JASON’S PICK

Can Pavlok's wristband zap you into better shape?

Plenty of people have started sporting wristbands from Fitbit, Mistfit, or Nike to track how much they walk or exercise each day. But if just looking at a chart of your activity level — or sharing it on Facebook — isn't motivation enough, a Boston startup called Pavlok may have the answer. It is designing a wristband that can give you a not-so-gentle electric shock when you miss your fitness goals. The startup came to Boston last summer, after winning admission to the Bolt accelerator program under the name Behavioral Technologies. Pavlok is planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign soon to raise money for its first batch of bracelets, says founder Maneesh Sethi. "It's not about the shock as much as it is about training your brain to do the things you say you're going to do," Sethi says. Negative reinforcement, a/k/a punishment, "really does make people pay attention," he says, adding that he studied with behavior change expert BJ Fogg at Stanford. (Sethi didn't graduate.) Sethi previously built a motivational website called Get It Done in 30; he also gained some notoriety in 2012 for hiring a woman to slap his face when he got off task. (Where else? From Craigslist.) He also runs the "life hacking" website Hack the System. "The idea with Pavlok is getting a feedback device on your wrist that adds serious ramifications if you don't go to the gym, and also rewards you when you are doing the right thing," Sethi says, comparing the concept to other startups that use money for motivation, like Stickk and Pact. Sethi wasn't ready to talk about specific features or pricing, but Pavlok has brought on a former iRobot and Lego engineer, Jim Lynch, to help shepherd its product to market. Lynch is the startup's VP of engineering. Sethi has said on his blog that he has raised more than $100,000 for Pavlok so far (the Bolt program provides $50,000 to chosen companies), and that his goal for the forthcoming crowdfunding campaign is $500,000.

KRISTEN’S PICK

Tall Guys Are More Likely To Cheat

Got a boyfriend over 5’10? Well, you’d better keep an eye on him. A new survey says he’s more likely to cheat on you than a guy who’s shorter. Who says? The folks at IllicitEncounters.com, an extra marital dating site (yep…those exist), whose poll revealed that tall men are more likely to stray, probably because they’re a little more confident than their shorter peers. “A large percentage of women want a man to be physically stronger and taller than them to make them feel protected and secure,” offers site rep Mike Taylor. “It sounds old fashioned – but it’s true.” Sure, Mike, that might be the case. But, we’d also wouldn’t mind a guy we had to look down to as long as he didn’t mess around. You know who also has an edge over other guys, Mike? Ones that don’t hang out on a cheater website. Ugh! Hmm…maybe it’s time to shave “at least 6 feet tall” off of my dating profile wish list, and replace it with “cute, little, and loyal.” ‘Cause who wants “tall, dark, and handsome” if you’re sharing him with everyone else? No thanks! Source: Metro


FRECKLES' PICK - WINNER

Did you know there is professional ambidextrous pitcher??? 

Thi s video is a little old but still cool to watch!

(Video: youtube/espn)

Patrick Michael Venditte, Jr. is an American baseball player. He is a Minor League Baseball player currently in the New York Yankees organization. After attending Creighton University, the Yankees drafted Venditte in 2008. He currently pitches for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders after having been called up from the Double-A Trenton Thunder in the Eastern League in May 2014. Venditte is a switch pitcher, capable of pitching proficiently with both arms. He is recognized as the only active professional pitcher who is able to do this. Venditte's rare ability to pitch with either arm required Minor League Baseball to create a rule for ambidextrous pitchers, known colloquially as the "Pat Venditte Rule". The Pat Venditte Rule Venditte's rare ambidextrous abilities prompted the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC) to issue a new rule for dealing with ambidextrous pitchers, limiting the number of times that a switch-pitcher and switch-hitter can change sides during one at-bat. After consulting with a variety of sources, including the Major League Baseball Rules Committee, the PBUC issued its new guidelines on July 3, 2008. OBR Rule 8.01(f) currently reads: A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch, which may be done by wearing his glove on the other hand while touching the pitcher’s plate. The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury. In the event a pitcher switches pitching hands during an at-bat because he has suffered an injury, the pitcher may not, for the remainder of the game, pitch with the hand from which he has switched. The pitcher shall not be given the opportunity to throw any preparatory pitches after switching pitching hands. Any change of pitching hands must be indicated clearly to the umpire-in-chief. Both NCAA and the National Federation of High School (NFHS) have adopted similar rules. NCAA rule 9-2k and NFHS rule 6-1-1.

Pitches Thrown LHP: fastball, slider, changeup Velocity is low to mid 80s, go-to-pitch is the slider

RHP: fastball, slider, changeup Velocity is low to mid 80s, go-to-pitch is the slider Throws a little bit harder from the right side, using a side-arm delivery