Archive for March, 2007

Gorran at the farm

March 24, 2007

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Current happenings

March 24, 2007

I am a book addict. Every few days I seem to buy a book or three from Amazon.com. There are just so many fascinating books there! I just bought one for $0.01. Though shipping is $3.49, it’s still a very good deal.

I am a member of Netflix and have movies sent to me. It is extremely convenient and they have a wide range of up to date and historical DVDs only a click away. I am also a member of an audio book club. It’s just like Netflix, only with CDs. I have signed up to receive 4 at a time. When they arrive I rip them to my harddrive at a very low quality and thus low file size. It works out to be about 13mb per hour of book. I needed a device to play it on and decided that an iPod Nano would be best since I have a Mac. But I also reasoned that a Nano could be one of those items that you buy, use once or twice and then put in the cupboard with the unused golf clubs and exercise equipment. So I bought a refurbished Creative MP3 player from Amazon.com for $7.95. It only has 64mb, but at one time it was state of the art. 64mb works out to over four hours of listening. It is extremely convenient and I use it a lot – walking to work and around campus. No hurry to buy a Nano now, though it would be good having a screen.

A friend of mine showed me his cell phone and said it was also a 2GB MP3 player. I was impressed and it got me thinking about getting a phone, MP3 player, camera and PDA all mixed into one device. It would be very useful. As for all the harmful EMFs (electro-magnetic frequencies) from the phone, I think I’ve found a solution. It’s called Qlink and it is a pendant that you wear around your neck. It is recommended by a very knowledge microbiologist whose books I’ve read and is not associated with the Qlink company. It has sold over 1,000,000 units apparently and costs US$99.00. It is very popular with athletes and golfers for some reason. A friend on mine here is very sensitive and has trouble with EMFs. She has ordered one so soon I’ll be able to see what the effect is. They say it works like a tuning fork and harmonises the frequencies around. It does not require batteries.

My attention is more and more on my trip home. I feel that I have changed a whole lot in very positive ways since I have been here. Fairfield is a great place to live, but I feel that it’s time to move on. I look around at all the great people and friends that I’ve made, but there is no point being attached because that will just cause unhappiness. This place has so much going for it. There is always something going on – the students are an interesting bunch. And I feel that the American culture has soaked a bit too much into my awareness. I now naturally write dates backwards, say “answering machine” instead of “answerphone” and think that the word “programme” looks funny. I am still 2 years away from finishing my degree, but then I came here for an education and not a degree.

I’ll keep you all posted about my travel plans and return dates.

Winning Photo

March 16, 2007

This photo won a worldwide competitionfor professional photographers. It is Southern Lebanon after the bombing.

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Close Up of Saturn

March 6, 2007

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Taken recently by NASA. Blue and gold Saturn floats obliquely, as one of its gravity bound companions, Dione, hangs in the distance. The photograph was taken about 1.2 million kilometres from the planet.

Jesus’ Tomb

March 3, 2007

This is well worth watching. It is an interview with the director of the Jesus Tomb documentary. It’s about 3 min long.

Taupo Ironman

March 2, 2007

So it three years ago that my brother Stevo put himself through the punishment of the Taupo Ironman in secure a place in the exclusive Ironman club.

From the NZ Herald blog:

About 1000 people packed into the Taupo events centre for the Carbo Loading Party to cram in as much bread, pasta and potatoes before Saturday’s big race.

With much of the discussion on my table focusing on how many Ironman races people have competed in or how nervous people are before their first race, I can’t help but feel slightly embarrassed when I reply, after devouring a mouthful of free food, that I’m not here to compete – especially after discovering there are three people aged 70 who are racing on Saturday.

My first impression of the Ironman is that you must have to be slightly mad to want to swim 3.8km, cycle 180km and run 42km all in one day. So you can probably imagine my reaction when Mike Ramsey and Tony Jackson are honoured for competing in every single New Zealand Ironman that has been raced. That’s 22 in all and both make no mention of stopping any time soon.