• Interview with Shuvadeep Sarkar, co-inventor of the ReTiSense Stridalyzer

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    I bought an elliptical machine about five years ago and use it a couple times a week. One of the big reasons I decided to go for the elliptical machine was the almost negligible risk of injury. But recently, I started toying with the idea of adding some running to my routine for the increased activity and high-impact bone strengthening. I did some research on how to get started with running, including the “right” running form. There’s a lot of confusing, even conflicting, information out there. I even found myself with a pair of running shoes in my online shopping cart, but backed out, too scared to pull the trigger. I know running isn’t rocket science, but I started to feel discouraged with the learning curve before even starting. Inertia was pushing me towards giving up and just sticking with my elliptical.

    About a week later I was talking with Shuvadeep Sarkar, a former colleague. As luck would have it, the startup he had co-founded, ReTiSense, was developing a wearable running product called Stridalyzer. I was pretty excited after hearing about it, and asked Shuvadeep if he would mind doing an interview for WickedGlitch. The transcript is below. Continue reading “Interview with Shuvadeep Sarkar, co-inventor of the ReTiSense Stridalyzer” »



  • Amazon Fire TV Stick Review

    When Amazon announced their Fire TV Stick, I immediately snagged one. Unboxing and first thoughts below.

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    Facts

    On first boot, my wireless was easily detected and a software update was downloaded.

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    On reboot, I was treated to a cute 5-minute video explaining the Fire TV Stick‘s operation.

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    The Amazon Fire TV Stick does a good job playing Netflix, Hulu, and of course Amazon Prime videos. The UI while navigating through Amazon’s content is silky smooth.

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    But swiping through Netflix and and Hulu’s titles is a little sluggish; better than my Samsung Smart TV but nowhere near as nice as my Roku. Nonetheless, all the streaming video plays in HD without hiccups.

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    There is a fairly wide selection of games, but most of them require Amazon’s Fire Game Controller (sold separately). Those that work with the included Bluetooth remote (no line-of-sight required) work well.

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    The Verdict

    In short, the Fire TV Stick is…. pretty much exactly what you’d expect: a solid, cheap entry into Amazon’s content library. If you caught the special $20 pricing for Prime members, it’s a steal. At the normal $40 price, I’d probably pay a little more for a Roku.



  • Pagan delivers opening invocation at county school board

    A while back, Pagan David Suhor delivered the opening invocation at an Escambia County School Board meeting in Florida. I re-watched the video recently and was struck again how hilarious it is watching these Christians squirm at being forced to endure a prayer of (gasp) a religion that is not their own!

    At the beginning of the video, several of the council members walk out of the room. Others remain, but look incredibly uncomfortable throughout the invocation. This is a great video to keep in mind when Christians use the “even if you don’t believe, you can just sit quietly through the prayer” line. Suhor says it best himself:

    “In a way I would like for other people to experience what it’s like when I go to a meeting and am asked to pray against my conscience.”

    Of course, this is what the Supreme Court has wrought with its Galloway decision, which upholds the constitutionality of prayers at city council meetings, but only if they are open to all religions and non-religions.

    via Friendly Atheist