Tag Archive for ‘Joe Darnell’

Cardio > Everything Else ➝

Joe Darnell, regarding the Apple Watch’s fitness tracking:

For example, isometric exercises like push-ups and spider crawls aren’t accurately tracked because they burn calories at a different rate from standard cardio exercises like running and cycling. If I walk on an elliptical machine for thirty minutes, the Watch will accurately detail the calories burned and the minutes performed. If I’m bench pressing, then it will not accurately calculate the calories I’ve burned. My trainer who’s tried the Watch for himself says that it’s off by a long shot.

This is where trackers often lack. It’s not that the Apple Watch is inferior to other devices, it’s that tracking exercises from a person’s heart rate on the wrist isn’t accurately gathering data for a variety of muscle groups. The good news is that runners and swimmers have accurate tracking with devices like Apple Watch because their physical activity is primarily cardio in nature.

I’d love to see Apple address these issues, but I’m afraid it would involving having to input the type of exercise, number of reps, etc. into an application. That’s not ideal and requires a much more hands on approach to fitness tracking than cardio workouts do. But who knows, maybe Apple will come up with a clever way of determining most of that information without you needing to tap around on your wrist in between each set.

Joe does mention that he still starts a new workout on his Apple Watch every time he goes to the gym. Although it doesn’t accurately count calories burned, it does help him keep tabs on how much time he spends working out. Which actually might be a more important metric for many Apple Watch owners.

Focus Collection IV ➝

Another great wallpaper collection by Joe Darnell.

Astropad 1.1 Adds Pencil Support ➝

From FiftyThree’s news section:

We’re excited to announce our latest Pencil partner, Astropad, a beautiful graphic design app that lets you mirror your Mac screen right onto your iPad. Pair Pencil with Astropad to draw directly into Photoshop or any app on your Mac, and turn your iPad into a professional graphics tablet!

I hadn’t heard of Astropad until today, but the app looks quite slick and appears to be very highly reviewed. If I was in the market for a drawing tablet I’d probably lean in this direction instead of purchasing a kit from a company like Wacom. The convenience of being able to use devices I already own and the incredibly affordable pricing of the software would likely outweigh any of the benefits I’d receive from purchasing a dedicated device.

(Via Joe Darnell.)

The Apple Watch is Time, Saved ➝

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch:

People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to. A simple tap to reply or glance on the wrist or dictation is a massively different interaction model than pulling out an iPhone, unlocking it and being pulled into its merciless vortex of attention suck.

This reminds me of a recent piece by Joe Darnell where he explained why he wants an Apple Watch. His key point being that the Watch will give him more time to be productive by keeping all of the distractions of his iPhone at bay and making his interaction with iPhone-centric tasks more efficient.

Matthew Panzarino also had an interesting bit about the Watch’s battery life:

In a normal day of on-and-off use, the battery usually ends up at around 25 percent, which means that you should be able to make it through a full day. It only takes around two hours to charge fully.

This seems like a reasonable expectation for any device — hitting 20-25% on my iPhone by the end of the day is my typical experience, same goes for my iPad on days of heavy usage. Charging all of my devices every night has just become a part of my daily routine. The only downside I see is that, if I decide to get an Apple Watch, I’d need to find a physical location to keep the charger. And, my bedside table is starting to get a little cluttered with my keys, wallet, pen, iPhone, and iPad.

Podcasts That I’m Listening To

I’ve been listening to podcasts for nearly a decade, but I’ve never felt more out of tune with what shows I should be listening to (“should” because they’re too good not to). I think it has a lot to do with how seldomly the people I follow actually talk about and share what shows they enjoy. I don’t often hear anyone talk about other podcasts on the shows I listen to and there isn’t much discussion of podcasts among the Twitter users I follow. And, I think that’s a shame.

I fell in love with podcasting when Leo Laporte, the host of one of my favorite television shows when I was younger, started producing what was then known as Revenge of the Screensavers (later renamed This Week in Tech). The Screensavers had turned into Attack of the Show! at that point and had lost everything that made me fall in love with it. But, now I could listen to all of my favorite TechTV hosts talk about what I was passionate about — technology — and I could listen to it on my MP3 player on the bus ride to school. It was wonderful.

The subsequent several years was great for podcasting with dozens of incredible shows debuting that I’d hear about in the podcasts that I already listened to. But, now I don’t hear about other shows as often as I used to.

In an effort to understand how someone would solve this problem, I’ve had brief moments over the past several months in which I’d thought about what a podcast sharing service would look like. I thought about what a great developer would be able to do if they started with the idea that podcast enthusiasts could upload an OPML file of their podcast subscriptions. The developer of such a service could lobby podcast client makers to build functionality into their podcast clients that would make uploading an OPML file easy for users on mobile devices.

At that point the service could see what users with similar taste to you listened to and suggest shows based on that data. Users could highlight specific episodes to share that they especially enjoyed and recommend them on Facebook and Twitter.

I still believe that such a service should exist, but unfortunately I don’t have the time or the resources to build it. Maybe that’s something I could get in touch with a developer about at some point in the future. But, for now this idea will be relegated to living inside of a note in Vesper.

A couple of weeks ago I saw Joe Caiati published a link to Joe Darnell’s piece in which he published a sort of First & 20-style screenshot of his podcast subscriptions. And, in the absence of a service like the one described above I thought I’d do the same.

What I’m Currently Listening To

The subscription image below is simply a a pile of four screenshots of my Overcast subscriptions stitched together with Tailor. They are listed in alphabetical order as this is how Overcast dis plays them by default.

Overcast Subscriptions

Anxious Machine
by Robert McGinley Myers and guests

Board Games Weekly
by Dave Caolo, Erin Doland, Matt Donle, Aaron Mahnke, and Darren Moser

By The Way, in Conversation with Jeff Garlin
with Jeff Garlin and guests

Candyology 101
by Cybele May and Maria Smith

DH Unplugged
by John C. Dvorak and Andrew Horowitz

Diagnostics & Usage
by Joe Caiati and Cody Coats

Flip the Table
by Chris Michaud, Jered Hunnefeld, Flip Florey, and Chris Barter

Home Work
by Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo

Jordan, Jesse GO!
by Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris

Never Not Funny
by Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap

No Agenda
by Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak

Roderick on the Line
by Merlin Mann and John Roderick

The Talk Show
by John Gruber and guests

Talkin’ Toons
with Rob Paulsen and guests

This Week in Tech
by Leo Laporte and guests

Upvoted by reddit
by Alexis Ohanian and guests

The Vergecast
with Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Plante, and other Verge writers

My Use Case

My subscription list doesn’t change too often, when I find a show I like I usually stick with it beyond the point at which I no longer enjoy it. Which is odd, but I don’t listen to every episode of every show I subscribe to. There are shows that I never miss — like Roderick on the Line, No Agenda, and the Talk Show — and then there are other shows that I pick and choose what episodes to listen to or occasionally skip depending on how far behind I am in my listening.

When I stop enjoying a show I usually skip several episodes before I start to think about dropping it from my subscriptions. And, once I realize that I haven’t listened to it in a while I’ll make a point to try listening to one last episode before I decide to unsubscribe. It takes a lot for me to make that decision, I’m just too worried that I might miss a great episode if I unsubscribe.

Because of my opposition to unsubscribing, I often speed up the podcasts I listen to in Overcast. I always have Smart Speed enabled and when I speed up a show it’s usually set to one tick below 1.5x. I don’t think it ruins the experience, as John Lagomarsino argues in his recent piece on the Verge. Instead, I see it as a way to increase the amount of learning I can do in a given day by allowing me to listen to more podcasts.

There are shows that I listen to at normal speed, though. No Agenda and Roderick on the Line are two shows that I often listen to with my fiancée. Since she only listens to podcasts with me, she hasn’t had the opportunity to work her way up to listening to shows at a faster speed. It’s jarring to go from normal speed (which is how every other non-podcast medium is experienced) to nearly 1.5x speed, so I play them back at 1x to accommodate her.

Most of my podcast listening takes place while I’m at my day job during the times when I’m on the clock, but we’re not open. I also listen to them while I drive, while I’m laying in bed before I fall asleep , and while I’m cooking or doing chores around the house.

Podcasts are perfect for ocopying your mind while doing mundane tasks. They’re entertaining and informative, require very little effort to manage, and there’s an endless variety of shows with topics that anyone can enjoy. Podcasting is an incredible medium that I can’t imagine myself ever abandoning.