Tuesday, 24 January 2012

cat stretch

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 with 6 comments
Training at Parliament House last night: Major construction was happening in preparation for the Australia Day concert, but there was room on the grassy area down towards old Parliament House for us to run continuous relays, for a change, it being cool enough for a harder session. Eighteen participants meant we had six teams of three: for twelve minutes of shorter sprints we formed three fast balanced teams and three other (I won't use the "s" word!) balanced teams. And for fifteen minutes of longer sprints we reformed into six balanced teams. In a rectangle on the grass; Short intervals: alternately diagonal or up, recovery across. Long intervals: diagonal and up, recovery down and up.  Taking part were Andrew, Andy, Caroline, Cathy, Colin, Craig, Ewen, me, Havilah (new), Laura (new), Lauren, Lincoln, Mick, Neil, Ruth, Warrick, Yelena & Zainab. Ewen & I ran 8k early as well. And I had run 6k in the morning, trying to get extra distance in before going away later in the week.

Song of the week: Charlie Brown, by Coldplay.

A rare bit of political commentary: With the US a long way from here, but the media covering political events there as if it were the main topic of conversation in Australia, which it isn’t, I am rather tired of hearing US politicians talk incessantly about “democracy” as if it’s the universal panacea for all the world’s ills. I am rather more impressed by the ideas expressed in the following quote, seen recently on a friend’s blog.Democracy in the eighteenth century was not yet the article of faith that it would become in the decades following the American Revolution. It was still a technical term of political science, meaning simply rule by the people. In traditional political thinking going back to the ancient Greeks, rule by the people alone was never highly regarded, for it could easily slip into anarchy and a takeover by a tyrant. The best constitution was one that was mixed or balanced, where the people's rule was offset by the rule of the aristocracy and monarchy. Eighteenth-century intellectuals admired the English constitution so much because it seemed to have nicely mixed and balanced the three simple forms of government, monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy, in the Crown, House of Lords, and House of Commons." - The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, Gordon S. Wood.

Stretch like a cat


  1. I'm always happy to volunteer for the "s" team!

    From Apex Park (facing the lake) there are exercise stations running to the right. Plus some kids' play areas that could have chin-up bars.

  2. Re not being able to comment on older browsers, looks like the problem lies with 'invalid' html/css - perhaps there are mismatched tags or something amiss with javascript? Previous versions of browsers (older) are often less forgiving of coding errors. http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

    1. I tried validator but no clear picture has emerged. And I still have no feedback regarding what browser/s cause the problem. If it turns out to be only IE6 for example I won't bother researching further. I know IE9 is OK, I tested it. Nevertheless I still may change the html in a week or so if I have time.

    2. Darn, blogger has changed something. I guess the browser problems may now be fixed?

    3. The problems are/were with IE6, IE7, IE8; I now have confirmation of that. I wonder if that's fixed now? What's not fixed is the date, the skipping to the end of a single post when one is opened, and also I have lost my pretty formatting.

  3. Sounds like Blogger is using the Microsoft method of perfecting a system. Put something unproven out there and the bugs will be found.