Man Spends 10 Years Illustrating His Book With MS Paint


Author and now illustrator Pat Hines wrote a book called Camp Redblood and the Essential Revenge which he felt needed illustrations, but he sucked at Photoshop and other digital art programs.

So Pat spent 10 years mastering the “classic” PC art program MS Paint so he could create his own artwork, and his perseverance paid off… More at Neatorama.

That is beyond bonkers, but still impressive in a quirky kind of way.

Fitness trackers accurately measure heart rate but not calories burned


A Stanford inquiry into the accuracy of seven wristband activity monitors showed that six out of seven devices measured heart rate within 5 percent. None, however, measured energy expenditure well…

…“People are basing life decisions on the data provided by these devices,” said Euan Ashley, DPhil, FRCP, professor of cardiovascular medicine, of genetics and of biomedical data science at Stanford. But consumer devices aren’t held to the same standards as medical-grade devices, and it’s hard for doctors to know what to make of heart-rate data and other data from a patient’s wearable device, he said… More at Stanford Medicine.

Seems that we have a long way to go in terms of how these devices can measure individuals.

I know a few people who wear an Apple Watch and the calories burned is markedly different between each person. It should of course be this way, but at times the differences are so different that they make little sense. At least the Apple Watch is the best for heart rate sensing I guess.


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Ticwatch 2 helps you beat your previous times and track your acheivements, all without a phone. Track various activities, set your workout goals, and start. Fitness watchface displays your current health information like heart rate, steps, calories burnt, and many more. Ticwatch 2 saves the activity to your phone and syncs it to Google Fit, Strava, and Runkeeper! More here.

I like the subtlety of the design.

The best sat navs you can buy


Sat navs are sometimes dismissed as old technology, but they do offer substantial advantages over just using your smartphone for directions.

Sat navs keep your hands free while driving and removed from any temptation to fiddle with your smartphone even when it is mounted, and prevents apps from interrupting or distracting from route guidance.

And the best sat navs will also have added speed camera data and live traffic updates to keep you up to speed on your journey.

Almost 50 per cent of people use a sat nav of some kind and new regulation is set to encourage people to learn how to safely use a sat nav as part of their driving test… More at The Telegraph.

A technology I once found to be one of the most useful and it still is, but why would you not use your phone instead?

Brik Book MacBook Pro case


Founded on Kickstarter in 2015, this brilliant Brik Book laptop case is designed to test the limits of your imagination. Compatible with LEGO™, Mega Bloks and KRE-O, you can create your own 3D, fully customized designs, and then make a new one the next day. Fun for kids and adults alike, never be “stuck” with plain old stickers again. (Briks NOT Included). Purchase at Amazon.

I am stuck between thinking it is silly and kind of liking it.

Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz, A Mechanical Watch In Standby Mode


A watch with a rectangular case, with rounded corners, featuring a glossy black dial. At first glance, it could be mistaken for a smartwatch on standby. But look a little closer, and it reveals itself to be a living watch, with a heart and soul: the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz from H. Moser & Cie. 100% mechanical. 100% Swiss. In this watch, the now iconic model features neither indices nor logo on its dial, proving that true luxury is unmistakable, and immediately identifiable, even without obvious marketing.

Looking like a smartwatch which is powered off or on standby, the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz from H. Moser & Cie. cultivates this ambiguity in irreverent fashion. Behind its contemporary design lies a 100% mechanical watch. The black dial — stripped not just of any signature, but also of its indices — is strictly minimalist. On this model, there is no interface: the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz is designed to display the time, something it does beautifully. Seemingly simple, it is anything but… More here.

H.Moser continues to troll Apple, but I must admit this is a very pretty design.