Kinesiology Study

29 08 2006

My Judo Class was asked to participate in a Kinesiology experiment for a PhD thesis yesterday.  We headed up to SFU to participate, not knowing what they had in mind. 

First, they had us weighed and measured.  Then the took our reaction time by having us tap on a switch upon seeing a light.  So far so easy.  After this it got a bit harder.  There were two more tests left.

The first involved being strapped into chair and having to extend your leg with all your force to see how high you can get during a 5 second effort.  There was lots of red faces, grunting, groaning, and even some good old Judo ki-ays.  With slightly sore right legs we finished that. 

One or two at a time we were led into the next room and fitted with little IR sensors like they use at EA Sports to record human motion.  We all looked really funny, but we were easy going, not knowing what came next.

We went into the last room one at  a time, as it was important to maintain ignorance of the upcoming test.   They asked you to stand with your feet just less than shoulder width apart and said, “We’re going to perturb your balance.  See if you can correct your balance, and remain standing”. 

“No problem”, I thought.  They’re going to tilt the floor or shake it, and I have to try and stay standing.  “OK”, I say.



Some woman off to the side then hits a switch and the whole floor goes whizzing off to the side, leaving me crumpling up, looking like and idiot trying to regain balance as I gracelessly hit the floor.  My mind is racing saying “WTF!!! This is NOT ‘perturbing my balance’, this is turning my world upside down!”

“OK, we’re going to do it again”

“Uh – OK”

Whizzz!  This time I stumbled, but I stayed upright!  Hah!  One last time again after that, and I had no problem at all (I had learned!)

The last thing on the agenda included them whipping out my floor from under me, and me NOT trying to regain my balance, just do a break-fall.  Tough to change mindsets 🙂   Again with the Whizzzz! and this time I let it rip my feet off to the side.  I landed with a beautiful break-fall, and was done.

That was it.  It was fun.  Here are some pictures (other than of the falling and stumbling part – being a participant, I wasn’t allowed to see before going, and I was one of the last to go)

The study authors also paid for us all to have new Burnaby Judo Club T-shirts (sweet) and paid to have two Judo Gi’s raffled off as door prizes.  I won one!  (Extra sweet!)

All in the name of science 🙂

Bring Back Pluto!!! – Vote rigged!

25 08 2006

Bring back Pluto!  We want Pluto!  Bring back Pluto!

OK, it’s not as dramatic as the title would indicate, but only 10% of eligible members voted in the vote to cast out poor Pluto.  Many couldn’t vote, because they weren’t in Prague on the last afternoon of a conference.  I’ve been to conferences.  The last afternoon is usually busy with people packing up, NOT voting to cast out a planet 😦

Bring back Pluto!  We want Pluto!  Bring back Pluto!

Farewell Pluto – We hardly knew ye.

24 08 2006

Pluto and Charon dancing during happier times:

Pluto is out.  Not good enough to be a planet they say <sniff>

All that memorizing in school – for naught.

Pluto’s speech after hearing the news.

Oh well – we’ve always got this guy:

By the definition applied by the IAU even EARTH won’t be a planet for long 😦

Sockeye Fishing in the Fraser River

11 08 2006

I was just looking at last year’s post.  In 2005 they didn’t even open the recreational fishery until September 1.  This year I’ve already had 5 days on the river.

Sure the fish aren’t exactly pounding up the river yet, but it’s nice to get an earlier opening to help reduce the daily fishing pressure on the river.   The coming weeks will likely keep getting better!

Tight Lines!


10 08 2006

It was a nostalgic evening tonight.  My inlaws will be moving out of their home of 18 years soon, which got me to thinking about things from the past (or recent past).  I found a couple of really good memories, and two that while happy, bring back sad thoughts too….

My first meeting with my (then future) wife:


4x4ing up by Black Tusk with my sister when she came to visit.  I took them to see the snow on a hot BC summer day


My sweet PC.  Gone, but never to be forgotten


And my mom who lost a battle with cancer all too soon in her life.   It was the anniversary of her passing away recently, and I still feel like I should be able to just pick up the phone and tell about things.  This picture is one of my last of her.  We had visited after Christmas with the family, and it was good to see her just sitting back and relaxing, given how tough everything had been.

While none of these pictures is “Fantastic”, or capture the light in any special way, in many ways they are some of the most important pictures of my life.  I’m glad I took them, and I’m glad that I can share them.

My Baby’s BACK!

2 08 2006

It’s been over 7 long weeks, but my camera is back from the evil villains at Canon Canada!

It’s BACK! It’s BACK! Happy Camera Dance!!!!!


Oooooh Yeah!!!!!!

1 08 2006


50 inches!

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