James May + Meccano vs the TT course

The Isle of Man TT course: a grueling 60km+ course which most professional riders can complete in around 20 minutes. It will take a bit longer for James May‘s latest endevour though. He’s attempting to lap the course in a bike made entirely out of Meccano, a kids’ modelling system typically used to build small toys and anything else you can imagine. Here he is taking off from the start line:

Should be shown on TV around Xmas time. Fantastic stuff!

Dr. Alin Alkass Known as the sensitive dentist opens new off

Dr. Alin Alkass has opened his own dental practice on Elston Avenue in Chicago after working with other dentists for seven years. His new office is called Smiles on Elston, and his aim is for all his patients to smile when they attend their dentist appointments and leave with a beautiful smile.

Dr. Alkass earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the New York University College of Dentistry in 2005 and hasn’t stopped educating himself on the latest techniques and advancements in dentistry. He is also a member of the local, state and national dental associations and societies and keeps close contact with innovations in the field.

When people visit a dentist’s office, they are usually tense and expecting pain. Alin Alkass knows this from his own experience and after years of working with patients in the Chicago area. He believes that a happy experience at the dentists will promote better dental health. He has learned that when he explains the issues clearly and suggests the possible solutions, his patients relax and feel they have some control over their problems.

People who don’t dread visiting the dentist, tend to take better care of their teeth and get regular check-ups. Getting check-ups on a regular basis is the best preventative treatment for avoiding serious, complicated and expensive dental procedures.

With today’s advanced dental procedures, there is more than one way to handle missing teeth, crooked teeth, stained and chipped teeth as well as serious infection and tooth extraction. Dr. Alkass makes sure his patients understand the possible solutions, and he also recommends what he thinks is the best option.

The patients of Dr. Alkass regularly give him ten out of ten for his care and attention as well as quality of work. One patient said Dr. Alin Alkass really knows his stuff. The bridge he put looks and feels great. Another patient said I don’t mind going to the dentist any more. Another said, we sincerely appreciate the professionalism and care Dr. Alin Alkass gives to each member of our family. We have recommended him to friends and other family members because of our satisfaction.

Dental insurance is another complicated issue for many people. The staff in the office helps explain dental insurance policies to patients. One person writes, I used to be afraid of going to the dentist after I had my wisdom teeth removed in the army. Visiting Dr. Alkass was a completely different experience. He was understanding and gentle, and the lady at the front desk explained my insurance in a clear way. I learned a lot that day.

Dentistry has come a long way from the days of fear and pain. Dr. Alkass has made it his mission to treat his patients with the gentle care, consideration and respect that makes them look forward to dentist appointments. It is his experience that these are the people who have the best oral health and, therefore, the best overall health. He and the staff at Smiles on Elston encourage everyone to leave their fears behind.

The Japanese Nuclear Crisis Explained – in a cartoon!

Here’s an interesting cartoon I came across, aimed at explaining the Japanese nuclear crisis in the way that kids could understand. The great thing about it is that there are some concepts that even some adults don’t know: how the crisis compares the the Three Mile Island Incident and the Chernobyl ones, what the risks really are, etc.


Who’s going to win?

Gambling Man
Creative Commons License photo credit: kagey_b

It’s been interesting seeing the Online Gaming companies in the Isle of Man go from strength to strength. I was aware that there were a couple of companies operating a sportsbook in the Isle of Man; but I am pretty surprised, not only that they’re still around, but at the growth that they have experienced. The thing is that we are going through a recession, so a number of companies have grown smaller, or even succumbed to the bad times; but online sports betting seems to be on the rise, which is really bucking the trend.

I do know that there are also quite a large number of gaming companies located in Malta. I don’t really know all the details, but what it boils down to is that different countries offer incentives to companies to come, set up shop, employ members of the local workforce and pump money into the economy. It’s quite a good proposition, if you can avert attention from the moral pros and cons of online gaming. Still, an online sportsbook possibly is easier to justify as it’s not purely a game of chance. People following a sport can usually make an educated guess as to the outcome of an event. What do you think? Are you for or against?

A great use of ultrasound

I don’t tend to blog much about medical technology, but I did come across something that was interesting, especially for us blokes. It’s about prostrate cancer, which is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men. A lot has been written about prostrate cancer, but not being a doctor, a lot of it just goes above my head. I’m more interested in whether a treatment exists and what it’s about. Typically, this involves surgical treatment and operations are fraught with hazards and complications.

Well, I came across a pioneering treatment by Dr Bert Vorstman called HIFU which stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound which is a non-invasive therapy that doesn’t involve radiation and has lower side effects than traditional treatments.

It’s interesting to see new technologies develop in spheres I’m unfamiliar with. Who knows, it may affect my quality of life one day!