Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Free will and the meaning of life!!!

Hello interweb, it has been a while since I have been along here to share with you my musings on life the universe and everything but on this very wet Tuesday afternoon I thought I may.
I have been thinking of late about us, not you and me but us as a race, as people existing here on this blue planet. I have been thinking about how we have evolved if indeed evolve we did. What are we here for what is the meaning of life. A vast question indeed but I do actually have a few thoughts on the subject which I will share with you.
You see the human mind exists I believe in the human brain which is stored quite nicely in a package called the body.
The human brain is an amazing lump of tissue, it has as many cells as there are stars in the milky way and many more connections than there are stars in the known universe.
RenĂ© Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am." So to think is what makes us what we are, not our bodies. Imagine a body without a mind, it simply doesn’t work but a mind without a body does, whilst it may have a few problems walking down the road to the shops it can still work and function. It can still have emotions and thoughts and this is what has lifted us to the levels we are today.
We have become self aware.
We think and make decisions, when we are given choices we make choices, or do we. Do we really have free will? Does free will really exist or are we predisposed to do what we do. Does a serial become a killer or are they born killers?
You see I believe that the mind is like the weather and tiny variables can have a massive effect just like the butterfly effect.
If a person wakes up in the middle of the night feeling thirsty and they go downstairs to the fridge. They open the door and are presented with a clear choice of apple juice or orange juice to quench their thirst. However in reality the person is not presented with a clear choice at all, a happy experience in earlier life that was linked to apples has already made that choice for the person. There is no choice. (this is just an example by the way)
So if we don’t really have free choice what is our reality? Reality is subjective, mine differs from yours and to that of a goldfish in a bowl. Reality is in the mind of the beholder,
We think, therefore we are.
Even in a simulated world we would have free thought, maybe not free will but free thought. Does the table still exist when we leave the room?
The next stage, I believe in the human mind is to unlock more of the massively untapped power of the unconscious mind and I also believe that the meaning of life is what YOU choose it to be.

Right now for some drivel just in case you didn’t think that wasn’t drivel enough.
If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little and I have to say that what I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death.
Peace out yall, THE BAGSTAXXX

Friday, 14 September 2012

Pain in butt, the Moon and Gloating!!!

Good afternoon interweb, well it appears that the weather has turned a pale shade of shite again and not for the first time this year.  The dark nights are drawing in and the heating has been fired up.
Not a great deal has been going on on planet Bagsta of late apart from my ailing body falling to pieces a little more each day. Today is a twisted knee bit which means I really am now walking like an extra from a zombie movie limping with the pain going through my right butt cheek and down that leg and now trying to correct all that with another limp on the left leg due to a damaged knee. It really would be much easier to just take me to a vet and have me put down.
Fi is off on a Hen weekend in a forest with the lovely Lou and a few other ladies leaving me home alone till Monday morning. Oh the mischief I could get up to if it wasn’t for been in such a bad physical state. Damn this ailing body, damn it I say.
In other news I was out at Upper Derwent water the other evening wanting to get some more shots of the milky way but the moon was so bloody bright there was no way that was going to happen so I tried my hand at a little night landscape stuff.
 When I returned home the moon was just visible above the houses so I had my first attempt at shooting stuff through a telescope. The one the lovely Dr Ridsdale loaned me. It’s a lot harder than I first thought. Trying to balance the shutter speed, aperture and iso to get good images is not that easy but it has given me a starting point.

And so we now come to the drivel section of today’s blog,
Gloating is a sure sign of insecurity, fusion is the way forward, people would sooner believe a big lie than a small one and every journey into the past is filled with false memories, wishful remembered lies and a rose tinted view of how things were, the sobering truth is somewhat different so stop looking back.
Peace out yall, THE BAGSTAXXX

Monday, 3 September 2012

Jeeps, Buildings and boobs!!!

Well hello interweb, it's been a while. I trust you are well and that your ones and zero's are all in order. I thought I would pay you a visit like one does an old friend and enjoy a coffee whilst musing over what might have been. Speaking of which, hang on I need to make a coffee.
That's better, Today interweb I have had to go into the town centre for new tyres and brake pads for the Jeep, ouch!!!! that kinda hurt but heyho. I guess it's best to have some good stopping stuff when your careering around in a two tonne jeep.
Whilst the Jeep was getting it's treatment I had a couple of hours to kill and so went for a wander around our fair city with my camera.

Looking around there is a lot of new development going on, new buildings are springing up all over the place, business and residential and depending on what area of the city you are walking around depends on what you see hear and feel.
Many of the central areas have an almost European feel to them with coffee shops spilling out onto the street and cobbled roads and paths.

I thought whilst I was having a wander I would test out some of the capabilities of the EOS7D as well after its firmware update. It does seem to cope very well with the street scene half in bright sunlight and the other half in shadow, no loss of detail in the shadow area or blown highlights at the other end of the scale. Use of the exposure lock button does come in handy when taking these kind of shots.
Wandering a little further down Surrey street The central Library came into view and yet again the Canon did an admirable job of capturing the white stone building in sunlight and in shadow.

 I called into the Winter gardens for a coffee and watched the world go by for a while. The students are returning and it looks like there are a fair few going to be doing photography of some kind by the amount wandering about with DSLR camera's. I find it kinda strange that they are all up in your face with cameras on display trying to make a statement about what and who they are whilst I try to blend in more these days, Here they are with what they hope will be many years of creative photography before them whilst I guess most of my best years are behind me.
Another thing I have noticed is that the ladies have substantially larger boobs than they did when I was at college, I don't know what they feed them these days but it does make me say "oh my goodness" on occasion's. lol.
Heading out of the central area I started heading back towards the little back street garage where I take the Jeep.

I couldn't help but notice the stark contrast between the old and the new, What was once little back streets lined with cutlery manufacturer's and little mesters shops churning out knives for a global market are now closed shops, boarded up buildings on one side and new tower blocks and office complexes on the other.
None of the hustle and bustle of the central areas here just the odd student sulking along with there beany hat on earphones in dressed from head to toe in black with coat and boots despite the sun shining brilliantly in the sky.

Wandering a bit further away from the centre I walked past the building where I had my first Photographic assistant job, the third floor of this building was a photographic studio and we did advertising and commercial photography, I think I lasted about 6 months before moving on and started taking photos of pretty ladies and news stuff.

As I got closer to the garage I passed what was once a large cutlery place which has now been turned into workshops and had most of the windows smashed in.

I finally arrived around the corner from the garage and saw what really sums up my walk around the city.
The Lord Nelson Public House, or Fanny's as it is also known. opened in 1871 and still serving beers today and in the distance can be seen the towering St Pauls residential tower finished in 2010.

And so interweb after my rather melancholy wander I will as always bring you some drivel, The best wide-angle lens for photography purposes is two steps backward.
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next so go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler and remember "Illusion is the first of all pleasures."
Peace out Yall, THE BAGSTAXXX