Steve_Barker

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  1. The Root of All Evil?

    Thats a lot of things to believe in :excl:
  2. The Root of All Evil?

    We are all believers, even if we believe in non-believing. We create our own reality - or we could let someone else create it for us - or we are a combination of the two. http://www.lamrim.com/hhdl/heartsutra.html
  3. The Root of All Evil?

    Have just watched both films. Do not think either side is 100% right or wrong - but worth watching, because it is good to re-question what you believe :thoughtful: Might put another post on....when I have done more thinking :thoughtful:
  4. Karin Dilettante - the top hybrid sedan

    Video does not work on the PC I am mainly using - cost £9.99 (117.976 SEK) from eBay and has 128 RAM, and Flash 7 - I enjoy using such a low spec machine. I never get near the Core Duo, so have had a look on the iMac. I must be sad but on Vice City, the quarry truck was what I liked best + it did not have a radio! Thanks, from the song Something For Nothing on the Rush album 2112: Something For Nothing Waiting for the winds of change To sweep the clouds away Waiting for the rainbow's end To cast its gold your way Countless ways You pass the days Waiting for someone to call And turn your world around Looking for an answer to The question you have found Looking for An open door You don't get something for nothing You don't get freedom for free You won't get wise With the sleep still in your eyes No matter what your dreams might be What you own is your own kingdom What you do is your own glory What you love is your own power What you live is your own story In your head is the answer Let it guide you along Let your heart be the anchor And the beat of your own song
  5. Karin Dilettante - the top hybrid sedan

    After looking on http://www.globalautoindex.com/ to find out more information I realised ......... What music does a Dilettante owner listen to?
  6. Flight misery at T5

    He's made it to Hong Kong - with his case :thumbup:
  7. Flight misery at T5

    Cheers, dropped him of a few hours ago - just have to wait for an e-mail from Hong Kong tomorrow night - see if he has made it, with case, through Terminal 5 :thoughtful:
  8. Flight misery at T5

    Our Lewis is of to China to work for a year. Shortly we will be going to Manchester airport, tonight he gets a flight from Manchester into terminal 5, and then one out to Hong Kong, before the local flight to Nanning. Fingers are crossed.
  9. Why is climate change not in the USA primaries?

    Big deal. Someone who talks about a seachange in outlook and behaviour has start with a reviwing their own lifestyle before preaching to others. Churchill could get away with a champagne and cigar lifesyle, whilst normal people had rations. In the battle for a green future "do as I say" is no longer going to wash.
  10. Mayor of London candidates' green credentials

    The pragmatic view from the Green Mayoral candidate: http://www.newstatesman.com/200803190058 See also: http://sianformayor.org.uk
  11. Why is climate change not in the USA primaries?

    To have any chance of changing peoples perceptions you have to Walk the Walk. Gore Talks the Talk: http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/gorehome.asp http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/edito...ore-green_x.htm I do not expect anyone to be perfect, but taking the Michael........ Similary, how can you take Tony Blair seriously as someone who realy intends to change the world as UK Climate Change Envoy, when he did little, or nothing to combat climate chane as UK Prime Minister, and he drives a Chrysler Voyager.
  12. A Picture is Worth - Albatross Carcass

    Gigha has a population of 110, and everyone could see themselves benifiting from the turbines. Hence, a 100% show of hands in the village hall (the place you go on Wednesday afternoons for home made cake). Last year people from the island of Tiree http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiree visited Gigha to look at the possibility of installing community owned turbines on their island - Tiree is not a community owned island, but there is a Hebridean joke - How do you tell a man from Tiree? He walks at 45 degrees to compensate for the wind.
  13. A Picture is Worth - Albatross Carcass

    Gigha is community owned, and runs its own wind turbines, the profits from which are returned to the community: http://www.greenenergy.uk.com/sitecontent/...ease.aspx?id=94 :crazyhappy: :crazyhappy: :crazyhappy:
  14. How green is your computer?

    Q5. “More than 80 percent of the lifetime energy consumption of a PC occurs before you buy it. Your Answer: True 10 out of 10 points. True. Not only does manufacturing a PC use a lot of energy, it also usually requires ten times the PC’s weight in fossil fuels and chemicals, most of which are toxic. So, even though you might be tempted to get a new PC every three years (as the average person does), the longer you can keep your current PC in service, the better for the environment.” Further proof that Linux is greener. It is good to keep equipment going/functioning. See: http://green-pc.blogspot.com/2007/12/linux-is-greener.html
  15. Apple is now greener than Microsoft

    Mac greener than M/soft - would not doubt it. I would argue that anything which helped stop Microsoft having a monopoly of the IT world was green (I see green as more than just environmental). I would argue that any PC can be made greener, install Linux or FreeBSD. With respect to Nintendo, the Wii uses a fraction of the energy when playing intensive games, that that the PlayStation uses when in standby mode - but this is not included in Greenpeaces “green” calculation.
  16. A Picture is Worth - Albatross Carcass

    Last year we went to Gigha, a small island off the west coast of Kintyre, Scotland, for our holidays. http://www.gigha.org.uk/index.php If you want somewhere thats as near to paradise as you can get, Gigha is the place. However, even on a small island which feels remote from the world plastics rear there ugly presence. Near the top of the island aretwo beaches which are on either side of a piece of land connecting an “almost” island, see Twin Beaches pic below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigha The southern beach is on an ocean current and is continually deluged with plastic, bottles, pill blister packs, carrier bags, etc - the northern beach (and the rest of the island) is sheltered from the the current and has the most wonderful beach/s.
  17. The thing I found strange was the picture with a Segway: http://www.europe2008.org/uploaded_images/...-681-711720.jpg Here, I the English Midlands the Segway is but a myth, a bit like the Sea Dragons on the edge of Medieval maps - these things exist, out there somewhere..... The picture confirmed what I though: a waste of resources, why not walk and get some exercise. All in all the earlier English equivilent seems better (and great fun - only driven one once), the Sinclair C5: http://www.sinclairc5.com/
  18. New Member Ranks

    I am not keen on the ranking system. I tend to think it encourages people to post pointless posts, just to gain some sort of "status" upon a forum. 700 postings of "VERY FUNNY LOL" do make someone a forum hero :sceptical:
  19. Where do you stand in politics?

    Member of UK Green Party since 1983. Have stood in several elections and polled more votes than all the major parties (and a few minor ones), but never all in the same election Have found that even when not elected, the potential of losing votes to the Greens focuses politicians minds, and things improve. When elected Greens can achieve a lot: http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/3356 Hence, voting Green is a Win Win thing :thumbup:
  20. Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM)

    In the UK we have an Ecology Building Society, their Annual Review arrived in the post this morning. They are very small, but offer mortgages on properties others would not touch, energy efficient, old building conversions, straw bales, etc. http://www.ecology.co.uk
  21. Your green IQ (US only)

    Think this site is very similar, UK based: http://actonco2.direct.gov.uk/carboncalc/html/index.aspx There is a Flash version, but I've listed the html version, not a Flash fan.
  22. Greener Computers

    As a green(ish) person, I believe it is important to be as green as I can, and computing obviously should be no exception. Having read this blog for a while I have been intending to post, but have been prompted by this Press Release from the Green Party: http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/3128 also related: http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2851 Personally I believe that when mesuring a computers 'greeness' the origin of the operating system/software is important. MIcrosoft has a huge influence upon computing, and it is geared to making money for Microsoft. For years Microsoft have produced programs that waste computing power, and PC manfactures keep selling new bigger/faster PCs to accommodate. This post is written on a 11 year old PC which I was advised to throw about 5 years ago because it no longer was viable for modern computing/surfing. Its still going strong because I ditched Microsoft, and it currently runs Sam Linux / Opera, and is as fast as my year old Dell with XP work inflict on me. Sticking with the Microsoft spiral this fine old computer would probably been replaced twice by now. Further, reliance on Microsoft increases our reliance on the whims of one company, for the IT systems that control our world, and monitor our lifestyle. Thus, I believe that Linux should be the green operating system of choice, and would encourage everyone who can to add Linux to their system, run linux from a live disk, or better still, just bin windows as their OS and use an alternative OS. The more that Linux, and other OSs such as RISC OS, and OS2 are used, the more provision there will be for alternatives to Windows, and computing/the web will have real standards, and not just the thinking of one company. Steve B
  23. REcycled Nokia

    http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/02/13 ... ade_phone/
  24. Why is climate change not in the USA primaries?

    Just seen that Nader is going to run, yet the green primaries are still going on http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7261670.stm Will there be a Green candidate and Nader?
  25. Why is climate change not in the USA primaries?

    Is not the power of money much of the battle, be it politics, energy conservation, or trying to buy an ethical toothpaste?