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General Rants and Raves about just about anything :-)

Stop! That cup of coffee will kill your baby.

Those who have to have their cup of coffee in the morning know too well the havoc the lack of caffeine can cause to their day. This is the effect this drug has on the grown adult body. You doubt what it can do it a baby in the formative stages? Now there is proof!

he headlines in yesterdays New York Times states that Pregnancy problems are indeed linked to caffeine. According to a new study due to be published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology women who consume over 200 milligrams of caffeine a day doubles their risk of miscarriage! 200 milligrams of caffeine is not that much. The article puts it at 10 ounces of coffee or if you drink tea 25 ounces.

The American Pregnancy Association had this to say about caffeine

“Caffeine is a stimulant and a diuretic. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it increases your blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are not recommended during pregnancy. Caffeine also increases the frequency of urination. This causes reduction in your body fluid levels and can lead to dehydration.

Caffeine crosses the placenta to your baby. Although you may be able to handle the amounts of caffeine you feed your body, your baby cannot.”

So why take a risk with your baby’s life?

Dr. De-Kun Li’s study which is referred in the New York Times article advices pregnant women to try to give up coffee during the first 3-4 months of pregnancy when most miscarriages happen and if you absolutely cannot give it up, to try as much to reduce your intake.

To all; To be mothers, Have a safe and wonderful child birth!

Welcome 2008 – lets be a little nostalgic shall we?

2007 has certainly rushed past me faster than Michael Schumacher doing a lap on the Italian F1 track at Monza. I have to say though that as fast as it went past, a lot of events have left great memories to think back on. I made some great new friends, bought my first car, moved from the east coast to the west coast (now I got to stop singing “new York, new york” and start singing “San~~ Fran~ Cisco~~”), did my first road trip (4800 miles – WOW), got a new job, a new apartment and took up a new hobby just to name a few of the more important highlights of the year.

I wonder that 2008 will have in store for me? I did go shopping and bought a bunch of new clothes to greet the New Year with, not that I’m going to stop wearing any of my old ones. They are far too comfortable to do that.

2007 saw the marriage of many of my friends from high school and college. That was quite scary for me. Am I really getting that old? Never mind, don’t even bother to answer that question! The fact that I can’t party till 4 am 3 nights in a row has already given the answer to me!!!

I have slacked off a little on my blogging. I’ve said this so many times on this blog but I think 2008 will bring a new wave of entries to this space. I have so many things I want to write about. I’ve also been thinking of adding a photo blog to this as well. Do any of you have any suggestions as far as any wordpress plugings for that?

I’m going to wrap up now, but first let me wish all my readers a very happy new year. I hope 2007 was as fulfilling to you as it was to me and that 2008 will be even better.

WordPress 2.3

The cat’s been out of the bag for a week and loads of people have jumped on the bandwagon, so will I.

Boasting a whole heap of new features, and upgraded performance I hope this will speed up my blog a bit, I’ve noticed a drastic reduction on load timings recently.

So here goes, hopefully all goes well and I’ll be online again soon.

Cheers!

Update: The leap has been made and it seems like all is set to go! If anyone has any problems accessing any of the posts etc please leave a comment to this post so I can look in to it. Thank you.

Paris Hilton

Paris with her hand in her crotch

Just who do you think you are? You’ve broken the law many times and now it’s time to face the repercussions. It’s really stupid and sickening to see all the hype about this on the internet. Sites petitioning for her to be kept out of jail, letters to the governor of California to intervene and keep her out of jail, and for what reason? She is too pretty to go to jail. How vain can you get!

There are people with much more valid reasons not to go to jail under similar situations. Reasons that really do warrant them not going to jail, like taking care of their families, or being the sole provider for their children who are alone at home etc…

Paris, is none of that. She is a drunk, daddy’s girl, who thinks that life is all a big party. Her biggest worry is probably the fact that she might chip a nail while in the cell, or her hair might get a bit of grease on it. Grow up kid and get a life. You did something wrong, now you have to pay the price. Just like everyone else.
I guess you could always get your psychiatrist to write a letter on your behalf.

Dr. Charles Sophy, Hilton’s psychiatrist, wrote in a report: “She is emotionally distraught and traumatized as a consequence of the findings at the May 4 hearing, the jail sentence imposed upon her by the judge, and her fear of incarceration.”

This really is a bunch of crap. Everyone in the same position goes though the same but still has to face the consequences, I don’t see why this should be any different.

I implore Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger not to intervene and do stand by the laws that be and let her learn her mistakes just like everyone else.

Clips from Ranidu’s 3rd Album pre-launch party in New York

I have some very interesting news for everyone who is reading this at kottu. We had a moment of Sri Lankan pride last night when Ranidu successfully had his pre-launch party for his 3rd album at Sutra Lounge in the East Village here in New York. This is the first time that a Sri Lankan artist has been able to penetrate such an audience and everyone loved it.

Many people there could not understand the lyrics but they were all feeling the music and the dance floor was packed. His 3rd album labeled “Ranidu” releases in march officially in Sri Lanka. Enjoy some of these video’s that I snapped off my camera.The first one is Ranidu being introduced to the crowds at Sutra and the other is his message to all Sri Lankans and all music lovers all over.

New York being introduced to Ranidu

Ranidu’s message

Enjoy!