Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Tsunami

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The recent Tsunami Disaster has highlighted a few things lacking in the Indian Ocean basin namely;
1. Warning systems that should have been in place, this seems to be the case for the Atlantic as well.
2. There exists a clear and present threat from this phenomena in all coastal areas worldwide.
3. Collective memory of similar events in prehistory has however not deterred us humans from utilising the littoral landscape for our activities.
4. However when one looks at some of the footage some people seem to be mesmerised by the White Dragon bearing down on them, were these people somehow captivated by the wall of water, no one knows...
Whatever the case, we hope mankind has learned a lesson and will spend the time and money to put systems in place that would hopefully save more lives in furore. The fact remains that Tsunamis are a danger that can and will strike again...
What does "tsunami" mean?
Tsunami-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monday, December 27, 2004

Wave of change

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The Japanese for Harbour Wave - Tsu Nami
Mesmirised by the images on Sky News I realise that the world will never be the same again after the Tsunami... The count keeps on escalating and no end is in sight, my heart goes out to all that have lost loved ones and livelihoods.
I am discussing the science on my other blog FEXII in more detail but here are some definitions and images.
More on Tsunami's at Wikapedia
What does "tsunami" mean?
Today's quote sums up the past two days events and the effect on our souls... Live Life like there is no tomorrow and tell your loved ones they are special.
The only lyrics that seem to be apt are from Hooverphonic, the song called Waves :
These gigantic waves just take me
To an unknown destination
Under the moonlight
Feel free to join me on my trip
The tide will take us far
Beyond midnight
Stars will guide us through this
Exotic white
Stars won't be able to fool the knowledge
Of the magic dice
This sea breeze is refreshing
While the dolphins sing about
These psychedelic moods
These waves keep you going
'Till you finally forget
Your original roots
Stars will guide us through this
Exotic white
Stars won't be able to fool the knowledge
Of the magic dice
Wave after wave
"Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end." William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Thursday, December 23, 2004

A pinch of bottom... errrr salt?

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Seems like the original Calendar Girls started a trend, every year some group makes a calendar to raise funds by using plain ordinary folks or as some critics say hornery folks... All I can say is Vrystaaat! It brings a smile to my face and good luck to them, we tend to make this world far too serious.
My song collection is rather devoid of calendar songs, Neil Sedaka had a hit with Calendar Girl and the lyrics of the day come from Tatanja Simic who is a real calendar girl as well as singer. Placebo has a Centrefolds and the J Geils Band had a hit with Centrefold, Billy Joel married a calendar girl named Christine Brinkley (who is 50 by the way!) and the song Uptown Girl was all about her. I am sure these are but a page in the book of calendar/centrefold girl songs out there.
Calendar Girl - Tatjana Simic
I am a calendar girl
I am a
I am a

I am a calendar girl
I am a
I am a
I am a calendar girl

Can't you see
I am a calendar girl
It's only you and me
I am a calendar girl
And if you are blue
I'll be there for you
I'll be there for you

Winter, spring, summer and autumn stars
January, February, beautiful March
When you're down and you don't know why
I'm April, May, June and July

I am a calendar girl
Can't you see
I am a calendar girl
It's only you and me
I am a calendar girl
And if you are blue
I'll be there for you
I'll be there for you

I am a calender girl
I am a
I am a

I am a calendar girl
I am a
I am a

I am a calendar girl
Can't you see
I am a calendar girl
It's only you and me
I am a calendar girl
And if you are blue
I'll be there for you

And when you come to December
I'm sure that you will remember
My face, my smile and my body too
Listen boy, I will always be there for you

I am a calendar girl
Can't you see
I am a calendar girl
It's only you and me
I am a calendar girl
And if you are blue
I'll be there for you

I am a calender girl
I am a calender girl
And I am there for you
As this is a calendar subject I find that I am becoming quite a technogeek, without my cellphone I am lost, it has the whole year mapped out hour by minute... I was finding it hard to remember to lug my diary to meetings and find it very handy to jot things down on my cellphone's organiser, I just hope I don't run out of memory! Or worse still lose the darn thing!
The quote of the day is in the same toungue in cheek (there is a pun in here somewhere) vein as the rest of today's blog but also in tribute to a very entertaining comedian. Caddyshack was the movie where I saw him for the first time.
"My wife's jealousy is getting ridiculous. The other day she looked at my calendar and wanted to know who May was." Rodney Dangerfield (1921 - 2004)

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Oil for the lamp...

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I bought myself a neat utensil Sunday, a oil spray bottle for cooking, here is my first recipe using this nifty tool:
Haddock and Veg bake
This is what I had at hand ingredient wise,
4 baby gem squash
8 baby pear shaped marrows, approx 50mm long
Some left over cherry tomatoes and 2 bigger ones
2 medium sized sweet potatoes
punnet of button mushrooms
1 large onion
1 pack frozen haddock fillets approx 500g
Veggie Seasoning
and my new oil spray filled with Olive Oil.
Method
First peel the sweet potatoes and cube, rinse and put into a microwave/glass dish and Nuke for 4 minutes at full blast.
Put your Oven on HIGH in the meantime.
Then trim the ends of the squash and marrows, rinse and do the same as the sweet potatoes but only for 2 minutes.
Now it is time to get out the baking dish big enough for all the ingredients, spray with oil, dump the nuked veggies in and spray with oil and sprinkle with Veggie Seasoning.
Slide the dish into the oven while you do the next step.
Trim the tail bit off your fillets of fish and cut in half, wash the mushrooms and tomatoes, dice/slice the larger ones and do the same to the onion.
Now you can whip your dish out of the oven and add the fish, arrange at will and spray a tad more oil, pop back into the oven for another 10 minutes.
Finally add the tomatoes onion and mushrooms, sprinkle with Veggie Seasoning and spray lightly with oil.
Pop the lot back in the oven for 15 minutes, use a large spoon to mix the lot a bit and return to the oven for another 10 minutes with the Grill on, keep an eye on things from now on, as soon as things get brown do the mix thing and toast the rest... as soon as things go brown again shut the heat off and prepare to feast.
This recipe can be adapted regarding protein and vegetables, use whatever you have, the secret is in the light film of oil and the Veggie Seasoning. I reckon I could have served at least 4 people.
As we are talking of oil I thought this would be a good song for the day.
Oil for the lamps of China - Listening Pool.
So where's the place you call home?
Somewhere to call your own
You need some time to be alone
Somewhere to light up your life
And maybe you'll hold on tight
But now I hope it turns out right
You'd better stop sitting back
And open up your eyes
When are you gonna stop and realise
This is your prize
And now you're lying down
In an old forgotten town
Keep on hoping,
Keeping hope alive

Oil for the lamps of China
You've gotta believe in your pride
Shining from far and wide
Don't you think it's justified?
Somewhere to take by surprise
Under the moonlit skies
Now I hope it turns out right
But you'd better stop looking back
And open up your mind
Who are you gonna try and hope to find
One of your kind?
So here's the black and white
When you're running out of time
Keep on hoping, keeping hope alive
Oil for the lamps of China.
How I got to lamps I don't know but food is the fuel of the body which helps the mind be enlightened so lamps and light are relevant I suppose.
"Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam on those that are without while the inhabitant sits in darkness." Hannah More

Haddock and veg bake

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Haddock and Veg bake
This is what I had at hand ingredient wise,
4 baby gem squash
8 baby pear shaped marrows, approx 50mm long
Some left over cherry tomatoes and 2 bigger ones
2 medium sized sweet potatoes
punnet of button mushrooms
1 large onion
1 pack frozen haddock fillets approx 500g
Veggie Seasoning
and my new oil spray filled with Olive Oil.

Method:
First peel the sweet potatoes and cube, rinse and put into a microwave/glass dish and Nuke for 4 minutes at full blast.
Put your Oven on HIGH in the meantime.
Then trim the ends of the squash and marrows, rinse and do the same as the sweet potatoes but only for 2 minutes.
Now it is time to get out the baking dish big enough for all the ingredients, spray with oil, dump the nuked veggies in and spray with oil and sprinkle with Veggie Seasoning.
Slide the dish into the oven while you do the next step.
Trim the tail bit off your fillets of fish and cut in half, wash the mushrooms and tomatoes, dice/slice the larger ones and do the same to the onion.
Now you can whip your dish out of the oven and add the fish, arrange at will and spray a tad more oil, pop back into the oven for another 10 minutes.
Finaly add the tomatoes onion and mushrooms, sprinkle with Veggie Seasoning and spray lightly with oil.
Pop the lot back in the oven for 15 minutes, use a large spoon to mix the lot a bit and return to the oven for another 10 minutes with the Grill on, keep an eye on things from now on, as soon as things get brown do the mix thing and toast the rest... as soon as things go brown again shut the heat off and prepare to feast.
This recipe can be adapted regarding protein and vegetables, use whatever you have, the secret is in the light film of oil and the Veggie Seasoning. I reckon I could have served at least 4 people.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Sleeping Sun

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Darkness decended and the night was still... Then the music burst forth!
I call this compilation Sleeping Sun.
31 tracks in playlist, average track length: 4:25Playlist length: 2 hours 16 minutes 55 seconds
1. Nightwish - Sleeping sun (4:04)
2. Silex - Eyes (3:17)
3. The Awakening - Amethyst (3:22)
4. Seether ft Amy Lee - Broken (4:19)
5. Nightwish - Wish I Had An Angel (4:06)
6. Evanescence - Tourniquet (4:38)
7. Creed - With arms wide open (4:37)
8. Gregorian - Losing my religon (5:50)
9. Creed - My sacrifice (5:00)
10. Evanescence - My Immortal (4:24)
11. Scorpion - Still loving you (6:26)
12. Evanescence - Going under (3:35)
13. Silex - Voice (3:55)
14. Strata - When It's All Burning (4:44)
15. Sheakespear's Sister - Stay (3:44)
16. The Awakening - Sacrificial (4:48)
17. Evanescence - My last breath (4:07)
18. Nightwish - End of All Hope (3:55)
19. Era - Devare Amorte (4:16)
20. HIM - Join me in death (3:36)
21. Awakening - Death Says Yes (5:23)
22. Evanescence - Haunted (3:06)
23. HIM - Funeral Of Hearts (4:30)
24. Guns'nRoses - Knocking on heavens door (5:36)
25. Mettallica - Nothing else matters (6:28)
26. Faithless - Hem of his garment (4:07)
27. Evanescence - Bring me to life (3:57)
28. The Darkness - I believe in a thing called love (3:36)
29. Sarah Brightman - Eden (3:59)
30. Era - Sentence (4:54)
31. Nightwish - Nemo (4:36)
Ok I know the titles seem dark and depressing but I can assure you that the music is inpired, Nightwish from Finland is especially good, their lead singer has an amazing voice and fits in so beautifully with the music, I call it Classic Goth Rock, actually I really think it is a style of it's own. Today's lyrics are from Shakespear's Sister, the song
Stay
If this world is wearing thin
and you're thinking of escape
I'll go anywhere with you
just wrap me up in chains
but if you try to go out alone
don't think i'll understand

stay with me
stay with me

In the silence of your room
in the darkness of your dreams
you must only think of me
there can be no in-betweens
when your pride is on the floor
I'll make you beg for more

stay with me
stay with me

You'd better hope and pray
that you make it safe
back to your own world
you'd better hope and pray
that you wake one day
in your own world
'cuz when you sleep at night
they don't hear your cries
in your own world
only time will tell
if you can break the spell
back in your own world

stay with me
stay with me
(repeats til end)

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us." Marianne Williamson, Return to Love, 1992

Owwwwwwww

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This morning I get bundled into the funny basket... 15 minutes later I am in this wierd place... then someone shaves a patch of my fur and pricks me and I dont remember anything after that... Woke up in a cage and could not stand... keep falling over... thank goodness The Man fetches me, I dont want to see this place again! Ah food, glorious food!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Magnifique, un autre prodige de monde. Anyone for a Bungee?

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France shows off tallest bridge and it is a new World Wonder at 343m the tallest in the world, I wonder if they will fit a Bungee platform? At the hight of the Millau bridge roadway of 270m it would be higer than the Bloukrans bridge (on the Garden Route, South Africa) jump wich at 216m is the worlds highest bungee jump at present. All I can say is Bungeeeeeeeeee, Vive La France!
As it is I am putting this on my list of structures to see before I die.
All this talk of bridges makes me think of songs related to them; Burning Bridges - Mike Curb Congregation as well as similar titled ones by Status Quo and Pink Floyd, Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon and Garfunkel, Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chilli Peppers and View From the Bridge - Kim Wilde to name but a few. Lyrics are from Mike Curb's composition:
Burning Bridges - Mike Curb - from the movie Kelly's Heroes - 1971
Friends all tried to warn me
But I held my head up high
All the time they warned me
But I only passed them by
They all tried to tell me
But I guess I didn't care
I turned my back and
Left them standing there

All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
All the lonely feelings and the burning memories
Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door
Burning bridges lost forevermore

Joey tried to help me find a job
A while ago
When I finally got it I didn't want to go
The party Mary gave for me
When I just turned and walked away
Now there's nothing left for me to say

All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
All the lonely feelings and the burning memories
Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door
Burning bridges lost forevermore

Years have passed and I keep thinking
What a fool I've been
I look back into the past and
Think of way back then
I know that I lost everything
I thought I that could win
I guess I should have listened to my friends

All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
All the lonely feelings and the burning memories
Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door
Burning bridges lost forevermore

Burning bridges lost forevermore
Since I first heard this song the words have always reminded me how important friends are, I am glad that I have always kept my bridges unburnt, however sometimes they get burnt by others...
"When you build bridges you can keep crossing them." Rick Pitino, Lead to Success

What's up?

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Wierd things are happening, there is this funny basket and my fav. blankie is now in there? The man is deaf as well, I am starving but he just pats me om my head and says "tomorrow babe"!?

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Enigma

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This has had quite a few people puzzled and some loonies theorizing, I wonder what it was?
Apod Enigma (I ditched the picture link to make things faster.)
Check out the discussion link to see the latest thoughts.

Quizzfreaks united

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If you are a quizzfreak like me try these sometime... this distracted me for almost a whole Sunday afternoon while watching another boring F1 race a month or so ago...
Quizilla - ?? Which Of The Seven Deadly Sins Are You ??
Angel
You are... WAIT! - you're none of the Sins you're
an Angel!
Perfect, or close enough, and annoyingly so! Did
you always
behave so 'just right'. ARGHHH . You can annoy the
hell outta
people with your attitude, but no doubt your church
is real happy
with you. The positive side certainly outweighs the
negative,
after all, you do chores, are smart, are cute, do
charity work.
Least you know what a perfect saint you are. You
just make the rest
of us sinners vomit. Perhaps you could break the
rules once in a while, go wild - Eat an extra
cookie or something.
However - congratulations on being the most pure,
of the entire human race.

?? Which Natural Wonder Or Disaster Are You ??
Rainbow

Rainbow

?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You ??
Morpheus
Morpheus
?? Which Angel Or Demon Are You ??

Youth
Angel_Youth
?? Which Creature Of The Sea Are You??
Seahorse
Seahorse
?? Which Precious Gem Are You ??
Sapphire
! You are most Like A Sapphire !
Dark, mysterious - but unforgettable. You have a
deep
beauty. Delicate, and shy you try to stay away from
the
limelight but often your intelligence puts you in
at the
deep end. You're like a Sapphire, because, your
beauty is priceless.
You're intelligent, full of opinions, and not
big-headed about it all.
Sometimes you need to put yourself out there, as
you can be a bit shy.
Congratulations ... You're the mysterious gem
everybody wants to have and learn more about.


?? Which Season Are You ??
Season = Summer
You're Most Like The Season Summer ...

Whoa.... Passionate eh ?? Typically you're a fiery,
zesty dominant person. As the hottest season,
you certainly ooze Sex appeal. You have
confidence which draws people to you, and you
have the makings of a good leader.
However sometimes your exterior is stronger then
you are and so you scare people off before they
can get close.

Well done... You're the most memorable of seasons
:)

?? Which Mythical Creature Are You ??

unicorn
?? Which Horror Movie Are You Living ??
You're living the movie Scary Movie!
scary movie
?? Which Alcoholic Drink Are You ??
Cocktail
Cocktail
I only got this posted today after storing the htlm on disk a while back, thought it would be fun to publish my results, I notice I have to do some more tweaking as it is pushing some of the template info into a long collum... Hope to sort it this week.

"The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself." James Thurber (1894 - 1961), in Edward R. Murrow television interview

Sunday, December 05, 2004

National Treasure

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What a great movie! It may not get an Oscar but is a great adventure story for most teen's and older as well, the action just keeps on and the bad guys get theirs and the Hero gets the Girl... The kids and I had a great time! The comment in the foyer as we left the cinema had me smiling though:
"Man that writer must know everyting about the Masons, he must be one!" Duh, he used the WWW dude! Nothing new was revealed and I liked the way some "conspiracy theories" were woven into the storyline.
Nothing else to say as I am plumb tuckered out after a day with the kids...
"A nation's treasure is in its scholars." Chinese Proverb

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Mature fans enjoy a new musical youth

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Mature fans enjoy a new musical youth Ok Ok...Guilty as charged! I am also one of the gang as mentioned in the article, I just bought DJ Tiesto's Just Be CD this week and it rocks. But hey! I am 18 till I die! A Tear In The Open must be my favourite track on this album at present, the gaelic lyrics are from Ailein Duinn, or Dark Alan, a haunting melody mixed with some amazing trance style rythms. It has symilarities to some of Era's work as well. Here are the Lyrics and translation to english, I love Gaelic as it is one of the languages spoken by my ancestors:

Gura mise tha fo èislean (How sorrowful I am
Moch sa' mhadainn is mi 'g èirigh Early in the morning I am rising)

Ò hì, shiubhalainn leat... (Ò hì, I would walk with thee...
Hì rì bhò, hò rù bhì
Hì rì bhò, hò rinn ò hò
Ailein Duinn, ò hì shiubhalainn leat Dark Allan, I'd walk with thee)

Ma 's e 'n cluasag dhut a ghaineamh (If thy pillow is the sand
Ma 's e leabaidh dhut an gheamainn If thy bed is the seaweed)

Ma 's en t-iasg do choinlean geala (If the fish are thy candles bright
Ma 's na ròin do luchd-faire If the seals are thy watchmen)

Dh'òlainn deoch ge boil le càch e (I would drink though all abhor it
Dè dh'fhuil do choim 's tu 'n Of thy heart's blood after
Dèidh do bhathadh... Thy drowning.)

However some other tracks are also worth mentioning like the title track Just Be with Kirsty Hawkshaw, she has a great voice and also sings Walking In Clouds as well as most of the other female lyrics on the album.
In any case I will be getting back to blogging more regularly as soon as the chaos at work subsides, in the meantime music will keep me sane.
"I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music." George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Superstar

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Another compilation selection to try, the theme being star'ish as I have been reading a lot of astronomy websites lately and I also love the title track by Jamelia, I must be going soft as my kids say it is hip hop! I just love the beat and think the lyrics are cool. So here we go with this week's star spangled playlist!
SUPERSTAR
20 tracks in playlist, average track length: 4:17Playlist length: 1 hour 25 minutes 49 seconds
1. Jamelia - Superstar (3:35)
2. Roxette - Stars (3:56)
3. Sugababes - Supernatural (3:37)
4. Modern Talking - TV makes the Superstar (3:41)
5. Blank and Jones - Stars shine bright (4:41)
6. B Witched - My superman (3:04)
7. David Essex - Gonna make you a star (3:40)
8. Smash Mouth - All Star (3:21)
9. t.A.T.u. - Stars (4:08)
10. Karen Zoid - Southern sky (3:48)
11. Bonnie Tyler - Total eclipse of the heart (4:23)
12. David Bowie - Space Odditty (4:51)
13. Darkwood Dub - Supernova (4:54)
14. Our Lady Peace - Starseed (4:19)
15. Guns'nRoses - Knocking on heavens door (5:36)
16. Sonique - Sky (4:24)
17. OMD - Speed of Light (4:29)
18. Ocean Lab - Sky falls down (7:53)
19. Basic Connection - Hablame luna (3:30)
20. Europe - The final countdown (3:59)
Basic Connection's Hablame Luna is a great peice as well, cool guitar work with some beautiful vocals blended into a rocking beat, techno latino, if there is such a genre... not much on the web about them though. Strange how some Stars get so egotistical and others keep their feet firmly in reality. Today's quote reminds me of something that was said by Billy Joel, "You can't go home with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You don't sleep with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You don't get hugged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and you don't have children with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I want what everybody else wants: to love and to be loved, and to have a family. Being in love has always been the most important thing in my life."
"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team." John Wooden (American , b.1910)