Muse

“My goodness,” he thought, the realisation having suddenly dawned upon him. “I haven’t listened to any Muse in ages.”

And this is a bit weird really, because they’re one of those bands nearly all of whose songs I nearly always enjoy. And thus, with wanting to share something from them, the only problem was which one to choose. I had a good time listening through several (or more) of their efforts before plumping for Mercy.

And then I changed my mind and went old-school with Bliss. In which the lead singer takes a bit of a tumble.

We’ll save Mercy for another day. Soon.

Just enough electronica to keep the electronica people happy.
Just enough rock’n’roll to keep the rock’n’roll people happy.
And just enough wind resistance in deep space to irritate the astrophysicists.

All set to the backdrop of Matt Bellamy’s soaring vocals.

Popping a Muse playlist onto my Spotify before heading off to Europe now seems like a very sensible idea.

Unleash heaven? Unleash heaven!

Indeed, with the90sbuttondotcom.

The 90s were definitely my favourite decade. And – quite by chance – they remain my favourite bath temperature. But that’s not important right now.

What is important is that you use the link above, position your cursor on the tab with the words:

UNLEASH HEAVEN? 

and David Hasselhoff’s face on it, at which point the question mark will change to an exclamation mark, and left click.

At this point you will be served a music video from the 1990s.

Glorious.

I got some 2Unlimited, some Prodigy, some Take That, some Aqua (no, not that one), some Chemical Brothers and a bit of Mr Oizo. And loads, loads more.

And while you’re enduring enjoying the tunes, you can watch three animated gifs of MC Hammer dancing in unison at the bottom of your screen. And no matter the tune, they’re always in time with it. Incredible.

You can’t. Touch. This.

I’m wholly expecting the same team to make versions of this for the 2000s, the 1980s and the 1960s. There’s obviously nothing worth playing from the 1970s, so they can save time and money by simply not bothering with that decade at all. #Efficiency

Got wood?

(Firewood, that is…)

We’ve covered this before, but after this weekend, I feel that it needs covering again.

And before we go ANY further, this ISN’T a paid-for post.
Not in cash, not in kind, not in… well… wood. Otherwise it would be utterly pointless in you reading it, because of course I’m going to say that [Company] is amazing, when [Company] has paid me to tell you that they’re amazing.

This isn’t like that. Although this company is amazing.

Given the cold snap, we’ve been burning a lot of wood and we needed a new supply. And given the fact that Cape Town can also be ridiculously warm on some days, I needed some braai wood too.

Step forward, metaphorically at least, The Fireman.

I ordered 16 bags of Bluegum and 10 bags of Rooikrans (other woods are available) on Friday evening, and was offered delivery on Saturday lunchtime, but we had plans.
No problem: how about a delivery slot at 4:30pm on Monday?

Perfect.

They arrived at 4:27pm. You can’t fault that. Much, anyway.
And I will judge you if you do.

When I came home last night from a busy day in the lab killing TB, my wood was stacked neatly in bags, exactly as I asked, exactly where I asked. It’s good wood, too. (Not Goodwood, I don’t live there – I mean that it’s well-seasoned, dry wood, ready to serve purpose.)

Good service is getting harder and harder to find in Cape Town. Rather than just constantly whining about the bad stuff (although that is a completely legitimate approach), we should celebrate and support those companies which are doing things right, doing things well.

So, if you need braai wood or firewood (or both) delivered free of charge to your home address and stacked to your liking (T&Cs apply), then please support The Fireman. And please share this post.

 

M: 021 712 2251 | E: firemanjack1@gmail.com

 

And please just remember that this isn’t a paid for post. If anyone pays me to blog about their product, I’ll tell you very clearly that they have done. And then I’ll spend that money on beer.

Mrs sorted

Off to Agulhas next weekend?

Us too. But I don’t think we’ll get Mrs 6000 much further than this.

I knew that there was something going on when I found that we were timing our trip to arrive at precisely 10:59am on Saturday morning.

Of course, gin is all the rage these days, so I’m sure that this World Gin Day will be the biggest that SA has ever seen.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of of the stuff to be honest, but they also sell brandy, and I’m a very big fan of that, so I’m sure we’ll be fine.

More important news…

Further to my exposé yesterday on the exposé that there was new evidence suggesting that the government is using NASA to air drop Lithium on the masses, in which I exposed that there was no such evidence, I’ve had literally an email asking me to check up on other claims from that same dodgy site.

There’s a lot of stuff on there though, so I’m going to have to skim through it or we’re going to be bogged down for ages, and I’ve got a steak dinner planned for Thursday. If I haven’t died of lithium poisoning.

We’re not. But ok, if we were:

According to Graham, who owns the YouTube channel [redacted], certain extra-terrestrial beings are present inside the UFOs that can be seen from the ISS, and that they will soon reveal themselves not just to the astronauts that might be out in space already, but also to the rest of the world itself.

But they won’t. But ok, if they did.

In Graham’s view, it would really be in our best interest if visiting aliens are non-hostile.

No shit, Graham. You don’t say?

Next:

HOAX.

Next:

Or maybe try the chemotherapy or radiotherapy regimen that your oncologist, who has studied for literally years and years to become a specialist in this difficult field, is more likely to advise, given that the aforementioned Budwig Diet seems to consist solely of a:

cottage cheese and flax oil mixture

although:

the diet has been used successfully in the treatment of cancer and other conditions for the last 50 years

really? According to whom?

…according to anecdotal studies.

With cottage cheese and flax oil readily available over the counter of your local branches of Pick n Pay and Dischem it really is a wonder that cancer is even still a thing.

You do the maths.

And then there was this:

Apparently, one of the many alleged benefits of Himalayan singing bowl therapy is toxin elimination, but I think they must mean Himalayan singing bowels. The public toilets of Kathmandu are indeed an incredible aural experience.

They are available as both pure singing bowls or hand-hammered versions made from an alloy of seven metals, which symbolize the seven planets, days of the week, primary colors, and musical notes.

There are 8 planets (9 if you include Pluto), 7 days of the week, 3 primary colours and 12 musical notes. I’m just saying.

Onto my pet subject: microbiology! And big news in the fight against antibiotic resistance:

Sounds good – what are you using instead, 25-year old student?

We’ve developed a new class of antimicrobial agents, which are very unique. They come in the form of tiny star-shaped molecules that are made from short chains of proteins.

Given that antibiotics is just a simplified word for “antimicrobial agents”, I think that headline might need to be altered just slightly:

Fixed. But wait. What’s this?

The suggestion (of course) is that this was an alien ship carrying… well… aliens. But this article is from last November. And yet we’re all still here. It seems likely therefore that the aliens were defeated through a combination of flax oil, cottage cheese and antibiotics antimicrobial agents.

And regarding aliens, I’ll leave you with this difficult juxtaposition:

The Bastards! But also:

The Bastards!

Horrible and scary. So stressed right now.
I’m going back to my Himalayan Singing Bowl.