May 31, 2021

Cables, Calculators, and Cats


Episode 29 of Thank The Week for 31 May 2021
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Thank The Week. With your host, Craig Williamson.

Craig Williamson:

Hello, and welcome to Thank The Week. This is Episode 29 for the week of the 31st of may 2021. This is the positivity podcast with an upbeat roundup of new sports, tech entertainment and my own daily life. So coming up for you this week, we're going to revisit Prince William's impressive arm and COVID vaccinations, we're going to talk about giving you a break from football, but then still talk about football. I've got another guilty purchasing pleasure to share with you. And we've got some Photoshop fixes that I really recommend you take a look at. And to top it all off, it is my birthday weekend. So I'll be letting you know a little bit about my plans for that. So let's get started.

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News

Craig Williamson:

There had been a little bit of worry going around about the Indian variant of COVID. But there was some really good news last week, which was that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines were shown to be effective against that new strain of the virus, which is terrific news, really important that people get their second jab. So the findings showed that you do get some protection from the first jab. But it's all about the second one that really gives you were much stronger response. So yeah, really positive that we've got the protection there from the vaccines. And also there was news, this was in the New York Times that they were talking about potential for immunity to last for a considerable amount of time, actually. So if you were unfortunate enough to catch COVID, and then have the vaccine, they think you might have protection for quite a while according to a recent scientific study. If you've had a couple of doses of the vaccine, but you haven't been infected with COVID in the past, then it might be that you need a booster shot. I know that's still being talked about. But it may be that we need some boosters, but really positive that we're now understanding immunity and how that builds up over time. So I haven't given you vaccine stats for a while I'm sure you've missed out on those. So how many people in the world have been given at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, that total worldwide is now almost 800 million people who've had at least one dose in the US it is 165 million had at least one. And in the UK, it's approaching 14 million. So really positive there. Lots of vaccines going on. I have talked about the incentives going on in some usds, which I'm really impressed with. One of them was this $1 million lottery in Ohio. And they've actually come up with a nice name for that. It's called the Vax a million. And that's going on for the next few weeks. If you're in Ohio, and you get your vaccine, then you get entered for a lottery and you can win a million and other states to get getting in on it as well, Colorado have announced their own $1 million vaccine lottery, as has the state of Oregon. And there are other incentives as well. We talked about places giving out beer. Well, how about dinner with the governor of New Jersey? I'm not sure who the governor of New Jersey is. They better be a pretty sparkling conversation for that to be a big prize equivalent to a million dollars. But we'll see. But yeah, really impressive that a lot of incentives still going out there. And it's got me thinking so I've got my second jab coming up in about six weeks. And I read an article this week. You might remember last week I talked about Prince William and there was a nice still shot of him getting his vaccine. And he had quite an impressive arm I you know, I must admit, I was impressed with his triceps and biceps and all the other steps that he had everything going on. And yeah, it did make me think. Yeah, that was quite a quite an impressive look. So there was an article this week in the Daily Telegraph in the UK, where there were some hints and tips as to how you can look your best for what they call a princely monome. After Prince William, few things that you can do, obviously, you need to build up your muscles a bit now, I am not that well endowed in the muscle department. So yeah, so what you need to do, apparently, to see a noticeable difference in muscle size, it takes a minimum of six weeks of resistance training. Well, I'm just I've got six weeks before my second door so I might be alright there. We need to start hitting the gym that I've never had before in my life. But yeah, it might be worth it for all the photographers that are going to be there when I get my second dose. Also, there's a suggestion in this article that you might want to invest in a tan accelerator just to get that tan going on on your arm as well. And you know, a little bit of waxing doesn't go amiss as well. You know, if you've got a few stray hairs, you're going to look your best for these things. So some really good tips there. Not too sure I'll be taken on board but if you are keen to look your best for your vaccine, then check out that article. Links are in the show notes as ever. Thank the week.com slash 29

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

Having started last Sunday, the French Open tennis is now in full swing for the next two weeks so our Tennis Fans will be enjoying that. Also last week, there was big news in golf. Now for those of us who are getting on an edge, it's always encouraging when you see someone who's maybe a little bit older than you achieving something quite impressive. So this was the US PGA Championship, where Phil Mickelson became the oldest person to win one of golf's majors. And that was his sixth title of all time, and he's 50 years old. That's incredible. So really well done to Phil Mickelson, and with a birthday coming up. Obviously, that's a bit more in my thoughts. So well done to Phil Mickelson. Now before I get on to the football, little running tip I found out this week, this was a scientific study. And all you have to do if you want to run faster, if you want the secret, I'm going to tell you to run faster, just have a pink drink. Now some scientists in the University of Westminster did a study where they gave Renault's some liquids. And they gave two different types of liquids, you either got a clear liquid or a pink liquid. And there was a little bit of artificial sweetener in both of them. They were both last low calorie, but they were actually identical drinks. The only difference was the pink one, they just put a little food dye in to make it look pink. And what they found was that those who had the pink drink ran an average of 212 metres further. And their average speed increased by over 4%. And feelings of pleasure were also enhanced. So you know, you might want to have that drink for other activities too. But that that's just astounding, that shows you kind of the perception that we have of things. And if you think that you're taking something in that's going to help you, then it will help you even if perhaps there isn't anything in there that is going to give you any nutrition or make you run faster or whatever it might be. So yeah, some interesting science there for runners. Now football, if you live in Europe, maybe South America, you're going to get sick of football in the summer, because we've got some big tournaments coming up. And the Premier League has just finished. So what I'm here to tell you is if you don't like football, soccer, and you live in Europe or South America, then enjoy this next week, because this is the calm before the storm, if you like hopefully a lot of that football action will have subsided for you. And you can just relax because it's going to get a bit crazy after that, because we've got the European Championships, Euro 20, which they're still insisting on calling it euro 2020 is gonna start the following week, and also the copper America as well. So if you don't like soccer, then you're in for a bit of a rude awakening, unfortunately. So enjoy this week. But I will just briefly talk about football because you know, it wouldn't be to show what if I didn't talk about football. The Premier League finished Liverpool got into the Champions League, which I was absolutely delighted with, made all the hardships of the hit really worthwhile. Liverpool fans particularly struggling the team really struggling through the year. And with that huge Alison victory goal in injury time against West Brom that just just set us on the right path. We've got the wind we needed in the last game and we're in the Champions League for next season, which just means so much so that's really good news. We also had the Europa League final last week, where Manchester United unfortunately lost to Villareal It was a draw one or after extra time went to penalties. Every single player including the goalkeepers took a penalty. So it was 10 all the Villareal goalkeeper scored his to, to make it 1110 and then unfortunately COVID to hear the Manchester United goalkeeper missed his penalty, or had it said I should say, and that sent Manchester United out and give the title to Villareal. Now we've got the Champions League finals coming up at the time of recording, it's not happened yet by the time you listen to this, it will have happened as well the playoff to see who the team is who can join the Premier League next year. So lots of exciting football coming up this weekend, whether I'll get to watch too much, I'm not sure. But all that will be done and dusted. By the time you listen to this. Put your feet up if you don't like football, relax, try and enjoy a football free week. Having said that England do have a couple of friendlies in the build up to the euros. So just just quietly between me new Wednesday, second of June, England, Austria, and Sunday, the sixth of June England Romania. But other than that, forget about football. It's all over for this week, just relax. Forget about football, if you don't like it, you've got a week just to chill out.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

I've shared a few of my guilty purchasing pleasures with you over the last few months. I'm trying to think what I shared with you I think I did talk about my tendency to buy headphones and quite expensive headphones that that I do like a good torch. And I might have quite a few torches scattered around the house. Not all of which get used that frequently. Well, another guilty pleasure I have that I don't think we talked about is my love for cables. And my entire family know that I really get excited when when there's a new cable to be bought. So often you buy a new piece of tech and it's got a different socket and then you'll need a new cable whether it's to charge it or to connect it to your TV, whatever it might be. Now for some people that's a real inconvenience. For me. It's exciting because I get to go on Amazon and look at the wealth of products out there that can fulfil my cable needs. Do you get a braided cable Do you get a right angle or a left angle connectors on it? Do you get a very short cable, which makes your setup quite neat and tidy? What sort of length do you need? What sort of thickness? Do you get gold plated? You know, there's all these different decisions to be made. It's such a fun time. Anyway, why am I telling you this right now, it's because there's a new cable coming out that we should all be very excited about. USB C is now a pretty well established charging standard and used to power laptops as well as mobile phones. While they are upgrading you USB C to more than double its power. So the current specification for USB C can provide up to 100 watts of power, but they're going the next mile with version 2.1, is designed to deliver up to 240 watts of power, which is quite an incredible amount. So what that means is that with a USBC cable, it would need a new cable, our existing cables wouldn't be able to support this. And obviously, it would need a new power brick that could supply that amount of power. But it could be very soon that a lot more devices around the house are run from USB, whether it's a games console, or a DVD player, or maybe even a TV itself. And things like monitors as well could potentially be powered by USB C. So once we get to that point, then once you've got all these high capacity cables and charges everywhere, then they can still downgrade their power output and charge smaller devices as well. So then it just becomes that much simpler to plug things in, get things charged, and also connect things up as well. So I'm excited about a cable USBC upgrade is coming, you should get excited to something else to be excited about. If you're an Apple iOS user or an iPhone user, then version 14.6 of iOS and iPad OS came out last week, you should be able to find that update. If you go into your settings. Now, it's got a few minor things in there. If you're an apple card holder, then you've now got the ability to share that card with up to five people with Apple card family. It's introduced support for Apple podcasts, subscription services, there's a few new features for the air tags, and a few additional accessibility features as well. So if you have an iPhone or an iPad, get that update to iOS or iPad, iOS 14.6 this week,

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

I did preview the Friends reunion last week, and I wasn't sure if it was going to be shown in the UK. But they seem to have done a deal at the last minute. So it was actually shown on Sky one in the UK, as well as being on HBO max in the US. Hopefully you enjoyed that. I haven't a chance to watch it yet. But now I know it's available here. I will check it out. If you want to know what's in store, there was a good article actually on BBC News, which had 10 of the best moments from the friends reunion. So if you want to check that out, the link is it the shownotes thank the week.com slash 29. Now a couple of different things for entertainment reasons. This week, I've got a couple of websites to recommend. Now the first one is a guy who's really good with Photoshop. So Photoshop is the software that people can use to edit their digital photos. Now, this guy is so good with Photoshop, that people send him their own pictures, people from around the world, sent him their pictures and asked him to fix things that happened. So imagine you've got a wonderful holiday picture of you on the beach. But in the picture, when you actually go back and look at it. It's got a man stood behind you and he's poking out the top of your head. So that's a bit frustrating, isn't it? So one example is a lady sent him a picture of her and her friends on the beach. Yes, there's a little man in the distance in the sea popping out of her head. And she said to this gentleman who's called James Fridman, she said it seems I have a boy in my head, can you remove it? So what this guy does is he then comically does something that's a little bit unexpected. So he actually in the picture, then removed her head rather than removing the man behind her head. So you've got this beautiful image of a headless lady with her friends, and the guy still there in all the Splenda in the water. So this guy has got lots of examples. So I read this article on a website called my modern met. But I also found James Fridman's own website, which you can visit at Jim's friedman.com. Again, I'll put a link in the show notes. Thank the week.com slash 29. So why am I telling you about this? Well, it's quite entertaining to see a few images like that he does take things literally. The other nice thing about this guy is he does have people posting pictures of themselves complaining about perhaps they've got a skin complaint, they've got really bad acne and they say, Oh, please, could you make me look, you know, in courts normal. And rather than actually changing those images, he just replies with the exact same image and tells people that they should love who they are and they're beautiful and it is just quite inspirational the way he does that. So he's very funny, but at the same time, very down to earth and very good at not using Photoshop for kind of body shaming or or changing people unnecessarily. But the one that really caught my thought was just really clever. Just really tickles my fancy. This guy sent a picture of himself so there's a man stood in front of a wall I appreciate this is difficult to disk. On a podcast, you'll have to follow the link, scroll through and find this. But there's a man up against a wall. So kind of a concrete wall. And he stood there leaning back with a big smile on his face. He's got some sunglasses, he's got a moustache. And he's got a fanny pack around his neck or a bum bag, as we call them. And he sent this to James Freedman, and he said, Hi, James, well, you made me look like a bad boy, you know, I guess perhaps wanting, I don't know whether you wanted some weapons or what you wanted. But, but what James has actually done is on that concrete wall behind this guy, he's just got a sign. So he hasn't changed anything about the guy at all. But you just put this sign on the back of the wall right behind this guy that says no sunglasses, no fanny packs, no tattoos, no moustache. And he sent it back to the guy and just said, The police are on their way. And I just thought that was so clever, so intelligent, I really like that. So if that's your kind of thing, have a look at the link. And you can flick through and see lots of examples of his fine work with Photoshop. Now the second website, and I found this only today, and I'll describe the scenario, I had a little bottle of cola. And this is a very small bottle, it's 250 millilitres in a plastic bottle. And it wasn't stored in the fridge and I wanted to drink it. And I wanted to drink it chilled. So I asked Google, you know, how long is it going to take to chill this thing, and I thought I could put it in the freezer, I don't want to leave it too long and have it go all frosty and go to slosh or freeze or explored. But similarly, I don't want to get it out before it's chilled enough. And I came across this website called Omni calculator, Omni calculator calm is a website. And he's got a bunch of calculators for all of life's problems. So some very practical things like if you want to work out whether it's good value to pay off your mortgage, for example, it's got things there. If you want to do some simple measures, conversions, it's got all that in there. But it's basically just got hundreds of calculators in a whole host of topics that will solve your everyday problems. And the one I found was perfect is called a chilled drink calculator. And someone's devised this who is a PhD student so they obviously know their stuff. So you select what you want to cool. So I picked a soft drink. But you could have other things wine, beer and spirits one but soft drink, what sort of bottle is it in? So I picked a small plastic bottle of 250 millilitres about eight and a half ounces. It says where is the drink currently currently stored or what temperature? So I put it at 20 Celsius 68 Fahrenheit, which is about the room temperature in the house, that now it says Where did you put the drink. So I wanted to put it in the freezer. So I said freezer, and then you pick what temperature you want to drink. So he tells me the optimal temperature is 4.5 Celsius or 50 Fahrenheit. Or if I want it very cold academic at two degrees Celsius 36 finite, so I went for optimal. And then he told me, it will take approximately 47 minutes for your drink to reach this temperature. Wow. So I put it in, set my countdown for 45 minutes saying I did went and got the drink out and it was just perfect. It was it was nailed on, I almost got a thermometer out just to just to add some science to this. This website even shows you a little graph of how the temperature is going to drop over time. And then I changed it to say well what if I wanted it very cold. And he told me it would probably take an extra 15 minutes but it was perfect and it was just a wonderful way to chill you drink so if you ever want to quickly chilli drink, this particular calculator is good. But if you've got any other problems in life, you know calculators mathematic science can solve a lot of things. So I really recommend Have a look at Omni calculator.com

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Life

Craig Williamson:

As you are listening to this, last weekend was my birthday weekend. Happy birthday to me. So I've already had my birthday. But as I'm recording this, I'm recording it before my birthday. Because I want to make sure I've got the time available to spend with basically family this weekend. We've got some pretty exciting plans. I think any kind of plans are pretty exciting compared to the last year when none of us have really done much. But yeah, we're really looking forward to this weekend. We've got my wife's parents are coming down because it is also my wife's birthday. And my mother is coming down as well. And yeah, they're going to stay down in the area for the entire long weekend. We've got bank holiday on Monday. So we've got a day off work on Monday have kids have got all next week of school actually, which is good for them. And yeah, we're just going to enjoy spending some time together. The weather has suddenly perked up, as it always seems to do around our birthday time, which is very nice to see. So the sun's been out today. Hopefully it's going to be nice and you know, nice is going to be kind of high teens Celsius. So hopefully mid to high 60s Fahrenheit is what we're looking for. But yeah, so we're going to probably have a few meals here. Maybe do a little barbecue in the garden one evening. We're certainly planning on Saturday to go to the beach somewhere and go to the seaside. Henry is desperate to get in the ocean and I'm sure with a bit of sunshine out he'll have even more fun. So yeah, we're just really looking forward to a fun family weekend. presents. Well maybe I'll I'll talk a bit about that next week. You know, when you get to a bit of a more mature edge, it tends to be buying presents for yourself or, or picking out specific things that you want. But there are a few things I'm quite excited about. So I don't want to count my chickens. So I will maybe update you on that next week after my birthday weekend.

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

This week, is my book of the month of June. So it's a book I read in May, that I recommend for you to read in June. It's called Nevermoor. And it's actually the first of a series of three, I never realised that it wasn't as serious until when I finished the book and found that it said, read the second book, but it's called nevermore, the trials of Morrigan Crow. And it's by Jessica Townsend. In the first book, which I think you really should read them in order if you're wanting to read them. The blurb is, "step boldly, Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her 11th birthday. But as the clock strikes midnight, she is whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupiter north and taken to the secret city of Nevermore. There, she's invited to join the wondrous society, mystery, magic and protection of hers, if she can earn the pass for impossible trials, using an exceptional talent, which she doesn't have dot, dot, dot." I really enjoyed the first book because it never got boring. So each chapter that I read, every time I read it, there was something interesting going on, that happened inside the big story. Because sometimes you just have the big story. And it's just one big story. And it's just all leading up to that. And that's what did happen. But they had smaller, much shorter stories inside it. And what I like about these sorts of books is that they don't tell you everything about the main character at the start of the book, you learn more and more about the character as you get further into the book. So right now I'm actually I think I'm right in the middle of the second book, and that one there, all three are really thick books, but I really suggest this these three books. So the first book is called Nevermoor The Trials Of Morrigan Crow. The second book is called Wundersmith. And the third book is called Hollowpox. The author is Jessica Townsend.

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Random

Craig Williamson:

If you have a sweet tooth, then this might be the week for you. But let's start off healthily, Wednesday, June the second is running day. You know, I'm a runner, I'm big into my running. So really good day Wednesday, to go out and enjoy a run. I think the Stonehenge Striders are probably going out Wednesday night, so I might have to try and join them. Let's see whether they they know that it is running there. So that's Wednesday, June, the second is running there. Wednesday, June the second is also as a counterbalance to the running it's Rocky Road day. So I believe rocky road is actually more like an ice cream, which includes marshmallows, chocolate and nuts in it. But more recently, it's become kind of a a brownie type affair. So kind of chocolate with broken biscuits and marshmallows and nuts and sometimes some dried fruit in there as well. Dawn and Harper have been cooking up a storm recently and they've made several really good batches of Rocky Road. We don't generally like notes and things so there's no nuts in it, and they don't like dried fruit either. So this is essentially crushed up biscuits or cookies with lots of chocolate and lots of marshmallows as well. And then you let it set in the fridge. Makes a delicious, sweet treat. So go out for a run on Wednesday and then enjoy rocky road. They're also on Wednesday Friday, June the fourth is Cuddle Your Cat day. So for those of you with a pussy, now is the time to give it a good stroke and enjoy spending that special time with your cat on hug your cat day, Friday, June the fourth And then we'll finish with another special reason to celebrate Friday, June the fourth it is Donut Day. One of my favourite sweet treets. I'm really getting into the rocky road I must say but doughnuts are a good old favourite. You can't beat American donut. So in the UK Krispy kremes are the best undisputed and I haven't really yet found anyone else who can make it quite like it. I like the glazed ring donut so nothing in it. Nothing fancy on top, just plain glazed. You cannot be a Krispy kremes donut in the US. You can get them everywhere from tonnes of different places. It's like burgers the US have got just they've just got the best food. But what I thought would be interesting was seeing if my new friend Omni calculator could help us with the donuts and Omni calculator does indeed have a donut calculator so you can find out what you need to do to burn off the donut calories which maybe you don't Quite want to hear but I'm going to tell you anyway. So let's say I have one glazed ring donut, which is my favourite tells me that's 230 calories, I have to tell you what my weight is. And then I have to tell it what sort of activity I want to do. And there are some pretty explicit ones in there actually, cuddling, romantic dancing being perhaps some of the less explicit, if you want to know how long it would take you to burn that off. Let's just pick sweet kisses. So if you're enjoying some sweet kisses, it would take you an hour and a half to burn off a donut. But you know, not a bad way to burn off a donut. If you were merely cuddling someone that will take you about two and a half hours to burn it off. But I think the best option for me is if you're actually just having relaxing sleep, while you burn it off in five hours. So maybe you just have a doughnut and then go to bed that that just seems the obvious solution to me. So however you burn it off, enjoy one or more donuts on donut day on Friday, June the fourth. A huge thank you for listening this week. Links to all the stories are in the show notes at thank to week.com slash 29. Please connect with me on twitter, instagram or facebook at ThankTheWeek. And if you just want to send me a traditional message, you can do that at the website, www.ThankTheWeek.com and I look forward to hearing from you. So thank you very much for joining me and I look forward to seeing you again next week. Goodbye!

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