I was a beta tester of Zwift on Apple TV although from beta to release was exceptionally short, only a matter of a few weeks. At least for me. I suspect the team at Zwift was busy on this one for a lot longer.
I love riding on Zwift. As a form of augmented reality, the game really does draw you into the experience of riding in a way that is very engaging.
I currently use Zwift on a laptop and I use Zwift’s app on the iPad to help navigate common commands while riding — it can be a bit challenging leaning over to the laptop and trying to tap on the keys while maintaining pace on a bike. I have the iPad on a stand within easy reach of my hand.
Zwift on Apple TV makes things a lot simpler from a connectivity perspective assuming that the sensors on the bike and on the trainer can all communicate via Bluetooth. Bring up the app, pair the sensors and the game now presents on a really big screen.
Fewer wires, larger displays.
Zwift also gave me a new Parlee ESX bike:
Unfortunately, as a virtual machine, it only works in Zwift.
Particularly pronounced in cyclists:
Many of these affected genes, especially in the cells of the interval trainers, are believed to influence the ability of mitochondria to produce energy for muscle cells; the subjects who did the interval workouts showed increases in the number and health of their mitochondria — an impact that was particularly pronounced among the older cyclists.
It seems as if the decline in the cellular health of muscles associated with aging was “corrected” with exercise, especially if it was intense, says Dr. Sreekumaran Nair, a professor of medicine and an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic and the study’s senior author. In fact, older people’s cells responded in some ways more robustly to intense exercise than the cells of the young did — suggesting, he says, that it is never too late to benefit from exercise.
My friends at Colnago decided to let me know about their new machine, the K.one. This is the fastest Colnago frame if I want to ride at speeds faster than my age — which is getting harder and harder each year now.
From their website:
The new Colnago K.One represents pure performance – pushing the limits of speed. The K.One is the fastest Colnago frame for cycling at speeds above 50 km / h. The frame was developed in the wind tunnel, building on the information gained during the development of the Concept, Colnago’s aero road frame. The K.One offers total aerodynamic integration, adjustment, and customization thanks to solutions designed to facilitate ease of set-up and precision bike-fit.
Super bikes come with super prices. I suspect the K.one tricked out like the photo above is somewhere north of $10,000, probably closer to $15,000. Before taxes.
I have two Colnago bikes, one carbon and one steel. The steel bike is built off the Master X 30th anniversary frame. Whereas the K.one looks like a stealth bomber, the Master X has a timeless, classic design. And the feel of steel. I love riding that bike.
In my work, I receive a lot of email. Three hundred, four hundred or more everyday.
And I receive a lot of unsolicited emails from vendors. Upwards of 100 or more on some days. Google is doing a pretty good job directing them into spam. I still have to check though, just in case there is something there that requires my attention.
Every so often I see a subject line that gives me hope. Hope that I might receive less email in a day. Like the one above.
Captioned “Connecting One Last Time” and complete with a forward of a chain of half a dozen similar emails was this dire warning: “I will plan on reconnecting in a month, unless you let you know…”
Hmmm. Unless I let myself know that I am ready to evaluate their services sooner.
I plan to let myself be kept in the dark on this one.
Not Peter’s guitar. A copy of his guitar. Gibson will set it to you for $25,000 CAD no less. This line is being positioned as a very exclusive collector’s instrument. Gibson made only 35 of them available to the public. I have it on fairly good authority that Peter was given three of them. Always a key thing to keep in mind when buying stupidly expensive guitars. A copy is still a copy.
How much did Peter pay for the original?
It was given to him. So now he has four of them.
Life isn’t fair.
My friends at Reverb had passed me a link to an interview that they recently did with Peter Frampton. And he tells the story about how he lost his guitar and how it came back to him decades later.
The story was covered widely back in 2012. From NPR:
That guitar — a shiny black number with an added pickup — became Frampton’s signature instrument. He continued to use it with Humble Pie, and in his solo material, played it almost exclusively for years. It even made the cover of his classic 1976 live album, Frampton Comes Alive!
In 1980, while Frampton was on tour in South America, the guitar was put on a cargo plane in Venezuela, en route to Panama. The plane crashed right after takeoff.
“Basically I’m thinking, ‘It’s gone,'” Frampton recalls. “But the thing is, I’m also sitting in a restaurant where I can see the pilot’s wife. She’s waiting in the hotel for her husband, who, unfortunately, didn’t make it. So we were all overcome, because people lost their lives as well as our complete stage of gear.”
What Frampton didn’t know is that the guitar had survived, albeit with some bumps and bruises. It fell into the hands of a musician on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, who owned it for many years before a local guitar collector spotted it and contacted Frampton. After some negotiation, the guitar was returned to Frampton last month.
Here is a relatively current shot of Peter with the Phenix (and, yes, that is the spelling for the name of this guitar).
Peter has aged. He is 67 now. I am not that far behind him. He’s still playing. And he is still playing well.
Here is Gibson’s interview with Peter about the same story.
I still hear many of these guitar riffs whenever I drop into guitar shops. Must drive staff crazy to hear the same riffs everyday. And yes, I have seen signs posted in some shops.
Might be time to learn a few new riffs.
It was time.
Time to go with my own in-ear personal monitoring system.
I ordered the Shure P3TRA215CL system which includes the Shure SE215 earphones, rackmountable transmitter and the PR3A bodypack receiver. Built to a higher standard than the P3TR112GR, I expect to resolve a number of issues that I seem to be having when I am playing live. (You can read the differences about the two systems here.)
First and foremost, I am really having trouble hearing myself on stage and it seems to be getting worse as I age. I rarely play on a silent stage and, as a consequence, there are monitor level wars. It only takes one player to start with the “more me” and, before you know it, everyone else is getting louder.
With the Kemper system, I no longer have an amp in the room to wash the sound. I have to rely on a monitor wedge being at exactly the right angle as well as at a relatively high volume level to hear my parts clearly. If I am not in the exact sweet spot with the monitor, I can barely hear my instrument. Monitor wedges seem to have a far more focused and directional sound field.
Finally, I am playing constantly through headphones when I am practicing at home. I have become accustomed to hearing the sound in that format and it is a now bit odd hearing it through the air. I play more aggressively with less nuance when playing through a wedge because I cannot hear the finer details on stage.
The new system should arrive later this week.
I expect to enjoy the freedom of not being tied to a wedge and hopefully having the sound at a level that is appropriate for me without impacting other players on stage.