ping! iphone app (sms style messaging)

Discovered ping! (!/Ping!.html) yesterday; it seems quite a cool little app for the iphone – namely (once you know another iphone user has it and their username) it allows you to sms them for free. In non-scientific tests it seems as quick, if not quicker, than our carriers SMS.

I can’t see why (when ping! registers with the server) it can’t disclose your mobile number, and allow that to be your username, it would be so much more obvious than e.g. david-goodwin.

It has pretty much no integration with any of the rest of the iphone – e.g. address book etc, and if you delete a thread you seem to need to remember someone’s ID to message them again.

Then again, it’s free to install, messaging is free, and O2 only give me 500 free texts a month.. which get easily gobbled up when you send a message longer than 10-20 words.

ping! would also be free to text people who are abroad; luckily for them I don’t know anyone abroad with an iphone who I’d want to text much (if any).
Ho hum

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-27

  • How unfortunate …. The local youths with their Bb guns and motorbikes have left the playground. #
  • Enjoyed the latest underwood and flinch ep. (thanks @4eversleepless). Lydia vs David vs whiskey? When will the story move to gangsters etc #
  • 37.35 k done. 3 hours 18 ish. Birmingham you have been assimilated. Walking last half mile home to warm down… #
  • 21k done, aiming for full plotted route. Stuffing face with mars bar and water in selly oak tesco thing #
  • Covers himself in Vaseline bit still isn't sure about his left leg. #SundayRun #
  • Nom nom. In technicolor! #
  • Nom nom. In technicolor! #
  • Zillions more photos taken … Perhaps I'll have to clean him soon #
  • My first painting…. Rowan likes mess #
  • Starts planning a 25 mile run into Birmingham for Sunday. #stupid #broken.body #running #challenge #
  • Decides to kill Drupal on and move to WordPress. #sheep #drupal #wordpress #
  • Lost cat found ! (Quite funny!) #friday #funny #tgif #
  • Busy telling prospects to go away – in order to ensure our existing workload is completed. Not sure I'm very good at polite 'go away' emails #
  • time to try and go to sleep…. and dismiss this omnipresent grumpiness. #
  • Discovers Leicester Marathon – on the same day as Brum's Half marathon which I've already entered. #
  • I see @chairwomanmiaow is following my lead in putting her earphones through the wash…. #
  • The music is my vibe. Everybody get down! #
  • Wonders if half the virgin train really needs to be first class… Esp as it is going to Wolverhampton #
  • rah rah rah #
  • Pondering shooting the hotel residents who woke him up this morning. If there was a Guns & Licquor store in Whetstone…. and I could shoot. #
  • I'm enjoying Playa Con Dios (pt2) – #groovelectric (house/dance music) #
  • Wonder where to find vaguely healthy food in whetstone …. Ah that aroundme app might do #

Knill Nash Dash (2009; 8 mile XC run)

Knill Nash Dash – random posting on the 2009 event.

The Knill Nash Dash is an 8ish mile cross country run which happens to go through my family’s farm and so on… so as per last year, I did it again this year.

Thankfully the weather was much better this year – last year they wouldn’t let us go through the river crossings – this year they were mandatory. Last year, I was sliding around in the mud – this year the route was dry and much better.

Anyway, I came 7th (I think) with a time of 1 hour 5 minutes. Perhaps with slightly better timing towards the end I could have made one of 4th, 5th or 6th… as I was in 4th on the final ascent.

The course was well marshalled, of interesting terrain and the event itself was very well organised (thanks to the Presteigne Pacers).

My iphone sort of plotted the route as this

Anyway – I enjoyed it. My watch heart monitor thing thinks I used 1100 kcal. When ever I looked at it, it was flashing at me telling me my heart rate was too high (170+) … stupid thing… unfortunately I failed to stop it properly at the end so I lost my average heart beat – which would have been interesting.