Friday, 23 March 2012

Luck, Galaxies and insanity!!!

Good afternoon interweb,  and looking out of the window it most certainly is a very warm and pleasant afternoon.
I have not been in touch for a day or so as I had a bit of a mental wobble with regard to luck, or the lack of it. Things had been collecting, just little things the sort that on their own don’t really bother you but as they build up they begin to annoy the fuck out of you.
The straw that broke the camel’s back this time was a still not functioning Truck despite nearly £2000.00 been spent on it in the last two months.
I got pissed off and decided to take to my bed for the duration of the afternoon and evening.
This would have probably solved the issues had the bed not collapsed leaving me staring at the ceiling whilst leaning at a very uncomfortable angle onto the wrought iron frame of the bed.
Anyway normal service has since resumed and I would like to bring to you today a stunning photograph. 
 Not that remarkable I hear you cry, well when I tell you that what you can see here is not a few stars but around 200,000 galaxies.
The image was taken by The European Southern Observatory's VISTA telescope.
ESO's VISTA telescope has been trained on the same patch of sky repeatedly to slowly accumulate the very dim light of the most distant galaxies. In total more than six thousand separate exposures with a total effective exposure time of 55 hours, taken through five different coloured filters, have been combined to create this picture. This image from the UltraVISTA survey is the deepest infrared view of the sky of its size ever taken.
I have discussed in previous posts about the light from distant galaxies falling into the red part of the spectrum and VISTA makes the most of this. At first glance the UltraVISTA image looks unremarkable, a few bright stars and a sprinkling of fainter ones. But in fact almost all of those fainter objects are not stars in the Milky Way, but very remote galaxies, each containing billions of stars.
 Enlarging the image to fill the screen, and zooming in reveals more and more of them, and the image records more than 200 000 galaxies in total.
The expansion of the Universe shifts light from distant objects towards longer wavelengths.
 For starlight coming from the most distant galaxies that we can observe, this means that most of the light falls in the infrared part of the spectrum when it gets to Earth. As a highly sensitive infrared telescope with a wide field of view, VISTA is uniquely powerful for spotting distant galaxies in the early Universe. By studying galaxies in redshifted light at successively larger distances, astronomers can also trace how galaxies were built up and evolved over the history of the cosmos.
I find this shit really interesting which is why I blog about it but apologies to those that don’t, for you here is some drivel, Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go totally and unreasonably insane, a good listener is usually thinking about something else and remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
Peace out y'all, THE BAGSTAXXX

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

COD4, Openzone(PS3) and intimate dinners!!!!

Good afternoon interweb, This post may take a little longer than usual as I have really pushed myself at the gym today and I can feel my muscles seizing as I type.
It is a sad fact that 90% of the English population would find nothing to talk about if it wasn’t for the weather so I will start there. It’s very reasonable........ again.
I am once again without Truck as it has gone in to be fettled a little more.
Had a top laugh last night with Bev and Maria on MW3, the less I care about the game and it’s bloody frustrating connections the more fun it becomes. It cannot be classed as a competitive game for the general public.
On a LAN I'm sure it would be a fantastic game but each incarnation of the game the developers seem to have made worse. It is my belief that they should just go back to what COD4 had as that seemed to be the best compromise to me.
With the connections in mind I would just like to add the following information for anybody with BT Infinity fibre to the cabinet.
As some of my fellow ps3 gamers are aware, if you play MW3 you can get hit by severe lag compensation whether you are host or not.
What this does is takes your fantastic Internet connection (assuming you have a very low ping as well, mine is 14ms,) and slows it down so that people who have no job and sit at home all day playing on the ps3 that cant afford a great connection have a better chance of getting a good game.
However, this has been taken to extreme lengths and essentially what happens is the people with the crappiest connection have the best game experience in general.This can be seen on CN2's post on the 30up site. LAG COMPENSATION (Thank you Kevin, a great find)
Anyway in a way to try to counter this problem I decided to try and connect to a bt openzone connection or fon hotspot in my area. The problem being that I have a 100% connection to the two that are in range so it doesn't really help me but may help other BT Infinity users who have fttc.
Also if you go away to visit family etc who may not have interweb or a decent connection you could connect to a hotspot if in range.
BT said that they didn't support it but I don't give in so easily.
So if you want to try it.....
Go to Network settings on PS3
Go to  - Internet connection settings
Choose – Custom
Choose – Wireless
Choose – Scan
Pick whichever has highest signal strength - either BT FON or BT Openzone (or one at about 75%)
SSID should come up with BtOpenzone (leave it as it is!)
WLAN settings - choose none
IP address – auto
DHCP host - do not set
DNS – Automatic
MTU – automatic
Proxy server - do not use
UPNP – enable
Press x to save settings
At this point it will test connection and show the IP address has been found but the Internet connection failed,don't panic, this is fine.
Come out of settings and go to your Internet browser on PS3
 Once you launch the browser you get the BT openzone log in page, enter your details if you are a customer.
Once you have logged in you can then close the browser and sign in and start blowing stuff up.
I played 1 game of KC around 10.00AM in a room full of scorchio's and went positive.
Not an exhaustive test exactly but I normally rage quit those lobbies within 30 seconds but it was playable.
Well hopefully it may help somebody.
And so to drivel interweb, Since going to the gym I have learned to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
I have also learnt that nobody has things just as he or she would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material you have. It is a sheer waste of time and soulpower to imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different.

Peace out y'all, THE BAGSTAXXX

Monday, 19 March 2012

Trucks, Thieves and Lyndon the baby dinosaur!!!

Good afternoon interweb, another gorgeous day out there today.
I have been looking at getting a new Truck been as my current one is starting to cost me more than the mortgage on a regular basis and so have had a wander about today to have a look at what is available.
On my way towards City Road at the Manor I was driving up the tram tracks, all the while a tram behind me when out of the corner of my eye I caught a bit of a commotion.
At the tram stop going in the opposite direction there was a young girl texting on her mobile phone with two other dodgy looking youths behind her. With one swift move one of them lunged from behind her grabbed her phone and legged it. God bless her she couldn’t have been more than 6 stone wet through but she gave chase.
I meanwhile felt totally useless as I could not do anything to help. I have gone over it in my mind as it made me feel very uncomfortable that I did nothing. They had run out of sight within seconds but I can’t help but feel there may have been something I could have done to help the poor girl.
Makes me believe even more that we should be allowed firearms in this country, why not? All the bloody criminals have them.
Anyway I did have a look at a very nice Jeep but the guy at the garage is going to have to call me back as he could not find any way of valuing the Trooper as it is a commercial with no rear windows but it does have rear seats.
The difference would be a couple of grand but it is a few years younger with a lot less mileage and has just had most of the very expensive service work done on it.
To be honest I will probably get more for mine from a farmer in Northern Ireland next week so may just hang on and look for something over there.
Which reminds me, off to Ireland, time to play with guns again. EEEEEEEEHHAAAAAA! Should be fun.
In other news I was having fun last night on GT5 again racing like loons with Bev, top laugh belting around Monza in the Ferrari 2007 and then after 3 laps of Le Sarthe in the Toyota’s we were only separated by 2 seconds, now that’s close racing. I really had forgotten how much fun that game is. Laughing my socks off for a few hours instead of pissing and moaning about dodgy connections and lag and cheats and hacks.
I have come to the conclusion that today my get up and go has got up and fucked off! I really can’t be arsed to do a great deal and indeed may even go for a siesta very shortly but not before posting a pic that Lyndon put on his facebook profile today that made me laugh. You know you do it too! Lol. 

Ok interweb more drivel will now vomit forth from the dark recesses of my mind, You see when you see a nerd they are usually not attired in a formal way, Nerds don't just happen to dress informally. They do it far too consistently. Consciously or not, they dress informally as a prophylactic measure against stupidity and most of the time they are looking at you and are not scared but are thinking what a thicko!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye and I have been wondering of late Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) PMSL.
Peace out yall, THE BAGSTAXXX

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Boobs, Snatch and Pizza!!! Just for LC:)

Good afternoon interweb, and after a shitty start to the day it appears that the things are getting brighter.
I could really do with going to the supermarket but the big bright thing is up in the sky and it is still the weekend which means that the entire country will have descended upon all supermarkets in the land and raided the shelves of buns n burgers and the whiff of BBQ will no doubt drift across the land for the rest of the day.
I will now try to give an explanation as to the title of today’s blog post,
It’s all Lancecasual’s fault, he is a friend from across the pond and he has started to follow me on twitter which has led him here, he commented that boobs, snatch and pizza would all hold his attention and so in an attempt to do just that we have boobs, snatch and pizza.
Lancecasual is a farmer and has guns, he hunts big things with horns on their heads and his friends come round in big trucks with more guns and they drink and shoot stuff.
He has offered to put me up in his basement if I ever visit the States however I fear that Homeland security would let me nowhere near the place. I have also seen the film House of a Thousand corpses and as such I fear that I would be unable to sleep in Lancecasuals basement for.............. well fear to be honest!
Right then so just for you Lancecasual,
 Snatch, whilst I am fully aware of the interpretation of the word you had in mind my blog is on occasion read by people who give me a hard time if they don’t like what they see so despite it been my blog I shall tread carefully and shall interpret snatch as to the 2000 film release of the same name and leave you with a couple of quotes from said film,
“You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.”
And of course as I have mentioned in one of my Christmas blogs the virgin Mary.
“So the Biblical scholars mis-translated the Hebrew word for "young woman" into the Greek word for "virgin," which was a pretty easy mistake to make, since there is only a subtle difference in the spelling. But back then it was the "virgin" that caught people's attention. It's not every day a virgin conceives and bears a son. So you keep that for a couple of hundred years, and the next thing you know, you have the Holy Catholic church.”
 And Pizza,
I trust that your attention has been garnered my dear friend.
Now to the rest of the weekend, A rather alcohol infused St Paddy’s day (which our friends across the pond seem to insist on calling Patty’s day), we met up with Jen and some of her friends, drank a lot, shouted a lot, took the piss out of each other a lot and drank some more. I somehow managed to pick up my ps3 controller and have a few games after drinking for around 6 hours which was impressive in itself and so I must apologise to Maria and Bev, yet again for been totally useless and blaming my connection, lol.
Today I have mostly been laid horizontal watching the F1 racing from Albert Park in Aus. A very interesting first race and it looks like this season could shape up to be one of the closest in recent years.
And so to the rest of Sunday, food and PS3 time I think been as Fi is at work this evening and I'm not really safe to be let out on my own. Oh and Kraxis if your reading this, that is not a guilty look, I always look that guilty, it’s natural.
And so we come to today's drivel which has been inspired by the one and only Miss Piggy herself who once said Never eat more than you can lift.
And the opening lines from H.P.Lovecraft’s tomb The Call of The Cthulhu “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”
Peace out y'all, THE BAGSTAXXX

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Exercise, God and pink floury bon bon's!!!

Good afternoon interweb, and dare I say it another splendid one at that. Not a cloud in the sky.
I ventured outside a little earlier and could actually feel the sun on my skin.
I did not as many people may believe burst into flames of any sort nor did my voice take on a rasping sound as I backed indoors hissing about it burning. 
 I wandered down the gym at stupid o’clock actually and did quite a lot of that exercise stuff.
50 seated row things115lbs  50 lat pulls 120lbs 100 chest presses 80lbs and 50 sit ups with a 5KG medicine ball all followed by a 15K ride in 30 minutes. Not bad for an old un.
Had a wander up to the driving range to whack a few golf balls (very therapeutic when you have been dealing with retards) and now Ive just finished lunch and have been for some unknown reason thinking about the existence of God, or divine supreme being whatever it wants to call itself and this has brought me around to the paradox of the stone which I mentioned earlier in the month.
So what is the paradox of the stone? It goes something like this,
Can God create a stone so heavy that he cannot lift it?
Either he/she/it can create such a stone of he/she/it can’t. (for the purposes of the rest of this section he/she/it will be called god and I will very presumptuously call it a he been as we pray to our farther god in heaven)
If he can’t, then the  argument goes, there is something that he cannot do, namely create the stone, and therefore he is not omnipotent.
If he can, it continues, then there is also something that he cannot do, namely lift the stone, and therefore he is not omnipotent.
Either way, then, God is not omnipotent. A being that is not omnipotent, though, is not God. God, therefore, does not exist.
However to counter this paradox we have the following, you may have to think about it a while to get the full extent of what is being said but it is also very simple,
If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.
Now interweb, just like back at school I would like you to go away and write an essay on the relative merits of both arguments. The highest scorer will win a packet of those pink floury bon bon things.
And so to the drivel of the day if you don’t count the above as drivel try this,
A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well and should you wish to learn you must sit down as a child and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion... or you shall learn nothing and remember this well, Nobody believes the official spokesman... but everybody trusts an unidentified source.

Peace out yall THE BAGSTAXXX

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Unconscious, Genghis Khan and forgiveness!!!

Good evening interweb, I watched part of a show on the idiot box last night about how our unconscious mind is actually responsible for a lot more of our actions than we may feel.
I have blogged on this subject several times in the past and this show confirmed many of my own thoughts on the subject.
Consciously or unconsciously we are nearly all driven to do things, stuff, annoying or not as a race many of us are driven to do things to survive, to prosper to be great.
The reward centres in our brains are chemically stimulated by such things as making money, solving puzzles exacting revenge or eating and drinking.
Many of us are driven to achievements and are satisfied, however there are some amongst us present and past who are driven to greatness that I for one could only dream about.
Genghis Khan was one such individual. The Mongol empire stretched from the Pacific coast of China to Hungary covering nearly one quarter of the landmass of the planet. 

Twice the size of the Roman empire Genghis forged his empire from nothing in a mere twenty years. If that isn’t the work of a driven man then I don’t know what is.
Genghis Kahn was actually his title and not his name, his name was Temujin son of a murdered farther he was cast out of his clan and spent 3 years scraping together food to feed his family and at the age of 12 he killed one of his half brothers for stealing food which cemented his position as head of the family.
Temujin’s story of his rise to power has been the focus of many films but I think it was the way in which he implemented the yassa law that made the empire what it was.
Under yassa law all food was shared, you could follow whatever religion you liked and all men were obliged to join the army.
Men were rewarded for their skills and not for family affiliations or social standings.
The children of conquered people were adopted and raised as equals and captured troops were retrained as Mongol warriors and given all the same rights.
This soon swelled the ranks of the Mongol army to dizzying numbers.
Whilst this makes Temujin look quite a fair even keeled individual nothing could be further than the truth, the bloke was a nutter, When he defeated his boyhood friend in battle Jamuga asked if he could meet his end without his blood been spilled. Temujin had him wrapped in two blankets and beaten to death with big sticks.
He was a military genius and planned any attack meticulously before hand and as a general rule battles were won out in the fields as opposed to laying siege to towns.
However if the latter were necessary Temujin’s strategies were just as keen, small towns were attacked sending refugees towards the bigger city putting a strain on food and water. Rivers were diverted and the bodies of plague victims were hurled over the city walls.
In a sick twist of fairness when Temujin arrived at the walls of a besieged city he would order the surrender of the city from a white tent. If the surrender came, all were spared.
On the second day the same order would be given from a red tent, if complied with all the men would be killed but everybody else would be spared.
On the third day the order would be given from a black tent, after this order no quarter was given, kill em all.
In twenty years Temujin had brought a bunch of goat herding raping and pillaging savages together to build an empire unparallelled in it’s military might and that interweb is what I call a man driven by something.
I don’t know what it was that drove him to such deeds but we could probably all do with a dose of it now and then.
And so we arrive at the drivel portion of today's blog post, The worst sin toward our fellow man is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them, that's the essence of inhumanity, and forgiveness is one of the many horrible side effects of loving someone.

Peace out yall, THE BAGSTAXXX

Monday, 12 March 2012

Spring, w.o.m.d. and rugby!!!

Good morning interweb, and a glorious sunny day it is as well. It appears as though spring has sprung and before too long the bloody grass will need cutting.
I have already ventured forth into the world this morning having been rudely awakened by the telephone at 08.45 hours, customers!!!!!
Currently listening to “National Express”  by the Divine Comedy, gotta love a song that contains the line “but it’s hard to get by when your arse is the size of a small country”.
Last week I was very pleased to attain the title “Omnicide” on MW3, I was even more pleased in the method I attained it. It is attained by killing every member of the enemy team in under 10 seconds. Now this could be achieved with an air drop or moab etc but I actually achieved it with a G36C assault rifle on village on Kill Confirmed with bullets. Go Bagsta:)
That said it got me wondering as to the word itself, “Omnicide” and looking into what it actually means in the real world.
Omnicide :- an extension of the concepts of suicide and genocide.  It means the death of all, the total negation and destruction of all life.
Can you imagine omnicide, no people, no animals or insects, no bird song or fish in the sea, nobody to witness the sun breaking the horizon or feel the cooling rains on a tropical isle. Nothing left alive.
It is a terrible thing to contemplate but if I'm honest we are not that far away from it.
You only need to turn on the idiot box or pick up a newspaper to see the problems that are taking us ever closer to the threat of omnicide.
Countries in the middle east are developing the ability to build nuclear weapons and it is this I believe that the biggest threat of omnicide stems from.
In 1955 Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell, issued a Manifesto in which they said: “Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?”  Those are our choices, made necessary by the creation and threat of nuclear weapons.”
 We havn’t really moved on from that threat have we? You see Nuclear weapons in the hands of fundamentalist groups would be a very dangerous thing. These people actually believe that they will be whisked away to a utopia where flights of virgin angels will pander to their every need, and they believe it right down to their very bones. You cannot argue or even have a debate with these people such is their faith in the promises of their religion.
As a race of people we haven't really done too well have we, I mean in the blink of an eye of the cosmic clock we have produced human civilisation, created a self awareness and an awareness of the vastness of the universe and in an even smaller time frame we have managed to produce the means to end it all in a blinding flash of light. Well yaboo sucks to that.
Right then now Ive got that off my chest in other news, work was work England beat France in the six nations match of the tournament so far and it has left me with no finger nails. A brilliant display of rugby from both teams.
I haven't had a drink for two days now and it’s about time that nonsense ended as soon as possible. Bills keep piling up and as soon as somebody pays me somebody else takes it, money never seems to spend too long in my clammy grasp this year. Hopefully that will improve after the end of the tax year as I could do with an exotic holiday. Been looking at Costa Rica but will probably end up going back to the Maldives again, it’s a hard life.
And so we arrive at today’s drivel portion of the blog, If your going to do stupid things at least do them with enthusiasm and in the words of Napoleon “The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.”

Peace out y'all, THE BAGSTAXXX

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Revelations, Prince Charles and the Antichrist!!!!

Good morning interweb, I'm not what you would call disgruntled today but I am far from being gruntled and so I would like to talk to you today about the end of days, You know, Revelations and all that. The end of days and the arrival of the Antichrist is described in  the Bible.
Antichrist: The World's Greatest Peacemaker - He comes to power on a platform of Peace - He comes in peaceably and deceives the many....
In the book of Revelation, John refers to the final and ultimate Antichrist as the Beast. The Beast will be the embodiment of the entire spirit and power of Satan. He will have supernatural power and global influence.
Now then, let us take a look at one interpretation of the coming of the Antichrist.
One of the key elements in determining who The Beast is, is the number 666 as can be found in
REV 13:18. A description of which is thus,
“And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. REV 13:2”
The image that John saw and described to us, has been with us for several hundred years. It is called the heraldic beast. It is the crest of England. It is the crest of English monarchs. It is exactly as the Scripture describes. It has the body of a leopard (France), the feet of a bear (Germany), and the mouth of a lion (England). It is the ancient symbol of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. 
 The dragon is the ancient symbol of Rome, it is the same symbol used for Wales. The day Prince Charles was given the title as the Prince of Wales he sat on a throne chair with this dragon and was surrounded by the same banners.
 One man in this world, the Prince of Wales, the heir apparent to the throne, has both the heraldic beast and the dragon as his symbols. His name is Prince Charles. Prince Charles of Wales, using the ancient Hebrew number system, calculates to 666. If you translate Prince Charles of Wales to Hebrew and then calculate using the same system, his name equals 666.

Now before we jump to all sorts of conclusions and Royal guards are sent to drag me to the tower and chop my head off this is all an exercise to show how things can very easily be misconstrued and how conspiracy theorists will bang on and on about things till the cows come home.
Taking the number 666 and putting it to work we can also conclude  that Ronald Wilson Reagan was the Antichrist, each name contains 6 letters. Maybe William Jefferson Clinton, whose transliterated name in Hebrew equalled 666 by the gematria. Bob Dole, had a  crippled right arm from a war injury which seemed to match the Antichrist prophecy of a withered right arm.
So you see interweb despite what we see hear or conclude in our own minds there is another point of view not far around the corner.
Hell, some people have even called me the Antichrist before now, LOL!
And if all that above was not drivel enough for one day here is a bit more, Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake and a little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
Peace out y'all, THE BAGSTAXXX