I may well decide to remove this depending on how I feel about things, but for now, I’ve created a viewable timeline of my life (well according to Facebook, Twitter, LastFM and my company Blog). I found this fantastic service a few months ago when looking to do a timeline for a charity client but it was in private beta. Check it out its awesome I can see this is going to be rather popular!
So I was just looking through some internet stuff this evening and randomly got stuck in to a weird loop on blogger – I kept clicking the next blog button. I must say it’s a great way to watch everyone else’s lives flash before your eyes , it can be quite intriguing if not sometimes weird what you find. Anyway, I digress – during my cyber travels tonight it quickly became apparent as I flicked idilly through each blog, that there was a ALOT of babies, families and babies, toddlers, families and babies – I don’t mean just one or two in every now and then, but a constant stream of toddlers, family photos, DIY triumphs and first steps achievement blogs.
Now given recent events in my life, it’s fair to say that either google knows (paranoia) or I could be switching on to something thats always been there (like when someone mentions a car you haven’t seen for ages and then you see hundreds of them) but it seems to me that the generation who first signed up for a yahoo account at college, moved on to blogging and eventually surrendered there entire brain space to Facebook has suddenly got all grown up and had kids!
Clicking through the hordes of blogs that detail every waking moment of their families lives would have, up until recently filled me with panic, and most probably the more cynical response “what’s the big deal about YOUR baby!” but something intangible happens when you become a parent. Suddenly those screaming crying things that you always intended to “have”, but “oh not for another couple of years we’ve got things we want to do”, become the most important and precious things in your life, you find you and your partner having serious debates about the fact that your baby is sooo much better looking than all the other babies! Conversations generally become rundowns of the sleep you didn’t have, and you become intoxicated by the smell of your babies head!!
Moreover life somehow, becomes a little richer – like the colour has been turned up a notch. So not only can I add the categories “Ethan” and “Parenting” to my blog but also a big horay to babies, families and first steps I now understand what all the fuss is about!
Welcome to the world Mr Ethan Marley Green!
So looks like another cold winter is on the way for the UK, it seems a number of factors are again conspiring to set the stage for the white stuff!. One of the reasons for last years cold spell was a massively negative North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO)
Because of this a blocking weather pattern can establish for the UK, with high pressure sitting over Iceland and low pressure over the Azores. This acts like a massive wall for all the windy, wet and mild storm systems that run in from the west and pushes them further south into Europe. This then opens the UK up to Easterlies, Northerlies and the big daddy of snow makers the Polar Low. According various reports we have a high chance of a strongly negative NAO this year, and with continued Low Solar output there seems a good chance again of seeing some pretty cold snowy weather conditions in the UK.
As you can see (as of Oct 10th 2010) the NAO is currently predicted to go negative, and the weather patterns are duly sitting into place over the UK as a big high pressure establishes itself for the coming week.
For the experts view on this read BBC norths Paul Hudsons Post.
So below is the first ever bit of political correspondence I have felt the need to write. At the time of posting this America of all places (yes that country with some of the most aggressive foreign policy and single minded pursuit to secure Oil and access to Oil at all costs around the world) is currently accusing the UK Brown/Blaire government of shady oil deals!
America accuses the UK government of releasing Megrahi (the man charged with the Lockerbie Pan-Am flight bombing) to secure oil interests with Libya. Now maybe there is a connecting strand here, but it strikes me as completely hypocritical and cynical of America to try and take the moral high ground on this. It’s widely thought that the Lockerbie bombing was in response to America shooting down Iran_Air_Flight_655 as neatly highlighted in Christine Grahame (MSP) sturdy Newsnight response.
Here’s the email I sent her…
I have never felt the need to contact a political figure before, but have been so angered by America’s recent hypocritical stance on the Megrahi release, shady BP Oil deals accusations, that I had to send my congratulations to you for your robust response to John Bolton on Newsnight. I find America’s position particularly reprehensible given their foreign policy and decisions over the past, many motivated by Oil and access to Oil. Thank you for showing a high degree passion and backbone in your response to another American, drunk on the idea that when his country grumbles everyone else should cower.
Yours Sincerly Luke
You can watch the news night interview while its available on the BBC iPlayer
Here’s some firsts, the pictures feature my first ever band logo, snippets from my first design essay, my first business card, my first bedroom made album, my first CV, my first bedroom produced CD, my first record company logo.