I had a free day today, so of course some computery things needed fixing. My email folder needed repairing and the SD card on my PDA needed reformatting and everything reinstalling. Hurrah! Rising Damp's on later, hurrah!
Today I'm going to tell you something about mammals. Mammals are amniotes. Oh yes. Just like birds and lizards. And there's two types of amniote, one of which is synapsids, and all living synapsids are mammals. Pre-mammalian ears started to evolve into their triple boniness in The Late Permian. What the bloody hell's that? Apparently it started with the Permian-Triassic extinction event. Apparently that is informally known as The Great Dying, but by whom I know not. It doesn't sound so great for the extinctos. Perhaps it's great for those that remain. Perhaps they pointed and laughed, "Ah-ha, you're extinct!" That would have done no good though, they'd have felt strangely hollow afterwards. Perhaps it was great for them by giving them some perspective or something like that. I don't know, do I?
There's a programme about John Wyndham on now. I very much enjoyed hearing Day Of The Triffids and The Kraken Wakes being read on BBC7 a few years ago.
Anyway, mammals, yeah, monotremes are mammals that lay eggs. The others are Theria, from the greek word meaning wild beast. Theria are either marsupials or placentals. The placentals, which is most of us, are Eutheria, which means True Theria - stick that in your pipe and smoke it, stupid marsupials! More on Eutheria in the next class.
See ya around
Star Of The Day: Aldebaran
Posted by Keir Hardie at 9:11 pm
This chap has a load of good radio comedy to download, just though I'd let you know.
I had a decent day today, and I'm looking forward to the weekend. I'm not gonna talk about that though, I'm sure I've done it before.
There's not much on the television tonight, but I'll survive.
Who is Barry Scott, from the Cillit Bang television advertisement? Google was no help, I expected to tell you, but no, I just found this shocker!
Even Fred Dibnah is not catching my interest at the moment, but I'm stuck with him until nine, there's nothing else I fancy.
That's yer lot for tonight, it's the weekend! More tomorrow though.
Triple velvet, too much...
See ya around.
Oh, by the way, the fish says thank you very much.
Nut Of The Day: Hazel
Posted by Keir Hardie at 8:44 pm
Hiya mister salmon, I find you very impressive.
Is there any point in complimenting fish? It seems unlikely that they'd understand. "I must say, I've never seen a finer trout!" I doubt that they even have self-esteem. That's no reason to insult them though. You'll only end up despising yourself for it. I've never insulted a fish insofar as i recall. That'll be why I'm so happy.
This has been doing the rounds but in case you haven't seen it:
An interesting thing...if you remove Garfield's thought balloons, it goes from an unfunny comic to a rather sad, poignant story about a lonely man who has wasted his life talking to his cat. Since it's been doing the rounds the creator has petulantly removed it, but that link is to a cached version.
I'm going to watch some television, it seems ages since I have. Or at least have it on. Well, I've missed Quantum Leap, which I haven't seen in donkey's years, but I've got UK History on. It's edumacational. Ohmygod - Omega3 oil is only found in certain fish, and I've got to eat St. Ivel Gold! I don't know what happens if you don't get enough Omega3, but I don't want to find out. I wonder if there's a practical way to get it using fish.
I hate the adverts on channels like UK History. Not St Ivel Gold, that's nothing. The bad ones that are even more terrible for their constant repetition. Bloody Sheila's Wheels. And confused.com's astonishing accomplishment in being worse than elephant.co.uk. There's a programme on now called Who Wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls that I suspect was made for children. There's interesting stuff in it but by gum the presentation style is annoying.
That's all my nonsense for now
See ya around
Matchbook Of The Day: Bubble Up
Posted by Keir Hardie at 7:26 pm
Long day but home earlier today days tapering off towards the weekend now nicely.
Arrrr! It be well known that there be a mighty booty of fun in being piratey, ne hearties, but do not ignore the joy of zombie. I could write a zombie blog no bother. "Hello again. Uhhhhhh. uuuuuhhhhhhhhh. UUUUHHHHHH! .... uuuhhhhhhh. Brains of the day..." But I wouldn't try stringing that out really, I know my readers are too smart to fall for such flim flam.
I think I'll get some things done this summer. I hope it's a good amount. Sometimes I feel I can get things done quite painlessly. But everything should come to be because I am so great, and it doesn't. The three kings are not at my door with cash, cash and cash. Why not? Damn cheek. If only the world was full of wonderful people like you readers. More tolerant. For instance you put up with this drivel and appreciate that I've not gone into another big silence or done another intermission, and wait patiently for a day when I am more inspired.
La lucha continua!
Book of the day: Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
Posted by Keir Hardie at 9:32 pm
Sorry it's so late but I really haven't had a chance, I've had a long and full day, another one tomorrow but I will get a chance to do this at a reasonable hour. I drank coffee in four places, perhaps too many, i had a bit of a headache but it soon went when I got in and had some ibuprofen. I'm going to have some dinner and go to bed. I'm glad it was warmer than yesterday today but I hate it when it's too hot, I'd rather have too cold. So, top pop faux scientist Keir Hardie, what does your choice of temperature say about you? Too cold - you probably like cheese and onion crisps and dandelion and burdock. Ignorant brutes probably call you a sweaty pig, but you say ah, have you tried dandelion and burdock, it's nice. You prefer Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech to Del Boy falling through the bar in Only Fools And Horses. You think The Vicar Of Dibley would have been better if Steve Martin had been cast in the lead. You prefer vegetables to flowers and meh this thing is going no-where!
See you around
Shape of the day: Triangle.
You don't need a link or a picture, really. Or a sound clip, you know what one sounds like, and anyway, that's not the shape, that's the instrument.
Posted by Keir Hardie at 12:37 am
A very interesting follow-up to the Starbucks and fairtrade thing. Anne kindly sent me a link to a very interesting relevant blog entry. She could have put it in the comments, but instead she emailed me it, which means I've got some lines out of it. Mwahahahahaha. Thanks m'dear.
Today was another decent day, gosh, sometimes I could almost pass for human.
The email address I pay for is up for renewal, I notice that the email I got about it says I have a mail and news account, I might have a mess about with the news if it's true. Like I don't have enough to do on the internet.
I walked into town twice today. By cunningly making myself just miss the bus it gets me to walk. Only 10 mins per walk but it's better than nothing. It's quite clever, the buses are often enough that going back to the flat is silly, even though it's less than a minute away, but the journey is too short to warrant waiting. I am Marathon Man.
The man behind me in the shop asked for a small box of matches. What did he need a small box of matches for? Something is afoot. I shall keep my ears open for news of tiny fires. We must not let the craze of bonsai pyromania take hold in our beloved country! I blame indoor fireworks, giving people ideas.
See ya around
Theatre light of the day: Fresnel
Posted by Keir Hardie at 8:06 pm
There's been a lot hype about 'Origami' recently - it's a Microsoft concept thing - a little computer too big to put in your pocket, but small enough to be used walking down the street, with a seven inch touchscreen. That's fine if you want to be run over. I think I'll always prefer something pocket sized, whatever the usability compromises. And even that I'm not always confident about using in the street without drawing attention to myself. I think iPods are too big, and these things are bigger. You can keep it!
I found a little scratch on my nose earlier. I don't know where it came from. But I know where it's going. I'll put it down somewhere when I'm focussed on something else, and that will be that. Perhaps that's where it came from, perhaps it's one I acquired earlier which I then proceeded to misplace, but I'm not missing and as far as I recall.
I tidied up my living room a lot earlier, hurrah! To encourage me I had to agree to babysit an eighteen foot carpet. I don't think I'll have to now, but I've conned myself into tidying up, so that's good.
I read that boffins have discovered a flaw in Einstein's theory of relativity, and that e actually equals mc. Apparently in his calculations Einstein used the speed of light for a fan-assisted oven by mistake, and neglected to factor in the time to preheat the mass.
Well, I think that's all you're getting from me for today, you can sod off now.
Money of the day: The groat
Posted by Keir Hardie at 7:48 pm