I haven’t been a very active* listener to Jesse Case’s “Jessie Vs Cancer” podcast but have heard every episode and it has made a real impact. I first heard Jesse as a co-host on the “Probably Science” podcast but he started “Jesse Vs Cancer” to document life after being diagnosed with (in his words) “Stage IV arse cancer of the arse”.
He doesn’t hold back in these podcasts and somehow kept on recording them through the worst of surgery, chemo and radiation therapy (thankfully all successful so far). It’s been an incredible journey and I really admire Jesse for sharing it. For me it was also an interesting insight into someone facing a truly life threatening illness without having a religious faith for comfort.
Not long after my last birthday a strange package arrived in the post from the Waitakere District Health board. I’ve reached the age range to qualify for a free Bowel Cancer screening programme they are running (a trial prior to it becoming a national programme). It just involves collecting a small sample of poo on a probe (seen in their photo right) and posting** it back for analysis.
So that’s why one morning — on the way to work — I thought about Jesse as I popped the special envelope into the mail box. If the result had come back positive I might have done my own podcast. Happily, their reply means I won’t need to do that.***
* I have listened, RT’d or replied to a few of his tweets and donated but never got involved in the forums or email.
** They have a special packaging and permission to do this for the trial!
*** Although the usual mass screening caveats apply, single sample, potential false results etc mean even with a negative outcome you should still watch for symptoms and do follow up tests.
I'm walking Alfie, in damp wintry West Auckland, and a buzz on my wrist* lets me know exactly where B is cycling in Japan. I remember, and it wasn't that long ago, when this was science fiction. Isn't technology wonderful.
He said wouldn’t be getting a Ticket so I thought, just in case, I should. You can’t buy 43 (there are only 40 numbers) but I got all the rest along with the all important ($20 million this week) Powerball number 4.
Ten minutes before the Canadian Grand Prix start I noticed Sebastian’s brilliant new PitlaneOne F1 app was showing an incorrect lap count on the live timing. The race hadn’t started but the counter showed Lap 2/70 (left).
I grabbed a screen shot and at 05:50am (NZ Time) sent him (in Germany) an email. Just 8 minutes later, and 2 minutes before the start, the counter came right and I got an “I fixed it” confirmation email.
Less than 8 minutes to log a bug (from New Zealand) and see the correction appear is a pretty fine response rate and the same sort of dedication and care is apparent throughout the app.
PitlaneOne: The App
This is a new Universal Windows 10 app that runs on PC and Windows Mobile showing Formula 1 calendar, results, stats and live timing (using the public timing feed).
PitlaneOne: Start menu tiles
You can pin several tiles to the start menu giving news, live times (or schedule between sessions) and standings.
PitlaneOne: The detail
The main page has a configurable news feed (pick from presets or add any RSS feed) and standings, next race and season details in tiles. Click a tile for a full screen details page
Team details includes stats and links to Driver/Team social media accounts
Circuit details includes weekend results for practice, qualifying and race once complete.
PitlaneOne: Live Timing and more
The live timing screen includes a Comments (from Autosport Live) or Twitter option.
The Twitter integration is great. Connect your account to see your own live feed, or Twitter list. You can reply, retweet and ‘heart’ tweets on the timeline.
The Tweet button allows response (without leaving the timing screen) and optionally tags your tweets with #F1 and the current race name (configure the variables in Settings).
PitlaneOne: Formula 1 in your calendar!
A settings calendar option creates Windows Calendar events for all the practice, qualifying and race sessions!
Overall a brilliant app which shows Microsoft Universal Platform off at its best.
The ‘new’ (not by the time I posted this) Fiat 500 TwinAir meets its older sibling. While the new one would be fine as an everyday car the old 500, or Bambina as it was known in NZ, is one for my “When I win Lotto garage”.