Archive for February 2009
This is worse than all else. Thing is, if this was a novel or a Hollywood film, the ‘bad’ guys would be bought to their knees by the third act* and we would have nothing to worry about. As per 9/11 where unlike Die Hard, no one was able to prevent any major component of the attack (beyond possibly downing the 4th aircraft before it struck a potential people filled target), in real life today, it appears to be harder and harder for good to win over what some may perceive as evil.
Fight back club: Chances are if I posted what I believe those of us who are concerned about this issue should do before it is too late, I would be in a spot of trouble. So, perhaps it is best to leave it to the good people of America (in particular fundamentalist Christians) to do what even the least religious would probably feel in their hearts is the right thing by stoping this dystopian horror in it’s tracks – NOW – and without any possibility of it ever occurring again in the future, no matter how far we are able to take technology. While some may not agree, a number of key religious principles are in fact based on fairly visionary and sound concepts, mostly based on science and common sense. Tamper at your peril.
*Standard Hollywoodesque screen plays are divided into three key acts: The first introduces us to the characters, the second develops the plot and contains the main ‘action’, while the third and final act brings about the conclusion. This latter component often includes a lot of mechanical drama, followed by a sentimental wrap up.
Re this report from Pinch Media* here is my take:
Unlike larger static hardware such as gaming consoles, people use small form factor devices incidentally throughout the day depending on their location and status. For example, an iPhone game may be played while on the tube or other situation where one is bored. People like to show off their latest fun apps to friends during social events but only for a limited period of time as it is not possible for more than a few people to view the screen at once – unlike a large screen home entertainment setup. On the other hand, once high speed wireless networks become prevalent, then networked (hand held) games will become popular and enjoyed for longer away from home. It is very hard to become bored when out and about. When at home, one pops on the TV or other entertainment medium in order to vegitate and absorb. On the other hand, when mobile, there is much to excite our senses, so beyond the specific applications as set forth above, there is little need for people to become glued to their devices for extended periods of time.
The future of single user hand held apps will depend on the location of the user and the networking capabilities of the application. Effectively, the device will adapt to the user’s environment and current needs:
- Playing games
- Solving puzzles
- Reading eBooks
- Viewing location maps
- Updating/viewing social networking/Twitter profiles/feeds
- In the pub or café
- Cheating at the pub quiz using Google
- Playing networked games with other friends
- Showing off the latest cool or silly app
- Updating/viewing social networking/Twitter profiles/feeds
- At home
- Downloading apps on the faster WiFi connection
- Listening to music with a device connected to an amplifier or speaker dock
- Not using hand held device at all because desktop/laptop computer and wide screen display is where all the action is
In conclusion, there is nothing wrong with the apps, it is just that the mobile market works differently.
Either way, a small screen is not easy on the eyes for lengthy periods of time – no matter the resolution, while the motion sensitive control nature of most iPhone/iPod Touch games makes some feel ill after a while. Worse, it is annoying to have to tilt the screen away from the eye while viewing it. Mechanical navigation controls will always be superior.
*Remove ‘dia’ for fun. 😉
Re this, the following that was posted by a reader of the Engadget blog was penned by someone often ridiculed when they were alive:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Fight back club: While the lack of concern of young people as to the threat to their future privacy and right to not have their lives recorded in any way at all without their express written permission is slightly worrying, those who do see where this is all headed and how it could ‘trip up’ innocent people or allow their personal lives to be monitored and subsequently ‘sold’ to the highest bidder (read: the media), may want to start thinking of ways to prevent this encroaching surveillance from becoming an accepted norm.
Perhaps my views on the use of surveillance as a way to trap terrorists is wrong, as just one legitimate use of the technology could prevent the detonation of a nuclear bomb in the heart of a metropolis, but anyone planning such an atrocity is unlikely to be so stupid as to use an electronic medium anyway. My main issue with all this is what’s the point of ruining people’s privacy and therefore making life less pleasant, if you’re trying to protect freedom by doing so in the first place? Oh what a complex world we have weaved!
Supermarkets are being accused of creating too much packaging waste. Not sure they are the right target. Just yesterday I noticed yet another company has entered the (dubious?) market for small plastic packets of fresh fruit pieces. Not only are these a huge waste of packaging, the cost is incredible! For 1/3 of the price, you could buy nature packaged whole fruit – and eat the packaging too! Ignoring for a while the regular packaging for items such as ready meals, the wrappers of ordinary sweets and crisps that line the aisles of supermarkets and corner shops everywhere must contribute masses to landfill.
Until wooden plastic offers a viable option, suppliers are the ones who need to reduce and eventually replace pointless packaging. Perhaps the gov is hoping the supermarkets will pressure their suppliers?
Fight back club: Buy your food as nature supplied it and carry a backpack or re-usable carrier bag everywhere you go. Be prepared!
I have some ideas on a solution to much of this. Watch this space…
1. Two satellites collide in space. NASA chaps say chances of this happening were a million to one.
2. Two nuclear submarines collide. Apparently, chances of this happening in our huge oceans were a million to one – too. (Even if both subs broke up and sunk, beyond the terrible loss of life, those CND people should be more concerned about the effect navy communications have on whales. Nuclear warheads do not spontaneously explode and are designed to survive abuse. To further quote THHGTTG, “Don’t panic!”)
Moral of the story? If something can happen, then it probably will! After all, applying probability theory, is it not in fact strange if an event that is unlikely to occur, fails to occur once in a while? (Think about that one!) A good reason to ensure we have a plan to deal with asteroids, stellar radiation and other ‘million to one’ threats. After all, it only takes one really catastrophic event to put us out of our misery…
Fight back club: Be prepared.
As I type this, am considering just giving up blogging about the UK. The country has so lost the plot in almost every direction, I wonder if it is too late and whether those of us who are so incensed by it are wasting our time. Anyway, here’s the deal:
1. Over the last decade or so, due to the me me me compensation culture, ‘health and safety’ and the general dumbing down and weakening of our society, schools have reduced the number of outdoor activities, to reduce the ‘risks’ to children. (Uhm, lack of activity will induce diabetes, heart disease, mental instability etc – so this is total rubbish.)
2. Today, the BBC News reported that safety level badges will be awarded to destinations, such as museums, outdoor activity centres and more. Applying will cost between £100 and £300.
Having been given total freedom as a child to climb trees, play conkers, go for long walks, camp in distant forrests – even own several air guns, and not once suffer serious injury, all this protection is just an insult to human nature and our ability to use common sense and natural instinct to deal with what life throws at us.
(Later after work I am going to locate another BBC link that will really just show how low things have sunk here.)
When major work tasks are completed, I hope to find time to publish as a separate password protected page a full analysis of the ‘collapse’ of the UK, and how and why it happened. The fact I spent so much time abroad has provided a unique perspective, as has chatting with people of all ages – who mostly agree with my issues – something to be optimistic about.
The truth is, we need a massive revolution. A return to freedom and common sense – and an end to for profit laws that bare NO relevance to the actual goings on in this country. If I can use another example: The government have been running some very effective TV advertisements that show a middle aged (middle class?) man witnessing ‘ghostly’ visions of a young boy he must have killed while driving. There has not been any increase in people of any age being hit by cars – this is fear mongering and an excuse to further fine, monitor, CCTV et al the middle classes. If you actually follow the news, the really horrific accidents are often 4 or 5 (or more) young people driving late at night (possibly after a few drinks) and losing control of ‘their’ vehicle on a bend and hitting a tree or brick wall. The only way to stop that kind of carnage is parenting and real world policing. People who have common sense instilled into them by default rarely get themselves into such a position in the first place.
Again, what is going on in this country is government control of every aspect of our lives based on unfounded fears and statistics that bare no resemblance to real world events. It really is about money and control – nothing else. And that folks is not acceptable in a democracy.
Fight back club: Let your kids lose! They’ll learn!
Movies that predicted for profit law: Demolition Man (1993)
1. Solar powered phone from Samsung.
“Honey? Speak up, it’s getting dark!”
Seriously, the more devices that are completely or even partially powered by renewables, the better.
Fight back club: If it works for you, buy one!
Link © 2009 Engadget via another tech blog.
2. UK gov chooses quality over politics by purchasing Japanese trains – much to the fury of the chaps with PG Tips accents (tease) who have failed to observe that the economies with the highest standard of living got there by working hard and making ‘quality no. 1’. This, like the Samsung phone above, is why no matter how much people hurt during a downturn or how much damage the banks have done to the free market, creative capitalism and free trade are the only way forward – with regulation to avoid greed. Yes, have government fund the infrastructure, but like the military when it wants the best fighterjet, you put out a bid for tender and buy the best you can get for your tax dollar! (Isn’t that a great term? Say this out loud in a drawn out American accent, “Your tax dollars at work!” Yay, I paid for that bolt!) Oops, going on a wacky tangent. Time to log off and head for the Bookies.
Fight back club: If it works for the people, buy some!
Link © 2009 The Times
A few years ago, I recall clearly watching the last episode of one of the contemporary series of Doctor Who. The scene showed an (enemy) space craft catching fire and exploding (as they do) right at the end of the show. It was beyond obvious that the ship was in the shape of a cross. And throughout the whole episode, you could see the BBC taking a swipe at Christianity.
I won’t say “I have no idea what is going on.” because like some of you, I know precisely what is going on. Ethics and ethical people are being debunked and humiliated such that the state can exercise a more callous, cold and ruthless policy without the monitoring and critique of those who know in their hearts that something is very wrong.
What this country is doing to kind well meaning charitable Christians is unacceptable and those familiar with the term ‘dhimmitude’ and/or for profit law and order will comprehend precisely what is going on, why – and where we are headed.
Fight back club: Revolted? Then revolt. This chap is, and he’s spot on.
Meanwhile, William Golding’s book continues to evolve into reality as the UK’s Channel 4 television, possibly the world’s most unethical broadcasting system, continues to poison and exploit this nation’s naive young in order that it can profit from the sale of advertising space. On that subject: In the days and weeks following the 9/11 attacks, the American broadcasting networks ceased any advertising while showing related programming. Meanwhile Channel 4 ran many programs about the attacks, filling them with advertising every few minutes. That’s a secular ethics for you.
Links © 2009 The Daily Telegraph & The Times
If I may be a little cruel, the hype over all this is odd. Australia, like certain areas of California, is almost all reclaimed desert or fairly inhospitable land. We silly white Westerners bring our cold weather architecture and transport over to the colonies and wonder why it doesn’t really work. In 1992 I witnessed (live on TV and from my room) the burning of the hills and homes in Berkeley, California, where over 30 people died.
Seems a little more common sense and a lifestyle more in tune with nature is called for.
a) Low lying stone homes self insulate, requiring less or no external energy that may be a cause of these fires if climate change is (even partially) responsible. Like animal tunnels. semi subterranean homes are far more likely to survive even the most intense inferno. b) Cars based on the internal combustion engine include parts that get very hot that have been known to cause fires when parked with the engine running over tinder dry twigs, leaves etc.
Fight back club: Humankind needs to life closer to nature through imaginative architecture and a more robust search for an alternative to the internal combustion engine.
More about the above eco home when LifeMachine.com goes live.
Country didn’t come to a standstill though. We had more grit. 😉
The author of this blog in what I believe was about 1987 – and definately my Audi
Just as the media reports that children are living in the worst conditions ever (indifferent selfish parents, smothered in celebrity rubbish, booze and dumbed down media – uhm, like their young parents?!), the one chance they get to go out, have fun, run around, fall over, be human, they are forbidden!
Fight back club: Climb over the fences – literally, and figuratively.