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inspiration and perspiration

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The Armstrong book was the first thing I got when I was diagnosed but I haven't been able to make myself read it till today.

The other book was recommended to me by Mike Grisenthwaite of Cyclists Fighting Cancer.

At the end of this cycle I'll have notes on how I've been for a third of my treatment which I think should provide sufficient information to build an exercise programme instead of just randomly ride.

It has become obvious that I'm going to get significantly more tired with each infusion of therapeutic poisons so I decided now was the time to read the second book and work out from that how to know I'm being realistic.

While a useful validation of what I know and have worked out already, the cancer fitness book is mostly targetted towards people who have never exercised before and so doesn't really help. I also find the case studies depressing (others might consider them inspirational) so I went on to read about Lance.

In retrospect probably not a good idea at this time. A well written book and inspirational in general terms, I knew what to expect but still found it depressing too, even though he had a far more advanced, different and less well understood cancer with a much worse diagnosis and absolutely horrendous chemo regime.

I'm sure it'll be inspirational for me at other times. Right now though, it has just served to worry me and indicate I'm right to expect the fatigue to increase exponentially rather than in a linear progression.

ah well, maybe it's my blood sugar and nothing to do with the reading matter

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Posted by Dhamaka

Black Swan, Origin, Moral Minds

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The Black Swan, The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Replacing my old and falling apart copy, The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Moral Minds, The Nature of Right and Wrong by Marc D. Hauser

Posted by Caine

5th Jul 2009, 16:46   comments (6)

The New Weird

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But what am I writing?


Posted by Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri

28th Jun 2009, 01:10   comments (0)

Mark Thomas - Belching out the devil

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My brother introduced me to Mark Thomas several years back and ever since I have been interested in his work on exposing the truth and working behind the political scene – be it changing the laws which restrict protesting around parliament or his campaign against McDonalds and nuclear power stations.

One of his latest investigations is exposing the truth behind Coca-Cola – one of the largest multinationals there is.

In his book, which I’m only 1/3 way through before being compelled to recommend it to others to read, he writes up his findings on Coca-Cola’s dreadful operations within Columbia’s bottling plants in an interesting and insightful way following his investigations and visits.

His findings are alarming and expose the truth about the abuse of power the company has, its poor approach to equality, safety and fairness towards its workers. He exposes how they reduce (if not altogether remove) the powers of trade unions through the use of fear, brutality and murder. Some of the witness accounts given to Thomas in the book are disturbing, including multiple assassinations and people’s lives turned upside down simply because they joined or lead a trade union which sought for better rights for workers in the bottling plants in Columbia.

I won’t enlighten you too much more, as I really recommend you read it for yourself (there is no way I am doing his work and findings, and indeed the sorry situation some Columbian’s are finding themselves in, any sort of justice). Furthermore, if you can do it, bring yourself to boycott Coca-Cola and its extensive list of subsidiary companies.

Posted by rhys

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales

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Still wonderful after all these years.

Posted by Caine

15th Apr 2009, 04:47   comments (0)


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What it means to be a Libertarian by Charles Murray

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16th Feb 2009, 23:33   comments (0)


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Nation, by Terry Pratchett.

Posted by Caine

30th Jan 2009, 23:11   comments (3)