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Run like a yuppie.
Honestly? I think this is kinda cool. I especially like the Power Song button.
It is, in fact, quite tempting to try it out. I'v been wanting to switch from elliptical to running as my primary cardio exercise but have had some anxiety. It will ultimately be disconcerting because I won't be able to run as hard as I can currently use that elliptical. However, that change would be good. Maybe kickstart my metabolism. I've been stagnant at my current weight for over a month now.

I wonder how hard it would be to carve a hole for the transmitter in current shoes.

Oh man, such a yuppie purchase. Can you imagine? Wearing all Nike and Apple gear? Why don't they pay people to do this instead of me paying them?
But hey, this only helps Apple's stock in which I have vested interest. :D
Writing (and math) geekery!


The clarity index is a measure of the ease or difficulty of reading a piece of writing.The process is mechanical and objective.

1. Take a sample of the writing (not over one page) and count the number of words.

2. Count the number of sentences.

3. Divide the number of words by the number of sentences. The result will be the number of words per sentence.

(words /(divided by) sentences = words per sentence)

4. Count the number of long words (three or more syllables) in the sample.

5. Divide the number of long words by the total number of words to get the percentage of long words.

(long words /(divided by) total words = percent of long words)

6. Finally, add the words per sentences and the percentage of long words. The sum is the clarity index.

(wps + percent of long words = clarity index)

The target clarity index is 30. If your clarity index is below 25, your writing is probably choppy. If the clarity index is over 35, most people will have difficulty reading it rapidly.

Since the clarity index is based on the length of words and sentences, you can raise the index number by combining sentences. By joining sentences, you will not only smooth out the choppiness but also show a better relationship between ideas.

Likewise, to lower the number, use shorter, simpler words and break up long sentences.

As you can tell, the process of running a clarity index is time-consuming. You won't have time to run one on every piece of your writing.

But, on those occasions when a piece of writing (yours or someone else's) seems particularly hard to read, try running a clarity index. Chances are the index will be off one way or the other.

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jeffreyp From: jeffreyp Date: April 30th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
They make clips to clip the transmitter to your shoelaces.

Also, then people can track you.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 30th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't wear shoes with laces. :) My Merrel mocks are amazing but not so great for exercise. So, eh? Maybe I'll start with the running shoes and see if I actually go running. At worst, they'll be better for me at the gym.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 30th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, is it bad that I don't really care if a person tracks me? It just doesn't concern me. seems like it should.
jeffreyp From: jeffreyp Date: April 30th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was more just an FYI. I like the fact that it is possible.

Now, if it had GPS and could save your routes when you got home that could be cool too. Although that would require me actually walking/running *outside*, need to do more on the treadmill in the basement first. I don't seem to get as winded and the impact is a bit lower.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 30th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. it should be hella easy to integrate with Google Maps. I'd actually like to track my mileage and area on it. I"d even be cool with optionally uploading this information to the Nike+ network.

What I find really cool about this sort of integration is that it's lowly bringing people back together. Apple, and others like YouTube and Flickr, is trying to create a virtual "front-porch" society again. Get people interacting online with real world extension... or as many geeks would say, real-world "integration." :)
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: April 30th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's interesting, but considering how fragile iPods are and how kinetic I get daily, I'd probably break them within a week.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 30th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um, the iPod? Put it in an arm band and it's fairly hard to break. Plus, the transmitter is design to be nigh indestructible
jeffreyp From: jeffreyp Date: April 30th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it still only works on the Nano, no moving parts there and a pretty tuff shell too.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 30th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked this article when the nano originally released.
"Stress" testing the iPod Nano.
jeffreyp From: jeffreyp Date: April 30th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
and that was even the first-gen. the second has more metal on the case. and add in an after market enclosure and it can take quite a bit.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 30th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly. I was impressed. Now that I can get a nano for 150, it seems like a good investment. :) And if it'll get me running now, who knows the good it could do?

'course, I've got like zero music. Would have to fix that. Raid Preplayed anyone?
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: April 30th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I heard that even sweating on the things will make them malfunction, I was disinterested in iPods. Plus, not too keen on drive-operated players; to be honest, if I prefered that format, I'd get another mp3 CD player instead. I've been using some knockoff flash drive player and it held up for over a year so far before I smashed the button in; nothing a quick tinker can't fix. Still has a crappy unergonomic interface, but it does what it's supposed to really well.

That aside, I tend to break Nike sneaks pretty easily anyway; shoes don't last long with respect to my lifestyle.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 30th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Drive what? All the iPods are flash-based now.

I'm wary of the quality of Nike shoes as well. I bet I'd be better of than you since I'd just use them for exercise. You're crazy with all your hiking and camping.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: April 30th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
All of them, even their huge 40gig models?

I wish I went hiking more often, to be honest, heh.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 30th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just checked, no the 30 and 80 gigs are still hard drives. Damn, thought they were switching to flash for those too. I bet they will eventually. SanDisk dropped their flash drive cost and released a high capacity flash hard drive last quarter.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: April 30th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
They probably will when the tech gets a little more feasible. At this moment, I have yet to find a flash that goes beyond 4 gigs, let alone 2. The Sandisk site advertising an 8gig is quite a surprise, by the way.
jeffreyp From: jeffreyp Date: April 30th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
The 2nd-gen ipod nano has had an 8GB model for a while. You can also get 16GB CF cards.
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