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I make things on the web, mobile and in the actual world.

I've done lots of bits and bobs over the years, and right now I'm mostly working on this.

I enjoy speaking about things I like, most recently this. You can email me if you'd like, and I'm on twitter.

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Epic kid time - irresistable artifact

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28th Oct 2009, 15:19   comments (4)

Nerdercise Fitness training (underpants optional)

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Over the years I've had gym contracts, gone running, tried to cycle more often. I even tried skipping once. Nothing really worked for me, mainly because it was really boring. Then there is the tedium of actually having to *go* somewhere to exercise, a total pain. For the last 5 years or so I have mostly worked from home. That situation has an implicit proximity to snacks, and a marked lack of reason to shift ones arse very often.

I've kind of figured out a method that works for me. It works for me because it takes advantage and makes virtue of my nerd-like existence. I started about a month ago and am much fitter, happier and healthier. Here's all you need:
  • an exercise bike (mid range, about £100, Amazon)
  • a pair of 4.5kg dumbells(turned out I only need the one so give me a shout if you want the other)
  • 5lb ankle weights (optional but v. useful)
  • Underpants (optional, but I recommend them and hey, if you're like me you're probably sitting in them right now so, handy!)
  • a computer
  • the internet
  • a printer (or access to one)
  • favourite TV shows (the more mega-movie length the better, The Wire/Sopranos/West Wing ideal at 40 minute + run-time)
  • a floor
  • video player software
Every day at what would otherwise be my lunchtime (no-one else is really working at 1pm so you're unlikely to miss many emails) I wheel out my bike, plonk it in front of my monitor and load up the latest episode of Dexter, Mad Men, House, Fringe, Flash Forward etc.

For the next 35 minutes I am mostly unaware of my body churning through 15km of cycling, sweat dripping, and the 350 calories burned as I focus on the show. The cycle finished I go to the printed sheet of where I am in my 100 Push-ups or 200 Sit-ups schedule (I alternate each day) and start doing them on the floor in front of my computer (I have a mat but you don't really need one). After each rep (less than 30 seconds each) you rest for 60 seconds, during which I re-focus on the show (I've been listening of course) and then continue to finish.

This puts you almost perfectly at the end of a 42 minute show. On the weekends I switch to shows like Community, Californication and Bored to Death as they are shorter at 25-30 minutes and so I get a bit of a workout  but nothing too strenuous (I don't do pushups/situps on the weekend).

After a week or so your brain should have conflated exercise with TV Nerd pleasure, so you find yourself looking at the time to see if you can get your bike out. Heck, sometimes I can't stand the anticipation so get it out early (have you *seen* the latest episode of Mad Men!?). As opposed to *any* other exercise routine I've tried to get into in the past (skateboarding excluded - aside from the pain that's pure pleasure for me) this one has actually worked. Not only is daily exercise of greater than 30 minutes part of my routine, it is something I both look forward to and find pleasurable. And there you have it, being a TV nerd could be the best thing that's happened to your general health and well-being since those 3 evenings you made it to the gym you still pay for and never visit.

Regents Canal Geocaching fun

My friend Robski and I had a brilliant day yesterday, cycling about East
London and doing a spot of geocaching. We only had a couple of hours but
had lunch, coffee's and found 3 cache's. What was so cool was seeing
that someone had been at each of them that same day :D
26th Oct 2009, 09:10   comments (4)

Urban Land Art - Anna Garforth

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I met Anna today whilst I was doing the Regents Canal geocaching route with my friend Robski. We were just coming back from the Victoria park cache when we saw her affixing leaves to the railing. She has done one full piece so far in Stoke Newington, spelling out the word 'Change', and I didn't think to ask her what this one is going to be!

There is an artist named Richard Shilling who does some absolutely amazing work with natural objects, do have a look at his photostream. I love how Anna's work takes place in urban surroundings, with both the materials and the location ensuring that the pieces only 'live' for a few days - there's something perfect about the transience through the materials.
25th Oct 2009, 18:07   comments (5)

a picture for you

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Awesome seeing this up there next to knonose's work./
25th Oct 2009, 17:21   comments (0)

Snappy snaps use Ubuntu!

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Was getting some printing done yesterday when I noticed their kiosks run Ubuntu, too cool.
15th Oct 2009, 14:09   comments (0)

Haircut - after - Quifftastic

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14th Oct 2009, 14:57   comments (5)

Haircut time - before

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14th Oct 2009, 11:40   comments (1)