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Think Smartwatches Are Dumb? They Saved These Peoples’ Lives

Caitlin McGarry writing in Tom’s Hardware brings us some examples of a very important aspect of smartwatches. – Health Monitoring.

Currently, smartwatches from Apple, Fitbit and others can tell you your heart rate and track your workouts. Some can even analyze your sleep. But these companies want to go beyond the basics by developing ways to tell you when something is wrong. A smartwatch could even diagnose your condition all on its own.

In fact, it’s already happening.

As each generation of smartwatch comes out it’s another example of mass market driving product size and prices down to help people.  The article also goes into detail about some other advances going on in both research and regulation.

 

Election Night

(I had written this to both Twitter and Facebook earlier tonight, but I think it’s work reposting here)

I think election night is one of those nights that everyone on social media gets a free pass to rant. Emotions are running high on both sides. Just remember we all have to live with each other tomorrow and we can’t change the results.

The voters have spoken for better or for worse. This does not mean if you are not happy you give up. It means if you think the government of the day is not doing their job then you make them know that. Do it in a way that does not involve name-calling. Stick to facts.

There have been good and bad candidates in all parties which means there are good and bad candidates that have been elected. Remember almost all of them ran to serve.

Double check things you read. Get to know your MPP, ask them to be involved in their communities, the good ones will want to know what is going on. Make sure they and the community at large know about the challenges that many people in this province face. We have never been in a better era to let these sort of messages be heard. (for better or for worse). Be well.

Tolkien Exhibit at Oxford

Dust jacket of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Photograph: The Tolkien Trust 1977

There is an exhibition at Oxford University called Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth until October. Looks like it’s going to be a great exhibition.

Samantha Shannon from the Guardian has a great piece about how she found inspiration from Tolkien’s work.

Throughout my career as a writer, I have found Tolkien to be a source of both self-doubt and inspiration. On the one hand, it can be tempting to give up in the face of his brilliance. He began to invent his first Elvish language when he was a student at Oxford, and eventually built a “Tree of Tongues” – one of the items on display in the exhibition – that charted his constructed languages from source.

It is not very often items from the Bodleian Libraries Tolkien collection are available to view so if you are lucky enough to be in Oxford it would be well worth checking out.

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