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Monday, 13 August 2012

436 witness a meteorite shower COMPLETE

#436 Witness a meteorite shower COMPLETE!!!

this is something i have always wanted to witness, and it was really worth the wait.

I witnessed the perseid meteorite shower this happens ever year in August and can be seen from  practically anywhere in the northern hemisphere. This august however is the best year for visibility with august 11th and 12th being the best nights.

i managed to see around about 25 shooting stars on the 11th and it was one of the most majestic and humbling experiences i have ever witnessed.

What a weekend for meteor watching! The peak was supposed to be the morning of August 12, but the morning of August 13 turned out to be awesome, too. According to the International Meteor Organization, the zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of meteors visible in a dark sky climbed as high as 150 in some places on the morning of August 13. That’s the number of meteors you would have seen under a very dark sky with the radiant of the shower at the sky’s zenith (highest point). Here’s the most important question at this time. Will you see more meteors on the morning of August 14? You might, although we’re now past the peak, and the Perseids typically fall off fairly rapidly after their peak – although this year seems to be an exception to that so far. The August 14 morning might be worth a try. As always, the hours between midnight and dawn are the best time for meteor-watching, no matter where you are on the globe.

take a look at this short video and here what NASA has to say! 

Monday, 30 July 2012

see london olympics 2012 for FREE!

if you have missed out on tickets fear not here's How To See The London 2012 Olympics For Free and Without Tickets- NO JOKE!! 

Watch the Olympics for free

The watch is over. The London 2012 Olympics are here now.
If you haven't got tickets there's no need to worry as there are still plenty of events you can see for free and without tickets.

London 2012 is here. How can you watch without tickets?

Having been frustrated that I was not able to obtain tickets for any of the London 2012 Olympic events I've been looking at other options. I was really looking forward to watching the Olympics in London however was unsuccessful in both the initial and secondary ticket draws which leaves me in a bit of a strange situation as a sports lover that thinks the Olympics are such a positive thing for Britain and British Sport.

Are there any Olympic Events I can watch for free without tickets?

The goods news is that for those of you with no Olympic Tickets for London 2012 there are a few options to be able to watch an Olympics event for free and without tickets.
Yes- You can watch some London Olympic events for free

Watch Olympic Cycling for Free

Cycling from the Beijing Olympics
Cycling from the Beijing Olympics

Free Events at London 2012. Road Cycling

1. Road Cycling Events at London 2012
There are 4 separate cycling events on the roads of London that you could watch on 3 different days to satisfy your Olympic fever.
July 28th 2012 Mens Road Race(Estimated time 10:00- 16:00 hrs GMT)
July 29th 2012 Women's Road Race (Estimated time 12:00- 16:00 hrs GMT)
The Road Race involves completing multiple laps around the streets of London. The finish is on The Mall which will have grandstands which tickets are required for. However this does not stop you finding yourself a spot on the course outside a pub and vanish back into the pub for a drink every lap. The Cycling Road Race at London 2012 is designed so that laps take between 20-30 minutes therefore you can time your drinking and viewing the action.
1st August 2012 Men's and Woman's Individual Time Trial (Men 10:00- 11:30, Women 13:00- 1600 hrs GMT)
With Riders setting off at regularly intervals there will not be a long wait between riders in their sleek, aerodynamic cycling kit. The Cycling Time Trial is know as the "Race of Truth" and you will see the cyclists suffering for that elusive gold medal while you watch for free without a ticket.
Triathletes on the Cycling Leg
Triathletes on the Cycling Leg

London 2012 Free Events: Triathlon

2. Triathlon at London 2012
Fancy watching 3 events at London 2012? Set around Hyde Park the London 2012 Triathlon events comprise of a 1.5 km Swim, followed by 40 km Road Bike and finishes off with a 10 km run. Sounds exhausting! Definitely a great sounding Olympic event to watch with a cold beer while relaxing.
As the event features a large number of laps in the vicinity of Hyde Park so you're never far from seeing the action and can walk to different points on the course to get a different view if you wish.
August 4th Women's Triathlon (Estimated time 09:00- 11:30 hrs GMT)
August 7th Men's Triathlon (Estimated time 11:30- 14:00 hrs GMT)

Running and Race Walk Events at London 2012

3. The Marathon at London 2012
5th August 2012 Women's Marathon (Estimated time 11:00- 13:45 hrs GMT)
12th August 2012 Men's Marathon (Estimated time 11:00- 13:30 hrs GMT)
The London 2012 Olympic Marathon course involves 3 laps of a main circuit of almost 13 km which means you will see the runners approximately every 45 minutes if you stay in the same spot- leaving you time to do some shopping, grab a coffee, or lunch before the race passes you again.
4. Race Walk Events at London 2012
Fancy watching something different at the Olympics? Watch a Race Walking event.
4th August 2012 Men's 20km Race Walk (Estimated time 17:00- 18:30 hrs GMT)
11th August 2012 Men's 50km Race Walk (Estimated time 09:00- 13:00 hrs GMT)
11th August 2012 Women's 20km Race Walk (Estimated time 17:00- 18:30 hrs GMT)

Free events to enjoy at London 2012

Wishing you a great London 2012

Sunday, 29 July 2012

London 2012 Olympics

London 2012 is finally upon us,
what you didn't know? where have you been?

incase you missed the spectacular opening ceremony on friday, (ha in your face Beijing we kicked your  ass, only kidding though i think it's fair to say Film director Danny Boyle did a fantastic job.)

here is a short video of just part of the opening event.


i know i did!

opening at olympics

how about a little bit of james bond 007 leaping out of a helicopter with her Majesty the Queen of England!

the fire work finale

Friday, 15 June 2012

Massed Band 1st Practice 2012_xvid.avi

Massed bugle band!

as some of you may be aware i have always wanted to be a musician. A drummer to be precise, well now i am living my dream, kind of!

here is a short clip of a massed marching bugle band that i am part off.

it was a good day a lot of fun and i don't think we sound too bad either!

p.s i am one of the snare drummers.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

science can prove the possibility of a zombie apocalypse

a different one for you! apparently science can provide proof of a potential zombie apocalypse !
there is a lot of speculation that the world will end this year in december, according to the mayan calendar at least. 
most think there is a chance of a zombie apocalypse, turns out it's plausible and completely possible.
We found out recently that if you try to leave a little kid in a graveyard late at night, he'll freak out. Even if you offer to leave him a gun to protect himself. Why? It's because on some instinctual level, all humans know it's just a matter of time until the zombies show up.
Our culture is full of tales of the undead walking the Earth, from our religions to our comic books. But, some sort of Zombie apocalypse  isn't actually possible, right?
Actually, yes. It's quite possible. Here's five ways it could happen, according to science.

Brain Parasites

What are they?
Parasites that turn victims into mindless, zombie-like slaves are fairly common in nature. There's one called toxoplasmosa gondii that seems to devote its entire existence to being terrifying.
This bug infects rats, but can only breed inside the intestines of a cat. The parasite knows it needs to get the rat inside the cat (yes, we realize this sounds like the beginning of the most fucked-up Dr. Seuss poem ever) so the parasite takes over the rat's freaking brain, and intentionally makes it scurry toward where the cats hang out. The rat is being programmed to get itself eaten, and it doesn't even know.
Of course, those are just rats, right?
How it can result in zombies:
Hey, did we mention that half the human population on Earth is infected with toxoplasmosa, and don't know it? Hey, maybe you're one of them. Flip a coin.
Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse:
Humans and rats aren't all that different; thats why they use them to test our drugs. All it takes is a more evolved version of toxoplasmosa, one that could to do us what it does to the rats. So, imagine if half the world suddenly had no instinct for self-preservation or rational thought. Even less than they do now, we mean.
If you're comforting yourself with the thought that it may take forever for such a parasite to evolve, you're forgetting about all the biological weapons programs around the world, intentionally weaponizing such bugs. You've got to wonder if the lab workers don't carry out their work under the unwitting command of the toxoplasmosa gondii already in their brains. If you don't want to sleep at night, that is.
You may be protesting that technically these people have never been dead and thus don't fit the dictionary definition of "zombies," but we can assure you that the distinction won't matter a whole lot once these groaning hordes are clawing their way through your windows.

As seen in ...
The movie The Serpent and the Rainbow, the upcoming Resident Evil 5 video game.
What are they?
There are certain kinds of poisons that slow your bodily functions to the point that you'll be considered dead, even to a doctor (okay, maybe not to a good doctor). The poison from fugu (Japanese blowfish) can do this.
The victims can then be brought back under the effects of a drug like datura stramonium (or other chemicals called alkaloids) that leave them in a trance-like state with no memory, but still able to perform simple tasks like eating, sleeping, moaning and shambling around with their arms outstretched.
How it can result in zombies:
"Can?" How about "does."
This stuff has happened in Haiti; that's where the word "zombie" comes from. There are books about it, the most famous ones by Dr. Wade Davis (Passage of Darkness and The Serpent and the Rainbow). Yes, the movie The Serpent and the Rainbow was based on this guy's actual science stuff. How much of it was fact? Well, there was that one scene where they strapped the guy naked to a chair and drove a huge spike through his balls. We're hoping that part wasn't true.
What is definitely true is the story of Clairvius Narcisse. He was a Haitian guy who was declared dead by two doctors and buried in 1962. They found him wandering around the village 18 years later. It turned out the local voodoo priests had been using naturally occurring chemicals to basically zombify people and putting them to work on the sugar plantations (no, really).
So, the next time you're pouring a little packet of sugar into your coffee, remember that it may have been handled by a zombie at some point.
Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse:
On the one hand, it's already fucking happened! So that earns it some street cred right off the bat. But, even if some evil genius intentionally distributed alkaloid toxins to a population to turn them into a shambling, mindless horde, there is no way to make these zombies aggressive or cannabalistic.

The Real Rage Virus
As seen in ...
28 Days Later
What is it?
In the movie, it was a virus that turned human beings into mindless killing machines. In real life, we have a series of brain disorders that do the same thing. They were never contagious, of course. Then, Mad Cow Disease came along. It attacks the cow's spinal cord and brain, turning it into a stumbling, mindless attack cow.
And, when humans eat the meat ...
How it can result in zombies:
When Mad Cow gets in humans, they call it Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Check out the symptoms:
  • Changes in gait (walking)
  • Hallucinations
  • Lack of coordination (for example, stumbling and falling)
  • Muscle twitching
  • Myoclonic jerks or seizures
  • Rapidly developing delirium or dementia
Sure, the disease is rare (though maybe not as rare as we think) and the afflicted aren't known to chase after people in murderous mobs. Yet.
But, it proves widespread brain infections of the Rage variety are just a matter of waiting for the right disease to come along.
Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse:
If the whole sudden, mindless violence idea seems far-fetched, remember that you are just one brain chemical (serotonin) away from turning into a mindless killing machine (they've tested it by putting rats in Deathmatch-style cages and watching them turn on each other). All it would take is a disease that destroys the brain's ability to absorb that one chemical and suddenly it's a real-world 28 Days Later.
So, imagine such an evolved disease, which we'll call Super Mad Cow (or, Madder Cow) getting a foothold through the food supply. Say this disease spreads through blood-on-blood contact, or saliva-on-blood contact. Now you have a Rage-type virus that can be transmitted with a bite.
Just like the movie. With one bite, you're suddenly the worst kind of zombie:
fast zombie.

As seen in ...
Laboratories around the world.
What is it?
You know all that conversy out there about stem cell research? Well, the whole thing with stem cells is that they can basically be used to re-generate dead cells. Particularly of interest to zombologists like ourselves is neurogenesis, the method by which they can re-grow dead brain tissue.
You can see where this is going.
How it can result in zombies:
You wanted the undead to make an appearance in this article? Well, here you go, you creepy bastards.
Science can pretty much save you from anything but brain death; they can swap out organs but when the brain turns to mush, you're gone. Right?
Well, not for long. They're already able to re-grow the brains of comatose head trauma patients until they wake up and walk around again.
Couple that with the new ability to keep a dead body in a state of suspended animation so that it can be brought back to life later, and soon we'll be able to bring back the dead, as long as we get to them quickly enough.
That sounds great, right? Well, this lab dedicated to "reanimation research" (yes, that's what they call it) explains how the process of "reanimating" a person creates a problem. It causes the brain to die off from the outside in. The outside being the cortex, the nice part of you that makes humans human. That just leaves the part that controls basic motor function and primitive instincts behind.

You don't need the cortex to survive; all you need is the stem and you'll still be able to mindlessly walk and eat and enjoy Grey's Anatomy. This is how chickens can keep walking around after they've been beheaded (including one case where the chicken lived for 18 months without a head).
So, you take a brain dead patient, use these techniques to re-grow the brain stem, and you now have a mindless body shambling around, no thoughts and no personality, nothing but a cloud of base instincts and impulses.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we like to call a real, live, undead fucking zombie. So there.
Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse:
Think about it. Under every legal system in the world, all rights and responsibilities are terminated at death. All it takes is someone with resources and a need for a mindless workforce of totally obedient slave labor.
How long until somebody tries this? We're betting somebody in the world, maybe North Korea, will have a working zombie by Christmas.

As seen in...
Michael Crichton's novel Prey, The PS2 game Nano Breaker
What are they?
Nanobots are a technology that science apparently engineered to make you terrified of the future. We're talking about microscopic, self-replicating robots that can invisbily build--or destroy--anything. Vast sums of money are being poured into nanotechnology. Sure, at some level scientists know nanobots will destroy mankind. They just can't resist seeing how it happens.

How it can result in zombies:
Scientists have already created a nano-cyborg, by fusing a tiny silicone chip to a virus. The first thing they found out is these cyborgs can still operate for up to a month after the death of the host. Notice how nano scientists went right for zombification, even at this early stage. They know where the horror is.
According to studies, within a decade they'll have nanobots that can crawl inside your brain and set up neural connections to replace damaged ones. That's right; the nanobots will be able to rewire your thoughts. What could possibly go wrong?
Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse:
Do the math, people.
Some day there will be nanobots in your brain. Those nanobots will be programmed to keep functioning after you die. They can form their own neural pathways, meaning they can use your brain to keep operating your limbs after you've deceased and, presumably, right up until you rot to pieces in mid-stride.

The nanobots will be programmed to self-replicate, and the death of the host will mean the end of the nanobots. To preserve themselves, they'd need to transfer to a new host. Therefore, the last act of the nanobot zombie would be to bite a hole in a healthy victim, letting the nanobots steam in and set up camp in the new host. Once in, they can shut down the part of the brain that resists (the cortex) and leave the brain stem intact. They will have added a new member to the unholy army of the undead.
Now, it should be more than clear by this point that our goal is to be responsible researchers. We don't want to create a panic here. All we're saying is that on an actual day on the actual calendar in the future, runaway microscopic nanobots will end civilization by flooding the planet with the cannabalistic undead.
Science has proven it.