Monthly Archives: February 2008

Slow Start to the day….

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Sunday morning, nothing much planned, the skies are a bit grey, although we can’t complain – we’ve a few days of glorious warm sunny weather, the snow here is almost gone.

Another day, another view....

As I listen to the radio online, Holly is finishing her mystery story she started last night, at the kitchen table, on my old laptop, Sam is racing cars on the Wii but about to go let his friends dog out for her morning business, Leigh is still in bed and I’m waiting for the kettle to boil before I get the eggs on, while a few photos upload.

We had some bad news this week, Leigh’s great uncle passed away, in the UK. Apparently he’s been ill for a while, so at least he’s in peace I guess. Still a sh!tter, nonetheless.

The cat has taken to sneaking up behind the laptop as I type, so that the first I know of it his when his paw comes at my hand, from round the side of the screen, claws outstretched. He’s just sunk them in my finger and as I recoiled in pain, legged it off the table and found the nearest box to leap in. I think he’s hungry.

So that’s it for now, the kettle is boiling.

M

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Devil May Care….

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The Bond tune is done, it’s uploaded and now in the hands of the producer….

First reviews from listeners on the web,

“Epic!”

“A perfect Bond theme!”

“[I was going to enter],…. in fairness after hearing your track I think I’ll pass, seriously its really amazing, congrats – it deserves to be picked!’

So, let’s see what happens…. Click here to listen to the next James Bond theme…. if it isn’t the first track that plays, select “Devil May Care” from the player on the right hand side…..

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Skiing….

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So, anyway, before the hospital and all the other excitement of the afternoon, Leigh went cross country skiing earlier that day, with Samuel and his class….

X-Country Skier....

She fell over a few times, but said it was easy and had the hang of it pretty fast, sliding up and down hills, round bends and all over the tracks through the trails around the site up at Crystal Mountian.

Got a few ahces and pains this morning, though. Now she wants to go again….

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First Hospital Visit of ’08 and Time Travel….

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And the winner of the first visit to Kelowna General Hospital in a 2008, is… a one Master Samuel Evans….

He was taking part in an after skool event, basketball, shooting hoops and as we were waiting to leave, had a few more goes, only for the ball to bounce funny and catch his thumb. It was swollen and he couldn’t move it, so him and Leigh have gone off down the hospital to get it x-rayed and sorted out.

We’ve just had the call and the news is he has indeed broken his thumb, up behind the nail. I think i might avoid February in future – it was 2 years ago Holly broke her arm.

Anyway, onto time travel, as I was waiting for news from them at the A and E Dept and found myself browsing the web, whilst listening to Holly belting out some tunes along with her "Pop Princesses" CD.

And this is what I found myself distracted by. Thought I’d share it with you all….

Time travellers from the future ‘could be here in weeks’

Physicists around the world are excitedly awaiting the start up of the £4.65 billion Large Hadron Collider, LHC – the most powerful atom-smasher ever built – which is supposed to shed new light on the particles and forces at work in the cosmos and reproduce conditions that date to near the Big Bang of creation.

"….The debut in early summer could provide a landmark because travelling into the past is only possible – if it is possible at all – as far back as the point of creation of the first time machine."

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How the Time Machine works

The theory is highly mathematical and arcane but, at its simplest, Prof Ori’s time machine has to create a "doughnut" of spacetime.

Set out in one direction and you return to your past and then to your departure point: thus, by travelling around this loop of spacetime, time travel has been achieved.

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Are we missing a dimension of time? Could "hypertime" help develop a theory of everything?

A scientist has put forward the bizarre suggestion that there are two dimensions of time, not the one that we are all familiar with, and even proposed a way to test his heretical idea next year.

Time is no longer a simple line from the past to the future, in a four dimensional world consisting of three dimensions of space and one of time. Instead, the physicist envisages the passage of history as curves embedded in a six dimensions, with four of space and two of time.

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Parallel universe proof boosts time travel hopes

Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists that sweeps away one of the key objections to the mind boggling and controversial idea.

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BUT, it’s not all good news, folks,…..

Time is running out – literally, says scientist

Scientists have come up with the radical suggestion that the universe’s end may come not with a bang but a standstill – that time could be literally running out and could, one day, stop altogether.

The motivation for this radical end to time itself is to provide an alternative explanation for "dark energy" – the mysterious antigravitational force that has been suggested to explain a cosmic phenomenon that has baffled scientists.

The problem is that no-one has any idea what dark energy is or where it comes from, and theoreticians around the world have been scrambling to find out what it is, or get rid of it.

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Death star ‘could be wiping out alien life’

A black hole blasting an immense jet of energy into a neighbouring galaxy has been observed by astronomers for the first time.

In a burst of galactic violence recorded by astronomers in the US space agency’s ground and space-based observatories, the black hole of a "death star" is seen shooting the jet of radiation into the adjacent galaxy, NASA said.

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Beatles space broadcast ‘risks alien attack’

Fears that malevolent aliens will tune into this week’s broadcast of The Beatles’ song "Across the Universe" have been voiced by scientists.

"Before sending out even symbolic messages, we need an open discussion about the potential risks," says Douglas Vakoch of the Seti (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Mountain View, California.

Humankind has already given away our position in the solar system and information about human biology on the Voyager and Pioneer probes, and in a message sent from the Arecibo observatory in 1974.

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About time for a view….

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Looking out the window, the other night, from the top floor of the house, I figured it was about time I snap’d the view again…..

One afternoon, in Jan (2)....

The James Bond tune is almost finished, it’s "blindin’", as they say, if I do say so myself. I’ll post how to hear it when it’s up on the web, via our site or iTunes.

I’ve finally managed to get snowboarding, having been here for nearly 3 years and I can say it’s "awesome". I’ve only been upto Crystal Mountain, with a friend of mine, but it’s all you need, especially as it’s quiet and not as well known as the others in B.C.

On the Lift....

That’s me, in the black on the left…..

This morning, Leigh has gone cross country ski-ing with Samuel and his class, so, hopefully she’ll have a few shots for the posts.

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The name’s Bond….

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Who would have thought it, eh…. just as we are working on the album, the opportunity comes up for us to submit a tune for a new James Bond audiobook….

So, this morning via Skype, we’ve been bouncing ideas back and forth and we think we have a rough tune bubbling away. The mic is warming up and The Phantom is figuring out the arrangement, meanwhile I’m dusting off the old Shirley Bassey voice, getting it ready for a run through.

Will it be selected? Who knows, fingers crossed. More news when we get it, as they say.

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