A Question of Connectivity

Over the weekend Dayle and I watched the epic hockey matchup between the United States and Russia from Sochi. Being on the west coast, and lacking most of the other NBC-based channels that are showing the winter games, our options for Olympic consumption is quite limited.

I’m sure some of you are saying “but Chris, you can watch everything online at nbcolympics.com”. And you’re right, person talking to their computer monitor, but did you know you have to verify your television service before accessing more than 30 minutes of footage? This is perfect for cord cutters because…no, wait, it isn’t perfect. Thankfully my parents have been generous with their FiOS account, allowing access to HBO Go and now full replays of Olympic events. It’s a crappy workaround, but at least it works.

The happy ending to all of this, besides the final score of the game is that we were able to watch all of this on our television thanks to some nifty connectivity between my MacBook Air and an Apple TV. Now I know making fun of Apple for one reason or another is still a thing people do, but in this case I can’t complain. It simply works. And it’s great.

I’m not sure if there’s a diabetes tie-in to this, but I’m sure I could string out some kind of connection to device connectivity and data interoperability if I really tried. Luckily, I won’t bore you with that drawn out attempt.

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Staying Zen

It’s not every day you have an olympic athlete on your podcast. Well, it’s not every day unless you work at ESPN or some fine institution like that. Anyway, Cross-Country Skier Kris Freeman is my guest for Episode 91. Kris was a member of the Olympic Team in 2002, 2006 and 2010 so naturally we spend some time talking about the Olypmics of the past and the upcoming games in Russia. Our discussion also covers his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, its impact on his skiing, his experiences as a diabetes advocate and as the title suggests, how he manages to Stay Zen before, during and after his competitions.

Obviously, the real noise around Kris and his teammates is a few years away but you can keep up with Kris as he build momentum to the Winter Games on his blog at FasterSkier.com. Enjoy.

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