Sunday, May 18, 2008

A story

Once upon a time there was a planet called Earth, and on this planet lived a species called Man.

Now Man was fairly new to this whole "species" thing having only recently evolved from a group of animals called Primates. In fact there was very little difference between the two.

Yet something extraordinary had happened to Man, no-one knew exactly what it was, but for some reason Man behaved differently to all the other animals on the planet, in fact, if you asked a member of the species, they wouldn't even consider themselves animals at all....

The species was suffering from a rather large delusion of grandeur, they fed, fought, bred, killed, and ran about their day to day lives like any other animal, yet had the bizarre delusion that they were better than all the others.

This of course upset the natural balance of things in many ways as you can well imagine. They killed most of the other animals on the planet, because Man was more important obviously, destroyed the actual atmosphere of their own planet! (because Man knew best) they created bizarre rituals involving giant images of themselves that lived in the clouds, they killed each other, maimed, tortured, raped and massacred each other in fact.

And all the time they pretended not to be animals, and gave themselves reasons and justifications, which all fed back into the grand delusion.

Indeed, they did create some amazing things, although they failed to see how amazing the things were that had been created by the other creatures on the planet. They imagined their creative impulses unique to themselves, creating "art" that acted as another step towards their downfall, ignoring the countless examples of the creativity of the other species, not seeing the differences between those acts needed to survive and those acts created on impulse, the dances of dolphins, the music of whales, the sculptures of the termite.

Maybe if they had realised that they were no different from the others, that they were acting on impulse, that their "civil" behavior could never last, that the pretense of Man being more than just another animal was a futile one...

Maybe if they had embraced their animal instincts, not suppressed them...

Maybe if they had been honest about their innermost thoughts with each other, admited what they all knew deep inside...

Once upon a time their was a planet called Earth, it's still there, if you want you could probably find it, it's pretty much just a cinder now, burnt out, sun scorched...

We use it as a lesson to teach our children...

Don't try to walk before you can run.

Monday, March 10, 2008



but mybe thrs sumthng in it, mby we need a qikr way 2 speek, 1 wiv les lttrs so we cn fit mr wrds on th pg, a higr bndwith frm of cmunicton. thn wd b abl 2 tk mr in. It lks childsh bt by typng lk ths iv savd 63 chrctrs.

and you still understood it.

Or maybe it's aural, maybe the days of the written word are coming to an end, maybe computers will talk to us, and we to them, although interestingly, according to wiki, Reading comprehension speeds have been assessed at 400 wpm for full comprehension whereas adults can listen with full comprehension at only 300 wpm. so it looks like text has the edge when it comes to cramming in information.


maybe cobralingus has the answer



Wednesday, February 13, 2008

some poems

a couple of my poems, old now, but i thought i'd throw them up

Smaller - 1994

I stood, still not playing their violent game
gritting my teeth, grinning through the pain
knowing their interest would soon wear thin
and i could leave this hell within
withdrawn so deep, i saw my soul
not breaking down, my only goal
let them kick while i retreat
smaller, and smaller still
keep shrinking until
you can't hurt me
i'm small as can be

Rest - 16/05/1994 20:53

Breath of wind
Taste of life
Edge of cliff
Point of knife
Glimpse of reason
Gasp of pain
Change of season
Fall of rain
Right or wrong
Truth or lie
Think of me
But let me die

Sunday, December 09, 2007


So, where was I, ah yes...

I stopped blogging because it was too difficult; it isn't really all that hard, but attempting to coordinate the inspiration with the willingness to sit and write and my outside life, just wasn't happening. It's like replying to email from friends, it should be fairly straightforward but is actually rather difficult to manage (well, for me anyway).

But I'm here now and want to make an effort, I have stuff to say, and it doesn't really bother me that no-one is listening because it just feels good to talk :)

I'd like to take my blog in a different direction and hopefully give it a bit more focus, so I'm going to be posting about gaming and technology, and the way that our lives are being altered and augmented by these forces of nature.

So, technology.

I have an Apple iPhone, apologies to grammar sticklers but that's the way you capitalise it, I've had it about three weeks now and it's the real reason I'm blogging again. You see it's easy... and that is why it will succeed. I'm sat in the bath typing this, OK, a little more information than you wanted, or needed, to know, but I was laid here and I thought "I could do a bit of my blog" and so I picked up my iPhone and started to type. Now you're forgiven for scoffing and thinking that I'm easily impressed because a myriad of devices would allow me to blog from my warm watery resting place, but none of them would let me do it this easily. That's it, that's the iPhone, easy, Steve you have my consent to drop all marketing and replace it with a picture of the phone and the word "easy".

Everything about the iPhone follows the same philosophy, the interface is so simple it's almost underwhelming, and so the applications shine through, primarily the Internet, It's just a joy to use. Did you know that the iPhone already has 0.09% of the overall Internet browser market, in less than a year. Microsoft have been fighting for ten years to achieve 0.03% with their windows mobile range!

I feel that easy is going to become the cornerstone of the user experience over the next few decades, look at the runaway success of the Wii, why? Because it's easy, the nintendo DS, the Ipod, casual gaming. We are entering the swinging 60s of technology, cheap, easy, even free.

It's going to be fun.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

stuff & things

6 months pass in the blink of an eye and before you know it you've stopped blogging! well hello there, how are you doing today? hope you're well, and if not, hope you're getting better :)

heheh, this is the problem when you start a blog post with no idea of what you're going to say, bloggers block!

been playing around with some great new web technologies recently, check out

the more you use it, the more you realise it's potential, especially once you start sharing.

I'm currently playing Brain Age for Nintendo DS, it's quite unique, a computer game that improves your memory and thinking power! certainly the start of a new type of game. until now games have been viewed as fun, but in no way good for you, well here's a game that's fun, and healthy! bizzare.

OK, just a quick post to get me back into the swing of things, I'll be more frequently on again now.


Monday, December 12, 2005

I can't run, but I can fight

I've been ill for the past few weeks, and it has been a bizzare experience, I had my appendix out and so have been in quite a bit of discomfort from the operation and my uvulva swelled up, which apparently is not serious, but so I couldn't speak or move about much.

So I spent the time laying on my sofa with my monitor at the edge of the desk, playing everquest 2, which is one of these massivley multiplayer online fantasy world games.

The bizzare bit is that, in the real world I was an invalid, but on the PC I was jumping, running, fighting, talking to people and generally being very able bodied. It's interesting now that games are starting to get quite realistic, I havent had the impression that I've been stuck indoors because I've been running through green fields and big open spaces.

I'm sure it won't be long before this sort of experience is used in the medical world for therapy (probably already is in fact) and for treating things like agrophobia, hundreds of thousands of people play EQ2, their are Cities and Towns, but you can turn it off at the flick of a switch if you get overwhelmed...

Anyway... back to the game, need to kill some orcs!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Well it's always worth a try

In a world with new countries appearing left right and centre, a world with people starting cults, a world where art and geurilla warfare are the same thing, a world where the whole world fits inside a pc, where freedom isn't as widespread as it seems.

In this world, anything is possible, so I now have a donation link on the left, it uses paypal (which is what ebay use) so is secure.

so if you happen to be a millionaire, or just fancy being nice, feel free to donate to the continued bloggings of rob and his girlfriend, and help us pay off our debts :)

I always wondered what would happen if I had one of these, and someone really wealthy stumbled across the site and thought, "what the hell" heheh, well now's my chance :)

I'll keep you all up to date, and if someone makes me rich I'll throw a party and invite all donatees to come along ;)