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Stuart McCulloch Anderson

For over a decade and a half Stuart has been in love with all things science fiction ortechnology and for almost fourteen of those years his operating system of choice has been one breed of Linux or another and despite some brief trips back into the world of Windows Stuart has never found him self wanting anything else.

While in his business life Stuart works for a large organisation where computing doesn’t really play any role, aside from the odd Excel macro, he still makes the time to keep up with the latest news and innovations and currently the chairman for The Software Society ltd. Dundee’s Linux Users Group where he organising each meeting and gathers some of the best speakers from the local area, while encouraging students from both University’s to get involved.

Lifestream

July / 18th
Two years ago, Dr Chris van Tulleken discovered we are taking more prescription drugs than ever before - a billion prescriptions a year in the UK. He worked with a GP surgery to get patients to try drug-free alternatives - with amazing results. Now he is on a new mission - to understand why we are giving British kids over three times more medication than we were 40 years ago. As a new dad, Chris has a very personal motivation to explore the reasons behind this explosion in medication. In the series he sets about finding alternatives which might be just as, or even more, effective than drugs. He tackles the shocking rise in teens taking anti-depressants by testing if wilderness therapy can work where the drugs are failing. He investigates why parents are giving out so many over-the-counter meds when they may not be always necessary, and he helps hyperactive kids replace their drugs with mindful meditation. He also digs deeper into the forces driving the over-medication of UK children and asks whether the drug industry itself could be playing a part in the rise. In 2016 we spent a staggering £64 million on one brand of children's liquid paracetamol. Chris meets a self-confessed fan who reveals she has bought over 25 bottles in less than two years! As a new dad, Chris doesn't blame vulnerable parents. His research reveals a pharmaceutical industry that helps create a culture which, he believes, encourages parents to unnecessarily use liquid paracetamol. At a family fair in Bristol, Chris creates a surprising stunt to show Britain's parents when not to give liquid paracetamol and make sure they don't waste their hard-earned money giving children drugs they don't need. One of the other areas where medication rates have increased the most is treating kids' behavioural problems - prescription meds for ADHD have increased by 800 per cent since 2000. These drugs do help some symptoms of ADHD in the short-term, but side effects can include loss of hunger, changes in personality and stunted growth. Chris joins a group of hyperactive children as they attempt the impossible - an intense course of stillness and mindful meditation as an alternative to the meds. As the families go on transformative and emotional journeys, they discover, with poignant results, that ADHD remedies do not always have to come in a pill.July / 5th

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Service Interruption

As many of you will have noticed we’ve been having intermittent down time this year. While I can still boast of 91% uptime over the last 30 days, that doesn’t really seem enough and I know there are regular ‘short’ outages throughout the week that need resolved once and for all. Over the long weekend […]

Do you charge friends and family for your time?

This is a question most people who, at any level, class themselves as self-employed. During my research I found this quote I love. You know you’re a hairdresser when your invited to a dinner party and everyone else is asked to bring a plate, but your asked to bring your scissors I’m not a hairdresser, […]

Everybody Writes

The only way to improve my writing is by writing. So what do I write about? I intend to write more tutorials and how to guides, but since I’m resolving to give my work the time of dwarves these will take time to write and research. So what do I write in the mean time? […]

What is food

We all need it and we all eat it. We have a relationship with food and I think that relationship defines our health. I want to eat healthily, but I’ve not been for years so this is still something I need to talk myself into. When I’m good it’s easy, when I’m not I slip. […]

Friends Don’t Let Friends See Ads

I’ve run this site for years and like all things it costs money. Hosting, domain names and even some of of the Wordpress plugins I use and highly recommend. These things all have costs involved, costs I happily fork out each year. I’ve tried monetizing this site in the past with little or no success, yet I’ve decided to try once more. But this time I’m thinking about it. I have come up with a plan.

Growing My Site

My site has been kicking around the months, with periodic bursts of content. The strange thing is as I look back at the last few months there’s hardly a day gone by where I’ve not done something to the site, so where’s all that effort going if not too content.

EU rules on .eu domain names post Brexit

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La Plagne 2018

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Health Diary

Self Control Isn’t Working Anymore

Full disclosure, I hate reading self-help books. In my 670 library I think there are only 4 such books. That all said this post was spurred on from such a book. As many may know I’ve been on a health journey for more than a few years now. And to say I’ve been taking the […]

Week 1 Day 2

What a nothing day. I really don’t like Tuesday’s, it’s also it day which doesn’t help at all. But I started my day off with the same breakfast as yesterday but this time I paid attention to portion control and stuck too the 45g serving. But Pain Au Chocolat for morning break was a key […]

Another Monday

It comes around sure as clockwork. I don’t hate Mondays, honest. I find them fairly harmless today more than most. I started my day with a mostly healthy breakfast. The problem I’ve got with cereals is portion control. I don’t know about most but the standard 30 gram serving just isn’t enough for a full […]

Sunday’s Market

I started this weekend making the mistake of checking my weight graph. As I should have expected it’s sky rocketed since August, must be married life. But it’s probably a combination of things really, centering around the lack of any progress being made much before the wedding, which put a damper on enthusiasm. But hey […]

Week 19 Day 5 – More Huel Adventures

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Week 17 Day 5 – Huel & Coffee

This morning’s breakfast was Huel and coffee. Kinda worked, but like allot of things this week I could have a ether more coffee or a better/stronger one. Instant coffee just didn’t have a good kick. Looking back over the last few days a common problem has been lunch, I keep letting my self down with […]

Week 17 Day 4 – Weight

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Week 17 Day 4 – Huel, After Humpday

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Week 17 Day 3 – Huel, Days 2 & 3

As you can tell from yesterday I’m a day behind with my blogging so I thought today I’d consolidate Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday Only breakfast again, but this time I used a Strawberry flavour boost. Still a 50g breakfast of around 200 calories. I can’t say I really knew there was a strawberry taste. It […]

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