Friday, June 20, 2008

4 KM in 27.45 minutes

Its been a week into my third attempt to far very good again! My pockets are lighter, saved atleast Rs. 320, can smell my hair well enough to say that i need to shampoo today (!) and most of all, i feel much calmer and dont have that crazy knocking feeling ( it used to be around most of my day - anxiousness) in my head anymore.

Clocked 4 KM in 27.45 minutes (meaning an average running speed of 8.7 KM per Hr). Would want to start clocking 5 KM in 30 min by next week (would require avg running speed of 10kmph!) The world record by the way is a few seconds less that 13 Minutes...meaning an average running speed of 23.1 kmph !

Monday, June 16, 2008

Nicotine Junkies - Just one day at a Time

Smokers didn't suck tissue destroying tar composed of over 4,000 chemicals including ammonia, formaldehyde, arsenic, butane, hydrogen cyanide, lead, mercury, vinyl chloride, methane or vast quantities of carbon monoxide into our body because they wanted to watch each puff destroy a bit more of their capacity to receive and circulate life-giving oxygen.
They did so to get to the nicotine.
  • Nicotine is a colorless, odorless, organic-based alkaloid in the same family as cocaine, morphine.
  • It is a super toxin and a natural insecticide that was sold in the U.S. as Black Leaf 40.
  • The lethal dose needed to kill a 160 pound human is 2-3 drops or about 60mg.
  • Drop for drop it is more deadly than strychnine (75mg), diamond back rattlesnake venom (100mg), arsenic (200mg) or cyanide (500mg).
  • Imagine 1mg of nicotine, the average amount delivered into the bloodstream by smoking just one cigarette, being sufficient to kill the largest rat you have ever seen (1-2 lbs.).
  • Is it any wonder that a recent study suggests that nicotine gradually destroys brain gray matter?

Except for the fact that , the type of high experienced and the fact that nicotine is legal, smokers are truly drug addicts, just as much as the addicts that fill jails and prisons across the world.

To break free from smoking, you don’t need mountains of will power. It takes following only simple rule - JUST ONE DAY AT A TIME , no nicotine in any form, Never Take another Puff, Dip, or Chew or patch of anything that’s got NICOTINE!

Thats what iam doing now - one day at a time, once again - recording my 3rd attempt to quit - Day 4 - Last Smoke on 12th June, 2008 at 8 PM.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Whats with the Oil Prices

Someone said...finally beer is cheaper than Drink! Dont Drive!
Here is my piece on what's driving these prices. The perspective of this "paper" is to give you a general, global macro idea, with one or two interesting pieces of data - good enough to make you sound intelligent while having conversations with the Office's Corner Room people . So here goes!
Oil Prices
Mid 80’s it was $25 per barrel; in 2005 it was $40 and then $50. briefly exceed $75 in the middle of 2006; per barrel maximum of $138.83 was reached on June 6, 2008. Sustained prices at these levels could mean recession similar to that in the early 80’s. Whats driving these prices?
1) Demand
a) World population is growing faster than oil production- by 2030, its expected to be double that of 1980.
b) Growing demand from establishing countries like China and India. Eg: China has seen oil consumption grow by 8% yearly since 2002, doubling from 1996-2006 (doubling rate of less than 10 years)

2) Supply
a) Limited amount of fossil fuel and remaining accessabile supply is consumed more rapidly every year. Remaining reserves become more technically difficult to extract and therefore more expensive
b) Political turbulence – problems in the middle east, Venezuela and west Africa (Nigeria)

3) Financial Speculation (This is the big one!)
Current world consumption of oil at 87 million bpd is far exceeded by the "paper market" for oil, which equals about 1.36 billion bpd, or more than 15 times the actual market demand. So you can imagine.

4) Effect of US Dollar on Oil
The price of oil is closely tied to the value of the US dollar because oil is traded in dollars. This has led to concern among some economists that the principal earned from the sale of oil may lose value in the long run if the US dollar loses real value.

Sounds so "economiksy".... and it looks good on my blog! i love it.