Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

The End is Near

There will be no new sporting world records after 2060 as humans will have reached their physiological limits, French scientists have said.

The conclusion by experts at the biomedical and epidemiological institute of sport, Irmes, followed analysis of 3,260 world records set since 1896 — the year of the first modern Olympics.

Then, athletes used 75 per cent of their physical capacity, while today, according to the study, they use about 99 per cent.

After looking at five disciplines — athletics, cycling, weightlifting, swimming and speed skating — the researchers are convinced that the human race will soon hit a wall.

“It’s the beginning of the end,” said Jean-Fran├žois Toussaint, the head of Irmes.

Some current records are likely never to be broken, such as 10.49 seconds for the women’s 100 metres set by Florence Griffith-Joyner, in 1988. Toussaint suggested that in the future records should be less important than the way a race is run and the quality of the sporting contest.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Philosophy and Uncommon Sense v2.8

It's coming to the end of another calendar year and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Traditionally its also a time of the year when many choose to recount their achievements or misses for the year and resolve to do better next year via a new year resolution.

My wish list (not necessarily my personal resolution) may look something like this going forward:

1) To see/hear less lies in the press, magazines, TV, internet and other media
2) To see more people use their brains to think for themselves and act for themselves intelligently
3) To see less people act as blind followers
4) To see more people talk and act rationally and, think more and speak less if possible
5) To see more people use their brains to help others and to act for the betterment of mankind rather than to use to it for their own selfish means
6) To see more people respect others for whoever they are regardless of colour, creed, religion, political affiliation etc. and treat each other a fellow humankind
7) To see politicians speak less

The above may sound very "utopian" like or a wish list for a Miss Universe pageant but its my sincere hope to see it happen in how ever small increment they may occur.

Merry X'mas and Happy New Year everyone.

Time to go and dig out "James Stewart in 'It's a Wonderful Life'"

Sunday, December 09, 2007

christmas decorations 2007 (i)

christmas decorations at the curve, mutiara damansara, petaling jaya. 8th december 2007.