There is blood on our hands again

(From the song 'Blood on our Hands' by Death From Above 1979).

What I'm clumsily trying to say is that here's a blog what I made whilst I should've been doing something better and that if you're reading it then you should be doing something better too. Also, the fact that you and I have the time and resources to respectively make and read this gumpf is why the World is so screwed.

08 July 2005

The party capital of Taffs Well

Oh yes... my house is almost certainly the party capital of Taffs Well this evening... Of course Taffs Well has a population of a few hundred and arguably the fact that there are seven drinking establishments for such a small place might indicate how much else there is to do here. That aside... I'm gonna drink me some fair trade hot chocolate and play my bass into the wee small hours (about half eleven) and the fall asleep.
Anyone who says that their life is more exciting is probably right. But I challenge them to... oh never mind.

This also raises another opportunity to say:

07 July 2005

On a lighter note

They're going to release a rock profiles DVD!! Praise Jesus! I've been saying they should do this for fucking years... I've been waiting for something good to happen to me for a little while now... and here it is... now if I could only fool a girl into liking me... lol. Sigh...

I'm not sure what I was gonna say...

My train of thought has kinda wandered from the post I was going to write by rather worrying news about a series of explosions in London... Current estimates seem to be saying that there may have been six bomb blasts around the city.
I'm worried now about Tom but I'm not sure if he'd be able to reply for a while because the mobile phone network is swamped with people trying to find out if people they know are okay... Guess I'll just have to wait.

04 July 2005

That's it I'm going to Iceland.... one day.

Homer: That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm
going to clown college!

Iceland makes use of it's prime location on top of the main fault line in the Atlantic Ocean - the Mid-Atlantic Ridge - by using the vast geothermal resources to produce electricity and hot water for houses.

  • Iceland has large geothermal and hydroelectric resources, so much so that the local price of electricity actually is lower than the price of the hydrocarbons that could be used to produce that electricity.
  • About 85% of all houses are heated with geothermal energy.
  • Over 99% of the country's electricity is produced from hydropower and geothermal energy.
  • Iceland has large geothermal and hydroelectric resources, so much so that the local price of electricity actually is lower than the price of the hydrocarbons that could be used to produce that electricity.

[The extremely low cost of electricity in Iceland based on its geothermal power stations allows for the cheap production of hydrogen as an alternative fuel source. (48% of current hydrogen production is from natural gas, 30% is from oil, 18% is from coal, and electrolysis accounts for about 4%). The only requirements for electrolysis are electricity and water. However, electricity is much more expensive per unit of energy than methane, and hence the process is anti-economic for large scale production in most other countries.]

  • Plans call for Reykjavik's 80 busses to run on compressed hydrogen by 2005.
  • Research on powering the nation's fishing fleet with hydrogen is underway.

All of this sounds pretty damn good to me!

(All of this information thanks to Wikipedia - the free online encyclopedia just type in Iceland and you're away!)

02 July 2005

Missing the point....

I know live 8 is meant to be about ending poverty and all that stuff ;) but all the bands that were/(technically still are) playing all had beautiful basses... I want a new bass!

Been good watching it though... especially good was the amount of swearing that Snoop Dogg was doing and then Jonathon Ross' reaction. Managed to miss REM though... thanks to Liam for watching it and not letting me know it was on! Just have to wait till after the summit finishes to find out how little Bush will actually give in. I may be cynical and not expect anything much to come out of today's events but I know that they're important because otherwise people would do nothing. I'm not even entirely convinced that the British government actually really want to 'end' poverty anyway... it'll be quite easy to blame America when they fail to live up to people's expectations. Here's till that day though...

I walked home from the Heath in Cardiff to Taffs Well last night at half two in the morning... Took me and hour and a quarter and my legs were hurting after about ten minutes. I haven't exercised for a couple of days though so I'm writing it off as though it was planned. Before that though it was nice to see an old mate of mine, Mr. Thomas Goldman (who's band has a link on this here blog).