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Last post!

I'll not be posting to Livejournal any more, as I've moved my journal to my own server. All my LJ posts are archived there too, with comments disabled. You will, of course, be able to comment on any new stuff, and on the posts that I'm leaving here.

If any of you want to continue reading my words of wisdom through LJ, you should work the RSS magic.
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Advice to environmentalists

The world is looking for a "green" power source. Wind, waves, and solar are all great, but all require LOTS of BIG equipment if they are to be realistic replacements for fossil-fuel burning power stations. And none of them, of course, are suitable for powering vehicles.

I have a solution - miniature black holes, carefully constructed so that they evaporate at exactly the same rate at which they suck their surroundings into themselves. All you then need to do is use the energy from the synchrotron radiation as stuff falls into the black hole and gets torn apart. A carefully tuned system could probably spit out lots of microwaves which you could use to boil water and drive a turbine in a large installation, or move a complex assembly of shiny brass rods and hinges and stuff on vehicles.

I recommend feeding the black hole with petroleum products, as there is already an efficient infrastructure in place for their distribution, and dropping them into a convenient black hole is carbon-neutral.
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Advice to christians

Simon Cozens wrote about this news story in his journal:

" I've been getting steadily more and more angry about this over the past week, and now I'm bloody furious. Angry with what? ... with the church - and that must start with myself - for not being there to offer counselling, unconditional love and the opportunity to value life in a different way "


I can think of plenty of reasons to be angry at the church, but this isn't one of them. I'd bet a large amount of money that the people involved weren't christians. Consequently, I'd expect them to see any attempt by the church - or by a christian proselytiser - to barge into their lives and blather about "counselling" and "unconditional love" as being just unwelcome interference. It would be a different matter entirely, and quite probably more effective too, for concerned christians to do their good works seperate from and without regard for the church. The church is not welcomed in a great many places and by a great many people. Decent caring people, however, are welcomed far more widely, by christian and non-christian alike.

I suppose the root of this is that to non-christians, the church and christianity are at best an irrelevance, at worst a rabid dog which should be shot on sight. Individual christians, however, cover the whole range from rabid dog through loveable puppy to faithful old friend. By approaching a non-christian (and I don't think it makes any difference whether they're not christian because they've examined christianity and found it wanting like I have, or because the church effectively doesn't exist in their environment) as the church, you have no chance of getting a good response and run the risk of getting a bad one. By approaching as a person, you at least have the chance of getting a good response. Once you're doing good works as an individual you might get the opportunity to introduce christianity after creating an environment in which it may be received positively.

Or to put it another way, when you want to say "we're from the church, we're here to help", think what the response would be if you said "we're from the Labour party, we're here to help". And then say "my name's Simon, I'm here to help".
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    the sound of my kettle boiling to make a nice cup of tea
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Currency survey

If you had a thunderbox emergency, where you'd run out of bog paper but needed to wipe away the remains of the curry you just evacuated, what currency would you prefer to wipe on?

Please rate by softness and value.
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New words

I just found my second real word that's not in the OED 2nd edition. Yay!

The first one I found was some time ago - hardbody, which appears in print in "American Psycho". The second is prannet, which as well as being in Ian Dury's most excellent little ditty "Billericay Dickie" also appears in Alan Moore's "V for Vendetta".
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    Sieg Howdy, Jello Biafra and the Melvins
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If I were a suicide bomber ...

I'd be paying attention to the recent whitewash from the Association of Chief Police Officers, which says that the policy that lead to the murder of an innocent man at Stockwell tube station last year is just A-OK.

The conclusion that any intelligent suicide bomber will reach is obvious. "I'll make a dead-man switch out of my kitchen scales, that way I make biiiig badda-boom anyway and get my 70 virgins*, **". And the result of this is that the police will continue to gun down innocent people for no good reason, while not stopping determined naughty chaps from blowing shit up.

Hooray! The death count in The War Against Terrorism rises! We have always been at war with East Asia!

* or reincarnated as an astronaut, or to sit on JAYSUS's right hand (cos he likes fondling arses), or whatever their silly superstition tells them.

** why they want virgins instead of an elite team of whores, trained in every form of depraved perversion both known and unknown to man, I'll never know.
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    aggravated grrrr
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Mmmm, tasty baby-meat

Baby cow, that is.

For my tea tonight, I boiled some taters, then set them aside to drain. Then I fried a chopped onion a bit, and added the taters, some herbs, some chopped green thing which was sort of like spinach but not quite, and a splash of beer. Cooked that for a few minutes until it was nicely steamy and moist and the green thing had reduced somewhat. Transfer that to plates. Add a little more oil to the pan and wait for it to get hot enough, then fry a couple of veal escalopes, turning occasionally so they're cooked evenly and don't burn. I added a little Worcestershire sauce half way through. When the veal is decently cooked (about like a medium-rare steak, so still pink in the middle but not dripping with blood) and beginning to ooze nice meaty juices, serve.

And keep the meaty juices from the pan for to re-use them later in the week.

The veal was very nice. I'm sorry to say that the veggies weren't up to my normal standard, they were a bit bland.
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    satisfied satisfied
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Cooking à la Jazz

I started to make a pea soup (sort-of like that recipe but not quite) but only when I was some way in did I realise I'd run out of peas. So I am Improvising. I have a Mysterious Red Vegetable that the tame hippies delivered a couple of weeks ago. I have no idea what it is, so I chopped that up and am using it instead.

The soup now seems to be changing colour every couple of minutes. I think that's a goodinteresting sign, right?

[update: it has settled down on Mud colour]
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    The Clash, Give 'Em Enough Rope