Category Archives: Misc.

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The Martyn Ashton Story

This is an amazing story that was shared by a good friend of mine. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me.  Basically It summarizes a few years of an amazing cyclist and his story.

After the Accident:

Back on Track:




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Blue Light Blocking Glasses


“Throughout evolution, brightness meant that it was daytime and that we should be awake and get stuff done, while darkness meant that it was time to sleep and recover.” -Kris Gunnars

The Problem:

Modern light bulbs and electronic devices (especially computer monitors), also produce large amounts of blue light and “trick” our brains into thinking that it is daytime.


When it gets dark in the evening, a part of the brain called the pineal gland secretes the hormone melatonin, which signals to our bodies and brains that it is time to get tired and go to sleep.

Blue light, whether from the sun or a laptop, is very effective at inhibiting melatonin production.

This means that our bodies don’t get the proper signal that it’s time to go to sleep, reducing both the quantity and quality of our sleep.

Studies have linked melatonin suppression in the evening to various health problems, including metabolic syndrome, obesity and cancer,  as well as mental disorders like depression

The Solution(s):

(1) Don’t use any blue light devices after a set time typically a few hours before bed (TVs, Smartphones, lights, etc). Stick to candle light or non blue light producing devices.

(2)  Download software for your computer/mobile devices:

(3) My older TV and newer ones as well don’t have apps that you can just download. So ultimately the best solution is to wear blue light blocking glasses for a few hours before you go to bed. Kendra and I have been discussing getting some for a while now but the other day a friend of hers reminded us about them. Me and Kendra have some on order from Amazon. I will write more about the once I have used the for a few weeks.


references: Kris Gunnars

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Proper Keyboard and Mouse Ergonomics

Over my career in working with computers, I have used quite a few keyboards. I have also used numerous amounts of customer’s keyboards. In addition I have seen the ergonomic practices of many both at home and on the job. For several years my dad has worked as a rehabilitation counselor, sometimes he does ergonomic assessments. I will share with you what I have learned both from my father and from doing some research.

The biggest problem I have is that as far back as I can remember, keyboards have had those flip up stands in the back. When those stands are in use they tilt the back of the keyboard up higher than the front. But if your aware of proper ergonomics you will know that the keyboard should actually be tilted the opposite way if at all. It is best not to be able to see wrinkles on the top of your wrist. If you see them perhaps you are putting too much strain on your hands while typing and this can lead to carpel tunnel. If your using a flat keyboard you can purchase a memory foam keyboard palm support. I also suggest these for your mouse. You will find that there are many other ergonomic options if you do a little research. My father often recommends to his clients some kind “Wave” Keyboard. I have a Goldtouch keyboard at my house. Both my keyboard at home and the Wave keyboard are shown below.