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My Must-Have Android Apps

With a few friends getting Android telephones recently, I thought I’d update my list of must-have Android apps for those looking to add value to their device. In no particular order:

  • XiiaLive — A Shoutcast frontend for listening to online radio stations (generally kcea). Purchased Pro version.
  • Google Earth — fun 3D visualization of the globe
  • Kindle – to my surprise, reading on my 4.3″ screen isn’t a problem and as such, Kindle has become a pretty heavily-used application as I’ve started to read a lot more.
  • My Tracks — does GPS logging and provides ready export to KML, Fusion Tables, and My Tracks, a must for any geo nerd.
  • GPS Status — for seeing current location/speed/etc (another geo nerd must)
  • Chrome to Phone — useful for sending web pages and maps to your phone for mobile consumption
  • At Bat ’11 — for listening (and watching if I get to the Twins and Giants
  • News and Weather — Provides a nice lightweight recap of the news and weather forcecasts
  • Google Googles — visual search, great for impressing old people
  • DoggCatcher — outstanding podcast manager, listen to Writer’s Almanac and Talk of the Nation everyday on the way to work. Purchased pro version.
  • Maps (built-in) — turn-by-turn driving directions, game changer for me
  • Cardio Trainer — provides exercise/gps tracking, has an excellent workout dashboard, good export options. Another game changer, have been exercising a lot more as a result of having this. Purchased pro version.
  • TV Listings — I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do, I use this app to decide what to watch.
  • Coloroid — somewhat challenging and always enjoyable block game that’s great when you have a few minutes to kill

April 29, 2011

Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet Cruise

Some pics from my cruise around Suisun Bay, highlighted by some shots of the Reserve (mothball) Fleet and the mighty USS Iowa (BB-61).

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View trip in Google Earth, download KML

April 24, 2011

Day at Hidden Villa

If days were judged in miles hiked, number of lizards seen, or getting stared daggers at by a rooster, today was a rousing success:

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CardioTrainer link, 860 calories burned!

Site note: For anyone looking for great hiking and a great farm experience, Hidden Villa in Los Altos, CA can’t be beat.

April 16, 2011

Pics from Myrtle Beach

Some photos from my trip out to Myrtle Beach last month for Coastal GeoTools, the “Best Coastal GeoTools Ever.”

View photos in Google Earth or Google Maps

April 11, 2011

Monday morning

You talk like a mad man, a man with no skill
Two years I’ve been waiting against my own will
Now I’m determined to have my own way

April 7, 2011

The Mondays?


Fresh lemonade, 75 degrees, new tablet arriving in the mail. Reasons why I don’t have a case of the Mondays, yet…

April 4, 2011

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