I’ve just read an article in today’s Daily Mail about a small Irish company – Steorn, which has recently claimed that it has turned physics on its head and developed what it calls ‘free energy technology’. If proved true it will mean the end of the global energy crisis, the end of global warming. We will no longer be dependent on oil, gas and coal for our energy needs. A free energy machine could be used to power cars, lorries, ships and anything requiring motive power.
Claims to have discovered such a scientific breakthrough are actually rather common. Not a week goes by without some lunatic/conman announcing that that they have succeeded in developing free energy, perpetual motion, etc…
What sets Steorn apart from the loony brigade is that they have actually spent £75,000 on a full page advert in The Economist, challenging the world’s scientists to come foward and test what it admits are its ‘blasphemous’ claims.
A few years ago, Steorn was working on a novel CCTV syestem to spy on cashpoint machines. Instead of powering the cameras with batteries or from the mains, the cameras were to be powered from tiny wind-generators.
Steorn claims that when fiddling with these ‘microturbines’ that the engineers made a startling discovery: the magnets used in the turbines were behaving in a strange way and seemed to be generating more power than was put into them.
Basically, Steorn claims that by setting up a series of magnetic fields in a certain way, and moving a magnetic object through the field, you get an ‘energy kick’, apparently from nowhere.
There is no electrical input, and the magnets do not ‘run down’ like batteries. Once in motion the machine – effectively a magnetically powered motor – simply runs forever.
The next stage of the company’s plan involves selecting 12 scientists from thousands (so Steorn claims) who have written in since The Economist advert was run. This handpicked jury of boffins will be given access to the full plans for the Steorn machine and invited to test it to their hearts content.
The odds are it’s a load of complete and utter nonsense. Steorn’s claims are probably wrong or a lie or maybe even a PR stunt. All previous claims have been shown to be bogus and Steorn will most likely be another addition to the list. However, I hope I’m wrong – time will tell.
Here’s a history lesson for you…
If you want to view lots of funny, stupid videos, then You Tube is the place to go.
Some of the funniest are by a couple of chinese guys, called the Back Dormitory Boys. They make spoof music videos, including the one below of the Backstreet Boys’ song “As Long As You Love Me“.
Their names are Huang Yi Xin and Wei Wei and they are university students at Guangzhou Arts Institute, majoring in Scuplture. For more info on them and their videos goto tian.cc. Of all their videos, Radio In My Head is my favourite. To prove that they don’t always get it right first time, here’s a couple of bloopers of its making: 1, 2. ABC News recently did an article on them.
His work decorates the streets, walls, bridges and zoos of towns and cites throughout the world. His stencils show monkeys with weapons of mass destruction, policeman with smiley faces, rats with drills, and umbrellas.
My favourites are his latest works – Segregation Wall, Palestine.
1.Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
2.His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a tumble dryer.
3.The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
4.McMurphy fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a paper bag filled with vegetable soup.
5.Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
6.Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the centre
7.Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
8.He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.
9.The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
10.Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left York at 6:36 p.m. travelling at 55 mph, the other from Peterborough at 4:19p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
11.The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the full stop after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.
12.John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
13.The thunder was ominous sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play.
14.The red brick wall was the colour of a brick-red crayon.
15.Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long it had rusted shut.
16.Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
17.The plan was simple, like my mate Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
18.The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for while.
19.He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
20.Her artistic sense was exquisitely refined, like someone who can tell butter from “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.”
21.She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
22.The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a lamppost.
23.The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free flashpoint.
24.The dandelion swayed in the gentle breeze like an oscillating electric fan set on medium.
25.It was a working class tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with their power tools.
26.He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a dustcart reversing.
27.She was as easy as the Daily Star crossword.
28.She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature British beef.
29.She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.
30.Her voice had that tense, grating quality, like a first-generation thermal paper fax machine that needed a band tightened.
31.It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been travelling through to Edinburgh to see some shows at the Edinburgh Festival. I saw the Chinese State Circus & Wushu Warriors, Russian Cossack dancers and a korean martial arts/dance show called Yin-Yang.
I also saw the Australian show Puppetry of the Penis which was rather painful to watch – funny, but I doubt I’ll buy a ticket to see it again.
Another funny show was Nigerian Spam Scam Scam with Dean Cameron. After receiving spam email from Nigeria, Dean Cameron assumed the identity of a sexually confused Florida millionaire, whose only companions are his houseboy and cats, and began a 9 month correspondence with the scammer. With Victor Isaac as the bewildered Nigerian, the show, taken from the actual letters, documents the hilarious relationship which descends into misunderstanding, desperation, and deception
One of the last shows i went to was I Miss Communism by the Croatian American actress Ines Wurth. It was a one woman show all about her life growing up in Yugoslavia during its communist period and then leaving for America, and about her mother and grandmother. It was a good show, but a bit weird – one minute comedy, the next minute she’s telling you how some Serbian soldiers tried to rape her…
However, the best show I went to was A Shut Up Comedy From Japan. In fact, it was so good I went to see it twice. It was a silent comedy, which involved mime and acrobatics, starring two Japanese guys called Ketch and Hiropon. I hope they’ll return next year – if they do I’ll definetly be going to see them again.
I went to Prague last month for a short holiday. I visited Prague Castle, Jewish Quater, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Strahov Monastery, Petrin Hill and a lot of other tourist places. I went on some city walking tours, which included a ghost tour (which was more comical than frightening), and generally wandered around looking at old buildings.
I went to see a Black Light Theatre show, which was interesting. I also watched the Astronomical Clock to hear it chime, along with hundreds of other tourists. I took a few photos, however I set my camera wrongly which resulted in most of my photos being blurred….silly me.
I’ve recently returned from Val d’Isere, France. I went on a weeks skiing holiday. The weather was sunny all week, and temperatures weren’t too cold. The slopes had plenty of snow, and with over 300km of runs for skiers of all abilities, I had plenty of opportunities to improve my skiing. Ques for the chairlifts were minimal or non-existent. The begining of March was the perfect time to visit. Skiing for 5+ hours each day was very tiring, but a lot of fun – I’ll definitely go back again.
This will boggle your mind. And you will keep trying at least 50 more times to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can’t.
1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
2. Now, while doing this, draw the number “6″ in the air with your right hand.
Your foot will change direction.