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Review of the Brydge Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Making things smaller, but not necessarily worse.

I suppose getting older and wanting to carry less happens to us all, and I can definitely feel it happening to me. One of the things I have decided to rationalise a little is the amount of computing hardware I carry around, particularly to short meetings with no photographic or videographic aims. Read more to find out about my experiences with the use of a Bluetooth keyboard and iPad as a note taking and writing machine. I am aware that this particular product has been available since some time in 2016, but I would like to point out that this is New Zealand, and some things take a LONG time to percolate down to here.

Click here for my thoughts on the Brydge 9.7 Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Foot Traffic Flat Half-Marathon

I wanted to go out and see if I could do better than my first half marathon race in Corvallis, so I signed up for the Foot Traffic Flat half marathon on Sauvie Island, held each year on the 4th of July.

And, here it is:


A little faster overall this time (1:57:41 chip time), but I was hampered by the mass start (I was a reasonable way back from the starting line to begin), which meant that the first two miles (3.2 km for the metric readers) was spent shuffling and sliding among a group of slower runners. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it stops you from going out too hard early and burning through all your muscle glycogen in an early blaze of glory. I did a much better job of nutritional intake and pacing this time, which helped quite a lot.


Corvallis Half-Marathon

Over the last year or so I decided I needed to get fitter. Partly because, you know, you just are meant to do that kind of thing. Also, I have to admit, because one of my residents challenged me to run the Corvallis Half-Marathon with her. And I am nothing if not competitive.

So, here it is:

1 hr 59 minutes 19 seconds chip time (the extra 10 seconds is me pausing my watch). I was aiming for less than 2 hours, so I suppose I should be happy.  Bonked a bit in the last few miles as I, regrettably, did not refuel during the race. Next time...

And the irony; my resident was in a minor car accident a couple of weeks prior, and she was not allowed to run. So I didn't get the chance to beat her.