Sunday, June 19, 2005

Garmin Forerunner 301

Since I've a bit of experience with the 201, basic use was easy enough, but access to the raw data is a bit of a problem. It does not appear to be available in any obvious form -- Polar and Sunday products I've used are pretty easy to figure out.
Why do I care?
  1. First, I care because I care about openness.
  2. Second, I care because their analysis software is pretty fancy, but does not happen to be what I want. That is why open data is important.
  3. I want is to be able to look at the relationship between work performed and heart rate. I can do that with the GPS distance and altitude information plus heart rate -- not perfectly, but better than with distance alone.
I want the raw data.
I'm disappointed.
I sent Garmin a request for help on this; perhaps they will send me the internal format they use.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Etruscan Guarnacci Museum

That's where I'm headed on July 9th. Sure, I'll stop at the wedding of some friends (conveniently in Volterra) on the way, but I've got to check out the Etruscan urns at the museum. Last time I was there, I found an urn with the story of Iphigenia, Artemis, Agamemnon & the launch of the Trojan War -- but not the version in I learned as a kid, which was more or less Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis. Instead, on the urn its pretty clear that Artemis (Diane) has compassion for Iphigenia, turns her into a deer and takes her place at the last moment.
The story never made sense to me -- Artemis was a fan of young women -- why would she allow the damn war mongering men to destroy her?
I'm anxious to find the urn & take a picture. Perhaps I'll find time to read Iphigenia in Tauris, which assumes a version more like the one on the urn.
whets interesting to me is that the tale was clearly used to put forward rather different view of women, war and warriors.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Israeli Man "...turned to fish..."

"An Israeli Infventor has developed a breathing apparatus that will allow breathing underwater without the assistance of compressed air tanks. This new invention will use the relatively small amounts of air that already exist in water to supply oxygen to both scuba divers and submarines." -- IsraCast

The general structure of the system

Saturday, June 04, 2005

One Planet Many People: Atlas of our Changing Environment

"...provides a comprehensive, visual presentation of scientifically variable information, on changes in the global environment—both the good and the bad—acquired and assessed through state-of-the-art remote sensing technology. NB Owing to the weight of the Atlas this publication is subject to an additional shipping charge of 20USD (for delivery in Europe) and 30USD (for delivery to the rest of the world). This amount will be charged once the order has been received at Earthprint and an e-mail will be sent for confirmation."
Order from EarthPrint.
The UN's Environmental Programme (Unep) released this on June 3 in anticipation of World Environmental Day, which has been celebrated/observed (whats to celebrate?) each June 5 since 1972.
Some highlights available in the BBC coverage of the publication.