Tuesday, January 08, 2019

A matter of perspective - Melanoma post-surgery embarrassment

I underwent melanoma surgery early in 2013 involved removing a circular patch of skin (plus hair) on the top left of my scalp. I have a circular bald patch where the flesh was replaced with thin skin via a donor graft shaved from underneath the top right arm.

The bald patch has, at times, embarrassed me, but after the first few years I'm less worried about it.

Today I read this story about Jess Van Zeil and I doubt that I'll ever be embarrassed again. Her left eye was removed in 2015.

You'll see what I mean when your read the story.


Here are links to Jess Van Zeil’s Facebook page and her website.

There’s also Jess Van Zeil’s YouTube channel.


Friday, December 28, 2018

Being kind to people you hate, and dealing with difficult people

It's time to decide on your next New Year's resolution, and I'm suggesting that in 2019 dealing better with difficult people, even somebody you hate, is well worthy of consideration.

Get some ideas about this from the Medium article:
Why You Should Be Kind to People You Hate

Also there's the excellent (free) Bookboon e-book
    Dealing with Difficult People
    (a PDF with
this direct download link).

This is available at the Bookboon website as a short article
    Seven tools for expertly dealing with difficult peopleimage

That's not asking too much of you, I sincerely hope.

Note that I' have no claim whatsoever for being good at doing any of the above!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Amazon Australia’s men’s polo shirt rip-off pricing

This image was just sent to me by a friend, his written comments say all that’s necessary

He calls it the Amazon “Australia Tax.”


(click the mage to view a larger size)

You must be really vigilant about pricing when purchasing from Amazon Australia, so check each item’s price carefully.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Contrary messages about the benefits of versus harm done by antioxidants?

Medical news items can claim one thing while the latest research from a given source can be pointing to a different, and perhaps the opposite, conclusion.

For example the following (May 2018) seems to be saying that antioxidants are good for you:
       How can antioxidants benefit our health?

However you don't get the same impression from this article (November 2018):
      Melanoma - More evidence that antioxidants speed up tumor spread

  • "... after investigating certain antioxidants that bind to mitochondria, the team has produced further evidence that the substances either do not affect tumor growth or speed it up "
  • "... further research into the mechanisms through which antioxidants influence tumor growth and spread is required."
  • "… we know that once you have cancer, even if it has not been diagnosed, antioxidants can contribute to increased tumor growth."
So the jury certainly is out on this

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Blinkers -- for bicycle riders

Show this review to anybody you know who’s a bike rider:
Blinkers are to bicyclists what parachutes are to parachutists - life saving
                        (Gadget Guy Australia - 18 November2018)

Watch the brief video to see the blinkers in action.


I would like to see a gadget with bright flashing light that sits atop a tall fibre glass pole, my idea being that by being higher than the cyclist's head level it may well be more visible to motorists. IMO the blinkers are lower down, and might not be quite so apparent to motorists. Just a thought, I’m not really sure.

Will I ever ride again?

I have been scared stiff of riding since a couple of years ago, when I was deliberately riding slowly and carefully along a quiet nearby street on the way to a nearby off-road track. The late afternoon summer sun was behind me.

As I passed a parked SUV, its driver suddenly pulled out from the kerb and bumped into me, not violently, but knocking me off my bike into the path of oncoming traffic.

Luckily the approaching cars were far enough away to see what had happened to me and stop without hitting me.  I escaped with some grazing on one arm and the legs.


The driver of the SUV probably didn't check before pulling out from the kerb, and AFAIK didn't use her turn indicators to warn approaching traffic that she was starting to move off.  (She later mentioned because of the low position of the late afternoon sun she didn't or couldn't see me coming. So perhaps she did TRY to check after all, who knows?)

Another of my nine lives was used up by this incident.  I haven't been keeping count, so don't know how many more lives remain.

See the source image

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The smartphone generation

Somebody just mailed these to me.

No comment necessary!















Unfortunately I don’t have any attribution for the above.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Australian Cancer Atlas, and an online melanoma risk predictor

"According to Melanoma Institute Australia, one Australian dies from a melanoma every five hours, with an estimated 14,000 diagnosed each year."

It would be a similar per capita rate in most other countries (Australia’s population is 25 million, in round figures.)

After having a melanoma excised from my scalp early in 2013, I’ve become hypervigilant about skin cancer and read extensively about melanoma research and other news. I like passing important info on to others …

I came across the following story which is good news for ladies who enjoy the sun:

So for the first one instead look at the Australian Cancer Atlas
so put in your suburb's name or postcode and find out your exposure.

Also, I recommend that you try the following one online test:

It’s supposedly for people 40 or over, but might be worthwhile for younger folk too.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Abandoning a domain name can lead to major security exposures

This is dynamite bad news, potentially …

Abandoning a domain name can come back to bite you, research shows

Cybercriminals can use an abandoned domain name to obtain all manner of private information belonging to the company that formerly owned the domain, as well as to its clients and employees, a researcher warns.


Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Winaero Tweaker for Windows 10 version 1809 ("October 2018 Update") has been released

If you're a Windows users, and if you like tweaking Windows to suit your preferences (such as appearance or function) or to resolve issues, then Winaero Tweaker may be right up your alley.

For some background on the developers, see About Winaero. I would say that they really know a LOT about Windows in order to be able to develop such in-depth tweaking functions.

This very handy utility has many useful functions, and you may well find some that are good for you. I've been using it to of the title bars of all the windows I have open across multiple screens, so that the currently active window stands out with a blue title bar (instead of guessing which is the active window, or hunting around for it).


Version of Winaero Tweaker for Windows 10 version 1809 (often called "October 2018 Update") has been released (scroll down to "Useful links for you" to find the download link).

This version of Windows 10 is imminent, indeed it recently started rolling out and caused some users to lose files,  lots of them in some cases (see Microsoft halts Windows 10 update after users lose files)  but this latest automatic update of Windows 10 is sure to be heading our way soon.

The Winaero website has a very useful description of the changes at What’s New In Windows 10 October 2018 Update Version 1809

Also, be sure to read and get some tips from Useful features for Winaero Tweaker for Windows 10 version 1809 "October 2018 Update"

One such new feature of version of the tweaker allows the user to prevent Windows 10 from reinstalling built-in apps. In addition to existing functionality, Winaero Tweaker will stop the Windows 10 updater from irritatingly re-installing built-in apps which were previously uninstalled by the user.