Its the Express Lane Not Your Cruise Lane

Maybe its just me. But I’ve got a problem with people who use the express lane like a cruise lane. If you want to go slow, use one of the other lanes. Just because you qualify for the express lane, doesn’t mean you need to drive there. Its really okay to drive in the right lanes. That way for those of us who want to drive slightly faster than the speed limit in a safe manner, we can do so with out waiting for you to exit the lane when you feel that you’re done using it. After all, your not in a hurry, why do you care if you have to wait behind another driver?  Did you know the express lane  is the LEFT lane, generally used for faster drivers who want to get where they’re going.  Most of the time I really don’t care, I cruse along just […]

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Twitter Hashtag #

The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages into subjects, so they can be easily searched.  Now I get the simplicity of this, however, it seems to me a step backward.   Why can’t Twitter be “search smart”.  Shouldn’t they be able to “group and sort” messages based on context and replies and such, rather than require users to hashtag their content. I think its a bit complex to have users always type #hashtag or #rant, just for Twitter to be able to read such tags.  Maybe its because the message volume is simply overwhelming, or they’re giving users control over keywords in their Tweet content.  I suppose its no different than using the @ symbol to direct attention to a particular individual.  But the @ symbol at least means […]

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iOS NSString vs .NET String

Ok, its rather technical, forgive me for “geeking” out on you, but I love Objective C, but I really think, the NSString object is overly complex.  Some simple overrides (like those offered in C# with the String Class) would be very helpful. For those who don’t know, Objective C is the mainstay development language for Apple’s iOS, and C# widely popular on Microsoft .NET development platforms.  I get that Objective C is a purist object oriented language, but it goes way over the top on strings, using methods and operators that require verbose usage and operation. Lets compare: In .NET a simple string concatenation would be: [callout bg=”#00c5dc” color=”#ffffff”] String tempString = String.Empty; String tempStringa=”Hello”; String tempStringb = “There”; tempString = tempStringa + tempStringb; [/callout] The same thing now in Objective C using NSString [callout bg=”#00c5dc” color=”#ffffff”] NSString *tempString= @””; NSString *tempStringa= @”Hello”; NSString *tempStringb= @”There”; tempString = [tempStringa stringByAppendingString:tempStringb]; [/callout] Now I’m not […]

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12 Things Happy People Do Differently

I recently had a church lesson, of all things on the 12 Things Happy People Do Differently. I found it rather provocative, and extremely practical, so I thought Id echo the points here, and add my two cents.  These are vitally true.  I think life, and they way we view it, is often seen through the lens we create. We live in a negative world, where people just “want to share”, but often these things drag us down, and lead our minds into avenues of despair and frustration.  Of course life gives us a set of challenges, its up to us what we do with them. I’ve quoted the four points from this website ( http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/08/30/12-things-happy-people-do-differently/)   Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value.  Kinda cool right?  So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of […]

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Heart Disease not prevented by Multivitamins

In a recent study, it was shown that multivitamins does not offer benefits for the prevention of heart disease. I found the study particularly interesting because Centrum Multivitamin’s used in the study are just cheap bad chemical vitamin’s, not wholefood vitamins. This is something I’ve said for a long time, cheap chemical vitamins are not healthy, and don’t help. Infact they can be harmful. However, while the study addresses Heart Disease, it did indicate that it can reduce the risk of Cancer. I suppose the real proof is in the quality of the vitamin, real food being the best source, and then wholefood supplements being the next best approach. If somebody is going to take any form of a supplement or vitamin, it should have peer reviewed, clinical research to suggest it is effective. The supplements that I endorse do, as is the case with wholefood vitamins. I get my […]

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The iPhone 5

So I’ve pre-ordered an iPhone 5. It’s an upgrade for me from the 4 (not the 4s). Having Siri will be a big plus, but I’m really excited about the taller screen, and thinner, lighter design. For me the iPhone is simply the best mobile device available. Yes I know “Android is just as good”, but that’s simply not true. The specifications for those devices might be better, and yes, Android is more customization, but the iPhone just “works”. Don’t get me wrong, the Android OS phones are great, and for some people its the best choice. But even as technical as I am, I love the simplicity and elegance of the iPhone and the iOS system. I suppose in some ways I “drink the cool-aid” a bit, but generally I think the iPhone is perfect for 90% of the users out there. But to each their own. I’m no […]

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Gold is not the security you think

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/why-is-the-price-of-gold-falling/261273/ Unlike commodities such as wheat or oil, which you can at least eat or burn for fuel, gold pretty much lacks any inherent value beyond what the market assigns to it. I’ve been saying this for a long time. What is gold good for? Its just a medium. In very hard times, who needs it? Gold will hold value only if somebody else finds value in it, and most people only find value in it, to preserve value. Once that value is gone, its worthless. Well maybe not entirely. With India and China changing the market demand, we now see that the value of gold is changing. Something to think about.

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Protandim at VCU Medical Center on Hypertension

Protandim Study #12 as we’re calling it, focuses on Protandim’s ability to reduce hypertension and what it can mean for human intervention in future studies. This is followup review from the previous VCU study published in the American Heart Association study, and adds: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22870869 Significance: Pathobiological mechanisms which contribute to pulmonary vasoconstriction, lung vascular remodeling and the development of right heart failure include the generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species and the response of lung vascular and cardiac cells to these molecules. We review the information regarding oxidant stress balanced by antioxidant mechanisms and the role of oxidants and antioxidants in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension and their potential role in an animal model of severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Recent Advances: In human lung tissue from patients with idiopathic PAH we find reduced SOD activity and high expression of the oxidant stress markers nitrotyrosine and 8-OH-guanosine. In the Sugen 5416/chronic […]

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Revelar – A Measure of Oxidative Stress

I’ve been watching this one for a while now. The gold standard in measuring oxidative stress is a test known as TBARS, it is a well-established screening and monitoring of lipid peroxidation. Its often called reactive species test or lipid peroxidase test. See my this page about where to get a TBARS test. But most of us aren’t going to draw blood, and unless we have access to a lab, its very hard to conduct the test. Even labs that can do it, must follow the protocol exactly. There must be an easier way to measure oxidative stress. About a year ago I inquired of the manufacturer of a product called Revelar. According to them, their device detects and measures aldehydes in the breath. Aldehydes are known to be indicators of free radical damage. Does it work? I don’t know, but it appears promising. They have a new model that […]

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Fires of 2012

I’m not sure if its global warming, or a major dry spell of fires due to negligence or a combination of all these. But it certainly has taken its toll on the property, environment and lives of many. I honor and respect those who have fought these fires and the money used to fight them, and help repair the damage. I suspect in many areas such as Colorado it will take years to restore these areas, and the lives of many will be impacted, in a few cases where life has been lost, forever. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of this however. As populations grow, budgets are tightened, and global warming and climate changes make certain areas dryer than normal, we will see this sort of thing happen again. And likely in areas not accustom to fires. We nearly lost some property of our own, that our family […]

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