Location: Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany

I'm a sort of creative person, seeking the meaning of life . Hard to capture the essence of the mind/brain/soul - but I delight in arguing with ultra-materialists on consciousness. Ah! the smell of a rose and its redness, the smell of a fine wine, a sunset, - great stuff, and all subjective. Oh yeah and actually am Scorpio by 4 hours according to expert astrologer friend - blogger auto-star-sign system missed the fact that I'm on the cusp. Though I agree with Casius when he said "the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings".

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Woodpeckers could be heard tapping

It was a wonderful Spring morning as I cycled through the forest. Woodpeckers could be heard tapping in many places as I moved through the fog-shrouded trees. It was a wonderful feeling, dreamlike, to see the path ahead gradually materialize out of the fog and that behind disappear into it, sometimes mercifully swallowing a pursuer so that one had the impression of being alone with nature. The sun was a pale orb through the fog and the sky above already a pale blue. And so it was appropriate to sing softly 'Morning has broken' from Yusuf Islam.

I played the party video of Steorn again last night - funny to think that the 200 forum members may soon become acolytes of Sean by signing the NDAs. Will we then be privy to the secrets of the inner sanctum?

"My uncle is testing Steorn technology and so is his wife!"

It's so easy to say - that other guy who claimed it is obviously full of chicken a la sesame.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Vivaturi te salutant!

I'll have to ask my daughter later if the Latin is right. I wanted to give the opposite of the old gladiatorial salute to Caesar before the fight. It was because I had passed Edwin on the bike just after a slightly ambiguous encounter with a car after racing down the hill to the junction. I said "Good Morning!" to him, thinking at first "Moraturi te salutant" but that seemed to negative. Hence the update.

Yes, John has inspired me to augment the frequency of blog entries. Momo the cat slept on my bed all night and was patient enough while I showered before letting her down for a snack before going out into the foggy morning. Would a computer make head or tail of the last sentence? One wonders. Yet the human mind is ticking over these grammatical formulations embedded in social complexities that computer can't even dream of. In the early morning I often think of puns. Like before c5 = b4 c5 ...

meeting Will, Gaby, John & co.

I met a guy from Oxford doing something at Eumetsat with an interferometer at a salsa event in the Bessunger Knabenschule last night, where we were with Wil , Gaby & Denis. John was with us at the Indian restuarant before but retired early as he was to present something at a meeting the next day... Anyway, the Oxonian's thesis had to do with superconductors and he was enthusiastic about Rupert Sheldrake and morphic resonance - apparently old boy Sheldrake is held in esteem by some Oxonians, proud of him despite his notoriety...
As I mentioned last night, I intend to quantify some of Sheldrake's assertions about the genome not having enough information to form the body, brain & mind. This will go into my new book - 70 pages so far - which I hope to complete this year.

John was saying it was difficult to think of what to write in the blog: I said I sometimes think of ideas cycling through the forest to work. Reminds me - saw a buzzard as tiredly cycled this morning. I was tired as I didn't leave the Salsa until midnight and had to drive my daughter to school at 07:15. The majestic bird of prey startled me by taking off from very near ground level and glining through the trees.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Interesting stuff on Mir. Yes, the Russians are often more open to alternative therapies. I just read a review in the latest JSE of scandals in the health system - chelation is a favourite. Also, low levels of radioactivity have been shown to be statistically beneficial. There was another review of 'The trouble with
physics' and 'Not even wrong' which agreed with the sentiments. I actually sent a mail to Smolin congratulating him on the book
and asking why Heim was not mentioned as he fulfiulled the 5 criteria for solving the problems of physics. I attached the mail and response below.

On Steorn, things proceed apace. The jury has been testing since Jan 1 and the signs are they have found no
error yet. The insider 'Crank' will speak to one of the members of 'Jury mark 0' next week to ask about his experience with the Steornometer.
I'll be fascinated to hear what he had to say.

Also, the top people in Steorn are going bald for charity! To help Czernobyl children....

In fiction, I just finished the sequel to Eragon (Eldest) by Paolini - not bad as an amalgam of Lord of the Rings & Anne McCaffrey. On non-fiction I am still on Chopra's Afterlife - his views on creationism have dampened my enthusiasm for him, however. The Road to reality is always simmering on the back burner. Let's see if I get into that Private Developers' club of Steorn - only 200 allowed, though there are scare more than that posting to the forum.