Breaking 2 + lees tip

Op zaterdag 6 Mei probeerde Nike, samen met 3 wereld klasse lopers, het 2 uur record op de marathon te breken met hun #breaking2 project. Je kon de ganse marathon live volgen en mijn wekker stond dan ook om 5 uur ‘s morgens die zaterdag. Uiteindelijk haalde Eliud Kipchoge het net niet, in 2:00:25. Machtige, ongelofelijke prestatie. Maar toch met dubbel, want het was hen (deze keer) niet gelukt

Deze week kwam ik op youtube deze korte documentaire tegen over de #breaking2 poging, met een paar interviews met de lopers zelf en een blik achter de schermen van hun leven. Zéker de moeite om te kijken! Kipchoge won vorige week nog de marathon van Berlijn met een tijd van 2:03:32 (de 7de snelste officiële tijd op de marathon afstand ooit).

 

Ik las een in Augustus ook een boek dat hier mooi bij aansluit: “Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth” van Adharanand Finn (Amazon, bol.com, Goodreads). Over hoe lopen voor vele Kenyanen een uitweg is, een kans op een beter leven, en hoe ze met training omgaan. Zeker de moeite om te lezen als je meer wil te weten komen over de achtergrond van de meeste Kenyaanse lopers.

(Finn schreef daarna ook “The way of te runner“, over lopen in Japan)

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Jason Snell reviews the new Kindle Voyage

But the real reason I enjoy reading on these devices is that they’re distraction free. They don’t make noise, they don’t display pop-up notifications, and they don’t offer email and Twitter apps that are just a couple of taps away. The static black-and-white calm of words on a page evokes the best things about reading in print.

Jason reviews the new Kindle Voyage and captures exactly why I love these types of devices. I’ve owned a 4th generation Kindle since 2011 and I absolutely love.

★ Merlin Mann

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Merlin is best known as the creator of 43folders.com, a popular website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised on Florida’s humid coast, Merlin was awarded a B.A. from New College of Florida.

I got introduced to Merlin Mann through Back to Work, a podcast that he does with Dan Benjamin on 5by5.tv. I have a vivid memory of listening to the first couple episodes: it was January 2011, I was training for the Stockholm marathon and following a strict 4 days/week running schedule. But we had lots of snow and ice that winter so I took a 3 month membership at a nearby gym so I could do my runs on a treadmill there. As you may have guessed, running 2Okm is boring as fuck. That was to the time I got back into listening to podcasts. So I was the gym when I listened to the first episode of Back 2 Work. At first I thought it was weird (dito for this Merlin dude), but after episode 2 I got into it and i started listening to the show (and would continue to do so day the next 18 months).

After reading this interview I went back and listened to those first 3/4 episodes again and I strongly recommend them, there’s some great advice in there. Be sure to check them out. (you really should)

★ Back on RSS

With the demise of Google Reader a couple of months ago, my use of RSS had dropped to a halt. I had exported my data, got a list of all the feeds I had in there but I still lacked a service to replace Google Reader.

I tried Feed Wrangler for a while but it didn’t stick (nothing against the service, the smart feeds function just doesn’t fit the way I like to read my news feeds). After a couple of weeks of not having an RSS reader at all and probably missing all sorts of fun things (not thinking about tech news stuff, but about blogs of people I know and/or follow, WordPress and front-end news and writings, etc..), Reeder came out with an update for their iOS app and that sparked my interest again. Not that I missed reading news or anything like that. But having a place where you can gather these things is nice to have.

I bought the app (? 4,49) and had a look at the syncing services it supported. Having tried Feed Wrangler, not liking Feedly and not wanting to host Fever myself, I looked into Feedbin. $3/month or $30/year is a steal for something you’re going to use everyday so I got myself an account (and I’m a firm believer in supporting the sites/apps/products you use, not everything should be free).

With that I had an RSS reader again, and an app to use it on my iPad (which is my preferred reading device for anything internet, the Kindle is still King in book-land). But there was one more thing to do.

Lots of internet services have the option to favourite something, to like it, to give it a star, etc…you get the point. But what happens to those “favs” after that. Nothing, that’s what. Well, I like to get my favs out of the specific service and gather them all together in Evernote. (I can hear a couple of you thinking: “Evernote, that’s just another service that you can’t get your data out of when it shuts down” – Well, I think by now Evernote is a well established company that is not going anywhere anytime soon.)

To accomplish this, I like to use IFTT. It’s how I get my Twitter favs into Evernote as well. IFTTT doesn’t have a specific Feedbin channel, but it does off course have the option to watch an RSS feed. And Feedbin, in return, offers the option to enable an RSS feed of your starred article. Check and check.

★ Dedicated Instapaper device.

Instapaper is a service I use heavily for “read it later” reading and links. (If you’ve never heard in Instapaper, check it out. Right now. Stop reading this and make an account, you’ll like it.)

With my iPad stolen, I have quite literally been robbed of my Instapaper device. That’s basically all I used my iPad for: Instapaper, RSS and email. And I’m missing it more than I had expected.

Marco (creator of Instapaper) writes that the cheapest version of Amazone’s Kindle is in fact such a device.

Since buying a new iPad right now is off the table (both budget wise and with the iPad 3 coming out this year), this Kindle things looks pretty tempting.