Earth Hour

On 29th March 2007, between 8 and 9 pm, the world switched off,

Well that was the plan anyway, the reason for this was to show the world how we can all do a bit to save energy, I thought this was an amazing idea, not only to save some energy but to clear the sky of light pollution so we can actually see the stars, when I look down on the city from my house, all I see is a plume of yellow light far above the town.

The reality was of course, No one in the UK or the World really bothered, I mean all the usual suspects where there, Sydney (well Australia are the bigger polluters per capita, but im sure China will soon steal that title) and many US cities and well as Canada, I think the only UK town to take part was Norwich, Disgraceful Governments in the UK and Ireland did not even bother to tell people about it, they should have just shut down the power stations!! But I guess they would have lost to much precious tax on the one hour of down time!

Actually the only people I saw taking an Interest in the UK and Ireland where Google.co.uk and google.ie, and I feel what they did was not so much to show they care about the world we live in, but to stick the knife into a smaller rivel Blackle http://www.blackle.com/

Blackle is a Black version of Google, similar to black-google.blogspot.com, The plan here is that a black screen costs less to run that a white screen, thus switching from Google as your homepage to Blackle, you will be saving the world, one search at a time, The reality is that modern screens use the same energy to run know matter what the content is, and Google where happy to tell people that on their homepage, when they turned it black for 24 hours!

Anyway back to the point, Earth Hour, although highly unsuccessful is a fantastic idea, I think Governments should get on board fast!

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Cheap Motoring : The Land Rover Defender Project

I was talking to a friend of mine about the cost of Fuel, What is is doing is fantastic, He has an old Land Rover Defender, which he is converting to run on used chip pan oil, he can buy 1000 litres for a mere £300-00, 1000 litres of Diesel on todays prices would cost £1200, saving him £900 per 1000 litres

That should more than cover the cost of the conversion, the storage tank and the higher rate of road tax for 4x4s

Rock on!


Scout Camp Parody – To the tune of A Duffy – Mercy, By Michael McClelland

Mercy- A Duffy Parody

Please, please, please
Please, please, please
Please, please, please
Please, please, please

I lead you
But you gotta do what I say
This camp’s got me on my knees
I’m begging please
Stop throwing things

I don’t know what this is
But it’s not a tent
Just for that you have to gather wood
I don’t know what you’ve done
But you can’t sleep in there
And burning I can smell

You got me begging you for mercy
Why won’t you hear me
You got me begging you for mercy
Why won’t you hear me
I said you better hear me

Now you think that I
Will pitch tents for you
But you got to understand
That you won’t get a badge
If I take you by the hand, no you won’t

I don’t know what this is
But you’ve done it wrong
Just like I knew you would
I don’t know what you did
But don’t eat this
The eggs are full of shell

You got me begging you for mercy
Why won’t you hear me
You got me begging you for mercy
Why won’t you hear me
I said you better hear


Cheap Motoring : There has to be a way

Upon breaking down the cost of running my car last year, I was amazed by just how much of my hard earned cash (which i pay income tax on) goes back to the government in Road and Fuel Tax

After this years budget, our good friend Alaster Darling, has put fuel and road tax up again, So I got to thinking , there has to be a cheaper way of running a car, Im going to look at a few different ways of keeping my money in my pocket, not the pocket of the labour government,

Ill let you know, but in the mean time you might be supprised to know that for every litre of Fuel you purchase at the pump, The true cost is only around 40p, and the other 68p goes to London.

Crazy!


I want to live at Scout Camp, a parody of Nickleback : Rockstar

Im through with paying for
Mortgages that never end
This house hasnt turned out
Quite the way I wanted it to be
(Tell me what you want)

I want a big old fire
For to cook my ribs
and a bathroom I can take a shower in
and a football pitch that big enough
for ten tents plus mine
(Yeah, so what you need)

I’ll need a … a camping permit thats got no limit
And a big green islantic with a bedroom in it
Gonna join the Queen scout crew
at Crawfordsburn Scout centreee
(Been there, done that)

I want a new scout bus full of old scarfs
My own tent pitch on the green
Somewhere between the girl scouts and
the CBSI is fine for me
(So how you gonna do it?)

I’m gonna trade this house for a tent and fire
I’d even grow my hair like Gee and change my name

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we all just wanna live at scout camp
And live in hilltop tents, lighting big old fire
The girl guides come easy and the rent comes cheap
We’ll wont be skinny ’cause all we will do is eat
And we’ll hang out in the pathfinder
In the county commissioners at the ADCs
Every good scout leader
Gonna wind up there
Every great girl guide
With her bleach blonde hair
And well…

Hey, hey, I wanna live at scoutcamp
Hey, hey, I wanna live at scoutcamp

I wanna be great like Frank without the accent
Hire eight Explorer scouts to cook all my food
Keep the fire going strong
So I can eat my meals for free
(I’ll have the quesadilla, *laughs*)

I’m gonna dress my ass
With the scouting fashion
Get a front door key to the outside washroom
Gonna date a girl guide that
love to wash my clothes for me!

(So how you gonna do it?)

I’m gonna trade this house for a tent and fire
I’d even grow my hair like Gee and change my name

‘Cause we all just wanna live at scout camp
And live in hilltop tents, lighting big old fire
The girl guides come easy and the rent comes cheap
We’ll wont be skinny ’cause all we will do is eat
And we’ll hang out in the pathfinder
In the county commissioners at the ADCs
Every good scout leader
Gonna wind up there
Every great girl guide
With her bleach blonde hair
And we’ll hide out in the leaders rooms
With the latest scouting for boys and
Today’s scouting ulster
They’ll get you anything
with a dib dib dib
Everybody’s got a
home contact on speed dial, well
Hey, hey, I wanna live at scoutcamp

I’m gonna sing those songs
from the Irish songbook
Gonna keep my food
3 feet above ground

Get washed-up girl guides to clean my clothes
Lip synch ‘the scout promise every night so I don’t get ‘itwrong

Cause we all just wanna live at scout camp
And live in hilltop tents, lighting big old fire
The girl guides come easy and the rent comes cheap
We’ll wont be skinny ’cause all we will do is eat
And we’ll hang out in the pathfinder
In the county commissioners at the ADCs
Every good scout leader
Gonna wind up there
Every great girl guide
With her bleach blonde hair
And we’ll hide out in the leaders rooms
With the latest scouting for boys and
Today’s scouting ulster
They’ll get you anything
with a dib dib dib
Everybody’s got a
home contact on speed dial, well
Hey, hey, I wanna live at scoutcamp

Hey, hey, I wanna live at scoutcamp
Hey, hey, I wanna live at scoutcamp


AOL goes Bebo

Media giant AOL time warner are the next big corp to add a social networking site to their portfolio.

And what a bargain to, $850 million!, well it is a bargain compared to the $15 Billion recent valuation of myspace, bought last year by Rubert Murdock for $580million! and the $240 million microsoft paid last year for just a 1.5% stake in Facebook.

But the truth is that whilst bebo may be the most popular networking site in Ireland and New Zealand, it lags behind MySpace and Facebook in the US and further behind in the UK.

bebo is the perfect complement to AOL’s personal communications network and puts it in a leading position in social media

bebo’s current president Joanna Shields will continue to run Bebo after the deal is completed but will be reporting to Ron Grant, AOL’s president.

The worlds most popular networking sites are as follows

MySpace
Facebook
Flickr
Hi5
Friendster
Perfspot
Orkut
Dada
Bebo
Skyrock Network


twitter.com

Ive been playing about with twitter.com recently so I thought i’d share my findings

Someone has taken the “Russell is … typing a blog” bit from facebook, and made a site completely devoted to it, genius (or is it?)

The slight difference is that, it save all your old “Russell is……..” entries, so you can look back and say, what was I thinking!!!, You can also see what your friends have typed and what your friends, friends have typed.

Will it work, hmmm seems to be popular in oz and usa, Facebook have it wraped up tho I think