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Sep 26
2010

A Great Video to get you thinking

Posted by Dissol in Disability Awareness

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Sep 21
2010

A little Gloat...

Posted by Dissol in world cup , FIFA , Commonwealth Games

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Sep 21
2010

To Troll or not to Troll that is the Question

Posted by Dissol in Troll , Identity Deception

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Sep 21
2010

Smokoo & Mirrors

Posted by Dissol in Untagged 

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Sep 13
2010

Conspiracy Theory

Posted by Dissol in Springboks , Rugby , Luyt , Jake White , De Villiers , Conspiracy

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As other people have been putting up their own conspiracy theories (yes, like Barrmar, I think that the moon landing was as likely a hoax as the World Cup never happening), I was lying in a hospital bed...reading the newspapers, and web, and I have my own conspiracy theory.

SA Rugby.  First of all, we all have to realise that Rugby is not a sport anymore; it is business, and for a lot of people, it has been a successful business for some time.  It starts with Louis Luyt.  People may remember him - he was the one that was booed by the home crowd, when the Boks won in '95.  He owns Ellis Park.  Newlands has a stand with his name on it.  When he was 'forced out' of office, his control remained through his (now ex) son-in-law.  Now Luyt made his money from fertiliser, and I have heard a few stories about they way he ran that business...  Hard, would be one polite way to describe it.  Now his companies seem to have an 'interest' in many of the different sporting stadia around South Africa.  But not all...

Now as Rugby is big business, it makes sense to keep the matches at stadia within their control (anyone else in the Cape wondering why we rarely see the Spingboks play down here anymore?).  Sure, there is a clear advantage for South Africa to play other teams at altitude...but the money talks louder...

Then look at the coaches.  They come and go with incredible regularity.  Squeaky De Villiers must be almost at the exit door now, after the abject performance of the team under his term (and the ridiculous comments he keeps making to the media).  But he won't mind being sacked, at all.  In fact, I think it may have been planned that way.  If he does get pushed out (as he should due to lack of performance), then he will get a small fortune in severence pay...worked out before he was given the job.  Now why on earth would they allow sections like that to creep into his employment contract, when most Springbok coaches only last for just more than a season??  Well...he is in the consipracy now...  He will be sacked, paid a fortune...and then re-employed.  Like...ooo...who shall we say....  Jake White?  Sacked for saying stupid things....but paid out a small fortune.  But then, strangely re-employed...  This is a person who was sacked, and then had to be paid a huge sum of money, according to his contract - why re-employ him?? Unless he too is part of the conspiracy???  And guess whose name is being put forward to replace Squeaky...yep...Jake White, again.

You know the saying the squeaky wheel gets attention??  This squeaky wheel is going to get well oiled!!

You read it here first - De Villiers has the worst record for recent Springbok coaches, losing recent matches really badly...conceding 30 points a game.  For serious followers of the game, this was no surprise as he had a very weak coaching record coming into the game.  Anyone could see that he was out of his depth, which he then demonstrated with his (lack of) coaching prowess, and the abysmal way he deals with the media.  He will be several million richer in a few weeks time.  Sacked as coach...but they will find an advisory position for him...somewhere in the conspiracy.

In the meantime, rugby followers pay their dues (ticket prices, and TV bills) and the money goes back into the pockets of the chosen few...

Of course, this could all be just the drug crazed ramblings of an idiot wearing a pink T shirt with Amateur Hooker written on it in BIG letters.  I just hope that male nurse realises that it refers to my old rugby position, and nothing else...

Sep 11
2010

Back Home again

Posted by Dissol in Surgery , nurses , hospital

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Back home, after hopefully the last operation for a while...  It is very odd spending so much time in different hospitals, and undergoing different procedures.  Anyone that has undergone general anesthetic can tell you how odd, and unnatural it is.  When you sleep normally, you are subconciously aware of the passage of time, but when you are chemically knocked out, that appears to be missing...you "loose" a couple of hours.  Have a few surgeries close together, and it becomes worse - your system has not cleared out all the chemicals from the last time...and so you tend to drop deeper into unconciousness.  One wonders if this is how coma patients experience things too?

But again, I am completely floored by the understanding and care given by medical personnel.  They work long, long, hours, often with difficult patients, and unpleasant tasks, and yet they do so without complaint, and such individual attention...

But as I rolled out of the hospital, into the wonderful Cape Town sunshine, suddenly life began to come back to me.  I still have a few weeks of recuperation ahead of me, and will be the target for my physioterrorist for a while.  Seeing people around me with far worse conditions is also humbling. 

It also looks like my new company car may arrive just in time for when I am able to drive again!  And one of my first trips is going to have to be the Cape Town, Jo'burg run!!  Good way to run the car in!!

Sep 07
2010

There is life after 2010

Posted by Dissol in Greenpoint , 2010

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The first concept meetings for the old stadium at Greenpoint start today!  Sneaking out of House Arrest to attend.

There are many projects that are finishing off work, that could not be completed prior to the FIFA event, but this is different.  This is new. Exciting stuff...  It is worth being put in the dog house by medicos & the leader of the opposition to go to the initial meetings...

Sep 06
2010

LHC 101 Part 1

Posted by Dissol in World Wide Web , Research , Physics , LHC , CERN

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Sep 05
2010

Freedom of Expression should be important to ALL Bloggers

Posted by Dissol in South African Media Freedom , Freedom of Expression , Freedom House

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Sep 04
2010

A picture (or at least a diagram) paints a thousand words

Posted by Dissol in religion , NYTimes , Data

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Being stuck under prolonged house arrest has given me opportunity to catch up with some reading; I have been going through countless scientific papers recently.  I have also had chance to read many more news sites, from all around the world.

This article in the New York Times caught my eye.  After reading through different scientific papers, where they present data in a variety of different ways, I actually thought that this diagram is very, very powerful.  There are so many conclusions that you are able to draw from this clear representation of data.  To the extent that I am not going to comment - you can draw your own conclusions!!

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