Monday, September 19, 2011


I've been spending some time aquascaping our 20 gallon tank.

Since applying some basic "Dutch" aquascaping design principles it's starting to take some shape, i.e. illusion of depth and aesthetics. Prior, it's just looked like a massive over grown jungle.

The plan is to get the back covered in taller plants, while fulling in about 80% of the ground with low growing vegetation.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Blast from the past

I heard this song the other night as one of the bumper songs on Coast to Coast AM.

It's called What About Me by Moving Pictures, an Australian 80's band.

Bumper music is basically the music radio stations play transitioning between programs or commercials.

I was 12 years old at the time and remember it well. Memories. We need to bring back the power ballads!

There is also a modern (country) version also by a fellow Australian Shannon Noll. Shannon was the runner up of the 2003 Australian Idol. Not as good as the original but still good.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

BX5 Update

So it's been a couple of days now and I'm up to the B+ level on chart 1 of the exercises. They consist of about 12 toe touches, crunches, reverse leg lifts, push up like exercises and running on the spot. Doesn't sound like much, considering I trained all last year for a marathon, but my body is a little sore so I think I'm working some unused areas.

So far looks promising.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Las Vegas

I recently returned from 5 day conference in Vegas, IBM Information on Demand (IOD for short).

Great conference, lots of technology innovation to take note of and be inspired. But Vegas is a crazy town, 4 days is more than enough. It's funny that I had the same thought in my mind 8 years ago as I was packing to come back home, "Get me the f- out of this town!"

Fell off the face of the earth

Back to the Blog.

After a long absence I've returned. The long absence due to other more pressing priorities like completing home renovations, lack of motivation, relaxation and rest, the latter I have not really had much of.

I am evaluating a physical fitness routine that claims to take only need 11 minutes. I'm gonna put it to the test and give you my feedback, positive and negative. I'm sure there are lots of these type of workouts out there but I'm curious if this one really works because it's supposed to be from legitimate sources.

What I'm attempting is is called 5BX and was originally developed by the Royal Canadian Air force for crews to stay fit in remote bases with limited exercise equipment. So the premise is intensity versus duration.

Here is a link to the PDF of the now out of print original booklet.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Oil Gusher - Were doomed and US is being played

This happened 30 years ago in Mexico.

Get this, back then the Top Hat was called 'Operation Sombrero', no kidding.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Now I'm committed

It's not what you think but I may be insane for starting this ....

For months now I've been contemplating replacing the first floor parquet flooring with hardwood (I really hate parquet, it belongs in apartments, dance floors, and museums). Having already finished the basement with laminate, installation is really not that different ... except that the basement was smooth ceramic and the first floor requires first prying up the glued down parquet first.

I've been hesitating because I know when the first tile comes up, I'm "committed" to following through with the project.

Wish me luck and a speedy recovery for my knuckles.