Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Famous last words.

Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. Je ne l'ai pas fait exprès.
- Marie Antoinette

as she approached the guillotine, convicted of treason and about to be beheaded, she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner.

I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
- Humphry Bogart

Now comes the mystery
- Henry Ward Beecher

Ne pleure pas, Alfred ! J'ai besoin de tout mon courage pour mourir à vingt ans !

Don't cry, Alfred! I need all my courage to die at twenty!
- Variste Galois
Spoken to his brother Alfred after being fatally wounded in a duel.

Nobody shot me.

- Frank "Tight Lips"
In response to a police officer who asked "Who shot you?"

When I hear that a man is religious, I conclude he is a rascal!
- David Hume

I'll be in Hell before you start breakfast! Let her rip!
Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum
Said after springing up the gallow steps to his execution; the rope was too long, and he was decapitated

I haven't had champagne for a long time.
- Anton Chekhov
A sanitarium nurse gave him champagne to ease his death from tuberculosis.

Kiss me Hardy
- Admiral Horatio Nelson

I am just going outside. I may be some time.
- Captain Lawrence Oates
while on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition, while suffering from frostbite and sheltering from a blizzard, Oates felt he was decreasing his companions' chances of survival. Oates voluntarily left the tent; it was his 32nd birthday. He was never seen again.

Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
- Voltaire
when asked by a priest to renounce Satan.

No me dejen morir así, digan que dije algo.
Don't let me die like this, say I said something.
- Emiliano Zapata
Mexican revolutionary during the Mexican Revoltion. He was shot in the back.

Go on, get out - last words are for fools who haven't said enough.

- Karl Marx

To his housekeeper, who urged him to tell her his last words so she could write them down for posterity.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Precious and Taste

I was just in the edinburgh market with a couple of friends and we all agreed that the food tastes better but it was expensive. The conversation continued to although expensive you wont waste any of the food as you would supermarket food because you can just get more and it's cheap, and you'll use market more wisely and sparingly. It's well established as a nation we eat too much and we're content with rustlers (only god knows why it actually tastes like a dying piece of cardboard has soaked up some drain bovil and slapped between to pieces of grim white bread and topped with a tiny sack of sorry mayo) and if market food was widley bought in each village, town, city maybe we'd treat food more as precious and with excitement, i personally get very excited for good food, arran cheeses and puddledub smoked bacon makes me do a tiny sex wee, if you've tried these things you'll know and we'll high5. I'm vegetarian during the week because I'm far too suspicious of supermarket meat now, there's no life to the meat it feels like an isle of death, and I'll trust market meat for now. The vegtables are dirty, the fruits got scratches I personally like it. Or i might just be an stuck up ponce you decide. But I'll treat my food preciously.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Wonders of Technology

I've recently discovered a secret joy in thinking "i wonder what it would be like if this existed" and i check, and it has! technology is certainly on a porabola that in a lot of your fantasies of 'i wonders' actually exist. last year i wondered could a living brain be in a robot, and theyve done it in Reading university (on a small scale but still) and this year i wondered if you could get something to power off the same way plants do like a venus fly trap and you can, a few universities have done this Edinburgh uni has made a robot work off a series of them!

see if theres things you wonder and check them out, they might exsist already!
(people can't have wings with the bones we have incase you were wondering)

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Future of Technology and Nature

Since I've been working on this project I've asked some important questions about what myself personally would like to be and what I would like to change in this world, I do want to change it, maybe not dramatically, but I'd like to inspire and help in anyway I can.

Logically I consider the planets safety foremost for the reason of if there's no planet there's nothing left to help with, I may not be the most fitting person to help and I may be too late to do anything from what i hear, but I can hope, we can hope. Sustainability I believe means to continue.

Nature is an amazing thing in the fact that it can repair and balance it self, although you may feel superior when you chomp down on some bacon and say "it can't be that smart if it's stupid enough to end up on my plate." The pigs probably chuckling that what you're eating isn't actually bacon your eating but bacon flavoured chicken knuckles. Myself addressing food issues if for another blog once the film has started to roll. In natures seemingly meaningless object evolve meaning and massive complexity, from a simple leaf to the strange fact the woodpecker's tongue wraps around it's skull. So i propose that new technologies should also be as complex and allowed to evolve. If technologies fitted in with nature not just encourage nature but blend in, when it becomes part of nature then a house would act more like a birds nest the heating of it not because hot water pumping into hollow metal but warm man feathers.

If technology could keep it self working, it would mimic nature more. Instead of it plugging into the mains power supply but could run off food in the soil, air and rain it could become more like its surroundings.

I've been shown a great video of people working like this in architecture, I'm not an original thinker, I'm a little behind in fact. But the idea of my growing products doesn't seem so far off now and I think I'll be beaten to it.


the video link i thought was slightly funny when a man posted a comment cynically saying that shes thinking she can plant a seed and a house will magically grow, just you wait till you're living in you're seed house fending off the hungry hungry caterpillars

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Friday, 25 September 2009

one step further.

My most recent project for university is to design and build a radio. Now it might be horribly true that video killed the radio star and i cant really believe that if i create a magnificent and revolutionary radio that suddenly radio will become great and families will gather round it at night instead of slobbering over the t.v. god i miss the tele. so i imagine the times when your face is scraped off the t.v is when you're not near mains, near mains or when you're not paying great attention to anything as t.v. is quite a big distraction its not great when you re working on something.

now to reference to the title. the first blog i did (this being the third. no one reads this but jade anyway, hi jade) about making products that grew. i have an idea for the radio and since i thought of working in the garden it would be a smashing idea to see how plants got energy. solar power easy. watering a radio? no idea how that would work, the only thing i could imagine would be if i were able to split the hydrogen and oxygen up through a filter and some how extract an electron like a hydrogen fuel cell but i think I've made this up.
energy from soil? hm there a low level way of getting heat from the soil to power the radio, probably not. compost plants love the stuff how could i make that a continual power source for a radio though. no clue (yet). plants love horse shit. but i don't think a radio pumping out bio fuels would be a great way of doing things.
so i propose that the radio be carnivorous. since two plants i know do it and then get energy that way. people don't like slugs and snails eating all their hard work and labour so why not let a radio eat the slugs and come out as sweet sweet Terry Wogan. we know how to lure in flies with certain lights and smells, is there anything that can attract slugs and snails? I also believe there wont be technology advanced enough that can make slugs into a respectable amount of energy to run a radio.

A second or conjoined idea is a kenetic energy. Where a spring is tightened by a seeming bird feeder. It should blow in the wind at times to power it like that and when a bird lands to feed it should tighten also, and it'll keep the birds from eating those lovely worms that make your plants grow so nicely.

feedback? not you jade.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

I've been asked to come up with an idea for a sustainability forum by the means of a film and it's made me think, because usually all that happens between my ears is two harvest spiders fencing. when talking about the environment we look at the bad points at will happen if we don't change our ways, and I'm pretty sure striking fear in to people doesn't work anymore, since were no longer afraid of burning in hell forever (for the majority in the UK anyway) so why not go for positive re-enforcement and say what good we'll do if we do change our ways? What will be better?
so i better get thinking and making this movie. Then I'll be a star! might not know it now but baby I'll try hard cause I'm a *

Sunday, 28 June 2009

my lifes work?

i have had an idea today, its not an unfimilar idea ive had it before but never took it too seriously. but i thought that a very advanced technology seems like magic to those who havent heard of it. talk about television to the 1700s and theyll think your possessed, for one reason that youre talking about a tiny theatre in a box and two youre able to talk to a time period.

my idea is to have products, buildings that live. now bare with me, i do not expect this to happen over night far from it i was told that to get something done you have to think how long it will take you then double it ( a flippent comment but still ) i expect it to take my entire life therefor i will be dead before its achieved or a zombie.

now biomimicary was shown to me this year and i thought what if things we use could be grown we have egg factories (chickens) already so why not grow a tv. thats when i didnt take this very seriously. but recently ive thought if i could get the technology to produce the simplest thing i could think a lightbulb. now glow worms already emmit light so ill have to research how they do it. so if i could grow give birth to a creature or plant that could emmit light and you could keep it in your house in a pot a living lightbulb.

im no biologist, but its an idea, maybe not a completely implausable idea either. my lifes work would be to create the idea and technology so that future generations could expand and perfect it. what do you think?