Sunday, November 24, 2013
101st CFL GREY CUP FINAL NOV 24, 2013:
(Saskatchewan Roughriders 45 - Hamilton Tiger-Cats 23)
OMG, the Saskatchewan Roughriders' Darian Durant and Kory Sheets are just unstoppable !!!
The last time I cheered for the Riders was when Ronald "Ron" Lancaster (October 14, 1938 – September 18, 2008) was their quarterback.
I was living in Flin Flon then, working for the mining & smelting company there.
GREAT PERFORMANCE RIDERS !!!!!!
AND KORY SHEETS SETS A GREY CUP RECORD TODAY !!!!!!!
Related article: The Toronto Sun
* The Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/11/23/grey-cup-2013-simmons-says
* Wikipedia: Saskatchewan Roughriders & 101st Grey Cup
* Canadian Football League: Photo of the two quarterbacks www.cfl.ca
* Facebook: T-shirt in support of the Riders https://www.facebook.com/groups/SSKRiderFansInOttawa/
* The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan: Ron Lancaster
K and I watched the UK movie "Up There" at Library And National Archives Canada's auditorium on Wellington Street. The United Kingdom is one of the many EU countries participating in the 28th edition of the European Union Film Festival hosted by the Canadian Film Institute.
Here is a summary of the "Up There" story according to IMDb:
"..... Martin (deceased) is stuck in a dead-end job, welcoming the newly departed into the afterlife. All he dreams of is going 'Up There'. But his plans are thrown into disarray when he has to team up with the relentlessly chirpy Rash and together they lose a new arrival. The mismatched pair give chase and end up in a remote seaside town populated by cocky teenagers, sinister old women and the enigmatic Liz, who has 'suicide written all over her'. Can they stop bickering long enough to find the lost soul? Will Rash be reunited with his brother Chunky? And can Martin get back in time to finally get 'Up There'? UP THERE is a killer comedy about life, death and irritating friends.... "
Apparently, there is more fun "down here" than the final destination "up there" !!!
* You may also view the official trailer via YouTube at http://youtu.be/Vp9vwJk0SLc
* Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_There_(film)
".... Up There is a 2012 British feature film comedy, written and directed by Scottish based film-maker Zam Salim. It stars Burn Gorman, Kate O'Flynn, Aymen Hamdouchi, Chris Waitt, Jo Hartley and Warren Brown. It is financed by the Bfi, BBC and Creative Scotland. It is based on Zam Salim's award winning short film 'Laid Off' which has over half a million hits on YouTube. 'Up There' received its World Premiere at the International Film Festival of Mannheim-Heidelberg on 18 November 2011. It won the award for Best Feature Film at the 2012 British Academy Scotland Awards....."
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Justin Trudeau’s recent gaffes undermine his political strengths
Justin Trudeau's 'Foolish' China Remarks Spark Anger
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
馬拉松賽跑訓練計劃：比賽準備，長跑競賽， 賽後復原 / Marathon Training Plan: Preparation for a race, running it, and Recovery
Below is the presentation I made at a running workshop in October, 2013. Obviously, the information below are based on my own personal experience as an amateur runner and they might not apply to you at all. Please consult other more qualified athletes and use your judgment.
PRESENTATION (20131031 16h00 version)
1. Pre Race (3-4 weeks)
* Realistic Assessment: Run-for-time or Run-to-finish?
* Changes: Avoid new shoes, keep routine diet, maintain running weights, manage injuries
* Transportation/hotel: Confirm locations, distance, map, etc
* Health: Confirm insurance coverage abroad, replenish medications, etc
* Race details: Verify start time? where? corral? bag-check? route map, etc
2. Pre Race (1 week)
* Tapering: Keep moving/stretching, follow training schedule
* Packing: Start early esp if out-of-town travelling is involved
* Race kit pickup: Read instructions/info re time chip? start line? route changes, etc
* Clothing/gears: Check weather forecast regularly, draw head2toes body-diagram c/w gears (e.g. headlamp w batteries), avoid cotton undies, wear same outfit as in training if possible
* Health: Manage injuries, set realistic time goal, bring medications, insurance papers
* Food/drinks: Begin carb loading? choose low-risk food, don't suddenly change diet, don't eat/drink excessively 1-2 days before race
* Mind + Body: Visualize race event from start to finish e.g. start line (freezing cold?), pacing strategy (divide race into 1/3 chunks), drinking/fuelling ....
***** Racing could be 90% mind-game esp last few kilometres (ref: Winterman, Spartan Beast) *****
* Night before: Set up alarms, eat little/nothing after 6 pm, 5 hrs sleep min, one kungfu master said sex makes your feet wobble :O
3. Race Day
* 3 hours: Wake up early, start routine (drink coffee, light breakfast, etc), get dressed, check list, final packing, call taxi ahead of time
* 2 hours: Allow sufficient transit time (taxi, bus, parking, road-closure, etc)
* 1 hour: Arrive early, find warm place to settle/focus, start fuelling, vaseline/body glide, final check-list, baggage check, line-up washroom (or bottle?), check bib & time chit, walk to start-line (squeeze in & keep warm)
* 3 min: Be at start-line, drink liquid, set watch/mobiles, pump up, enjoy the moment
* 0 min: Off you go, run at your own pace, stick to plan (e.g. run 10 walk 1, "1/3" plan, fuelling/drinking, peeling off clothing), enjoy the experience, think positive - remember the mind game, check regularly running form/efficiency (foot-strikes, gliding, hands, core, breathing), listen to your body (cramps, heart, over-hydration, etc), enjoy the cheering crowd, smile to photographers, run up-right as you dash toward finish line
4. Post Race (on-site)
* Keep walking, eat/drink as req'd, get baggage & put on dry clothes, enjoy the crowd/ceremony/etc, wear proudly your medal & t-shirt cuz you've earned your bragging right !!!!
5. Recovery (off-site)
* Rest, take a bath, monitor health (e.g. blood pressure), healthy meals to replenish protein, electrolyte, nutrients etc as req'd, be careful walking downstairs, self-massage or hire someone
* Walk & stretch moderately for rest of week, listen to your body, get back into running and/or other strenuous exercises slowly, manage injuries, seek medical advice on lingering or emerging health issues, enjoy resting in the short-term but STAY ACTIVE (mind & body) for life !!!!
* Wikipedia / Grete Waitz
"..... Grete Waitz (1 October 1953 – 19 April 2011) was a Norwegian marathon runner and former world record holder ..... She went on to win the New York Marathon race nine times, more than any other runner in history. ..... She also won a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a gold medal at the 1983 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki ..... and broke the world record three years in a row ....."
Sunday, November 03, 2013
下貼的照片是厄瓜多爾藝術總監Javier Pérez 哈維爾·佩雷斯的創意和幽默設計, 微小的假想世界是由一些小物件和一個簡單的草圖組成。
Photo Credit / Related Links:* Imaginative Photographs That Mix Ordinary Objects and Simple Sketches
And here is an imaginative photo I made on Oct 7, 2013 with the caption "David Against Goliath"
David is the little guy I painted on a chicken egg on the left. He is poking his opponent with a yellow plastic corn-on-the-cob holder. The pain is represented by some broken Italian bread-sticks.
The giant on the right is a double-faced stone sculpture carved by an aboriginal artisan. The dark waves that overcome Goliath are actually used coffee grind that I pushed around with my fingers.
Related link: http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2013/10/civil-disobedience-david-against-goliath.html
Saturday, November 02, 2013
A clip of this amazing precision skydiving stunt was reported by Canada CTV News on Nov 2, 2013.
YouTube credit: Uploaded by AviatorShow
The following description is based on a separate ABC News' transcript:
"..... This is a stunt you have to see to believe. A dizzying descent skydiver Katie Hanson is making spirals in the sky for a truly death defying challenge - she will lock in on a moving target to make a dramatic landing. How did she maneuver this incredible fall from the sky? .... The daring stunt seems nearly impossible in the sky: she's flying between twenty and forty miles per hour !!! There you see the convertible, the driver is carefully matching her speed and just as she approaches. Oh no, it looks like she's not going to make it. ..... But with a last-second glide, she has a flawless touchdown into the backseat .... Look again at the precision of her glide as though she'd done it a million times while in fact it was her first try !!"