Group Runs And Good Fun

This summer, a few players from the weekly Ultimate Frisbee group set up a Summer of Running group on Facebook. The idea was to set up a day once a week to all get together and go for a typically easy, fun run. After a couple of runs with them, and one scheduled for tonight, I love the idea of it and think everyone should be a part of a group like that.

There is something about running with friends, or even just with people in general that aren’t a close friend or loved-one. There is a different dynamic at play, one that helps you push further, do more and complain less. Maybe it is the whole-peer pressure thing, but running in a group is just a different feeling then going it alone.

A week or so ago, we did a group run where I pushed the group to do a little bit more than they anticipated. We set out for a full 10k, which was twice the distance one person in the group had previously done. It was a calculated decision, and I knew he could do it. It was satisfying to see someone push, improve and accomplish.
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I think one thing I want to do for this blog is to set up a time, even if it’s just once a month where any 2FNSer can join up for a nice easy run with Ellie and I. The distance and speed aren’t important, just the camaraderie and a chance to chat. If anyone is interested let me know, perhaps we can set up a time for early September.

For those of you not in Buffalo, I highly encourage you to try to meet up with a few friends and go for a easy run. Nothing hard or grueling, but just be social and active. It is totally worth it.

Weigh-In Wednesday August 20th: Greenday!

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

Each week, members who have opted to have their weights publicly displayed for the world to see have them graphed on the main blog. It is a great way to keep track over time, and it gives a bit more accountability to your workouts. If you are interested, leave a comment!

Typically we dig into Adrienne’s results, but she gets a free pass this week as she is moving to Michigan!!!

Percentages

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Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

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The threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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Crickets For Breakfast?

I stumbled upon an article on NPR this morning discussing the use of Cricket Flour as a protein source. Like most americans, I immediately shuttered in disgust.

But then I got to thinking about it more. Realistically, compared to most of the crap that I eat on a daily basis, cricket flour is probably exponentially more healthy for me. I did a little bit more research on the idea of using insects as a food source, which I have heard come up more and more recently, and by all accounts it is a pretty standard occurrence across the world.

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Globally, the use of insects as a food source is a fairly common occurance in much of the world, despite being taboo here in America. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations list that there are over 1900 edible insects. Clearly it is a valid source of fuel, so why not?

I am curious as to how many of you guys would be willing to eat a protein bar made of cricket flour? It would be nice and processed without any strange legs or tips, and probably indistinguishable from many other protein bars. Would the idea gross you out, or would you go for it?

For an interesting read, check out the DW article here, it breaks down the many benefits of eating insects. Perhaps we should start getting used to it! After all, eating insects is the cool thing to do, it is in our mainstream television culture now on Naked and Afraid, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman, and probably a dozen others.

Aint No Party Like a Scranton Party!

The saying is true. Twice I have travelled to Scranton to party, and twice I have had a blast.
ain-t-no-party-like-a-scranton-party-t-shirt_designAfter a long weekend, 560 miles of driving, 5 lbs gained, and more meat product consumed then I had eaten in the past several years combined,  I am back home recuperating from a great nerd weekend.

I have a couple of games to recommend for the board-game enthusiast, including Aquire, and Alhambra. After a couple of play-throughs of Acquire, and one solid game of Alhambra in which I came away victorious, I recommend playing both of these if given the opportunity.

Aquire :  You are essentially a hotel mogul playing the a stock market in the hopes of fantastic corporate mergers into larger hotel chains. The idea is to buy into new hotel chains that will take off and eventually be absorbed. Each new tile placed resets entire strategies making it a pretty involved game to play.

Alhambra: You are working to establish your own little desert oasis. By purchasing gardens, pavilions, chambers and towers, you build up your own little plot of land. There are quite a few addons to the game to vary up the play style, from thieves to “Jafar”, which inject your turn at any given time.

Theres nothing like a solid nerd fest, though it is amazing to me to see the effects of getting older. This monday morning stupor is powerful.

Shark Week Ooo Aaah!

Being a fitness blog with a touch of nerdy-ness, I often weigh-in on sciency-pop-culture news and mainstream articles. Having watched several different shows on Discovery’s Shark Week directly, and many more as background while playing various computer games (note not video games as my lovely wife Ellie points out every time I say video games while talking about computer games), I am a little bit unimpressed by the general lack of scientific merit on display.

There are two types of shows during shark week. The first are designed to clearly feed into sensationalism, featuring “first person shark attack footage” and testimonials about encounter. The second are more scientifically presented, with experts weighing in on all aspects of shark. I have no interest in the first type of show, probably because most of the footage is garbage and the rarity of real shark attacks make it kind of a pointless topic.

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The second type of show though peaks my interest. I am a major proponent of exploring the ocean and the diverse species that it contains. The ocean is one of the Earths most untapped resource, and I feel like we understand about 1% of everything there is to understand about it. There are probably millions of species of all things big and small that we can learn from.

The problem that I have with these scientifically presented shows though are that often I get the impression they aren’t representing the real science of the researchers featured. An article on The Verge really covers this in great detail, but to summarize their article for the link-follower impaired,

“They chopped up the second question, and superimposed my second answer to the first question,” he says. “They showed a Southern hillbilly fisherman talking about the voodoo shark, and then they pan to me, saying, ‘Shark scientist Jonathan Davis believes that if the voodoo shark is here, it will be in the lake bayous.’”

Essentially, the are just making things up by chopping up responses to say what they want to say . . . not exactly what researchers would expect when they are giving their opinions.

I’ve always had a bit of issue with how science is reported in the mainstream media, I mean come on, they scared schools into closing because of BOMBOGENESIS.

Oh, and that “Joy Ride” shark attack documentary they featured on opening night? It was made up. Labeling something as a dramatization doesn’t cut it.  And tonight’s “Megalodon” show is fake too.

I guess the point of this semi-rant is that I can no longer watch any of the episodes with any real interest, because it is too difficult to tell what has been fabricated, what is real footage, what is CGI, really what is real.

Discovery has the ability to put high-quality documentaries out there, I just don’t understand why they waste time with garbage.

 

Some Helpful User Polls!

I’ve sat down and talked with a few people about the website as a whole, and as always I am looking for new and exciting things to try out and implement. One of the major goals has been to make the tracking system a bit more robust and mobile friendly. There are a couple of ways to do this, including native apps (ones that you install from google play and the apple store), or through a mobile website.

Undertaking a major overhaul of the mobile submission system requires a lot of planning and work, but it is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while. My decision though really comes down to mobile website, vs native apps. There are Pros and Cons to both, including code maintenance and design, going through the pain that is the apple app store etc … Before I venture forth I want some feedback! Please click through the following questions to help me get a feel for what people are interested in.

The next major consideration that I have is for user authentication. I currently host a secure database with user credentials, but I feel that there are better options available. One of them being the use of OAuth, which would allow for linking with Facebook, Google accounts etc. Less usernames and passwords are always good right?

Keep in mind I would never make an app that “posts on my behalf” or any garbage like that. Just a login system only.

Thanks for the info in advance! Leave comments to discuss!

 

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Weigh-In Wednesday August 13th: Long Time No See!

After a couple weeks break, today is the be-all-end-all of post Vacation Weigh-Ins!

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

Each week, members who have opted to have their weights publicly displayed for the world to see have them graphed on the main blog. It is a great way to keep track over time, and it gives a bit more accountability to your workouts. If you are interested, leave a comment!

As usual, lets dig into Adrienne’s results first!

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percentages

Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

afp

The threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

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Congrats to Terry!!! First time monthly champ!

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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