Archive for January 2013
Here we have an example of how more and more authorities in the repressive UK are using completely dishonest arguments and entrapment to obtain fines from an increasingly stressed, squeezed and frustrated populace. The council here state that they wish to keep the streets looking clean. I call BS.
- The large number of bins required for recycling means that people’s back yards are now a mess, so the council are OK with that, but not the front?
- The early morning or rush hour timing of the collection periods means that people will find it VERY hard to manage, and so, as per the strategically placed speed cameras designed to catch motorists with stellar driving records, this is nothing short of entrapment to fund the council members wages. We have a semi Conservative government in power, yet these repressive dishonest for profit laws are being maintained.
- A key issue that forms part of my whole war on this behaviour is inconsistency. Here we have a council who will implement a policy unique to their area. Therefore, those moving into or away from the area will be confused – in particular the elderly or immigrants. A national law based on common sense please.
If the councils want to use some imagination, they can try what Scandinavian countries do and encourage the installation of a trash shoot in homes that are suitable for such modifications to their structure. The shoot feeds into a single collection skip outside. Said skip is then is then emptied and sorted at a plant, rather than having the public have to faff around doing it. No unsightly bins that themselves are manufactured from harmful plastics that will need to be recycled at some point.
It seems that the authorities here are trying to make our lives as hellishly miserable as possible.
One of the reasons I bring this up is because I am currently battling the authorities over a minor driving offence (second in a lifetime of driving) and their attitude is appalling in view of the situation and proves that all they are interested is the money, and any ethics or fair application of law be damned. This really does have little to do with improving the quality of life for the public, else many other matters would be dealt with, from pot holes to investing in sustainable energy. The number of respectable people who are being treated with like criminals is incredible. This quite simply didn’t happen before, and that is why it is so concerning. Something is drastically wrong.
Re the typos in my posts, as mentioned before, WordPress is probably the most buggy web and device app every released, failing to save pages a good deal of the time, saving different versions and on iOS and Android, not syncing properly – or even deleting whole posts! Further, it WP so sluggish that words or characters are often left out when typing, so unless touch typing, one doesn’t notice until proof reading later. Sorry!
For a while now this blog has called for the UK government to invest in Graphene and other infrastructure technology in order to provide the foundations for a strong ‘smart’ jobs based economy and of course, assist in the development of next generation sustainable energy systems, such as solar and batteries.
We not only got what we asked for, but better, with the EU making a significant investment. This is great news and will lead to the same technological breakthroughs and economic opportunities as the 1970s investments in silicon that we take for granted today.
The silicon chip revolution was ignited by the need to reduce the size of the computers used in space vehicles, whilst today, the incentive will, in part, be to produce flexible wearable gadgets that will make our current toys seem stiff and clunky by comparison.
This is what happens when you don’t invest in the essential inevitable future.
I last got excited about music when discovering Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, before that The Leisure Society and before those laid back lads, Elbow who I learned of way before the rest of the UK when watching the trailer for a since defunct US television series whose name escapes me. You know how it feels, you drop everything and search iTunes or Spotify wondering why you had not heard such excellence before, and loving your found treasure, repeatedly listen to each album, picking out your favourite tracks to listen to in the future.
Oh how it refreshes the soul and imagination!
Well, for once, an ad on Spotify actually drew my attention. Who’s this 70s mod rocker looking singer I haven’t heard of before? A certain Jake Bugg. So I clicked through, discovered he’s in fact a now lad with a Dylanesque visual and musical style and as per the widespread praise on his debut album reviews, another example of why true brilliance and success comes from an inspired soul, not mass broadcast schadenfreude disguised as entertainment.
Try Jake and give mediocrity Two Fingers.
After much searching for a well designed camera with 1080P 50FPS video and a decent lightweight tripod, Vision Aforethought will soon be replaced by a video blog on YouTube.
There’s no precise date for the first ‘broadcast’, but it will probably be after any facial abnormalities have dissipated and I get time to make the first recording out on location.
I have been thinking about and looking forward to video blogging for over a decade and hope it will be entertaining and enlightening for you.
Lemon Zest was a name I toyed with for this blog many moons ago, this graphic created on September 11 2005 for a very controversial post that I don’t think I had the courage to publish! Anyway, once I locate the font used to create it, I’ll update the graphic and it will be used as the title for the video blog.
Have always believed that boredom is one of the primary causes of street crime and terrorism, and whilst the latter may still be up for debate, this BBC article about the recent drop in vandalism is eye opening.
Those who cannot create, destroy.
Said disease is a life and economy destroyer – the only beneficiaries those in big pharma – and if you travel to any location on Earth where a specific demographic feed their families this crap instead of a staple diet, you’ll be shocked and saddened. Try any poor area of the US or UK. Now they want to turn the healthy smart Chinese into obese blobs too.
Note also that it has been proven countless times that fat in the brain reduces intellect significantly.
Nasty greedy world huh?
We’ll get what we deserve.
Happy New Year!
A year ago, this blog made knowledge based predictions for 2012. Take a look at the Update(s) below each item to see how accurate they were.
As for 2013, and I make no claims to originality here, but this will be the year of the biggest ever bloodbath in the mobile wireless device space along with an ongoing migration by consumers to an increasingly sustainable lifestyle. The latter not so much driven by state pressure, but by the basic need to feed ones children.
Excited to be part of it all. Watch this space!