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Auckland, New Zealand
Smurf sized geeky person with a penchant for IT, gaming, music and books. Half of industrial duo 'the craze jones'. Loves data, learning new things, teaching new things and being enthusiastic.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

The Grace Jones

Well, we finished recording the CD and now all the hard work is starting, the editing, mixing, production etc... We've also got some guys working on a video for us which sounds as though it's going to be interesting. Time to sell the house in order to pay for the tour of Ireland next year I guess. :)

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Auckland Girl Geek Dinner #3

www.girlgeekdinners.co.nz

The next dinner in Auckland is on the 27th March, doors open at 5.30pm. There's a geeky quiz, 5+ speakers, food & drink - you're also welcome to bring your own drink with you if you prefer something in particular.

Tickets are $30 and need to be purchased in advance from the website.

Monday, 3 March 2008

The fragile heart

It was brought home to me at the weekend just how important it is for people to attempt CPR.

Most people seem to be afraid of doing chest compressions, they're scared they'll do it wrong or cause more damage than good, or they're squeamish about touching someone, or they're not sure if it's a heart attack and hold back for that reason. If you see a person having a heart attack and do nothing it is highly likely that person will die. If you're that freaked out that you don't know what to do, then do a course. St John run courses most weekends and they're not expensive, you even get your own dummy to take home with you to practise on. I'll make it even easier for you, here's their web address: www.stjohn.org.nz

If a person collapses in front of you, clutching at their chest in a great deal of pain, it is highly likely they are having a heart attack. People will sit passively by their loved one waiting for the ambulance to turn up, begging them to wake up, yet they don't start CPR. This baffles me. If it were my father, my mother, my brother then I would try everything in my power to revive them. Any attempt you make is not in vain so just get over yourselves, get on your knees and start chest compressions. Whilst you're doing the chest compressions yell for someone to call an ambulance and keep going until help arrives. You will ache, you will sweat, you will be out of breath. Swap with someone if you can, but keep going.

We were taught in our pre-hospital emergency care classes that approximately 4% of heart attack victims survive. A large proportion of these heart attack victims who survive are the ones where the attack is witnessed and someone starts chest compressions immediately. Scary statistic that one.