A poem I wrote in 1998 to two good friends who lost a baby just a few days after birth.
Mere words are never enough
We wish we were there to hold you and share in your loss
In this bittersweet time as Jesus takes your precious daughter to a better place
We hold you up in our prayers
Our love for you is not as strong as His
Let His arms enfold you and strengthen you in ways we never could
The life of your daughter was short
But she touched our lives in a very special way
May she sing with the angels in heaven tonight in praise to God
© Timothy Miller 1998
Like most people I have lots of little stressors, things to think about and do, tasks and responsibilities. Nothing exciting there.
So its really nice when i can escape the morass of dealing with life and go and experience moments of full immersion in the outdoors. Today was one of those days. I was conscious of completely ignoring email, phone calls, clients, finances, staff and other things. I was completely in the moment, struggling with the pain in my legs, exulting in the adrenalin, revelling in the speed, the control and the fun of pelting downhill flat out, the detail of the tyre tracks on the ground in front of me, even the bluish green shine to large pieces of animal dung.
Today I joined a ride that was supposed to be a 68km round trio from Beerburrum to Woodford and back through the Glasshouse mountains. I didn’t make it back because i suffered some mild heat issues, and some major cramping. Didn’t stop me riding the first half though. and I loved every minute of not being in my home office.
Right now I’m loving being in the office with the aircon running and a cold drink at hand!
Here are some pics i got with the mobile while on the ride.
And a little video of the steepest uphill climb.
And finally here is the map and data from Strava.
This also applies to Office 2007 and 2010. Based on my original post Feb 2004 relating to Office 2003 and prior.
Most people know how to use copy and paste in Office. Or do they? Right click a selected item(s) and copy, then right click the destination and paste.
That is definitely the slow way. Keyboard people know about Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V for Copy and Paste. (or CTRL+Insert / Shift +Insert)
New Office, (2007, 2010, 2013) uses the Paste button in the ribbon to provide access (though there is still keyboard access with ALT+E+S).
Once you have something in the clipboard with the copy command, clicking the little arrow below Paste Icon in the ribbon gives you a lot more options. Each office application is slightly different as to what you get.
Word has less options than Excel. Powerpoint and Outlook, Live Writer and Publisher etc. all use this feature differently. However each of them allow you to strip metadata (formatting etc.) from the actual text and just paste the text. This extremely useful when copying text from a web page, PDF file or some other heavily formatted document.
And clicking the Paste Special link at the bottom brings up the traditional dialog box.
Ill take you through the main ones for Excel.
You can also combine options from each section as per the example below.
Sometimes you get to meet the most amazing ordinary blokes. Richard Bowles is one of those quiet types, doesn't push himself forward, not brash or loud, yet there’s a quiet air of forcefulness and purpose about him. I guess running 84km a day for 12 days straight as he’s planning to do needs that.
I first met Richard last year as he was 2,500km into his running of the 5,330km Australian Bicentennial National Trail, or the BNT. He completed that in an amazing 5.5 months. First to do it. Raised awareness for SANE Australia charity.
I went out to the closest point on the trail to where I lived at Blackbutt and met Rich and Vicky, spent a lovely morning with them photographing them and sharing in their adventures for half a day. You can read that story here.
He backed up from the BNT with the Te Araroa national trail of NZ 3,054km of ruggedness that made the BNT look like a walk in the park – crocodiles not included. Record setting 64 days again.
And now he's off to do the Israel National Trail – with yet another record to be achieved. And this time its going to be an average of 84km a day for 12 days straight.
I interviewed Richard today over lunch and was really struck by the mans intensity, his purpose and his unquenchable desire to live in the moment, fully experience the surroundings and cast off the dross of life. To run on trails that are thousands of years old, where Jesus walked, that are steeped in history and meet all sorts of interesting people.
But as the video below will show there is a lot more work that goes on in the months leading up to the short 12 days of running that is a lot harder than running 84km a day for 12 days. Even just typing that hurts! Thinking about it hurts! Richard doesn’t shy away from the fact that it hurts either. But he’s a man that’s driven to succeed, and quitting just isn’t in his vocabulary.
I recorded the interview on my phone and camera but not all of it got onto the video. So some of the questions and answers below are not in the video.
I asked Richard a bunch of really hard hitting serious questions, and got some equally serious (bulls&*t) answers.
I also trialled a new video technique where the person who is being interviewed has their thumb in focus but their face is half missing off in the distance. Fascinating watching their thumb talk. In part 2 I swapped this style for a more traditional (boring) “video the persons face” technique.
I interviewed Rich with tough questions like:
Q When you are fatigued, what does the tree look like?
A The tree is way more beautiful when you are fatigued.
Seriously though, its more about how when fatigued he focuses on what he's doing so much more intently, little droplets of water, trees, things around him take focus and how the other stuff in life becomes less. Richard really enjoys running in the bush, and out in the open spaces.
Q Was your GPS tracker tied to your hydration bladder?
A Obviously not – i lost it 25 km into the first day in NZ – no one noticed I was standing still for a long time.
Q How do you cope with the dangerous river crossings?
A Crossed the Daintree waist deep with crocodiles – hoping they ate someone the day before and weren’t hungry.
Q What do you eat when running?
A Best thing I scored was a packet of Tim Tams in a rubbish bin at a hut.
Q Who's supporting you in Israel?
A “My Partner Vicki – that has lots of complications” breaks into nervous laughter and says “Love you!” suck up.
Q Do you speak the same language?
A No she speaks shoes.
Ok so there’s more to it than than. Watch the video below.
Oh not that one – that’s just silly
Here’s the real interview. Part 1
And here's the shoe collection and Richard posing a lot for the camera.