Howie’s Hot Five for…12 September, 2012

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5. Apple No 5 is out … will we one day laugh at ourselves…

Laugh at ourselves because the biggest, most profitable company in the world is based on pure design genius ….but now they make the bulk of their stash simply by releasing a slight version of their greatest hit every 12 months to dribbling hyper-consumers that we are… when a small piece of plastic made in China becomes must have, must have, must have…

Apple Corp is officially the biggest stock on the planet…

  • It’s thin
  • It’s taller
  • It’s faster
  • Better colour saturation and display
  • Speedier on 4G networks and has LTE = high speed datea for mobile phones (but Androids have this for a good while) (4G coming to NZ supposedly Nov 2013)

The iPhone 5 is here… ready, set, go! BUY!
(*it’s looks a lot like the Samsung galaxy. Hush you!)

2. Scientific America says ‘hide the phone’…

Last week’s Scientific American featured this study by Andrew K. Przybylski and Netta Weinstein of the University of Essex…

The test:

  • Strangers asked to discuss a moderately intimate topic for 10 minutes… in a private booth w/o personal items.  Some of the discussions took part with a cell phone on a desk beside them – others simply with a book.
  • After chat, complete questionnaires about the connectedness and feelings of closeness they had experienced

DUH, DUH, DUH! Those with cell phone nearby answered consistently with lesser feelings of closeness than those without…

The presence of the cell phone had no effect on relationship quality, trust, and empathy, but only if the pair discussed the casual topic.  In contrast, there were significant differences if the topic was meaningful. The pairs who conversed with a cell phone in the vicinity reported that their relationship quality was worse.  The pairs also reported feeling less trust and thought that their partners showed less empathy if there was a cell phone present.

Takeout: Hide the phone in the boot of your car on first dates…seriously.

and is this a case of science catching up on real life… we know this stuff!

Source: Scientific American

3. A Mamil’s gets it on…

A Mamil  = another middle aged man in lycra…

This recent blog covers not only men in lycra  – but also the thorny issue of cycling helmets…

Cycles in European cities is ubiquitous – but also we forget that Europe has no cycle helmet laws – unless you are on the open road in a peloton of racing riders…

Berlin – is love at first cycle – lanes everywhere and a seeming dearth of car occupiers simply pissed off that you are alive… little kids in small caravans hooked to the backs of their parents bike – we saw a foreigner in Grey Lynn the other day with the same setup up (gulp)

We quote the blog On your bike – Australian but still relevent….For informed comment on helmet laws

  • Political Exploitation – In Aust (insert New Zealand) cycling is often cast as a political act  – talkback hosts etc getting in the ear of frustrated motorists demanding cycles be registered …
  • Infrastructure – Europe = cycle designed infrastructure – some of this would help the hesitant cycler take to the road
  • Bike share – 28 schemes in France (not just massive metropolis of Paris)… 24 in Spain and Italy….and London is now in on the act —Auckland …it’s just sad. Len Brown how about you doing something other than talking – love your friendly face on TV but….
  • Mandatory Helmet Laws – Europe = fast cycling open road = Helmet. Whipping around to the shops for a packet of Matinee Flats = NO helmet.
    After 20 years of helmets – little to prevent injury but have discouraged cycling. (open road wear a helmet, car heavy arterial routes, wear a helmet)

“Is it really the case that Australia and New Zealand are right and the other 99 per cent of the world is wrong? Seriously? Have you travelled lately?

2. Those little pricks are scientifically good for you…

Ok, most rigorous and detailed study of acupuncture as a treatment has just been completed…

Major finding: It can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.
(Second finding: it’s more than just a placebo)

Importance: past scientific research has been mixed, dodgy and only carried on on small control groups.

Study Length = five years  and 18000 patients

Success over alternatives for pain relief for = osteoarthritis, migraines and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.

Comparisons included: over the counter pain killers and sham acupuncture treatments where needles only inserted superficially.

Source: Well

1. His  Bobness…

If you totally dislike this guy – you dont’ get him… chill, we’ll let you off this time…. but hey give this one listen. A 71-year-old just put out a record this week that…

The rock-star survivors of Dylan’s generation have all had to find ways to deal with their advancing age. We have become used to the spectacle of old men, hair-plugged and botoxed and crammed into tight trousers, recycling the hits of their youth on blockbuster reunion tours. But Dylan doesn’t run from his old age—he accentuates it.

Source: New Yorker Online Edition

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One Response to Howie’s Hot Five for…12 September, 2012

  1. Oompa says:

    Cycle helmets. It is I believe a vicous cycle. (Excuse the pun). What I believe happened, Helmet laws came in, kids no longer wanted to ride to school, as who wants to carry a helmet round all day at school and at the time helmets were seriously uncool. (Both in looks and culture). This led to the amount of cyclists on the road taking a drastic down turn. Some schools actively discouraged kids from riding by removing bike stands. This means motorists are no longer used to seeing large amounts of cyclists on the road so subconciously no longer looking for them . At the same time a LOT more cars are introduced to the roads via Jap imports. Older students get a cheap car instead of staying on their bike. The combination means more cyclists are hit by inattentive drivers and the pc crowd cry about “People are getting hurt, we must protect them from themselves!!” Whilst this is all going on we DRIVE the kids to school add to the traffic and bemoan the fact that our kids are getting fat and lack exercise! Madness I think!!

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