Xmas is almost here

Ok Xmas is here, starting to see lights out in the streets, and it’s time to dust out the Xmas decorations. I like the low Xmas lights you have at home.

It’s -12 out there ! The news says it’s the coldest weather in Stockholm in 40 years which kind of makes me smile; I was just a couple of hundred km north of here and it’s been -35

Im rushing to work this morning; my 9am meeting has 4 people and it’s been the most difficult meeting to organise ever; literally it was a Month and a half from the day i wanted to meet that I could find spaces in everyones calendar.

In unrelated news I cut my finger and the only plaster I could find had a teddy bear on it!

Group thinking.

“The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.”

.. A Pratchett quote that has been scientifically proven to be true; individuals think better than a group when lacking a cohesive command structure. I work for a company with ca. 18000 people; so that aspect of things is certainly a challenge!

Group dynamics is an interesting subject I once saw a documentary on how crowds can be predicted; and how architects use software to effectively plan some buildings.

Cable Service Providers

First song of the day – we belong – pat benetar. I like this one :)

I managed to miss stephen hawkings alien documentary yesterday which apparently was on time travel. Hopefully it will be on during the week. Probably at 3am or something which reminds me I need to sort out my recording capabilities at home. At the moment I am using a scart connector into a phillips DVD/HDD recorder. Which would have been super a few years back but now sucks; especially recording a HD channel. That reminds me I really want to get my cable subscription sorted – I cannot believe some of the tv channels out there. If we want proof of aliens we just need to figure out who watches Silver HD. Comhem are actually a customer; I wonder if there’s a way I can get anything cheap there… Their tv guide often goes offline and I have had enough troubles to consider changing them; they arent really that bad, I remember having hassle with telia too.

I have a tele2 line laid into my appartment (by the council) I thought that would be a cheap service but when I phoned and asked the prices were sky high and they weren’t helpful. Then a guy turns up last week trying to sell a service. I almost felt sorry for him. The company had paid for all that work and got nothing. If they had only let their own customer service know that they were planning to do a special deal because they had hooked up the whole building. If u was that sales guy I would be annoyed.

I’m going to cheat a little with work today. I’m going to spend an hour with a cup of coffee, writing audio notes for myself – and maybe my nr 2. I got to stop calling him that. His name is Matt, glen calls him door matt.

I used to think the world was divided up into shepards and sheep; I was wrong- it’s divided into thinkers, non thinkers and over thinkers I’m probably the latter of the two.

A random American who ive never spoken too marked one of my blogs like a week or so back. Someone I don’t know read and liked my post how cool is that! I think I am mellowing out a bit. A few years back I would consider it an invasion of privacy, but then a few years back it would have been.

Pratchett Quotes

Terry Pratchett is awesome – these are some of my favorite quotes:

  • “Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
  • “There is always time for a last minute”
  • “Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.”
  • “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
  • “I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”
  • DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.”
  • “And what would humans be without love?”
    “Rare,” said Death.”
  • “The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.”
  • “The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.”
  • “Go on, prove me wrong. Destroy the fabric of the universe. See if I care.”
  • “Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.”
  • “Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organized.”
  • “My name is immaterial,’ she said.
    That’s a pretty name,’ said Rincewind.”
  • “When in doubt, choose to live.”
  • “Gravity is a hard habit to shake off.”
  • “What did they feed the lions and tigers with in the ark, sir?”
  • “Just because you’re an angel doesn’t mean you have to be a fool.”
  • “The sun rose slowly, as if it wasn’t sure it was worth all the effort.”
  • “…inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.”
  • “I commend my soul to any god that can find it.”
  • “Just because someone’s a member of an ethnic minority doesn’t mean they’re not a nasty small-minded little jerk.”
  • “Rincewind could scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four.”
  • “She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful: something to be admired from a distance, not up close.”

Is hell exothermic?

I read this before and really liked it:

University of Washington chemistry mid-term.

The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.

Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different Religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.

Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.

With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of Souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the Temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept t he postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you, and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.

The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct…leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting “Oh my God.”

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY “A

My wallet

This is my wallet its fat and needs to be replaced. My dad has an ultra thin wallet, coloured and shaped as a piece of toast.

My wallet contains the following –

  • Bank card Swedish ID card
  • mekonomen card (car repair)
  • Game card (video game shop)
  • Train card
  • Tieto card
  • MSDN card (microsoft subscription)
  • A cinema present card (expired 2008)
  •  Mio card (Furniture card)
  •  Microsoft certified specialist card
  • 440kr (I rarely have cash)

Receipts –

  • 3x train card
  • 1x waynes coffee
  • 2x ICA
  • 2x Scandic hotel (beer!)

From this we can deduce I am technically oriented and I need to clear out my wallet!

I brought my wallet in a surf shop in brazil. I think it’s time to move on !

Kubla Khan

 This is my favorite poem in the world; entitled kubla khan it was written by samuel L cooleridge in 1797. I think the imagery is beautiful within it and its said that its his vision of paradise, and that he was going mad as he wrote it. He also wrote rime of the ancient mariner which i believe was made famous by iron maiden!

So heres the poem:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And ‘mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And ‘mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ‘twould win me
That with music loud and long
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

… the english is quite hard i know. but i think the imagery is beautiful and whenever i recite it i end up saying it faster and faster as i get caught in the emotion of it.

Its just awesome i think.

BMI

Ok the BMI rating system is as follows

Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

Does anyone else think that’s a bit harsh? I’ve been looking at these tables and apparently I may not be quite as slim and sexy as I first thought to that aim I am amending the tables

Underweight = <23.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 30–34.9
Obesity = BMI of 35 or greater

…. This still makes me a fat bastard but not quite as bad.

Captain Blood

I saw a documentary the other night on Thomas Blood. Its funny really because i didnt really read up on him before quite deliberately.

One of my favorite books is Captain Blood by Raphael Sabbatini. Blood is an amagamation of several other charactors – including Thomas Blood.

I love the book Captain Blood because its a story of a guy that is a retired soldier who decides to retire and become a doctor. He ends up healing some rebels, and gets imprissoned for it, and ends up being sent to jamaica as a slave. there he finds the love of his life Arabella bishop, escapes and becomes a pirate. Its not a life he choses, it is thrust upon him. Throughout all this however he manages to be a moral charactor and at heart a good person

…so watching the documentary about the real Blood – a thief who just tried stealing the crown jewels was a bit of a let down – he was a con man and Thomas Blood was  nothing like the Peter Blood of the book.

The Brick Wall

Its funny how many things out there we take for granted that are a testament to human capability. I was lost once looking for a street i was supposed to be going for an interview – St Johns Place – in london. so i thought well theres no point in stressing and sat down in a pub called the bear. While i sipped my beer i could not help but think about the wall – how many people had to collaborate to make such a thing happen.

i mean you have the builders sure – thats obvious, but they all work in a company to make that happen you have accountants, a coffee boy, sales people,  the builders, and they all rely on stuff from other companies – 1000 tools for a thousand places. then you have the actual people that made the bricks – they have to get the clay – it gets carried away in a jcb – which has hundreds of thousands of parts – all of those from different companies, all with their own sales people, engineers, designers, etc… if you sstart to think of it – someone designs bricks – someone sells them, of course you have the mortar too – same story. When you think it through you will soon get lost and realise to make that one wall literally millions of people have had to collaborate. Thats what society is about… we learn, we grow, we adapt, we improvise, most importantly we communicate – we take the knowelege from others and build upon it.

Science is based on communication one person has an idea, and then 50 people jump on him and say “thats bollocks”. That gives a chance to adapt and improve.

after i stopped thinking about that wall, and stepped back from it a bit, i noticed a sign on it. “St Johns Place”.

%d bloggers like this: