Steve_Barker

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  1. I can match the Prius mpg with my basic petrol car (no polluting batteries, or serious technology to go wrong). PLUS, I could buy three of mine for the price of a Prius, and still have change. Thus, if I was in the market for a Prius (I do not have that sort of free money) I could get a cheep car + solar panels for the house + donate towards electing more Greens!

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  2. I always thought it complete madness that work (UK) bought frozen packets of ready to cook chips from the Netherlands, but....

    We are now getting frozen chips supplied by a Japanese company, which are made in China :huh:

    The brand name is Ever Green Brand, and they are supplied by the Shinyei Cooporation.


  3. However, the bottom line Google isn't any worse than any other data centre operator

    Makes you think about the effects of your activity.

    I try not to boil the kettle too often, and always use the correct amount of water. This time of year we do not use the kettle at all, but heat water on the wood burning stove. However, I Google profusely.

    Interesting article Steve.

    Have you guys checked out Dr Alex Wissner-Gross website and service?

    http://www.co2stats.com

    It seems interesting but Im not really sure what to think about it yet..

    We purchase our electricity from http://www.goodenergy.co.uk Although, I often wonder if this actually does save carbon dioxide. Plus, some days I go past our local wind farm, and the turbines are all stationary, yet we still have electricity in our home.


  4. I think the reason no one has replied to this post is that its nigh on impossible to issolate one song as a favorite.

    On a day today level you have your favs of the current time - which you tend to hum a lot. Then there are the classic alltime song, but then there are so many gendres....

    Todays fav song, which I've bugged everyone with at work today is

    Amish Paradise by Weird Al Yankovic ( http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GsfVw9xxoNY )

    As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain

    I take a look at my wife and realize she's very plain

    But that's just perfect for an Amish like me

    You know, I shun fancy things like electricity

    At 4:30 in the morning I'm milkin' cows

    Jebediah feeds the chickens and Jacob plows... foolAmish Paradise lyrics

    As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain

    I take a look at my wife and realize she's very plain

    But that's just perfect for an Amish like me

    You know, I shun fancy things like electricity

    At 4:30 in the morning I'm milkin' cows

    Jebediah feeds the chickens and Jacob plows... foolAmish Paradise lyrics

    As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain

    I take a look at my wife and realize she's very plain

    But that's just perfect for an Amish like me

    You know, I shun fancy things like electricity

    At 4:30 in the morning I'm milkin' cows

    Jebediah feeds the chickens and Jacob plows... fool

    And I've been milkin' and plowin' so long that

    Even Ezekiel thinks that my mind is gone

    I'm a man of the land, I'm into discipline

    Got a Bible in my hand and a beard on my chin

    But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine

    Then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699

    We been spending most our lives

    Living in an Amish paradise

    I've churned butter once or twice

    Living in an Amish paradise

    It's hard work and sacrifice

    Living in an Amish paradise

    We sell quilts at discount price

    Living in an Amish paradise

    And I've been milkin' and plowin' so long that

    Even Ezekiel thinks that my mind is gone

    I'm a man of the land, I'm into discipline

    Got a Bible in my hand and a beard on my chin

    But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine

    Then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699

    We been spending most our lives

    Living in an Amish paradise

    I've churned butter once or twice

    Living in an Amish paradise

    It's hard work and sacrifice

    Living in an Amish paradise

    We sell quilts at discount price

    Living in an Amish paradise

    And I've been milkin' and plowin' so long that

    Even Ezekiel thinks that my mind is gone

    I'm a man of the land, I'm into discipline

    Got a Bible in my hand and a beard on my chin

    But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine

    Then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699

    We been spending most our lives

    Living in an Amish paradise

    I've churned butter once or twice

    Living in an Amish paradise

    It's hard work and sacrifice

    Living in an Amish paradise

    We sell quilts at discount price

    Living in an Amish paradise

    A local boy kicked me in the butt last week

    I just smiled at him and turned the other cheek

    I really don't care, in fact I wish him well

    'Cause I'll be laughing my head off when he's burning in hell

    But I ain't never punched a tourist even if he deserved it

    An Amish with a 'tude? You know that's unheard of

    I never wear buttons but I got a cool hat

    And my homies agree, I really look good in black...fool

    If you come to visit, you'll be bored to tears

    We haven't even paid the phone bill in 300 years

    But we ain't really quaint, so please don't point and stare

    We're just technologically impaired

    There's no phone, no lights, no motorcar

    Not a single luxury

    Like Robinson Caruso

    It's as primitive as can be

    We been spending most our lives

    Living in an Amish paradise

    We're just plain and simple guys

    Living in an Amish paradise

    There's no time for sin and vice

    Living in an Amish paradise

    We don't fight, we all play nice

    Living in an Amish paradise

    Hitchin' up the buggy, churnin' lots of butter

    Raised a barn on Monday, soon I'll raise anoder

    Think you're really righteous? Think you're pure in heart?

    Well, I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art

    I'm the pious guy the little Amlettes wanna be like

    On my knees day and night scorin' points for the afterlife

    So don't be vain and don't be whiny

    Or else, my brother, I might have to get medieval on your heinie

    We been spending most our lives

    Living in an Amish paradise

    We're all crazy Mennonites

    Living in an Amish paradise

    There's no cops or traffic lights

    Living in an Amish paradise

    But you'd probably think it bites

    Living in an Amish paradise

    Yesterdays fav song, which exceptionally buged people at work, was

    Making love to a vampire with a monkey on my knee by Captain Beefheart ( http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=v37Dmaa-e1E - could not find a live version, although I have seen it performed live in 1981)

    Making love to a vampire with a monkey on my knee

    The pond shined dry like a ladies compact

    Lilies leaped like flat green hearts with white hearts

    Squirting yellow pollen...cocks...

    Ferns ran like cool spades.. fossils. ..away from rocks

    Bees echoed dark carbon hums that dashed in nothing

    Gnats fucked my ears 'n nostrils

    Hit my brain like hones 'n numbed t' nothing

    Wings stuck on liquid bones

    Making love to a vampire with a monkey on my knee

    The moon poured hollow down my milky leg

    Splashed still `n moved

    The wind peed down the willows 'n pricked the needle vine

    The monkey moved a fur shadow... its soot tail curled in twos

    Its lips smiled needles.. its eyes rolled loose

    Her throat broke open... glistened in the dew

    Red berries dangled like a dream of rubies too

    Snot muscles ran down her ivory chin 'n tooth within

    A locket... a pin held fast to then, my love, my pocket deep within

    'N senses dangled the chain that clasped me to her then

    The messenger spoke the wind that blows between our time

    I sensed you then 'n whispers spin 'n flow in silver dust

    Around the pointed pin

    Sent to nothing

    God, please xxxx my mind for good

    Making love to a vampire with a monkey on my knee

    Oh xxxx that thing.. .fuck that poem...eyes crawl out with maggots

    White cloth bones pile up light thrown blades

    Rags `n skull.. scoops soil cracks.. .drain screams.. please

    Take my hand 'n join me... too soon its clutches gleams

    Making love to a vampire with a monkey on my knee

    Death be damned... life

    Pinpointing the fave classic all time best, might take much more time..........


  5. Ahh I was just waiting for that comment ;). They have said they will come up with a Linux version.. Under the meantime you can use Spotify under Wine?

    Why does it have to use a "specialist" application, whats wrong with .ogg, or MP3?

    I have a 2000 CD single (will not admit by who) which has a quicktime video on it. I tried playing it on the Mac once, it would not work in OSX, I had to open OS9 to run this "out of date" technology :o


  6. I got a USB turntable for Christmas, so I'll be going back to the record collection I have not been able to play for 20 years. Which should take some time, because I hardly ever get time to listen to my CDs; although I have started listening to CDs at work, when theres no one else around to moan about them.


  7. And the reason that GM is in the shape it is in is totally due to short sighted management. Toyota is producing smaller cars that get much higher mpg in the US. The company still has not produce a viable plan the keep it from going under. They have shut down all plants for a month, doubt that it will do any good. They are in the "perfect storm" due to bad decisions and labor contracts that pay people not to work (If any of you know of a viable company that pays people not to work, let me know.) <_<

    Think this article http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4283117.stm sums up the difficulty for American car buyers, do you go for fuel Independence, or support American industry?


  8. That is just another example of how far the public in the UK have come in the understanding of climate change. I really admire you guys over there. Unfortunately, like everywhere else, your Government is not following your lead. :(

    I've always tended to think of Scandinavians as being ahead of the UK on environmental issues. In the UK at present there is certainly a stong feeling of mistrust against all politicians, and that things need to change. Alas, as this weeks Local By-election results show, in some places the British National Party are tapping into this feeling - close seconds in places with no history of standing are unheard of for minority parties.