What Causes Side Pain When You Run (and How to Prevent It)

Interesting article on Lifehacker today for the runners among us: “What Causes Side Pain When You Run (and How to Prevent It)”.

According to the explanation provided this side pain has to do with some internal muscle strain and organs bumping around while running. How to deal with it ? Of course don’t run after heavy meals, and when it occurs take a break, and ensure your are sufficiently hydrated.

I usually don’t have that problem but I learned a different technique how to avoid and treat that problem, and I am not sure though how this is related to the explanations given in that article: breath in through your nose, and breath out through your mouth. It definitely works for me.

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My favorites for week 14, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout sports

The high gas prices are a nice additional motivator to do more walking / running, aren’t they ? At least according to this Moderately Confused comic strip. Well,  I must say, I usually walk when I can anyway. Having to go shopping for something here in the village I live ? I almost never use the car, either I walk or use my bicycle. Per pedes it is may be 30 minutes  extra time to walk rather than taking the car, but I think 30 minutes well invested for my health, my back, my legs, my fat balance.

Even when doing lots of sports – I play Badminton or Squash four times a week – sitting for too long is a health risk, as I learned this week through the following two articles:

Thanks, Cody J. Schaff, for blogging about it !

We actually should get up from our chairs every 20 minutes, at least for 20 seconds or so.

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout an amazing card trick

How about an amazing card trick this week ? It actually works, as I tried it with my own card deck. Anyone out there who can explain mathematically why this works ?
http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/x8yxw6?theme=none
The Final 3 – Amazing Math Card Trick von mismag822
… Discovered through StumbleUpon
Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout games and brains
  Lifehacker showed us today how to game our brain, how to train special skills through computer games: from better memory, language or typing skills to being better in games or even escaping  a burning house. One of my favorites is Simon, a great memory tester for your brain. The author of this game, Paul Neave, has more or those classic arcade games on his web page implemented in flash, like Pacman of course, or Tetris. A SecondLife Version of Simon is located here, by the way.


And here is another great web site: pokkisam, a collection of awesome, very creative photos used for commercial advertising. I usually hate commercials, always skip them when watching recorded TV movies or shows, simply because there are too many of those and they attack you everywhere. But I admit: some are very creative and awesome, like the photos you can enjoy on this site.
… Discovered through Delicious Random Pick.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout the right place to be

Tropical Sleepaway, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
"Tropical Sleepaway, Bora Bora, French Polynesia" by foreverseptember.

You are sitting in your crowded cubicle landscape and try to focus on your work while you have to listen to several meetings and phone calls around you ? You have a red sea of unhandled e-mails in front of you and don’t know where to start ? You are rushing from conference call to conference call talking to hundreds of people you don’t know ?
Look at that picture, then close your eyes for a minute or so, and imagine how it would feel to be there now …

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout advertising

Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.

As I mentioned my love-hate relationship to commercials in this blog posting this quote is a nice fit. Isn’t it amazing to see how much is funded through commercials, like free TV shows or internet sites ? Sometimes I wonder about the huge effort to provide these services for free and whether that ever would pay off. I probably underestimate the number of consumers of these services and the amount of profit they generate even only a small subset is actually “caught” by these advertisements.
If only half the money is wasted, this is probably still a good business case !?

My favorites for week 13, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout Baseball 2.0

Things 2.0 are sometimes very different to how they used to be in the good old times, don’t you think ? How do you like this  “Moderately Confused” comic strip ?

And since we have April Fool’s day, here is another one from Wizard Of Id:

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout a lighthouse keeper

Since a new version of Blender has been announced it is may be a good time to look at one of those awesome animation videos created with this software. Watch “Lighthouse” and learn a great message from this film. See for yourself …
The Responsibility Projecthttp://www.responsibilityproject.com/lib/flash/video-player.swf?videoID=13&location=remote
Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout Parkopedia
Recommended by Lifehacker today: Parkopedia, a well designed site giving you a great overview and detailed and valuable information like prices and reviews for 15 million parking spaces in 20 countries. I was surprised to see that it covers Mainz, Germany, as well. Whenever you come to Mainz, this is my recommended parking space: Spacious and cheap, my recommended parking place when going downtown. Probably 10 minute walk to Dome and Old Town.

Surprise Something to surprise: my favorite "I really didn’t know this" of the weekabout bees

A Lot Of Bees
"A Lot Of Bees" by Will Merydith.

Did you know that

  • one third of our food needs the help of bees to grow,
  • there are 20.000 different species of bees on the world.
  • a swarm of bees consists of 50.000 bees in summer and 20.000 in winter; a bee swarm is an excellent example for swarm intelligence and an efficient social system; such a swarm can be seen as a new life form providing much more functions than a single bee could provde.
  • one bee can dust up to 3000 blooms per day
  • dusting 15 million blooms and 300.000 flight kilometer are needed for 1 kilo honey
  • a bee queen lives 5 years and lays up to 200.000 eggs in summer
  • RFID technology is used to track thousands of bees in a single swarm as part of the beegroup project run by the University of Würzburg, Germany

Source: bild der wissenschaft 4/2011

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout Queenstown

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"pcp-39.jpg" by Paul Clark Images.

Queenstown in New Zealand, where I have been 2 years ago, is a remarkable ski area, as Paul Clark proofs with this dramatic shot.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout tools

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.

Hammer
"Hammer" by Markus Wichmann.

I think we have the opposite problem today: too many tools to choose from, thus it is difficult to find the hammer for a given nail and thus we often use a different tool to deal with it.

My favorites for week 5, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout ROI calculations

ROI calculations easily can become weird, like the one shown here in thís Dilbert comic. But perhaps there is more truth in this way to calculate the ROI of software and IT service business than we like to admit … ?

ApplauseSomething to learn: my favorite tip of the weekabout hints and tips for Google Chrome

Gizmodo came up with a great compilation of hints and tips for Goolge Chrome today: “Google Chrome Cheat Sheet: 10 Tips and Tricks”. Did you know that you can type in any math query into the address bar and get an answer instantly ? Goodbye, Windows Calculator ! And did you know that you can inspect any element on a web page through right-click and selecting the function “Inspect element” ? And even better: you can manipulate instantly to create your own version of that web page in your browser. A cheap way to zoom into images for instance: just type in a new width for the img html tag and voilà – the image appears in a different size in your browser window, without any need for extensions like Firebug or Image Zoom like I use them for my Firefox browser.

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout basketball

Mission over-accomplished, I would say. OK, the ball should go into the basket, but that’s it, right ? Watch “Boy Gets Dunked Through Basketball Hoop ”.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout the U.S. Pacific Fleet

The U.S. Pacific Fleet, the world’s largest fleet command, encompasses 100 million square miles, more than half the Earth’s surface, from the West Coast of the United States to the eastern shore of Africa. The Pacific Fleet consists of approximately 180 ships, 1,500 aircraft and 125,000 Sailors, Marines and Civilians.
And they have 10.000+ photos on flickr, the latest under a CC license. Lets look at a few of the newer ones:

"" by U.S. Pacific Fleet.
SAN DIEGO (Jan. 31, 2011) Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) steams into San Diego Bay returning to Naval Base San Diego from local operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane/Released)
"" by U.S. Pacific Fleet.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2011) – Seaman Matthew Honan, a search and rescue (SAR) swimmer, gives the thumbs up to be taken out of the water after rescuing "Oscar," during man overboard training drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62). Fitzgerald is the 12th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka as part of the Destroyer Squadron 15 and U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos)
"" by U.S. Pacific Fleet.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2011) Guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) fires its MK-45 5-inch/54-caliber gun during a pre-aim calibration fire (PACFIRE) training exercise. Fitzgerald is the 12th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan as part of Destroyer Squadron 15 and U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos)
"" by U.S. Pacific Fleet.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 2, 2011) – Fire Controlman 3rd Class Justin Faris, left, Fire Controlman 3rd Class Sarah Wells, center, and Fire Controlman 3rd Class Aleksey Yatskovskiy take in mooring lines as the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) gets underway from Yokosuka. Fitzgerald is the 12th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka as part of the Destroyer Squadron 15 and U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos)

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout Lotussphere 2011

A new business context is emerging. The social model (…) has the ability to solve the problems that keep the people who run companies up at night.

Interesting quote – among many others – made during the opening session of Lotussphere 2011. Here are more of my notes I took while watching the replay of this session:

Watching The Lotusphere 2011 Opening General Session on Facebook.
Here is the link.

Allistair talks about openness, standards, APIs, empowering people to bring more and more social media into the business world … from outside and inside ! And he talks about simplicity and elegance. The latter still is a big challenge for us in my humble opinion !
Simplicity and elegance are essential attributes to drive adoption ! Well said !
We won’t celebrate our 100th anniversary. 😦 Apparently we are too busy to make the world smarter.
Wanna run LC on a Blackberry Playbook ? Seems to be no big deal …
Social software is about people, not technology. The stories from BASF, KBC, CSC and AT&T show: in most examples it is about finding the right people for a given problem.
Learned a new acronym from Sandy Carter, Vice President Collaboration Solutions Development & Support: ROE – Return On Everything. She talks about how w3 unities all of us every day, about using online role games to recruite new employees, about the power of jams.
A 5-year-plan is too slow to deal with the fast changing world of social media.
LotusLive Symphony is coming … !

Rich Media Library coming to Lotus Connections 3.0 … ! 

My favorites for week 47, 2010

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout Thanksgiving Day

  “Turkey Day” has come ( more about that further down below in the “blog” section … ) and thus it is time for those turkeys who wanna survive to think about some creative tactics. Like the one here shown in “Moderately Confused”.

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout the job of a goal keeper

If you are somewhat familiar with Fussball ( soccer ) you know: the job of the goal keeper is to keep his goal clean. That doesn’t necessarily have to stop him from trying to ensure that the goal keeper of the other team has a difficult time to do so, as seen in “Goalkeeper Scores Across-the-Field Goal – CollegeHumor video”.

Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout Worldometers
Worldometers – real time world statistics is a nice web site where you can watch important metrics of our planet changing real time, like: current world population, births and deaths, cars produced, e-mails sent ( wow! ), blog posts today ( well, not bad ), forest loss, CO2 emissions, current average temperature ( wanna guess first ? ), tons of produced food this year, water consumed, oil pumped today and oil left. Very interesting to see these numbers changing real time !

ApplauseSomething to learn: my favorite tip of the weekabout searching in Lotus Notes

You certainly knew already that you can search through your entire Lotus Notes 8.5 Mail Database by typing a search term into the search box in the upper right corner of the Lotus Notes windows and hit ENTER. May be – like me – you have overlooked the option to search the particular folder you are currently working with: this folder is listed in the drop down list coming with this search box and thus allows you to narrow down your search to the current folder ( “EWeek 2010” it is in my example here ).

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout a pond and a chipmunk

Lets’s look at two nice photos this week from Trey Ratcliff aka Stuck in Customs and Eric Bégin: “The Pond and the Sunset Stormclouds” and “Eastern chipmunk / Tamia rayé”.

The Pond and the Sunset Stormclouds
"The Pond and the Sunset Stormclouds" by Trey Ratcliff.
Eastern chipmunk / Tamia rayé
"Eastern chipmunk / Tamia rayé" by Eric Bégin.

My favorites for week 34, 2010

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout time management

  Proper time management is an art and many people have real trouble with it. Nevertheless, there are a few rules of thumb to consider: never ever let anyone else than you manage your calendar. And: be aware that different people have different priorities.

Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss probably never will learn this.

 

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout sports through fun

These Piano Stairs are a nice idea to motivate people to be a bit more sportive and use staircases instead of escalator. Thus: this would be a nice idea for a smarter city initiative, don’t you think ? You improve overall health and fitness of people, provide them with some fun and at the end could save some energy if the escalator would only run when needed.

At the end of this video you can see who’s idea this was.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park
"Mount Rainier National Park" by Kate & Jen.

Ah – Mount Rainier Nationalpark – such a beautiful place on earth ! My wife and I have been there on our trip from San Fransisco to Seattle in September 2006. On my birthday we did a great hike along the Skyline Trail. Here is one of my shots of Mount Rainier:  lots of snow in September already ! And here is a beautiful shot from Kate and Jen : “Mount Rainier National Park”.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout qualifications

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

That’s why I do not really believe in self-certifications.

Two events to celebrate yesterday …

  1. Germany : Turkey = 3 : 2. Yeah ! Not a great game but a great fight, and thus Germany qualified for the finale of the European Soccer Championchip. What I liked most was our third goal, not only because it finally catapult our team into the finale, but also because it was shot by Phillipp Lahm who I think is the most dedicated player in the team, whether it comes to attack or to defend, he is always there to do a good job. OK, in this match he made some stupid mistakes, but actually it has been said that he participated in 5/6 of the goals shot by the German team, thus he really deserved to shoot his own !
  2. Alex and Axel are married since 20 years. Unbelievable ! These are the flowers I got from my wife ( besides some bottles of one of my favorite white wine ) …

and these are the flowers she got from me. We celebrated by watching the soccer game ( see # 1 ) and emptying one of the bottles. smile_regular