Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ryan Lochte and Ed Moses Get A Reality Show Called “Stroke Kings”

ryan lochte ed moses stroke kings

Is this for real? I just read a tweet from @reezy_nation mentioning the Facebook page for Stroke Kings, reality show on Universal Sports about Ryan Lochte and Ed Moses.

ryan lochte ed moses stroke kings

From Facebook.com/StrokeKings:

Stroke Kings is a series that delves into the rigorous training of two Olympic swimmers who struggle to resist being consumed by the seductions of celebrity and overcome personal hurdles. Beneath Lochte’s brash, “king of college town” façade, there is a kid grappling with never-ending family issues. Meanwhile, Moses must come to terms with the fact that his Hollywood playboy lifestyle and current business ventures will need to take a back seat in order for him to realize his Olympic ambitions. Ryan Lochte and Ed Moses are best friends who know what it takes to succeed at their sport’s highest level, but they also know that it’s not worth anything if they’re not having fun. Their lifestyle and unfiltered personalities will intrigue, captivate and inspire.

ryan lochte ed moses stroke kings

At first I thought it was a joke, but it looks like Stroke Kings will be airing Monday nights at 7:30pm EST/PST starting July 11, 2011. It looks like Speedo and USA Swimming are supporting this project, so I guess we’ll just see what happens.

ryan lochte ed moses stroke kings

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this idea of a swimlebrity reality show. Not to be confused with the Google search results for Stroke King (singular) which is a website that posts reviews of pornographic videos!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Visualization of CDC Drowning Statistics by State (Map)

I love data, so I was thrilled to find that the CDC database includes a map-making feature. Check out the visualization I made with the drowning death rates between 2000-2006:

drowning statistics by state

Can you draw any conclusions from the map? It looks like Florida and states bordering the Mississippi River have higher rates, possibly because of their access to large bodies of water. That’s all speculation of course. What do you think?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Two Kinds of Google Goggles

google goggles

It appears that Google is in the goggle business (in more ways than one). The first, and more well-known type of Google Goggles is the search function that allows you to use your mobile device camera to search for logos, locations, products, and landmarks just by snapping a picture!

google goggles

Check out this video from GoogleMobile that demonstrates how the Google Goggles work:

“Wouldn’t it be great if you could just put on a pair of magic glasses and instantly find out more about the world around you!”

I’ve tried it out, and although the technology is still young, it’s still fun to see what comes up in this new form of augmented reality.

Not the kind of goggles you had in mind? Well, you may be interested to discover that Google might be getting into a more tangible form of goggle products. According to this article, Google has acquired a patent for a “multi-function display apparatus” that includes a method of calculating heart rate, lap, and position that is then “transmitted into the wearer’s field of view by means of a fiber optic element and projected at a focal point within the focusing range of the wearer’s eyes” (source).

The patent was originally granted to inventor Harry Linden in 1996. More research into Harry Linden’s inventions reveal a product called Time Window that displays information on an LCD screen inside a goggle lens. However, this idea seems to be old news as “Linden’s company is working with fiber optics to create a system that essentially transmits the image formerly confined to the LCD directly onto the lens surface of goggles or eyewear. The image is transparent so as not to interfere with wearers’ vision” (source).

google goggles

Could this be the technology covered in the patent that Google acquired? The description certainly seems to include transmitting information via fiber optics into the goggle field.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Voluntary Recall of One Million Pool Drain Covers

pool drain cover recall

On May 26, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall that now includes pool and spa drain covers from 10 different manufacturers.

The recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers. So far there have been no reported incidents or injuries.

Aquatics International is on top of the story, and will continue to provide updates as the story develops. Check out their article: CPSC Issues Massive Drain Cover Recall or visit their Drain Cover Recall Roundup (yeehaw!)

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