Category Archives: Science & Technology

Pest control: Killer solutions

Just been to the hardware store to look for better mouse-killing solutions! And there’s a whole shelf full of killing solutions- powders, portions and pellets – to get rid of many pests – from cats (yes Cats), squirrels, ants, snails, mouse, rats to insects, moles and of course weeds! Not just a shelf.. it’s huge – about 6 meters by 3 meters full of these things.

The price ranges from simple bait-less wooded spring loaded traps worth about £2 to ultrasonic/electromagnetic pulse generators that repel rodent families worth about £30. It’s quite impressive- the little plug-in device emits not just ultra-sound (at a frequency that must sound like roadworks to mice! Yah, drive them insane with a killer-headache. I get that) but the plug-in also emits an electric pulse of some sort that travels through the wires and walls to the whole house!   Yeap, no escape to the rodents even in wall cavities or beneath floor boards!

How far technology has come. I only go the ultrasound repellent plug-in.   I’ll keep ya updated on how the mouse-killing in my room goes ..BUT…

One thing worries me- at this big store, these chemical poisons in plastic bottles – are all stored and displayed on shelves right on the ground..to about 1-2 meters – perfectly reachable by any child who is able to crawl..to walk!!

Come on B&Q  in Sutton- what the hell are you thinking about with regard to Health & Safety?

Welcome to my world..

Quantum-Magician Welcome to the World of a Quantum Magician!

Up & Down,  Strange & Charm,  Truth & Beauty (or Top & Bottom)- these are the 6 quark pairs that make up all matter as we know it..!  We are talking about the `particles’ which make up protons, neutrons and so on..   It’s actually more particle physics than quantum mechanics…but hey…!

The diagram shows a typical  interaction.. of a quark being scattered by an electron, with the force carrier (X).  That’s where the real science ends..

But of course the whole thing is on a membrane…and a `light’ penetrates this side from the other side, through a `light-hole’.  That’s just my art..   It’s a bit of graphics I created.. including the fake beard on my face, Sun (lots of photos of bonfire merged), and a `planet’.     Enjoy.

Imagination squared (i~squared = r)

Phoenix from the flame..?!

Hello Universe..!

So here we are, almost on the eve of Mid-Winter Solstice.. longest night – shortest day.. a time when the Sun-child is reborn, according to many Pagan beliefs.    Quite an apt time for QuantumPhoenix to surface..again.

It was possibly my 2nd oldest internet username/handle.. way back in the days of telnetting .   As the name suggests, it was a re-invention of the Self..  and an integration of Science, Magic & Myths…with me ofcourse!

So how do I see it..the name?  The power of the magic and regeneration, lurking inside a Quantum of energy… undefined, yet full of possibilities, undulating as a probability wave in all dimensions…awaiting collapse into a single reality!!

What’s reality?  Is that an esoteric question or a scientific one?  Are you asking or am I asking myself?  Am I asking me who is here, or the me in a multiverse?    More on that.. another time..  But to get back to reality…it’s just i-squared.   Well, that’s `i’ the imagnary number squared (equals r – the real number..) That’s the O/Level maths..

I like to think of it as `imagination-squared = reality manifest’ – after all it fits right in with the collapse of a probabiliy wave function, by the effect of an observer!