Archive | August 2004

RSS and the USA elections

Both George "the idiot" Bush and John Kerry (lets hope he does George over) are using Blogs during this election, an excellent idea – bet they don’t have anything to do with them though – just there aids! The reason I mentioned this is I came across a site which shows both at the same time. I guess this could be interesting. You are thus able to look at both at the same time and maybe see what each is saying about the other. At the least it could be fun, see: http://coollame.org/bushkerry.php

Mohair Rock!!

I will do my full reading festival review later but I need to tell everyone how impressed I was with Mohair. They opened the Carling tent on the 2nd day and well neither me nor Katherine had heard of them but thought we would give them a listen. Wow! They were fantastic, probably the best find of the festival for me. I want to see them again, time to try and get some tracks by them I think. It was a shame they only got to do a shortened set because of the delays in allowing people into the arena but what they did was excellent – they even gave me a sticker (its going on my guitar)! see:

Mohair

Back from Reading Festival

Covered
in mud, knackered, lots to write about, can’t be arsed, bugger it –
i’ll do it later. One thing:

"Your
mother’s got a penis"!!!!! (GLC rock!)

Herculympics

I just came across this rather cool game on the BBC website, see:http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics_2004/herculympics/default.stm I think it requires flash but it is well worth the install. I have played it once and got a bronze with 3,250. Gosh it does require some physical effort on your fingers -takes me back to hours spent on similar games on my old acorn. Its a young mans game, this typing buttons fast 😉 It is lots of fun and I am sure the most adult of people will find the calamari crawl fun – in some way.

8 Mile and Bend it Like Beckham

Well
some people might could be crazy for watching either of these films
but to watch them both in one day most people would call me weird and
tell me to get out of the house! Well in my defence I was working while
I watched these films and I only watched them since I am taking advantage
of Blockbuster’s free month
trial. There service is mostly good – very fast but not quite enough
copies of movies, meaning I still haven’t got one of the top 5 on my
list. At £14 a month it is not bad, but as a student I don’t feel
I can justify this expense.

As
for the films, I have to say I (shockingly) enjoyed "Bend
It like Beckham
" – it has some quite funny moments and lots
of scenes of women playing footie in their bra’s for some reason (we
all know why – get the men to watch it!). It had a good storyline and
was well worth watching – shame about the title. As for 8
Mile
, this was slightly disappointing. The story seemed to just
stop, I felt like the story had lots to go. It was interesting and had
some funny moments. Oh and Eminem didn’t even sing "Lose Yourself"
at any point, now I am really disappointed ;-).

Two new moons around Saturn

The
Cassini spacecraft which is now orbiting around Saturn has identified
two new ‘moons’ orbiting around Saturn. Now the question is how large
does a rock have to be before it is classified to be a moon? I bet there
new discoveries will end up not being classified as moons but rather
as rocks orbiting around the gas giant.

S/2004 S2

S/2004 S2. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science
Institute

See:
http://spaceflightnow.com/cassini/040816newmoons.html
for more on this story.

Astrosoc in Astronomy Now

Yesterday
I went to buy my latest copy of Astronomy Now from Borders and unexpectedly
(a month early) my society, the University of Birmingham Astronomical
Society, featured as the Society Spotlight. Yeah!! This along with some
of our other publicity only go to show how much progress the society
has made over the last year or so (even if I do say so myself).

AN Sept 2004

To
see it go to: http://students.bugs.bham.ac.uk/astrosoc/pictures/astronomynow/ANsept2004.jpg