Tuesday, June 28, 2011

All The Galaxies Are Supernova - The Roseberries

The 4th Roseberries album, 'All The Galaxies Are Supernova.'

The track listing is as follows;

1. Crystal City
2. Alien Race
3. Marina
4. Amulet
5. Lyran
6. All The Galaxies Are Supernova
7. Itibi Ra
8. Zeus
9. Stargate
10. Rainbow
11. Crystal Suburb
12. Hyper-Space
13. Psychobabble

Monday, June 20, 2011

L’Autre Monde - Cyrano de Bergerac

I’ve just finished reading, ‘The Other World; The Societies and Governments of the Moon’ by Cyrano de Bergerac. It’s often touted as the first science-fiction novel and I must say it’s a fascinating read. Written during the 17th century, it concerns a journey taken by the author to the moon, where he meets all manner of strange people and witnesses many bizarre events and odd conversations. The work is incredibly ahead of its time and contains ideas and inventions that seem out of place for the period it was written - space travel, hot-air balloons, even the light bulb.

The version I read was an English translation made available on the Internet. I’ve linked to it below. The notes and commentaries provided with this version are excellent and really make the novel accessible. I recommend it whole-heartedly.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Two Pence Piece Value

The current scrap value of the copper in a British 2p coin (minted pre-1992) is now 3.9p.

The scrap metal value of a 2p coin (pre-1992) is now 3.9p, 16.3% more than at this time last year.
And the value of the (cupro-nickel) 5p coin is now 2.5p, 4.5% more.