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Are you old enough?

Haiku pointed to the Beeb article and I nearly spilt my beer. Loved it:

An 87-year-old man was asked to prove he was over 21 when he tried to buy a bottle of sherry in a York supermarket.

The former Lord Mayor of York, Jack Archer, said he was shocked – but flattered – when asked the question by staff at Morrisons in Acomb.

He said: “I don’t look my age but I certainly don’t look young enough to be in trouble for underage drinking.”

That’s really nice. I’m wondering, y’know, if that was not deliberate on the part of the lady but it seems it was just store policy. Pity. I’ve been asking them to ask me for years now but no one does. [sad face]

Just can’t bring myself to speak of the dumbing down today.…

The nuclear event is over, you’re alive, where are you?


Chrysalis ran some hypotheticals under A Child’s Prayer and I’ll run one now.

In an apocalyptic scenario, immediate issues are radiation, water and of course, food, with shelter a not insurmountable one. Later comes defence and government, which hid itself away in the mountain strongholds.

Assuming about 1000 survived in this town of which we’re part, which can’t be generally known, still in our own bunkers, having prepared but knowing many haven’t and assuming that, Red State or Blue State notwithstanding, there are guns out there, then the end of six months issue is how long until the radiation dies and the dosimeter and other tests are for this.

What are your priorities, are you still on your property, are you in bunkers? How did you prepare anyway? What are your defences, sources of water, food and safety once out? Law and order, quality of life?

My choice – not necessarily a solution – is to have been at sea or rather in an estuary far from civilization, with a friend and two other couples on board for procreation purposes.…

Haiku on Friday


Vital breakthroughs?

1.  Translucent solar panels?

The Spartan scientists have developed a transparent, colorless method for collecting the sun’s rays and converting them to electricity, claiming that the tech’s applications could be used pretty much wherever clear materials are needed. The system relies on a coating of organic molecules that soak up ultraviolet and near-infrared rays. From there, the rays are pushed to photovoltaic solar cells at the edge of the surface where they’re converted into electricity.

2. Discarded car batteries the new low-cost solar cells?

Thankfully, a team of MIT researchers has discovered one way to recycle lead from car batteries, and the end product is something very, very useful: long-lasting solar cells. We’re talking about a new breed of solar cells in particular, one that uses a compound called perovskite, which needs lead to be manufactured.

3. And in a shift in the battle of who’s the more conceited – The NFL Is Asking Artists To Pay to Perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show.…