Sedentary lifestyle – Sitting all day at your office based place of work

Sitting all day is unnatural, but more and more people are doing it – with technology and transport doing everything for us, endless entertainment, and 

“Sitting increases risk of death up to 40%”

“Sitting 6+ hours per day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3. Even if you exercise.”

  • Twice the rate of cardiovascular disease 
  • Electrical activity in leg muscles shuts off
  • 1 calorie burned per minute only
  • Fat break down enzymes drop 90%
  • Good cholesterol drops 20%
  • Insulin effectiveness drops 24% after 24 hours
  • Metabolism slows 25-50%
  • Blood sugar rises
  • Mood decreases, pain grows, productivity goes down

What to do about it?

  • Get a desk you can stand at, if possible
  • Stretch, flex muscles though the day if possible
  • Stand up when taking a train or bus, even if it’s empty
  • When on any phone call, be standing up
  • While watching TV/ YouTube, be standing up/ walking around/ cleaning
  • Walk to co-workers to talk with them rather than sending emails or calling their extension
  • Use stairs instead of lifts, and actually walk up/ down escalators 

Sources

Fountain Pens on Australian Carry On Luggage

I have recently once again fallen in love with fountain pens, both for calligraphy, and for their smooth beautiful writing and ink colours. 
 
I’m taking a domestic flight and was worried about customs – they have strict liquid standards (though my pens only have a 1ml capacity) – but I’m thinking… if the pen was filled with poison, it would be the perfect weapon **stab stab* but at least on JetStar, mid 2014, it should be ok.
 
Gabriel: at 15:07:15 
Hello, how can I help you with your Jetstar booking?
you: at 15:07:27 
Hello, I am taking a domestic flight in 2 weeks, and I want to know if I can take 3 fountain pens in my hand luggage~
Gabriel: at 15:08:13 
Hi there! Let me check that for you. One moment please.
Gabriel: at 15:09:17 
Thank you for waiting!
Gabriel: at 15:09:46 
Yes, you may bring fountain pens as carry-on baggage.
you: at 15:10:04 
Ok ~ thank you ~ ~
 

Just take note: 

Planes usually only pressurise the cabin at 6,000 feet or so, so while the plane is taking off – the air pressure drops quickly – fountain pens can leak, since the air in the ink capsule is trying to get out, and the easiest way out is through the nib.
You should take these precautions:
  • If you use glass bottles of ink with a converter – fill the pen up full before leaving, so there will be less air in the converter
  • Keep the pens nib up for a few hours before take off, if possible, so that the ink can make its way out of the nib – you can keep it in a shirt pocket or small pocket of a hand luggage bag
  • Keep it in a zip-lock bag, just in case it leaks, and in case the people working in customs demand that any liquids are sealed in a bag
  • When opening it for the first time after ascent – open it above something on which it is ok to get ink

PSA – Old fashioned words

I learned something new last week when reading some online discussions amongst friends about people dressing as the opposite gender etc. – and discussion about the word ‘Transvestite.’

Some words aren’t used because they are old fashioned and have negative connotations. It’s not that there is necessarily any negative emotions attached, maybe one simple hadn’t thought if it that way before. 

It’s like calling someone a “Negro” was socially acceptable in the distant past, and older people may still use it – but – times are changed.

  • Transvestite
    • Not to be confused with trans-gender or trans-sexual – transvestite means “cross dresser” – or a man wearing women’s clothing, a woman wearing men’s clothing. 
    • Someone was saying that they thought cross dresser was a more harsh term, though in the past, transvestite had an almost exclusively negative nuance behind it.
    • Depending on your views on rock solid gender norms and stereotypes, the word may be redundant completely – male and female clothing is a social construction, so if everyone stopped caring about it, the word wouldn’t exist.
  • Homosexual
    • Christians often use the word, but it seems old fashioned no?
    • What’s wrong with calling us gay?
  • Gay
    • If by gay you mean someone attracted to the same sex, or something awesome – then that’s awesome
    • Using the word to describe a minority as a synonym for ‘Shit’ is pretty old fashioned if you ask me ~ 

 

Have anything else you can think of?

 

Travelling to Japan – JTB Australia

Some things that I would recommend to everyone: Going to Japan, getting a JR Pass for unlimited travel between cities on bullet trains (since bullet trains can be as expensive as domestic flights) 

Tours to Japan from JTB Australia

Other websites of interest

There is a wealth of information available, and weather you want a luxury trip or you are on a tight budget, there are products and services for any budget.

There is a common misconception that Japan and especially Tokyo is expensive, but food and general expenses can be cheaper than Sydney Australia.

Some Google products and services you may have never heard of

Google does so many things, it’s hard to keep up.. Some of these things may be useful ~ 

  • Google Bookmarks – add through a javascript bookmark, tag/ comment and search the list.
  • Google Chart API – add HTML5 charts built by live data feeds
  • Google Safe Browsing – check to see if a website has malware or is suspicious (Chrome uses this automatically) 
  • Google Maps Engine – If you work with data sets including locations, you can import an XLS or CSV document with addresses or geocodes and insert them into a map

How many pages are there on the internet?

I was looking through this shiny infographic from Google, on how search works, and thought I’d calculate how many internet pages there are per person on the web. The infographic said there were 30 trillion pages, and there are about 7 billion people, so that’s about 4,286 internet pages per person. Whoa.

A huge portion of the world isn’t even on the web, so I wonder how many pages will never be visited.. so sad.. 

Well I thank you kind reader for visiting this one ~ Feel free to leave your mark in the form of a comment below, to reassure me that I’m not yelling into the void in vain..

If Jupiter replaced the moon

There was a blog post about a space artist, replacing the moon with the 8 planets, and like others, I was thinking that Jupiter would be a lot bigger, so I tried to make my own version to confirm.

Diameter of moon = 3 474.8 kilometers
Diameter of Jupiter = 139,822 kilometers (just over 40 times the diameter)
In this image, the moon is 15 pixels across, so Jupiter would be roughly 600px, if their centres were in the same point in space.
moon
jupiter
Luna is there for the lulz. Although Jupiter would not be orbiting the earth – we would probably fall into it’s gassy depths/ be smooshed into solid dark matter. Turns out the moon is pretty far away…

Letter of de-membership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Dear Michael Worker, or whomever it may concern;

My name is Pushka Gib’en, current registered member of 3am SDA Church and currently studying Information Technology at Macquarie University.

I would like my name to be taken off the Seventh-day Adventist Church register, and this is why:

Having never really doubted or questioned the existence of God, or the truthfulness of the Bible, since being indoctrinated into Christianity as a child, I was having a series of conversations with a friend of mine at uni about religion, and he was asking for any evidence that God exists, that Jesus is the son of God, and that the Bible is 100% true. I was starting on some topics such as prophecy and archaeology, but he wasn’t satisfied, saying it didn’t really prove anything.

I was asked how I could have a philosophy which demanded my death (since I’m a homosexual man) and though I found many things wrong with the question, I simply responded with: “I don’t want to choose a philosophy that brings me the most pleasure, I want to follow the truth.”

At a later date, after again demanding evidence, he said: “if you want to follow the truth, then why are you a Christian based on faith alone and not evidence?” And he was right. All religions assert that they have much evidence rendering them valid, but actually have none at all.

One virtue I learned from the Seventh-day Adventist church was that of truth and honesty, and if I’m honest, I’ll say that I don’t know many things; weather God exists, what happens after you die, and so forth. I am going to live in the real world, and having studied elementary planetary autonomy and human evolution, I am appalled by the propagation of ignorance promoted by the church, such as the recent creation seminars by Walter Veith in Hornsby RSL, which were filled with lies, misrepresentation, and fallacies.

Please send me confirmation when I have been removed from the register.

~ Pushka Gib’en

The Response 

7 SEVENTH’DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH (GREATER SYDNEY CONFERENCE) LIMITED

Mr Pushka Gib’en 

Dear Pushka

l was saddened to receive your letter requesting that your name be removed from the membership of the 3AM SDA Church.

You are correct in that it is impossible to absolutely prove that God does exist but I believe there are very strong evidences for the fact that He does exist. I have a particular interest in the area of origins and have done a significant amount of reading and discovered that there are many brilliant scientists both Christian and non-Christian who have weighed up the evidence both for and against God and for and against evolution and have come to the conclusion that evolution cannot and does not adequately explain the origin of life.

You mentioned that topics such as prophecy and archaeology do not prove the existence of God and again i would agree with you. However, what human being can accurately predict an event that is going to take place 500 years or more in advance. The Bible does that on many occasions and those predictions have come true. Would that not indicate there is something operating outside the sphere of human influence?

I look at things like evidence from design, how life began, why is it that the universe is so finely tuned and the earth is incredibly minutely tuned for life? Why is it that Christianity has so impacted our world in areas such as art, architecture, sculpture, music, even the holidays we celebrate such as Christmas and Easter? If God doesn’t exist and if Christianity is just a myth why is it that these things have had such a global impact?

You mentioned about the issue of homosexuality. It is true that the Bible records God’s strong disapproval of homosexual activity. However, it does not condemn a person with homosexual orientation. Every human being on the planet struggles with issues of sin and temptation. It is only by God’s grace and the victory of Jesus that we overcome.

We have no choice but to act on your request and remove your name from the membership of the 3AM Seventh-day Adventist Church. As mentioned l am sorry that you have come to this conclusion and would just hope that God would put in your path people who can help to provide answers to the questions that have been raised.

I would like to wish you all the very best for your future and for your university studies at Macquarie.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian J Raethel General Secretary

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4chan Survey

There was a survey posted around 4chan for a long while which many people filled out. I don’t think I actually did, but one thing I found really interesting was the data on user sexual orientation.

Click here to see a copy of the data 

6481 responses
 
What is your SEX?
 
Female   786 12%
Male   5199 80%
Transsexual   420 6%
None of the above   76 1%
What is your SEXUAL PREFERENCE?
 
 
Straight   4759 73%
Gay / Lesbian   239 4%
Bisexual   1262 19%
None of the above   220

3%

Violet Blue says: this is a preserved archive of the data from Dec 26th 2010, 5:09pm