Greetings and Salutations
We here at the Ninja Temple would like to take a minute out of our day to wish you all a Happy Beltane.
Some of you would have started your celebrations last night, others will be starting them today, either way we wish you a great celebration, much drinking, much eating, much “Other activities inspired by the gods & goddesses” May your fires burn bright all night.
It is that time of year again when the GraigAid People are pleased to announce that they are back again for this year’s two day charity live music festival which will be held on the 24th and 25th July 2015.
We here at the Three-Ninjas in a
un-characteristic gesture of cooperation and helpfulness have decided to help spread the word a bit, and get some helpful information for YOU dear Constant Reader by interviewing an un-named member of the organisation team.
Three Ninjas: So Deep Throat, nice to chat to you again. We may call you Deep throat right?
Deep Throat: I would rather you did not! In fact I want your assurance now you will not be calling me Deep Throat, or the interview is over.
TN: If you do not want to be called that, we will respect your choice.
DT: You did not last year!
TN: Ok. So GraidAid. Let’s start with the basics. When is it this year?
DT: It will be held on the 24th and 25th July 2015.
TN: And where?
DT: Once again we are back at the Three Pigeons in Graigfechan. (Location Details: Here)
TN: That was a little bit odd. You just responded with a href web link. Are you drunk?
DT: What? Wait? What kind of interview is this?
TN: The awesome kind. So talking of Drunk, Will there be anything good to drink at this years event? Just asking as some of our readers are
alcoholics, err Drink connoisseurs.
DT: The event is in the grounds of a PUB! there is plenty to choose from, including real ale and ciders, hot food, etc. Including some very nice local brewed real ale
TN: So. How’s this years line up going?
DT: We have 15 bands,many individual artists, and field entertainers confirmed so far, you can get a basic list here
TN: And Tickets?
DT: They will be available very soon from our website along with tickets for Camping.
TN: There is camping available, for those who wish to drink late, and not drive home?
DT: Yes, the camping tickets need to be booked in advance because we need to allocate spaces and confirm to rules and regulations.
TN: Do the entry tickets need booking in advance?
DT: No, only the camping. Entry tickets can be got on the day. But we recommend people pre-book them anyway.
TN: SO. If people want to know more about this event what should they do?
DT: Well they can visit out official website http://graigaid.com or go see our Facebook Page, Twitter account, etc to be kept up to date on all news and details.
TN: Thank you for taking a break from your hectic schedule to spend a few minutes answering our questions.
DT: It was a pleasure… HEY! hold on a moment, you did it again, you spent the interview calling me Deep Throat?
TN: Is that our phone.. Right got to go…..
Graig Aid Music Festival 2014
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Graig Aid charity live music festival has once again been welcomed back to the Three Pigeons Inn, Graigfechan for a two day event which will be held on the 24th and 25th July 2015, with 15 bands,many individual artists, field entertainers, real ales and ciders, hot food and camping facilities.
We have more than adequate covered areas from which the stage is visible and following last year’s successful experiment, dry weather and sunshine have been re- booked !!
Children Under 12 accompanied by an adult are free, whilst there are concessionary prices for Under 16’s. Please join us at our family friendly festival in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd in North Wales, why not come along as part of your holiday ?
Please watch this space for more details as they emerge for ticket ordering and if you fancy volunteering to help!
Happy Shunbun no Hi/Higan no Chu-Nichi/Ostara/Norouz/Spring Equinox/or Whatever you Call it…
But wait! There’s more.
This Spring Equinox, aka 1st Day of Spring also coincides with a Super Moon!
A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.
Yes, Happy Supermoon Spring Equinox Day!!
But Wait there is even more.
Not only is the Spring Equinox coinciding with a Supermoon but there is a full solar eclipse.
Yes, Happy Supermoon powered Solar Eclipse Spring Equinox Day!!!!
Enjoy it people these do not come around very often!
Watching the Eclipse, Unfortunately Smart Phones really do not work at taking photos of solar eclipses.
A little old lady popped into the office just as the eclipse was ending, and while she was dealing with a support guy she mentioned “All those people waiting for the eclipse, and it never came!” so we handed her a set of glasses and pointed her at the sun. She was amazed!
a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.
I was watching an episode of Rizzoli & Isles the other day and they were discussing “Bucket Lists” and by the end of the episode both the named characters had created a list of fun things they wanted to do.
This got me thinking, We all consider “Bucket Lists” as something dying people think about (for example the film Bucket List) but why wait until you are ill, feeble or dying to start? Why not have a list early on, and give yourself years to work your way crossing off items.
So I have decided to create a Bucket List for myself, and to start crossing off those things so that I can die happy, Or happy-ish as I know I will never complete my Bucket List as item 1 is “Live Forever”
This is where you come in Constant Reader, I am taking suggestions for my List. So feel free to comment any suggestions, or hit me on Twitter/Facebook/etc with your suggestions. I want a nice long list! And preferably more sensible suggestions than my current list.
- Live forever
- Take over the World
Make Bucket List
One part of my 2015 New Years Resolutions/Challenges was to write a Paper. The actual overall theme of this years challenges is “Creativity” and one of the sections was to write a none-fiction, sensible paper.
That was the basic original idea, but in the manner of “no plan survives contact with the enemy“, this basic idea soon changed. There were two of us planning on writing Papers, but as we could not think of a genre or topic, Pete (The other one) decided to ask Twitter, and someone in particular. Now that person suggested that since he was writing a paper/essay for a newsletter, we could all write one on the same subject, and then compare papers and discuss. Which was a great idea.
The only downside was this suggestion came from a Person who writes several papers a year, gives lectures all the time, and even publishes academic books. So this kind of put the pressure on a bit, and as the only one who had never written a paper since I was Electrical/Electronic Engineering in Uni and we never did papers, I really felt the pressure.
The completion deadline was the beginning of March, and as that date got closer the worry increased, “Would it make sense“, “Would it be any good“, “Would it just be gibberish“, “Had I just written ‘I am a Fish’ 100 times“?
Well, The deadline came, My Paper was emailed out, and no one laughed, no one pointed out any mistakes, no one suggested psychiatric help. And I am happy with the way it turned out. I would like to add a bit more to it, since there was some areas I forgot to cover that I wanted to. But for my first ever attempt I am happy with it.
And better still, One part of the 2015 challenges is now complete!
Today is “World Book Day” What is “World Book Day?” I hear you ask.
World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
And to help Celebrate and Promote this Idea to get more people into that greatest of hobbies “Reading” I have decided to make some of my work FREE. That’s right, 100% FREE for the next few days. So shoot over to Smashwords, Use the code RW100 at checkout to get the following books for free (Offer good through March 07, 2015)
Just click on picture to go to the offer.
Growing up watching Star Trek, my two favorite characters were Spock & Scotty. The Scientist and the Engineer. It’s sad that we have now lost Spock, who showed a generation that Brains and Intelligence were powerful and worthy traits.
It show’s how loved a character and actor he was, that when they decided to reboot Star Trek, and have a whole new cast of actors playing the characters in a different way. Leonard Nimoy’s Spock still made an appearance, because even though the universe of Original Trek no longer existed, Nimoy was so loved his character survived it.
So where ever you are now Mr Nimoy, know you still exist in the minds & hearts of your fans,
I may never have been lucky enough to meet him in real life, but to quote the man himself.
“I have been . . . and always shall be . . .your friend.”
Live Long and Prosper
We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted, in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most….human.
James T Kirk eulogizing Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Yes I know it’s spelled Karmic, but why miss out on the opportunity of a pun 😉
Last night on my commute home, I came upon a long straight stretch of road that for once was clear of all traffic in either directions (myself excluded) So I got to travel along at the speed limit <cough>slightly over</cough>. There I am, happily travelling along when WHOOSH!!!
A black sports car goes flying past me at least 20 mph over the legal limit, and heading for an unbelievably twisty, winding mountain pass at a seriously unsafe speed. I barely have time to shake my head at the stupidity when a red sporty BMW comes whooshing up as well, but due to oncoming traffic coming out the mountain pass, he has to pull in behind me.
NOTE: I think they were racing, which is stupid and dangerous on normal roads, but on Welsh country roads? which are very twisty and you can not see far ahead, and any bend could be hiding tractors, horse riders, sheep or cows, its fraking stupid!
After the oncoming cars pass, the driver of the BMW decides to overtake, but since we are now entering the pass he can’t, so instead he pulls back in behind me and tries to communicate with me. He flashes his headlights loads, then speeds up so his bumper is almost touching mine, and starts revving his engine with the clutch in to make it roar.
Alas, since I do not speak TrippleD (Dangerous Driving Dick) I try my best to translate.
- Flashing Headlight: If I recall the highway code, this means Danger? A Warning.
- Bumper to Bumper: No idea, maybe he’s trying to hug me.
- Revving Engine Like mad: Ah, my engine is going to fast?
OK, he is obviously telling me I am driving too fast and I need to slow down. So I do, right down to 30 mph. I believe I guessed the translation correctly as he stops flashing his lights and pulls back a bit. But he keeps doing the revving loudly thing, the poor thing much be worried I will loose control on a bend. SO even thought I am going really slow, I break for every bend, and go round them almost at a crawl.
What seems like hours later (Gods, it seemed to take forever to navigate the pass at a crawl) we reach the end, and my friend hugs me again by going bumper to bumper, then pulls out into the path of oncoming traffic forcing them to practically do an emergency stop, before he shot off up the road and out of sight.
“Gosh darn, that’s a bit dangerous” I announced
I did not expect to see him again, well maybe sticking out of a hedge, or upside down in a ditch. So imagine my surprise when a short while later I turned a bend and came right up behind the TripleD in the red BMW. Now double that surprise when I realise in front of him is the TripleD in the black sports car that blurred past me before the pass. They are both travelling along at a stupid slow speed, because in front of them…
..Was a Farmer, driving a battered old Land Rover. And he was driving practically in the middle of the road blocking both lanes. Whenever a car approached from the other direction, he would pull back into our lane to let them pass before pulling back out to prevent the TripleD’s from overtaking.
I will not lie Dear Constant Reader. I may have given that old farmer a high5, and cheer, there may even have been a tear shed, over the utter brilliance. I felt a kindred spirit with that farmer. Alas I do not believe the TripleD’s understood the great carmic force, they just seemed to be very angry, or giving each other and the farmer hugs. As I said, I do not speak their language.
I have recently been watching the odd episode of Star Trek (TOS) and it has occurred to me that, we may all joke about “Red Shirts” and how as soon as you see an unnamed character that they are going to die, but think about it for a minute.
These “Red Shirts” are the Security Members, the military part of the crew. They had training in combat, weapons, survival, etc.. Had to pass fitness tests that would probably be equivalent to the military ones today. And yet these trained soldiers, whose only role is security & combat get beaten up or killed by the simplest of things. In a landing party consisting of
- The Captain (Ok, he is a hands on, fight them all kind of officer),
- The Scientist (OK, he is an alien whose race is stronger and tougher than humans),
- The Doctor (Who is older than the rest, spent years learning medical stuff so not much survival/combat),
- The Engineer (OK he is a Scottish brawler type)
Now those four occupations Officer, Scientist, Doctor & Engineer normally need a high level of specialised knowledge. And to be the Head of that area means even more skill, knowledge & experience. SO not really much time for super fitness, weapon & combat training, or survival. Especially when compared to Soldiers whose only role is soldiering.
But there is more, They often take a female officer with them, Such as a Nurse, Captains Secretary, Lab Assistant, And yet, when the bad stuff happens, these desk jockeys survive and the trained combat guys die.
Lets take 2 examples to look at this phenomenon.
Example 1: An armed security officer is escorting an old admiral (You know, takes a long time to get to that rank, and lots of sitting at desks) who has gone days without sleep, is hungry, tired, stressed to the medical station. The Admiral has other plans to decides to escape, and beats up the security guy who tries to stop him.
Example 2: (My Favourite so far) An away team beam down to a planet they describe as “Paradise” the team consists of, Captain, Scientist, Doctor, Secretary, Navigator (guy who plots course) and 3 Security guards. Now all three guards die, 1 gets shot by a flowers poison darts, 1 is struck by lightning, and the 3rd steps on an explosive rock and blows up. Bad luck right? but wait, the Scientist gets shot with more flower darts than security guy, gets hit by an identical lightning blast, and picks up a highly explosive rock, snaps it in two and throws it on ground, yet he lives.
So you have to ask yourselves, just why are the Security/Soldiers in the future so weak and pathetic?
Do they abhor violence so much, that to prevent any more wars they only let the weakest, most puny people join the military? and then give them no training at all?
Do they have strict moral rules on Suicide, so anyone who wishes to kill themselves is put in a red shirt? so those with incurable diseases sign up to be paper-clip fodder, and at least die in a none suicidal manner?
Did none of the writers ever ask these questions?
And why did Star Fleet not just fill its ships with old doctors & secretaries? That way they would not loose security personnel and basically be guaranteed to win every conflict they entered.
*Answers on a postcard please* or you could just leave your answer in a comment!