Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Embarkation

So here we are. We finally have our day of departure staring us in the face and it's kind of exciting, I guess! We go to London tomorrow (so please no bombs, fundamentalist types!) and then on to Hastings to spend a few days with my mum. Then on Friday its a flight to Tashkent - pause for a coupla hours - and finally Delhi! I'm a little worried about coping with the poverty in a way that allows me to remain human, and about health issues (I have had terrible psoriasis in hot humid places before) but on the whole an air of anticipation pervades.
Before I go I want to note something that occurred to me last night, fairly heavily under the influence! It was partly as a consequence of reading Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin. She compares the visual based way that most animals see the world with that inhabited by autists. It led me to think about categories and come to an unusual conclusion. I think that the categories which humans use so succesfully to negotiate the outside world are based in the emotional arena rather than (as would traditionally be assumed) the rational one. They acquire their inherited power from what they mean to us rather what they describe or inhere upon I will leave that to hang and hopefully elaborate at a later time with relation to philosophical analyses and the anthropological Sapir/Whorf hypothesis. Until then - at least a month farewell! If you stumble across this page - wish us luck! Thankyou

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Batteries in the body

Just a quick idea: would it be possible to build in, or even build the shell of aircraft and cars directly from, the latest thin film type batteries that are becoming available? Such an act would undoubtedly help batteries become more effective as far as weight/power ratios are concerned! Combined with pv technologies the actual structure could be part of the power production system, rather than just the problem to be transported.

Gubbins

My intention to blog nightly seems slightly ambitious now, seeing as it's Tuesday. Still, thats better than me previous average!
Spent last night up at my friend Martin's and had an enjoyable evening with him and his girlfriend Migume. The conversation flowed easily (sometimes these things can be slightly strained) and ideas were bounced around fairly effortlessly - the interplay of seemingly random ideas are my favourite type of conversation and Martin and I have always done this with a dizzying, if sporadic, ease.
Today Emma and I went into town after she returned from work and bought items for our trip - citronella for insects etc. I've read that catnip oil is the best repellant but it seems to be entirely unavailable which is slightly frustrating! Then we came home and watched some of Lost which is our favourite show at the moment and Michael Palin's Himalaya to get an idea about some of the places we're going. It shows some amazing sights but I can't help but get the feeling that there isn't a lot of the interaction that made his previous series' so delightful.
Emma has fallen asleep and I, who had a late morning, am still searching the web endlessly for exciting news about renewable energy developments - an activity which frequently diverts me. It is as though I am looking for something endlessly but I'm not quite sure what it is! I will link to my favourite sites when I can work out how, but for now, if you are interested, check out Worldchanging.com .
The best site in the world, no question! A realistic slice of the future as it it might hopefully occur.
Apart form that I well end by congratulating myself for finally doing some damn excercise! I went t the gym and feel much better for it. I also ordered books from amazon which have intruiging subjects. Hopefully more on this when I get them!
Good luck, listeners. Every day offers possibilities that solidify into our lives. Try and find ones that bring new light onto the event that is you!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Diary online

I've made a decision - I'm going to India in three weeks time and this seems as good a time as any to attempt to turn this sadly neglected blog from a generalist overview of whatever catches my eye into a kind of online diary. This will hopefully turn into a place to put memories as well as inspirations.
So, to begin. 9 July 2005. Today involved two strangely conflicting memes - like opposing partners in a muscular dance. These were sewn from a wedding which I attended, uniting my girlfriend Emma's auntie and her long-standing boyfriend. I will omit their names seeing as they are not announcing their change of circumstances until tomorrow. The range of genuine and intimate emotions implicit in the whole experience was invigorating and touching. Good luck to them both!
The second of these, mostly glimpsed on various tellies, was the aftermath of the London bombings. Savage and tragic as the whole situation is, these are omnipresent at the moment (understandably) and lead me to worry about what will happen if there were a wrongful arrest. The public is desperate for the old comfort of revenge and we must be careful that we do not lose our tolerance and respect in the search for this placeboic salve. The most comprehensive defence against those who would hurt us in a twisted search to combat perceived injustice, is a commitment and determination to prove and actualise our own principles of balance, fairness and understanding.
So there we are. Missive 1 of hopefully many. If you are reading - make sure you are true to yourself and, if you possibly can, those around you. It may seem hard and time-consuming; but it is only worth getting where you want to go if you have not lost your soul on the journey!