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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Through the 4 minute barrier

Static Apnea PB

After a 03.47 in warm-up which felt reasonably
comfortable and following recovery and relaxation
broke through the 4 min barrier to reach new PB.


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Great TED Talk

Iwan Baans great talk on how people around the world have
appropriated abandoned housing complexes or made use of their 
own unique surroundings to create a unique living space.

 It's a valuable insight into "when needs must" and also the innate 
creativity in all of us. Its a far cry from our own "cosy world" for 
sure, but the ingenuity is quite incredible.

I think the quote at the end of the talk speaks volumes in a world that
is increasingly becoming too generic and uniform. 

Here is the link:


Saturday, 19 October 2013

Free-Diving & Static Apnea

So I have recently completed my first Free-diving course at the Esslingen Tauchturm with Malte the instructor.

After doing lots of snorkelling and scuba over the last couple of years I had become increasingly interested in "equipment free" diving. And so did this course to learn more about technique and safety in order to free-dive properly...

So why free-diving ... well I guess its a total sense calmness whilst being immersed in a water without panicking at the first onset of convulsions for air...

So if anything the course has propelled me forward into learning about Breathing and how to control the breath so that you can dive longer and safer.

Before the course I had a Static Apnea breath hold PB of 2mins 26 seconds 
Its now 3mins 37seconds...

Dynamic No fins pool distance prior to the course was 35 metres and I haven,t had the opportunity to test that yet

A long way to go but I,m hooked now and cant wait for a chance to do this in open water.

And the one thing you learn on the course that is essential

(even during horizontal practice in a swimming pool )

Finally ditched Windows !

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Homescreen with Pangolin

So I finally ditched Windows completely today having not used it for some months. I no longer saw any reason to keep the dual boot system on my notebook as it was merely taking space and slowing it down...

So now its up and running just with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and it's like its been turbo charged... less than a min to boot from cold and no lagging.

So it's fair well to Windows...forever
(well you can never say never !!...but I cant imagine why I'll ever need it again )