So here comes 2007 …

Well 2006 was fantastic! Loads of good things happened, a few firsts as well which is always welcome … erm … actually it depends on the first doesn’t it!

I worked my first staging job at the electric gardens festival. I ended up patching on the main stage with was quite an experience having never done that kind of work before. Ended up driving home at 3am from Essex in order to get to work for 9am in Bath! Ouch, that seriously hurt I can tell you, the road was going cross-eyed.

I’ve landed my first ‘scoring’ job working on the music for a computer game including all the sound effects and wotnot so you may see my beating up cabbages for punching sounds in the near future! Started my first forays into some full on beta testing for some big name music hardware manufacturers. I have also forged some potentially productive working relationships with other hardware manufacturers in order to get an old synthesiser project re-established … now that one is *really* exciting. YAY!

The Product23 project is really getting into gear for a quality January kick off with a session with a local band called Malarchy coming into the studio to record their new EP. Really looking forward to that one, their music is seriously good and a stack of fun too, check them out here. Then its time to start spreading the word about everything Product23 and get the business fully launched. So unbelievably exciting! Simon and I have some great plans!

Also the Cut The Mustard lot had a really wicked festival season this year, in fact it was our first proper festival season after the whole roving gallery kicked off at Glastonbury 2005 (in the mud!). This summer we did the Isle of Wight festival, Summer Sundae, Ashton Court and V-Festival … i’m sure there was another one too 😉 We should be doing that all over again in 2007 so keep your eyes peeled for an exceptionally great looking festival shop!

Hmm … what else … oh yeah, I turned 30!! yes … three-oh-NO! haha! (read: feck!) I can remember wondering what 30 would be like when I was 10 and I had no idea that i’d still feel 10 when I looked 30. Ageing is a figment of perception! Actually I think parts of me are regressing whilst other parts are ebbing, no not that bit ya cheek! 😉 … still single (Boo!) hope that all changes in 2007!

New Years resolutions? Hmm … I don’t usually buy into that mutual failure trap (oooh, how cynical!) but i’m seriously considering giving up tobacco again. I stopped for two years before I came to Frome … started again about 3 months after getting here. Hmm … none of that stick/patch/gum rubbish either, just do it!

I think that’s enough of a ramble for now …


Intelligent Design

I’d never really thought about the actual details that constitute the ‘Intelligent Design’ argument about the source of life on Earth until I recently found a video documentary on Google Video. This made for some pretty insane Thursday afternoon viewing I can tell you.

The overall argument for ID is based on something Darwin wrote about in ‘The Origin of Species’. He basically said that if anything is ever found that is demonstrably *not* subject to natural selection or going through any form of micro-evolution then his entire idea of natural selection would fall apart. Well it seems that something intrinsic to life on Earth has been found that falls right into this category inside living cells.

Darwin really didn’t have any idea about the workings of living cells, he certainly had no idea of their complexity as at the time the general idea of what a cells constituted was little more than a blob of jelly. There are in fact entities living inside every living cell that are more akin to amazingly powerful nano-machines with some seriously complex inner workings. Most notable of these is called bacterial flagellum which operates like an outboard motor with an RPM in the region of 100,000!! Its got all the right parts too, a propeller, u-joint, rotary engine and drive shaft to name a few, all made from proteins. Its functionality like this performed inside our cells by these machines that leads scientists to become more sceptical of the traditional ideas and ask more questions about evolution. They are basically doubting the idea that life on this scale and complexity could have started by purely chemical processes.

There is no way that natural selection could account for the instant appearance of something this complicated and perfected off the bat with no process leading to it. The problem has been called ‘Irreducible Complexity’. Darwinian theories propose that through processes of chance and natural selection the ‘most fit’ survive and with their offspring the attributes that made them ‘most fit’ or in other words gave those creatures a ‘functional advantage’. Whereas some of the phenomena being categorise as irreducibly complex have no path or lineage that could lead to their existence and any notion of a functional advantage goes out the window as they are so specific that they are either going to work or not work.

So, how did they get there?

Anyway, enough of my wibbling … this is a must see:

Intelligent Design – Unlocking The Mysteries Of Life