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Scott Andrew Bird




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Scott Andrew Bird is a writer, photographer and a guy who just loves this stuff. He's been at home in front of a computer for more years than he cares to remember (OK, 37) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing Computer Guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

Find out what he's up to via Twitter, Facebook, the Daily 'Paper'; and of course his online home. Enjoy.

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Circular Smart Ring (Fitness-Tracking Wearable)

Looks great.

Looks great. The Circular Smart Ring is a fitness-tracking wearable device in the form of a waterproof ring. Perfect. A little video :
The Circular Smart Ring.


The PERFECT Home Workout (Athlean-X)

Stuck at home? Here's a simple equipment-free workout to keep the gains coming.


If you're spending a bit more time indoors right now - and don't yet have a home gym setup - here's a simple equipment-free workout to keep the gains coming.


Looking At : Mar 22, 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.


FoldEat (Food Storage & Eating Mat)

Looks great.

Looks great. I tend to train in a variety of locations, and I suspect the same applies to a number of people here. Either from travelling, or simply from enjoying the great outdoors. The FoldEat looks ideal for that sort of routine - combining several food storage containers with a machine-washable eating mat. A little video to show you what I mean :
The FoldEat.


6 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Coronavirus (Medlife Crisis)

If all of the closures and cancellations have got you down, take a look at this.


If all of the closures and cancellations have got you down, take a look at this. Nice one.


Looking At : Mar 15, 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.


HotRock (Heated Foam Roller)

Looks great.

Looks great. As the name implies, the HotRock is an adjustable, highly portable (long cord) heated foam roller. Looks like an ideal way to aid recovery, or simply to start your workout. A little video to show you what I mean :
The HotRock.


VR Fitness Games 2020 (Brian Lovett)

This is certainly an interesting area - VR Fitness Games. Somewhere between gaming and a full training session.


This is certainly an interesting area - VR Fitness Games. Somewhere between gaming and a full training session.


Looking At : Mar 8, 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.


Free 40 Minute Intu-Flow® Routine (Tacfit)

Looks great.


Looks great. This is a free downloadable version of the Intu-Flow program with Aaron Cruz. Focused on mobility, it looks like an ideal complementary routine. I'm about to dive into it here. How about you - ever tried the Intuitive-Flow system? Would love to hear your thoughts. The Intu-Flow program with Aaron Cruz.


DNA Manipulation in Living Subjects (Isaac Arthur)

This is a very interesting look at an area we've discussed briefly several times on this site, and is now becoming tantalisingly close - the ability to manipulate DNA in living humans.


This is a very interesting look at an area we've discussed briefly several times on this site, and is now becoming tantalisingly close - the ability to manipulate DNA in living humans. Love hearing your thoughts.


Looking At : Mar 1, 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.


Jself (Massage Pillow)

Looks great.

Looks great. The Jself is a pillow with massage/heating/music functions built in. Looks like an ideal post-workout device. I'm keen to test one, though I suspect that the heating and massage functions feel pretty good regardless of their long-term abilities. And in the meantime, a spot of video :
The Jself.


What I Learned From Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Kids (Jennifer Reich)

A very positive way to look at the anti-vaccination issue, long term.


A very positive way to look at the anti-vaccination issue, long term. How about you - how do you typically respond?


Looking At : Feb 23, 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.


Accusage Thermo 7 in 1 (Hot & Cold Massage Wrap)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Accusage Thermo is a combination Heating/Cooling Massage Wrap - ideal for workout injuries. Until I try one personally I'm unable to speak to the device's ability, though I suspect the warmth & heating help things quite a bit (and probably feel great in the process). A spot of video :
The Accusage Thermo


Guardian XO Exoskeleton (Sarcos Robotics)

Thoughts?


Had a fascinating conversation over the weekend about the future of exoskeletons - to aid walking and to perform a variety of other tasks. The consensus? That things like the one in the video will help fund & develop the ones for mobility. Thoughts?


Looking At : Feb 16, 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.


Vie Zone (EEG earphones)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Vie Zone is a combination EEG Headset / earphones / smartphone app which uses music & various measurements to help you get into the right mental state for a workout/creativity/sleep etc. A spot of video will show you what I mean :
Although I somewhat skeptical of the device's abilities, I'm keen to check one out. How about you - ever tried one, or anything similar? The Vie Zone.


Training Like The Worlds Best Endurance Athletes (Stephen Seiler)

A very interesting approach.


A very interesting approach.


Looking At : Feb 9, 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.


Echelon Row (Rowing Machine With Connection To Virtual Classes)

Interesting combination.

Interesting combination. I'd love to see more pairings like this - a piece of equipment for the home gym & a virtual class of some sort. Online training, form guidance or a fitness class such as this. In this case the equipment is a rowing machine, the Echelon Row. A spot of video to show you what's on offer :
The Echelon Row.


Fighting Pandemics - Vaccinating Vampire Bats (TEDMED)

A very interesting way to tackle pandemics.


A very interesting way to tackle pandemics.


Looking At : Feb 2, 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.


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.


Stem Cells With Naz (LifeXtenShow)

Interesting area.


Interesting area.


Looking At : Jan 5, 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.


Looking At : Dec 29, 2019

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.


Snowfeet II (Attachments That Turn Shoes Into Skis)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Snowfeet II are simple attachments that turn any pair of shoes into miniature skis. Portable and quick. Although it's not exactly the right part of the year to test these out (in the Southern Hemisphere, at least), I suspect they feel similar to the first generation of the product. Anyone here tried them? (I suspect I'm not the only one who loves a spot of hiking/snowsports/outdoor training).


Japanese NMN Human Safety Trial Concludes (My NMN Experiment)

A look at the first safety trial in humans.


We've noted the incredible anti-aging potential of NMN several times on this site, and this is a look at the first safety trial in humans.


Looking At : Dec 22, 2019

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.


GyroPalm (Gesture-Control Smartwatch)

Interesting combination.

Interesting combination. The GyroPalm is a Gesture-Control Smartwatch, combining the utility of a 'universal remote' with the various fitness-tracking functions available in many smartwatches. Great pairing. There are thousands of ways to put this device to work (several gym & medical ones spring to mind), and I suspect the video will generate an additional idea or two :
The GyroPalm.


How Wearable Robots Are Transforming Human Mobility (Kathleen O'Donnell)

Fascinating area - exosuits.


Fascinating area - exosuits.


Looking At : Dec 15, 2019

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.


REBO (Smart Bottle)

Very interesting idea.

Very interesting idea. The REBO Smart Bottle performs a deceptively useful task - measuring water intake as you drink. And as it's keeping track of your water consumption, it's able to offer other benefits tied to the number of bottles consumed - initially this is in the form of environmental plastic collection. Sounds great. To take a look at the bottle itself, here's a spot of video :
The REBO Smart Bottle.


Building Your Own Prosthetics (MIT's Media Lab)

The end of many forms of physical disability.


The rapidly-approaching end of many forms of physical disability.


Looking At : Dec 8, 2019

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.


Peter Attia's Upcoming Book

Really looking forward to it.

Really looking forward to it. We've noted both Peter's podcast and emails in the past, so I suspect you already know roughly what to expect. Both in terms of content and style. The book promises to be a blend of the two - a longer discussion of some fascinating topics. And yes, I'm really keen to get my hands on a copy. In the meantime, a sampling of Peter's writing; and a few thoughts on the book itself : peterattiamd.com/book-update.


Japanese Climbing Gyms (Magnus Midtbø)

A wonderful look at one of Tokyo's climbing gyms.


Taking the form of a vlog detailing Magnus' trip to Tokyo, it provides a wonderful look at a Japanese climbing gym. Nice one. Incidentally, if you just want to see the gym itself, it starts at 9m:14s.


Looking At : Dec 1, 2019

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.


HardstyleFit Kettlebell Level One Course (Dragon Door)

Great course.

Great course. As you'd expect for this time of year, there are more than a few Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotions on offer. One that caught my eye is Dragon Door's HardstyleFit Kettlebell Level One Course - a wonderful offering at a superb price ($99). The course's main page has a detailed list of what's included, but suffice to say that it's a wonderful way to learn the HardstyleFit Kettlebell approach. The Goblet Squat, Get-Up, and the Swing. Dragon Door's HardstyleFit Kettlebell Level One Course.



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