Random Conversations

It’s not that often that I actively promote other peoples blogs, but Johanna Whittaker is definitely one inspirational blog you must read. Her adventures have taken her to the likes of Bangkok, Australia and Costa Rica. And has been a very exciting to read, so I shared the blog through my LinkedIn page (which shared to my twitter timeline).

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Fitbit Surge: Lightning Review

A no mumbo jumbo review of the Fitbit Surge

The Urban Squatch

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Like all my reviews, this is a down and dirty, no mumbo jumbo review using my real world experience. I’m shaking things up and starting directly with the CONS.

CONS:

HRM: The HRM isn’t as accurate as my other devices. To validate the HRM I wore the Fitbit, my Mio Link and my Polar FT7 with chest strap. The Fitbit read 57 as my Resting Heart Rate, the Mio and the polar both read it as 51. As a control I hopped onto one of the machines at the gym and grabbed its HRM pads, it read 52 as my resting, off by a few BPM, but not bad. However the disparity widened during my run today. At the height of my run, the FB registered my BPM as 163. The Polar and the Mio both clocked in at 176. That’s 13 BPM and a pretty big difference.

GPS: The…

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Rob’s Chocolate Rum Cake

I’m drooling right now…..

The Urban Squatch

mAs7QCake Ingredients:
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups pecan pieces, reserve 1/4 cup
1 1/2 cups boililng water
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch process)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup gold rum, Bacardi

Glaze Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar (I use sugar in the raw for a deeper flavor)
1/4 cup water
1 stick butter
1/2 cup gold rum (I use Bacardi 8 for a more complex flavor, for more ummph use 1/4 cup Bacardi 151 & 1/4 cup Bacardi 8)
NOTE**The glaze needs to be prepared approximately 10 minutes before cake is ready.

Directions for Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray a Bundt pan and spread pecans on the bottom of…

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A Better Way Of Life

Setting the scene

4 years ago I made a life changing decision to leave the city lights behind and move to the countryside. The city lights being Manchester and the countryside being Mold (yes it’s actually called that). Living on the edge of a city has its advantages, one being that everything is on your doorstep. But it also comes with some big disadvantages, the noise.

Snow scene overlooking Mold

 

So you’re thinking noise. What noise?

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My Commute Hyperlapsed

Every had that epiphany moment when you think of something to do, and then just go and do it.

Well I thought I’d do just that. I present my drive home Hyperlapsed.

(For some reason the Hyperlaspe stopped recording after 45 mins. Who knows, maybe this is the limit of the app)