This is a little bit scary.  A possible link between Omega 3 fatty acids and prostate…

This is a little bit scary.  A possible link between Omega 3 fatty acids and prostate cancers.

Normally I don't pay much attention to these types of media reports about harmful compounds in our diets – the vast majority of them are sensationalistic rubbish – but it's starting to look like there might be something to this Omega-3 – Prostate Cancer link.

Why am I paying a little bit more attention to this study than I do most of these stories?
1.  It's published in a high-impact journal
2.  It's a randomized case-control study
3.  The sample size isn't huge but it's reasonably large
4.  It agrees with previously published studies

I think I'm going to stop with the fish oil supplements.

Of course, this story is published in a newspaper and they can't help but being a little bit sensationalistic.  From the article:

"Due to the nature of the study, it was not possible to tell for certain whether the elevated blood levels were due to men taking supplements or eating fish rich in omega-3s."

but what is the headline?
"Men who take omega-3 supplements at 71% higher risk of prostate cancer: study"

Um no.  That's not what the study claims.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/evidence-prostate-cancer-omega-3-link-article-1.1395853?localLinksEnabled=false

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Men who take omega-3 supplements at 71% higher risk of prostate cancer: study – NY Daily News
U.S. scientists said Wednesday they have confirmed a surprising 2011 study that found a higher risk of prostate cancer among men who consume omega-3 fatty acids, raising new questions about the safety of supplements.

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Oh good, the sun did rise this morning

After Mark Cavendish got caught from behind yesterday, and missed out on winning his 25th stage at the Tour de France, I was beginning to question some of the other certainties in the world.

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I'm still reeling from the Alfredsson news and then this happens

Bobby Ryan is a great talent.  At least I hope so.  But the price they paid to get him… Jakub Silfverberg and Stefan Noesen… Wow.  That hurts.  I'm not even sure what to think.

http://www.silversevensens.com/2013/7/5/4496706/senators-acquire-forward-bobby-ryan-from-ducks

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Senators acquire forward Bobby Ryan from Ducks
This day could not get crazier.

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Today I am sad

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Daniel Alfredsson leaves the Ottawa Senators for the Detroit Red Wings
This is the toughest thing I have ever written on this blog. It was thought unthinkable when Daniel Alfredsson announced last week that is returning for at least one more season. That one season…

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Happy 147th Canada!  Unfortunately it's not a national holiday in St

Kitts and Nevis, but I'm going to wear my team Canada Hockey Jersey to work today anyway.  Sadly I'm not lecturing today.

Man time flies. I remember Canada One-Two-Five like it was yesterday… now it's only a few years until One-Five-Oh.  I guess I should start planning a trip to Ottawa on July 1, 2017 for the big celebrations.

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Goodbye Google Reader.  While I used it for a few years, I'm not going to miss…

Goodbye Google Reader.  While I used it for a few years, I'm not going to miss it much.  I switched to Feedly a couple of weeks ago and other than a few little bugs, I think I like it better.

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Happy Canada Day Eve!

Happy Canada Day Eve!
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Youtube Search in Chrome

I've had this little problem in Chromium with the youtube search not working.  You know, the automatic search feature where you start typing a url into the address bar, hit tab, then you can search the site directly?  Well for me it's never worked properly with youtube.  Whenever I'd attempt to search youtube I'd get a 404 error.

It was a very minor annoyance, but I discovered it's a simple fix, so I thought I'd record it here for posterity.

In Chromium (or Chrome) settings go to 'manage search engines' and find the entry for youtube in the list.

In my case the search url was:
http://www.youtube.com/=%s
It's clearly wrong, I'm not sure how it got there.

The correct search url should be:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%s

A simple change and youtube search works.

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Aha, Arch LInux my old nemesis, we meet again!

I hit my usual stumbling block with Arch at about step 3 of the setup (out of about a zillion steps).  I want to use wifi for my networking but you need networking to set up wifi…  I guess it's time to bite the bullet, move the rpi nearer to my router and dig out an ethernet cable.

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Fedex came yesterday and I got a few treasures

Treasure #1:  A Raspberry Pi

Mounted in a helping hand with a magnify glass (for no other reason than it's mildly amusing).  Installed Arch Linux, ran it and I got a root prompt!  Hey, considering my history with Arch, that's amazing success.

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