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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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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.


Strength Standards - 'How Strong Should I Be?' (Alan Thrall)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Nov 24, 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.


MONKII 360 (Portable Workout Setup)

Looks great - especially for travel workouts.

Looks great (especially for travel workouts). The MONKII 360 is a door-mounted band workout system, designed with interval training in mind. Looks ideal for a quick session in the hotel room, or wherever you end up when on-the-road. A spot of video :
The MONKII 360.


All About The Gut Microbiome (Joe Scott)

Very interesting area.


Very interesting area.


Looking At : Nov 17, 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.


NeoRhythm (Neurostimulation Headband)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The NeoRhythm Neurostimulation Headband - using a combination of electromagnetism and positioning to aid focus, sleep, relaxation and so on. Although I'm slightly skeptical of this device in particular, it's certainly a fascinating area.
The NeoRhythm.


Dr David Sinclair on the Informational Theory of Aging, Nicotinamide Mononucleotide, Resveratrol & More (FoundMyFitness)

Fascinating.


Fascinating.


Looking At : Nov 10, 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.


Swytch (eBike Conversion Kit)

This looks great.

This looks great. The Swytch is a relatively simple device for converting any bicycle into an ebike. And yes, this is the second generation of the device. The benefits - people typically ride further, and more frequently. If you'd love to spend more time on the bike and less in the car, this is a great solution.
The Swytch.


Do This After Every Workout (OfficialThenX)

Great idea.


Great idea.


Looking At : Nov 3, 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.


ChopBox (Smart Cutting Board)

This looks great.

This looks great. It's fair to say that I love the bulk preparation of food - with the careful weighing of much of it - and I suspect I'm not the only one. With that in mind, take a look at The ChopBox : a waterproof cutting board with a built-in scale. Perfect combination. A bit of video to show you just what's on offer :
The ChopBox.


Mind-Machine Interfaces (Isaac Arthur)

Fascinating topic.


I'm love Isaac's videos in general, and this is certainly a fascinating topic. Really looking forward to devices like these.


Looking At : Oct 27, 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.


The Triage Kit (First Aid And Gear Repair)

This looks great.

This looks great. I spend a fair bit of time outdoors (hiking/training/cycling etc) and this looks like an ideal accompaniment. The Triage Kit is a combination first aid and gear repair offering, in an incredibly lightweight (93g!) package. A bit of video to show you just what's on offer :
The Triage Kit.


The Documentary Series 'Unnatural Selection' (Netflix)

This series dives in to the wonderful world of biohacking - looking at both the incredible potential and ethical implications involved. Loved it.


This series dives in to the wonderful world of biohacking - looking at both the incredible potential and ethical implications involved. Loved it.


Looking At : Oct 20, 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.


'The Dinosaur Files' for Oct 2019

I love these.

I love these. The latest issue of Brooks Kubik's 'The Dinosaur Files' (Oct 2019) is now available. An instant .PDF download. Perfect. If you've never read one, these are monthly newsletters which comprise a mix of pieces by Brooks, well-known old-time strongmen and the Dinosaur Training community. As an example, here's a brief look at last months' issue :
It's a great mix. You can grab the latest incarnation here : brookskubik.com/dinosaurfiles-october2019.html .


How Fast is a Two Hour Marathon Pace? (Mike Boyd)

Brutal pace.


No doubt you're well aware of Eliud Kipchoge's Vienna marathon by now. Even if you aren't, this video shows just what a brutal pace this is.


Looking At : Oct 13, 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.


Handy Gym (Portable Inertial Trainer)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. Was just having a conversation about the Handy Gym, a portable inertial training device that is roughly equivalent to 'weighted band training'. The video below will show you what I mean :
Looks ideal for rehab work, and for quick sessions when travelling. Keen to give one a try. Handy Gym.


Robert Oberst's Biggest Lifts (The Strongest Man in History, Season 1)

Love this show.


Love this show.


Looking At : Oct 6, 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.


Fridge Eye (Smart Fridge Camera)

Very interesting idea.

Very interesting idea. Fridge Eye is a camera for inside the fridge - as well as a 'phone app - to turn any fridge into a 'Smart Fridge'. The smartphone software includes object-recognizing AI, though I suspect the device is quite powerful even without that. The ability to quickly check what's in the fridge at any time (particularly when shopping) is wonderful. A spot of video to show you what's on offer :
Fridge Eye.


David Sinclair on Intermittent Fasting (Modern Wisdom Podcast #066)

Got questions on both Intermittent Fasting and longevity? Great.


We get a lot of questions on both Intermittent Fasting and longevity. Here's David Sinclair's view on the combination.


Looking At : Sep 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.


Eve - A Trainer, Dietitian & Coach in Your Pocket (AI Personal Trainer)

Very interesting combination.

Very interesting combination. Eve is a mix of Personal Trainer & Dietitian; blending a human and an AI-powered assistant. Sounds wonderful. I'm certainly keen to check this one out myself; very much looking forward to it. In the meantime, a spot of video to help explain what it's all about :
Eve - A Trainer, Dietitian & Coach in Your Pocket.


The Secret to Aging in Reverse (David Sinclair on Health Theory)

Fantastic.


Fantastic. And if you'd like to dive in a little deeper, Sinclair's book (Lifespan) is a great place to start.


Looking At : Sep 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.



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