Thursday, June 09, 2005
Getting Fit Day 4
Having a crapy day today... more about it later.
No exercise this morning... didn't even eat breakfast..... BLEH!
Didn't make lunch... BLEH!
REALLY REALLY cld in the house this morning....
Gettin Fit|Thursday, June 09, 2005 10:31:47 PM UTC||
DPF posted this
It is a complaint letter with diragrams that put even the great Rory Blyth to shame.
[UPDATE] You have to cut and paste the link
1t|Thursday, June 09, 2005 10:07:16 PM UTC||
A Mobile Devices MVP Wedding
Nic Mentioned he didn't know wifef's name... Its Deborah (or Deborah Darling if I've been naughty).... haven't really blogged my wedding day yet- scanning some photos soon... but here she is... and like any good Windows Mobile Device MVPs wedding the vows were read off a Windows Mobile Device- in this case an HTC Harrier..... thought about using an HHP Dolphin but wouldn't fit in the suit pocket......
1t | Mobility|Thursday, June 09, 2005 4:25:38 AM UTC||
Gettin Fit Day 3
I've just gone and done it again!..... Body went on auto pilot and ate my muesli bar for lunch instead of afternoon snack..... GRRRRR.........
So since my post this time yesterday I've done pretty well.
Did a 20 min run with the dog last night @ 130bpm to 150bpm Heart Rate (Found the HRM in my sock draw). Got up this morning and did a 25 minute stroll with the dog- legs were sore from yesterday.
Food- I ate a light dinner last night. Steak and Salad. Went and watched the rugby with Matt @ TicketDirect. I managed to build almost an entire Pocket PC Ticket scanning application during the rugby match... which was pretty cool- look out for it in action at the Wellington match next week and the ABs Lions test in Welly early next month.
Today I had a protein shake for brekie. M bar for morning tea. Lunch was a chicken sammie with humus and lettuce. Had my afternoon M bar at lunch.
Shopping for today:
Gettin Fit|Thursday, June 09, 2005 3:46:07 AM UTC||
Dinner for tonight
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
The David Benson-Pope Thing
I really quite like David Benson-Pope. Were I still in Dunedin South he would have had my electorate seat vote. He was a great asset on the Civil Unions campaign and to be honest he's not a bad guy.
I'm an ACT voter but to be honest I think the party should be doing better things with their time than muck raking over this sort of stuff. Call me judgemental but looking at the guy on the TV I reckon a tennis ball and a bit of duct tape was probably a useful educational tool....
... having said all that....
I agree with pretty much everyone (here, there) that the decision by the Speaker of the House not to forward the Benson-Pope complaint was a really bad one. The allegations are there and I think that it realy needs to go to the comittee to be sorted.
Politics|Wednesday, June 08, 2005 4:09:16 AM UTC||
Gettin Fit Day 2
- OK... Day one went pretty well.
Kept to a good eating schedule.
- Morning Snack
2 * Tuna Sammies
- Afternoon Snack
Muesli Bar (Ate this a bit too early... body went into 'autopilot' and just picked it up and ate it... whoops...)
300Gms Fillet Steak (Super Lean)
Salad (With a little Asian Lemon Splash dressing from Zarbo)
1/2 a Ciaatta Bread (felt like carbs as I had to play Canoe Polo last night) Splurged and had some Taramasalata on it as it was on clearance at super market- bit naughty but not too fatty and salmon fatty acids good....
- Late snack after Polo
Got through a bit of water but not as much as I'd like. Not doing to good on that today either. Note to self... DRINK MORE WATER
Exercise yesterday was a 40 minute game of polo. Did a few walking meetings during the day too.
As for today. Missed taking the dog for a run today. Do have a lead though- his grandma left him with one when he went to the groomers yesterday. I did by my Pilates mat yesterday but no dumbells.... instead I got a big rubber exercise band- trying that out tonight.
- Exercise today so far has been a 40 minute PT session with my trainer dave. General upper/lower/cardio circuit session. Was good. I pushed out high reps for each set and I felt +ve. Planning on a run with the dog, some bike time and some Pilates this evening... Need to do some work too.
Food plan for today.
Protein Shake (was gonna have Bannana but they aren't ripe enough yet) Had this after my PT session
- Morning Snack
Muesli bar at about 11am
Chicken sammie on 1/2 ciabatta with Taramasalata and lettuce. 6 Cherry toms. Eating this right now.
I got a whole loadof lean chicken at supermarket last night and cooked it up for this weeks lunches.
Is steak again. No bread tonight. Just steak and a BIG feed of salad.
Stuff todo and get today.
Probablly OK todaMaybe some bread from the supermarket cos the other stuff might be getting stale. But should probabbly be OK for sammies tommorow.
General feeling of well being.... not too bloody bad Not been hungry at all which is good. My fod plan is really to not cut down too much on quantity (I'm upping exercise to deal with that) but I'm being much more careful as to when and what I eat. Less fat. bit more protein. Not ditching carbs altogether- I aim to lose via exercise not this stupid stick ya body into Ketosis mode that's all the craze at the moment. Progress thus far goo.d Just got to stay +ve
Things I need to work on:
- Dragging my sorry ass out of bed in the morning to walk the dog. Anybody got any hot tips on how to make getting up easier? Especialy in COLD COLD COLD climates...?
Gettin Fit|Wednesday, June 08, 2005 12:34:51 AM UTC||
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Good Lord! Was This Really Written By...
'That' Chris Trotter....
“Higher taxes are no longer viewed, as they were back in 1999, as the price that New Zealand's better-off citizens should expect to pay for improved social services.
Six years of unprecedented spending on health and education have not produced the anticipated results.
Even on the Left, there is a growing sense of frustration that no matter how much money gets spent, nothing seems to happen.
New Zealand's bureaucratic structures would appear to have an inexhaustible capacity to absorb taxpayers' dollars, along with an indefatigable propensity to divert, discourage and delay any and every attempt to bring about even the smallest of administrative changes.”
Politics|Tuesday, June 07, 2005 11:38:09 PM UTC||
Apple Indeed Going to x86
Details from the WWDC Keynote here.
Will be SWEET to dual boot an x86 with Longhorn and MacOS X
"Every release of Mac OS X has been compiled for both PowerPC and Intel . This has been going on for the last five years"
Toy Box|Tuesday, June 07, 2005 2:49:36 AM UTC||
Diving Pics from Great Barrier
Wifey and I went to the Reef for our Honeymoon recently.
Here are some photos of our trip with Pro Dive Cairns. Second trip with them... good operation.
Adventure Sports|Tuesday, June 07, 2005 1:25:38 AM UTC||
Monday, June 06, 2005
Gettin Fit. Day 1
OK. So this post has a bit of stuff about some of my plans as well as my first weigh in.
I weighed in this morning at
25.6% body fat
This is still much lightr than my peak weight (about 115kg) but my target is to go under 100kg- ideally to around 96-98kg. This was my weight when I was at the peak of fitness at the end of highschool. I am a big guy anyway- broad shoulders, 6'3” - so I'm never going to be a flyboy.
I'm going to reward myself for hitting my weight target with Lasik Eye Surgery So I really need to get it off before paddling season kicks in properly
I got all of my exercise technology sorted out last night. I have it all set up in my lounge.
- Diamondback Road Bike on a Magnetic Trainer
- Media PC running Snapstream (Set to record good stuff to watch on bike as well as the daily episode of Pilates TV on TV1)
- Pilates Mat - tried with my Thermarest last night- no good. Need a closed cell mat. To buy today.
I gave the system a trial last night. Did 25 mins on the back and an episode of Pilates (this week is Boy exercises week so all strength stuff- might save them away till a bit later) then off to bed by about 1/2 past nine. I had finished all my exercise by 9pm but then watched some Kayak Porn because I felt the need for a thrill.....
Up this morning and into the diet routine.
- Protein shake for breakfast. I'm going to add a bannana if I have exercised in the morning. I didn't exercise this morning because I couldn't find a lead for the dog- added to shopping list.
- I made some Tuna sammies for lunch- two sammies - white bread will get brown next time for more fiber - small squirt of Tartare sauce (soooo full of FAT!). I'm going to have a protein shake too as I brought some to work with me.
- Snacks over the day I have a Tasti muesli bar and a pams muesli bar- they were the low fat options at the supermarket. I also have a bottle of Gatorade made up from powder. Need to drink more water too. Will report back on how we get on.
- Dinner - Going to be fillet steak and salad with minimal dressing. Need to buy salad.
Exercise plan for today
- Run the dog @ Ross Creek - about 30 minutes
- Game of Canoe Polo @ Moana Pool - about 40 minutes
Shopping for today
- Dog leash - Supermarket
- Readymade Salad - Supermarket
- Second hand dumbells from Cash Converters
- Pilates mat from Para Rubber
General tasks for today
Gettin Fit|Monday, June 06, 2005 9:04:17 PM UTC||
- Find heart rate monitor watch. The alarm goes off at 6:30am every morning so it is somewhere in the house.
I am on a mission.....
I'm going to lose some kilograms. Mainly because I've got back into kayaking and I'm too fat for pretty much every playboat (even the big boy models) on the market. I also realy want to look like a 'sexy beast' for Christmas
So. I'm going to blog about it. That way all you people who read this blog religiously can kick my ass if I fall off the wagon. I'm gonna try and do a sort of daily diary with my eating and exercising and all that jazz.
Please, Please, Please... if you find me slacking kick my virtual ass
Gettin Fit|Monday, June 06, 2005 8:43:23 PM UTC||
Monday, May 30, 2005
Ths Joys of Internet Kiosks
The stupid internet kiosk @ Dunk Island will not lewt me enter paths with URLS... so I ahve to create a link to my Outlook Webmail Here.... MEH!
It still didn't F'ing work... NOTE: If travelling to Dunk prepare to do without interweb :-(
1t|Monday, May 30, 2005 5:14:39 AM UTC||
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Rory Doesn't Like Episode III.....
There’s a lot of “dialogue” between Anakin and Padme that goes like this:
Anakin: I think you’re so beautiful.
Padme: No – you are.
Anakin: No, seriously, baby. You’re hot.
Padme: Oh, Annie.
Anakin: I love you.
Padme: No, I love you.
Anakin: For reals, though, I think you’re so awesome.
Padme: You’re so nice.
Anakin: Obi-Wan is a dickhead.
Padme: No way!
Padme: Wow. I love you.
Anakin: I totally love you more.
[lather, rinse, repeat]”
See more here...
Human Aggregation|Sunday, May 22, 2005 2:43:19 AM UTC||
How to stop your underwater camera housing from fogging
Grab some Silica gel sachets (the ones that come with pretty much every item shipped out of china these days). Dry them in the oven, store them in a ziplock back.
When you pack your housing, chuck one or two inside. Leave the housing for half an hour... Wammo- dry air in housing == no condensation.
Toy Box|Sunday, May 22, 2005 1:23:25 AM UTC||
Friday, May 20, 2005
Broadband In Hotels
Rod Drury has blogged about broadband in hotels. It's true, the Asian hotels do screw you pretty hard for boradband access. Singapore is CHEAP compared to China 5* Hotels.
My hot tip for travelling to broadband equiped hotels as to take your own WiFi Router. At my hotel in Perth last week I had my own private WiFi network setup that covered not only my room but also the restaurant- I could surf the net over breakfast
1t|Friday, May 20, 2005 1:05:08 AM UTC||
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Tools You Can't Live Without - Red Gate SQL Compare
Every now and then you come across a tool that is just so fundamentally useful that you'd have to have rocks in your head if you didn't use it- Red Gate SQL Compare is one such tool.
Since starting Kognition I've become a firm believer in the concept that a well organised change management process is good for business (reduces support costs), good for the customer (reduces errors) and most importantly good for developer sanity.
We use a Dev->Staging->Production lifecycle. This is reasonably easy to manage for application code but databases are always the bugbear.
SQL Compare makes managing the migration of databases changes through the various lifecylce stages. Basically it allows you to compare and then merge the changes in SQL server databases. A simple concept but their execution is really good.
If you are an enterprise or an enterprise developer then you really should be using this bit of kit. If you are doing dev->staging->production migrations by hand then it will save you a huge amount of time. If you are not doing the migrations at all (and do all your work on production databases) then you are insane.
Oh... BTW: The person to thank for our impecable Change management is our CTO @ Kognition Mr Nick Head.... really smart process oriented cookie.
.NET|Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:45:49 PM UTC||