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Viewing your teeth…

Earlier this year I came across this Gizmodo article featuring a low cost dental camera. I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of doing your own body inspections using small cameras (preferably with some sort of measurement capability – is that spot growing or shrinking ? )

Well the camera finally arrived direct from China. Here I am in Les Gets using it.camerame

Its pretty neat especially for the price, less than $200. After a lot of hassle with the provided CD software, Windows eventually chose to download the HP starter camera drivers of the net. I could then view the images in the Skype video test mode. Images are grabbed by pressing a button on the handle.

Here are a couple of images of my teeth, one with an amalgam filling. one with the white plastic filling. Not bad image quality considering the cost.teeth3


So if you want to buy one get in touch with me and maybe I can help you. Will be interesting to get Sonal’s opinion on the image quality 🙂

Sharing the good life….

Just thought I would share with all (8) readers my google reader statistics:-

Google Reader statistics

As you can see I’m averaging about 1500 new posts a working day down to around 600 a day at the weekends. I’ve been reading more consistently here in Les Gets as there seem to be fewer distractions, I can only hack about 5 hours a day riding the slopes 🙁

For those interested how I do it.

I use Google reader in List View, set to display updated items only. I then click on All items and then the first item. Using the J key takes you to the next post, K takes you to previous. Using the cursor keys scrolls down any long posts. Pressing S tags the post with a star, Shift S shares the item. To email the post I press e. (Other shortcuts press the ? key when in reader)

I also use Google Notebook which I have set up with pages for my interests. To add content I just highlight the text of interest and then click Clip on the relevant notebook page- this adds the clip and the posts url. Google notebook is in the cloud so I always have it.

The friends shared items works OK for my friends, so Sally sees me in her shared items but I cannot see hers 🙁

However I get to see Roberts, Davids, Hughs,Loics and Stowes shared items.
So there we go, George et al do their sudoku I do my google reader stuff. Its a good life here in Les Gets with 5litres of red for 10Euro 🙂 and a season ticket for 199 Euro for us golden oldies.

Deserted or Desert?

Clear Roads in Dubai2Apparently George Bush is visiting Dubai, so at 4pm on Sunday (A normal working day in Islamic countries) a National Holiday was declared for today, Monday. Aren’t dictatorships so wonderful . You just do as you please 🙂
With the result today here was no traffic congestion, in fact no cars at all!

So I guess Bush will really get a flavour of this bustling place.

Thanks to Nick for the  iPhone picture of Dubai this morning.

Dubai visitHowever in the desert things were different according to this article in The Associated Press:-

“The motorcade of U.S. President George W. Bush makes its way down the desert road to a dinner hosted by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the Royal Stables at Al Asayl Racing and Equestrian Club, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, near the town of Sowaihan, United Arab Emirates.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)”

Leaping Lineouts..

Philip kindly invited Sally, Doug, Adrian and myself to the pre-match lunch at CRUFC. Todays match was towards the EDF National Trophy , Cambridge played Rotherham (Top of National League 1). A very exciting game with Cambridge only losing by one point 🙁

It was the first outing for my Olympus SP-560UZ with its new 2GB memory card. I ended up taking well over 60 pictures, most at its maximum X16 optical zoom – with no tripod. My match favourite was this throw in:-

Throw In

Number 15Although number 15 (Charlie Spon-Smith) didn’t seem to be striking a stereotypical rugby pose…

I uploaded all the pictures to my new favourite upload site, Picasa (well 1GB space for free!) although the cool flash player seems to have disappeared. So you will have to click on the CRUFC picture below to see all the match shots.


A great day out the place was packed – over 200 for lunch yet again. So many thanks Philip!

Addendum: From Rotherhams site – I found 4 of their players it was their first outing, 5 of the  players had played in more than 12 of their 18 games this year, remainder had played in 4 to 7 games.