Daily Archives: March 27, 2019

Check The Detail In This B&W Mandala.

by Anura Guruge

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Other than the circles, everything else is hand drawn.

Yes, indeed, you have seen this in various forms, BUT she did not deem it complete until today. She kept on adding detail. But, today she felt that she had done enough.

She has been working on this mandala, off-and-on, for nearly a month. It has become one of her favorites. Close up it is mesmerizing.

It is now up on the wall. She is very happy and proud. That makes ME happy.

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‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ Heart Rate Readings Par With My $750 ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’.

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Last night I started wearing my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus alongside the Inspire HR to see how the readings matched up.

I checked the heart rate (HR) on a pretty regular basis.

The Inspire HR heart rate was always with +/- 5 beats per minute (bpm) of the Fenix 5+.

That +/- 5 b

pm variation is GOOD. Very good.

Neither the Fenix nor the Inspire HR measure HR ‘non-stop’ so to speak. They read it a few times each minute. Maybe once a minute. That is to save battery life. So, there is no guarantee that they are both reading my wrist at the same time. What I did observe is that the Inspire HR always catches up to the Fenix within 30-seconds or so.

I have had (and worn) a Fenix 5(+) for nearly a year. I have checked its HR against multiple other devices: blood pressure cuffs, oximeters etc. I even got a nurse to check it last August. She was impressed. Said the Fenix 5 readings were within the range they consider ‘more than acceptable’.

I was impressed. $750 watch vs a band that costs $99.95. Just wanted to share that with you.

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NOT An April Fool’s Joke: Trump Administration Wants To Defund The ‘Special Olympics’!

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From ‘AP’. Google for more.

Click to access their official Website.

When I saw this on my Google News feed this morning my immediate reaction was that it was an extremely premature April Fool’s Joke. I had a chuckle (though I do not like early April Fool’s) and was ready to move on when I saw that there were multiple stories, different media outlets, about this.

I was NOT an April Fool’s joke! Sacré ‘bloody’ bleu. The Trump Administration was serious. Deadly serious.


The ‘Special Olympics‘! That is a pretty beloved, one could even say ‘revered’, organization.

Nothing is no longer sacred. Everything is trivialized.

But, I do know a couple of things. You do NOT mess with the disabled. They have a lot of support & clout — as they should. And, those that benefit from the ‘Special Olympics’ invariably have large circles of family, friends & followers that have VOTES — real votes. This is not be forgotten — though everybody, outside of the Trump Administration, is 110% certain that this will never fly. That Congress would not let this happen. They know where their bread is buttered.

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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — March 27, 2019.

by Anura Guruge

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Taken with my Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

my shadow on crutches on snow Anura Guruge

The also rans:

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Using Garmin Fenix 5 Plus To Check Accuracy Of The New Fitbit Inspire HR — Wearing Them Side-by-Side.

by Anura Guruge

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and Fitbit Inspire HR Anura Guruge

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and Fitbit Inspire HR. You work out which is which. SMILE.

Fitbit Versa Lite and Fitbit Inspire HR. Wore this combo for 4-days.

Since Friday, March 22, 2019, I have been conducting a detailed study to determine the STEP-COUNTING accuracy of the new Fitbit Inspire HR.

I have a hunch (albeit now with some proof) that the Fitbit Inspire HR overcounts steps even by the generous, overoptimistic standards of Fitbit.

Testing against my trusted Garmin Fenix 5 Plus should be the acid test.

I now have a hunch to what is happening with the Inspire HR. It is way light and the accelerometer doesn’t take into account its lightweight. I could be wrong.

I don’t just measure the steps at the end of the day. I keep a log, on an Excel spreadsheet! Yes, I will publish my findings.

Wish me luck.

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