For Moyly, Ian, Lorna and George….
Freak Electric Demo Sleeve
Freak Electric Folks
I have an old demo cassette of yours. Now I have remarkable computer power (8 cores at 4Ghz+), Reaper is becoming one hell of a tool. Here I’ve had a 1 hour session at cleaning up what is a really rubbish quality cassette recording, all hiss and sweeping mushiness…. I think it’s better than my earlier effort with different software. Even so, the source tape has no audio over 8kHz so it’ll be dull whatever I do.
Update 8/9/14: I’ve since found two better quality versions of my aged cassette tape. This is one below, starting with one of my favourite tracks. Arseholes to the ambiguously sounding WIND, west wall…? Either way. Crank it up, especially at 11:45. [If done now, I’d thin out the long intro sound and add maximum punch for the loud bit – that’s technical folks… ]
It’s Just Like Bladerunner, And Not Just the Weather!
Tears in Rain
Just Like Bladerunner? This morning's View.
Bladerunner, the movie, based on an old Philip K Dick science-fiction story, was made by Ridley Scott from North-East England, someone I’m distantly related to. Made in 1982, it presents a very grey, wet, bleak future, heavily referencing Scott’s (and my own!) upbringing of wide, breathtaking Northumbrian vistas, interspersed with the constant oppression of continuous rain in a dense urban landscape. It’s a metaphor for the continuous duality of freedom and slavery.
Back in 79-80, when Jeff and I made Crawling Chaos’ Sex Machine, I saw it as a neat tune, with our comically scientific words slapped on top. The words humorously refer to a future of gene control and designer-led bodies. Because humans are so sexually fixated, we postulated that this may become the be-all and end-all of most technology, with real work for the betterment of mankind taking second spot. And of course, the more sex, then the more sexually transmitted diseases (STD) there’ll be. It’s all in the words.
Amazingly, apart from the flying cars and an army of androids, the world is very much like Bladerunner. Floods (like the recent ones in the UK, and 2007, and 2005 etc), storms, heatwaves, blizzards, insect plagues, species extinction. The whole world has had them in increasingly bizarre locations and strengths.
And yet while disasters hit us, those in The West, certainly, are more concerned with celebrity gossip and inane personal acquisitions. The pursuit of the self.
The scientists trying to model vast climatic changes are ridiculed for doing so as their words are endlessly quoted out of context by the vested interests of the climate-change-sceptic lobby. All science indeed is held in contempt by the ignorant classes, except if it can be used for sex or death.
Pudenda and Hymen
Remarkably, there’s now a huge cosmetic industry devoted to amending women’s pudenda to some ‘ideal look’ more akin to pre-pubescent girls!
Now, in a neat twist on Barry Bucknell‘s DIY skills, there are online designs and instructions so that anyone can make their own sex machine…. a machine-driven giant cock with a flywheel! Ordinary dildos are not enough! For males there is an army of sucking machines of various types.
Even more bizarrely, women are now having their hymen repaired – just so that they can be filmed having it ‘broken’ again for the porn industry. And then they get it repaired again! So it can be filmed being broken, again.
Men have penis inserts and painful extensions both mechanical and physically while parliament is petitioned for the ‘rights’ of non-breeding couples to be somehow mated and made to conceive children.
Breast implants and augmentation are hardly worth mentioning, they are so commonplace.
Ordinary Sex Machine
All of these things are done to ordinary people. They are not deformed or burned like some WW2 fighter pilot or Elephant Man.
They are just ordinary folk.
So what is it about ordinary people that makes so many want to be less-ordinary, sexually? They are not sex slaves, but are slaves to sex, so much so that peer kudos is their sole reason for existence.
Tears in Rain
For me, our song Sex Machine does not sound so odd now, despite the ignorant comments made towards it. And Bladerunner now seems so prophetic, it’s scary.
Rutger made up the line “Tears in Rain” on the spur of the moment. It was unscripted and has become one of the most famous lines in film.
I’ve just uploaded this video using different software and process so I don’t know how it’ll appear yet. However, see if you can spot the kingfisher?
It’s a remarkable bird that I’ve been trying to catch on camera for ages.
When they’re stationary in trees they’re almost impossible to see.
When they fly, they are like a flash of blood and electricity across the gloaming.
When they fly, they are impossible to track with a hand-held camera!
When they are in the trees they are impossible to see in the viewfinder!
Despite all this, my new Panasonic Lumix TZ7 has videoed the thing quite well! For a few seconds, you actually can see the thing quite clearly – a first for me! Woo-Hoo! (You’ll have to double-click to get it full screen (or at least larger) to then see this on YouTube directly.
At 0:30 you’ll see it centre-frame and at ~1:00, just as I’ve got a true beamer on it – it shoots off down and right and then flew up the canal! It’s what they do – like a woman, they just entice you in and then foom! They’re gone! Ha Ha.
(The TZ7 replaces the TZ5 which I carelessly dropped onto the tiled floor at home)
Watch how they pick and choose which bits of ‘science’ to believe!
Abandoned for 100 Years
Last week, smiley Alan Johnson fell out with serious Professor Nutt because the professor said some factual scientific things, things proven by statistics and analysis to have an overwhelming degree of proof. This was that drinking alcohol and smoking is far more dangerous than cannabis and ecstasy pills. See dont-shoot-the-messenger-if-you-dont-like-the-message and associated links.
Now, this week, Ed Milliband has taken the opposite approach and said:
So, despite there being three major accidents involving nuclear power, he says it’s safe! In actual fact, he said this:
“I do understand the anxieties that there are because there have been concerns about nuclear power.” “I think it is right that we go ahead with this. It has a good safety record. There is no evidence that people’s fears about nuclear are grounded, in my view.”
The trouble with this, is that a nuclear accident isn’t the same as a car crash, it isn’t at all like a train crash or a plane crash. It actually isn’t anything like an earthquake or tsunami, natural hazards that many have to live with.
Hinkley Point Power Station
In a nutshell, if Hinkley Point Power Station down the road from me goes up in a similar fashion to Chernobyl, because of the prevailing wind, most of England will be uninhabitable and we’ll all have to go to Scotland!
The Three Close Shaves
In order, there was Windscale when I was a child and was exposed to Strontium in the milk which had to be chucked away for months. The records show that this was a really close shave for us in Britain and Scandinavia – only half an hour away from a worse-than-Chernobyl disaster!
Then we had Three-Mile Island, another skin of the teeth episode but this time by the Americans.
Then there was Chernobyl which has left a 100 mile square piece of Russia uninhabitable and left sheep inedible thousands of miles away in Britain for years. If the Chernobyl event had been here, as I say, all the Midlands would’ve needed evacuating. As it is, Russia is very, very big, and they’ve room to move….. We don’t. It’s a little island. Full of jobs-worth’s and idiots, by the sound of it.
Subway to Nowhere
Q. So which scientist is Milliband believing? Which scientist says it’s “safe”?
Q. What evidence is Milliband ignoring that leads him to think people’s fears are “ungrounded”, as he says?
A. The evidence of his head in the sand, that’s what!
In this case he is using the infrequent bad events and calling them safe because they don’t happen often. And because we’ve been very, very lucky; that’s all.
The stats show something different, because there are only about a couple of hundred nuclear plants across the globe! Three have gone up!!! For me, this is piss-poor odds and I don’t wish the lottery-like risks, especially when there are a host of other alternatives.
He’s a clever man, but that doesn’t mean he’s always correct.
In his same speech (on TV some years ago), he said that an incident killing about 1 million people every 100 years was almost inevitable, but comparing it to road transport, or to dying from an overheating world, or the natural cancers we’d get anyway, then many more would die in the same period….
That’s statistics and that’s a scientist speaking. It’s the balance of probabilities and the the certainty of proof expressed in numbers.
However, it does not make it right and it does not make it something to which we should aspire.
There has to be a better way – and there is. There are a pot of technologies available, especially when the economies of scale in mass manufacture are taken into account. I don’t mean battery cars, the biggest red herring ever. But there ARE a host of solutions and the biggest obstacles are:
Vested interests – oil companies and the politicians and businessmen that are attached.
Lack of belief – we people can do anything we set our minds to – even splitting the atom and making global war with it!
Stasis in Innovation – a host of tools are already available but people are scared and no-one wants to take the first step…
But look at it this way. If all houses and industrial premises are forced by law to be covered with low cost film photovoltaic cells, how much electricity will we have and how many people MIGHT get hurt if a roof collapses?
A. A lot of electric and not many people!
Surely, something like this is worth trying rather than putting a host of concrete death stars on our doorsteps?
This week, I’ve become aware of three excellent initiatives that are focussing people’s energies, creativity, and cash(!) into positive solutions to the global energy crisis. It just shows what can be done – and these projects are not difficult or hard to creative creatures like ourselves.
Big Mirrors in the Desert
A sustainable energy initiative that will start with a huge solar project in the Sahara desert has been announced by a consortium of 12 European businesses.
This is a $400billion plan (yes, 400 billion!), that will plaster the top left corner of Africa with mirrors to harness solar energy.
These will boil water, make steam, turn conventional turbines to make electricity which will be sent across the Straits of Gibraltar, to Europe.
No doubt, the various peoples in the areas will benefit from all this in numerous ways. That’s for politics.
The thing is, major European govenrments and industries are all signed up now, which in the scheme of things, takes some doing.
The first step is always the hardest.
Algal Ponds biodiesel
In a similar way in the USA, large tracts of semi-desert are being used as test beds for algal production and it’s distillation into a usable biodiesel.
The BBC had a piece yesterday that explored the forces and conflicts at work, between the big oil businesses, the environment, people worried about jobs, etc. Read it here: America’s energy policy dilemma
The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture. There are many people today who are concerned with the serious problems that face our modern society: unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population and a decline in the Earth’s ecosystems.
Don’t let the pictures put you off! To my mind they remind me of Gerry Anderson’s world of Stingray & Thunderbirds, but maybe that’s what’ll happen?
This is good, because at present, if these big technologies come to fruition, all the hot sunny places in the world, most of which are extremely poor in money and natural resources, will suddenly become everyone’s best friend, and it’s in the planning for this part of the equation that I think The Venus Project will show it’s greatest value.
Browse the website, there’s pots to see and think about!
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