Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Picture of the day

My brother took this photo. So, sorry I'm not even sure where it is. I like the color though. It's a nice time of evening.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Picture of the day.

Heres me on a rope swing on an East coast beach called Apotere. My bro took this pic.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Picture of the day

Ahh heres Mount Cook! The biggest mountain in New Zealand. it's really amazing standing at the bottom of it. You can hike up and stay in a hut on the mountain next to Mount Cook. It's only a 2-3 hour walk. I stayed the night there once but I didn't stay in the hut I stayed out in nature with my mates and looked up at the stars. It's pretty cold though even in the summer.

Thinking About Health

Happy Feet
We take the way our feet are designed for granted- that is until the start to hurt and even then we still don't treat them properly cramming them into shoes that are too tight(mainly women :D) and then walking.No wonder foot problems are such a common complaint. Most foot problems are actually preventable by understanding the way the foot works and using good footwear to support them.

These feet were made for walking, and thats just what they'll do
Each time you step, your heel strikes the ground first then you roll through the arches, over the ball of your foot and onto your toes. Your arches flatten slightly as they absorb the wight of your body. One foot continues to bear your weight until the heel of the other touches the ground. As you walk your big toe maintains your balance. The two outer metatarsals move to accommodate uneven surfaces, while the inner three stay rigid for support. So the worst think you can do for your foot is put on wrong fitting shoes because it stresses the foot. The hight heel is the worst thing you can do for your foot. 80% of foot problems are women actually. So forget about your long legs and save your feet! High heels actually make the body's weight fall onto the forefoot so the arches of the foot are not allowed to absorb the force.
A good shoe has a sole that is strong and flexible and provides a good gripping surface. Cushioned insoles help protect feet from hard surfaces. Arch supports help distribute weight over a broader area, just like the arches in your foot. Everyone looks for the perfect shoe that will make them look "fantastic" but the truth is no one ever even looks down there haha.A high-quality shoe is only worth buying if it fits! Shop for shoes later in the afternoon when your feet are at their biggest. One foot is just about always bigger than the other. The shoes you try on should feel comfortable immediately.
So happy feet for everyone :D

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Animals, more responsible than humans?

My only girl dog just had a puppy. I thought that she had a full on miscarriage mid-pregnancy because she started bleeding, but thankfully, she didn't. :) I was starting to think it was a phantom pregnancy or something of the sort!

Here's a picture of both of them:

December last year, this same pet dog of mine had 3 puppies, one of which died at birth, and the other two, a boy and a girl, died on Christmas morning. Needless to say it was a rather heart breaking experience for my dog and me. I've never seen a dog or animal- really, as depressed as she was when her puppies died... that morning her pups died I started folding the blankets she and her puppies used and started crying. She was across the room and when I started crying- she did too! Not tears of course, but perhaps, even worse than tears, and since I was the only always with her and her puppies, each time she'd see me, she'd let out the same pitiful cry and look at me in a questioning manner as if asking where I brought her puppies.

This dog of mine is a hyperactive chow-hound. Seriously, I've been thinking of putting a big F on one side of her head and D on the other side, her eyes can serve as the "OO". Seriously. But whenever she has puppies, she is extremely calm, doesn't run around like her usual crazy self, and - even more surprising, actually chews her food slowly instead of her signature chomp-swallow style. She even leaves food on her plate overnight. Anyway, dogs are definitely the only good animal mothers. Like the story of the dogs who adopted tigers.. a tiger who adopted piglets, a chicken that adopted ducklings and what not.

It's gotten me thinking a lot about how a lot of animals are more responsible than human beings. With Nebraska's child abandonment law and Japan's Kumamoto Hospital where you can leave your children anonymously- it's a sad, sad world. I am not saying all humans of course, but at the very least, at least animals try to face their responsibilities as parents as best they can.

Here in the Philippines there are many very poor people. Go to any of their areas and it's a common sight to see children of all ages - say, anywhere from 14 or 12 to 2 years old running around in ragged clothes (if any) or half dressed. These kids beating each other, yelling, screaming, beating each other, etc. Worse- the mother is probably pregnant, again, and the father is either no where to be seen or can be found someplace drinking beer and smoking his cigarettes all day. Idyllic indeed.

Anyway... this is definitely something some humans can learn from animals.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Gmail's new look..

I'm sore all over from all the tennis and martial arts I've been doing the past week. I'm pretty glad it's Friday night now.. I'm looking forward to the weekend. My weekdays are so hectic now. Yoga and meditation keep me going happy, and Sammy. :D

I love the new look(s) of Gmail!
Spice up your inbox with colors and themes
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:21 PM
Posted by Annie Chen, Gmail engineer

Gmail fans have been building unofficial extensions to spice up their inboxes for a while, but up til now themes haven't been an integral part of Gmail. We wanted to go beyond simple color customization, so out of the 30 odd themes we're launching today, there's a shiny theme with chrome styling, another one that turns your inbox into a retro notepad, nature themes that change scenery over time, weather driven themes that can rain on your mailbox, and fun characters to keep you in good company. There's even an old school ascii theme (Terminal) which was the result of a bet between two engineers -- it's not exactly practical, but it's great for testing out your geek cred. We've also done a minor facelift to Gmail's default look to make it crisper and cleaner -- you might notice a few colors and pixels shifted around here and there.

As you can see from these photos taken around our office in Zurich, Switzerland, themes have made their way into more than our inboxes -- that's a character from the ninja theme made out of pixel blocks, customized laptop decals, and a giant Zoozimps character on a beam next to my desk:

To customize your inbox, go to the Themes tab under Settings. We'll be rolling out themes to everyone over the next couple of days, so if you don't see them yet, check back soon. As for which theme to choose, don't ask us. We're neutral ;)


Monday, November 17, 2008

Picture of the day.

I like taking pictures of power lines. you can take some nice little arty shots if you get it right. this one is alright but nothing spectacular. I like it because it looks black and white but it's not just a real flat day.