• Dreamer
    App Reviews,  Character

    What is Your Real Personality Type (According to Social Media)?

    Personality Types & Magic Sauce I have just finished reading the book Platform by Cynthia Johnson which I found excellent. It’s not a book about personality types but addresses this topic early on because your social media profiles tell a lot more about you than you might expect. This post looks at one in-depth tool called Apply Magic Sauce (from Cambridge University) and how you can use it to analyse your own social media profiles across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and your blogs. I discuss my personal findings below to demonstrate how the tool is spookily accurate in most respects. You can then take the insights and use them to adjust…

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    App Reviews,  Spiritual Life

    Meditation with Muse 2: My Experience with EEG

    I have been meditating since my schooldays – not all the time, but often enough to have developed a good practice. My friends and I were interested in the occult, the paranormal and the esoteric and looked at numerous systems including tarot, meditation, shamanism, angels, Wicca, rune lore, Zen, scrying, ley lines, you name it. We visited a number of groups over the years, went to seminars teaching different spiritual practices and engaged in activities from guided meditation to overtone chanting to crystal workshops to earth energies and more. For me, it was an excellent foundation in what lay on the other side of science (see also my review of…

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    My Approach,  Journaling

    Day One Templates: Elegant Simplicity

    You may have seen me mention Day One a few times in other posts – it is my go-to journaling app and great for quickly jotting down ideas too. This post is about creating Day One Templates. One of the challenges I find with a daily journaling routine is my desire to have a short set of pre-defined sections or questions which I can adopt – i.e. headings. Other apps like Evernote also offer the facility for templates, but I found Evernote too unwieldy for day-to-day journaling. Evernote is geared for a different purpose. Day One has the template facility nailed and it even comes with a few templates for…

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    App Reviews,  Character,  Journaling

    Journaling – The Stoic Method & App

    I downloaded Stoic from the app store this week to try a different approach to journaling and this review is based on the 7-day trial period before the paywall kicked in. You’ll see from my other post (The Power of the Daily Journal) that I believe journaling is very important to leading a successful life (however you define it), but the challenge is that it can be very open-ended. I use Day One, but the current version does not prompt you with questions like the old Day One Classic used to. You can define your own prompts, but having something come at you unexpectedly makes you think outside the box…

  • App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    App Review: Polar Beat (iOS)

    As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a personal trainer. I have always been conscious of health and tried to balance out my diet and avoid the nasty things that often find their way into the foods we eat. Working out once a week helps keep me on track but you need some help along the way. Part 5 – this post – was intended to be a review of 4 more apps. However, since I have now deleted one of these (Weightplan) as it introduced a slew of in-app paid upgrades to access the key features, its…

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    App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 4

    Apps Reviewed: PR Fitness, Sleep Talk, Pocket CPR, Pedometer GPS+ I missed the last scheduled post – been so busy at the restaurant that I haven’t had time to write this instalment, but here it is. This is part 4 of a summary of the apps I use to help me workout and add fresh ideas to my workouts to keep it interesting. The order I am working through is based on the frequency I use the apps or the importance I attribute them. Each post covers 4 apps, so there will be 5 posts in total. Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part…

  • App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 3

    App reviews of Footsteps, TabataTrainer, Workout Hero, NHS Blood Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing a massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony. As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a…

  • App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 2

    We review: Blood Type Diet, Heart Rate, Full Fitness, Sleep Cycle Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing a massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony. As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I…

  • App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 1

    Reviewing: 100 Pushups, Stronglifts 5×5, MyFitnessPal, YAYOG, Fitocracy Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing a massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony. As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a personal trainer.…

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    App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    A Nike+ Kinect Training (Demo) Review

    I read a few reviews on this title over on LiveStrong by Beth Risdon, Susy Sedano, Marc Montemerlo – all personal trainers and so their feedback carries a lot of professional merits. I downloaded the demo onto my Xbox and finally managed to give it a try this week. As it was only the demo I could only do a sample workout, but it did also allow me to go through the fitness assessment which – for me – is a litmus test of how effective the system could be. Oh, and I’m a bit of a geek so an effective marriage of technology with real-world fitness training is something that I was…