This is the Judo blog of Lance Wicks. In this blog I cover mainly Judo and related topics. My Personal blog is over at where I cover more geeky topics. Please do leave comments on what you read or use the Contact Me form to send me an email with your thoughts and ideas.

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Speak like a Pirate day 

yeah, I know speak like a pirate day was the 19th, I am not a very devout follower of the FSM.

Anyway, heres my contribution to the campaign:

Save the planet, be a pirate!!

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Blog probs 

Okay I have sorted out a couple of small niggles with the blog to do with session information, please let me know if you see any problems.

My next step is to adapt the themes so as to make the blog fit the rest of the site layout. That is my next step.

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Blog Migration 

Hi all,

I am migrating to this new blog, I have added the posted from the bloglines blog to this one as an archive. ( )

I need to do some magic to move the feedburner feed etc.

If any posts are missing details and you want to see the original head back to Bloglines. I should point out that I am not moving from Bloglines for any bad reason, merely because I get too little data on who hits it, so moving back to the main site keeps things together.

Well, comments welcomed, etc.

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September 2006 

September 18, 2006
Sync'ing my life.

By LanceW

Over the weekend I managed to get myself sync'ed up (finally) between my phone and Mac laptop.

Bit less easy than I would have liked as I have 4.44 firmware on my Nokia 9500, so syncml (apparently) does not work syncing to iSync 2.3. So... a small investment later I had the appropriate plugin for isync.

Oh look, that doesn't work.
A quick re-read of the website and there it is, you have to install an agent on the mobile (not necessary of 5.x firmware it seems). So on it went and amazingly it all worked.

I am now finally able to sync my calendar in iCal to my mobile. Those of you long-time readers will remember that I have for a long time had my phone sync'ing to schedueworld ( Which syncs to most things (not iCal though!).

But I'm happy enough now, I can sync my iCal to my Nokia 9500, and my Nokia to Scheduleword. All good!

If anyone wants to do the same thing, do let me know! :-)


* Posted on: Mon, Sep 18 2006 7:00 PM

September 16, 2006
iTV vs. ITV.

By LanceW

Just a quick one, not searched the blogosphere for this one, but has Apple bothered to check if iTV is going to be possible in the UK where ITV the TV channel lives?

Given the popularity if ITV as a brand, and probably not just in the UK, I would suspect that they would have a good case against Apple using iTV as a brand outside of the UK also.

Anyone seen or heard or thought about this?

* Posted on: Sat, Sep 16 2006 7:32 PM

September 6, 2006
A quick update...

By LanceW

Hi all,
just thought I'd blog. Tonight has been (yet) another night sat with the laptop working on my assignments for the FDSC course. I have really been enjoying this Talent Identification assignment, possibly too much!

I have read way too much, which has made writing the assignment far harder than it might have been if I'd had less content to play with. I really have enjoyed digging and digging and digging! But I have forced myself to stop now and have been filling out all the structure for the assignment.

As of Monday, I'll be 2/3 of the way through my degree.
I am really hoping that the plans to extend the course into masters and maybe even Phd. level do happen. Not sure if my brain is up to the challenge of the higher levels but I'd really want to do it and the Phd. in particular has my attention as it is (I understand) research based.

On that subject, I have a draft summary of the data collected from the Commonwealths completed which I have sent to a cople of people to read through before I post it. Do let me know if you'd like to proof read it.

In other news.... not a lot really!
Just hard work on assignments!

* Posted on: Wed, Sep 6 2006 9:44 PM

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August 2006 

August 25, 2006
Wireless hotspots are great

By LanceW


it's official wireless hotspots are terrific.
I am presently sitting a Cologne/Koln airport and am able to check email, catch up on other messages, blogs and of course blog here.

My little Mac has earned it's place in my heart this trip.
Bootcamp is terrific, the first time I've really used it for an extended period. The ability to switch to the dreaded Windoze and run applications I need is a big bonus.

I have a demo of parallels workstation installed and forgot to even try that. Damn, that would have been interesting. I am hoping that VMWares Mac beta comes out soon and I'll do a nice comparison hopefully.

Though given the speed that I get rebooting to XP, I suspect that I'll end up just rebooting when I need Windows. I wonder if my VCP entitles me to the (approaching) Mac version of VMWare workstation.

Well, I have surfing to do, catch y'all later.


* Posted on: Fri, Aug 25 2006 6:08 PM

August 24, 2006
The German One

By LanceW

Gutentag all, here I am writing a blog from Sunny Koblenz in Germany. I am just sitting down to a meal, what it is I am not sure. My German is non-existant! Note to all parents (and self) all kids should do languages. Was supposed to be flying home tonight, but circumstances have worked against me and lo' here I am for a second night. To be fair if I didn't have a cracking headache I would not be complaining Couldn't find a Judo club, sure there must be one, but the Hotel couldn't find one. And I know few German Judo and nine from this area. Oh well.

* Posted on: Thu, Aug 24 2006 5:43 PM

August 5, 2006
FdSc block 2 complete

By LanceW

Hi all,

well the block is over and it was as always an enjoyable, challenging and motivating adventure.

Everytime I go to Bath I come back with so many ideas and new projects, it's terrific. This time all the work on Talent ID has merged with the analysis work from the last block (and commonwealths).
I spent some time working it the research in the first week but the work load in the second week precluded doing so in the second.

We have plenty of homework, but I hope to get at least the basic findings from my research up ASAP.

The experience of doing the webside of our debate project has reminded me that my website looks like death warmed up! So I must MUST update it.

Speaking of which, the website had about 30,000 hits last week, 23,000 on the day of the debate. I should also mention that the initial rough draft video of the debate is also online, go take a look at the webcast.
WARNING: it's 110mb, an hour+ plong and theres lots of people being introduced etc etc.

Anyway... Hot as hades tonight, so sitting with the laptop is becoming uncomfortable.

* Posted on: Sat, Aug 5 2006 9:05 PM

August 4, 2006
Debate over!

By LanceW

Hi All,

another terrific day at Bath.
Today we held our academic debate on Judo Ne-waza. specifically on "This house believes that there should be more Ne-Waza in Judo"

My role as official class geek, was to take care of Audio visual and IT matters. So I organised the powerpoint and cameras and the audio stream & now the webcast, whilst everyone else got on with the debate.

I was so flooded with stuff to do that I onely really got an opportunity to enjoy the debate when I watched it, whilst encoding the video from cameras.

I watching the video footage was so impressed by the speakers, I think each of them during their speeches real caught the audience and carried them with them. It was gebuinely a privaledge to have been part of it.

I have so much respect for the four students who stood up and spoke, I couldn't have done it, let alone done it aswell as they did. I am rubbish at that sort of thing, let alone managing to speak well when you know that the audio is being streamed to at least 7 or 8 countries and that you are being recorded on 3 cameras and that the video is going to be watched by so many people! The hot rate on the site ( has been amazing! Hundreds of visitors and thousands of hits.

I have enjoyed being involved in this experience like you can't believe. I feel like a part of history. The debate I hope will become a regular fixture as based on the response we have received it wil certainly be repeated.

To those of you who emailed me directly or via, thank you so much for your support, for your comments and disagreement. The debate has certainly flamed teh spirit of debate and encouraged lots of people to email me with their view, please do keep the emails coming as it's what we were hoping to promote, rational, reason debate on an important Judo topic.

Cheers to all the Year Two FdSc students, its bean one amazing project, three days and look what was achieved!


* Posted on: Fri, Aug 4 2006 2:34 AM

August 3, 2006
FdSc Update

By LanceW


The blog has been neglected!
Sorry all you avid readers. This week has been mad!
We have had both a group presentation and an Academic Debate to get done this week.

I was lucky to land in the group with Bob, Dave, Simon, Steve & Tony.
We made our presentation this morning and we all felt it went really well. For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that the group presentations have been a disaster for me generally. So it was a really big achievement to walk out feeling like we/I did a decent job.
Wouldn't have happened without our unique group. Cheers guys!

This week has been dominated by the Debate.
All of us on year two of the course are involved in putting together the debate we are holding on Thursday (oh grief thats today!)
As resident geek on the course, I have been busy putting all the techie bits and bobs together. So the website ( and the powerpoint and today the big achievement was sorting out a server so we can stream the audio from the debate live onto the web!

It's been awesome the response we've had. There is a link on the EJU website, disussion on the website and also on the forum.

The hit rate is climbing steadily and it's a buzz I tell ya.

It's fantastic to be part of something that is so innovative in Judo terms and that is being supported from Poland to Canada!
Everyone is pulling together and it's going to be great.

Tonight we went out with Simon Jenkins, one of our favourite lecturers . I was really happy that a good group of us made it into Bath and Simon was able to share some good real ale with us.
Simon is leaving the University and I for one shall be sad to see him go!

Anyway, it's now past 3am and I still have one more job to do for the morning, so I need to stop blogging and get back to work!

Please stick your head in the door at and take a look and even better if you have a comment please email it to

Night all.

* Posted on: Thu, Aug 3 2006 2:14 AM

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