Saturday, June 30, 2007

new phone V

Here are some more findings:
  • The camera does not like low light.
  • I eventually was able to down load the map application and load the maps. This is a major improvement over the network supplied maps.
  • I finally got skype to work and made my first skype call.
  • The IM does not seem to work on this phone.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Well I have been taking some drugs for a while:
  • Mycardis for high blood pressure and
  • Simvastatin for high cholesterol.
The Mycadis is helping but not enough. The Simvastation has done the trick. Today my chemist suggested that I also try ubiquinone. So, as I have a high respect for his knowledge I purchased some. That respect did not stop me from researching the topic. It sounds like a good choice:
There are several reports concerning the effect of CoQ10 on blood pressure in human studies (for review: [19]). In a recent meta-analysis of the clinical trials of CoQ10 for hypertension a research group led by Professor FL Rosenfeldt (from the Cardiac Surgical Research Unit, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia) reviewed all published trials of Coenzyme Q10 for hypertension, assessed overall efficacy and consistency of therapeutic action and side effect incidence. Meta-analysis was performed in 12 clinical trials (362 patients) comprising three randomized controlled trials, one crossover study and eight open label studies. The research group concluded that coenzyme Q10 has the potential in hypertensive patients to lower systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by up to 10 mm Hg without significant side effects. [20]

Coenzyme Q10 shares a common biosynthetic pathway with cholesterol. The synthesis of an intermediary precursor of Coenzyme Q10, mevalonate, is inhibited by some beta blockers, blood pressure lowering medication,[21] and statins, a class of cholesterol lowering drugs.[22] Statins can reduce serum levels of coenzyme Q10[23] Some research suggests the logical option of supplementation with coenzyme Q10 as a routine adjunct to any treatment which may reduce endogenous production of coenzyme Q10, based on a balance of likely benefit against very small risk.[24][25] by up to 40%.

Monday, June 25, 2007

new phone IV

Well I got the GPS to run, but I am not sure about the maps as I have it set up to only down load them when I am at home. I need to see if this data counts against my monthly usage limit on the phone. So I not sure how much map data has down loaded.
Luckily when I was in a meeting this morning, one of my work colleagues helped me with how to change the profile. I could not see how to do it. It turns out I need to press the power switch.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

No caches today

Well we spent a fruitless day caching. The first cache was one I had already visited. The second 2108, was unreachable because the tide was so high. Well Charl and Chris made it, but my feet were so cold that I did not want to climb up the bank.

danger, originally uploaded by yewenyi.

Mobile Phone III

Well now that the email is set up correctly the emails are sent much faster.

I have the wireless lan functions set up reliably and predictably. Though some applications I keep on needing to type in my complicated security key each time I run a new application for the first time.

The GPS still thinks i am in Europe. This is my next task to fix.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

House Hunting

I have been looking for a new place to live. While doing so, I came across this mural in chippendale.

chippendale graffiti, originally uploaded by yewenyi.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Mobile Phone II

If the outgoing emails are not set up correctly:
  1. Emails leave very slowly.
  2. Recipients do not recognize who is sending the emial.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

New Mobile

My old phone has steadily been declining. Alicia gave up in disgust. And by about three weeks ago, the select button would get stuck down, madly selecting the first option. I think I made a few calls that were quickly abandoned and may have sent a few SMSs. So I decided I needed to get a new mobile. Initially I looked on the web and, while my preference was for Telstra, they did not have a phone I wanted. I settled to stay with 3 and get a N95. So off to Bondi Junction I went. But lo, there are no N95 phones available. So I went on the waiting list. Well today, about 2 weeks later I finally got the phone.

1. Unpack and install - easy enough.
2. copy all the data off my old phone, took a while as I was using blue tooth and the phone has several audio, picture and video files.
3. Apple decided that my mac need an urgent update installed, so I install it hoping that the drivers for the new phone may be in the os update. They are not.
4. Try to sync with the new phone using isync. It fails - the phone is not a supported one. But I knew this and have a backup plan.
5. Log into Nokia - Asia. Well they think that the N95 does not exist. Though, interestingly, they will sell you accessories for the phone.
6. Try to log into the my nokia site as per the phone instruction book. It is still trying to load the page 20 minutes later.
7. Do a google search. Find the blog with the link to the Nokia supplied drivers. They are on a server in Europe.
8. Download and install the drivers. It works.
9. Run isync again. It loads lots of data and then claims to fail. However, looking at the phone, the data seems to be there. Well at least the calendar is. I need to work out how to see the phone numbers.
10. I found the contacts very easily. And yay the phone numbers are there. It asks me if I want to copy the numbers, I say yes. Is this a good decision? I do not know. Looking at the phone list, definitely a mistake. Now all the entires appear twice.
11. After a bit of stuffing around, I discover that there is an easy way to delete the entries, but I also discover that the buttons are really sensitive and keep on ending up in strange locations on the phone. At one stake it takes a while to discover the list of people again. But it is done!
12. Discover that magic icon - settings....
13. Put the phone on auto update for time, change the clock to 24 hour.
14. The phone comes with one song - in my heart by moby. Never heard it before. 4 minutes long, I am listening...
15. While I am listening to this strange song, put he dinky plastic display protector on the display.
16. Give up on the song.
17. Press the applications icon. The song has not stopped! That was a bit boring, but is has skype.
18. playing with all the other icons. Yay, the music stopped.
19. Connecting to my wireless lan router. Wishing I had not chosen a key that is so hard to enter on a mobile phone.
20. It said access denied! but then it worked. I dannae understand.
21. Took a while. I logged into my wireless router. No phone, but after a few attempts there is a phone. I logged into my home page at Yay.
22. going to flikr now. A fuly blown web site works well on the phone. very small print but. It uses the same engine as safari, which I knew from my research. I wanted a real browser. yay.
23. Looking for the camera, not obvious from here. It's in applications!
24. Blast the real camera is operated by opening the lens. Duh!
25. sending the first picture, a photo of this blog, to flickr.
26. Still sending...
27. Sent, off to flickr to see the image. Not there yet. Sometimes they take a little while.
28. My nokia still has not loaded. Maybe I should try safari. (... safari did not work)
29. SRE is a game, not the video recorder.
30. The photo has uploaded. No gps data, but the GPS is turned off. I am inside. It is blurry. Way to close to the subject.
31. Sending the first video to blip TV.
32. Decided to take a better photo. But the camera moved into landscape mode. Hard to use the key pad in this mode. :-(
33. Photo still lousey. Video upload worked. Quality also poor. Need to look at the settings.
34. Had to manually set up the incoming email bit, username and password. Again it says it failed, but all the emails arrived.
35. Arranged to receive a SMS. this works ok.
36. Made a call. the call quality was excellent. But lots of strange little beeps. Maybe it was me?

enough for now.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Xiaohan - 生日快樂

Xiaohan's birthday party at ju ju's in Kings Cross. An excellent restaurant. The restaurant is quite Japanese, and they make you take off your shoes. I never had to take off my shoes in Japan. Maybe I was too far down market. The tables are are a Japanese height, but they cheat and they are in wells, so you are sitting western style. Only Gun folded his legs under himself. I know some people have problems with this. Maybe you need to do it from a young age to maintain the right flexibility.

Happy Birthday Xiaohan, originally uploaded by Gun Sydney.

"Tomatoes in wasabi mayo" by AugustusGloop [?]
Tomatoes in wasabi mayo

"Takoyaki" by AugustusGloop [?]

"Karaage chicken" by AugustusGloop [?]
Karaage chicken

Monday, June 18, 2007

Looking for a new place to live: II

Mistake 2: Buying the Saturday paper. I only end up with huge amounts of unread newspaper to view about 4 pages of adds. It is better to search online. Much better.
Observation 1: I have lived in many houses that are long and skinny. Maybe I am overdosed. Every time I walk into one I feel ill. My stomach does not agree with long and skinny houses.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

website views

Quite a while ago I installed my web site counter application. It has come a long way, and the combined sites are getting about 300 hits per day. This is steadily increasing. What is surprising, is that when I was in China I found that most of my web sites were blocked. Yet there are a small number of hits from China.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Looking for a new place to live: I

Mistake 1: looking on Sunday. Only three places in the paper. Lesson - look on Saturday.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Green Gourmet

I just had an excellent meal at the Green Gourmet in Newtown. At last I have found a really good vegetarian Chinese restaurant in Sydney. The proprietors were Malaysian some Chinese, one or two Muslims. They were pleasant and polite. The flavours were all subtle, which was a pleasant change to the brutal heavy handedness you get sometimes at Chinese places. We had:
  • Better than oyster fritters - mushrooms wrapped in seaweed and then deep fried in batter. (*****)
  • Sichuan Style Eggplant - eggplant deep fried in batter, but I was not convinced about the Sichuaness of the Sichuan sauce. (***)
  • Ginger Sea Treasures - beancurd skins interleaved with seaweed with a sauce including shredded snow peas, carrot and ginger. (****1/2)
  • Green Gourmet Fried Rice (****) I do not normally have fried rice , because the way Australians like it bad, not Chinese in style and steamed rice is better. This was good. Even better than the egg-flower type fried rice we had recently in Bondi Junction.
  • Green Tea Moon Cake with Red Beans and Ginger Icecream (****) Excellent presentation, and good flavours, but I want more!
  • Lotus Crape with Green Tea Icecream (***) Had a taste, it was ok.
"better than oysters" by yewenyi [?]
better than oysters
"fried rice" by yewenyi [?]
fried rice
"Ginger Sea Treasures" by yewenyi [?]
Ginger Sea Treasures
"Sichuan Style Eggplant" by yewenyi [?]
Sichuan Style Eggplant
"Green Tea Moon Cake with Red Beans and Ginger Icecream" by yewenyi [?]
Green Tea Moon Cake with Red Beans and Ginger Icecream
"Lotus Crape with Green Tea Icecream" by yewenyi [?]
Lotus Crape with Green Tea Icecream

Edit: 2007-07-01 I finally made the tea I purchased at this place on the night. It is excellent tea.

icpota men

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well I always think of the icpota men. This is the painting I purchased off Dolly. Click on the image to see her other paintings.

Friday, June 08, 2007


Made my first purchase on eBay today. It is for a Loreo 3D Lens in a Cap. You cannot get in Australia. The supplier has the highest rating possible. So I will see how it goes.

Prius IV

This is the first time I have driven the car in serious rain.
  1. High speed on the windscreen wipers is simply not fast enough. I almost had to stop as I could not see out of the front window.
  2. Surprisingly the tyres handle better when there is a layer of water on the road (say a few cm) than the nissan xtrail. I think this is because of the better tread on the tyres.
  3. The traction control occasionally comes on because of wheel slip. Most often when crossing the kerb.
  4. The tyres have a hard compound. They are susceptible to slipping on slippery (perhaps oil covered) roads, more so than the xtrail with it's softer compound tyres.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Newcastle Cathedral

church, originally uploaded by yewenyi.

Dear Yewenyi,

I am wondering if I can have your permission to use a photo of yours in a presentation? I work at the National Library and am giving a talk to the 'Friends of Newcastle Cathedral' this weekend. I want to show them the various ways that the National Library makes information resources available, including through PictureAustralia and Flickr.

As your pictures of Newcastle Cathedral are available through PictureAustralia, I thought they would be ideal to use as examples of this kind of content for this group. Are you happy for me to show your picture of the inside of the cathedral (taken from the back behind the pews?)

very cool indeed,

Sunday, June 03, 2007

SPB Camping Trip

Went with the SPB down to Jervis Bay Territory. I haven't been on a camping trip like this in years and I only stayed one night, but it was an excellent trip and, well, we took lots of photos.

SPB Campers, originally uploaded by yewenyi.

Spirals at sunset, originally uploaded by Morgan Carpenter.

Botanical Garden, Jervis Bay, originally uploaded by Gun Sydney.

Sunrise I, originally uploaded by emmareeves.

myself playing the guitar (LOL), originally uploaded by misswired.

"noooo photos" by james m [?]
noooo photos