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Looking At : Dec 9, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

KEYTO (Breath Analyser & Mobile App)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea.
KEYTO is a ketogenic diet assistant that combines a Breath Analyser with a Mobile App. Great combination. Two main questions : I'm curious to see how accurate it is, and how flexible the app is (I want to be able to export the data, and to use connect it to other apps). Will get a chance to find out both when it arrives. In the meantime, a spot of video : The KEYTO.

Staying Lean Year-Round (Athlean-X)

Great advice (apart from the initial list, of course).



Great advice (apart from the initial list, of course).

Looking At : Dec 2, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

The Drive Podcast (Peter Attia, MD)

Sounds like a fantastic mix.


Looks great.
Peter Attia's 'The Drive' Podcast describes itself as 'Optimizing performance, health, longevity, critical thinking...and a few other things', which sounds like a fantastic mix. And although it's been on for a while now, I've just stumbled across it myself. Looks like I've got a little catching up to do. Peter Attia's 'The Drive' Podcast.

Brian Shaw Rolling a Frying Pan (Jujimufu)

I never get tired of seeing this feat. Love it.



I never get tired of seeing this feat. Love it.

Looking At : Nov 25, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Atmotube 2.0 (Portable Air Pollution Monitor)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. We've certainly been discussing air pollution a fair bit this week, and I just came across this offering - the The Atmotube 2.0. Long-term readers may remember the first incarnation of the device. Although I've got plenty of 'does it integrate with ... ' questions, I'm keen to try one out. And in the meantime, a spot of video :
The Atmotube 2.0 - Portable Air Pollution Monitor.

The Ideal Workout Split - For You (Athlean-X)

Not growing as quickly as you could?


Not growing as quickly as you could? NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each...

Looking At : Nov 18, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.



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