Thursday, November 21, 2013

The great yoga pants test

My Lululemon pants in action, third yogi in.

In light of the Lululemon controversy (understatement), and due to the fact that 99 percent of the clothes that 99 percent of Boulder County wears are yoga pants (also understatement), I decided to fuse my fashion column with my fitness review background for this Sunday's Life & Arts section.

Read the coverage here: "Getting our (yoga) panties in a wad." 

At the heart of the criticism is Lululemon's assertion that the only reason their yoga pants don't hold up over time is because of the not-fit-enough bodies wearing them -- not the quality of product.

It made me wonder: How do Lululemon pants -- the most expensive brand I know -- stand up next to other popular, less expensive brands?

Enter: The great yoga pants test.

With the help of my intelligent and informed friend and dance teacher, Renu Gupta, we reviewed seven popular brands of yoga pants worn over the course of two years, rating their various features, from sheerness to pilling to "cantaloupe factor" (how nice your butt looks -- because, well, let's be honest here).

My Under Armour pants enjoying aerial yoga.
I couldn't include every brand ever created -- just the ones I've tried. I do wish I'd included my Under Armour pants, but they're only six months old. (If they're still looking this good in a year and a half, they'll be my new faves.)

I wanted to put this information in the shape of an online infographic, and I played with plenty of great websites, including infogr.am. But after too much time there, I returned to good ol' trusty Prezi's interactive images, because they simply offered more -- including the zooming feature, crucial to closely examining the crotches of my various yoga pants.

My digital journalism lesson: Interactive images still beat static infographics in many cases.

My fashion and fitness lesson: Fill your closet with inexpensive Champions and splurge on a few Athleticas.

What do you think?


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Is HopTo the solution to Office on the iPad? Nope. Rated: F

It's comical that the iPad still doesn't work well with Office.

As with many people, my entire life is stored on Google Drive. I do my work, finances, budgeting, planning and other oh-so-very-grown-up-sounding stuff there, and I've been searching for years for a free app that allows me to access Drive with the same ease of the web.

There's been a lot of chatter about HopTo lately, so I downloaded it on my iPad.

First impression: Fast. Easy. Nice. Digging it. I added my first Google Drive account. Feeling optimistic.

Then.

Um, no option to add multiple accounts? Don't tell me I'm the only person with more than one email address. That's silly. Of course I'm not. I do my newspaper work on one Google Drive and my freelance work on another. And I have my personal work on yet another.

This seems logical. I can't let my freelance and newspaper work overlap. Even though Facebook has almost entirely removed the need for personal email, I still have one. I use the Drive to plan parties, make cleaning checklists, write for fun.

A quick research blast revealed to me that HopTo does not currently allow access to more than one Google Drive at once.

Making it completely useless to me. Deleting it from my iPad. The hunt continues.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Momentage instead of Instagram? Rated B+ and growing on me.



When the folks at Momentage approached me, claiming their photo app was better than Instagram, I was soooo very convinced that it took me about three months to try it out. I finally downloaded the free app, and instantly my phone started crashing and the log in process kept messing up and I got annoyed and didn't touch it again for a few more days.

When I picked it back up, it worked like a fancy little gemstone, and I have been fiddling with it ever since.

No clue what the problem was when I downloaded it.

Here's why it's cool: Quite simply, it creates "moments" or collections of photos instead of posting one single photo at a time. If you are detail-oriented like me, this will make your insides get all giddy and do jazz hands.