Sunday, June 25, 2006

Coke and Mentos - Don't try this at home!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Kee3 - bringing you the best in technology & gadgetry

Lots of friends keep asking me what to buy, and I direct them here - where you'll find the best of breed (BoB) techonology and gadgetry, and also how to choose your new best friend. I'll update this regularly, so check back in often. Kee's choice is also highlighted in red.

Mac - what I'd get as it offers great design, fantastic OS, and minimal viruses
Dell - if you really want or need Windows
Build-your-own - for the cheapest PC you can get

- consumer desktop - iMac 17"
- consumer laptop - iBook 12"
- prosumer laptop - Powerbook 15"
- prosumer desktop - iMac 20": The iMac is such great value that it is a great machine even for prosumers. The extra cost for a PowerMac + external screen would not be good value for the requirements of most readers of this blog
- not recommended - Mac mini (unless you already have a screen. Even then, have a close look at the iMacs as they offer much better value for money)

MP3 player
Get the iPod nano - forget what you read about the nano breaking down. It is overhyped by the media, and there have been very few cases considering how many Apple has sold. Apple has also agreed to replace any iPods that have the cracked screen problem.

The iPod with video offers superb value (per megabyte) and now comes with video functionality. However, get this only if you will use the space for videos, music, songs or files. I have more than 4GB of songs, and still prefer carrying around a nano.

Get s Shuffle is you don't mind a small music collection on the road. The benefits are also that you can use it as a USB drive. However, I would look at getting a SonyEricsson W800 phone if I only want to carry 512MB of songs along with me.

I would have whole-heartedly suggested getting a PalmOS PDA as recent as two months ago, because it is still the best OS for PDAs around. However, recent corporate developments indicate an uncertain future for PalmSource. Nonetheless, I would still whole-heartedly suggest getting a Treo 650 as the best PDA for convenience, usability and functionality. Runners-up are the E2 (best value low-end to mid-range) and the T|X (if you need a wide-screen or wi-fi - I find the Treo's thumbboard and GPRS capabilities much more useful, though).

to be updated

Mobile phone
to be updated

Saturday, October 15, 2005

from coffee to evangelism

If you do not want to support anti-choice Christian fundamentalist evangelism, please do not go to Gloria Jeans.Your money goes to supporting groups that prey on vulnerable women that tell them that they are sinners and will be damned to hell if they don't do what they are told.

I don't like Gloria Jeans anyway (dislike their coffee, and the place gives me the creeps), so it's no big sacrifice to me. :)

American Political Test

This is my test result from an online "Politics Test". I guess I'm not surprised that I would be a strong Democrat, if I were an American, given my convictions, and strong sense for Social Justice.

You are a

Social Liberal
(81% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(23% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Strong Democrat

Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Love & Gratitude

I am grateful for my Dad, Mom and sisters who give me unconditional love. They have always been there to offer me whatever support I need whenever I need it. They accept me for who I am.

I am grateful to have friends who love and care for me as they would their most loved ones, love me for who I am, and who I can count on to be there on both sunny and rainy days. Some of these are (in order of their physical, not necessarily emotional, distance to me): Mick, Vicky, Pat, Eugenia, Teng, CP, Ernest, Deepak, Roy and Rima.

I am grateful that I am born in an age with great tolerance. I accept that discrimination exists, but for every person who discriminates against me, there is at least one other person who acts for me.

I am grateful to always have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep on and food on my table.

I love my body and am grateful the excellent health I have. I look after my body, giving it the exercise and healthy food and nutrients it craves for, and the rest it deserves.

I have a good relationship with time and money. I appreciate what they can do for me, and use them wisely. I know that money is neither good nor evil, and that having money allows me to have a comfortable life and to contribute, while reducing an area of stress.

I love my life, and I love my family, friends and the people I meet every day. I love what I do, and do what I love. I love my apartment and my computer. I love the places I travel to.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Some reasons why English is so hard to learn

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through.
Well don't! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps.
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard but sounds like bird.
And dead: it's said like bed, not bead,
For goodness sake don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth as in mother
Nor both as in bother, nor broth as in brother,
And here is not a match for there,
Nor dear and fear, for bear and pear.
And then there's dose and rose and lose--
Just look them up--and goose and choose
And cork and work and card and ward
And font and front and word and sword
And do and go, then thwart and cart,
Come, come! I've hardly made a start.
A dreadful Language? Why man alive!
I learned to talk it when I was five.
And yet to write it, the more I tried,
I hadn't learned it at fifty-five.

1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4. Polish the Polish furniture.
5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier deserted his dessert in the desert.
7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. I object to the object.
11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12. There was a row among the oarsment about how to row.
13. They were too close to the door to close it.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Tiger vs XP

The Register's Tiger Review says "As OS X improves, it becomes harder to convince OS X users to make the jump. If Microsoft had announced that the next version of Windows XP would sleep and wake up within three seconds with near 99.99 per cent reliability, would pick up a WiFi network within 10 seconds with similar consistency, and was now free of viruses, then users would flock to upgrade. But even the first, barely usable version of Mac OS X boasted this when it first appeared March 2001."

KVPUG's Top Palm Freeware

KVPUG is moving its forum, and I thought I'd archive this post (as at 7 May 2005) for posterity!

Posted: Sat May 07, 2005 3:14 am Post subject: Re: Top FREEWARE for Palm OS

A. General applications
1. Avantgo
2. Plucker (offline browser)
3. Happy Day (keep track of birthdays,anniversaries etc)
4. Yanoff (offline NNTP newsreader)
5. IsiloX (web clipper for Isilo)
6. Moon Phase (tell you when full moon is - data can be exported to date book!)
7. Lunar Calendar 1.2 Chinese Calendar - works on OS4 without need for Chinese Fonts. OS5 - Chinese Fonts support needed. Excellent Program - except for a few bugs. Chinese Zodiac signs included. icon_idea.gif
8. DicMake 1.5 Dictionary making application: create your own custom dictionary at your fingertips!
9. Snap: you get to take a snap-shot of your palm application & store as bitmap file onto extension card. (now I know how reviewers extract their snapshots) eusa_hand.gif
10. Numerus 2.1 - calculator using Roman numerics - helps present day ppl interprete the Roman numerals too icon_lol.gif
11. LunarCal 1.2 - Lunar Calender (Simplified Chinese) similar to (7) above but no Chinese software required. Works with OS5 high res too.

B. Productivity(datebook enhancements, apps useful in work etc)
1. Dates! (sorry cannot locate URL now but try DateToolz by yours truly icon_wink.gif )
2. A5 (A Weekview for the Palm built-in Datebook and To Do applications)
3. Today (Today gathers information from the built-in applications Date Book, Mail and To Do and displays the things to do today)
4. Didlebug (Allows you to scribble info and add notes,alarms for each scribble)
5. Big Clock (alarm and time zone clock program)
6. Currency (for converting between currency rates)
7. Converter (for converting between metric and imperial etc for weight, length, shoe size, area etc)
8. Button Launch 1.5 A excellent button launch program (OS5 supported). Unlimited number of programs you can launch with just a few buttons pressed. icon_idea.gif
9. MyCheckbook Great freebie to manage your bank accounts and expenses.
10. Unit2Unit Unit conversion software. Convert from one unit system to another for most common measurements like Temperature, Speed, Distance, Area, Mass etc.
11. MoneyTender Quick, easy, and simple to use, MoneyTender keeps track of your accounts.

C. Office applications (ebook readers, database etc)
1. CSpotRun (CSpotRun is a free reader for documents in the popular Pilot DOC format. )
2. Handyshopper (HandyShopper is a great shopping list tool, with plenty of features)
3. List
4. Tiny Book Reader (TiBR is a freeware PalmDoc books reader for Palm OS.It is a small, but full featured application)
5. Palm Reader (now known as eReader)
6. Pilot-DB Freeware Database program with Desktop import/export.
7. iSilo Free Edition (great doc reader with smooth scrolling action).
8. Bible Reader (enough said!)

D. Utilities (Apps which boost the usefullness of PalmOS)
1. Graffiti Anywhere (Graffiti Anywhere allows you to use the Graffiti recognition system anywhere on the screen)
2. Switch (OS5) (Switch5 is a PalmOS 5 app which provides a simple way to switch between recently used applications. Think of it as a PalmOS 5 version of SwitchHack)
3. OKey - For Palms that have the 5-way Dpad
4. Colorize (Colorize lets you select from several color themes. You can also export color themes to Memopad and edit them (or beam them to other people) and import color themes from Memopad)
5. X-Master (X-Master is an easy-to-use hack/extension management program)
6. Filez (FileZ is a full featured file manager and system utility)
7. Yaps (Yaps (Yet Another Password Safe) stores your passwords and other confidential information on your Palm, using 256-bit encryption)
8. Disable Buttons Prevent your Palm from accidentally powering on and draining the battery
9. Digifix 1.2 (cures mad digitizer syndrome)
10. Crash! (auto soft reset so you don't have to look around for that paper clip!)
11. Font Hack (works in conjunction with X-Master, Alpha Fonts, CoolFonts etc)
12. Pilot Install Installs PalmOS Software WITHOUT HotSync (into Ram or SD card)
13. Autodimmer Automatically lower screen brightness after certain time
14. CradleSnd Automatically launches any program when plugged into cradle (useful for Clie data import and CardExport program)
15. SyncBack Automatically brings you to any program after hotsync (i use it to go back to the laucher screen)
16. MSMount Enables you to run programs and database directly from expansion card (not for OS5 though)
ps. item number 3, 13-16 are all done by a kind programmer,Tatsuo Nagamatsu. just wanna take this opputunity to thank him for all those great freewares! btw, programs 13-16 are run directly from Palm preference. there is no icons to launch the files. icon_smile.gif
17. LCD Analyzer Enables you to check your LCD screen display. VERY useful for T3 - some defective LCD screens have surfaced based on response from other owners. icon_idea.gif
18. Malaysian Holidays 2004- MobileDB Some nice chap has put up the 2004 holidays for MobileDB users
19. Capitalizer does what it says-automatically capitalizes the letter you are writing when you write on the divide between the numeric and alphabet grafitti pad. Can someone add the link...?
20. Noah Lite English-English Dictionary.
21. GridLock is a simple & effective security application for your Palm device.
22. TimeCopy Timecopy will copy the time, date, timezone, and daylight saving information from your desktop PC to you PalmOS device at each hotsync. You have to make sure your PC's time is accurate!!!
23. DS Clock Great windows freeware that can be used with TimeCopy to sync your PC (and therefore your palm) with atomic clock servers
24. StabilityTest allows Palm users to test their device, packed with software, on stability and system crash issues.
25. FileProg is a Filez-like application that excels at copy, cut, delete and paste functions.
26. Blue Fang is a free alternative to the highly rated but not free BTtoggle Pro. It saves power by turning off the bluetooth radio when not in use.
27. palm file browser is a freeware to manage your palm data in SD or RAM via bluetooth

E . Games
1. Space Trader
2. Checkers
3. Vexed
4. Yahdice
5. Bridge (it's not real clever, but not bad for a free app for Palm)
6. Spades (the card game)
7. Bismark (a solitaire card game)
8. Crosswords 4.0.5 Crosswords is a single- or multi-player crossword puzzle game for PalmOS. It is played by the same rules as Hasbro's "Scrabble"® game and includesan English dictionary, dictionary browser, and configuration program.
9. Taipan
10. Boxman
11. Traffic! An implementation of a popular sliding-piece puzzle game requiring careful visuo-spatial planning.
12. Exodus (color & mono)
13. HK Majong Classic majong game (monochrome but works on T|E)
14. Mulg II Guide a marble through various mazes.
15. Pocket Dimension The ultimate freeware PDA role-playing game.
16. Space War For Star Trek addicts. icon_biggrin.gif Rise though the ranks and upgrade your starship while you wage war against your enemies. Can play against the simulator or with your friends.

F. Medical
1. Medcalc - medical calculator
2. Medmath - another medical calculator
3. Medrules - general medical algorithms
4. ePocrates - great free drug database
5. Shots - a great immunization guide
6. BloodPressMgr This application keeps track of the blood pressure readings.
7. Eat Watch An implementation of the Eat Watch® nutrition and exercise log and analysis software for the Palm Computing Platform.

G. Travel
1. Metro - the Kuala Lumpur database is in the zip file when you d/l the program
2. Mapopolis - use in conjunction with free Malaysian maps

H. Music/Multimedia
1. ChordDB Guitar Chords - Good app!
2. Kinoma (is it free...?) - the player is free.
3. Guitar Tuner Lt - essential for all the guitar players...
4. RealOne (is it free...?) - i think so ? supports Tungstens & Zires. (unfortunately we can't get the latest version. so just settle for the previous one. lookout for "PREVIOUS VERSION") down load and enjoy ! icon_smile.gif
5. The Core Media Player. I can't believe no one's mentioned this EXCELLENT player yet!

I. Only for Clies
1. Keep Wide Remembers the last state of the virtual graffiti
2. ClieMounter Mounts and unmount cf and memory stick without physically insert/uninserting it (pls right click the link and choose "Save target as..."
3. AlbumSwap From the programmer of ClieMounter, this program makes it possible for u to create one folder for one album for your audio player
4. CF Utility NX70/NZ90's CF slot can now be used as CF Memory expansion
ps. items 1-4 have is confirm working and very useful for my NX70. dunno about other Clies. check out Cliesource if u r not sure how to use (it's worth ur effort!)

J. For Muslims
1. GICalendar converts between Gregorian and Islamic calendars.
2. PrayerMinder for the Palm displays the Islamic prayer times for the present day, anywhere on Earth.
3. Palm Quran The complete Holy Quran in Arabic on the Palm Pilot for FREE. Palm Quran does not require Arabic support or extensions.
4. Translation of the Qur'an by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. This DOC format is viewable with any of the doc readers.
5. Translation of Sahih Bukhari is the English translation of Hadith collection by Bukhari in DOC format. Translation is by M. Muhsin Khan. Type "Sahih Bukhari" on the search function at Memoware's website. Web version can be found here.
5. Translation of Sahih Muslim is the English translation of Hadith collection by Muslim in DOC format. Translation is by Abdul Hamid Siddiqui. Type "Sahih Muslim" on the search function at Memoware's website. Web version can be found here.
6. Yaasin - Arabic Text, English & Malay Translation, and Transliteration.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Intel CEO: Apple is the Safer Computer

From O'Grady's PowerPage:
26 May 2005 14:51 EST
Jason D. O'Grady

The Register: Sly Intel CEO warns that Apple is the safer computer buy

New Intel CEO Paul Otellini has flashed a level of marketing savvy unseen with his predecessor by making the unusual suggestion that consumers by Apple's Mac computers if they wish to avoid immediate security risks.

Pressed about security by (a reporter), Mr Otellini had a startling confession: He spends an hour a weekend removing spyware from his daughter's computer. And when further pressed about whether a mainstream computer user in search of immediate safety from security woes ought to buy Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh instead of a Wintel PC, he said, "If you want to fix it tomorrow, maybe you should buy something else."

Monday, May 23, 2005

Apple ads

Check them out here:

A fairly comprehensive listing
Some of the best Apple ads - I love Think Different, 1984, Airport, Supercomputer and color iMacs
Some rarer Apple ads - Check out the young Kevin Costner & Lisa one! And also the Macintosh launch one.

Friday, May 13, 2005


If you're thinking about an alternative source of income, do consider USANA. Here are some links with info about USANA.

Company: Usana Health Sciences

Business Week Top 10 Hot Growth Companies 2004
USANA Shares
Best nutrition products
Product information
Business Plan

Dream Team:
Our global team is lead by Ian King, and we have a focus on integrity and also on health/nutrition. We will be here to help you achieve success!!!


It's been a pretty exciting few months on the Apple front. The iPod Shuffle gaining 58% market share of the flash RAM portable music player market, fantastic new iMac value, and of course the release of Tiger.

Check these sites out:
Windows supersite review on Longhorn

Windows XP vs Tiger

Also, before buying your next Mac, do check out the Mac Buyers' Guide.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


My beloved SonyEricsson K700i (one of the best all-round non-PDA phones around today) was stolen last Friday... the same day I saw a posting for run-out Palm Treo 600s selling at A$499.

For those of you who don't know much about PDA phones, the Treo is the gold standard. Most of the Symbian phones do not offer full-fledged PDA functions (I had a Nokia 3650, so I know). The SonyEricsson P series is a bit better, but they cost more than the Treos and again, it is not quite there yet as a PDA (Palms have much more software, and the software can usually do more). As for the best Pocket PC phone, the O2 XDAs, they are less stable, less user-friendly and more expensive than the Palm Treos - go figure. Most PDA phones are also either voice or data-centric. The Treo 6XX is quite mature as a PDA phone, and have struck a good balance between the two.

As I was in need of a Palm (my Tungsten T's battery has been dieing on me, and I am sick of the digitizer constantly getting out of calibration), and a half decent Palm costs over A$300 and a half decent phone costs over A$400, the Treo 600 was a steal... oh... and I've been pining for one for a while (Should I get the Treo 600 or 650 was a question I kept asking myself).

Well, the cheapest price for the 600 was A$699 and the 650 is going to be about A$900. Paying A$200 for the 650 is quite a sum of money, but not exorbitantly so. However, when I saw the 600 for A$499, it was a no-brainer. I rang up the Telstra shop and they said that they had one unit left.. I got them to hold it for me and I rushed down and got myself a spanking new toy.

If you find a contract free Treo 600 for about USD400/EUR370/AUD500, and need a PDA + phone, get it. If you only have the normal prices, you'll have to weight up the costs/benefits.

Treo 600
10gms lighter
more efficient file system allows you to store more data on the Treo 600 than the Treo 650
USD300 cheaper (or about 40% cheaper)

Treo 650
high-resolution (320X320 vs 160X160) and brighter screen
better camera
you won't lose your data when your battery dies
slightly better layout of keys
newer OS (Garnet) and newer apps (e.g. DocumentsToGo 7)

The Treo 600 and 650 are the only PDA phones that tries to do it all (PDA + phone + camera + MP3 player) and succeeds. You really can't go wrong with either. The general advice is to get the 650 if the extra USD300 isn't a worry to you, or you really need bluetooth or a high-res screen. In the meantime, I'll wait for the 650's successor, which may have a wide-screen, more memory, faster processor, wi-fi, Cobalt, 3G support and no external antenna stub.

Treo sites and links
PalmOne - note that the prices are Aussie Dollar recommended retail (not street) price
AUSPUG - Australian Palm User Group hardware reviews
KVPUG - Klang Valley Palm User Group hardware reviews
SPUG - Singapore Palm User Group hardware reviews
PalmGear - for your Palm software needs
Freewarepalm - for your Palm freeware
Best Palm freeware - a KVPUG stickie
What's on the shifted librarian's Treo

P.S. For the Graffiti 2-challenged, you can just add these files, plus Graffiti Anywhere, and enjoy the best of both worlds: keyboard input plus full-screen graffiti-ing.

The original Graffiti 1 library files for download:
The how-to, step by step:

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Workout plan for 1st Quarter, 2005

Jan - Boxing
Feb-Mar 8 - Weights/hypertrophy (modified 3 week HIT) + one high-intensity interval training
Mar 8-April 6 - Boot camp

Jan-April - Yoga/Pilates

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Personal Trainer certification

As some of you may know, I'm pretty passionate about fitness, helping people and learning. So, what Christmas gift do I give myself? Certification courses to be a Certified Fitness Trainer and a Specialist in Performance Nutrition, that would equip me with the essential knowledge of fitness and nutrition - 2 keys areas for a healthy lifestyle.

So, how did I choose which certification to get? Well, I did my research which revealed that the most reputable ones that stand head and shoulders above the rest are the NSCA, ACSM, NASM, ISSA, ACE, AFAA and Cooper Institute. All of them cover the basics of kinesiology and nutrition, but each has its specialties.

So, I started the process of elimination. AFAA and the Cooper Institute are recognised and reputable, but their forte seems to be in aerobics training for aerobics instructors. AFAA stands for AEROBICS and Fitness Association of America and Cooper Institute was founded by Kenneth Cooper who was the "father" of aerobics. They appear to have received their reputation in the 70s and 80s when aerobics was the main focus of fitness training (recent research has changed that thought). ACE is highly recognised due to the sheer numbers of members they have, but are seen as a "Mickey Mouse" certification by people in the industry and some of their teaching is also very 80s (We now know that weight-training and nutrition are as important as (or even more important) aerobics training in order to manage weight). There is a running joke that ACE is easy, and anyone can pass it as long as they answer what ACE deems is right NOT what they know is right [quoted from ElPietro on wannabebig forum: "Don't forget to downgrade your knowledge for the ACE cert. Remember that you CAN train your inner peck, and toning=high reps, low weight. And remember that an ideal ACE trainer will never recommend squats or deadlifts because they are too dangerous."; quoted from T-mag: ACE Manual states that "Steroid use does not bring about any significant improvements in strength, lean body mass, or body weight."]. So, unless you want to be an aerobics/group fitness instructor or just want a highly recognised certification regardless of what and how much you'll learn, I would look somewhere else besides the 3 above. But, if you did want to be an aerobics instructor, I would certainly look hard at those 3.

That leaves the NSCA, ACSM, NASM and ISSA. ACSM is reputed to be the toughest certification of them all, but it concentrates on sports medicine and is pretty theoretical in nature. It also requires a degree in health sciences or kinesiology (which I don't have).

That leaves the NSCA, NASM and ISSA.

NASM used to be really good but has recently been taken over by 24 hour fitness, and it now prescribes a one exercise planning system fits all which is not generally accepted as the best way to plan for your clients. As such, its credibility has since deteriorated amongst people in the know, such that they are even recommending the ACE certification over the new NASM one. [quotes from fit-pro forums dated Nov 2004: "Unfortunately, NASM has essentially become part of 24 Hr. Fitness (and we all know what that means) and although it used to be a great cert, it has gone downhill. I am suspect of any certification that relies on a "system" and claims that "system" works for everyone from totally untrained clients to elite athletes. Also, the system seems to be modeled after the 24 Hr model that is designed to keep the client "on the hook" for as long as possible. Not to say you wouldn't learn anything from NASM, but it's just going downhill and losing the respect of others in the industry."" If you were familiar with NASM and what they taught several years ago, and compare it to today, it would be obvious to you what the close relationship they've had with 24 Hr. has done to their credibility. It's not just the "recent" perchase that's made the big difference....the corporate relationship has been there for quite awhile. Their system is just that...a system, and systems don't work any better than diets do. I have read the NASM material....both from several years ago and recent material. They've become nothing more than a 24 Hr. shill. Most NASM certified trainers that I know that were certified over 4 years ago aren't bothering to keep that's just not what it used to's become a joke. There is some good info there, but you really have to pick through it all to find the stuff you'll actually use in the real world of training...and by real world, I don't mean 24 Hr. Fitness. The "keep 'em on the hook" approach is great for those trainers that are only doing for the money, but for those of us that are actually educators and don't want to string the client along, the NASM/24 Hr. way is not the way to go."" I'm also NASM certified, recently, and I have to admit, the materials were somewhat embarassing. I'm reluctant to say this, because any lowering of NASM's reputation also lowers the reputation of my cert. But, they are using OPT as a canned, one system fits all exercise. They even tried to promote products of people who sponsored them. Many exercises they made are so off-the-wall, and are clearly poorly designed. For example, they have one that is a combination of a squat, dumbell curl, and overhead press all counting as a single movement, as 1 rep. They promote how it targets many muscle groups. But they fail to see how weakness in biomechanics are clearly going to prevent you from getting a good workout in the quads, or shoulders, because your bicep, being a much smaller muscle, is obviously going to give out long before your shoulders or leg when using the same dumbell for weight. It's like watching a Total Gym infomercial, where they're making up some obscure exercise that you can perform on it that will cause many muscles to contract, but few in a quality manner. I could make up an exercise combining the squat, dumbel curl, overhead press, side lateral raise, tricep kickback, wrist curl, and say that hits even more muscles. But would it be a good one? For those of you supporting NASM, have you actually read their materials lately? If you really have, please name the 3 levels and 7 phases of the OPT system. Thank you." and "I can only agree with the above. I too am certified and have seen their stuff really start to go down hill."

NSCA's CSCS is the gold standard for strength coaches training elite athletes in a team setting. The knowledge needed to train these athletes to maximise their potential is obviously very high. However, this knowledge is not the same as that needed to train sedentary adults and fit adults who are not elite athletes. The CSCS doesn't cover nutrition for weight management and a healthy life, or training special populations who are overweight, have diabetes, older adults, younger people, people with arthritis, and just want to bea healthy and look good. These are instead covered by their NSCA-CPT qualification, which unfortunately is not their core competency, and the ISSA CFT does a better job at it. As such, the CSCS is deemed as a good complement for personal trainers of the general population who have a personal training certification (which the CSCS is not) who want extra knowledge in kinesiology.

ISSA offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date course for fitness/personal training (its manual is updated annually), and is run by people who are not just highly-qualified academically, but also have successful real world experience (including Dr Hatfield aka Dr Squat, renowned strength-coach Charles Stacey and Champion bodybuilder Tom Platz). The only sections that are lacking are HIIT and group/aerobics training (which is not critical for personal trainers), but its weight-training and nutrition sections are excellent. The other benefit is that you do not have to wait for set dates to take multiple-choice exams. Instead, you can do the exam online or at a seminar, and you have to write essays describing your learning experience (in addition to multiple choice questions). I find the learning experience essays useful as they test your communication skills (which are necesssary in a personal training business) and also test your practical knowledge. This, I believe, is a reason why ISSAs are so prolific on the internet and in book-writing. When I look at articles in print and on the web, most are written by CSCS, ACSM, ISSA and ACE certified people. ISSA also offfers the best support before, during and after certification.

In summary, all of them cover the basics, but each has its own "speciality."
international trainers - ISSA CFT (ISSA's distance learning option allows you to do the certification outside the USA with ease)
body-building/sculpting/shaping - ISSA CFT
fitness/personal training for general and specific population - ISSA CFT (followed by NSCA CPT)
sports nutrition - ISSA SPN
kinesiology - NSCA CSCS
theoretical knowledge - ACSM HFI
aerobics/group fitness - ACE, AFAA, Cooper Institute
sports medicine - ACSM
overall comprehensiveness re skills to coach elite sports teams - NSCA CSCS
overall comprehensiveness re skills for personal trainers - ISSA CFT

I'm also doing the Specialist in Performance Nutrition certification from ISSA, which is deemed the leading sports nutrition certification of its kind. I will consider taking the CSCS certification to brush up on kinesiology, but may just get their textbook and read it without taking their exam. I'll also be reading up on nutrition, weight-training and sports medicine. I may consider taking some certifications by Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin and Ian King too in the future.

I'm also suspicious of recommendations by people who have only done one certification comparing multiple ones. Here are a few quotes from Alwyn Cosgrove (who holds an ISSA CFT, CSCS and numerous other certifications and is a regular contributor to Men's Health and Men's Fitness) on that helped me in my quest for choosing the best certification:

"I think the ISSA is one of the best certifications."

">The ISSA and the NSCA much better. For what I've read and talking to one of
>the top people in the ISSA that a ISSA is better than a NSCA-CPT. However, I
>would say that a NSCA, CSCS is the best out there.
I would agree on both counts -- having both the ISSA Master level certification
(MSS) and the CSCS. The ISSA is a better certification overall. The CSCS is just a test of
knowledge you have already got from other sources. It's a tough exam but they
do not provide much in the way of training for people new to the field."

">Best advice, study related field in college, get both CSCS and ISSA
This is , in my opinion, probably the best overall advice I've heard as regards
certification. The CSCS is an excellent qualification but you must have a related degree in
order to be eligible. The ISSA Master of Sports Sciences qualification is probably an equivalent
certification - very good. Anyone who has both is obviously on the right track."

IHRSA (Gym owners association's list of recommended certifications) - How to choose a trainer lists reputable certifications
T-mag article on ACE and NSCA certifications that recommends ISSA, ACSM and NFPT.

The above advice is based on what I would do if I wanted to be certified and also gain the most amount of knowledge in the process. Here's a counter viewpoint by Lyle McDonald, CSCS for those who just want to be certified:
"To be quite honest, any one of the major certifications (ACE, AFAA,
NSCA, ACSM, NFPT, NASM, ISSA) is probably as good as any other from the
standpoint of getting a job (you might wnat to check with some gyms in
your area, to see which certifications they consider valid and which
ones they don't). And, at this point, I don't think that the average
personal training client knows one from the other. All they care is
that you're certified. So get whichever one is cheapest, easiest, most
convenient to get. At least from those two standpoints (employability
and impressing potential clients)."
">If you have a college degree get a NSCA (CSCS), otherwise get a ISSA

Why bother? Seriously.
To work at a small gym with a few people, any certification will be as
good as any other. ACE, AFAA, whatever. Yeah, CSCS (the NSCA
certication that reuqires a degree, their CPT certification does not) is
a much higher standard (and a much harder test) but I doubt it will give
you any major benefit with the clientele you're looking at. ISSA does
have the best support network of any of the organizations. But at this
point in the game, most clients and gyms just care *that* you're
certified. Don't really care who it's by (as long as it's one of the
major ones which includes ACE, AFAA, ACSM, NSCA, ISSA and a couple of others)."

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Choosing a Digital Camera

Unless you are printing out huge posters, anything above 5 Megapixel is a bit of overkill for amateur photographers. You'll also need lots and lots of storage space, which can get a tad expensive. So beware of not falling into the more is better syndrome.

When choosing a camera, get one which uses SD (the current market leader), MMC or Compact Flash for storage. Sony cameras are OK feature-wise and picture quality-wise, but you will have to put up with using memory sticks which are generally more expensive and can generally only be used on Sony and very few other devices. Similarly XD cards are used on much less devices, and is less ubiquitous than SD-RAMs. SD cards are relatively cheap and easily available, and are used in many phones, digicams, PDAs, MP3 players and memory card readers (that can be used as portable disks). I would go SD card rather than MMC (unless you find an MMC that is much cheaper for the same size) as SD is faster, more durable (due to thicker case and newer design) and have write-protection. Compact flash, although older technology, is used in many higher end cameras (even those brands that usually use XD media) as they are reliable and have high capacity. Here is an overview of which brands use what media:

Other things you should consider are :

Kee's picks

All the cameras below have great picture quality, with the main differentiating explained after the recommendation. The cameras that I would go for now are:

Yes, I am a Canon fan as far as digital cameras go. They are the only ones with great design, reliability, compatibility, superb lenses and infra-red autofocus assist light, which are critical deciding factors from me. It was easy to switch from a Nikon SLR based on these two features.

Digital Camera Resource Page
Imaging Resource

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Travel Destinations

I love to spend my time with locals, indulging in unique experiences and savouring local cuisine when I'm travelling. Most of the time, it's the people that make all the difference.

These are the places I've been to and would like to visit again:

These are the places that I haven't been to (or things I haven't done) and would like to go (do):

Nice places I've been to and enjoyed, am in no hurry to return, but that is worth going to at least once:

St Petersburg, Egypt (Cairo, Pyramids), Great Wall of China, Lake Toba (Indonesia), Las Vegas, Boston, Amsterdam, Kyoto, Pompeii, Anaheim Disneyland [a rather anachronistic place - Disneyland Paris with Francophone Mickey was more quaint], Brunei, Kakadu National Park, Finland, Taj Mahal, Bath, Dublin

Nice places I've been to and enjoyed, am in no hurry to return, and that you can skip if you are short of time:

Chapel Hill, Brisbane, Canberrra, Buckingham Palace (the inside), Port Dickson

Of the places I've been to:

Favourite food:

Favourite places to eat:

Favourite music/audio:

Favourite shopping:

Favourite experiences:

Queenstown Awesome Foursome (including the world's first commercial Bungee Jump), Kayaking at Sydney Harbour, Fireworks at Sydney Harbour, Summer movie watching at the Sydney Domain, Sydney Mardi Gras, Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, Akihabara, Onsen and Japanese dinner and Japanese resort at Hakone, Solemn Mass & Benediction at London (Brompton) Oratory and Christ Church St Laurence, Evensong at King's College Chapel (Cambridge) and Christ Church Cathedral (Oxford), Christmas fair as Leicester Square, snow in London, snow in New York City, climbing Uluru at sunrise (although this is no longer recommended), watching a Kecak dance at Uluwatu during sunset, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Other favourite travel links:

Saturday, November 27, 2004

My Diet & Workout routine - Nov '04

Originally uploaded by kee.
Oct 21st 2004

As I have been weight-training for most of this year, and haven't been doing much cardio type work, I have decided to do the Fitness First Boot Camp (which was the birthday present I got for myself through Surprise in a Box) to improve my cardiovascular health (and to increase my chances of getting a six-pack abs).

The Boot Camp involves waking up at 5am (this and going to bed by 9pm may well be one of the hardest bits of this regime for me), having breakfast, getting to the Sydney Opera House (yes, for my friends overseas, it's the famous funny shaped shell-shaped building) by 6am, and running to the Royal Botanical Gardens where we do drills, body weight, marine/commando type exercises until 7.15am - every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a month! I will supplement this with BodyBalance/Yoga/Pilates on Tuesday and Thursday.

I will revert to normal weight-training in December. Wish me luck!!

At the Anthony Robbins Unleash the Power Within seminar, they recommended a Living Health programme, which included going vegetarian (you should see the shocking videos he showed us, some of which are linked in my nutrition blog) and quitting dairy (lactose is bad). I was a bit sceptical, but after seeing good results in others who followed the programme, I have decided to adopt it a bit more. I modified the diet slightly, and am limiting myself to one meat meal a day max (excluding seafood) and minimal dairy (currently only lactose-free milk, cottage cheese, a little bit of whey and where the amount of dairy is miniscule like butter spreads and dark chocolate). I will also not buy any meat to cook at home, so I will only have meat when I eat out (which is less than once a day). It feels strange going to the supermarket and ignoring the milk section, when I used to buy cartons of milk in the past, but I already feel better without the lactose! USANA is a lifesaver with the switch as its protein/macronutrient supplements are soy or peanut based and are low glycaemic.

My November 04 programme will look like this:
Other supplements: Usana Essentials (to ensure I have enough multivitamins and minerals) + Calcium (for my bones) + Procosamine II (for my joint care since I am weight-training, and also occasionally have lower back aches) + Proflavonol (for my allergies & immune system) + Saw Palmetto (for my prostate health) + Selenium (to prevent cancer)

If I'm hungry throughout the day, I have nuts or a veg/fruit.

I will use my Creatine & Glutamine until it finishes, but do not plan to replace them, as I don't seem to have improved results from using them. Having said that, I may have better results on creatine now that I am eating much less meat (since meat is a source of creatine). I'll continue using the thermogenics for the caffeine effect and extra push it gives me, as I have quite a bit of it left, but also plan on not buying any more.

I look forward to November! I should be able to reduce even more body fat while maintaining (hopefully even growing) my muscle mass with Boot Camp and the nutrition plan above. Just have to make sure I take in enough clean calories.

November 26th 2004
Bootcamp : post-mortem

The November bootcamp ended today with a run from the Opera House across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Milsons Point via Circular Quay and the Rocks, and back to the city. I thought I wouldn't be back in an hour, but I managed to do it, and even had time to do push-ups, sprints, sit-ups and the like in between!

I am very pleased with my results at Boot Camp. These are my before and after numbers/times:
push-ups in one minute: 37 -> 54
sit-ups in one minute: 34 -> 39
bridge: 3 minutes (unchanged, since it was the maximum time for the test)
2km run: 12 minutes 59 seconds -> 10 minutes 27 seconds

I lost 3.5kg in the 4 weeks, without eating any less calories! I wasn't even planning to lose that much weight. Well, I did boot camp with the intention of losing some body fat for the summer, but 3.5kg is wild (since I am not overweight)!! I would have lost 4kg, but I was getting worried that I may be losing muscle as well as fat after losing 3.5kg after 3 weeks, so I started eating more than usual to stabilise my weight!

To top it all off, I got an award for most improved run time of the entire boot camp of about 50 people!

Boot camp companies in Sydney:
Fitness First Boot Camp - courses advertised for around $250 for non-members and $219 for members, but occasionally they have $189 offers
Boot Camp

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Lyrics for Thought

Think Different - Apple

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.


Affirmation - Savage Garden

I believe the sun should never set upon an argument
I believe we place our happiness in other people's hands
I believe that junk food tastes so good because it's bad for you
I believe your parents did the best job they knew how to do
I believe that beauty magazines promote low self esteem
I believe I'm loved when I'm completely by myself alone

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye

I believe you can't control or choose your sexuality
I believe that trust is more important than monogamy
I believe your most attractive features are your heart and soul
I believe that family is worth more than money or gold

I believe the struggle for financial freedom is unfair
I believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye

I believe forgiveness is the key to your unhappiness
I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed
I believe that God does not endorse TV evangelists
I believe in love surviving death into eternity

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye


Book: Wear Sunscreen : A Primer for Real Life by Mary Schmich

Artist: Baz Luhrmann, Quindon Tarver CD: Something For Everybody Song: Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) - Quindon Tarver (mix)

The lyrics to Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen, by Mary Schmich:

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97
Wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.
The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth.
Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded.
But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future.
Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts.
Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy.
Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind.
The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults.
If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life.
The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives.
Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t.
Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t.
Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.
Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either.
Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body.
Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it.
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.


Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths:
Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old.
And when you do, you’ll fantasise that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you.
Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.
Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.


I Still Call Australia Home
Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen

I've been to cities that never close down
From New York to Rio and old London town
But no matter how far
Or how wide I roam
I still call Australia home.

I'm always travelin'
And I love bein' free
So I keep leavin' the sun and the sea
But my heart lies waiting over the foam
I still call Australia home.

All the sons and daughters spinning 'round the world
Away from their families and friends
Ah, but as the world gets older and colder
It's good to know where your journey ends.

And someday we'll all be together once more
When all the ships come back to the shore
Then I realize something I've always known
I still call Australia home.

No matter how far
Or how wide I roam
I still call Australia home.

Do They Know It's Christmas (Bob Geldof & Midge Ure)
Performed by Band Aid
Recorded on November 25, 1986

It's Christmastime
There's no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime

But say a prayer

Pray for the other ones
At Christmastime it's hard, but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears
And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging
chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you

And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
(Oooh) Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

(Here's to you) raise a glass for everyone
(Here's to them) underneath that burning sun
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

Feed the world
Feed the world

Feed the world

Let them know it's Christmastime again



How do you cool your lips
After a summer’s kiss
How do you rid the sweat
After the body bliss
How do you turn your eyes
From the romantic glare
How do you block the sound
Of a voice you’d know anywhere

Oh, I really should have known
By the time you drove me home
By the vagueness in your eyes
Casual good-byes
By the chill in your embrace
The expression on your face
That told me
You might have some advice to give
On how to be

How do you numb your skin
After the warmest touch
How do you slow your blood
After the body rush
How do you free your soul
After you’ve found a friend
How do you teach your heart
It’s a crime to fall in love again

Oh, you probably won’t remember me
It’s probably ancient history
I’m one of the chosen few
Who went ahead and fell for you
I’m out of vogue, I’m out of touch
I fell too fast, I feel too much
I thought that you might have
Some advice to give on how to be

Monday, November 08, 2004

I am entertained/moved/inspired by...

Alias Seasons 1 & 2 (not 3)
QAF Seasons 1, 2 & 4 (not 3)
6FU - it's so real!
24 Season 1 only
Newlyweds (just to see how dumb Jessica is)
Futurama (Season 1 only)
Jesus on BBC at Christmas 0000
Mile High & Footballer's Wives - cheesy English shows; but fun
Ab Fab (in small doses)
Fave Reality Shows - Amazing Race, Boy Meets Boy, Playing It Straight, Pop & Australian Idol
Not Survivor (except for Probst) or Apprentice (highly irritating)

The Pianist
Jerry Maguire
Strictly Ballroom
Romeo & Juliet (Baz's version)
Moulin Rouge
Beautiful Thing
Heavenly Creatures
Pirates of Silicon Valley (but beware... watch this only if you're a geek!)
Les Miserables
Miss Saigon

Welch Ein Tag


Hugh Jackman
Tobey Maguire

Sheila Majid
Leslie Cheung

Michael Moore

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Leader of the free world?

with quotes from a commentary by Bill Bryson about George Bush, the regular guy happy to feed a live fish to his dog, Leader of the United States of America and Australia (thank God not Europe too)

Brain versus corn ... Kerry is perceived to have the intellect, but cannot inspire his supporters, while Bush seems able to do almost anything - such as eating raw vegetables - without denting his folksy image. Photo: Reuters

" Sensing a photo opportunity while campaigning in Iowa, Bush stopped his motorcade and bounded over to a vegetable stand, bought an ear of corn and, as cameras excitedly clicked, proceeded to try to eat it raw, discovering in the process what all other grown people know already - that eating raw corn is like eating raw wheat or raw rice, which is to say not remotely satisfactory. In the same week, while fishing, Bush tossed his dog a live fish to torment to death on the lawn... Yet neither action, as far as can be told, affected Bush's standing with the electorate even a trifle...

On the face of it, Bush would seem to have the lead in accumulated negatives. The economy is not looking terribly rosy. The budget surplus of $US200 billion ($268 billion) that he inherited four years ago has become a projected deficit this year of $US422 billion and is heading for aggregated arrears of $US2.3 trillion by the end of the decade. More than a million jobs have been lost in the same period. The rebuilding of Iraq is such a mess that even many conservative commentators - notably George Will and Tucker Carlson - have become outspoken in their criticism of the Administration's foreign policy.

He can't even be said to be a hard worker. Extraordinarily, considering all that was going on, Bush spent 98 days at his ranch last year. This compares with the 19 days of annual vacation that President Bill Clinton averaged in his two terms (though comparisons are perhaps unfair as we now know that Clinton took much of his relaxation in the Oval Office) or the 41 days a year that President Ronald Reagan averaged - which, it should be noted, includes his recovery time after being shot."

America has achieved, under Bush's command, the extraordinary distinction of not only distancing its allies, but strengthening grassroots support for its enemies. I have no idea how he inspires his voters to vote for him despite his war crimes (the weapons were never found, were they? Thousands of innocent Americans and Iraqis have died, but, let's reward him for killing anyway - to the Christians out there, what happened to the Mosaic commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill", or one of the two greatest Christian Commandments, "Love Your Neighbour As Yourself"?), lies and self-righteous hate-mongering that is tearing the world apart and fueling Islamic (and Christian) fundamentalism - OK OK, your pastor told you that loving another person of the same sex is a greater sin than murder (go figure!). I guess "this being America, anything is possible. This is a country, never forget, where 11 per cent of young adults can't locate the Pacific Ocean on a map, where nearly half of all adults and a quarter of university graduates believe that the Earth was created in seven days, by God, sometime in the past 10,000 years, and where 20 per cent of adults evidently believe that Saddam Hussein not only had weapons of mass destruction but used them on us." An undemocratic electoral college system helps!

DailyMirror 04Nov04 Brits to America: You're Idiots! - Well, 51 percent of you, anyway.

I'm glad to know that most of my American friends are not in that category, and that just under half of Americans are! However, I do pity my American friends who were hoping to move out of the Bush and Kerry on, but now have to live under that regime for another term. I guess they don't have to; in fact some of them are making arrangements to move across the border to Canada, and to Europe (to seek asylum). I'm truly happy for them, but that would just make the USA more conservative. Hopefully, Hillary can change things, and even be the first female President of the United States!

Of course, another solution (if the Canadians cared enough) is for Canada to merge with the USA for a real United States of North America, or alternatively for the Blue states to merge with Canada (I'm sure many in those states would be more than happy to).

Originally uploaded by kee.

In an election that revolved around Guns God and Gay issues, the pro-gun anti-gay Jesus votes won. People who know me know that I am not anti-Christian (or anti-American for that matter; although I am anti-guns), but I feel sad by the way so many voters are blinded by their faith.

In any case, besides seeing how deeply divided the nation is, the most scary outcome of the election may be Bush's appointments of Supreme Court judges; Americans either knowingly or unknowingly voted for discrimination, fear, guns, a Christian God, selfishness, hate and oppression. God bless help America, Land of the Free Oppressed, Home of the Brave Bullies.

[And may God help Australia too, for Australians did not even have a vote on who will decide their foreign and much domestic policy for the next few years (although they did have a vote for self-determination, which they gave up by voting Howard in.)]

P.S. An Aussie view of why little Johnny and Dubya were reelected, election blues in the UK, and an excellent NY Times article on why Americans would vote against their own best interests
P.S. But maybe, Dubya's not so dumb after all: The Saudi Connection.. that's an even scarier thought!

God is NOT a Republican
Centrist Christians at sojourners.

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