Sad UP. Confident Jawbone.

I was more excited for that Jawbone UP then I really should have been. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t really think it was going to be the answer to a more active lifestyle, but I was excited to track my progress, patterns and use it to my fitness advantage.

A mere three days after my upbeat and optimistic blog post, my UP vibrated and died. No more tracking. No more patters. No more movement alerts. Seriously? Yep. I should have just gotten the FITBIT. Maybe I still will.

Then, after tweeting about my broken and sad-faced UP, a friend of mine sent me this link. Too ironic right? That never happens to me. The article states:

Jawbone has released an announcement that it will offer a no-questions-asked refund policy on the UP in order to win back customer confidence.

I submitted my information and yesterday I got my refund in the mail. Nope, they weren’t kidding.

I’m not sure if this has really changed my opinion of the UP. After all, I did buy it from the Apple store and I’m sure they would have taken it back.

Overall thoughts: The data it collected was interesting, but not ground breaking. Again, the sleep data was by far the most interesting but not necessary. It didn’t help me sleep better, in fact I probably slept worse knowing it was tracking me ALL NIGHT LONG. The feature that allows you to compete against other people was motivating. I was waiting for my sister to get one and the day she did mine stopped working. Hilarious.

Overall great idea — I’m anxious to see what they come out with as an adaption to the UP. Will I buy it? Maybe. I haven’t lost my confidence in Jawbone.

26 Days of UP by Jawbone

Yeah so Hi. It’s been a while since my last post on my favorite smoothies. I’ve started and stopped several posts until NOW.

Yesterday I purchased the UP by Jawbone and I am officially IN LOVE. UP is a new device created to track daily activities, specifically: eating, sleeping and movement to inspire healthier lifestyles. The device itself is a bracelet that you wear 24 hours a day. It collects data on steps, workouts and food intake during the day and sleep patterns at night. I really like the bracelet because it’s both stylish (IMO) and comfortable. I forget I’m wearing it!

So far the most interesting data collected is while I’m sleeping. It tracks how often I wake up and whether I’m getting light or deep sleep. IT’S CRAZY! The first night I slept horribly — probably because I was anxious to get the reading as soon as I woke. This is what the reading looked like on my first day:

The other really cool feature is that you can set it as an alarm clock – a silent alarm clock that vibrates to gently wake you. The technology is designed to intelligently wake you at the ideal moment in your natural sleep cycle just before your desired wake time. This might be the best feature.

The active data is interesting – not sure how accurate it is though. I wore it to the gym today where I did cardio for over an hour – a mix of running, step and latter work. It couldn’t accurately calculate my steps on a machine, but it did calculate my time on the treadmill.

Another very cool feature is the movement reminder. Set an interval of time (I set mine at an hour) and your UP wristband will vibrate on your wrist to remind you to move when you’ve been inactive for too long. This could also be my favorite feature.

The food log is, eh OK. It tracks food with images you take with your phone, which is a great reminder but it can’t accurately tabulate calories through those images (that would be cool!). I wouldn’t suggest getting the UP solely to track food intake since the data collected isn’t giving a reading of anything useful if you are trying to count calories.

I’m anxious to use UP steadily for the remainder of the month of December. I’ll report back in January with a more accurate review once I’ve used it daily for 26 more days.

Story Time With Stanley

Tomorrow the branding badass, Stanley Hainsworth, will be at the Corcoran speaking on behalf of AIGA DC on his experiences in the constantly evolving world of branding, design and agency life.



But really, who is Stanely Hainsworth? Here is a snip-bit from a Q&A with GD USA:

1. ONE THING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
Wireless access and bananas. Whoops, that’s two, okay, make the banana wireless then.

2. STAR SIGN
Leo

3. READING
Rereading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. What a study in juxtapositions.

4. FAVORITE TV SHOWS
The Office – BBC and U.S. version

5. FAVORITE MOVIES
Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders

6. FAVORITE MUSIC, BAND, SONG
Music: Alterna-rock/pop/opera/folk
Band: Tom Waits
Song: What a Wonderful World – Joey Ramone version

7. STRENGTH & WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER
Inquisitive

8. NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS
The same as every year: World domination.

9. IN THIS ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, NAME ONE THING YOU HAVE DONE TO WEATHER THE TOUGH TIMES
Make every pixel, period and moment count.

10. IF YOU WEREN’T A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A filmmaker and author.

12. WHAT’S THE ONE THING ALWAYS IN YOUR BAG?
My iPhone and moleskin. They have become one thing. The analog and the digital attached, afraid to separate and leave each other behind.

13. IF YOU COULD SPEND 15 MINTUES TALKING TO ANY PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Philippe Starck, he has branded himself while designing anything he feels like.

14. IF YOU COULD WORK FOR ANYONE, CLIENT OR PROJECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Rebranding the U.S.

Why Wegmans is the BEST: Reason #2

Fresh baked bread. Daily. Hourly. Even late!

I usually make at least 3 trips to Wegmans over the weekend, sometimes 4. Now, Saturday I spent most of the day cleaning my house and getting it “Christmas ready” and then headed out to grab a few items for dinner. I decided it would be delicious to have some fresh baked bread to accompany my pasta, but was unsure whether the bread would still be warmly fresh at 6PM like it is at 6AM.

Well that was silly! Of course it will be warm! It’s Wegmans!!!

The moment my hand hit the freshly wrapped bread package I could feel the warmness and I nearly melted. It was 6PM! They were still churning out the freshly baked bread! This is why I love Wegmans. They work late for the people, like me, who might come in at 6PM hoping for a warm loaf of bread for dinner. This is why it’s brand is so strong! They know what I’m looking before I even THINK to ask! Brilliant!

So like a goober, I totally savored in my warm bread moment. I brought it to my face and closed my eyes. I took a deep breath, breathing in it’s freshly baked goodness and exhaled. Slowly. Then I looked at the loaf and said “mmmmmmmmmmm!” and as I was about to turn around and head for the pasta sauce I noticed the bread baker behind the counter was staring at me. He just smiled and then went back to his business. At first I was self conscious, but then I realized – He enjoyed watching my warm bread moment! He loved the fact that I was oozing over the bread he just baked and put out on the shelf. I didn’t even have to say anything for him to feel my excitement thus my thanks. And that my friends is non-verbal communication at it’s finest!

There we have reason #2. I beg you to test my observation and go looking for a freshly baked bread around 6PM at Wegmans. You’ll surely be as delighted as I was. Make sure to enjoy the warm bread moment too – the baker appreciates it!

It’s all in the name.

The headline on ESPN’s Olympic Zone captures not only the success of the Jamaican dubbed The World’s Fastest Man, but also highlights the success of the dude’s name – BOLT STRIKES AGAIN – and boy has he ever.

source - ESPN Olympic Zone
source - ESPN Olympic Zone


I think we can all learn a life lesson from Usain Bolt, move over Dr. Leo Marvin for just one second. People say he’s cocky, but I think he just kept it real. Every single competitor in the Olympics is probably freaked out of their mind right before their event. Bolt on the other hand, was care free. Bouncing around, smiling, and reveling in the moment he would never have again. Even as he crossed the finish line he kept the same mentality. Yeah, he could have focused and ran a little harder – but he decided to enjoy the moment and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. We could all take a few notes from Usain Bolt and learn to enjoy the moments we have and make a stand to do so.

Just like his name reflects his insane speed on the track, it also describes his energy to enjoy each moment we are given. Revel it in. Get a little bit more excited. Laugh and Scream with passion. Who’s going to argue with that?