Monday), the Pulse had a slightly higher count than the Omron.

time period steps thu - mon

The Fitbit always had a higher count, averaging 800 steps more than the Omron. (The Pulse averaged 15 steps more than the Omron.)

The Pulse and the Omron were relatively close in counting active minutes, with the Pulse being higher, due to the fact that you have to be active for ten minutes before the Omron starts that time.

A couple things I didn’t mention previously:

The Pulse has the ability to measure pulse rate. You hold the device between your fingers, cycle through the menu until you find the heart (pulse rate) icon, touch that icon and it measures your pulse through your finger. If you have the Pulse in the wrist band for sleeping, make sure the device is resting over the pulse point in your wrist and start the measurement.

heart rate

It looks like the measurements are relatively accurate on average, but not very precise for any single measurement. The chart is hard to read, but I would take several measurements, one right after the other. The results are clustered around what should be the correct value, but can fluctuate wildly.

I’ll probably play with the pulse measurement more in the coming days, but for now, I’m not that impressed with it. Which is fine, because I wasn’t that interested in that option.

The battery life on the Pulse is nowhere close to as long as the battery life of the FitBit, however, on a positive note, the way it charges, through a short mini USB cable, means I’m less likely to forget to put it back on. (I had to resort to charging the FitBit at work, and taking off my shoes and putting the charging station on my shoe, to remind me to put the thing back on.) I also like the charging monitor better, and think I won’t have the same charging issues I did with the FitBit (sometimes I would put it on the charging station, and it wouldn’t charge, or the display wouldn’t update to show me that it was charging, so I generally had to fuss with it).

Another point in the favor of the Pulse is that it’s a brand new device and so the phone and web applications are still being developed, and one of the things that will be added is the ability to download your data as a CSV file. I have NEVER been happy with the fact that FitBit wanted to charge you a subscription to download YOUR OWN DATA, and that the data is “allowed” you to have was in no way the full data set you created.

I am hoping that the data set the Pulse generates will be closer to that created by the Omron. I’ll let you know how that one goes as well.

One additional thing I haven’t tested is wearing the Pulse while hiking and biking. I’ll be curious to see how accurate that data is compared to the data generated by my new Oregon.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Pedometer Testing Continues

No updates yesterday, because yesterday was all napping and reading.

total steps wed sun

The FitBit continues to significantly over-count steps. The Pulse vacillates around the total for the Omron, sometimes over, sometimes under. Interestingly, for the entire time period, the Pulse averaged out to one step more than the Omron. The FitBit averages 783 steps more than the Omron.

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The FitBit is obviously delusional with regard to Active Minutes.

totals chart thur sun

I’ll be very interested to see today’s totals.

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Categories: Geek  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Non-Geek Wear: Shiny Baubles

When we were at Wheeling, we wandered into the glass museum (against my better wishes, I might add, since Michelle + Breakable Stuff = Trouble Found. There, I saw Fenton Glass Beads.

I usually pick jewelry because I find it interesting or amusing, but these I liked just because they are pretty.

When we were at the Ripley Craft Fair, Fenton had a table that was staffed by two of the women who paint the beads.

I made Michael buy me some.

This was the bead that pushed me over the edge.

9/16'' dia. Bead ''Beach Buddies''

Of course, I had to get the sesquicentennial bead:

WV 150th Mountain Heritage Bead

I couldn’t get just two, now could I?

So I now have five hand-painted Fenton glass beads, and want more, because they’re gorgeous, and they’re made here in West (by God) Virginia.

Gotta support the state economy, right?

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Categories: West Virginia  

Friday, July 19, 2013

Pedometer Testing: Summary So Far

Obviously, I need more data points.

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WOW.

Here are the end of the day totals:

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active minutes wed fri

Average of Differences Wed – Fri

Steps
FitBit: 774
Pulse: -559

Active Time
FitBit: 230
Pulse: 20

A quick note about Active Time. You have to be moving for ten minutes before the Omron begins to count active time, so it won’t count any walk 9 minutes or shorter, no matter how quickly I walk. For the FitBit, I combined Fairly Active and Very Active minutes; for the Pulse, I combined moderate and intense activity, although over the three day span I had less than 5 minutes of “intense activity.”

I think that the Pulse is correct in the amount of “intense activity” I had. I was pretty lazy this week during my walks.

Also, I’m not quite done today–I still have laundry and a couple other chores that will have me up and moving around. So I’ll look at this again tomorrow.

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Pedometer Testing: Day Three

YAY! More data!

I wore three pedometers today: my regular FitBit, the Pulse, and the Omron. Again, I set the Omron as the standard against which the other two were judged.

All three pedometers were worn on my waistband.

Here are the totals over the course of the day:

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(I noted what I was doing during the time periods. If not noted, assume mostly sitting around. I noted the driving solely because none of the pedometers gave me any steps while I drove, which is good.)

Here are the steps and differences each time period:

time period chart fri

Tomorrow, I’ll get my end-of-the-day counts for the three days, and see how things came out at the end of the day.

And NOW, I am going to attempt to enjoy the start of my weekend.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pedometer Testing: Day Two

I’m going to update this through the course of the day.

I’m wearing the Withings and my beat-up FitBit next to each other, clipped to my belt. The Omron and the old FitBit that don’t hold a charge are inside a cargo pocket.

Yes, I AM putting this into Excel, calculating the differences, and I’ll probably make a chart of it. Like I do.

I WILL DO SCIENCE TO IT

FitBit = clipped to belt
Pulse = clipped to belt
Omron = in pocket
FitBit 2 = in pocket

8:15 AM
FitBit: 1099
Pulse: 912
Omron: 1013
FitBit 2: 1147
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