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Color-blind glasses

Color-blind glasses

I have always known that I am red/green color blind- apparently it’s my mother’s fault– but it has not really held me back (though I did have to cheat on the test they gave me when I joined the BBC). However I recently found this article about living with color-blindness that mentioned the Enchroma glasses that are supposed to help. I posted the article on Facebook and bemoaned the fact that when I did the eye test on their website it said I was a “strong protan” and there is only a 30% chance that their glasses will help me.

I have looked into the Enchroma glasses before, but this article made me revisit their website and take a closer look. While they are still expensive, the prices have come down, and they offer a 60 day money back guarantee; added to that, they now have a style that fits over your existing glasses, so if you need a prescription lens you don’t have to order a special pair and wait 6 weeks. They are a bit bug-eyed (that’s them, pictured above) but it does offer a chance to try them out.

We have just gotten our tax refund, so once I found that there was an optician in Stamford that was an authorized retailer I went down this afternoon to take a look. They do say that you should try them first outdoors in bright sunshine to see the effect, and for someone with my type of color-blindness it may take a few weeks of wearing them for your brain to remap itself for them to work, and as today was grey and rainy I wasn’t expecting too much- what I really wanted to know was whether they would fit over my glasses (I have a big head so my glasses are quite wide).

There are tons of videos online of people freaking out the first time they put them on, which did not happen to me… however I did notice something. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was, it was very subtle, but what I actually noticed most was that blues seemed much more vibrant. They put a bunch of colored pencils on the desk in front of me, and I actually correctly identified all but 2 of them.

So… I have ordered a pair which I will get in a couple of days. I figure I can wear them out and about, walking the dog etc., for a month or so and see if I start to notice any real difference. If I don’t I will just return them and I’ve not lost anything, and if they do work I will either keep them or return them and order a prescription pair that look a little more normal. Watch this space and I will post the results.

And now this is a perfect excuse to post my favorite color-blind video from HAWP (Hey Ash Watcha Playin’?)

High flyin’ afternoon

High flyin’ afternoon

It was such a lovely day today, with bright sunshine after all the snow last night, that I thought I’d take advantage and send up the drone and take a few pics…

 

It was rather nice with the late afternoon sun, here are a few of the pictures I got-

 

And finally, here are a couple of those fun 360 degree panoramas, you can click and drag to look around, use the mouse wheel to zoom in, or even make them full screen by clicking the symbol next to “info”.

 

All in all a most fun afternoon 🙂

That’s better :)

That’s better :)

Holly and I are just back from a nice snowshoe hike around the woods.

We did do the long loop, and I think I go a bit faster when it’s just me and Holly 😉

Now we can relax and take it easy for the rest of the afternoon 🙂

Hmmm….

Hmmm….

So, I just went for a walk down to the High School with Jackie and took Holly along, and having then synced Holly’s tracker again I’m now a little suspicious of its accuracy-

Holly was on a leash and the walk took us about 23 minutes, but her activity has gone from 3 hrs to 4 hrs 40 mins, and her intense activity from 40 mins to 1 hr 20 mins. I can accept that there was also a bit of running around the house when she barked at people outside etc., between the two walks, but an extra 20 mins worth? And the oddest thing is that her “rest” or “sleep” time went down by 20 mins between the walks.

Hmmm. Oh well, I guess you get what you pay for. It seems to give a broad view of her activity, and I did buy it just for fun after all- and it does say she totally walked 4393 steps 😉

Holly’s activity tracker

Holly’s activity tracker

Just got back from our first walk in the woods with Holly’s new Tuokiy activity tracker. We took it at a fairly leisurely pace but it is still showing us that she only has 40% of her recommended activity… I guess it just counts what it calls “intense activity”, but since Holly doesn’t chase tennis balls any more she doesn’t run as much as she used too.

It does show 20 mins of playing, 20 mins of running and 2 hrs 20 mins of walking (and it does say Holly enjoys playing with you), so I’ll take it 🙂

Steppin’ out

Steppin’ out

I’ve been tracking my steps, not seriously but it’s kind of fun to know, since I got my late lamented Pebble Time watch. The Samsung Gear Sport that replaced it continues to track them for me (and also tracks “floors” every time you go up 10 feet) and most days I have no problem reaching my 12,000 step goal- and on particularly busy days  I sometimes get up into the low 20,000s.

Jackie has started walking more over the last month or two, often taking a few “loops” around the church after dinner, so I have been looking around for a step counter for her as a bit of encouragement, but she didn’t want a new watch or anything big and bulky. Then I found this- the Amazfit Equator. It’s actually really cool as the step counter is the ceramic bead with the hole in the middle. It can be snapped into this silicone bracelet or worn as a necklace, and it just drops into a recess on top of a little base to charge and lasts 10-20 days. There are no moving parts and no read-out or buttons, it syncs by Bluetooth with your phone and you see your steps and sleep info (yes, it tracks the quality of your sleep too) on an app on the phone.

It’s quite amazing that a small, smooth, shiny bead can have in it an accelerometer, battery, Bluetooth radio, and a processor to make it all run- we truly do live in the future 🙂 Anyhow, Jackie likes it and has been blowing away her step goals which she has now raised up to 9,000!

I was joking around with Crisp that it would be fun to put it on the dog to track her steps, and was not really surprised to find after a little research that they actually make a canine step tracker called the FitBark (ha, ha). However the FitBark goes for $70, a little more than I’m prepared to spend just for shits and giggles to track the dog’s activity. I told her that if it was like $29.99 I’d be all over it (she thought it was very funny to find out that my limit for stupid purchases was $29.99).

Then I found this, the Tuokiy Pet Tracker for, you guessed it, $29.99! Even better it had a $4 coupon so after $3.99 for one-day shipping it was $29.98 🙂

It’s pretty basic, it clips to the collar with a silicone band and takes a coin cell battery that supposedly lasts between 30-90 days (we’ll see) and connects by Bluetooth to an app on your phone. You plug in all the info about your dog (breed, gender, age, weight etc.) and it gives you a suggested goal of an amount of active time per day (it suggests 100 minutes for Holly). So it doesn’t actually track steps, it tracks time by “activity”, “intense activity”, “sleep” or “deep sleep”.

Anyhow, it arrived this evening and was surprisingly easy to set up. We went out and did a quick walk down the Post Road to the High School and back along Milton Road to try it out, and this is what it shows:

 

So I’m pleasantly surprised to find it works and is tracking something, we’ll have to see what it shows after a good run in the woods tomorrow 😉

 

 

Aaargh, bacon!

Aaargh, bacon!


This is the last of it.
Now I just have to wash 5 really gross and greasy baking sheets, and go and take a shower to try and get the smell of bacon out of my hair!