|Thursday, 31 March 2005|
Incredible Shrinking Frank
One of the 'leading indicators' for my health problems has been my weight.
When I was admitted into hospital back in October 2004, I weighed in at 125kg (275 pounds/19.6 stones). The message was clear, drop some weight or things will get worse, a lot worse!
So, I started a simple regime that consisted of some regular exercise (walk for 30 minutes each day), adjust what I eat (increase in fibre, more veggies, less crap), and give up some things (my beloved coffee).
This change was for the good, and the weight came off. I was averaging a loss of 500g per week. My doctors were happy with the progress and I was feeling good.
I made it through Christmas and New Year, but then was admitted to hospital again. This time, I weighed 115kg (253 pounds / 18 stone).
Once I got out of hospital, I continued with the regime. I even went walking through the local national park with a work friend.
By the time I went back to hospital for my minimally invasive endoscopic examination, I weighed in at 105kg (231 pounds / 16 stone).
Last week I passed under the 100kg barrier and this morning I weighed in at 98kg (216 pounds / 15 stone). I cant remember the last time I was this weight. I think it was 10 years ago.
I probably have another 10 kgs to shed in the next few months, especially with my upcoming surgery, but at least we've dealt with one of those pesky "leading indicators".[listening to: Woman - Wolfmother ]
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|Tuesday, 29 March 2005|
@ home again, facing the inevitable
I find myself at home again today. I had a pretty crappy Easter – especially watching my kids devouring their chocolate eggs, bunnies and hot cross buns – while I was on a clear liquid diet.
I’m heading back to hospital for a colon resection in the next few weeks. This is currently in the hands of the scheduling gods, but it is inevitable. I will be in hospital for up to 7 days, and then I head home for my recovery which could take up to 8 weeks. Lots of TV/DVd watching, blog reading, podcast listening, book reading for me.
If you want to know more about my saga/exploits, don’t forget to follow it here on my personal blog.
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|Monday, 28 March 2005|
AFL 2005 Ladder on completion of Round 1
5:17:08 PM  comment  trackback  G! • My Hobbies
Robots : The IMAX Experience
We got there early, bought our tickets (at a premium over the 'normal' cinema, since we were seeing the "special IMAX edition"), and waited in line. By the time the doors opened, there was a huge queue formed behind us. In we went, to our seats, but we didnt get our 3D glasses. WTF? I could have sworn, the movie was going to be in 3D. I'm sure I read it somewhere.
Anyways, the IMAX theatre is looking pretty shabby these days - seats missing, covers torn, headrests ripped - definitely not delivering on the promise of a premium theatre experience. The local cinemaplex at Hornsby is much cleaner, tider, comfortable etc, but I guess we are paying for the giant screen. Lets see what magic awaits....
The movie was fun, it kepts the kids entertained, including Bricey. The visuals were terrific, the story rather pedestrian, and the talent pretty average. Robin Williams was outstanding, but the other voice actors were pretty forgettable. I didnt even realize Ewan McGregor played the lead robot, Rodney Copperbottom. But the kids didn't care, they thought it was funny, silly and good to watch.
I thought it was a movie with a bit of heart, a little brain, and not much courage.
During the movie, I just want to know why these robots exisited. What were they meant to be doing? Why were they there? If you compare it to Monster's Inc, the monsters had a purpose - to scare people. But was the purpose of the robots? They just existed. Some worked. Some didn't. Okay, maybe it's time for the old suspension of disbelief to kick in.
Bottom line - see it, but avoid the IMAX experience if you can unless you want to spend extra for very little extra value. Learn from our mistakes.[listening to: It's Too Late - Evermore ]
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|Sunday, 27 March 2005|
[listening to: Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand ]
9:40:59 AM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek
Working Where The Sun Don't Shine
Quite appropriate me thinks!
SONG: Working Where The Sun Don't Shine (The Colorectal Surgeon's Song)
We praise the colorectal surgeonNorman Swann / Bowser & Blue ]
8:25:49 AM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek • Health
|Saturday, 26 March 2005|
My kids love Easter.
This afternoon they set the table with some gifts for the Easter Bunny.
Here are some snaps of the table setting and the assorted ornaments, offerings, letters and gifts.
7:32:03 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Family
Remote Control Blimp
So here's the story behind it.
At TechEd 2004, BJ Holtgrewe from the VSTO Team brought a number of these remote control blimps. At the end of the event, he gave most of them away to attendees, and thanks to some friends on the inside, I managed to get a small blimp.
Last weekend we launched it and the kids have had a lot of fun with it since.
I don't know where BJ bought the blimps from, but I have found a great US site which sells them online in a whole range of sizes. Even their phone number is cool: 1-888-4-A-BLIMP. They are not cheap, but look really cool![listening to: Somebody Told Me - The Killers ]
4:34:25 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Family • Geek
|Friday, 25 March 2005|
What Simpsons Character Are You
I can't believe I hadn't done this quiz before. Why am I not surprised with the result
[listening to: Fit Buy You Know It - The Streets ]
7:26:43 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek • TV
|Thursday, 24 March 2005|
Lions defeat Saints in Opening Round
Looks like the pundits got it wrong
FULL TIME- BRISBANE LIONS 18-8- 116 to ST KILDA 13-15- 93[listening to: Rock & Roll Music [Live] - Mental as Anything ]
11:34:56 PM  comment  trackback  G! • My Hobbies
THE 2005 AFL SEASON IS AWAY : AFL Preview
For the past few years, I have subscribing to an email newletter that provides a preview of the upcoming AFL Round. This is one of hidden treasures out there and I am going to share it with my readers. I hope the author of the newsletter doesn't mind
[listening to: The Movie Show #001 2005-03-21 - The Podcast Network ]
5:42:42 PM  comment  trackback  G! • My Hobbies
It kicks off tonight
I'm just looking forward to the game. And I have lined up my FoxtelIQ to record the game too.[listening to: Ain't That a Kick in the Head - Robbie Williams ]
11:19:12 AM  comment  trackback  G! • My Hobbies
|Monday, 21 March 2005|
Curb Your Enthusiam : Series 3 on the telly
[listening to: Black Betty - Spiderbait ]
8:58:33 PM  comment  trackback  G! • TV
Launching the VSTO Blimp
Over the weekend, my boys and I had a project. It just took 3 steps.
Step 1. Find some helium for the blimp and fill it up.
Step 2. Assemble the Blimp
Step 3. Fly it around the houseMichael Bublé ]
3:15:05 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Family
|Saturday, 19 March 2005|
Cool Flickr Toy
Spell with Flickr. Give it a try!
[listening to: Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand ]
9:32:35 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek
I pit myself againts Cam on Preople
5:46:42 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek
Great Expectations for upcoming AFL Season
It is less than a week to the start of the AFL season.
The experts are listing their top players and these lists are full of St.Kilda players - top 50 and top 25, with Nick Reiwoldt topping them all! And even the AFL Captains say the Saints are the one's to beat.
Let's hope the boys can deliver on the promise.[listening to: American Life - Madonna ]
11:30:59 AM  comment  trackback  G! • My Hobbies
|Friday, 18 March 2005|
It seems I don't like Thursdays
I just noticed on my little calendar dohicky that the only days this month I haven't posted something has been Thursday.
Weird. I wonder why?[listening to: The Joker - Fat Boy Slim ]
4:45:51 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Random
New DVDs : Amazon continues to Amaze
Well, yesterday (Thursday 17th of March) the DVDs arrived. How good it that!!! My kids got to watch The Incredibles again.
I've said it before, and I will say it again - Amazon truly Rocks!
If you are interested, these were the movies I ordered:
2:57:36 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek • TV
|Wednesday, 16 March 2005|
Whovention.7 coming soon
So when I spotted a flyer for the upcoming Whovention.7, I couldn't resist and picked it up.
October just can't come soon enough[listening to: Slash Dot Dash - Fatboy Slim ]
9:46:47 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek • TV
|Tuesday, 15 March 2005|
Beware the Ides of March!
[listening to: Talking Bout My Baby - Fatboy Slim ]
9:30:00 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Random
|Monday, 14 March 2005|
Which Desperate Housewife are you?
Another post, another quiz.
This one I didn't do, rather I asked Moira to complete. We guessed which one would come up before hand and guess what, we were correct! Who would have thought!
[listening to: I'm Outta Love - Anastacia ]
9:24:43 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Family • Geek
Which Napoleon Dynamite character are you?
The quizzes continues. I really did love this movie and am delighted with the result. Sweeeeet!
[listening to: Can't get you out of my head - Kylie ]
4:52:43 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek
|Sunday, 13 March 2005|
Internet Addiction Quiz
Wow - I didn't get to 100% - LOL
5:14:32 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek
Aussies thrash Black Caps by nine wickets
It was wonderful to kick back on Saturday and watch Gilchrist & Katich turn the 1st Test around. Today we had a family picnic so I missed the final kill but I could sense it would be all over today. It is so good to see the Aussie cricket team beat those annoying Kiwis.
[listening to: I Hate Everything About You - Three Days Grace ]
5:09:01 PM  comment  trackback  G! • My Interests • TV
|Saturday, 12 March 2005|
Which Polyhedral Are You?
Remarkably accurate. I'm such a sucker for these kinds of things.
[listening to: Something - Shirley Bassey ]
1:37:29 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek
|Friday, 11 March 2005|
Australian ISP raided in BitTorrent crackdown
I spotted this on CNet News:
They're coming!!!![listening to: Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey ]
8:20:16 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek • TV
Antony's Halo 2 Stats
I'm so proud of my boy Antony - his Halo 2 stats are terrifiC
11:24:57 AM  comment  trackback  G! • Family • Geek
|Wednesday, 9 March 2005|
It;s good to be a kid
On Monday they got access to the new Foxtel iQ and they have been time shifting television for the past few days.
Today, I got a Linksys Wireless Ethernet Bridge to hook up their Xbox to our Wi-Fi network so that they can play Halo 2 on Xbox Live in their bedroom, so that they others in the family can watch time-shifted TV in peace downstairs.
Now, our problem will be how to get them out of the room. We may have to slide food in under the door to keep them fed.
Ahhh, it's good to be a kid![listening to: Look What You've Done - Jet ]
8:14:30 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Family • TV
|Tuesday, 8 March 2005|
It's freaking me out too.[listening to: A Song Called Everything - Powderfinger ]
9:05:41 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Random
|Monday, 7 March 2005|
Foxtel iQ Experiences
Well those shows I recorded have been watched and deleted.
The kids took over the remote and added their own programs to the 'to record' list, including MythBusters and Star Trek Enterprise (a program that was not treated with respect by the free-to-air network that had it recently).
It even get the thumbs-up from the boss, especially after I told her I was recording Media Watch & Enough Rope for her (she normally falls asleep when it is on and now she can watch it in the morning).
The boys have really taken to it this evening. They setup a production line, watching programs they recorded earlier while recording current programs. And while they watched the program, they zoomed through the ads. It's great to see the next generation of consumers getting jiggy with it. The free-to-air guys have another 10 years and then BLAM!
Generation NET (or as Cameron calls them Generation Right Click) will be the demographic holding the $$ that advertisers want but the old ways wont apply. Wired had a story about this phenomenon last year.
Interesting times indeed.[listening to: Holiday - Green Day ]
9:20:11 PM  comment  trackback  G! • TV
Foxtel iQ arrived
I can't really say it's mine, as I don't own the box. But it's here and we can use it. I set it up to record Conan O'Brien and The Goodies on UKTV - my kids can have something to watch when they get home. And I setup a recurring record of The Simpsons.
So begins the on-demand adventure in the Arrigo household.[listening to: Give Me Novacaine - Green Day ]
2:18:16 PM  comment  trackback  G! • TV
|Sunday, 6 March 2005|
Networks dampen Foxtel's iQ debut
Tomorrow I get my Foxtel iQ installed. The real disappointment is the fact that two of the free to air networks will be missing from the electronic program guide. I found the following article which discusses this issue - Networks dampen Foxtel's iQ debut.
The article quotes spokespeople from the two networks and it shows how they *really* value their viewers..
[listening to: Jaded - Green Day ]
8:52:49 PM  comment  trackback  G! • TV
|Saturday, 5 March 2005|
Just Testing my bandwidth
Test run on 5/3/2005@ 5:59 P.M.
[listening to: Sexy - The Black Eyed Peas ]
6:03:17 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Geek
|Friday, 4 March 2005|
My Kids and The Goodies
I was watching my kids watching The Goodies on DVD this evening. They were laughing so much. It was such a delight.
Amazingly these were episodes done 30 years ago!. I remember watching them as a kid. I was such a fan. I think this was the formative steps that developed my particular sense of humour.
They are performing in Sydney at the moment, and there are tickets to the shows. I know it won't be like the TV show, but it's quite tempting to go see these guys. I have heard a few interviews they have done on different local radio stations and it would be fun. Now to convince the boss.[listening to: Whatsername - Green Day ]
8:49:13 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Family • My Interests • TV
Chris Beaumont is the People's Choice
I got an email today from my wonderful talented chaming intelligent witty sister Rita, regarding an art award her hubby, Chris Beaumont, recently won. Well done Chris and good luck with the exhibit! I'm hope some of my Melbourne based readers get along to see the show.
[listening to: St. Jimmy - Green Day ]
5:31:15 PM  comment  trackback  G! • Family
|Wednesday, 2 March 2005|
American Splendor is a terrific movie
I got to finally watch American Splendor. What a fantastic movie.
It is the story of Harvey Pekar, a morose gloomy guy who creates a comic book featuring himself. And it's a real true story.
What was great about the movie is how it mixes the actor who plays Harvey (Paul Giamatti), Harvey himself and the cartoon images from the comic book. It has geeks, nerds, and celebrities scattered through the movie. It was a sad, yet funny experience.
Highly recommended[listening to: Love Island - Fatboy Slim ]
4:10:42 PM  comment  trackback  G! • My Interests