Chronic sinus condition is over!

For several years now I’ve had a chronic sinus condition, probably allergy related but not sure about that. For some reason, this last week something changed and I believe the thing is actually over as I am breathing normally – YAY! 🙂

I suspect it’s a combination of things that is responsible for my recovery. Chief among them is fruit smoothies and using Neil Med’s Sinus Rinse with sea salt (about 3/4 of a teaspoon) and warm water. In regards to the sinus rinse bottle, I’ve found it makes a big difference to use it with the mouth open. This opens the Eustachian tube and allows for maximum water movement. For those suffering from a bad sinus condition, you have my sympathies — it can be really miserable. Hopefully, the fruit smoothie / sinus rinse regimen will work for you too!

It's a Small World – cut from WWDC Apple playback

Like many others trying to follow along with the WWDC online, I wound up using a combination of sites to get as close as possible to the action: MacRumorsLive, Engadget and iphonealley. Both during and after Jobs presentation, I wondered why Apple didn’t simply provide this broadcast. I *think* now I know why — it’s called editing.

As some of you may recall, during the segment where Jobs was showing how many countries were going to be getting the iPhone, the Disney song “It’s a Small World” played in the background. Curiously, in the Apple broadcast of the WWDC the song has been cut. We watch the 67 countries names in silence.

Now, why is that? Did Apple not get permission? Did some editor decide it sounded lame? hmmm… please Apple, do tell.

Flutemakers Guild – History

For those interested about Flutemakers Guild, here’s a PR blurb from them (circa 1986)

The Flutemakers Guild was founded in 1961 as the result of a number of craftsmen breaking away from a very famous flutemaking firm that was being absorbed by a larger organization. It was felt that the individuality needed to produce a handmade flute of the highest quality would be lost when the heavy hand of “big business” took over.

Contact was made with the Lord Mayor of London (who had played flute as a young man) and he suggested the owner of a gold and silversmithing company, Mr. C. S. Padgett, might be able to help with premises and finance, this he did and became, and still is, our director. These first premises were at 48 Broadwick Street, London, W. 1. where we stayed until 1974 when these premises were sold and the move was made to our present address, 10 Shacklewell Road, London, N. 16.

The Guild was formed to carry on the tradition of making flutes in the ways that had produced the fine British flutes of earlier years, this we like to think we are still doing! Of the original seven craftsmen who started regrettably we are now down to two, various people having been trained and gone on to other flute firms, but we are still going and producing handmade instruments. The remaining two members are Chris Bouckley, trained by us and with us for nine years and Harry Seeley, founder member and flutemaker for thirty six years – maybe one day we will train some more flutemakers, who can say!

Because of the way we work we are able to produce, to order, any instrument of the flute family from piccolo to C Bass in any of the precious metals. Wood flutes and piccolos are also available, one of these being the Thinned Wood flute, the body of which is about half the thickness of a normal wood flute, the tone holes being left raised out of the wood instead of being cut in. This instrument may seem an oddity in this age of mass production but it illustrates that the skills to make them are still available.

In the last few years much talk in the flute world has been about “modern scales” which we have tried to keep in line with, our type of manufacture lends us very easily to accommodate anyone who has the desire for a scale of his or her own design. We like to think that in these times of the “hard sell” and “in built obsolescence,” players can come to us to order a handmade flute that really is made by hand and will last a lifetime.

Live blogging the WWDC – winners and losers

Since I couldn’t attend the WWDC in person, I tried to the next best thing – watch it on the web. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a live video stream but instead found sites attempting the next best thing, live blogging. My first choice was TechCrunch, but it fell apart in a number of ways and so I wound up using Engadget (and thanks to Elisa Camahort), MacRumorsLive and iphonealley. What was interesting about this was that unlike TechCrunch, MacRumorsLive and Engadget both were well prepared and intelligently set up to deal with the task — namely getting the info to us! TechCrunch came off as if they had never done one of these things before! — with page layout and loading problems galore. So frustrating that, rather than miss out on the show completely, I ended up quickly scrambling to find alternatives. Thankfully, MacRumorsLive and Engadget were there to cover what TechCrunch couldn’t

However, the real star was iphonealley and the audio provided. Being able to hear in real time Steve Jobs talking about the iPhone on iphonealley, supplemented by nice up-to-date photos from Engadget and promptly updated commentary from MacRumorsLive, made the experience. Why Apple can’t just go ahead and broadcast live escapes me. Hopefully, one day they will.

Will you be buying the new iPhone?

With the highly anticipated announcement of a 3G iPhone just three days from now, I’m curious how many current iPhone owners are planning to buy the new model (and what your plans are for the ‘old’ one — put it on eBay? give it to a family member or friend?). At this point, I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy since I use my iPhone a lot! Anything to make it faster would be welcome. You?