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Welcome to Carlsonhome.net. I use this space mainly to collect things I find online and find them later, but if other people find them interesting or useful, great! My name is Eric Carlson, and I'm currently a research scientist at Philips Healthcare, just north of Manhattan. When I'm not at work, I'm probably either training for my next event (had been running, now getting into triathlon...), or out using one of my many groupons (I'm not an addict - I can stop whenever I want.). For more information about me, please see my About Me page. It also seems like a lot of people come here for my computer help section, which can now be found here.

 

Power of Daily Exercise

“Exercise seemed to completely cancel out many of the changes induced by overfeeding and reduced activity,” said Dylan Thompson, a professor of health sciences at the University of Bath and senior author of the study. And where it did not countermand the impacts, he continued, it “softened” them, leaving the exercise group “better off than the nonexercise group,” despite engaging in equivalently insalubrious behavior.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/the-power-of-a-daily-bout-of-ex...

More data on sensible commuting

“In places where people walk more, obesity rates are much lower,” she noted. “New Yorkers, perhaps the ultimate walkers, weigh six or seven pounds less on average than suburban Americans.”

Arches smarches

After running with 5-fingers for about a year my feet feel stronger than ever, despite my having "flat feet," and being steered towards super motion-stability shoes for years.  Interesting study continuing along the lines that "modern" running shoes are baloney...

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/08/20/213882836/golden-arches-human...

 

Wish they had this last year...

Would have made my commute easier, but looking forward to easier access to/from west-side now

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120326/upper-west-side/two-way-bike-la...

NYC Bike shares!

Excited to see how this works!  Not bad pricing - $99/year with unlimited 30 minute trips, only $4 for up to an hour (although gets pricey past that...)

http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/

http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/05/07/citigroup-to-sponsor-nyc-bike-shar...

 

What a great time to be a Maker!

I've been refreshing my CPLD/FPGA knowledge from undergrad and have been amazed how much easier, cheaper, and more powerful everything's gotten since I first learned it in highschool/college (Lattice's MachXO2 boards are awesome!). I just came across a new website that I was amazed by - http://www.circuitlab.com/ - in-browser circuit design and simulation, doing for free what we had ~$1000+ software to do 10 years ago, wow!  Between those kinds of things, and cheap, on-demand, circuit board fab and 3d printing, what a great time to be a Maker!

Heavy-duty (exercise) brains!

Possible source of some of the cognitive enhancements conferred by exercise...

Light matters!

More ways that light matters for things unrelated to just image processing... I've read about how the color of light effects sleep (e.g. bluer light, from screens, for example, can keep people awake at night), but this is an interesting interaction between age-related eye optics changes and the "internal clock"