My blogs just passed 70,000 visits. Nice.
My blogs just passed 70,000 visits. Nice.
A nice New Year's Eve workout.
Cardio - 30 minutes, 379 calories, 3.23 miles covered.
Weights: Shoulders - 4 exercises, 4 sets each, for a total of 16 sets.
Crunches: 7 sets of 20 crunches each, so a total of 140 crunches
Morning: Abs, 5 sets of 20 crunches each, so a total of 100 crunches. Made waking up feel good.
Elliptical - 96 minutes (1 hour 36 minutes), 1,000 calories, 8.69 miles
Weights - Chest. 2 exercises with 4 sets each, for a total of 8 sets
It only took a couple of months; VC money is flowing again. We at Kosmix, of course, just got $20 Million. And now San Francisco-based Scribd has announced a $9 Million round of funding from Charles River Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Kinsey Hills Group.
I like Scribd, so I'm glad they're going to be around. Essentially, the site lets you upload and share documents online. I work in a remotely spread out team (Mountain View, New York, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco), so Scribd is something we should be using at work too.
Former Bebo COO George Consagra (no, not the guy from Seinfeld) has joined Scribd as its president. Which means they're getting serious.
Sunday was a biking day. The Olympic Triathlon distance is 24.8 miles, so I wanted to complete at least that distance.
Distance: 26.07 miles
Time: 2 hours
I have three words - Biking. Is. Uncomfortable.
Light cardio today, used for just warming up. Followed by a good weights workout.
Elliptical - 15 minutes, 156 calories, 1.36 miles covered
Back: 4 exercises of 4 sets each (so a total of 16 sets).
Shoulders: 3 exercises of 4 sets each (total of 12 sets). Stopped after the 12th set, as my shoulder started reminding me it wasn't fully healed.
So, a total of 28 sets for weights. I slept pretty well after that!
A couple of people at Kosmix have completed the Ironman Triathlon. They've inspired me, so I'm going to complete an Olympic Triathlon sometime between Jan 15 - Jan 30.
The distances for the Olympic version are:
Swimming - 1.5 km (0.93 miles)
Biking - 40 km (24.8 miles)
Running - 10 km (6.2 miles)
Given my hurt knee, I'm going to do a "low impact" version, all indoors in the gym. The 'running' portion will be on the elliptical machine.
And good stuff - some friends have signed up for it as well.
A nice mix today, but the cardio section was a little light.
Elliptical - 2 miles, 21 minutes, 360 calories
Biking - 5 miles, 26:30 minutes, 158 calories
Biceps and triceps, 12 sets each (3 exercises of 4 sets each, for each body part). A pretty good workout, and my shoulder isn't hurting, which is great - its getting better.
I had covered Slydial on my blog earlier. This Monday, I was contacted by SHIFT Communications, who seem to be handling their PR, to let me know the app was available on the iPhone, and that I should try it. (Slydial is an app created by the guys at MobileSphere)
I tried it over the last couple of days, and I have to say, I love it! I hadn't even thought of all the uses I could put it to;
What's great is that the recipient also sees a missed call. This way, there is no reason to believe slydial was used.
The app has made its way to the front page on my iPhone!
Jeremy Clarkson drove the BMW M3 CSL at the Isle of Mann. Why there? Well, it is a driver's dream - no speed limits outside the towns!
The BMW M3 CSL is an amazing machine. It makes a regular M3 look like a Toyota Prius. Ok, maybe a Toyota Camry.
Check out the video
I hate AT&T, just as I hate Comcast.
But I hate the company, not the people (at least non-executives) who work there. So I'm sad to hear AT&T is joining the layoff bandwagon, letting go off 4% of their workforce, or 12,000 people.
There are two factors that are leading to this:
Firstly, they are seeing their landline customers defect - that business is shrinking by 11%, while AT&T's own wireless business is growing by 14%. Their landline business is still bigger, and needs a bigger workforce compared to the wireless business, so that feeds directly into the total workforce.
Secondly, they are seeing people stop taking add-on services, and manage their minutes on limited plans more carefully (AT&T is one of the worst companies at charging through the roof for a single extra text message, or a single extra minute on your calling plan).
(VoTW, of course, means Video Of The Week)
Jeremy Clarkson drove and reviewed the Porsche Carrera GT. He was completely floored by it.
The Stig must have loved it too - at that point, the Porsche GT was the fastest car around the Top Gear track.
I wish I had Jeremy's job.
Upped the ante on Wednesday evening on the cardio side:
93 minutes, 1,000 calories, on the elliptical machine.
Biceps after that - 3 exercises, 3 sets each. But after the cardio, had lower energy so used lighter weights
Check out the Elliptical Trainer on Kosmix.com
Sneakerplay was a perfect example of a niche social network - it catered to people like Entourage's Turtle, who are obsessed over sneakers.
And to think it was only one among a number of similar plays.
Sneakerplay is shutting down now. Its time for most of the other niche networks to fall soon.
Tuesday night, I put in a relaxed 50 minutes, 500 calories on the elliptical machine.
Weights - Shoulder, with light weights (allowing wrist to recover). 3 exercises with 3 sets each, so 9 sets total.
The Thanksgiving buying bug has bitten my favorite blue-chip, Johnson & Johnson, which is buying Mentor Corp. and Omrix Biopharmaceuticals.
Omrix is going to feed right into J&J's surgical care business.... and by that I mean the serious surgical stuff.
Mentor, on the other hand, feeds into, shall we say, the sometimes desired-but-not-required cosmetic surgery side. It is a leader in cosmetic products, including breast implants. J&J has traditionally not been a market leader in cosmetic surgery, but this acquisition will change that.
J&J's stock went down as a result of these acquisitions, but the long term prognosis is very positive. I'm shoring up my position in the stock.
This is NSFW, but its very hilarious. Check out a snapshot of Santa's Gmail, courtesy of Stefan
I put in a large image, so you have to click on it to view it.
Thursday evening, to give hurting wrist a rest, I didn't do weights. Only cardio on the elliptical machine - 50 minutes, 500 calories.
J&J's Alza division, over the last 7 years, has been a dismal place to work. They started by helping Google out, shutting their offices near the search giant. Google of course immediately snapped up those facilities.
Alza's Vacaville location has been a not too happy place to be at, since. In the last couple of years, there have been two massive layoffs. A large part of this is due to J&J methodically moving facilities and costs overseas. But in Alza's case, there is a lot more going on.
Its very sad. Right now, I can't even get their website to load.
Monday, I did:
Cardio - 30 minutes on the elliptical machine, 320 calories
Arms - 3 exercises each in biceps and triceps, with 3 sets in each. So a total of 18 sets, half each in biceps and triceps
I'm going to start chronicling my workouts on this blog again, starting with this Sunday's workout.
I started with 30-minutes on the elliptical machine (310 calories), followed by Shoulders - 3 exercises, 3 sets each, so a total of 9 sets.
I saw a quick preview of Batman: Arkham Asylum - no gameplay, just an intro video that barely had any people visible. And.... wow!
This game is of course based on the graphic novel of the same name. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend you do.