Archive for March, 2009

Formula 1

March 31, 2009 2 comments

So I am now back from a somewhat impromptu visit to Melbourne. Nigel and I and an amazing time. It was just incredible to be at such an international sized event, seeing the work gone into making it happen, and just experiencing the atmosphere. It was great being a twilight race, the first time they have done that at Melbourne, cos it meant we had the opportunity to cruise into the city and checkout the sights and sounds in the morning, before heading out to the track later in the afternoon. One of the highlights was being one of the first out of tens of thousands of people being able to storm the track at the end. We were right up against the podium for the presentations. I did think we might have made it on TV, but I have now seen the coverage, and it shows people on the track about 5 min after the race ended. We were there within seconds.

All in all it was an excellent time. I have some fairly tortured feet to show for it, we would have walked some serious Km’s each day, and part of the chemo side effects is that I get really dry feet, contributing to the blister carnage. I am literally hobbling at the moment until they recover.

Click the image below to see photos from our time over there.

Storming the fence at the end of the race

Storming the fence at the end of the race

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Melbourne Here I Come!!

March 26, 2009 2 comments

I am writting this post from the unexpected location of emirates flight EK407 to Melbourne. Right now we are about 2 hours into the flight.
The story began earlier today where I had arranged to go out for coffee with nigel now that I’m beginning to feel better after the first week of chemo. From there we went to the airport under the pretense of dropping off a bag for someone who was in transit from Sydney to chch, which I believed. Then, by strange coincidence hannah turned up at the airport with some packed bags for me!! Long story short, nigel and I are off to Melbourne to see the melbourne grand prix. The return flights are for Monday evening, after 3 days of F1 and V8 supercar madness!!

So, not entirely sure there will be much blogging over the next few days, but I’ll try to post some mobile pics on facebook as we go, although I hate to think how much the data roaming rates are gonna cost. 🙂

Anyway, peace out to the rest of you who won’t be in Melbourne this weekend. 🙂

I shal leaveyou with my view of flight EK407.

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Sixth Sense Technology

March 26, 2009 1 comment

This is a talk from the TED conference in Feb of this year. Fascinating idea, and will be interesting to see if it becomes a reality.

HT: Donna B

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RSS Feeds Revisited.

March 26, 2009 Leave a comment

One of the earliest posts on this blog was about RSS readers, and using RSS feeds to subscribe to blogs and news sites. I stumbled across these videos on You tube which explain even more eloquently than what I did on how to use them.

Using RSS feeds is definitely a more effective way of checking when new updates are put on whatever website you may be interested in. So I highly recommend it. The second video gives a quick overview of Google Reader as an RSS aggregator.

So go ahead, use it!!! and subscribe to The Boredom Blog!! 🙂

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The Next Y2K…

March 25, 2009 1 comment

This was published in the latest New Scientist Magazine. I have seen reports like this before, but it think this is worth reading as it sums up the situation pretty well. 2012 could be an interesting year!

“IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power.

A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation’s infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, China and Japan are also struggling to recover from the same fateful event – a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun.

It sounds ridiculous. Surely the sun couldn’t create so profound a disaster on Earth. Yet an extraordinary report funded by NASA and issued by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in January this year claims it could do just that.

Over the last few decades, western civilisations have busily sown the seeds of their own destruction. Our modern way of life, with its reliance on technology, has unwittingly exposed us to an extraordinary danger: plasma balls spewed from the surface of the sun could wipe out our power grids, with catastrophic consequences.

Read more…

The Growing Case Against Red Meat

March 25, 2009 Leave a comment

From In more news that has steak-lovers feeling deflated, a study published in this week’s issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that people who indulge in high amounts of red meat and processed meats, including steak, bacon, sausage and cold cuts, have an increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease. The findings add power to the growing push – by health officials, environmentalists and even some chefs – to cool America’s love affair with meat.

The analysis of more than half a million Americans between the ages of 50 and 71 found that men in the highest quintile of red-meat consumption – those who ate about 5 ounces of red meat a day, or roughly the equivalent of a small steak, according to lead author Rashmi Sinha – had a 31% higher risk of death over a 10-year period than men in the lowest consumption quintile, who ate less than 1 ounce of red meat per day, or approximately three slices of ham. Men in the top fifth also had a 22% higher risk of dying of cancer and a 27% higher risk of dying of heart disease. In women, the figures were starker: women in the highest quintile of consumption had a 36% increased 10-year risk of death compared with women who ate little red meat; eating lots of meat was also associated with a 20% higher risk of dying of cancer and a 50% higher risk of dying of heart disease. (Read “A History of Beef, Times Two”.)….”

I’m definitly part carnivore.. maybe this was my problem.. 🙂

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The Start to My Day

March 24, 2009 3 comments

I’ve discovered that green tea can be particularly useful in mitigating nausea, and have started integrating it into my early chemo routine. The coffee addition is made in a few days, although the benefits from caffeine can never be overstated.

Tokyo Lime

Tokyo Lime

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