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Two great things I have tried in the past couple of weeks. 

In the past two weeks (roughly), I have tried two things that have turned out to be terrific!

1) Nike+ iPod thingee
I spent twebty pounds on the little Nike+ dohicky that is supposed to go inside your Nike+ shoes. There is a little adapter that plugs into my iPod and as I run I get an audio and visual report on how long, fast, etc I have been running.

Like all things Apple, (and Nike) it's slick and works perfectly first time.

A couple of things have really impressed me, one the Nike+ website and interaction with iTunes. When I sync my iPod, it goes on to the Nike+ website and I now have a Widget that shows my mileage etc.

The second and massively cool feature is that the other night I went for a longer run. And at the end Paula Radcliffe suddenly started coming out of my iPods headphones, congratulating me on my longest run to date!

What a great little bonus feature!! Well done Nike & Apple. It's silly but I was buzzing over that all evening!

Heres the Nike+ site:

2) Blog Bridge
I have been using Bloglines pretty much religiously since I came across it. It has survived the Google Reader threat. It's just great and I love it. BUT, it's web-based, meaning when I am offline I can't read any blogs.
I found and have been trying Blog Bridge which is a multi-platform, Java application that reads blogs, and does a mighty fine job of it to!
I've been using it almost a week now an am thinking I'll stick with it, the interface take a bit of adjusting after Bloglines, but being able to read my many hudreds of blogs offline is a massive bonus! There are some great features like the ability to automatically highlight keywords you specify wherever they appear.
The guides feature is pretty cool too, though I am only just getting my head around it.

It is very much worth checking out, its open source by the way.

Heres the website:
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My new phone has been announced!! 

Some of you already know I use a Nokia 9500 Communicator mobile phone.
I use it all the time and I love it, but have been tempted by newer more shiny phones.

But enGadget dropped the news today that Nokia have announced the new communicator, the e90.

Check out the specs on the engadegt website over at : ... -launched/

It is probably not going to hit the Uk till late this year, which probably gives me just enough time to save up for it! :)
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Judo Vision website 

Judovision: Online Judo Movies

This site has something in the region of 200 Judo clips, free to view, take a look.

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Awesome video of the web and web 2.0 

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Uechi-Ryu week two. 

Hi everyone,
well Sally and I have been to our third Karate class adn may well keep doing so. It is very interesting starting as a new student in a new art.

Probably something we should all do now and then. It's very, how shall I say, educational to be the student and completely lost. Where as how often do we as Judo coaches ever feel that sensation.

Anyway, in an effort to help raise the dojo web ratings, here is some linkage to

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