Twittering Peas and Flickr

Well, I did it.

I returned to flickr after an extended Hiatus.

That’s about all there is to say about that for now. I uploaded a few pics (of my kids!) and added a pea pic to Frozen Pea Friday in support of Susan Reynolds.

I think it’s great to see the support that has cropped up so quickly for Susan, and also nice to see that twitter came through again as the catalyst that really allowed this to happen.

It’s always nice to see people come together and unite for something they believe in, and Twitter has shown itself to be an excellent medium for spreading-the-word.

On a side, but related, note (with odd timing)…

I heard on the radio the other day that the Canadian Doctors Association among other Canadian health type organizations, no longer recommend that women give themselves regular breast exams.

Apparently they are now saying that there’s no significant evidence that regular self-exams increases the chance of finding cancer.

What it is doing though is significantly increasing the number of false-positive cases (where women have found benign lumps I assume) which result in biopsies; which, according to the report I heard, can be very painful and always leaves a scar.

The report did continue to say that yearly mamograms were the preferred way to go.

Personally, it sounds to me like this is a report skewed in the favour of the government and the established doctors community. (For instance, it almost sounds like the system is concerned more about paying (God bless Social Health Care!?) for all the biopsies than worrying about early detection.)

Hey, I may be jaded against medical systems run like a business; but I was shocked when I heard the report… After all, I would think that 10, or 20 (or more) false negatives is a fair price to pay to catch 1 or 2 cases of cancer in it’s early stages!

I’d be interested to know what others thought about the new view on self exams…

If I had one nugget to share with Susan Reynolds it would be this:

The human body is an incredible machine, influenced heavily by our spirit, which is in turn fed by love, laughter and the support of others. I don’t know you, nor have I talked to you (although I have read your blog and twitters), but it seems like you have everything you need to see you through the tough time immediately ahead. And for what it’s worth, there are complete strangers, thousands of miles away, who are thinking about you, and sharing your story with others.

** Some of the Topic & Conversation Links:

Susan ReynoldsBoobs on Ice

On Twitter

Robert Scoble

Connie Reece

Chris Brogan

Jon Swanson

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Now With More Audio

I just added OdioGo to my blog and would love to hear what you think of the service!

I’ve always gotten a kick out of listening to computer voices try and read things I type in, so on one hand I’m enjoying the service for purely selfish reasons. :)

On the other hand, its a great way to provide extra content and better accessability options to your blog. And it’s completely free. (With a little inserted advertisment of course, but I think that’s a fair trade for the service.)

It’s like having an instant Podcast:

http://podcasts.odiogo.com/michaelvaliant-com/podcasts-xml.php . (Just copy this link into your favourite podcast client to recieve my blog in audio format; or click on any of the links on the audio player at the top of each post for more options.)

My Odiogo home page can be found here:

http://podcasts.odiogo.com/michaelvaliant-com/podcasts-html.php .

I’ll write again once I’ve had a chance to comb through the features a little more, but I have to say I’m completely impressed so far!

What do you think?

Robot Voice

Now with more Robot!

** Updates -

Wow! The audio was ready and available within seconds! Very impressive.

Unfortunately I will need to be more careful with punctuation now. Periods are VERY important when a computer is reading back your writing. :)

(Img by DRP)