• Hackaday coin cell challange

    Hackaday is one of my daily websites. Always entertaining and educational.
    Now and then they have some challenges with cash prizes. They have just wrapped up one such challenge…. Build something that uses a coin cell battery.

    Coin Cell Hacks That Won the Coin Cell Challenge

    Out of all of them, I like the light level Geolocator. Very clever software.
    It uses the amount of light and dark in a 24 hour cycle and figures out where in the world it is.

    Anyway, if you are into electronics and squeaking out as much power as you can from a coin cell, well worth taking a look.



  • Week 1 Review

    Week 1 of marathon training is done.
    Day 1. Cross training did not happen. We intended to do the usual Monday free weights circuit in the gym (with Benson), but we have a big press release coming up on the 12th of February and are going pretty hard to get ready for it, we ended up working late rather than working out.
    Day 2. 3 miles. Also happened to be the first day of training here at Opto, so we just went latter in the day. Very straight forward, just cut a bit off the usual 4 mile run through Old Town Temecula.
    Day 3. 5 miles. Ended up doing this one solo. Trance, very straight forward. Through Old Town with a 1/2 mile out and back tacked on the middle. We have done this run many times in the past.
    Day 4. 3 Miles. Solo again. Added some speed work into it. The plan said to do the speed work tomorrow, but with training after the run, I had to hurry it up anyways.
    Day 5. 5 miles. Solo. Shirtless in the middle of winter! Nice trance mix. Very enjoyable run.
    Day 6. Rest. Gary’s favorite day. Went for a 2 mile walk with Freddy before breakfast it was such a beautiful day.
    Day 7. Long run. 10 miles. Freddy got me some Gu gel to have (100 calories and a bit of carbs). Ended up having to take two belts, one for the water and Gu and one with my phone, worked out pretty good, but want to get it worked out better. Had a great run. Had forgotten how much I love the long runs.
    Loved the watch as soon as the sun came up and I could see it. Still getting it dialed in. There are a lot of options, but there is no question, I love the data. Here is just a small taste.