I'm a geeky Engineering undergraduate.
I'm currently doing a year long placement at a company that makes small satellites, using the words "spacecraft" and "mission" on a daily basis is rather cool.
I seem to have a gift I was born with for offending and irritating people, amplified by my constant ability to be grumpy.
The title of this blog is a nod to the late Christopher Hitchens a personal idol, I aspire to be able to argue like him , to have the courage to say what needs to be said regardless of the prevailing opinion. And I owe a lot to his book "Letters to a young contrarian"
I love to teach people things and explain stuff , and just generally get people to think differently. If someone leaves a discussion with me more knowledgeable than they started it then I've achieved something.
You will find a lot of music on this blog (one track a day when I'm on it), I hope you enjoy the tour of my non sequitor music taste.
Talk to me, I'm not always a miserable angry bastard.
He had bowel cancer several years ago and he recovered, however within the last 4 months I guess it was discovered that it had made a come back and he was given two years to live. Xmas eve he was taken in to hospital and after a few days in hospital he passed over the xmas period. This obviously made for a somewhat less than happy xmas period however it gave me a lot of time to muse on death. A few days ago I attended his funeral which was nowehere near as bad as I had expected, I’d have liked to have been asked to speak at the occasion but I wasn’t. My brain however composed a eulogy anyways and it is written below:
"Simple thermodynanmics dictates that you can not get something for nothing, just as a car cannot be driven without expending fuel. So too it is not possible to live without dying.
As with the car the challenge is to get as far as possible with a tank of fuel, the challenge for us is to use our life as fully as possible to make most efficient use of it.
The question then becomes: “Did my grandfather do this?”
For me and I dare say all gathered here there is no doubt as to the answer, a resounding yes. My grandfather as a conversationalist was all that I can aspire to. I never held an interesting conversation with him where he didn’t contribute something, either a snippet of his quick (but never offensive) humour, some little fact that he picked up from a book or the newspaper, or just an opinion that helped to make you question or think a little differently.
He was an exceedingly well read man and this was evident in his love of a crossword, crosswords often became a family activity with many hours spent pouring over dictionary’s or reference books.
He was a man of many diverse hobbies: his collecting of antiques, walking, gardening, photography, wildlife, and the appreciation of the finer things in life (port, whisky etc etc). As if these things alone were not enough to count his life as well spent he was of course a family man.
He was a fine gentleman, and a fantastic host. I will always remember his ability to make people feel welcome in his home. As a family man my grandfather always found time to spend with grandchildren and to help educate us, be it on the finer points of port appreciation, or british history.
It is a testimony to the friendship offered by him that so many are gathered here today. And in reading the many sympathy cards that have been sent that word has cropped up more than any other “gentleman” It is that trait of the quiet polite gentleman that we will all remember him by.
Innocent (12” Mix) - Mike Oldfield and Anita Hegerland
Mike Oldfield is a musician who has fascinated me for a long time, I want to like his music because it’s genius and he’s so talented. But instrumental stuff like Tubular Bells etc just go on so long I get bored, however recently I’ve taken a real shine to his songs with lyrics.
This is probably my favourite version of my favourite song, it balances his musical talent with interest and feeling from the vocals.
The better quality your speakers / headphones can manage bass in the better. The opening is awesome.
This blog is probably in all time low slump, it’s more or less dead.
I went out the other night for an enjoyable evening in the pub with two very close friends Heni and Jack (daniels that is….) conversation was as ever stimulating and funny. Heni is also a tumblr user, at one point I mentioned that tumblr is more or less just access to slightly more interesting pornography for me.
The look that was returned from across the table was somewhere between scorn and disappointment
So I may attempt to write something today, likely to be on the topic of death I imagine, something nice and cheery.
For now a song as I think going back to posting a song a day would be a good way to get back into this blogging Jazz..
This may sound arrogant but I was so happy with it. I covered every point in strong clear terms and it was the sort of response I dream of making. The sort I imagine (or at least hope) would leave the opponent reeling.
This is the sort of stuff that makes it worth getting out of bed in the morning.
It was on the topic of evolution v creationism and is posted below:
"It’s a constant shock to me that in the 21st century there is still a "creationist / evolution debate" There is no debate, IT’S OVER. It has been over since Darwin first presented "on the origin of species" anyone who chooses creationism over evolution either doesn’t understand evolution properly (a shameful reflection on our scientific education) or chooses to ignore it and live in ignorance. The theory of evolution is no less certain than the theory of universal gravitation which, and I don’t see you all jumping out of windows because that’s only a “theory” As for many scientists have discredited evolution, well perhaps you could reference a credible academic paper to back that up? As for the probability of it happening yes I admit it is slim but there are near infinite planets, with a really low probability but a really high number of attempts it’s actually not impossible to get it. Chances of winning the lottery are tiny, but millions of people play so almost every week someone wins. Scale that up to a universe”