Monday, November 17, 2008

Need for speed undercover undercover, itouch, Ipod

This is mainly a running site, but I also decide to include informative content to keep my readers entertained as well as give them the most up to date information when I can. So lets talk about the Itouch and Iphone and need for speed being introduced. It it suppossed to be released tomorrow so we'll see. Need for speed undercover and the Itouch, it looks to be the best game for the iphone and itouch. I imagine this game will push the limits of the itouch as a mobile gaming device. Need for speed undercover and the itouch. Looks to be great and can't wait till tomorrow. So I think I'll add some posts on the game after this.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Glow Fish

Monday, July 21, 2008

Slap but very slow

dry ice

Now its locked in place - safe to operate

Office carpet skating

carpet skating

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

reasons to run

Thought you might enjoy this.

It highlights a few of the diseases/symptoms that runners come across.


Although I am frustrated that I cannot be running right now due to my stress fracture, and I completely respect anyone who has the patience, endurance and courage to do a marathon (let alone seven in one year!) I must say that after reading this article in the Chicago Trib, I will be glad to be a spectator on Sunday rather than a runner :)Ten reasons to skip the Chicago MarathonRunning certainly has its charms: It can help clear your head, relieve stress, lift depression, trim fat, build bone strength and improve cardiovascular health.But like anything, overdoing it can wreak havoc on the body if you're not careful. (Unless you're as biologically gifted as Sam Thompson who stayed injury free as he ran 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states).Here's what the runners in Sunday's 26.2-mile LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon can expect: Muscle tears: When a muscle is damaged, an enzyme called creatine phosphokinase (CPK) pours into the bloodstream. The greater the damage, the more CPK ends up in the blood. Marathoners have been shown to have very high levels of CPK the week after a race-higher than what would show up in the blood after a gunshot wound or stabbing. Ouch! Knee pain: You get this from "training and ramping up the mileage, too much, too fast," said Northwestern Memorial Hospital sports-medicine specialist Greg Ewert, former medical director of the Chicago Marathon. Though running will not cause premature arthritis on "normal" knees, you're more at risk of developing symptoms if you run on an injury or have previously suffered a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament or a cartilage tear, said orthopedic surgeon Gregory Palutsis, section head for sports medicine at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.Hip and back injuries: These are caused by repetitive shock absorption and can include legs and feet. "During running, the landing leg is typically loaded at three times the runner's body weight," said Mark Gorelick, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at San Francisco State University. "This load transmits through the striking heel, through the foot arch, then to the lower and upper leg to the spine." When a person is overweight, the extra mass causes an increase in the load on the joints with every step taken, throughout every single day.Heart: The risk of dying from a heart attack during a marathon is very small-about 1 in 50,000 runners-but studies have shown running can stress the old ticker. If the heart is traumatized, a protein found in cardiac muscle cells called troponin can show up in the blood, an indication that heart muscle cells have been destroyed. One study looked at 60 runners who had no signs of troponin in their blood before a marathon. Twenty minutes after the race, 60 percent of the group had elevated troponin levels, and 40 percent had levels high enough to indicate damage to some heart muscle cells. Most also had noticeable changes in heart rhythms. In addition, healthy men over 50 who had finished at least five marathons in the last five years have been shown to be more likely to have major calcium deposits in their arteries than healthy men who did not run as much. Calcium buildup is a sign that arteries are hardening, even when patients lack other symptoms. Jogger's nipple: This embarrassing, bloody mess usually strikes men; it's a friction burn caused when the T-shirt chafes the nipple. It's worse in cold, wet conditions. Wearing mesh, rather than cotton, and applying petroleum jelly to the nipples and covering them with adhesive bandages can help prevent it.Black toenails: Repetitive pressure on the nail plate, either by digging into the sock liner or rubbing against the top of the toe box causes a "ruising"at its attachment under the skin at the cuticle. The microscopic attachment then rips away, and the blood drains forward under the nail plate, said sports medicine doctor Stephen Weinberg of the Weil Foot and Ankle Institute, who is running the Chicago marathon with his daughter Lindsay this year, after serving as the race' Chief of Podiatry for two decades. Blisters and toe lacerations: Blisters, the most common injury, can occur under the toenail or on the feet. They’re caused by friction. If your toenails are too long, excessive rubbing will cut the tissue of the adjacent toe. Skin cancer: Training under the sun's ultraviolet radiation can give marathon runners an increased risk for malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, according to a study in the Archives of Dermatology. Sweating also can contribute to UV-related skin damage, because it increases the photosensitivity of the skin, increasing the risk of sunburns. Meanwhile, intense endurance exercise and tissue trauma could also suppress the immune system, a phenomenon called exercise-induced immunosuppression. The study found that the suspicious moles and liver spots were more pronounced in those with more intense training regimens. Hyponatremia: Drinking too much water can be as dangerous as not drinking enough. Some research suggests that when you overhydrate, the body, seeking to keep a balance of salt and water levels between the blood and tissues, begins to draw water out of the blood, leading to puffiness in the skin and swelling in the brain. The brain responds to the pressure by sending an emergency distress call to release water into the lungs. The lung fluid, or the brain pressure, eventually kills you.Night blindness: It's rare, but ultrarunner and biological freak of nature Dean Karnazes once temporarily lost his vision at Mile 85 of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run. His body lost the ability to produce a chemical compound called rhodopsin, a pigment of the retina that enables night vision. Low blood pressure or exposure to bright light during the day can affect the body''s ability to produce rhodopsin. It takes about 30 minutes to regenerate. Karnazes, of course, finished the race.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

“We have seen the future and the future is …”

Gene chips

  • Health care experts predict that at the time of birth, every individual will receive a birth certificate and a personal “gene chip”
  • Gene chip will contain the patient’s “functional” genomic signature
  • Health care professionals will use chips to determine disease susceptibility and how the patient will respond to the environment and to drugs.
  • The ability to interpret genome-based information will become an essential skill for understanding disease and optimizing drug therapy for each patient.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Google is really CIA

CIA enlists Google's help for spy work

US intelligence agencies are using Google's technology to help its agents share information about their suspects

by Jonathan Richards

Google has been recruited by US intelligence agencies to help them better process and share information they gather about suspects.

Agencies such as the National Security Agency have bought servers on which Google-supplied search technology is used to process information gathered by networks of spies around the world.

Google is also providing the search features for a Wikipedia-style site, called Intellipedia, on which agents post information about their targets that can be accessed and appended by colleagues, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The contracts are just a number that have been entered into by Google's 'federal government sales team', that aims to expand the company's reach beyond its core consumer and enterprise operations.

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In the most innovative service, for which Google equipment provides the core search technology, agents are encouraged to post intelligence information on a secure forum, which other spies are free to read, edit, and tag - like the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

Depending on their clearance, agents can log on to Intellipedia and gain access to three levels of info - top secret, secret and sensitive, and sensitive but unclassified. So far 37,000 users have established accounts on the service, and the database now extends to 35,000 articles, according to Sean Dennehy, chief of Intellipedia development for the CIA.

"Each analyst, for lack of a better term, has a shoe box with their knowledge," Mr Dennehy was quoted as saying. "They maintained it in a shared drive or Word document, but we're encouraging them to move those platforms so that everyone can benefit."

The collection of articles is hosted by the director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, and is available only to the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency, and other intelligence agencies.

Google's search technology usually rates a website's importance by measuring the number of other sites that link to it - a method that is more problematic in a 'closed' network used by a limited numbr of people. In the case of Intellipedia, pages become more prominent depending on how they are tagged or added to by other contributors.

As well as working with the intelligence agencies, Google also provides services to other US public sector organisations, including the Coast Guard, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Often, the contract is for something as simple as conducting earch within an organisation's own database, but in the case of the Coast Guard, Google also provides a more advanced version of its satellite mapping tool Google Earth, which ships use to navigate more safely.

There is no dedicated team promoting sales of Google products to the British Government, but a Google spokesperson said the company did target public sector organisations such as councils, schools and universities through the team that run AdWords, its internet advertising platform.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Gayle takes a walk

Is this a little intimidating for you as a guy? What you think as a lady?
Should women be this ripped?