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I’ve been a bad boy

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Today I have been a very bad boy, for breakfast I had a toasted cheese sandwich and for luch I had a bacon & ham club sandwich, no fruit or juice today, i’ll make up for it during the week.

It’s The Journey That’s Important…

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Life, sometimes so wearying
Is worth its weight in gold
The experience of traveling
Lends a wisdom that is old
Beyond our ‘living memory’

A softly spoken prayer:
“It’s the journey that’s important,
Not the getting there!”
Ins and outs and ups and downs
Life’s road meanders aimlessly?
Or so it seems, but somehow
Leads us where we need to be,
And being simply human
We oft question and compare….
“Is the journey so important
Or the getting there?”

And thus it’s always been
That question pondered down the ages
By simple men with simple ways
To wise and ancient sages….
How sweet then, quietly knowing
Reaching destination fair:
“It’s the journey that’s important,
Not the getting there!”

By John McLeod

I’m Still Here

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As someone you can tell from my post on the 25th January I’ve been under a bit of stress recently from work and my personal life, i’ll try to post a few more light hearted bits as soon as I can. wink.gif

Mum’s In Hospital

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I got home on tuesday evening to find out that my mum was in hospital, as you can imagine I was rather shocked, it seems that mum wasn’t feeling too well during tuesday morning and had gone to the local E&A unit who then transfered her to one of the main hospitals.
It looks like mum has had a slight blockage in heart/lungs area but the doctors can’t find the cause of the trouble so what ever caused the blockage has seemed to have disolved and mum is currently resting after being poked about and she should be home tomorrow.

I’m Back

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I’m back, and no it wasn’t my fault this time, my ISP decided to do some maintenance work which I gather screwed up a bit, from what I could understand from the support “person” was that they had changed from a BT supplied link circuit to there own one but it seems that someone forgot to migrate a few customers so we where left connect to the old link, which I presume that they had disconnected.
Anyway after a lot of complaining I demanded that they raise a formal complaint and told them that I was disgusted with the lack of professional care.
Oh well never mind, it’s fixed now.
While I’m on topic of this website I thought that I would mention that I am looking into hosting my site with an external company, its times like today that I wish that I had done this a long time ago but knowing how fussy, it hasn’t been possible until now. I have managed to find a UK company that provides most of what I want but I am in the middle of clarifying a few minor details with the company, as by default they don’t support MT but after talking to one of the tech support guys via email they seem to think that I should be able to install MT into my own CGI area but I have emailed them a list of what Perl modules I require before going ahead with the hosting.
Stay tuned for more info.

It’s oh so quiet

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In deed it is, very quiet this weekend, not a lot happening here apart from some very much needed retail therapy and two lovely cooked meals.
I’ve been thinking that its about time for a theme change, not quite sure what I want yet, something colourful, anyone got any idea’s?

‘Cloaking device’ idea proposed

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According to this article on the BBC
website, cloaking devices that are used to render
spacecraft invisible in Star Trek might just work in reality, two
mathematicians have claimed.

They have outlined their concept in a research paper published in one
of the UK Royal Society’s scientific journals.
Nicolae Nicorovici and Graeme Milton propose that placing certain
objects close to a material called a superlens could make them appear
to vanish.
It would rely on an effect known as “anomalous localised resonance”.
However, the authors have so far only done the maths to verify that the
concept could work. Building such a device would undoubtedly pose a
significant challenge.

Starting small

Cloaking devices are a form of stealth technology much favoured by Star
Trek baddies such as the Romulans and Klingons.
The complex mathematical phenomenon outlined by Milton and Nicorovici
closes the gap a little between science fiction and fact.
The phenomenon is analogous to a tuning fork (which rings with a single
sound frequency) being placed next to a wine glass. The wine glass will
start to ring with the same frequency; it resonates.
The cloaking effect would exploit a resonance with light waves rather
than sound waves.
The concept is at such a primitive stage that the scientists talk only
at the moment of being able to cloak particles of dust – not
spaceships.
In this example, an illuminated speck of dust would scatter light at
frequencies that induce a strong, finely tuned resonance in a cloaking
material placed very close by.
The resonance effectively cancels out the light bouncing off the speck
of dust, rendering the dust particle invisible.
One way to construct a cloaking device is to use a superlens, made of
recently discovered materials that force light to behave in unusual
ways.

Vanishing point

Professor Sir John Pendry, of Imperial College London, who helped
pioneer superlenses, said: “If the speck of dust is close enough it
induces a very aggressive response in the cloaking material which
essentially acts back on the speck of dust and forces it to stop
shining.
“Even though light is hitting the speck of dust, scattering of the
light is prevented by the cloak which is in close proximity,” he told
the BBC News website.
The authors of the paper argue that the cloak needn’t just work with a
speck of dust, but could also apply to larger objects.
But they admit the cloaking effect works only at certain frequencies of
light, so that some objects placed near the cloak might only partially
disappear.
“I believe their claims about the speck of dust and a certain class of
objects. In the paper, they do give an instance about a particular
shape of material they can’t cloak. So they can’t cloak everything,”
said Professor Pendry.
“Nevertheless, it’s a very neat idea to get this aggressive response
from the material to stop tiny things emitting light.”
The Imperial College physicist agreed this particular concept had
potential military uses: “Providing the specks of dust are within the
cloaked area, the effect will happen. A cloak that only fits one
particular set of circumstances is very restrictive – you can’t
redesign the furniture without redesigning the cloak.”
Details are published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A:
Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences.

Anime DVD’s for sale

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This is not an april
fools gag

The following dvds are for sale, they are all 2 disc sets and they are also known as 1st GIG series
eg : Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – 1st GIG Vol.1 (2 Discs)

Each volume is £5.00, all in good condition, reason for sale : I need the space.

Ghost In The Shell – Stand Alone Complex – Vol. 1 (2004)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002TTSZC

Ghost In The Shell – Stand Alone Complex – Vol. 2
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00079ZB6M

Ghost In The Shell – Stand Alone Complex – Vol. 3
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007NBJMI

Ghost In The Shell – Stand Alone Complex – Vol. 4
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009JJY4U

Ghost In The Shell – Stand Alone Complex – Vol. 5
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009Y3QYY

Ghost In The Shell – Stand Alone Complex – Vol. 6
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000B6F8NM/

Ghost In The Shell – Stand Alone Complex – Vol. 7
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BIDA7Q/

OMG It’s fixed

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Good evening everyone, well its seems that the battle with my new server has been won.biggrin.gif
Its been a bit of a pain getting all the data across and to get the site working correctly but its all worth it.
Due to the speed of the new server I’ve tweaked a bit of the MT configuration as well, I am now rebuilding pages a hundred at a time rather than at forty at a time, it has cut down the time it takes to rebuild the site.
Full steam ahead biggrin.gif