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November 6, 2013

BehindTheMedspeak: What's your "fitness age?"

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According to researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, I'm 39.

That's funny 'cause I feel like I'm about 29 and I act about 12.

No matter.

More likely than not I'll drop dead when I'm out running tomorrow: no worries!

Find out your fitness age here.

[via Gretchen Reynolds and the New York Times]


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Sensoria — World's first sports bra with integrated heart rate monitor


From the website:


Finally, a comfortable sport bra with accurate heart rate monitoring — exercise and monitor your workout without wearing straps on your skin.

Our washable Sensoria Fitness Bra can be paired with your favorite heart monitor, such as Polar or Garmin.

Snap your heart rate monitor to the garment's lower breastbone position to transmit data wirelessly to your smartphone or watch.

Your mobile application will then gather data from the bra's sensors and convert it into meaningful information in real time.

No more chest straps on your skin — ever!

If you already own a heart rate chest strap equipped with a Polar H7 Bluetooth device, simply disconnect it from the strap and snap it onto our bra.

Alternatively, you can use our Sensoria Fitness Bra with the Garmin Premium monitor and pair it with your watch.

The bra's embedded textile sensors offer an accurate heart rate monitoring signal via virtually any mobile app that is able to provide information such as heart rate, breathing rate, and calorie burn.



Black or Red.

Pre-order price: $59 ($89 once it begins to ship later this month).

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"The Counselor" — A movie that adds a whole new layer of meaning to "Schadenfreude"

Think you're having a bad day?

Or that your life is a mess?

Play hooky for a couple hours and duck in somewhere to see "The Counselor."

I guarantee you'll come out feeling a whole lot better about your own situation.

Talk about superstars from top to bottom: Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Brad Pitt, to name five.

Directed by Ridley Scott.

And with a script by Cormac McCarthy that in and of itself is a thing of stark and frightening beauty.

Yes, it's a violent film. 

And Cameron Diaz steals the show as Malkina, as bad as bad can be.

Worse, in fact.

But the violence, it's not gratuitous: you can understand that this is the business (selling drugs) the protagonists have chosen.

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Talking Toilet Paper — You know you want it

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Think outside your own bathroom space.

Waaaayyyyyyy outside.

How about leaving one of these behind in a bathroom where, once the message is heard, havoc ensues?

If I were the sort of person who liked to cause trouble, man, I could have a ton of fun with these.

But I'm not that sort of guy.

Perhaps you know people who might be more inclined to see where this could go.


From the website:


Replacement spindle is like no other!

Talking toilet paper spindle allows you to record (and re-record) a personal message that greets everyone who uses toilet paper in your bathroom.

When the user pulls the toilet paper, a motion sensor plays your personalized message — endless comedy possibilities!

Fits most toilet paper holders; includes on/off switch.

Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included). 


$12.99 (toilet paper not included).

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Four deer hiding in plain site in my yard early Tuesday morning — through Google Glass

There they are, four of them, if you look closely, nestling in the leaves at the bases of the pine trees in the middle distance.

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"Build a working model of a 4-cylinder engine"

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Oh, what I wouldn't have given to have received this for my birthday when I was 6 or 7 years old.


60 years too late, alas.

No matter: maybe you know some kid who'd be just as thrilled come the holidays.

From websites:


Are your kids ready for a challenge beyond snapping together a see-through model of the human body?

Let them immerse themselves in a world of adventure and discovery as they build a real battery-powered 4-cylinder model engine, piece by piece.

When they are done, they'll have a model adorned with moving parts, lights, and realistic engine sounds.

Valves open and close, spark plugs fire, and pistons drive the crankshaft — just like a real internal combustion engine.

The kit contains 100 parts that screw together easily, along with clear instructions.

Also included: a large 35" x 28" color poster for hanging on the wall.

Motor requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

Recommended for ages 8 and up.




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