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Friday, 14 December 2007

Petitions, Phones and Purchases...

My new Alesis QS6The end of another week's arrived, as has my newly arrived Alesis QS6... I asked for it to be delivered to work, to save Beth having to hang around for it, but didn't quite reckon on how unwieldy it would be to take home. Still, some improvisation with gaffer tape converted the cardboard box into a handy 'carry case'!

With eBay auctions, there are questions that sometimes need to be asked.. I suppose it's something one learns. On this occasion, I should have enquired whether the keyboard had been used in a smoky environment... since it arrived a little, well, musty! I'm hoping, having vacuumed out the insides and wiped the top with a cleaning cloth, it'll freshen up eventually, but that's a lesson learned! It makes some great noises, though, and will certainly help me with the bits of the North South Divide I've still got to do...

Onto more serious matters. My dear friend Jon lost his beloved tabby cat in an unfortunate - and avoidable - incident. I'd not realised that most anti-freeze smells attractive to cats, and it was by finding some that Jazz ended up dying, which is a real shame.

There's a petition on-line to request that the ingredients list be changed to avoid the risk of poisoning cats and children - petitions.pm.gov.uk/Antifreeze-Kills; I've signed it, and would encourage you - if you're able - to do the same.

Finally, on a slightly more bizarre subject, I was invited to take part in an unusual survey today. There's a new product on the market that claims to "neutralise, at its source, the potentially harmful biological effects of radiation emitted from mobile phones, wireless networks and other electronic devices". It's called Angel™ from www.exradia.com, and, from what I can see, it's basically a noisy RF transmitter, which endeavours to prevent the coherent radiation (even at GSM frequencies) from being absorbed by organic matter.

There's no proven link between RF/EMF radiation and cellular damage, but this is being released as a scientifically proven preventative device. Whether it's a genuine gadget or a sociological scam, who's to know.. but I may get one to try, and I'll certainly report on the results!

Have a good weekend.. I have a few days off work now - not least to make sure we're all ready for Christmas!

Posted by james at December 14, 2007 11:51 PM

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