Link Dump – 2017/03/26

Fidget Cube

Last summer I saw this “toy” on Kickstarter and thought it looked neat. When I’m out to dinner I tend to fidget with something. Usually it ends up being the paper wrap you take off the napkin and silverware. I also like to grab something lying around my desk to keep my hands busy when I’m on a work audio or video chat.

A month ago an ad on Facebook caught my eye, claiming something like 80% off. Sounded like a good deal, at just under $15 after shipping, so I placed an order without thinking twice. Turned out to be a bit of a mess and may actually be an imposter. The ad had said shipping within 24 hours, so after not receiving my item for a couple of weeks I went back to check things out.

The Facebook page associated with the company (I’m refuse to even link to it) selling this fidget cube was full of angry customers. Yikes! Not a day later, I finally got a shipping notification. It shipped directly from China, so I’m almost certain it’s a knockoff. It looks exactly like the one from the Kickstarter though and the construction feels pretty good. If you want to grab the original, head over to Antsy Labs.

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So far so good. I pick it up all the time when I’m thinking about a problem, reading something on the interwebs, watching a video, or participating in a video chat.

Zero Reps On 17.5… For Now

My 17.5 will have to wait. I tweaked my back 6 reps into a 17.4 redo on Sunday and it has turned out to be the worst one I’ve experienced. Walking and basic human function has been challenging most of the week. Thankfully I finally started to see some improvements this afternoon. I made it to the gym tonight to watch some of the crew crush the workout and then got to enjoy beer and pizza with everyone.

I’ll battle with 17.5 in a few weeks when I’m healed up. I’m going to finally find a PT and hopefully correct whatever keeps causing these back problems.

AdaBox003

AdaBox003 arrived! It’s my first box as an official subscriber. I bought 001 and 002 through the Adafruit store, but as a subscriber you get:

  1. The new box automatically each quarter.
  2. A cheaper price – $60 with free shipping.
  3. Extras!

Each AdaBox has a theme and this one is right up my alley…

THE WORLD OF IoT – CURATED BY DIGI-KEY

IoT is short for “Internet of Things” and covers a wide range of devices, including home automation. I had actually saved several of these items on my wishlist and planned to buy them when I’d finished some other projects, so it’s a very cool surprise.