I enjoy running to keep fit and visit new places and people along the way. However, I am pretty heavy and a severe overpronator which adds additional stress on my joints (hips, knees and soles). Yes, I have very ugly feet with corns.
I encourage everyone to invest extra effort to do some online research before trying and buying a pair of running shoes. I recommend Dr. Jenny Sanders Shoe Blog as a trusted source for shoes reviews. Runner’s world and many online sites have a tendency to use shoe companies marketing pitch as a basis for their review. On the other hand, Dr Jenny Sanders examined the shoes from a podiatrist’s perspective. With her professional knowledge, she goes deep in her review and link a shoe’s makeup and its impact on our body.
When she compared the ASICS Kayano 14 and 15, she wrote
“The 14 has much more EVA in the lateral (outside) midsole than the 15. This means longer wear and greater support at heel strike with the 14 than the 15. This difference is HUGE, …. the 15 may make your heel strike more wobbly causing things like ankle sprains or tendonitis. Everyone doesn’t necessarily need firm lateral EVA but if you do, you would be better off with the new 2140 than the Gel Kayano.“
Her analysis goes much deeper and scientific compared to those readers’ contributed reviews commonly found in other web sites. I wish you healthy feet.
Download Email Prioritizer prototype.
Email Prioritizer is an free add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 that helps you manage email overload. and it prioritizes email to help you focus on the email messages that are most important to you with a 0-3 star rating system. It also provides a “do not disturb” button that temporarily pauses new email arrival.
It does this by using various algorithms to automatically identify the importance or urgency of e-mail messages delivered into an Outlook 2007 in-box. This idea was developed from a research project by Eric Horvitz and Mary Czerwinski.
Click here for a video demo of Email Prioritizer (Soapbox).
Source link: Microsoft Targets E-Mail Overload With Outlook Plug-In (Networking Computing India)
(Update – 6 Jun 2011)
My previous recommendation for Feder Sports do not hold anymore. I found Jeffery’s pricing to be uncompetitive and his sales attitude to be wanting – “take my price or leave it”.
His well stocked store had it too good in the past but these days there are so many running stores in Singapore competing for the same business. If you are really passionate about the sports, running clubs in Singapore usually have direct relationships with the agents and typically they can help you to obtain pretty good discounts for their products.
If you are serious about running and looking for a specialist running shoe store in Singapore? I recommend Feder Sports (#02-53, Peninsula Plaza) and ask for Jeffrey Chong.
Once you step into the shop and you will be amazed by the sheer among of shoes they offer in this store. Do bring along your old running shoes and let Jeffery access your feet and your running style. Jefferey is very helpful and knowledgable about specialist running shoes.
I bought two pairs of running shoes last weekend. Although his prices are not the most competitive, overall I’m satisfied with his service and product knowledge.
Shoe 1: Mizuno Wave Nirvana 4 (Yellow) and Shoe 2: Saucony Progrid Hurricane 9 (feels like a Kayano but cheaper!)
A study contacted by the University of Western Sydney and New South Wales Education Department found that a regular learning routine starting from home promotes long term academic success.
The study examined the study habits of three groups of Year 3 students – Chinese, Anglo and Pacific Island student. Dr Megan Watkins (Senior Lecturer, Literacy and Pedagogy, UWS) challenges the myth that Chinese students perform better at school because of a cultural disposition to study. Instead the Chinese students’ academic success were attributed to more disciplined approach to academic studies fostered from home.
See “Routine makes a good student” (The Australian Higher Education) for the full article.
Every day we’re exposed to an average of 3000 commerical messages on TV, radio, cinemas, billboards, magazines, newspapers, T-shirts, cups, public transport and the INTERNET. Have you wonder how advertising works and how it works on us? Check out ABC’s Gruen Transfer.
The Gruen Transfer hosted by Wil Anderson where a number of advertising agencies experts provide insights to the industry in lighthearted and funny panel discussion setting. These panel guests take part in weekly challenges, exercise and games to create ads for the unselliable (For example, “Making celibacy sexy!”)
Don’t forget to try the Consumer’s Revenge, where you can mix and match your own beer/ bank/ beauty cream ad!
Are you fed up with the bloatware called Adobe Acrobat Reader (22.4MB Download) and regular updates? If you looking for a fast and responsive alternative to open and print PDF, download Sumatra PDF (1.13MB) today!
I installed Sumatra on my personal machine and I love it’s fast response speed.
Clever global manufacturers have learnt how to save billions by following the Toyota method of lean production, perfected by the Japanese car maker over decades. Peter Day finds out why the service industries seem to be far behind.
During the discussion, Peter spoke to James Womack (President, Lean Enterprise Institute) and uncovered scenarios that could benefit with lean manufacturing thinking. He quoted examples of Circuit City misguided use of contingent staff in critical customer facing roles to reduce wage bill. In the long run, the company suffered higher cost of revenue and dissolved itself from the important customer dialogue and feedback.
When a company removed itself from direct customers dialogues, the company would not be able to make the right strategic decision to maintain customers’ relevance and retain their patronage. Along the way, the company could end up making expensive and wasteful decisions, detriment to their obligation to shareholders – to deliver on-going and long term value.
Download the podcast (mp3, BBC World Service)
Next time if you are conducting business travel in Australia, I would recommend Astra Apartments (serviced apartment between Sydney and Melbourne) and Fat Free Fone Company (mobile broadband internet) services.
Astra Apartment (Chatswood)
During my recent stint back in Australia, I stayed in their Chatswood apartment. The location was close to Microsoft office (North Ryde/ Macquarie Park) area and conveniently located among the Chatswood shops. The apartment was generally well maintained and decorated in a sensible and modern fashion. Their charges were reasonable (compared to long term hotel rates) and staff member was generally responsive and helpful.
Fat Free Fone Company
Fat Free Fone Company offers fixed line, mobile phone and mobile broadband rental services in Australia.
I needed Internet access after office hours and during inter-state trips and found their services fairly reliable. It cost 200 AUD p/ month for 4GB of data (caveat: upstream and downstream usage INCLUSIVE) per month. It works out just under $7 p/day, much cheaper compared to hotel internet charges, accompanied with the flexibility of a short term nationwide mobile broadband rental.
I am not in any commercial arrangement with the above mentioned companies. These are my personal comments and should not be transmitted beyond my blog.
This blog referral post is about effective use of email. If you are looking for tips on how to reclaim your inbox or how to obtain a work-life balance, find a nice white friend and talk about it over coffee.
Treat all of these tips as short experiments and adapt it for your own situation
1. “Batch” email at set times.
2. Send and read email at different times.
3. Don’t scan email if you can’t immediately fix problems encountered.
4. Don’t BIF (before I forget) people during off-hours.
5. Don’t use the inbox for reminders or as a to-do list.
6. Set rules for email-to-phone escalation.
7. Before writing an email, ask yourself: “what problem am I trying to solve?” or “what is my ideal outcome?”
8. Learn to make suggestions instead of asking questions.
Check out Tim Ferris’ blog “How to Stop Checking E-mail on the Evenings and Weekends” for further explanations on these tips.
In the latest “All Men are Liars” blog entry, Sam De Brito blogged about the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) latest bullsh**t corporate slogan -”Determined to be different” and offers his opinion how CBA can be truly different.
Generally, the fees banks charge in Australia are an absolute disgrace. They charge you a monthly fee to use your own money, some limit the number of transactions you may use to access your own money, make a killing off your deposit and drown you in a schedule of fees and charges. I used to bank with CBA until I got so fed up with their poor and unreliable customer service and highly uncompetitive and customer unfriendly financial products and switched to ANZ (the lesser of the Big 4 evils).
ANZ charges a higher monthly maintaince fee but their service quality is a world of different. Each time I ring up the bank, my call is received by a staff based in Australia in less than 1min! Their internet banking portal is quick and generally easy to use. And finally, their retail banking slogan makes sense – More convenient banking. Now