Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Healthy Eating (and Drinking)

Being the beneficent person that I am, I've scoured the internet (well, the BBC News website) for a comprehensive guide to what to eat (mainly drink, as it happens) to protect you against various ills. You may wonder about the wisdom of restricting myself to a single source of advice, but I think I've come up with a fairly balanced and easy-to-stick-to diet. To protect against: Alzheimer's: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3951003.stm Parkinson's: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1933596.stm Cancer: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1916798.stm Osteoporosis: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1984181.stm Heart disease: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1452341.stm Heart attacks: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/389059.stm Heart attack damage: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1966033.stm Tooth decay: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1344892.stm General bad health: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2280353.stm Pretty much anything:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/170557.stm In contrast, be warned: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3759948.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1935431.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3909085.stm My featured wikipedia page this week (and perhaps ever) is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Heroic_Fictional_Scientists I found it while trying to prove to some Dutch people that Van Helsing was (in the book at least) a Dutch Doctor. I also found a long and slightly bizzare list of fictional things, which includes links to a list of fictional characters predominantly seen wearing sunglasses, a list of fictional mixed drinks and a list of Jewish superheros, among much else. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archive_of_fictional_things Reporters Without Borders have released their third worldwide press freedom index. The countries that comes first are all notably excellent, especially: Denmark, Iceland and the Netherlands. The USA came joint 22nd with Belgium. The UK came a disappointing joint 28th with Hungary and El Salvador. Surprisingly, North Korea came last. Even after that State of Mind documentary and everything. http://www.rsf.fr/article.php3?id_article=11715 And to finish, I once again have to mention a recent death (this is becoming worryingly frequent). In this case it is, of course, John Peel, who seemed to me, to be a great bloke as well as being incredibly important to British music. I was surprised at just how shocked and upset I was when I read the news. For a slightly different link: http://www.wordiq.com/definition/John_Peel

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Look Around You To Return

Some excellent news from the BBC comedy blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/news/2004/10/21/14990.shtml Look Around You (LAY) will be returning some time soon and will feature rubbish computer games. You can even write the rubbish game yourself if you can do that sort of thing and floow the B3ta link. I don't why I have been to www.donniedarko.com before. I went today and it's excellent if very strange, as you might expect. It uses little popups in a very different way to the normal annoying adverts. Wikipedia has quite a good article on Donnie Darko including quite a helpful explanation of the film and lots of links. And a BBC news story, because it's traditional. A novel way of trying to get people to vote: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3762028.stm A choice quote from the above article: "voting and sex are two ways you can participate in being an American. " Do you really need to participate in being an American? I know most people don't.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

UK Gamers Triumphant

Here's a story that caught my attention, though not because I'm particularly interested in gaming. I think the headline "World gaming triumph for UK team" is rather misleading, since the fourth line of the article is:

Unfortunately, none of the UK's 10 official entrants won medals.
Which seems a little contradictory. However, it is the UK team that was successful, specifically a Dutch and a French member. And both represented their home countries. Presumably, one or both of the other members of the team was from the UK. Or perhaps they were international and just based their team in the UK. Either way, the UK definitely triumphed. Oh yes. Other triumphs from the article include: Counter-Strike: team knocked out in the first league round Unreal: One player knocked out in the league section, the other lost in the first round of elimination Warcraft: neither of the UK's official players got past the opening round Project Gotham racing event: did not get past the first stage Fifa 2004: no one entered Need for Speed:no one entered Starcraft:no one entered Halo:no one entered In summary: We triumphed good and proper. Fortunately, I have decided that, for the next couple of months at least, I'm officially Dutch. And so we won! (We topped the medal tables anyway.) We even beat South Korea, the favourites, who have hosted all previous Games. I don't know where the UK came, but I'm sure it was somewhere triumphant. In other news, I was shocked and greatly saddened to read that Christopher Reeve had died at the age of 52. I couldn't help but the respect his attitude after his accident and was of course pleased at his support for stem-cell research. For the BBC news reports: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3732526.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3732462.stm

Sunday, October 10, 2004

British Comedy Abroad

Another BBC news story. This time about BBC comedy abroad and which series Jonney Foreigner prefers. Quite who and how many were polled isn't clear, but I'm sure it's all reliable. It's nice, if a little odd to see Coupling comes seventh. It's more odd that it's called Sexy Six in France. That makes it sound a bit rubbish. And I presume that the Six includes Jeff, who is only mildly sexy. Similarly, don't seem to recall Dawn French wearing Stilettos in The Vicar of Dibley. The placing of 'Mexican Manuel' in this artical seems a little odd to me, separating Pitkan Jussin Majatalo and its translation, but I'm sure these journalists know best. A disappointing showing for The Office. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3730650.stm

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Companies, Organisations, Networks etc.

Sometimes it can be hard to remember whether a web address ends in .com, .org, .net, .co.uk, .nl, .tv, or one of the many other variations. This can lead to finding some interesting, but not necessarily relevant sites, such as www.gfreeman.com. Well, it seems that even the best of us can make a mistake. And so too can Dick Cheney. In the vice-president debate, Cheney referred to factcheck.com, hoping it would answer some of Edwards' questions. Unfortunately (from his point of view at least), he meant factcheck.org. The website Cheney referred to was an advert site, and to resolve the problem, they redirected viewers to George Soros' website, who tends not to support Bush in the way Cheney might want. As it turns out, factcheck.org didn't offer the support Cheney wanted anyway. So no harm done. For slightly more detail: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3723090.stm In other news, Maurice Wilkins, the man who took the X-ray pictures of the DNA helix that led to Watson and Crick proposing the double helix structure, has died. It's not even three months since Francis Crick died. It's a great shame that two of the grandfathers of molecular biology (arguably) and two great scientists (the same two) have died.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The Best Netherlander

Who is the greatest Netherlander? And more importantly, how many famous Netherlanders can you name? For some hints check out the 200 nominations, provided by the Dutch T.V network KRO. For those who don't understand Dutch and have no ability to guess at the most obvious of translations (but perhaps can guess less obvious translations), the link you want is 'Nominatielijst'. I think I 'know' about 18 of them, though I half recognise the names of a few others. I don't recognise Hadewych or Viktor en Rolf and have to wonder what position they'll come. For more about Anne Frank's inclusion: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3714204.stm In other, completely unrelated, news: The crackdown on Plastic Bag users: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3714126.stm In conclusion: Best Netherlander: M. C. Esher Best Plastic Bag: The sandwich bag

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

A Little News

Well, it's been over a week since I last posted. My enthusiasm for this blogging malarkey soon wore off. It's harder than I thought. I really do have nothing of interest to say. Or to put in the public domain anyway. Today I thought I'd add a few links to some BBC news stories, as I often do, and because I can. Firstly, some worrying news about killer ladybirds from Dr Michael Majerus of Cambridge's Evolutionary Genetics Group. The bug (as the defendant will now be known) was seen on a certain person's birthday in a pub. Merely a coincidence or something more sinister? Did the birthday-having person invite this known danger to celebrate with him, or was the said birthday boy too drunk to notice a killer in his midst? Where is Sible Hedingham? Sounds suspiciously close to Frimley/Framley to me. As Dr Majerus quite rightly said "This is without doubt the ladybird I have least wanted to see here" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/essex/3715120.stm In more worrying news, it appears that Wales has disappeared. Ladybirds are not yet suspected. I can't see how the loss of Wales couldn't have not been not on purpose. As MEP Glenys Kinnock said "the reality is that Wales is on all the maps that matter". Although she did then add: "in terms of getting substantial amounts of structural funds and so on ", so I don't know what's she's on about. Mr Morgan said "It's the way we use European money that's important. We've made a great success of that", which seems somewhat irrelevant. But good for him anyway. Lots of other people made jokes, especially about "putting Wales on the map". Good for them too. For the full story and picture (with a helpful picture to show you what Wales looks like when it's on a map): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/3715512.stm Of course I have more links, but I leave them for now. It will give some to do if I get bored. And they're annoying difficult to access from this computer.