Posts in: Technology

Long-Distance Misfit

0 comments / February 26, 2016

On February 21, my Misfit Shine phone app sent me a lovely message informing me that the Shine and I had walked 150 miles together. I’m pretty sure that’s 75 miles more than I would have walked in six weeks without the Shine.    

Seeing the Future: New Options in Cataract Surgery

0 comments / February 22, 2016

My stepfather’s mother had cataract surgery back in the 1960’s. She was diabetic and must have had severe cataracts. It was a rare surgery back then. As I recall, she was bedridden for days, and forever after wore pop-bottle glasses that distorted her eyes. Flash forward fifty years. Nowadays, it seems, cataract surgery is aRead more

When All You Need Is Love….

0 comments / February 14, 2016

According to the Pew Foundation, 15 percent of American adults have used online dating sites as of 2015.That number seems really low to me–but that is, perhaps, due to my demographic. The numbers grow steadily upward with education and income levels, although they decline with age. If you study the bar chart, you discover, inRead more

Still Shining

0 comments / February 10, 2016

Update on my fitness tracker: I really do love my Misfit Shine. I bought it mostly because was the only affordable alternative for swimming. But there’s so much more. Most important: The Happy Dance. When I meet my 10,000 point goal, the watch doesn’t just buzz (which, as I understand it, is all you getRead more

And We’ll All Shine On

0 comments / January 10, 2016

I got myself a new gadget for the new year. As with breakfast cereal and moisturizer, there are way too many choices, and that slowed me down. Swimming is one of my major activities, so I wanted something waterproof, but not something that looked like a gonzo diver’s watch. And not something that cost hundredsRead more

Baby Boomers at the Digital Divide

0 comments / July 29, 2015

The New York Times featured an interesting bit of technology last week. The Lively safety watch is a real (although outsized) watch that has an orange button to push when help is needed. It also operates any number of sensors that can do any number of things: Send reminders to take medications, send records toRead more