Tracking all of me, all of you


UA knows when, where, how fast, and how far I’m running. Creepy or awesome?

Under Armour, the sports apparel brand headquartered in Baltimore, acquired fitness tracking app MapMyFitness in late 2013. In 2015, UA bought nutrition and diet app MyFitnessPal and personal trainer app Endomondo. This means that that UA could potentially have access to a variety of health and fitness related data, like your height, weight, diet, activity levels, types of activities, and more. What can the company do with this information?

First, I read over the UA-MapMyFitness Terms and Conditions of Use, then checked out UA’s Security and Privacy Policy. I should note that I am not a lawyer, and a lot of this was more than a little confusing. UA is pretty explicit in noting that it will use your personal information for a number of things, but two of those really jumped out to me: Continue reading


Changing email habits

A chipmunk and a laptop, because whatever

I decided to examine all the areas in my life where inefficiencies exist. Think of this as my Frederick Taylor approach to life, maximizing my productivity in every area of my existence. First step: email.

As soon as I get an email, I read it. Okay, fine. The problem is that I don’t have time, when I read it, to respond. Next thing I know, I have a number of emails that have been read, but not acted on. It’s time to treat email as a task unto itself, where I read and respond.

I decided to Google the topic. According to “People Skills Decoded,” how often you check depends on how many you get: Continue reading