Archive for August, 2012

Ashtanga Yoga – There’s an app for that?

Monday, August 27th, 2012

After a year’s absence from my regular Mysore Ashtanga practice, I was finally able to return yesterday! I had a great practice with my amazing teacher, Amy, at goodyoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. goodyoga is a really lovely, peaceful yoga practice space, and the folks who run it are super friendly and helpful.

During my practice, I realized that I had forgotten some poses and also jumbled up the placement of a few poses in the sequence. In retrospect, I probably should have taken a peek at the primary series sequence before practice. I have a great practice manual by David Swenson, but I would have had to really look at it carefully before I walked out the door because it’s kind of a heavy book to carry around. While I’m not a proponent of yoga apps and DVDs in place of actual practice with an experienced teacher, I feel like an Ashtanga app would have been helpful in this instance — just as a reference guide.

I was surprised to find that there are actually two Ashtanga yoga apps for iPhone and iPad, one of which was created by Richard Freeman, a renowned teacher of Ashtanga. While I would never bring a cheat sheet to practice, I don’t think it would hurt to have an app on my iPhone to help jog my memory when I’m on my way to practice.

Mountain Lion Update – OS X 10.8.1

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Apple released the first update to Mountain Lion today. Per Apple’s support notes, OS X 10.8.1 contains several fixes including the following:

  • Resolves an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
  • Improves compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
  • Addresses an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent iMessages from being sent
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
  • Resolves an issue when connecting to SMB servers with long names
  • Addresses a issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using a Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
  • Improves 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials.

The update can be downloaded directly from Apple’s site here or via Software Update, which will direct to the Mac App Store.

Cloud Atlas

Monday, August 13th, 2012

As I was sifting through all the Mac-related news today, I came across the trailer for “Cloud Atlas.” It’s probably one of the longest trailers I’ve seen in a while, but if you’ve read the (brilliant) novel by David Mitchell which inspired the movie, then you’ll understand why. You can check out the trailer and commentary from the team of directors – Tom Twyker, Lana Wachowski, and Larry Wachowski – on iTunes here.

Tom Twyker did a brilliant cinematic adaption of Perfume, by Patrick Süskind, and the Wachowski siblings are sci-fi geniuses, so “Cloud Atlas” looks like it could be a visual masterpiece. Looking forward to seeing it when it arrives in theatres on October 26!

 


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