Category Archives: Technology

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Supertramp

it never rains but it absolutely chucks it down

Excuse the misquoted homily, but here in the north of England, saying that it’s pouring with rain is like a girl saying that she’s slightly pregnant.  So from Supertramp we have It’s Raining Again, which it is.  But it’s not raining my life,  While I may have lost a friend, I have gained an new and much nicer friend.

I’ve driven a hell of a lot of I-15, from Southern California up into Wyoming.

I’m a fighter.  Knock me down and I’ll just get up again.

Please listen with a smile on your face.

Try not to get very wet.

Unless you like that.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the old man can’t snore through the racket of raindrops on the roof

COVID Vaccines

no vaccine is a magic bullet

All over the media is the ‘good news’ that there will soon be an effective and properly tested vaccination against the coronavirus that will give up to 90% protection against becoming ill.  It won’t stop anyone from catching the virus, but if you do catch it, then you shouldn’t get very sick because your body already has already been trained to recogise and combat COVID-19.

And the science on vaccines is settled ~ they are both safe and effective.  Actually no.  Anyone who says that; ‘the science is settled’ knows dick-all about science.  Science is never finished, settled, nor complete.  As our knowledge expands and progresses so good scientists go back and take another look at old truths, maxims, and proofs.  Sometimes they discover things that startle and frighten them.  To give you an easy example; Pythagoras Theorem is mostly wrong ~ it only works all the time if the Earth is flat.

So, when the pharmaceutical industry, doctors, the government, and the media tell you that vaccines are safe, and the new coronavirus vaccine is completely safe and 90% effective, do you actually trust them?  Do you trust drugs giant Pfizer, (who also make Viagra), who are set to make billions of $ from their new vaccine?  Do you trust the people who might give you the couple of jabs you will need to have kept the vaccine at an even 70 degrees below zero?  As it goes I trust none of the above.

Vaccination is the holy grail of medicine, and anyone who challenges its safety will be ignored, denigrated, ridiculed, and howled down.  For the medical professions, vaccination is power, and power corrupts.

One reason that vaccines are unsafe is that they have stuff in them other than an attenuated version of the virus, because if that’s all you got the vaccine wouldn’t work at all.  So vaccines have accelerators, (adjuvants), in them to strengthen the body’s response to the vaccine.  Until quite recently mercury was used, now it’s mostly aluminium.  These adjuvents are dangerous.

What vaccines are supposed to do are produce immune responses in appropriate cells.  Vaccines affect every cell in your body, altering your DNA / RNA ~ and not always in a good way.  There are things called telomeres on the ends of your chromosomes, and vaccines shorten these telomeres.  So what?  When your cells’ telmomeres are too short, you die.

This is a short post about a long and complicated topic. If you want to know more research it, but not on Google ~ the people involved with Google are set to make further fortunes from the coronavirus vaccines.

Personally, I will be last in line to be vaccinated against anything ~ the coronavirus especially.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

there’s a reason for the ‘mad scientist’ paradigm

COVID-19 a comedy of errors

if you have a wasps nest, burn down your house

Boris has lost the plot

Here in England the government’s popularity has tanked after the latest hysterical pronouncements on ‘controlling the coronavirus’.  Luckily the Chancellor of the Exchequer has vetoed the idea of a second national lockdown and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s own party’s Members of Parliament are in open revolt over the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 laws, regulations, and recommendations.  Voters here are also more worried about the state of the economy than they are about a virus which is a lot less worse than the seasonal flu which is about to hit us.  Polls suggest that 48% of voters think the government is doing ‘the wrong things’, while only 38% believe the government has got it right.

This coming week M.P.s will vote on whether ministers need parliamentary approval before introducing any more COVID-19 laws and regulations.  The signs are that the government will lose this vote and be forced to come to parliament every time they want to enact another stupid coronavirus law.

England is in the grip of corrupt mad scientists, especially Sir John Bell who owns £770,000 worth of shares in Roche, the pharmaceutical company who charged £13.5 million for the pointless antibody screening kits he advocated.  Then there is Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, who has £600,000 of shares in GlaxoSmithKline the pharmaceutical company developing coronavirus vaccines that are unlikely to do anything to stop this alleged pandemic.

The influenza vaccine, which is widely regarded as being a success, is said to prevent 50% of cases in a good year, down to 15% in years when the winter flu really takes hold.  But that’s statistical rubbish because only the people who have had the vaccine are measured.  It’s likely that half the people who become eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccine won’t have anything to do with it, and that there just isn’t the capacity to immunise large swathes of the population anyway.  The coronavirus vaccine is no silver bullet.

The worst place for COVID-19 in England is a North Western town called Burnley, which has the equivalent of 256 cases per 100,000 people, or an infection rate of 0.256% of its population.  You have more chance of being run over by a bus than you have catching the coronavirus.

Meanwhile business here; bars, pubs, restaurants, are subject to a 10 pm curfew.  All that means is that young people start their drinking night out earlier in the evening.  Slow handclap for the thick scientists who thought that a curfew was a good, workable idea.

Some say that COVID-19 is the worst threat faced by civilisation, ever.  And that we must all be good sheep and follow our government’s orders.  All I know is that the government has totally lost the plot.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

mad scientists are running the country now

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Royal Air Force

today is Battle of Britain Day

On September 15th 1940 the Nazi Luftwaffe met the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force over the skies of southern England.  By the end of the day the Luftwaffe had lost twice as many aircraft as had the RAF.  The Luftwaffe was broken and Hitler called off Operation Sealion, the proposed invasion of England.  Democracy had been saved for the world.

Churchill called the 2,927 pilots who had taken part ‘The Few’, and 510 perished during the battle.  Only one of The Few is still alive today; 101 years old John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway DFC.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

during the battle the Hawker Hurricane shot down more German aircraft than did the Supermarine Spitfire.

California Wildfires

sometimes all you have left is prayer

Here in England we almost never get wildfires, instead we sometimes have devastating floods, and every few years a hell of a lot of snow.  Sadly, my friends out on the USA’s West Coast are in real physical danger from the bush fires burning out of control through California, Oregon, and Washington State.

The fire services are doing the very best they can, and President Trump is due to visit California tomorrow to see for himself the scale of destruction.  But when fires even threaten the freeways and interstate highways, things are obviously our of control.  Some of the fires may have been caused by arson, or smokers casually discarding their butts, or by electrical faults, or even lightning.  But they have spread so far and wide because of a 20 year mega-drought.

The only thing that will end these fires is heavy rain.  And all the rest of the world can offer is our thoughts and prayers.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

perhaps now it is time to pray for heavy rain in Southern California

90% of Contractors Suck

do not ever pay for work that isn’t done right and completed on time

what the Arc would have looked like if Noah had used a contractor

Stop letting contractors screw you over.  There is NO excuse for work that isn’t done right, finished on budget, and completed on time.  I’ve heard it again and again that some contractor totally fucked up a job, or charged far too much, or did work that didn’t need doing, left an utter mess behind them after they finished, caused far more damage than they were asked to come in and fix, never finished the job at all, didn’t do the job they were asked to do, or didn’t even turn up…..

This is not a new story for me, so why am I bothering to flog this comatose horse?  Well a couple of friends of mine, and another couple of nice people whose blogs I follow, have all had problems with contractors in the past few days.  In my expert opinion 90% of contractors of every ilk from decorators, to plumbers, to electricians, to garage mechanics, to moving men et al, are utterly useless, partly skilled, dishonest, lazy, misogynistic jerks.

So how to avoid being totally ripped off?

  • Do not hire a contractor based on somebody else’s unsupported recommendation.  Especially do not hire anyone recommended by another contractor; say your realtor.
  • Do not ever, ever hire a friend, or a friend of a friend, to do ANY work for you.
  • Do not ever hire a contractor without first having a totally clear picture of the work you want doing, when you want it done by, how much you are going to pay, and when.  If you don’t know any of this stuff, GO AWAY AND FIND OUT!
  • Do not ever hire a contractor who can’t show you a current copy of their appropriate certification, and customer references.  Check these out, and never just by making a phone call.
  • Do not hire a contractor who can’t give you a firm written quote, on a proper letter-head.  If possible get three quotes, (if it’s a big job then you must have at least two firm quotations)
  • Do not ever pay a contractor before they have started work, and never ever pay them in full until the work is completed to your satisfaction.  Agree stage payments if appropriate.  Go over everything your contractor has done with a fine tooth comb.  Your word is the final word!
  • Do not ever, ever allow an unsupervised contractor into your property. And, ensure they are watched over 100% of the time thereafter.
  • DO NOT hire day rate illegal aliens under any circumstances.  And don’t hire anyone who isn’t fluent in your language.
  • Learn some DIY stuff.  Learn a hell of a lot of DIY stuff.  It is always easier, cheaper, and better to do the job yourself than hire some utterly useless, partly skilled, dishonest, lazy, misogynistic jerk to do the work for you.  And if you have some idea about how to actually do a bit of say; decorating, then you are in a far better position to control your idiot contractor.
  • Finally; do not be a woman.  All contractors think women are easy marks.  If you are a woman then follow the suggestions above with the utmost regard.

This is your job, your money, your home, your safety.  If your plumber floods your home, your electrician sets fire to your home, or you home just blows up……  then ultimately it is YOUR fault.  Do not let ANYONE tell you how you should go about dealing with a contractor.  (except me)

Some say that they have had a really good contractor.  And that not all contractors are bad.  All I know is that anyone who says they have had one good contractor will also have had three utter disasters.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

some decorators can’t even varnish a floor without making a mess of it

Random Jottings ~ Mad Scientists

and so he created a woman, who got angry when her batteries ran down
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he was smart, but he could never get a girl

so he made one

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every mad scientist dreams of playing God

the really crazy ones believe they are God

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keep you arms in the time machine at all times

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‘that’s strange perfume…..’ he said

that’s not perfume, it’s formaldehyde…..’ she answered

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they had solved the theory of everything

and after a few bottles of booze they thought it was a good idea to build a time machine

things went downhill after that

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

she must be a scientist

she’s wearing a white coat

Monochrome Monday ~ The End of Days

nobody listened until it was so very quiet in the ruins

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

miracles sometimes happen

Monochrome Monday ~ Abandoned Railways

sometimes the wrong train will take you to the right station

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jack collier

jack collier7@talktalk.net

 

and sometimes you just have to walk

Stupid DIY Mistakes

you’re only human, it’s all right to make mistakes

If you do most things for yourself, eschewing messy decorators, useless contractors, and rip-off garages, then every now and again you are bound to commit one of the classic howlers.  Mistakes you could kick yourself for.  Really stupid mess-ups that leave you thinking; ‘how the hell do I get out of this one…..?’

I might admit to being guilty of some or all of these;

  1. Painting yourself into a corner.  You can either walk on it or wait until it dries.
  2. Touching a spark-plug lead while the engine is running.  If you’re healthy you’ll just get a terrific jolt, if you have a heart pacemaker you might get dead.
  3. Opening the radiator cap on a hot engine.  Getting scalded hurts.
  4. Over-tightening a nut so the bolt / stud snaps.  That is likely to be expensive to repair, unless you know how.
  5. Sawing off the branch you’re sitting on.  The fall hurts.
  6. Sawing off the branch your ladder is leaning against.  The fall hurts.
  7. Taking off the bathroom door handle and closing the door while you’re inside, with no way to open the door to get out.
  8. Putting up a picture / shelf by hammering a nail / drilling into the wall, and going right through a water pipe.  Flooding is expensive to repair, so is the big hole you’re going to have in the wall.
  9. Ditto an electrical cable or gas pipe.
  10. Not learning how to use a spirit level and putting up a shelf.

Today I was guilty of #7.  Just as well I took lessons from a master locksmith.

Some say that we learn by our mistakes.  And that necessity is the mother of invention.  All I know is that I can now build, decorate, install, make, repair….. just about anything ~ and I have the scars to prove it.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I didn’t build that,

but I could

 

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