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Scott Bird. Artwork by Vince Palko.
Yes, I love the deadlift.
If you’ve just joined us, welcome. Here you’ll find everything that grunts, groans and ticks in the world of strength training. In short, this site is the home of all things strength.


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Pandemic - How to Prevent an Outbreak (Netflix Documentary Series)

Great series.


Great series. The incredibly timely series 'Pandemic' is a set of documentaries (6 in total) on Netflix, examining the impacts of major cross-border outbreaks. If public health is an area of interest, or if the current coronavirus outbreak has you a little concerned - this is strongly recommended viewing. The official trailer for the series :
Pandemic - How to Prevent an Outbreak (Netflix Documentary Series).

Using AI To Build A Better Human (The Age of AI)

Fantastic.



Fantastic.

Looking At : Jan 26, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

BP Doctor (Health-Tracking Smartwatch)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. I'm a big fan of the various Health-Tracking Smartwatches currently available - especially things like the Apple Watch. Still, there are several things I'd love them to track; blood pressure in particular. The BP Doctor performs that function, using an inflatable cuff within the watch itself. Keen to see how well it performs, and which software it integrates with (hopefully anything and everything, so I can add my own). A spot of video :
The BP Doctor (Health-Tracking Smartwatch).

Healed Through AI (The Age of AI)

A fascinating look at AI and the medical side of things.



I love this series, which looks at the wonderful uses of artificial intelligence. Here, a look at AI and the medical side of things. Fantastic.

Looking At : Jan 19, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Bello (Handheld Bodyfat Tester)

Looks great.


Looks great. Although there's a clear focus on abdominal fat in the video, a handheld smartphone-connected bodyfat scanner sounds wonderful. Look forward to trying it out. Curious to see how accurate it is, and what else it can be connected to. Other health apps, as well as personalised solutions. A spot of video :
The Bello.

Neuralink - Merging Man and Machine (Aperture)

A brief look at the incredible potential of Neuralink.



A brief look at the incredible potential of Neuralink.

Looking At : Jan 12, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

TEMPEST (Personal Weather System)

Looks great.


Looks great. I love training outdoors - in a park not far from here. Typically I glance at the local weather forecast before leaving, and it's close enough to give me a rough idea of what to expect. This, however, looks a little more accurate. And compact. (Plus, I'm firmly in the 'Weather Geek' camp.)
The TEMPEST.



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