Philles

So Philip decided a while ago already to pull the plug on philles.be. It is no longer.

It’s very sad to see his site going.

Here’s what he wrote to me (in Dutch):

Het is nu al een tijdje dat ik er nog iets mee gedaan heb en ik heb besloten om er komaf mee te maken en een nieuwe start te maken. Ik ga mijn website volledig herdenken en er iets nieuws van maken. Hoe dat er zal uit zien weet ik nog niet, maar ik weet wel dat mijn huidige site niet meer in dat verhaal past.

The good news though is that he is rethinking his place on the Web and building it from the ground up. I’m very curious!

Here’s a tribute to one of his best posts. It appeared as one of the last, but it was one of his greatest:

There must always be balance. A personal balance, life balance, natural balance, spiritual balance or the day-to-day daily balance. A scale with alternating weights but a constant average. A perpetuum mobile in the form of a resistance-less swinging pendulum. A gust of air heating up and cooling down as it is pushed up and down by high and low atmosphere pressure. A borderline as thick as a knife’s edge in the middle of the distance between the water levels of high and low tide.

No man is happy always. No man smiles 24/7.

No man suffers always. No man frowns 24/7.

There is value in balance. Adversity grows strength, but becomes fatal without joy. Joy renews mind and body, but loses value and meaning when not challenged.

That was so resonating with me!

Splunking

So I just downloaded Splunk and I’m getting hands on my MacBook Pro! It was during an IT Service Management training that I first heard of Splunk. No wonder as it has its roots in the IT shop and I met such folks there.

Splunk is a platform for operational intelligence. It processes data and streams, coming from different places. Just like in an IT department where you have tons of servers generating massive amounts of data. So if there’s an interruption for instance, Splunk helps you find find the needle in the haystack. Splunk can help custom reps for instance to mine through the big data.

From another perspective, splunk is also a platform. It’s like a whole set op APIs. It also offers a JavaScript SDK that a front end developer or node developer can build on. And it gets even better: with the web framework toolkit, you can extend splunk’s dashboard features.

Splunk got my interest as it seems to offer lots and lots of goodness for the Web — it’s build on HTML5, Django, Jquery for visualization et cetera. Stuff that a typical  Javascript engineer is comfortable with.

Splunk seems to understand that a lot of data nowadays (Internet of Things) is generated in JSON and that JavaScript works a good platform for this. This doesn’t require you to have classess, methods and properties, but allows you to work with loose information directly.

Still going strong and getting serious about HRM

Well, no more running stats. Yet I’m still disciplined to run the miles. I’m having fun as ever and it’s bloody addictive. Indeed, the Antwerp Marathon is coming quite close now and is just one month and a half away. I suffered from a few injuries here and there, mostly with my left knee. But then I switched to softer grounds. I’m trying to maintain the 40+ regime every week. It’s tiring I must admit but each time it feels like such an accomplishment.

Schermafbeelding 2014-03-08 om 11.14.57As for the tracking, I’m no longer tinkering with MyTracks. I switch to runkeeper and strava nowadays. Why? Richer data, features, the social dimension and so on. It’s logical. But now I know my way around in the Google world too. Runkeeper has some great reporting features. It’s clear and simple and almost all my sporty friends use it. And then well, Strava has segments and all. More importantly: I got myself a Wahoo fitness Blue HR strap. I mostly use it to see how intense my trainings are. I’m not a premium user, so I cannot really set custom heart rate zones and dial in to my workouts for deeper analysis. As for the strap itself: it fits really fits well and the battery should last for about a year. Heck, it’s low energy!

BTLE, or bluetooth low energy, is the new bluetooth setup and Wahoo is one of the first heart rate monitors that is built on this technology. iPhone 5 supports this technology too and so do the apps. The thing is that almost no runner app supports BTLE with Android at this moment. Despite that Android is such a large market, it is only available since version 4.2 I believe. And then of course, your hardware should support this new technology. You could sort of say that Android is behind the curve on this. It is only now that apps are expermenting with the integration of BTLE for Android. Luckily I got my hands on a beta version for Strava (now also Endomondo). It works flawlessly and has reported good data throughout. Apparently runkeeper is going to be supporting BTLE HRM’s in the future for Android too. They do not have a set ETA at this time though.

Eventually I will stick to one app and I’m not quite sure yet which one. Runkeeper has training plans in its newest release and I’m finally getting to grips with Strava 🙂 Using both of them is just not practical.