Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Smoking Olympics

Apparently seven out of ten athletes at the recent Peking olympic Games enjoyed a ciggie
they seem to have set a few records tho ! Another smoking myth dispelled !


I haven't blogged for a while as I've been catching up on my reading

Here follows a list of books that i've read over the past month or so, yes i am a bit of an insomniac
Thomas,the other gospel..............N.Perrin

A review of present thomas scholarship. a stimulating read 9/10

epic poetry by a master craftsman 10/10
Cider with Rosie..............laurie lee

a truly wonderful story of a childhood, perfectly realised in beautiful prose 10/10
Evening in the Palace of Reason....james Gaines

this book is shite 0/10
surfeit of lampreys.........Ngaio Marsh

surprisingly good whodunnit 7/10
39 steps......John Buchan

cracking yarn 7/10
Tropic of Ruislip......Leslie Thomas

well crafted nonsense 6/10
The adventures of Goodnight and loving......Leslie Thomas

superior crap 6/10
Coral Island.......RM Ballantyne

good stuff 7/10
Alfie...Bill Naughten

dated and depressing but an outstanding example of its genre 7/10
Zimmermen.....Marcus Berkman

top-rate book about grown men's obsession with playing cricket badly. 8/10
All About Anthrax...Ross Fitzgerald

this book is well weird 10/10
lord Jim...Conrad

this bloke can write 10/10
Continental Drifter.....Tim Moore

well written travelogue 9/10
Seven Pillars of Wisdom.....TE Lawrence

this is a classic...worth reading for chapter 100 alone 10/10
The man who would be King

a tad old fashioned.. ripping yarn 5/10
The Rainbow...DH Lawrence

tedious 5/10

Monday, 22 September 2008


The golden ratio, represented by the Greek letter, φ (phi), is equal to (sqrt(5)+1)/2. This number makes a very interesting base because of this special property:

φ2 = φ + 1, which means 100φ = 011φ and 0200φ = 1001φ. These two rules can be applied in either direction against any sequence of consecutive digits in a base-φ number to put it in "standard form", which means no digits other than 0 or 1, and no two 1's in a row. In addition, the repeating decimal 0.101010... is equal to 1.

100φ = 011φ

This relation can be applied anywhere in a base-φ number to handle most "carries" when adding. So, for example,


is the result after doing the addition, but the "2" digits in the result aren't considered "normal form", so they must be reorganized into zeros and ones by "carrying" the digits to the left. Unlike integer base arithmetic, in which digits need to be carried only to the next column, in base-φ, we have to carry two non-zero digits two places to the left using the identity 100φ = 011φ. Here's how that looks:

222.222, and then process the "carries" this way:

0200φ = 1001φ

Does this always work? No, we have a problem if we encounter an "02" pattern. One way to handle it is to carry one digit to the left, and one digit two places to the right, so 02.00 becomes 10.01. Then we might have another problem if the "rightbound carry" lands on a digit that's already one, because we might have to carry a digit two more places to the right. Here's an example where this comes up:

20201, and then process the "carries" this way:

Monday, 8 September 2008


Blog for 8th September 2008


The television licence costs just under £12 per month and give us the benefit of BBC televison
programmes sans advertisements.

ITV has advertising revenue and is therefore free-to-air

Why then, do Sky and Virgin expect us to pay a monthly fee for 2nd rate repeats with advertising?
Are they nuts?

Why do the "5" channels not allow the aspect ratio to be adjusted on their broadcasts?

What is it about this programme?

I've seen most of the episodes, and even with the ones that I haven't seen, it feels like I've seen them before


Perhaps Minnie Driver should take up comedy, as she is being acted off the screen by Edie Izzard

There is a new series on the BBC; It is called GLADIATRESS

I expect better from the BBC

It should of course be GLADIATRIX


I have joined various internet survey sites, the
revenue from which, exactly pays my monthly internet bill


the last week I earned £1 of Argos vouchers and 3 credited me with £20
of free internet, this is balanced by my bank chrging me £70 for going 35 overdrawn.

since coming off the university network, I have realised that the web is not
so much an information super highway, as an over-crowded pavement.


An undergraduate course can only provide a glimpse into a subject; a snapshot , if you like
. Formerly undergraduates "read" a subject [They were not taught]; The keen student read around his (or her)
subject, and had a great enthusiasm for his chosen field. Today's student expects to be spoon-fed, and acquires
only that which is necessary in order to pass his course.
This is for some reason considered progress.


Apart from the odd git, the taxi issue seems to be resolved

American Politics

A Dzimbabwean friend summed it up thus:- that Obama..he's not even black !

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Rainy Sunday Blog

Blog for 7th September 2008

Shopping Delights

Somerfield, as always , never fails to offer tremendous savings

this week's amazing offer ..Kebabs two for £1 or £3:50 each....Uh?????


As I write this Andrew Murray is two sets up against Nadal

Altrincham 0-0 Salisbury AFC


and the "Stupid advert of the Year" award goes to ..Scotland...,THERE'S SO MUCH GOING ON....

Don't people go to Scotland to get away from all that crap? there anything more annoying on our screens at the moment?

The nearest Tesco to me is at least one hour's drive and is the size of a small corner shop

State of the nation

last year 100 britons a day migrated to Australia; since immigrants have to be under 45 with a trade...
.this says something very profound about the state of Britain

Alma Mater

to my great surprise my old school finished 3rd in the co-ed section of the Times Public School league tables

The rainy season has begun

September arrives, and with it the rain. if past years are any guide to the future, then it shall rain until christmas

What's in a name?

Surely Paris is a boy's name ? Or perhaps there was a defect in my [classical] education?

Impure Thoughts

The other day, walking through town, I followed a young lady with an extemely
well-proportioned derriere. To my great shame, all I could think about was sheathing my sword within her ample scabbard !


I have been reading :

    Evening in the Palace of Reason
    The Story of English
for a full review visit my BOOK GROUP


I have been watching GODFATHER & GODFATHER II

for a full review visit my FILM CLUB


plans for an electonic banking system based on a penut economy move forward

I shall continue this blog in more depth during the week



Friday, 29 August 2008


the sky was a deep indigo as i walked to the paper-shop (at 6 am !);
I was convinced that today was Saturday,
which is why I was buying the paper {free TV guide, magazine etc.}
in the first place. The Good News my paper cost only 70p rather than £1:40,
so I appear to have saved 70p; the bad news is that in reality I spent 70p
that I should not normally have done.
I could have saved 50p
by walking up to campus, but

a). the union shop isn't open
that early [change of tense ?] and

b). it is deeply
uncool to be seen on campus out of term time, people will
assume that I actually work !

c) I don't normally buy Newspapers Tues-Friday

All this means that I am probably, on a subconcious basis,
eagerly expecting/ anticipating
( you decide)the new term.
I'm not; I don't have any lectures, because

a) I haven't been offered the work

b) I am not taking any courses

c) I am still officially on the sick

[ the nice new labour government removed my disabled living allowance,
so now I have to claim the sick, and stop working when my condition
flares up or I have an episode,
instead of working around it, and people
question why I never have and never shall vote for the unmentionable little shits ! ]

Still on health; the low-fibre diet seems to be helping with my weight; i have definitely put on weight and appear to be retaing the same. however my skin and joints are not so good as a consequence
; that said it is probably preferable to th cortico-steroids....Hmm..must go and see the quack before the start of term..whoops! starting to go round in circles...time for breakfast!

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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

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Why i shall not mourn the demise of y360

i now blog on Ning & Blogge

The berlin Wall falls...and we end up with communism...WTF is going on ?

When the Berlin wall came down; Communism didn't die it simply transferred its base of operations to the EU and the present new labour Government

Monday, 25 August 2008

Miserable Monday

another rainy Bank Holiday

cheer up and visit my new homepage

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Sunday Bloggy Sunday

Digital media

So yesterday, I decided to spin a cd that I had bought about 3 or 4 years ago, 5 at the outside, and had played a mere handul of times.
. is so knacked as to be unplayable;and yet I bought it to ease wear & tear on my 45 year old vinyl recording..
.so CD is less durable, It's digital, which is a less than perfect representation
of the analogue ( even infinite word length & infinite oversampling only gets
you back to the analogue)BRING BACK VINYL...
.ahh but there is a snag isn't there CD was supposed to be cheap and nasty as people couldn't
afford decent record players [then or now ]..
.OK so it seems that cheap and nasty digital media have their place....


Olympian Coverage

Is it me or have the recent games been and gone without anybody noticing ?
There seems to have been little or no coverage......perhaps it is only my perception, as at the last games I didn't have multi channel TV , and therefor had little choice but to follow the games. Speaking of little choice;
Has any one else noticed that Sunday's viewing on Free-view is mostly a repeat of Sunday ?
In fact I reckon that there now exists absolutely NO REASON for possessing any
tele-visual recording device, as most programmes are repeated several times per diem/mens/annum ...thus rendering even archiving unecessary...Not so much Tele-vision on demand as, we bought this crap and are now going to ram it down your screech non-stop for
the rest of your natural....GGRRRRRRR

Pointless Movie remakes

I noticed that Ch5 were showing HARVEY today; unfortunately it was a crappy remake..WHY?   WHAT IS THE FUCKIN POINT of re-making these films.?..You cannot improve on them...C'mon Hollywood...MAKE SUMMAT ORIGINAL AND EARN THOSE PAY-CHEQUES

Tasteless Euro Beer

The other day I thought that I shoud try a few glasses of the much-vaunted Carlsberg Export; Perrier has more flavour...Why do people waste their money on this shite?....Odd as Special Brew DOES have flavour; over-brewed tea flavour, BUT nonetheless it does taste of something !

So a big thank-you to those unbearable bearded twats fromCAMRA

more anon

Just one more thing

the other day I went accidently over-drawn by £4-70 ...yes LESS THAN A charge item fee £35 plus £28 unauthorized o/d fee......yes that's right £63 charge representing a interest rate of nearly 1500% , I thought that there were laws against usury..well HBOS I NAME & SHAME YOU

Sunday, 17 August 2008

To Hell in a handcart

Mega-Blog Sunday 17 August

this blog entry might be somewhat dis-jointed , and make little sense. I am very good at verbal ranting, sermonizing etc., but when it comes to putting pen to paper I am lacking, which since I am in the middle of writing two books is a bit of a problem!

When JFK said NO to Russian missiles in Cuba, the World gave a sharp intake of breath. Kennedy was right, and Kruchyev wrong. Now, the situation is reversed, and America wants to erect a "defensive" shield in Poland. This is the biggest dumbfuck of an idea that I have ever heard; there are pieces of dead wood that have more awareness than Bush. He makes Hitler seem like a reasonable guy who was just a little bit confused over the Jewish issue.The sooner somebody assassinates this guy, the safer will be this planet!

Now the snivelling shits want to take over NATO isn't kicking enough butts...well now George old bean, let me tell you this; even Alexander the great got his ass kicked in Afghanistan, as did the Russian regular how the fuck are you American softies going to achieve anything ? FUCK OFF trying to run the world you tyrants. This planet doesn't need you!

And you can stuff McDonalds & Bill Gates up your big fat smelly arses

On another topic entirely , a woman got shoved off a railway pltform for telling two men not to then, this should be an Olympic sport. Why stop at the anti-smokers? perhaps we could defenestrate the ant-hunt brigade, or the badgers-are-more-important-than-humans nutters could be hunted with dogs.

According to Persian mythology, Mithras was born of a virgin given the title 'Mother of God'.He was born in a cave, where,as a babe-in-arms, he was visited by three kings.

The god remained chaste throughout his life, and valued self-control, renunciation and resistance to sensuality among his worshippers. Mithras represented a system of ethics in which brotherhood was encouraged in order to unify against the forces of evil. The worshippers of Mithras held strong beliefs in a celestial heaven and an infernal hell.

They believed that the benevolent powers of the god would sympathize with their suffering and grant them the final justice of immortality and eternal salvation in the world to come. They looked forward to a final day of Judgement in which the dead would be resurrected, and to a final conflict that would destroy the existing order of all things to bring about the triumph of light over darkness.

Purification through a ritualistic baptism was required of the faithful, who also took part in a ceremony in which they drank wine and ate bread to symbolize the body and blood of the god. Sundays were held sacred, and the birth of the god was celebrated annually on December the 25th. After the earthly mission of this god had been accomplished, he took part in a Last Supper with his companions before ascending to heaven, to forever protect the faithful from above.

Sound familiar ?????

Tuesday, 5 August 2008


Tuesday Night

Tuesday is my "Telly night"....I'm not really a telly person , especially in Prom season, BUT once a week i

like to vegetate in front of the idiot box

6pm .....Home improvement

7pm......BBC World News

7.30pm ..Batman


9pm......Doc Martin


11pm....Family Guy

& so to bed with the intellect completely untaxed

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Monday, 4 August 2008

Saturday, 2 August 2008


Your result for The LONG Scientific Personality Test...

ENTP - The Inventor

You scored 82% I to E, 16% N to S, 67% F to T, and 58% J to P!

The single word that describes your type is "inventor", and you belong to the larger group called rationals. You love to tinker with things and come up with new ideas. You are outgoing and curious with an insatiable appetite for knowledge. You have no real desire to lead, only doing so if there is no other way. 2% of the population share your personality type.

You are a flirtateous and energetic romantic partner, fun and engaging, always looking for something unusual to try. In your enthusiam, you may make promises you can't keep. Your competitive nature and need to be perceived as an expert can be daunting to a romantic partner at times. You so enjoy the tug of a good debate that sometimes you act as if you don't take anything seriously. You are usually very supportive and helpful to your mate, but somewhat scattered and unable to devote your full attention there. You feel most appreciated for your great ideas, unusual perceptiveness, and ability to understand and communicate with people. You feel most appreciated when your partner understands your need for lots of social contact and your need to live life as spontaneously as possible.

Your group summary: rationals (NT)

Your type summary: ENTP

Take The LONG Scientific Personality Test at HelloQuizzy

Thursday, 24 July 2008


Walking through town today , I have been accosted by several of OXFAM's offensive young CHUGGERS

A society formed by left-wing middle-class twats to assuage their feelings of guilt as they swig their Mouton-Cadet


KWOUT is a well cool add-on for firefox, performing cut & paste scaleable screen grabs


Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Doesn't it annoy you when.....

when Alan Hanson...when advertising for "Morrissons" can't actually say "Morrissons" but says " Moor Suns".. I ask you, can anyone understand a word ?

People say Kilometres thus KEEL-OH-MEETERS rather than KILL-OM-ITERS...I should prefers it if they said MILES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 22 July 2008


The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.
--Thomas Jefferson

Friday, 18 July 2008

Since your newspaper made the reckless decision to become a tabloid, I have noticed with horror the very poor standard of grammar by your columnists. There seems to be littl or no editorial supervision.

Opinion:July 18
The headline reads " Is the greatest Russian Stalin or Nicholas ?"

It should, of course, read " Is the greater Russian, Stalin or [ is it]Nicholas?"

I should have thought that the average nine-year old would know better! This just one example of many. On a daily basis , I notice on average 100 "Illiteracies" in your newspaper. The Times used to be a flagship, particularly noted for both good usage and style. I now use your newspaper in key skills & basic skills classes to point out the infelicities of poor and often confusing grammar; whereas a few years ago I used it to illustrate good usage.

I remain,
John Holmes

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Sleepless in Aberystwyth

Blog for 4th July

Where has the year gone?
trouble in the

colonies?..Damned Yankies!

more to the point; where is summer?


finally topped-up my internet account yesterday, after being locked out owing to

password that I have data/ air-time , the network is

am i a real-life Arthur Dent_________pay your bill and get cut off!!!!!

Science faction(sic)

It is 4:45

a.m. , I shall go for a walk assuming that most of the drunks are either in bed or in

the gutter

why does the network always crash, when I can't sleep?

consider a number N, such that N=N for all values of

.....No, consider STAR TREK....or cowboys in space....Saturday

morning kid's show at the local bug-hutch........If it is "Cowboys & Indians" , ,

Who should have played the parts in the hay-days of kinema?

Take the classic


. to be Noah Beery


little trickier, but John wayne gets my vote

Spock... is a bit of a bugger, i thought of Robert Mitchum...but that's just plain wrong!......Jimmy Stewart could be Scotty...but who is Spock?........I shall ponder this whilst i take my very early morning constitutional along the prom..BRRRRRRRR....cold, but clear...i shall have earned my bacon & eggs this morning!
Moving on to STNG...Picard is so obviously NOT John Wayne...Henry Fonda , perhaps?
Riker is ??????.......Data must be Clint Eastwood!!!!!!!!!!!....Geordie is Olly Hardy (Yes he was in westerns!) it!   Riker is Alan ladd on stilts!..troy is so annoying I am tempted to fill her role with Angela Lansbury (yes , she was in westerns too!)....funny how so many screen-actors got their breaks in westerns....I shan't mention DS9 or Enterprise; i am getting weary of this...but please fire back your classic western-actors for Star Trek; I shall be most intreagued.

Film Night

Thursday is "Film Night" chez-moiBUT I decided Not to watch a film; rather I viewed a surprizingly interesting documentary on the history of the Sunday-School...these rare treats do crop up from time-to-time! I had my usual bottle of red, a rather over-flavoured sicilian number, accompanied by a Bolivar Royal Corona; i should like to say it was an excellent smoke, but alas it was rather ordinary and never really developed, it stayed well and had a good construction, the draw being a little on the easy-side of ideal, earthy but shallow taste, even burn with no touch-ups required 1hr20m, I shall put the rest of the box in the bottom of the large humi on cedar for a year or two, although I don't think that they will improve as the box is 2003. next week i think I'll spark up a saint-luis-rey corona...there are about half-a-dozen lurking in the humi.

Ancient Languages

i ran into an old friend the other day, for want of something better to do he's just taken a first-degree in physics; in his final year he learnt FORTRAN !...Okay, it's still good at number-crunching and has excellent I/O parameters; BUT , get this, the course DID NOT cover N-dimensional arrays !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
right 6:15 time for bacon and eggs, more later........

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Sultry saturday in Aber


You can tell it's a summer saturday in Aber by the throb of motor-cycles arriving from all directions;
A lot of them are high-powered modern machines, but by far the majority are Classics from the 60's.
Their deep-throated roar takes me back to the days when I was an under-graduate in Hull, where Roger , a guy on my landing, had two beautiful Velocettes, which had the incredible ability to take corners at near horizontal
Quite why these motor-cyclists choose to come to Aberystwyth is beyond me; It's a dump!The beer is both dear and queer; It's full of bloody Brummies, and there is nothing to do unless you enjoy second-rate boozers.It must be the ride here that has its appeal.

Tele-visual/ Radio-phonic Blues

I am very annoyed by commentators on both the telly and the wireles continually using metric measures such as kilo-metres and metres. WE LIVE IN BRITAIN NOT EUROPE it is YARDS & MILES


each night hackney carriage park illegally outside my house

  • they are on double-yellow lines

  • They park with-in 10 yards of a corner

  • their two-way radios competely block digital tele-vision reception

  • They are parked and touting for hire away from a licensed rank

  • they keep their radios on all the time

  • they attract drunks,

  • toot their horns ( an offence when stationary and betwwen the hours of 11pm - 7am)

  • they slam their car doors

  • they are of course, like all cabs, driven by complete TWATS

    tough on crime
    the government's continued response to crime is to legislate, legislate and legislate

    when will they get it through their thick heads...the perpetrators of crime are criminals; criminals have no regard for the law; ergo it is pointless to legislate against them.....laws are for people who have no need of them

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    Government gets tough on Mugabe
    That'll shew that Mgabe rotter who's boss.....we won't let the swine play in our game of cricket next summer..........NA NA NE NA NA
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    Government gets tough on Mugabe

    That 'll shew that evil despot Mgabe what's what !..........We won't let the rotter play cricket with na ne na na
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    Entry for June 24, 2008
    Just had a blazing row with a c*nt of a taxi-driver who parks on doulbe-yellows outside my house touting for trade til 4am

      the RF interferes with TV reception

    I have to put up with drunks

    360 closing

    I shall move my Aber-rant blog here in the near future as Y360 is closing