Vi for Vendetta

The future is here, in your ear, and she’s telling you to run. A company called LifeBEAM labs (yep) has developed a product called Vi, which is an interactive AI personal trainer. No, this isn’t the beginning of a Black Mirror episode where anyone with a BMI over 25 is forcibly marched thin. This is a real thing, and it’s pretty nifty. Vi is a voice activated artificial intelligent personal trainer. AIPT. for short…? It’s marketed as ‘adapting to an individual’s behaviour, environment and physiology to deliver tailored, real-time coaching ideal for entry to intermediate runners.’ So essentially, she learns, and looks stylish (in…

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Jurassic Pak

There aren’t very many men in the Venn diagram overlap of “hot Instagram Crossfitters” and “guys who bring a Homo ergaster skull to dinner”. In fact, there’s probably just my friend, Dr Francesc Gascó – aka Pakozoic. His transformation has been incredible, not only his physical one but also his online transformation into an influencer. I caught up with him in Madrid, and discussed how he juggles training, palaeontology and shirtless photoshoots. And he tricked me into eating octopus. Plus, some lovely photos by Lee Faircloth. 
Gay Times featured you earlier this year in January as you’ve broken the scientist mould –…

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I met Chris Pratt (oh and I saw GotG: Vol 2)

I MET CHRIS FREAKIN’ PRATT, YOU GUYS. But more on that, in a mo. When the first instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy came out, it really took me by surprise. I remember heading into the cinema thinking, “Oh man, I am not going to enjoy this”. I had no idea what this group of seemingly C-list Marvel galactic characters were really about. Sure, I knew about the Kree, Nova and the Skrulls through some of the bigger Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four cross over stories in the comic books, but the Guardians really did pass me by. I know I am…

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“Working out…with your boyfriend.”

They say couples that lift together, stay together. And of course, I hope that’s true! But it’s not necessarily the reality. I mean, I love my boyfriend very much. But I remember a day, two years ago so vividly that it could have happened yesterday or an hour ago. A day that hopefully I am not alone in experiencing. The day my world imploded – he wanted to workout with me. Once I picked myself up of the floor and asked “what happened”, he reiterated his novel idea to me once again. A second black-out later, and I managed to…

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

That middle episode tension, echoes of nostalgia with twists of new tales and new characters that bind together a renewed excitement in a lasting franchise. ‘Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi’ truly delivers. The second instalment of a trilogy is always the most eventful. Our characters and indeed, world, is very much established so we can really get to work. The Empire Strikes Back works so well as an overall Act II for the original trilogy, and The Last Jedi does just that for this new period of Star Wars movies. This film was a sci-fi rollercoaster where narrative points…

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