#EURef The European Union stops wars. We can fix the rest.

  • 6th Century: Really wish these Romans would stop telling us what to do.
  • 7th Century: Wars.
  • 8th Century: Wars.
  • 9th Century: Wars.
  • 10th Century: Wars.
  • 11th Century: Wars.
  • 12th Century: Wars.
  • 13th Century: Wars.
  • 14th Century: Wars.
  • 15th Century: Wars.
  • 16th Century: Wars.
  • 17th Century: Wars.
  • 18th Century: Wars.
  • 19th Century: Wars.
  • 20th Century: Wars.
  • 21st Century: Heated debates about bananas.

The continent of Europe has not experienced this length of peace and prosperity since the fall of the Roman Empire, another useful example of European integration and (forced) cooperation. On Thursday 23rd June 2016 the UK will vote either to remain in or leave the European Union.

Not everything is right about the European Union. But, much like our United Kingdom there is nothing about the European experiment that can’t be fixed from the inside, rather than throwing a hissy-fit and running out.

I’ll be voting yes in the referendum.


You should really go vote tomorrow

Slide1If you like how Northern Ireland is being run you should confirm as much by supporting the executive parties so they can continue doing what they have been doing. The same people will continue to govern in much the same way they always have.

Expecting anything else is insanity.

If you don’t agree with how Northern Ireland is being governed, then, you should consider voting for parties outside the executive. As Plato said not voting doesn’t change anything. In fact it cements the status quo. So show up on Thursday 5 May 2016, or, at every least stop complaining that nothing ever changes.

There are plenty of smaller parties and more than a few independent candidates not associated with any party.

You do have a choice.



It may sound very depressing or morbid to but I have never felt that way about them. Even as a youngster I enjoyed walking around them and I have no memory of ever finding them depressing or scary. Spooky sometimes but my overall feelings are of repose, serenity and calming, thought provoking even. I guess I should say this is in reference to older cemeteries, a few or more generations ago, who’s oldest relatives are long since dead themselves. Perhaps this takes the depression away from it , the fact it is no longer a place of mourning but rather a of remembrance.

I walk along reading the epitaphs as I pass. It is nice to read what has been written about these people, how old they were and how they have been remembered by their family and friends, and I wonder are these people any different to how we are today. I do pause when I come across a young person or child, I suppose that in truth is depressing, how couldn’t it be, but for the very most part its long full lives be it for the time. They lived they loved and they were remembered.  Sometimes I feel like I am visiting them in a way, as strange as that may sound. Their own families having moved on or died long ago themselves so many years ago, it is now only the stranger who walks by and reads those few lines about them, that, in some small way keeps the memory of who they were alive, if only for a few fleeing moments.

I suppose it is quite reflection that I get from graveyards, a peaceful place that seems to permeate my heart with a silent composure. Some may say that being surrounded by death will evoke a thankfulness of life. I see it differently, graveyards are full of live, lives lived long ago, lives remembered in memory and in stone and by that stranger who passes by.

Dark Horse – Megan Davies and Jaclyn Davies

Megan Davies is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This is an amazing acoustic cover has a brilliant folk indie spin on the Katy Perry pop original. The sisters voices are beautiful, accompanied only by the guitar they produce a wonderful harmony.  I find it incredible how songs can be broken down to their base elements like this and made better for the simplification. It even feels totally different when listening, the change of mood and meaning behind it to me is much more powerful.

Cover Artist: Megan Davies and Jaclyn Davies
Original Artist:
  Katy Perry
Song: Dark Horse
Album: Prisim (Katy Perry)
Released: December 17, 2013
Released: April 20, 2010

A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson

A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson” is a short story written in 1917 by  H. P. Lovecraft. It was first published in the September 1917 when Lovecraft was 27 and is unlike any of his earlier works. The story begins by our narrator Littlewit stating that he is a much older man than people belive and then  instantaly begins name-dropping.  We as the reader are made aware of all the famous English writers Littlewit has been acquainted with over the years.

I will admit I never really got this one, maybe I was tired or maybe I was not aware of the fact it’s a parody but I just didn’t get it. However saying that I still did enjoy the flow of the language used, I have always loved how beautiful crafted Lovecraft’s sentences are and even though I was not familiar with many of the writers that are eluded to in this story which I guess would make the jokes more meaningful I was able to enjoy the eloquence of the narration.

Jupiter: King of Planets

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System,  Jupiter is named after the Roman god of sky and thunder in fact Jupiter was the “King of the Gods” the equivalent of the Greek God Zeus.  Jupiter is the fourth brightest object in our solar system is visible to the naked eye and was first recorded by the ancient Babylonians in around the 7th or 8th century’s BC.  It couldn’t be more accurately named because Jupiter is massive, I mean really massive.  In fact if Jupiter got any more massive, it would actually shrink due to the gravitational effects causing it to pull in on itself. Jupiter mass is incredibly two and a half times that of the combined mass of all other planets in the entire solar system.  Jupiter is almost like its own mini solar system.  It has four main large moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, however Jupiter has 67 confirmed moons which are in turn split into three categories, Inner, Galilean and Outer.  It even has a faint ring system around it.  I will come back to these moons and ring system at another time to discuss in more detail.

A Jovian day takes just under 10 Earth Hours making it the fastest rotating body in our Solar System. However it will take 12 Earth Years for Jupiter to complete one orbit around the sun! This means Jupiter has only made two complete revaluations of the sun in my lifetime!  Jupiter is more than five times farther than the sun than Earth. That’s 484 million miles (778 million kilometres) or 5.2 Astronomical Units.  However its presence is felt throughout the solar system acting like a cosmic shield that eats up or sling shots away any would be comets or asteroid’s that would collide with earth.  Jupiter’s gravity of is only  2 and a half times what it is on Earth, due to it being made up of gases.  Jupiter is the first of the gas giants that live in the outer solar system composed 89.8 percent molecular hydrogen, 10.2 percent helium, minor amounts of methane, ammonia and water.  Unlike the planets Mercury, Venus Earth and Mars it does not have a solid core the gaseous material it is made from simply gets denser with depth. The colourful cloud belts of Jupiter are arranged in dark and light zones created by strong east-west winds in the planet’s upper atmosphere which are made of ammonia crystals and sulphur traveling at speeds more than 400 miles an hour (640 kilometres per hour).   The huge “Red Spot” that appears in the cloud belt is an enormous storm that has been raging for over 300 years. This storm is big that three Earth’s would fit inside of it.

There have been a lot of missions to Jupiter beginning with NASA’s Pioneer 10 spacecraft in December 1973 followed by then Pioneer 11 in December 1974. Voyager 1 and 2 in 1979 where the last until Ulysses arrived in February 1992. Cassini made a flyby in 2000, on its way to Saturn. And finally, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its flyby in 2007.   Below are a few links to the sites I gathered my information on but I would like to advise you to check out www.astronomycast.com and www.universetoday.com Photo Credit:  Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GSFC.

Thanks To: theplanets.orgsolarsystem.nasa.gov, science.nationalgeographic.com,  universetoday.com,  space-facts.com,  astronomycast.com,  astronomyonline.org,  planetfacts.org

Kung Fury

Sometime in the early 1980s, Miami-Dade Police Department detective Kung Fury (David Sandberg) and his partner Dragon (Steven Chew) apprehend a mysterious red ninja, however Dragon is killed by the ninja while at the same time Kung Fury is struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra, bestowing him with extraordinary “Kung Fu” powers. Years later Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. “Kung Führer”(Jorma Taccone), enters the timeline and remotely guns down the police chief  and attacks the precinct through a mobile phone.  Kung Fury seeking to avenge his comrades has computer whiz Hackerman (Leopold Nilsson) send him back in time to kill Hitler in Nazi Germany.

The halfwit that I am didn’t realise that this was a spoof movie, slapstic and not to be taken serious.    I actually kept skipping past it on Netflix as I thought it was some serious 80’s movie, not that I dislike that but more so that I got to be in the mood for it.   The movie is a Kickstarter project started by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg who was able to get around $630,000 for the movie which he then released free and then subsequently was picked up by Netflix. Due to the limited budget most of the movie was shot using green screen, also Sandberg could only afford one police uniform, he filmed the police precinct scene by shooting each extra separately and compositing them in the scene, which added to its charm and over-all epicenes.

Why did I choose this movie?  It was an afternoon movie with junk food chosen by my friend who said it sounded awesome.  I am really glad that I actually watched this, its only 30 min long but it really is something special. The film has an ’80s feel with the visual effects artists softening the film quality with added video cassette wear effects as if the viewer was watching an old VHS copy of it on a VCR. I loved it!  Its on Netflix so really worth a watch if you have a subscriber! It is the perfect homage to all that 80’s.

My Rating: B
Format: Netflix
I Would Buy This Movie