iPotty – WTF??

General,Health and Fitness — Jeff Eske on January 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

As if kids aren’t already exposed to too much media…

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The iPotty: Toddler Potty That Comes With Built-In Stand For iPad – Ingenious or Ridiculous? | Inhabitots

No chance of fecal contamination of devices here.

Jeff Eske

“New” Indoor Rowing Machine

Health and Fitness — Jeff Eske on August 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

In past years, I did a fair amount of bicycling, but as I’ve gotten older, and drivers seem to have gotten worse, I’ve become less inclined to ride.  I’d love to do triathlons, but swimming like a rock and bad knees makes that kind of a “no-go” at this point.  I wanted something that allowed me to train with a minimum of time/travel, but that had a competitive component to it.

A few years ago, I read an article about indoor rowing, written by Clarence Bass.  Indoor rowing looked like a great idea. I could train at home, but still compete against people worldwide.  For me, competition is VITAL to me really sticking to something.  If there isn’t an opportunity to always getting better, then it’s hard to accel.  I let the rowing idea kick around in my head, but never really did anything about it.  (more…)

My $18 Standing Desk – One Year In

General,Health and Fitness — Jeff Eske on June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I’ve been using a homemade standing desk for a little over a year now.  I’ve tried this off and on for a few years now and haven’t been able to stick with it.  In fact, the first few times, I wouldn’t make it for more than a few hours before I would give up.

I finally decided, after reading yet another study about the hazards of sitting all day, that I needed to really try it.  This time around, rather than using boxes or whatever I could find, I actually purchased something to serve as my keyboard/mouse stand.  It was kind of a fluke, but on a trip through Target, I happened onto a closet organizer that cost $18 (It’s available online for under $15).  I bought it, hauled it to work, and assembled it.

 

It ended up that it was slightly low, so I had to raise it, using a book about Sharepoint and a book about Outlook 2003.  They weren’t needed for anything else anyway…

My Standing Desk

My Standing Desk

 

In addition to raising the keyboard and mouse, I had to raise my monitor, to be more ergonomically correct.  We were cleaning the office and there were 3 KVM switches that were destined to be thrown away.  It ended up that they were the perfect height.

My Monitor Stand

My Monitor Stand

The nice thing about this setup is that I still have room at the end of my desk that I sit and use if I need to write, etc.  Or, due to the mobility of the whole setup,  I can clear it all off of my desk in under a minute and have a regular, health-sapping sit-down desk.  I found that it took me probably 2-3 weeks before I consistently felt like my legs weren’t lead weights by the end of the day.   Anymore, I don’t even think about it.  I can’t say that I’ve lost any weight or feel any healthier, but I’m still glad I’m doing it.  Sitting on my a$$ all day didn’t feel like I was killing myself either, so…

Anyway, I’m glad that I’ve switched to standing.  I still occasionally sit while I talk on the phone, or when I’m planning on paper, etc. but the majority of my workday is spent standing and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

UPDATE – February 2014 – Two Years In: I’ve just found out that I may not be able to use this standing desk going forward.

Jeff Eske

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