Friday 4 September 2009

Goodbye Mr Percival

One of the 3 pelican stars of the 1975 Australian film Storm Boy, Mr Percival has sadly passed away at Adelaide Zoo aged 33. Storm Boy is a 1976 Australian film, based on the children's book by Colin Thiele about a boy and his pelican, it was filmed on the fierce deserted coast of South Australia's Coorong.

Thursday 3 September 2009

Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

I received this as an email, I did not write it and have edited the content to fit this posting, I assert no copyright of said piece and reproduce as a community awareness gesture only.


During a BBQ, Ingrid  stumbled and took a little fall - she assured  everyone that she was fine (they offered to call  paramedics) .she said she had just tripped over  a brick because of her new shoes.

They  got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of  food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid  went about enjoying herself the rest of the  evening

Ingrid's husband called later  telling everyone that his wife had been taken to  the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.)  She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they  known how to identify the signs of a stroke,  perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some  don't die. they end up in a helpless, hopeless  condition instead.

A neurologist says that  if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours  he can totally reverse the effects of a  stroke...
totally. He said the trick was  getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then  getting the patient medically cared for within 3  hours, which is tough.


'3' steps, STR

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are  difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack  of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim  may suffer severe brain damage when people  nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a  stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can  recognize a stroke by asking three simple  questions:

S  *
Ask the  individual to SMILE.
T  *Ask the  person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out  today.)
R  *Ask him  or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If  he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these  tasks, call emergency number
immediately  and describe the symptoms to the  dispatcher.

New  Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your  Tongue

NOTE:  Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the  person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue  is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the  other
,  that is  also an indication of a  stroke.

Wednesday 2 September 2009

Check Out the video "Moments" from Radio Labs

Is Twitter Pimping Porn to Family Users?

This article From businessweek describes in detail what has been a pet hate of mine since I joined Twitter. Twitter is a great platform, because I can have followers that I am not friends with yet, but in time it might happen. I want to interact with real people and Twitter is a great way to do that.

So if the above article does not scare you off join me on

Putting yourself out there.

The hidden world of the Internet, and no I am talking about the seedier side, no I refer to the emotion of feedback. It is so easy these days to publish yourself, to put your well thought out and expressed ideas on line for the world to see.
There are a myriad of ways to publish your self on line, from Facebook and Twiitter to writing a blog, to just commenting on other people work. I am often moved to put the keyboard into action and express an opinion on an article that twigs my interest and have so for many years, which has lead me to starting this blog.
However as I alluded to there is a darker side to putting yourself out there, and that is the feedback or lack there of. It is quite mentally exhausting writing an opinion piece, but once completed and published there is a feeling of exhortation until the comments, remarks, insults or nothing comes.
This may sound like a whinge and I suppose it is, after all I decided to publish, but in reality I just wanted to point out that behind every blog is a person, a friend, a family member, a human being, so before you post just remember is it the person you have a problem with or the article, so don’t attack the man play the ball.
This is also true of Twitter and Facebook, although there is no compulsion to comment on all posts and messages you receive, a little courtesy in acknowledging that some one has commented on your piece does not go astray. If I was going to point fingers, it appears to me that the people on Twitter trying to sell you some thing are the worst offenders, all their interested in is the number of followers so they can get their sales pitch out there, I will let you know one thing I stop listening, to any one that won’t reciprocate on a mere message.   
Oh and yes I am grammatical and politically incorrect a lot of the time, so please excuse any errors in this blog, the ideas are mine and so is the way they are written so feel free to comment