Friday, 29 October 2010

Green Roofs

I'm not a natural conspiracy theory nut but since buying Car EV domain it led me into buying a few green type domains and then looking at renewable energy.

The new Feed In Tariff or FIT looks set to provoke a load of green roof systems to that end I've bought Cheap Solar Tiles, which is going to look at the cheapest possible green roof tiles, Buy Solar Tiles which will focus on buying them and finally Best Solar Tiles which will act as a review site looking at ease of installation and cost combined.

Lots of work to get this up and running though.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Why Evolution has left us with Humans prone to Religion

I know Richard Dawkins has already put this across in his many excellent books but sometimes a shortened layman's view is interesting.

To the subject at hand, intuition is at play, say many years ago your forgaging for food and one of your fellow tribesmen spots a berry tree and eats the fruit.

Hours later he's dead, your intuition tells you don't eat those berries. Fair enough, the individuals that have this trait, i.e. intuition, prosper, the ones that don't die.

However say you kill a cow and later that day there is an earthquake, intuition would tell you don't kill cows, bad things happen.

For a prehistoric man it's a short step from there to conclude that something controls the sun rising in the sky and the birds and the bee's.

In the modern scientific age we would look to prove or disprove that the man died from the berries, maybe it was a heart attack after all. The prehistoric man doesn't have that luxury.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Why are most religions full of it

Lets look at the ten commandments.

1. You shall have no other gods before me.
Erm I'll make my own mind up thanks.
2. You shall not make for yourselves an idol.
Again personal choice.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
What? I don't have a god thanks so I'll use it as I see fit, freedom of speech and all that.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
No thanks
5. Honour your father and your mother.
Think that is a fair comment, we're at five before I agree.
6. You shall not murder.
Not even mass murderers? Agree with the sentiment but dictating freedom of speech on the death penalty can't really agree with that. It's up for debate.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
Fair enough you might want to try and get Christians to follow that though.
8. You shall not steal.
Ho hum, would I pirate a Microsoft product having watched Pirates of Silicon Valley.... No of course not! :) I did tape off the radio when I was a kid, that's stealing so can't really go full on this one.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.
What does this mean lying? Sometimes lying is the best thing to do I won't do examples but white lies are white sometimes.
10. You shall not covet.
Ok that's the entire Western economy screwed, I want an iPhone.

I got one for you it should be number one it bright bold letters  

1. 'Don't sexually abuse children'

Will Google Rule the World

The company I work for as Marketing Director spends a huge amount of cash with Google on advertising. We got invited to the Google Dublin Headquarters for a bit of one on one time with our adwords account manager and to attend the various seminars being held at the same time.

Although I could blog at length about this I just wanted to make some general observations. Despite spending vast sums of money on advertising, there is no way to influence google organic listings it is run separately, our MD would not believe that yet I'm sold.

The adwords staff will literally do anything they can to help but ask them advice on SEO and they'll flat out say, 'look I can't do a thing.'

What better way to remain the best search engine that to keep it 100% clean of any commercial involvement. I wouldn't trust Microsoft to do this for definite.

The second thing I felt was how Google try to estimate the future and then to positions themselves on the crest of that wave. They do this with modesty though, you listen to Microsoft and how wonderful Vista was (not) and it's corporate nonsense but Google will tell you how they going to make say Chrome better rather than spend too much time telling you how great it is now. 

I think Google have it just right and despite me being the type that likes to dislike the 'man' this corporation, Google, has got my utmost respect.

I know sound like a fanboi but it is hard not to be.

Friday, 1 October 2010

My Bejeweled Blitz Record so Far and Pain

Ohhh I don't even think Bevla will catch me this week! She's normally got me in her pocket, so wind up mode engaged:)

In fairness Bev is pretty dam fine adversary and will probably beat me the next ten weeks on the bounce.

Still nice score for me though.

Had minor operation on a few blocked cysts on my eyes under local anaesthetic. When the were putting a stitch in the eyelid it wasn't what I would describe as my best experience in life.

They do say a little suffering is good for the soul, pity I don't believe in any of that nonsense :(