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Friday, October 31, 2003

Radio Licensing Centre

Yeeurgh - I've just choked whilst eating apple and sprayed bits of it all over my monitor... oh well... it's been a while since I've cleaned it anyway... ;-)

Well... I just got in touch with the UK amatuer radio licensing people. An old B style license (higher frequencies only) is now equivalent to a FULL UK license. Some nice lady there looked through back issues of the call sign books... eventually found me in 1990... and on that basis will renew my license - cool...... see if I can get a cheap TNC and VHF transceiver - weeeeehoooooooooo.............
posted by Mike Foord on Friday, October 31, 2003


Looking down at my blogs I've posted to the techie blog every few days... but only very sparsely to the 'personal' blog (this one..). Now that's either a sad indictment of what I see as important in my life... or it's uhm... something else.

I mean for example..... is the fact that I spent a frustrating few hours testing my DVD writer - only to discover (eventually) that it was probably the first DVD that was faulty... not the writer... is that personal or techie... *sigh* probably neither or something..........

Anyway - I will have been married for three months tommorrow and things are *still* good... odd.

I've got this theory though - life never throws disaster at you when you're expecting it, it lulls you into a false sense of security that things really are good - and then disaster strikes...

In times of good fortune, when the sun smiles - look to the distant horizon. See from afar the dark clouds of disaster gather !!
posted by Mike Foord on Friday, October 31, 2003





Wednesday, October 29, 2003

The Lair of the Crab of Ineffable Wisdom - a load of stuff by Joel Veitch that will probably crush your will to live

This website is full of *very* silly things... which makes it quite good I think....
posted by Mike Foord on Wednesday, October 29, 2003


I haven't posted for a few days... sorry. Asides from visiting community cafes for our Jesus Centre project (and organising half our management committee to be in the same place at the same tiem to visit it - scary stuff) I haven't been up to anything particularly exciting...... Lots of progress in my Atlantibots project - which I'm still enjoying muchly but I won't bore you with the details...... :-)
posted by Mike Foord on Wednesday, October 29, 2003





Tuesday, October 14, 2003

NECROMONICON BOOKS, THE MAD ARAB, AL AZIF, H.P. LOVECRAFT, CTHULHU
Shamanshop.net: Herbal Highs: Salvia, Kanna, Calamus, Lotus, Ephedra & More!


Ahhhhhhhhhh....... back in the bad old days I'd have found these websites fascinating - bookshops claiming to sell genuine copies of the necronomicon (or at least link to it on Amazon :-) and the plants that indians smoke to take a DMT trip (one of the most powerful hallucinogens known) - the last one looks genuine.... a type of bark containing the pshcoactive ingredients known as DMT... a snip at 219 dollars for a pound... far out (sold for ethenobotanist purposes - whatever they are - and not for human consumption of course !).....

Hmmm... I don't know why I link to this kind of stuff when it did me so much damage - but I still find it fascinating..... I guess with all these things, mixed up amongst the web of deception and lies are hidden strands of truths... perhaps a darker truth than those normally explored - but a truth nonetheless.........

Perhaps we could turn to this odd fellow who reckons 'experiences of temporary "madness" and unproductivity, while violating society's demand for continuous productivity, are essential if individuals are to grow and mature'. Sounds good to me...........

The Necessity of Madness and Unproductivity
posted by Mike Foord on Tuesday, October 14, 2003


weebls stuff

Morning folks. It's Tuesday morning and I'm *still* tired from actually working on Saturday. We cleared out 3 tipper loads of burnable rubbish from the 'River Farmhouse' yard - which is the community house I live in. We've still got the old bikes, bottles, plastic etc to get rid of. It was good fun though, nothing like working with people as a good way of getting to know them. A good time of brotherhood and activity that I badly needed....

Oh - and check out the link above..... is that weird or *what*.....
posted by Mike Foord on Tuesday, October 14, 2003





Thursday, October 09, 2003

Forty-second ecstasy tablet test developed

I don't know if this belongs in Voidspace techie or not..... it certainly relates to my murkie past as it's about the drug ecstacy........

They've developed a 'forty-second' test (it takes forty seconds to work - it's not the 42nd test !!). How it works is interesting.... when they fire laser light at the tablet - a tiny proportion of the light is absorbed by the molecules and then re-emitted at different frequencies. The exact mix of these frequencies gives a tell-tale 'fingerprint' both for the illegal, active component - MDMA - and any other toxic substances that might be in the pill. (It's a similar technique thye use to tell the chemical constituents of stars.....).

What's also interesting are the results - of 1500 tablets analyzed, none had toxic substances.... but the contained amount of MDMA varied by as much as five times.....

As an 'ex-ecstacy' user I'm surprised there were no toxic substances... I certainly had a few dodgy 'E's' - having said that I had some great ones as well... but I think anyone who denies it has long term emotional effects...... just needs to wait a bit :-)
posted by Mike Foord on Thursday, October 09, 2003





Wednesday, October 08, 2003

I've just sold a sink to a Nun !! It's not everyone who can say that....
posted by Mike Foord on Wednesday, October 08, 2003





Thursday, October 02, 2003

I keep getting all this chinese spam.... bizarre.... who on earth decided I might like adverts for body part enlargement cream in the chinese language......

Anyway... I wonder if I've managed to get the email function working to send msgs to the Void-Shockz message group.

Haha - blog mania.... I've just discovered a lovely little website The Devia Discordia - featuring fnords, chaos and my good friend Eris........ Great fun.
posted by Mike Foord on Thursday, October 02, 2003


Hmmm... this is a test post to see if the new email blogging feature works...... it'll probably bounce - but then Justin (Venturer) got it working so it can't be that hard :-)

Fuzzy
posted by Mike Foord on Thursday, October 02, 2003


Wearable Cinema Screen

I'm sure you've seen this news in other places - but for once Sky News put this interesting pice of science more succintly than any of the other versions I've seen...... Thin flexible film capable of showing moving colour images....one of the possibilities for 'electronic paper' is the idea of wearable cinema screens... bizarre.........
posted by Mike Foord on Thursday, October 02, 2003





Wednesday, October 01, 2003

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Every now and then those junk emails that everyone forwards... turns out to be interesting......
posted by Mike Foord on Wednesday, October 01, 2003





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