Archive for June, 2005

woodlice

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

If you think woodlice are scary (and you should) you should see these….

Things never to say to a woman.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

“You are going to be very beatiful when you are older”.

Had no sleep last night due to working on a stupid web page, which should have been finished weeks ago for the project which is paying for me to go to holland next month. I tried to sleep in the morning but some men came around and looked at our flat, one was a builder, one sounded military and i think the other was from the council. The continue to refer to my office as “the bedroom”.

The Coop had no bread, so I bought hot cross buns and lemon current pancakes instead.

M says that weetabix and gingercake are not valid breakfast materials.

We have an infestation of woodlice, they keep appearing, it scares me. Is it wrong to kill woodlice? I’m not sure that they aren’t infact the lost trilobites which have been shrunken (shrunked?) by a cosmic zappo ray and sent across the breadths of time to invade our flat.

Did you know that there are thought to be over 15,000 species of trilobite, different species exhibit three different types of eyes.

The Coral

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Anybody want to go and see the coral in the pavilion tonight? (£15)

Sigh.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Did lots of moving things over the weekend (you try lugging a sofa down two flights of stairs in 30 degree heat!) stayed in last night and did some thesis, added about 4-5 pages In reality though its a bit less than that (adding structure and section headings). Structure is looking a bit more promising although I keep remembering bits of background i want to add and having to go back and re-factor.

boring stuff

Our new address

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

I’ve been trying to find out how old our flat is,

As far as I can tell it is at least 175 years old as I found this sketch showing our building in 1829 (our flat is behind the tree at the bottom left of the building).

Aparrently Dickens was an occasional visitor to our square, staying with at number 35 St. James’s Square with the poet Walter Savage Landor who lived there. This is whom Dickens aparrently based the character of Mr. Boythorn in Bleak House on.

It appears also that the Austins also probably stayed somewhere on St. James’s Square if this page is to be trusted. This dates the construction of the square to at least 1806.

My guess is that the square was build around the same time as the royal crescent and the circus (which are very close by) putting it at mid-to-late 18th century, it would be interesting to know if the building we are in (which is relatively large) was designed by Wood as well…

On the downside this is probably not the sort of building you want to be living in the basement of :)

Moving

Friday, June 17th, 2005

We are still moving house.

Its remarkable, I originally moved to bath with exactly 1 ford fiesta full of stuff, this included everything including an acoustic guitar in case, my computer all of the books I considered worth carrying around and almost all of my CDs. Since then we have been slowly been accumulating more and more stuff. So far we have taken 4 carfulls of stuff down to the new flat and we are only just about finished with the books (we now have 3 crates of CDs/DVDs/tapes/games sitting and waiting to go) and all of the other stuff to take down, including our furniture, clothes kitchen stuff.

We’ve just got back from ikea with plans to look at dining room tables and desks, we found a new table top, ordered it and went and picked it up from the collection thingy. Minor problem relating to the fact that the desk top is 160cmx80cm and we own a nissan micra was resolved by a) first deciding that it wouldn’t fit in the car at all and having an argument about who chose the desk in the first place then b) deciding that it might fit in the car if we put it across the front seat with the back seat down leaving no room for 561 to sit. M then decided to try to get me to drive the desk home and then come back for her; about 1.5 hours round trip (this is sitting in the middle of car park in an industrial estate in Bristol at 10:00pm). Following a further argument about the relative merits and the safety of driving around with a huge desk surface crammed into your tiny car we settled on c) cramming both desk and M and desk into car with little regard for road safety or visibility.

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Hmm Marmite and maple syrup on toast tastes like chocolate.

things which really annoy me

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Some representative of the solar impulse project , talking about why anybody would want to build a a solar-powered plane to fly around the world: “Non stick frying pans were a _direct_ result of developments in the space race”

Teflon was invented in 1939 and the first non-stick frying pans using it were sold in 1946, for some reason lots of people seem to thing it was the result of developments for the space program, wheras in fact the converse is probably more true, these people need to be hit.

including:

http://www.sixtiescity.com/Space/SpaceRace.htm
http://www.debatabase.org/details.asp?topicID=324

I rather like the bbc’s h2g2’s description of teflon as “the most famous substance never to have come out of the space race” although their statement that that questions like ‘If Teflon is non-stick, how do they make it stick to frying pans’ should be filed under ‘Shut up’ is a bit mean. The process for sticking teflon to non-stick pans is aparrently quite complex and subtle and involves etching microscopic fissures into the surface of the metal into which the teflon can flow and stick.

Making things

Monday, June 13th, 2005

There has been something on my mind which has been bothering me for a few weeks: what if civilisation collapsed and all of the things we rely on for survival stop working. Assuming that there were some normal run-of- mill people left but no infrastructure and no processed materials (lets say you are forced to live in the jungle or somewhere else with relatively abundant natural resources) what knowlege would you pass on to give the brave new world some hope of survival.

The point is that we have lost all of the skills required for survival in an unmodified environment, and all but a few of us have lost the knowledge and skill required to re-build that enivronment. Lots of skills and things are inter-dependant and some of the core skills are missing.

I suppose it would be impossible to return to the current status quo with any degree of speed, as some industrial processes (like making steel) are very dificult to do on a small scale without lots of specialist equipment. But it would be interesting to see what kind of things you could get and what kind of society (in terms of advancement) you would end up with.

in no particular order:

Some Pharmacology and basic medicine
most importantly i guess would be midwifery, but anythiing else would certainly be a bonus
Basic farming knowledge
how to collect seed, sow crops rear animals etc
How to make fire from scratch
How to make charcoal
Required for basic metal working, clean cooking, pottery
Pottery & glassmaking
where to find clay, how to make,fire pots and glass
Elementary architecture
Got to live somewhere (although tents would be ok)
Elementary Metalurgy
Bronze is fairly versitile but iron,steel, copper etc would be good (only most easily exploitable resources have been exhausted…)

and so on.

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

It really is this boring.