Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Outdoor Speakers removed
Monday, August 21, 2006
Boston Fireworks accident
55,000 fireworks in Plymouth
Sunday, August 20, 2006
US Radio Station Playlist Map
CDs in cardboard sleeves
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Emmerdale House Collapse
YouTube & Copyright
Friday, August 18, 2006
PC World TV Advert
Hmmmm....I think my 12 year old Escom Pentium I 75Mhz with Windows 95 can do that, actually.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Credit Cards and PINs
Monday, August 14, 2006
NTL's faux-Geordie voice prompts
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
To want or to have?
I have wanted one (or a few) Jam Creative Productions jingles sung for me ever since I found out who Jam were about 11 years ago.
I read an article in the Radio Magazine in the mid/late 90s about Alfasound in Cheshire who were the UK reps for Jam jingles. I called them, they sent some literature, I ordered some demo CDs and tapes, I placed another order after hearing them, and they went bankrupt.
With the internet, and an American friend who ordered two jingles before Jam introduced the 'personal cuts' option (a name for cheap jingles) I realised I could still get Jam jingles either through Steve England or from Jam direct.
The thing is, I recently found that wanting things is often a bit more fun than actually getting them. A list of things that I have wanted for at least 12 years included: Bose 151 outdoor speakers, Micron TX203 radio microphone, Shure SM57 microphone, a Colt 4 smoke machine. Within 1 year, I now own these items. They are good, and fun, and on the whole exactly what I thought they'd be. But maybe because I'm older and they are now mere objects I once desired or that my imagination cannot fully appreciate what they mean to me this far on, that I realised wanting them held almost more fascination than owning them. Especially as I don't use them every day by any means - the things I use every day are items such as my PC, touch screen monitor and chair. My original list included a 286 PC!
Of course, 12 years ago I couldn't afford any of them. Recently I was feeling flush and bought them all.
So maybe it is better to just want nice things rather than always having them.
Top of the Caterpillars
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Capital Disney forgets target audience's age
They talked about the 100 Farenheit temperatures currently being experienced in the US.
Very good for people over 30, but everyone under 18 -- indeed, under 30, has been brought up on the Celcius unit and has no idea what 100F is! Get your bloody act together, journalists!
The Internet copyright law passed France's parliament June 30 after fierce debate and a gradual weakening of its initial punch.
This is what I hate about American news articles.
The words 'in'/'at' and 'on' are missing, and highly noticable, ruining the flow of the sentence.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
High street solar panels on sale
I'm pretty on the ball with this blog, aren't I?! This is on BBC News online at the moment - £1000 solar panels from high street retailer Currys to power homes. The UK is still behind countries like Germany with regard to solar panels. However, they are very expensive - this system is £9000 all-in, and only saves around £75 per year, which means it wouldn't pay for itself until 125 years after it is installed....but the panels have an expected life of 20 years. DOES NOT COMPUTE!!!
I think people will still want to buy a car or holiday than solar panels if they had that amount of money to spare.
Don't get me wrong - I'm really pro renewable energy - it's a tremendously exciting field, but the price of solar energy is still too high to be within the reach of many, many households.
The Universe of Energy at Disney's Epcot Center in Florida is an interesting ride - watch an on-ride video at my Horizons tribute site (the Universe of Energy video is 178Mb - be warned!).
This makes more sense! I think the BBC's news item was a bit wrong. This quote from Currys' website shows that the panels would provide approx. half a home's electricity in a year - that's more like it.
The average home in the UK consumes approx. 3300kWh (or units) of electricity per annum. A typical PV system would be a 2kWp system which would produce approx. 1600kWh per year (based on 800kWh per 1kWp installed under UK conditions), roughly half of the yearly consumption. Payback varies greatly depending on the individual’s electricity consumption pattern and of course the energy prices of the day. Payback time will obviously reduce if energy prices increase in the future. It has been important to remember also that solar panels could add value to your home, so in actual fact they may well have paid for themselves by day one!