I know Les Bell writes the Orb off as "Ten minute songs with all introduction and no body" but this is a little different.
I know why I really like it - it sends me back to another time, of comfort, ease and happiness. However, it is a truly great tune - it relaxes me. As does the two albums it appears on - Sacha and Digweeds "Northern Exposure" and The Orbs "Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call of Duty (The Orb Remix Project)". Go and buy both of them for a great mid nineties kickback. If just one - get the second. It has great Primal Scream, Material and Killing Joke mixes too. Mmmmmmm.
Enjoy this Zodiac Youth mix as a calm down....
However, I'm also wanting to write about running apps today. I've been through a few - and some just plain annoyed me. Save your time...
1. Couch to 5k (Active.com) - A great first running app. Pros - You can change the voice of the feedback - it gives great help in keeping going, timing and the plan appears to be well thought out. Cons - Absolutely no leeway - if you can't follow their timetable you are likely to fail - I nearly did.
2. Zombies! 5k. A zombie version of the above. Nope. I bought it, tried it. Uninstalled it the same day. Now don't get me wrong - I like running, I like zombies - they managed to ruin both of them.
3. Runtastic Pro - Was great, now sucks. Hell - I paid for an app! Pros - you can nicely record various exercises - walking, running, bike racing - it plots your route you can look at it after - nice. Cons - Or rather you could - now maps are only available for subscription. Now I don't have a problem with charging for things - not, however, when they were available, then take them away. Not cool. Also the voice feedback on your planned training could only be changed slightly. Really bloody annoying being told you were too slow, 30 seconds to go, 20 seconds to go, 10 seconds 3, 2, 1 - EVERY minute for 40 minutes of impact training. Had to uninstall for that reason alone.
4. Map my Run + Seems a good idea - had it on for a few days - Pros - it shows locally uploaded routes by other members, their times and challenges you to beat them. Cons - you can't add in training schedules - it merely records and compares routes.
5. Runkeeper. Now this is something I like so far. It understands training schedules, has scores of it's own (5ks to 50 miles and all abilities) the way it allows you to write your own is great and it allows you to turn on and off feedback happily as well as customise it. It records nicely - you can define your own routes, name them, share them - clean interface, fast GPS pickup. Cons - so far only that one voice is available and that there isn't an integrated music player - you have to start it up before you hit GO.
That said, managed to strain my groin today, pegging it though the backroads of home. Days like this, I wish I wasn't single. Really could do with a massage...