Monthly archives: June 2005

Time Heals

I was going to write a short story on a very similar idea once- you can travel back in time, but you can’t do anything to change history.

“If we don’t know your father is alive right now – if there is only a 90% chance that he is alive right now, then there is a chance that you can go back and kill him.

“But if you know he is alive, there is no chance you can kill him.”

In other words, even if you take a trip back in time with the specific intention of killing your father, so long as you know he is happily sitting in his chair when you leave him in the present, you can be sure that something will prevent you from murdering him in the past. It is as if it has already happened.

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UnGreen Screen

If you’re worried about your power consumption then you’d better get a smaller TV or ditch the goggle box altogether.

Already, televisions account for about 4 percent of annual residential electricity use in the United States – enough to power all of the homes in the state of New York for a year, according to a new NRDC study. Today there are about 266 million TVs, and that number is growing by 3.5 million per year. By 2009, when half of all new TV sales are expected to be extended- or high-definition digital sets with big screens, TV energy use will reach about 70 billion kilowatt-hours per year nationwide – about 50 percent higher than at present. Throw in a DVD and VCR player, a pair of high-definition set-top boxes, and other household TVs, and the total TV-related energy use for the home rises to about 10 percent, the NRDC estimates.

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Spinneyhead recommends

A number of Spinneyhead’s discerning and fun-loving readers have purchased She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman in the last few months and I think you should too.

If you have already purchased this book you could try one of these-

Recommending books on Amazon is a lot like making love to a beautiful woman……..

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Kill the little grey bastards!

But only if they’re in Scotland or Cumbria, I quite enjoy watching the ones in the city. Grey squirrels moving North of the border are carrying Squirrel Pox, which the local reds have no immunity to.

Red squirrels with the virus will suffer skin ulcers, lesions and scabs, with swelling and discharge around the eyes, mouth, feet and genitals.


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Walk to work day

Today is Bike to Work Day. However, as I currently work so close to home it would actually take longer to cycle than to walk (when you factor in time to get changed) I don’t think I will. However, I hope that enough other people do to make a difference and that a few of them are inspired to do it more regularly.

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Did you miss me?

Apologies for the disappearance of Spinneyhead there. This happened because it’s the end of University term and the server’s power supply- a second year shackled to an exercise bike and fuelled with watered down WifeBeater- was rescued by his parents and returned home. After an exhaustive search replacement power has been found in the shape of a postgrad and an overseas student who shall take turns at the generator and are, surprisingly, cheaper to run.

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Katie Holmes' feet and toes

It’s a search term from the old days of Spinneyhead which, along with Alyson Hannigan’s feet, made me look like the prime destination for fetishisers of celebrity feet. It’s been popping up in the referrer logs again in the last fortnight, probably due to Joey’s impending nuptials to Scientology boy.

I still don’t have any toe related images, but I can point you to- Tom Cruise is Engaged to Katie Holmes: I’ve seen her naked! and Free Katie. (Via Fleshbot and Screenhead)

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UAV model round up

Summer is here, so there’s little modelling being done. I’m too busy with things like the allotment. However, as I am guesting on the UAV blog, I thought I’d see how this relatively new type of plane was represented for modellers.

The first stop on this tour is Unicraft, which is pretty much your one stop shop for UAV modelling needs. They have 1/72nd scale models of-

Bell EAGLE EYE, Boeing X-45A UCAV, Boeing X-36 UAV, Boeing BIRD OF PREY, “Piloted UCAV”(?), DRAGON WARRIOR, Northrop-Grumman X-47A Pegasus UCAV-N, GA Prowler II, RQ-1 Predator, RQ-2 Pioneer, RQ-3 DarkStar, RQ-4 Global Hawk, RQ-5 Hunter, MQ-9A Predator B / ALTAIR, ALTUS and Aurora THESEUS. They also do the Boeing SENSOR CRAFT in 1/144th (though that link wasn’t working when I tried). For British modellers, Hannants stock a few Unicraft kits.

With that fairly exhaustive list you hardly need to go anywhere else, but I thought I’d have a look anyway.

French company Sharkit does a NASA HyperIII, actually a remotely piloted test bed for lifting body designs, but a UAV precursor of sorts. They also have a few other UAV grandparents in the North American X10 and Vought Regulus 1 (more of an early cruise missile really). And there are a number of unrelated but interesting models such as the Davy Crocket atomic gun and Bell rocket belt (in either 1/12th or 1/35th).

Wings models do 1/48th and 1/72nd scale vacform model of the GTD-21, a Kennedy era reconnaisance drone.

I’m sure there are more, but if I carry on looking I’m going to lose a day to finding ever more obscure and fascinating model companies.

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Every good girl deserves a geek

And some of the bad ones too- Why geeks are the greatest lovers.

“A nerd is an excellent provider and a guy who puts you first,” says E. Jean Carroll, Elle magazine’s love and sex advice columnist. “He’ll turn out to be a great father and a great husband.”

And, she insists that a woman who is willing to stick it out with a nerd and get past his quirks will be handsomely rewarded. “Don’t give up on him too fast,” she said. “If you stick with him, he’s going to turn out to be really great.”

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